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Altenew – Graffiti Scribble Stencil as Stitching Template

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.
Stencil as a stitching template @Altenew @enzamg #scrapbooking #stencils
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.
Stencil as a stitching template @Altenew @enzamg #scrapbooking #stencils

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.

Stencil as a stitching template @Altenew @enzamg #scrapbooking #stencils

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.

Stencil as a stitching template @Altenew @enzamg #scrapbooking #stencils

A few epoxy buttons and wood veneer birds finished my page.

Stencil as a stitching template @Altenew @enzamg #scrapbooking #stencils

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and will give this technique a try. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!
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Pink Paislee – Teacher Appreciation: Lots of Bouquets

Hello everyone! I’m wrapping up Teacher Appreciation week on the Pink Paislee blog with a new layout using the Oh My Heart collection by Paige Evans. Let me start by saying how grateful I am for all the wonderful teachers out there who every single day take care of our kids by teaching them about school and life, who comfort them and help them become the people they are. It is a joy for us to show them how much we appreciate their efforts and work.

One of the things the kids and I enjoy doing every year is make little bouquets to give to their teachers. We use colorful tissue paper to form cones and fill them up with a variety of flowers from our yard. For my layout today, I tried to recreate the same idea by placing several little bouquets in a circle to form a frame for my picture.

To start, I fussy cut what felt like a ton of flowers πŸ˜‰ I truly didn’t mind at all, as I really enjoy the process. What ended up on this layout is actually only about half of all the pieces I cut out.

Next, the cones. I used a cut file from the Silhouette store but you can obtain a similar result by cutting circles out of patterned paper and rolling them inward in a cone shape. Another great alternative would be using doilies. Their pretty lace edge would give your page or project a very romantic look.

I have a total of six cones on my layout which I filled up with lots and lots of floral pieces.

I decided to adhere the cones down with foam to give them a little dimension. Foam dots were also used for the flap that folds over them.

Although the flowers soften the overall look of the layout, the geometrical design is what stands out. To continue with the same idea, I thought to use a hexagon shape for my photo. I kept the embellishments to a minimum as the page was already quite colorful and busy.

I don’t usually journal a whole lot on my pages, but the story that goes with this photo is very special and needed to be part of it. I created a hidden spot behind my picture to document how much my son’s kindergarten teacher positively affected him and his love for school.

I hope this layout inspired you to bring a little piece of real life onto your pages. I’m sure my kids will enjoy remembering all the love that went into preparing those little bouquets for their teachers. Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

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Pink Paislee – Summer Lights: Vacation Vibes

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 πŸ™‚

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!