All Grown Up Layout & Process Video featuring a Chain Link Stitch

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hey there scrappy friends! How is your day going? Today I'm sharing a brand new layout featuring a chain link stitch! Up until a couple weeks ago I'd never done anything on my layouts except a backstitch so this was a super fun change of pace and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture this type of stitch adds! I will most definitely be doing lots more chain link stitching in my future :) Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the link to the FREE cut files for re-creating this layout!
First, here is a process video so you can see how this layout was made from start-to-finish including how to make a chain link stitch!
To begin I modified my Overlapping Heart Background cut file and had the machine draw the dots instead of cutting out the hearts. Then I used a paper piercer to poke holes around the hearts about every 1/4" or so. I chose colors of thread that match my Turn the Page collection with Pink Paislee and stitched a chain link through all of the holes.
I'll be honest, the stitching took about 12 hours to complete, but I didn't have any other scrappy assignments due at the time and I was itching for a stitching project - they're my favorite! If you don't like to handstitch or don't have the patience (hey, I completely understand!) you could just use a sewing machine to stitch the hearts.
Once the stitching was finished I punched little patterned paper hearts to go inside each stitched heart and tried to match them color-on-color. I used my Cameo once again, this time to cut photos into the exact same shape as the hearts. I have a tutorial showing how to do this on my YouTube channel. Then I placed an even smaller heart sticker from my new 30-page sticker book with American Crafts on the patterned paper hearts. To finish I wrote journaling with a pencil and then splashed some coordinating watercolors across the middle. I love the texture and color the chain link stitching adds and hope you are inspired to give it a try!
BONUS! Here is a link to a dropbox folder where you can download the overlapping hearts stitching template and the inner heart pieces I used for die cutting the photos! Enjoy and pretty please if you use them your finished project with me on Facebook or tag me on instagram! Thank you!!


  1. This is such an effective design and such a great way to use hearts. I must try the chain stitch-as you say it provides great texture!

  2. You are simply amazing!!! Wow wow wow!! This is just GORGEOUS! LOVING those stitched hearts, and loving how you added the little hearts inside them!! AND of COURSE, I loveeeeeee those photos of Miss Jane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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