Play it Again is Sew Fun!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Play it Again post where we celebrate that there are many different ways to document the same memory. I always love these challenges and it’s so fun to see what each scrapper comes up with. This time, I decided to turn one of my previous personal blog posts (which is also a form of memory keeping) into a layout.

Here are the photos I gave each scrapper:

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Journaling to include:

I’ve been talking about getting back into sewing for quite some time now. I’ve made a few attempts, but I was so unhappy with my old sewing machine (a Brother model I bought at Costco several years ago. I was also unhappy with the machine I had before that (a refurbished Elna from my Mother-in-Law that she gave to me the first Christmas I was married). I was starting to believe that every sewing machine I ever touched would have constant bobbin jams. I started to think that was part of sewing… stitch a little, then go back and fix the bobbin jam.

Finally, I decided to do something about it! I read several reviews about Janome sewing machines and decided to purchase this model: Janome DC3050

I’m VERY happy with it! I hemmed 3 pairs of Levis for Riley last week without a single problem. I tested it out on several fabrics with many different settings and it never failed. Now I’m really excited about sewing again! I did a lot of sewing as a teenager and in my early married years and I’m looking forward to really helping my Riley learn how to sew. I have a bunch of fat quarters that I’ve been collecting for someday and I guess that “someday” is now! Now I have no excuse (other than lack of time) for not sewing. Even though I’m very busy, I want to carve out some time for this type of creativity and SEW I will!

January 6, 2012


The results:

Each digi scrapper could use any products and scrapbooking methods they wanted to create a layout for this challenge. The only requirement was to use the journaling that I gave them. It was so much fun to see how each of their creations turned out!

Anne (from The Daily Digi team) used such delightful embellishments to emphasize the story of sewing on this page. I especially love all the stitching and the look of pieced fabric strips! Anne also did a great job framing the layout with a lot of fun border details.

Made for the Play It Again of January 2013 for</p> <p>Credits:<br /> Template by Janet Phillips<br /> Edge treatment by Sugarplum Papiere<br /> papers & elements from J Kneipp<br /> withe backgroundpaper from A Heimann

Credits:Template from Collection 104 by Janet Phillips (highly altered by me). Edge treatment from Heart Art: On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie. Papers & elements Sew, mama, sew from Juliana Kneipp. white backgroundpaper by AH designs (from Storyteller collab)


Lorilei Murphy let her creativity shine on this layout and I love the way she included the journaling in such a unique way. This page has the feeling of a quilt that has been stitched together and embellished – a perfect touch for a sewing themed layout!


Credits: Pretty Things by Studio Karen Lewis. ArtiStitches No. 1 by Studio Ztampf! Sew Special by Studio Dawn Inskip. Handmade Stitches by Studio Bethany. Sewing word art pack by Studio Emeto. Date bits by Studio Rosey Posey.


Britanee (britaneejean) placed emphasis on the story of the page with a nice big journaling space and a fabulous cluster of supporting elements. I absolutely love the pattern tissue alpha and the great attention to small details like the scatters of sewing pins!


Credits: Sew Crafty – Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane, Inspired by Life Templates – Sugary Fancy Designs, Rock the Shadows – Tracie Stroud, Spring Script.


Emilie Stevenson used a Project Life type of approach for this layout and I love all of the journaling cards and darling flowers and butterflies. Oh, and the chevron paper is so great in combination with the other patterns!

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Credits: Everyday Life 2013 Bundle by Wishing Well Creations. Everyday Life Templates Volume 2 by Wishing Well Creations. Lace from Bessie’s Treasure Box by Kimeric Kreations. Font: A Chick Signed My Yearbook by Michelle Batton


Brook Magee created an incredible layout with so many pretty additions to play up the sewing theme. I especially love that she used a phrase from my journaling for the title of the page! I also adore the lined paper used for the background to add some visual interest without overwhelming the rest of the layout.


Credits: Daydream by Zoe Pearn & Erica Zane. Woodelicious No.1 by Mari Koegelenberg (woodgrain alpha). All Doiled Up Alpha by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I Love Me Some Brook Font by Darcy Baldwin (journaling). Yep, That’s Life Brushes by Darcy Baldwin & Brook Magee (“love this” stamp). Costura (font used for date)


I always like to play along and create a page of my own for this challenge. I had a great time using sewing related embellishments and I layered and stacked my photos and papers around the story of the layout.

Sewing Katie Scrapbook Lady

Credits: Pink Reptile Designs & Studio 68 Handmade with Love. Scrapbook Lady Selects template (from The Digi Files #49 January 2013). CK Journal font.


I bet you agree that every layout is special and meaningful. I love all of them and each one does a great job of recording a memory that I want to share. What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!

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P.S. The title graphic was made with Sew Crafty by Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane.