Hello there. I am so excited to share with you my very first blog post for Altenew
. One of the techniques I love to use on my pages is hand-stitching. It adds so much texture without being overwhelming, which I like. Stitching templates can be created in different ways. Today I want to focus on using stencils as a guide.
The new Graffiti Scribble
stencil is fun and very versatile. I created a diagonal design with it by using a mini ink blending tool and the Altenew Crisp Ink in Caramel Toffee
. Once I had my background ready, I pierced holes in between the stencil lines and just stitched with white colored thread. I could have also stitched along the actual lines to give my layout a richer look, but I was happy with just that little bit of extra texture.
I then fussy cut the gorgeous floral piece and a few butterflies from one of the patterned papers in the Reflection Scrapbook collection. I adhered all the pieces down with foam dots for extra dimension.
My goal was to keep the layout clean and simple. I layered the photo with a variety of patterned papers from the same Reflection collection and just added a few embellishments and sentiments on the opposite corners of it to achieve a balanced look.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and will give this technique a try. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!
Hello, friends! I’m back with a new layout featuring the new gorgeous Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection. The colors in this line are magical, with ombre effects that just scream summer, vacation, lovely sunsets, and more.
My goal was to recreate the look and feel of summer with elements that remind me of bright, breezy days at the beach. Needless to say, I wanted to use every single piece in the collection, but I decided to just focus on some of them and let them inspire the design on my layout. I went for a big beach sign. The rustic feel of it matches the vintage look of papers and ephemera pieces perfectly.
I started with a cut file from the Silhouette store which I resized to fit the length of the page. I wanted it to be the focal point of my layout and serve as a big, bold title. To achieve additional texture and draw even more attention to it, I decided to hand-stitch straight lines in a variety of pastel colors on the background paper. Foam dots were used to adhere the sign down.
Once the beach sign was in place, I chose embellishments and chipboard stickers that best fit the size of the boards. I love, love, love how it turned out. I think it’s a concentration of summer vibes 🙂
Next, the pictures. I built several layers with frames, patterned papers, and bits and pieces from the sticker sheet.
To balance off the left side of the page and give the layout a little bit of a border on the right side, I used two thin strips of washi tape from the collection. Some gold splatters added the final touch.
The new Summer Lights collection is absolutely beautiful. Let its vintage feel inspire you to document all your summer and vacation memories!