Monday, March 25, 2013

My Sweet Baby Layout with Stitching Tutorial

When Catherine was 7 weeks old we had pictures taken of her in cute poses.  This was one of the gems than came out of that wonderful photo shoot.  She looks so sweet and cuddly - my sweet baby.

I used the Secret Crush papers, along with lots of other fun goodies from the Flamingo Scraps Store, like the flowers, resins, chipboard, and findings. I didn't want to cover up the wonderful hearts at the top of the page so I centered the picture and embellishments across the middle of the page.

For the right side cluster I left the chipboard plain as it blended so well with the layout already.  Don't be afraid to leave your chipboard naked.  I then added Prima flowers and metals to my cluster to finish it out.

On the left side cluster I used one of the gorgeous Prima tiles, Prima flowers, and Prima leaves, plus a little heart pearl pin in my cluster.

You can do a lot with resins, for this one I just left it plain and tied it in as the anchor holding up my picture.  Below I have layered an edge punched paper in white, a pink doily, cream colored paper with faux stitching (tutorial below), and a decorative coffee filter I sprayed with Heidi Swapp Primrose Color Shine which you can find in the Flamingo Scraps Store.

Faux Stitching Tutorial
1. materials needed - paper, mouse pad, paper piercer or thumb tack, and a pen.

 2. With the paper over the mouse pad pierce, the paper with your paper piercer or thumb tack around the edge of the paper.  The piercer will strike through the paper and into the mouse pad allowing a hole to form.  Your holes don't have to be perfect, some imperfection gives it a better illusion that you did the stitching on a machine.

3. Connect the dots (holes) with your pen (any color you wish).  The pen acts as your thread, so if you make some mistakes it is okay, it does not need to be perfect.

4.  When completed it gives the illusion of being stitched around the edge of the paper.

To buy most of these wonderful items seen in this layout please visit Flamingo Scraps.

Products Used:

Card stock
Patterned Paper - Pink Paislee
Flowers - Prima
Tile and leaves - Prima
Ink - Prima
Mist - Heidi Swapp

Erin Reed


  1. This is just stunning!!! But not nearly as beautiful as your sweet Catherine!!! Suzanne

  2. This is soooo pretty Erin!! I love the faux stitching, so clever!

  3. Just beautiful Erin!! I love the whole layout!! Love the flower clusters!!


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