You know my long time internet pal Clair Rigby, right? Well, if you don't, you should ... because all throughout August [while I'm messing about trying to get you to blog about your height] she's actually offering paper-crafters something useful ...
Clair's creates a free 'how to' class, full of tips, step-by-steps and inspiration all based around stitching on paper which she's called ... Stitching on Paper. Because she's sensible like that.
Her tutorial yesterday - which you can read and download here - was all about incorporating stitching with stamping ... and, as I was one of the guest designers for this topic here's a closer look at my contribution.
'Essential Summer Wear':
- Do something wonky, splodgy, splattery, smudged or just plain wrong once ... and it's called a mistake.
- Repeat it, do it again elsewhere on the page ... deliberately ... and then it's called a design element.
Anyway, back to the stamping and stitching.
- I stamped several different decorative borders on to different patterned papers and vintage book papers;
- then I trimmed around them and put a tiny scrap of tape on the back, just to hold them in place on the layout;
- I then ran the whole page through the machine using a contrasting top thread:
- If there are two loose ends close to one another I sometimes tie them together, in a knot. It's what I've done in the top left of the frame design on this layout [as seen in the 2nd photo ^ up there];
- If I'm after a neater finish I push/pull them through the paper and hide them on the back;
- But more often than not I just trim them down and leave them on show:
And, what page of mine would be complete without a spot of plundering some old pages to create an appropriate phrase:
Fortunately I haven't had to use my rain mac in anger very much at all since making this page. But sshhhh ... don't tell the weather that I said that .... just in case.
Don't forget to head over to Clair's to read more about Stitching on Paper and pick up a few tips and I'll see you soon.
With another layout.
I know ... they're like buses ...
Papers: Papermania 'Happy Days' stack
White paint: 'Picket Fence' Distress Stain
Journaling block: Studio Calico 'Take Note'
Label sticker: Jillibean Soup 'Soup Labels'
Stamps: 'Summer' is stamped in a lovely set by Kars called 'Bold Alphabet' - which also has tiny number stamps in it ... the Holy Grail of stamps for me!
Vintage papers: from my shop [for 10% off your order use the code: GOODTHINGS10 at the checkout until 17.08.12 ]