Stitched ombré scrapbook layout

Blending both papercraft and sewing techniques, this cute, textured scrapbook layout will complement your favourite photograph this summer. Interpret the design and put onto card fronts or frame and place on the wall.

1. Cover the majority of a sheet of 12 x 12'' white cardstock with an ombré-effect of stitches. Sew vertical lines up down the page using the 'free motion' setting on a sewing machine with the feed dogs lowered. Start from the left-hand side, making sure to leave a wide border around the edge. Sew about a quarter of lines with cream thread, varying the lengths of the lines. Change the thread to a pale-yellow and continue from the end of the last cream line until you reach the centre of the page. From the centre of the page, change to a pale green until you reach to about three quarters of the page, then sew the last quarter with a darker green thread. 

2. To create the sentiment 'Life is sweet', trim a long strip of Craft Planet 9 x 12'' Acrylic Black Felt measuring 13mm wide and cut it into small squares. Snip away at the squares to create each letter, cutting easy letters first, like 'I' or 'T' to get to grips with the process. When all the letters are cut, fix to the bottom left-hand corner of the stitching with Anita’s Tacky Glue.

3. Stamp the Santoro Gorjuss The Little Leaf Rubber Stamps onto plain white cardstock using a black dye-based ink. Stamp the bee hive branch twice and some additional single leaves and bees to add to the page. Colour the artwork with a variety of pens from the Artiste Water Colour Dual-Tip Pens & Caddy set, use the brighter greens and yellows for the leaves and the girl's dress, and the orange for the hive. Use the Santoro Watercolour Dual-Tip Pens for the girl's skin and the rest of the image. Add a little water with a brush to blend the colours.

4. Pop the girl onto the right-hand side of the page, fussy cut sections of the branches and place onto the layout with Stick it! 3D Foam Squares. Trim the extra hive and pop on top of the main branch for added dimension. Cut several bees and single leaves, add a few bees around the hive and the rest towards the top left-hand corner of the stitching. 

Project and how-to instructions by Sue Smith.

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