Well hello! I’m back with my second design team challenge over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog.
The theme today it stitching.... and when I think of stitching nowadays a scrapbook layout comes to mind. I used to sew actual fabric.... but nowadays my poor machine is used more for paper, go figure!
My first thought when starting a layout is choosing a photo.... I havn’t scrapped in a few weeks now so it was a little bit of a slow start, but once I chose my photo and a cut file from the Silhouette store it was like riding a bike. The photo I chose is from 2 years ago when we got our kitten Molly from the SPCA (animal shelter; there is a bit of a story behind how we ended up with her because I was not looking for another cat... but... yep I’m a sucker). I had originally planned on using a tree cut file and placing some cats around the tree, much like Molly as the photo was of her climbing our Christmas tree, but a picture on one of the cut apart sheets from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection sparked an idea. It was a picture of a deer and it simply said “Oh Deer”.
When looking at the picture it makes me think “Oh Dear”... and maybe a few other words lol so I ran with that idea.
The design of the layout is rather simple from then on. I chose patterned papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection and cut them into roughly and inch thick and stacked them on top of each other. I then took them to my sewing machine and stitched each paper together where they met. I then glued my deer cutfile to my patterned papers and trimmed off all of the excess paper. I decided it needed a little more stitching so I stitched around the entire edge of the cutfile, all in gold thread. Let me tell you though... I’m glad it’s nearly all gone because it is a nightmare to sew with!
I then backed my entire cutfile with some adhesive foam. The patterned paper I chose for the background was rather simple so I decided to add some mixed media, first applying a rough coat of gesso around where the cutfile will lay and then “smooshed” 2 shimmerz colourings onto the background... a few flicks of gold Heidi Swapp color shine and that part of the layout was done.
Once dry I adhered my cutfile to the page, along with my 2 photos tucked either side of one of the deers antlers.
From then on I simply embellished with pieces from the Snow and Cocoa collection, the only exception was a chipboard cat from the Crate Paper cute girl collection.
I’m really happy with this layout and the non traditional Christmas colours on the page, if you would like to see my entire process video simply click on the YouTube link below...