Scrapbook Layouts

Stitching on Paper – inc. a free Template!

Hello! I’m back from the magical Disneyland Paris. More on that tomorrow for 10 things on the Tenth!
In the meantime I’m behind on a couple of posts. One is the new Scrapbooking Soiree for August – I’ll have a post for that up sometime tonight or tomorrow morning (including the prize winner from last month!).
The other post is this one, which I really meant to schedule for while I was away, but packing for four people (yes, hubby really can’t pack for himself) sent me scatterbrained, and I didn’t manage to sort it out. 
I wanted to show you a couple of details from my projects for Stitching on Paper – a free online class being run at the moment by the lovely Clair of Obstinate Pursuit. If you haven’t seen her classes from last weekend, then check them out. You can see two layouts from me included as class examples!
The first layout of mine, for the hand stitching class, features this cute cloud:

Which I backstitched with doubled embroidery thread (two threads the same colour together), so that it stood out on the page. The holes were all pierced with a paper piercer first to make it easier! 
If you’d like to recreate this little cloud on a project of your own, you can download the jpeg here, and print it out to A4 size to get it the same dimensions as my cloud. Or, if you prefer, you can right-click and save the below picture, and re-size it as you wish:

Isn’t he a happy little cloud?!
My second layout for the class features machine stitching – both zig-zag and straight stitching:

I got the idea to use different colours of thread for the journaling lines from the ‘Kisses’ layout by Paige Evans on this post. I used invisible thread for the bobbin so that I only had to change the top thread between each journaling line, which made it a lot faster! 
If you want to see my full layouts, and the other class examples (which are fabulous!), then you’ll need to check out the lessons. Lesson One is ‘Inspired to Stitch by Hand’, and Lesson Two is ‘Inspired to Stitch by Machine’.  

Do you stitch on your paper projects? I hope you will try now if you haven’t before! Anyone who joins in with the class, and links up to the Introduction Post, is in with a chance to win this great prize:

So why not have a go?! See you again soon, x
Cardmaking

Paper flowers tutorial

Well, I think I’ve sussed document sharing now, though it took me a few days to work it out! I’ve been waiting to show you how to make the paper flowers I made for my ‘when I need to talk’ layout (see post about it here), and I also used a few of them on this A5 card I made for my gran’s 80th birthday last weekend (click on photo to see it larger):

They are quite easy to make, look shop-bought, and are a great way to use up paper scraps! You can probably find other tutorials in blogland on how to make these, but I worked out how to do them myself so I thought I’d share my process here with you.

The first time I made these I drew the flowers free hand, but when I realised I’d be making more I created a template. If you want to use my template you can either save the photo below to your computer and stretch it to the size you want, or you can download the word document with the correct size flowers by clicking here.

Print and cut them out to use as templates. I stuck mine onto card (a bit that was the back of a pad of gummed paper!) and cut them out again so they were sturdier, and added a blob of blue tac to the back of each to make it easier to hold them:

Then you need to select three scraps of paper to use – make sure your scraps are big enough, I keep picking bits out, lining them up, and then finding the flowers don’t fit!

Draw around the flowers on the backs of the paper scraps:
Cut them out and ink the edges (a dew drop / cats eye inkpad will come in really handy at this point!):
Then you need to curl the edges of the petals to give them some dimension. I find the best way to do this is by pinching them individually between my forefinger and thumb, below is a video of me doing this to the largest flower:

Once you’ve curled all the petals you can then attach a button to the smallest flower using glue dots, and layer the flowers up using 3D foam tape or dots on the back of the small and medium flowers:

You might need to curl the petals again slightly, then your flower is finished!:

Now you can attach it to your project! I use glue dots to attach mine to my layouts or cards, but I’m going to try a few other ways to use them too (altered jars / picture frames / boxes – ooh the possibilities!). Please let me know if any of you are inspired to make some of these, I’d love to see your projects! For now I’ll leave you with the card I’ve used this flower on (click photo to see it larger):

xxx