One of my favorite ways to add stitching to my scrapbook layouts is by highlighting the design on a patterned paper.
This can be a simple, elaborate, or anywhere in between type of technique. On this layout I went on the more simple side. I added some hand-stitched circles to a few of the circles on the patterned paper.
Here are some patterned paper designs to use this technique with:
• Add frames or borders to a shape. You can create an inner border (like I did) or an outer border. Look for shapes like hearts, stars, circles, squares, hexagons, diamonds, etc.
• Follow along the line/design on a pattern. Use the lines in the pattern, whatever shape or design it may be, as your guide for piercing. I have added a stitched edge to records, words, and waves on a patterned paper.
• Highlight a specific area or design. Trying to cover the whole area of patterned paper might be too much, so pick and choose a few pieces to add some stitching details to. I did this once with a floral paper and a paper covered in lemons.
• Add a supporting stitched design to the pattern. Think about things like turning a diamond into an argyle-style of pattern by adding in some stitched lines through the center of the diamonds. Another idea would be to add some stitched lines to a stripe.
What I like so much about this stitching technique is that it adds a texture and some dimension to a patterned paper. It also really calls attention to the pattern and creates a unique look.
If you are interested in hand-stitching, give it a try sometime!
Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers, stickers, frames, and chipboard word: Heidi Swapp; Butterfly and heart punches: Martha Stewart; Alphabet stickers: October Afternoon (I think); Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic