Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches
Hello, Friends! Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood. Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart. I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio. While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew. She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched. And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.
As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine. Everything Mom did was fast. Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed. She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur. The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood. I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.
This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.
To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One. A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.
Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons. I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages. Now it has a happy new home.
Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding
I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection. To ensure that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock. This color is called Antique Lace. To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:
- Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
- Then find the center point, which is 2″
- Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
- Now fold on the score lines
- Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
- Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place. You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.
I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock. I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover. On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.
Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside
There are lots of great places to tuck in photos. I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too. It would be a great way to house heritage photos.
Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside. Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.
Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread! These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.
The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element. The facing page is another little photo folio. This one is attached to the page.
I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.
The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.
This flap page is actually an altered envelope!
And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.
Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube
Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today. I hope you enjoy!
Stitches Home Decor Project
Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame. I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you. You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!
You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.
If you’d like to make either (or both!) these projects, I’ve prepared supply lists for each of them below.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own papercrafting adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Supply List
- 12″ x 12″ Stitches Collection Kit (includes sticker sheet)
- Antique Lace Spectrum Cardstock/12″ x 12″
- Tammy Tutterow Sew Sweet Spellbinder Dies Collection
- Lacey Circles Nestabilities Die
- Standard Circles Small Nestabiliies Die
Ribbon, Cardstock, Adhesives, Tools, etc.
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Other: Scoring tool, paper trimmer, ruler, adhesive of your choice, embellies and buttons from my stash
Stitches Altered Frame Supply List
- 12″ x 12″ Stitches Collection Kit (includes stickers) see above for link
Tammy Tutterow Dies
- 8″ x 10″ $1 wood frame from Michaels
- Elmer’s Glue
- Tattered Rose, Antique Linen Distress Paint
- Walnut Ink or diluted Vintage Photo Distress Ink
- Really Reasonable Ribbon 1/2″ Brown Plaid Ribbon
- Vintage Buttons, Flowers, embellies from my stash
This is just scrumptious and am in love with every detail! Such a sweet album and am wanting everything!! Thank you for leaving a list of your supplies! It really helps.
Two great projects, Kathy. Hearing about your mom sewing reminded me of how my mom took sewing classes once we were grown up and she had time to create wonderful outfits for us. Before that her sewing was usually lovely embroidering. It’s given me an appreciation for all types of needle work. Thanks for creating the video and snap guide. They are so helpful for seeing all the facets and dimensions of your creativity. Both the folio and frame are delightful (especially that miniature sewing machine!).
Love this! It’s so beautiful!
Hi Kathy, a wonderful project, the album is great. I use to love to sew., don’t have a sewing now., never thought about the glue. a good idea. you are inspiring……hugs
Gorgeous! Love all the beautiful details!!
Love the sewing theme. I still use my mom’s black Singer Featherweight machine for my sewing projects.
Hi Kathy, oh my, what a gorgeous card! I just can’t stop looking at it! My dear Cousin is a quilter/seamstress and this would be such a perfect gift card for her. I’ve never sewn on a card before but love the idea. Thanks for sharing another beautiful project!
Awww Kathy! This is a great big double WOW!!! I too luv those “Stitches” papers and already have them in my stash! Oh the memories of learning to sew on my grandma’s treadle sewing machine …that card folio brings it all back! I did take Home Ec class in 7th grade …and loved every minute of it! And have sewed ever since! I haven’t watched the tutorial yet …babysitting today…but boy oh boy …I can hardly wait!
But I did go through the snapguide…and can’t wait to tackle a picture frame! I’ve never tried that before …but have always loved the crackle finish! And you decorated it perfectly with the Stitches papers and all the sewing paraphernalia! One of those is definitely going in my sewing room! Thanks so much for all the tips and tricks on this one! Luv them both to pieces!
Huge hugs from Suzy Q
Just cute as a buttonauthentique has such sweet paper. Love the folio and the wall hanging is cute cute.
Kathy, now you’ve surprised me! I always expect something lovely and creative and original from you (just seeing a new project in my email makes me smile). But, I would never believe anybody could make me like a folio with a vintage sewing theme LOL – probably one of my least favorite themes LOL. But, your way with collaging interesting and unusual embellishments and eye for splendid composition makes it an intriguing journey through a vintage sewing room! I actually really love it – and if I sound surprised, that’s because I am! The button cards, tiny scissors and buttons, banners cut from tape measures – delightful!
You always open my eyes to new ideas! Thank you.