I have a few categories when sorting through the old clothes:
- Donate (to friends or to a clothing bank)
- Bin (For stuff that is not in a fit state to donate)
- Upcycle (for items with "embellishments" I can remove and use
Mostly the upcycling category is for things like charms or little appliques that can be cut with a good pair of fabric scissors (or Tim Holtz scissors) however I have been known to keep a few bits where I am not sure how to use them but I was particularly fond of the item or it had a special memory.
Olivia had a top which I just loved her in. She wore it a lot and I can vividly remember some days when she wore it. This layout from a while back was taken on a day when we did a mini photo shoot with her wearing it.
After we finished she went and played in the sand and I snapped another couple of photos of her.
So, fast forward a few years and I still hadn't scrapped the photo but the top was long since outgrown.
I decided to cover some chipboard with part of the top and include it on a layout. The hardest part was to make it straight - being stripy any errors are quite easy to spot and it isn't totally straight! I used red terrifically tacky tape to stick it to the chipboard and then onto the layout. In the end the layout is really quite a simple one but I love the memories it holds which, after all, is why I scrap!