Hello and welcome back! I might be a little ridiculous for sharing the In the Scrap Challenge at the last minute. Like, literally, at the last minute! But I just couldn’t let this month pass without sharing the February Challenge at In The Scrap and my interpretation. So, forgive me, for being so fashionably late, but I think it will be totally worth it in the end… at the end. Okay, enough with my cheesy puns and let’s get to it!
This month’s challenge was actually challenging to get started with, because I am not patient enough for it, yet it’s a fun one and there is tons of awesome inspiration around the community to get you started! Alas, here it is:
FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: STITCHING
So, what do you think? I got to say that this challenge is one that brings out the most beautiful rewards once you’re done with it. But it’s still lot’s of work! I have previously tried real hand-stitching. But I find it sooo tedious. And by that I mean that if I have to spend more than 2 hours on a layout, then it’s too much work for me.
However, that is not the only way you can bring stitching into your projects. Luckily, there is a way to bring your stitching alive on paper by simply using a regular sewing machine! I personally prefer this type of stitching. It’s super fast, it looks gorgeous, and it adds that much adored texture to your pages.
So that was the route I decided to take this month to complete my challenge. I started off by choosing my supplies, and since it’s the month of all things love, I knew right away that I wanted to create a layout with a Valentine’s Day feel. So I picked out the most valentine-y supplies I could find in my stash. Also, I think I’ve probably mentioned this 157 times, but my son was born on Valentine’s Day so I went ahead and picked a fun and colorful photo of him.
So, in order to complete this challenge I decided to try out a couple of new things along with old ideas. I started off by prepping my page by spritzing some really cute pink spray straight from the bottle. It gave my page a very nice pink background. Previously, I’ve added some random stitching to my pages, but this time I did that and also added a few fun details by stitching the lovely heart sequins found in the Crate Paper Main Squeeze Ephemera pack at random spots throughout my page.
Then for my photo, I decided to got stitch crazy! Since this adorable photo of my son has him well centered in the middle and there’s a nice neutral background behind him, I decided that I wanted to spruce it up by adding stitching ALL around my son. This created a very fun photo, take a look!
I just love how the stitching around my son creates a stitched aura of complete awesomeness! Plus, that drink he’s sipping just makes this photo all around cool! So I went ahead and started embellishing and setting up my layout.
I used some super cute golden fun foam die cut hearts that came from a 12×12 specialty sheet. I thought this added to that aura of love around my son with the hearts floating under and over the photo. Most of the embellishments I used were from the Main Squeeze collection, as I mentioned before.
So, that is how I decided to interpret this month’s Challenge for the In The Scrap blog. It was more fun than I expected, even though I went the simpler route by using my sewing machine. I loved the new technique I came up with of stitching straight onto my photo, and I also love the random stitching around my page holding those pretty heart sequins.
I had lot’s of fun working on this layout and taking on the challenge. If you are interested in finding more inspiration for this challenge you can visit the In the Scrap Blog here. Again, sorry for the late post, but I couldn’t let the month pass without me sharing what awesome challenge we had for the month of February.
I will be back very very soon to share with you all the March Challenge, which will knock your socks off, I guarantee!
Until then lovely readers, I urge you all to get your stitch on and stay crafty!