Hello again! Today I would like to share with you a layout I made for my son. It is titled "Cheekies!" because when my daughter was about 2 years old, she used to chase my son (age 5 at the time) around the house screaming, "Cheekies!" because she wanted to squish his cheeks. She found it soothing for some reason LOL. I managed to capture a photo of her doing this and I have to smile every time I see it.
This is the first time I have stitched on a layout. I absolutely adore the way stitching looks on a layout, but I don't have a sewing machine nor would I know how to use one. So I did a little hand stitching which took me forever! I really like how it came out, though. I used the old Sublime Collection by BasicGrey. I have tons of their old papers, but I still love them and tend to use them often.
I made this distressed fold-back frame for my title. For simple instructions on how to make it, please check out my Distressed Fold-Back Frame Tutorial. I have to laugh every time I see the names of my tutorials. They're so cheesy, but I don't know what else to call them. The letters are made out of Grungeboard by Tim Holtz. First I misted them with fired brick Distress Ink reinker mixed with water. Then I dabbed them with mustard seed Distress Ink, and I inked the edges in walnut stain. After drying the letters with a heat tool, I smeared on some brushed corduroy Stickles using my finger.
The photo is framed with twine that I braided and attached using brads. This idea was inspired by my talented friend Kay. She framed her photo this way in her Outlaw layout using a ball chain. On one side of the photo I stamped a border and on the other side of the photo I added a punched border with eyelets. The swirly clips you see along the right side of the page were purchased over 6 years ago and I happened to find them in my stash. I inked them with copper, meadow and lettuce alcohol inks.
I did some masking using the flourish by Tim Holtz. I decided to add a little interest by stamping some sentiments onto the masked image.
These hinges are also made by Tim Holtz. I inked them with mustard seed and orange marmalade Distress Ink and then misted them with walnut stain ink. I also applied a coat of crackle accents for a further distressed look. I attached the hinges to my layout using brads covered in brushed corduroy Stickles. I also added a few stitches to each hinge.
Here is yet another element by Tim Holtz. Can you tell I love his products? The grungeboard flourish was inked in forest moss, fired brick, mustard seed and walnut stain. It is also coated in Crackle Accents. If you look closely, you can see the sharp cracks in the flourish.
Here is a close-up of the journaling. It's hard to see, but I stitched a thin border along the top and side of this journaling area and smeared a little antique bronze Stickles on top of the seam.
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