Cross-Stitching Layout #1 (and Process Video!) for Scrapbook Expo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Every other week I have a technique-based post on the Weekly Scrapper Blog for Scrapbook Expo! Up until now they've all been previously made layouts so I was excited when I found myself with a few extra hours a few weekends ago and no immediate scrappy deadlines so I could make new layouts! I'll share one today and another tomorrow. I finally did the cross-stitching I've been wanting to on the cross-stitched papers in Take Me Away!
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BEST YEAR YET by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: This entire stitching project took about 8 hours - but to me it was worth every stitch! I know stitching isn't everyone's favorite, but I find it relaxing and therapeutic and could do it all day long :) One of these days I'll get tired of it and move on, but for now, stitching is my fave!

JOURNALING SAYS: 2015 was an amazing year full of travel and adventures. It's going to be hard to beat! Bring on 2016!

HOW TO: Cut Paper 03 in half along the zig zag and then poke holes all across the top section on the "x"s to prepare for stitching. Choose colors of thread (I pulled the colors of the stitching printed on the paper) and then cross stitch through the pattern. I stitched all of one color at a time so I wasn't constantly changing threads. I also added more light blue and light pink than there was printed on the paper. Cover another full Paper 03 with a sheet of vellum then adhere the embroidered paper at the top with foam dots. Adhere two photos vertically on the bottom and tuck die cuts and chipboard stickers underneath & on top to create a focal cluster. The title is a mix of Thickers from Fancy Free and Take Me Away. Machine stitch through the year. Type journaling on a Typecast, cut it into strips, and adhere it at the bottom.

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, Thickers, chipboard stickers, paper clip, die cuts, button, puffy stickers, wood veneer: Fancy Free and Take Me Away by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Floss: DMC; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Typewriter: Typecast by We R Memory Keepers; Vellum, adhesive: American Crafts

PROCESS VIDEO: See how this layout came to be in a 7.5 minute start-to-finish video:

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I'll be back tomorrow to share the 2nd layout and process video!


  1. Wow wow wow and MORE WOW!!! This is amazing! I loveeeeeeeee the cross stitching!!! I used to do A LOT of it in my younger years, just haven't found a good block of time to enjoy it in awhile! You are simply WOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

  2. WOW love it so very beautiful.


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