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Scrapbooking Quick Tip: Using Hand-stitching to Add Unique Details

One of my absolute favorite things about hand-stitching is how you can use it to add unique details to element on your layout. There is no other supply or tool, in my opinion, that has so many widespread uses and unique applications as hand-stitching does.

If you've been around here for long, it's no secret that I love hand-stitching! It's hard for me to imagine creating a layout without hand-stitching. If I'm not using it for one thing, like a border, I'm using for something else like on this layout where I am giving life to themed elements with some unique stitched details.

I used my Silhouette to create water splats out of patterned paper and arranged them all over my layout, framing the photo block in the center.

Since my layout is about Jackson's water gun attack I imagined the water splatting when it hit it's target and I wanted to kind of recreate that on my layout. I wanted to go beyond just the splat itself and add even more detail to it to give it life. That's where hand-stitching, some watercolor, and Nuvo Jewel Drops came in to help.

First I sprayed the watercolor where my patterned paper splats would be. Second, I added some Nuvo Jewel Drop droplets in a few places. Third, I drew some curved lines and added hand-stitching to help give the impression of movement to the splat, to make it look like it was actually splatting on the layout.

There are tons of ways you can use hand-stitching for unique details:

• create stems for flowers

• create movement for bees, birds, planes, butterflies, or wind

• creating hanging elements like Christmas ornaments

• creating falling elements like leaves or snowflakes

• add the details on an element like the stitching on a baseball, the lines on a flower petal, or veins on a leaf

There are endless way you can add unique stitched details to your layouts!

This layout is based on a sketch from the Sketches for 6x6" Paper Pads: Two-page sketches bundle. It includes 20 two-page sketches that all use 6x6" papers. You can purchase it here.

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Wendy Puckett
Wendy Puckett
Apr 21, 2022

I love the layout of course (as I always do!) but also those pictures! They are so sweet of your son looking over top of his glasses. Adorable!


Your work is so amazing! I really enjoy seeing all your beautiful pages!

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