What makes you stop scrolling through your feed to look at a scrapbook layout in details? What sets that layout apart from many others? And what can you do to make your own scrapbook layouts that stunning?
Sure, paper is the main focus of a scrapbook layout, especially for a hybrid one. But what sets scrapbooking apart from other paper crafts is that you can incorporate any form of art and crafting into it. And surely, that layout made you look at it for couple of minutes made use of different crafting techniques in it for an eye-catching result. In this week’s article, Cristina Sales will show you one of the ways you can uplift your hybrid scrapbook layout instantly; stitching.
Watch her video tutorial below to learn how you can stitch on your hybrid scrapbook layout and give your layout that “wow” effect it deserves.
Printing the digital stamp
Print the digital stamp on to your background paper or the piece of paper you want to stitch. The color of the stamp doesn’t really matter at this point since we’ll only use the stamp as a guide for our stitching. Once the stitching is done, printed stamp will be covered. But if you’ll leave certain parts of the stamp as is, like Cristina left the plane unstitched, make sure it’s in the color you want it to be prior to printing.
Preparing the stitch holes
Stitching a paper or cardboard is a little bit different than stitching a piece of fabric. Because you have to go back and forth when stitching the paper, you may end up with uneven stitch length. To prevent that, prepare even holes alongside the stamp with a sewing awl. This way you don’t have to refer back to previous stitches to see if you stitch evenly. And if you own a cutting machine you can even do this step with it by cutting the stamp with perforated edge setting.
Stitching & finishing the layout
Now the fun part! Pick a cotton thread in the color that would compliment your layout and start stitching. In the video, you’ll realize that Cristina won’t tie a big knot when starting and ending the stitch. Instead, she secures the beginning and the end loosely and she further secures it with a piece of tape on the back because when you attempt to tie a tight knot, you may tear the paper or if your thread is thick the knot will become bigger and the paper may not lay flat in your album anymore.
You can do the stitching as colorful as you want or you can choose monochromatic colors to add a subtle background effect. Once you’re done with stitching, add your layers and embellishments to the layout as you desire.
And that’s about it! Once you get the taste of stitching on a hybrid layout we’re sure you’ll become addicted!
Once you have a chance to read the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.
Have you ever stitched on paper? And if so, what was your experience? What techniques and tools you used to turn it into a fun and easy process?