The One with the Hand Stitched Layout

Friday, March 27, 2015

This is the first layout I've created "just for fun" in like 5 years! No assignment, no rules, no guidelines, it was simply made to pass the time on the airplane. 
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SAY CHEESE by Paige Evans

Description: I needed something that would keep me occupied for 9 hours on my flight to Denver. Hand stitching takes a long time, so I went in search of a complicated background design that would take awhile to stitch. Enter the Background Lace Circles cut file!
Journaling says: When we ask you to smile, 9 times out of 10 you just stick out your tongue, silly!

How to: I think there's an easier way to do this beginning step and I'm going to try it out soon, but here's what I did: put a pencil in the housing unit of a Silhouette Cameo and draw the Background Lace Circles cut file onto white cardstock. Use a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/4" around the entire traced design then erase the pencil marks so the design is just barely visible. Hand stitch the circles using a backstitch and your favorite colors. I used cream for the entire outline and inner pieces. I actually ran out of cream thread and only needed about a yard to finish! Luckily, while I was in Denver, I met up with the amazingly talented Danielle Flanders and she gave me the exact thread I needed to finish. Such a sweetheart! Fill in the circles with patterned paper circles, buttons, die cuts, stickers, and more. Adhere a circle-punched photo to one of the circles and journal in another. Edge the layout with patterned paper strips. Done!

Supplies: Cardstock, adhesive, pen: American Crafts; Patterned paper: American Crafts, Crate Paper; Floss: DMC; Buttons: American Crafts (wooden), October Afternoon (plastic); Die cuts, stickers, wood veneer: Cienna by Elle's Studio; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Circles cut file: Background Lace Circles
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Well that was fun to make :)
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