Handstitched Layout with the Foam Mat

Hi friends! Paige Evans here today with an embroidered scrapbook layout. Have you ever tried hand stitching on your pages before? With the help of the We R Foam Mat for piercing the initial holes, it’s a breeze!

Check out this process video to see how I created this layout:

I began by trimming off the barcode strip from the stitched design B-side of Paper 5 in my new Go the Scenic Route collection with American Crafts. Then I grabbed a paper piercer and the We R Foam mat and went to town piercing holes all across the printed design. I pierced holes through everything – the polka dots, the lines, the leaves, the stripes, trying to keep the spaces between the holes even.

Then I chose DMC threads in colors to match. Here you can see the colors I used, and when I stitched I used all 6 strands of thread.

Then I did the embroidery! It took about 15 hours to hand stitch half of the patterned paper which I ended up trimming into a triangle about halfway through stitching.

Once I finished stitching, I adhered the embroidered paper onto a piece of smooth white cardstock. Then I grabbed a package of floral die cuts and tucked them under the seam. I placed a photo in the center, added a title below, and then journaled underneath.

I hope you are inspired to try hand stitching on your layouts using the We R Foam Mat to pierce your holes and my new Go the Scenic Route collection for embellishing!

We R Foam Mat
Paige Evans “Go the Scenic Route” collection

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