Happy As Can Be Layout


Thursday, August 17, 2017

New layout to share!
It all started with this beautiful floral heart cut file from Inna Moreva's etsy shop! Back in Germany as we were leaving to go on a road trip I prepared several cut files and projects to stitch. I didn't finish them all so I brought them with me back to the states. On our road trip to the Evans family reunion down in Oregon, I brought this one along! I debated long and hard about how to stitch it. I feel like I usually stitch in all white and then fill in the spaces with watercolors. Or I stitch all the individual shapes and elements in their natural colors (pink for flowers, green for leaves, etc.) I wanted to try something slightly different. And so, every 10 stitches, I changed colors of thread! It made the entire project take at least twice as long because I was stopping so often to switch colors, but I love it twice as much!
I started by stitching the outside edge of the heart - it took 16 different colors to go all the way around and then I only used those colors to stitch the entire project. I didn't really have a color scheme in mind, I just used all my favorites! When it came time to turn the stitched heart into a layout, I was happy that Turn the Page matched so well! The "HAPPY AS CAN BE" sentiment actually came from the 2x2 Paper Pad and I loosely cut around it - I like how the curvy edges match the flourishes and what not of the stitching. 
On my insta stories I polled the audience and asked if the layout should be made on a yellow or pink background. Yellow won! Before adhering the stitched heart in place I used my sewing machine to straight stitch and make a fancy scallop around the edge. A lot of the stitching got covered up by various floral embellishments tucked under the heart, but you can still see the details on the other sides! I love how this turned out and it was fun to make it a collaborative project :)
Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, wood veneer, chipboard, Thickers: Turn the Page by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Floral heart cut file: Inna Moreva; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Embroidery floss: DMC; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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