Let me start by saying how much I just love the word haberdashery. Isn't it just fantastic?! I think it sounds fancy and vintage all at the same time. Wonderful. So what is it exactly? Well...haberdashery is just a fancy name for sewing supplies. That's right...buttons, ribbon, zippers, thread and the like. What's good for one craft is good for scrapbooking as far as I can tell. Just like my love for ephemera, I'm all about finding supplies from other crafts and hobbies that I can integrate into my pages.
The love started with buttons. I'm not sure exactly when I first used buttons as a scrapbook element, but I know that it was rather early in the process. I started scrapbooking in 2001 when I lived in San Rafael. I purchased my first scrapbook buttons at Ben Franklin Crafts in Novato. Is it weird that I remember that?
What started as a package of about 25 assorted colors has now EXPLODED to jars upon jars of buttons in all shapes, color and sizes. I have way too many. And I keep accumulating more. Every time I buy a shirt with spare buttons or a clothing item is discarded/repurposed, they are quickly removed to the scrap room. Score for free supplies! :)
|Not the best illustration, but see the white wall cabinet? Ya...the colors through the glass are from my lovely button jars.|
Buttons are pretty simple to use. Pop dot and stick. Ta da. Embellishment done. I love them.
My next foray into haberdashery (I SO love that word) was ribbon. Again, an addiction was born. When I go for it, I go all the way. I have rolls and rolls of ribbon. The best part? You can pick up a roll of ribbon for less than a dollar. Some craft and scrap stores sell bags of assorted ribbon remnants for a dollar a pack. Perfect.
I initially had issues storing my ribbon. I had some small bobbins that fit into plastic tackle boxes and those were fantastic. But then I expanded into the larger bobbins from fabric stores and the medium sized bobbins from companies like American Crafts. These posed a larger problem. After a few failed attempts at organization that resulted in more than one case of bobbin-less ribbon, I eventually solved the riddle.
|4 of my 8 ribbon hangers|
Hanging in my closet were a few unused multilevel hangers from when I lived in my studio apartment and closet space was at a premium (is it a surprise that I also love The Container Store?). I buzzed holes through the center of those bobbins that didn't have them and started stringing them on. My only downfall? I love the color arrangement that I originally set up, but running out of a particular ribbon or purchasing new ribbon really throws a kink in the works. It looks pretty though. :)
I also enjoy using stitching...both rub-on stitches and using the thread from my own sewing machine. I really don't think you can go wrong with stitching. As a plus, the rub-ons make it a snap for those who have less than stellar sewing skills or who don't own a sewing machine.
I do own some zippers. I'll admit it...I'm afraid of them. I bought them a few years ago thinking they would look awesome. I stand by that. But I haven't found a good way to attach them to a page without making a huge mess. There are examples out there of some wonderful scrapbookers who have mastered the darned things, but I haven't gotten there yet. One of these days...
What it all boils down to is that I don't think scrapbookers should be afraid to use ANYTHING as a scrapbook supply. If it's crafty...go for it. In my world it adds something extra and gives your page a little personal flare. When I'm looking for something a little fun, I just stroll the aisles in JoAnn Fabrics or HobbyLobby. I've found some of my best supplies in sections not meant for scrappers. Be bold, be brave, be a haberdasher! Come on, you know you want to...