Hello Pebbles Friends! It is Leanne here today, sharing with you another fun idea to subtly enhance your layouts. I’m talking about adding stitching! This method can be created via your trusty sewing machine or, if you are brave enough, test yourself with some hand stitching.
I love to add some texture to my layouts and with stitching. I find this technique to be both effective and a simple way to add extra detail without overwhelming the page.
The first step is to work out if you want to add specific detail in linear lines, detail as a feature, detail as a way to highlight an element on the page or all of the above! For this layout, I am share all three ideas on the one page.
After I create my design I look for areas where I can add machine stitching. Some people are quite clever with their ability to use a sewing machine but I like to keep things as simple as possible! Even my straight lines aren’t always straight!
For this layout, I machine stitched a border along my featured patterned paper. I find this helps to ground my paper choices to the cardstock, especially if I use coordinating coloured thread.
After my patterned papers have been selected, I often choose an embroidery thread to colour match. Depending on my layout theme, I can use several shades of thread on one page. Today I am only using the lighter pink colour. My reasons being to keep the look and feel of this layout soft. Especially since I am using the cute new Lullaby Baby Girl collection.
Once I have added my photo, I look for elements on my page where stitching detail can be added to highlight. The First Year Age sticker immediately drew my eye. I wanted to stitch detail around the outside edge to help draw attention to my subtitle.
The die cut flowers from the ephemera die cut pack, are added to offer colour and interest near the black and white photo. They have been layered directly on top of the hand stitching.
To make hand stitching a little easier, I like to pre-pierce holes in my page with a hole piercing tool and a soft foam mat underneath the layout. I find the holes to be a helpful guide and it prevents the page from tearing when adding the thread.
Just as with the stitching around the circle sticker, I have added a line of stitches near the butterfly. This detail is to indicate movement on my page.
Finally I add my title and journaling.
To draw attention to my journaling, I have added three small cross stitches directly to the journaling strips.
I hope I have managed to convince some of you to try your hand at stitching now that you’ve seen how easy it is to achieve! Thanks for visiting today.
Lullaby Patterned Paper Baby Girl Quotes 733505
Lullaby Patterned Paper Baby Girl Plaid 733508
Lullaby Patterned Paper Baby Girl Posies 733509
Lullaby Patterned Paper Woodland Baby Girl 733510
Lullaby Baby Girl Ephemera cardstock die cuts 733516
Lullaby Baby Girl First Year Age Stickers 733520
Lullaby Baby Girl Thickers 733514
Bazzill Basics white cardstock
Bazzill Basics gray cardstock