For this layout, I mixed and matched some old Christmas papers by Bo Bunny. I cut out the holly and berries from another paper and overlapped them on my layout. I also hand stitched around the entire page using inked embroidery floss. The beautiful beaded flower vine is made by Kay. You can find them in her etsy shop as well as other beaded flower vines, beautiful butterflies, unique chippies and other goodies. Take a moment to stop by Kay's Kreative Korner and check out all of the fantastic embellishments.
Here is a close-up of the lacing and stitching I did on my layout. The stitched border was first punched with a Martha Stewart punch and then stitched using embroidery floss. The scallop border and holes used for the lacing were made using a Fiskars punch. Most of you know that I am an eyelet fanatic, so of course, I have incorporated gold eyelets on my holiday layout.
The chippies in the corner of my layout are made by Dusty Attic. I inked them using Distress Ink in walnut stain, and then I added Perfect Pearls (Heirloom Gold and Green Patina) using a brush. Again, the beaded flower vine is from Kay's Kreative Korner.
I actually started this layout before Thanksgiving, but it took me forever to finish. Not only did I lack the time, but I just found it to be one of those layouts that gave me trouble. Nonetheless, I finally finished it and am satisfied with it.
The larger picture is of my children about 4 years ago. They used to always go to work with me, and one day I just found them on the floor in this hugging position. I found it to be so precious and sweet (especially since my son wouldn't go near my daughter for months after she was born). The other picture is one I took of them sleeping. I found them this way- with my daughter's foot on her brother's head LOL. I thought it was hilarious and could not miss this photo opportunity. I know these aren't 'picture perfect' photos, but sometimes the candid shots are the most sentimental :o)
This flower, as well as the other three larger flowers on this layout, is my Pinched Flower. Click here to be directed to the tutorial. I inked the edges with worn lipstick Distress Ink and added a layer of Diamond Dust.
I found this quote on the internet. I am very lucky to have children who are very close to each other and that protect each other. So I thought this quote was appropriate. The journaling strips are adhered with dimensional foam tape.
Here's another close-up of my other Pinched Flowers. The light blue flower is covered with Martha Stewart's tinsel glitter. I love the effect of this glitter.
Beneath the title I set a row of snaps. Aside from being an eyelet freak, I also have tons of snaps that I bought YEARS ago. I'm not even sure if they sell snaps anymore. For those of you who are not familiar with them, snaps are like a combination of a brad and an eyelet. The top part looks like a brad, but the back is similar to an eyelet and needs to be set with an eyelet setter. I added a touch of Stickles to my snaps for a little extra bling.
I also did a bit of stitching on this layout. I love the look and texture of stitching. QUICK TIP: If you find that you don't have the right color of embroidery floss, or if you just don't want to buy every color out there (like me), just take your white floss and ink it in a coordinating color. Problem solved!
If you are familiar with my work, then you have probably noticed that I love to lace. This time I created a circle with a zig-zag type of lacing. I have seen this pattern stitched before, but I have no idea what it is called. So "zig-zag" will have to do for me :o) For a simple tutorial of how to make this Zig-Zag Circle, please click here. Generally, when I lace I use eyelets (my favorite!), but this time I decided to go with brads.
Inside the circle I did a little masking using a Tim Holtz mask and Distress Ink.
At the top and bottom of my layout, I used a new Martha Stewart punch to punch a partial border. I added a little bling to each flower center.
I altered this chippie by first coating it with white acrylic paint. Then I inked certain areas of it using Distress Ink in worn lipstick and broken china and added a layer of coordinating Stickles
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- Circle stitching template
- Needle (optional)
-Hole puncher (Big Bite)
Place your template on your paper and mark your holes. (I skipped every other hole of each circle.) If you do not have a stitching template, cut a ring out of scrap paper and place it on your cardstock or paper. You can 'eyeball' it and mark your holes along the outside of the ring and the inside of the ring.
When marking your holes, be sure that the marks of the inner circle fall between the marks of the outer circle. Refer to photo.
Punch your holes out.
Thread your ribbon through a needle but do not tie a knot in the ribbon. Just leave a loose tail. If you tie a knot, it will be more difficult to lace the ribbon. It is not necessary to use a needle, but it makes it much easier to lace the ribbon through the holes.
Start from the back. Pick any hole in the inner circle. Lace your ribbon from back to front. Tape the loose end to the back of the paper.
Lace the ribbon into hole #2 (front to back).
Your needle and ribbon end should be behind the page. Now lace through the first hole again (back to front).
Lace through hole #4 (front to back). This completes one 'set'. This is basically what you will repeat throughout the entire circle.
Your needle and ribbon should be at the back of your page now. Move to the next hole of the inner circle and repeat the steps of the 'set'. Lace through hole 1a (back to front).
Lace through hole 2a (front to back).
Lace through the first hole again (back to front).
Lace through hole #4a (front to back). You have now completed another set.
Repeat the same steps until you complete the entire circle.
Once you finish lacing, add some brads to cover your holes and to add interest. If you wish to use eyelets, set your eyelets before you begin lacing. I hope you find this tutorial useful. I am sorry if it is in any way confusing. Sometimes I confuse myself LOL. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! My email address is located in the sidebar of my blog. Thanks for checking out my tutorial. Have a fantastic day!