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Weekly Challenge :: Stitch on Your Page

weekly challenge: stitch on your page @ shimelle.com

Just in case a weekend of challenges from the contributing designers is not enough to keep your fingers cutting and pasting this week, we have a weekly challenge for you as well! Time to dust off your sewing machine or your needle and thread: this week, I challenge you this week to stitch on your page. Machine or hand, a little or a lot – it’s completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! A few years ago, Marie Pierre shared a collection of stitching ideas you might find useful for reference, but let’s started on this week’s challenge with a look at these examples from contributing designer Heather Leopard and guest artist Joanne Walton-Calvert.

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

There’s something about stitching that pulls me in every. single. time. I absolutely HAVE to include it on all my pages. While I love the look of a hand stitched layout, I don’t do it on the regular because it’s quite time consuming. I save those for binge watching tv or road trips (when I’m a passenger). My go to stitching technique is to use a sewing machine. What I love about machine stitching is that you can go as minimal or detailed as you wish in a fraction of the time so while it does add a little more time to your creative process, the results are worth it, in my opinion. It just adds that extra finished detail that bonds the entire page together.

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

For this layout, I wanted to mimic the circular inner tube float in my photo so using my Silhouette software, I created a cut file and cut circles in half but with a rounded cut in the semi part of the circle. You can download my free cut file here. Then I pieced them together like a quilt and stitched over them on both the inside and outside of the perimeter. Circles are not my favorite to machine stitch but never fear, it’s really hard to see if you don’t make the perfect circle and you can cover little mistakes with an embellishment or two.
- Heather

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Name

I made this layout with an arty photo my daughter took when we were whale watching in Reykjavik at Easter. I love how Fiona has gotten interested in photography recently and wanted to document this. I like using sewing on my layouts as it adds texture – hand sewing is very therapeutic and can be prepared so that I can do it while watching tv with my family in the evenings. It is also a frugal way to make my supplies go further!

I like mixing my new supplies which inspire me, with older supplies and collections. I only have a very small amount of the True Stories and Starshine collections left so I have used them here with My Mind’s Eye By the Sea brads, Pinkfresh Felicity letters, and October Afternoon letters. The little grey envelope that holds my journaling is so, so old, bought from Two Peas on clearance, the embroidery floss is from various manufacturers and Bazzil card stock. I also detail cut the globes which is an economical way to make my embellishments.

weekly challenge: stitch on your page // scrapbook page by Joanne Walton-Calvert

For hand sewing I use a mix of old fashioned stencils and simple free hand shapes, just pricking the paper first with my piercing tool. For machine sewing I use a children’s sewing machine bought in post Christmas sales for £5 – I don’t worry about making it too neat and often go over it several times for effect.
- Joanne


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

Today’s Guest Artist: Joanne Walton-Calvert loves spending time with her family (including two cats), travel, and cooking. You can find more from Joanne on Instagram.

Leigh Ann, Meghann, and a love of circles

circles in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

To bring our weekend to the full team, we have one more new project from Leigh Ann Odynski, and then it’s my turn! Next weekend, while the challenges are still open, you’ll see my take on all the fun. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: time for Leigh Ann to show you how she took her inspiration from Meghann and made it her own!

I love Meghann’s clean, detailed style, and was inspired by the repetition of circular elements on her page! When using an inspiration piece, I like to note my initial reactions and what I love about it, or what catches my eye. I continue on to start my page without looking at the inspiration piece again, and this way my mind can focus on creating a new page, or piece of art with its own story.

circles in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Of course, with this page from Meghann, the circle-based design is such an eye-catcher. My own style focuses on adding texture to the background in many instances. With this in mind, I started by punching a circle in the middle of copy paper. Spreading texture paste in dots masked by the circle allowed me to repeat what I love about Meghann’s layout: the movement and rhythm created by the different colors and patterns of the circles on her page. I love the interest she created, and chose many different colors and patterns for my paper circles as well.

circles in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Next I like to look at my page and see if my imagination can come up with any new way to add another layer to the page. While daydreaming, I came up with the idea of using thin strips of white card stock to resemble an embroidery hoop. Think old school quilling strips, glued at the end in different sizes. I cut varying lengths of the white card stock to 1/16th of an inch (about the thickness of wood veneer embellishments) and hand stitched the “hoops” to the page with crochet thread.

circles in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Then I used a circular photo like Meghann did, and placed my title across the bottom of it since it and the background card stock are white.

circles in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

I hope you are inspired to look at inspiration pages in a new light. You can use any element or idea from the page that inspires you, and recreate one in your own style. Even pages that aren’t your style , can be inspiring when broken down into elements used to create the feeling of design. Shape, color, pattern, texture, line, and space are all elements you can take from any scrapbook page to create your own design. Have fun and enjoy the process!

If you put Leigh Ann’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

Heather, Laureen, and diagonal lines

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Laureen Wagener

_Next up in our weekend of inspiration, Heather Leopard takes her inspiration from this page created by Laureen Wagener and shared via Scrapbook Like a Superhero!

I’m a huge fan on Laureen’s work. She’s a woman after my own heart – mixing and matching paper patterns in fun and unique ways. I was particularly drawn to this layout of hers because of the quilt-like look and the geometric intricacies of the page. I also love that she created it all on a diagonal. As much as I would have loved to copy this layout exactly as it is because it’s perfection, I had to make it unique to me.

I started by designing a similar look in my Silhouette software. I kept with the diagonal feel but to make it my own, I chose to make smaller boxes to give it a zoomed out look and instead of piecing together triangles to form the squares, I kept the squares as whole pieces.

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

I chose to use 5 different colors with at least 5 – 7 different patterns within the color scheme. To cut these, I grouped the boxes together and cut multiples of each pattern in each color scheme. You can download my cut file here. Repeat for each color scheme until you have lots of little piles of patterns for each color.

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Next I used the internal offset feature, set to .79 to create smaller boxes. You can download the file I created with the internal offset images here. After all, there’s no need for us both to do all the work!

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Once I removed the outside larger boxes, I used my sketch pen to draw a template on my cardstock. This made it easy peasy to know exactly where to place each square. I certainly didn’t want my lines to get off and not match up halfway through the project. I went to town, adhering the squares on the cardstock with just a slight dab of liquid adhesive. I didn’t want to add too much since I was going to sew over it.

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Next, I really liked how Laureen stitched 3 rows over each full square so I chose to do the same. It was quite the task for all these little boxes but I LOVE the end result! I added layers behind my single photo, a sparkly title at an angle and a little cluster of embellishments in the corner to call this layout done. Actually, I still need to add the journaling, which I plan to do in the open diagonal space right below my photo.

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Thanks Laureen for the incredible inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you create next!

quilted composition with diagonal lines // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Hopefully this has inspired you as well. If you download and use the cut files I created, please share them here, on the Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook page or on Instagram and tag me. I’d love to see what you create!

If you put Heather’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

Nicole, Cathy, and bold patterned papers

bold patterned papers in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Cathy Martin

Hope you’re ready to put some bold papers to work with a striking design! Nicole Nowosad found her inspiration in this page when Cathy Martin posted it to Scrapbook like a Superhero. I hope both takes on this page design inspire you!

I was really drawn to this page by Cathy Martin. I just love her use of pattern and color and her use of graphic shape just drew me right in! I started this project with the idea that I would mimic the graphic triangular design with a photo in the center. I started by cutting large triangles of different Shimelle patterned papers and aligned them like Cathy did on her page. I changed up the color and patterns but wanted to keep that really bold graphic feel Cathy created.

The easiest way to do this is to find the center of a patterned paper with a ruler and then using a ruler, draw a faint line on your patterned paper to two corners to get your triangle! Really quite simple. I found it easiest to mount each piece to a scrap cardstock that I had on hand to line everything up, as I knew the whole thing would be covered completely in the end with patterned paper.

bold patterned papers in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

Once I created the base for the page, I decided to take the liberty to change a few things, using the rest of the page like a sketch. First, I added in a second photo and made them slightly smaller to 3“x 4” size. I added some layers of different patterned papers behind my photos to co-ordinate with the other papers in the background. This allowed me to bring more of those same colors in around my photo and bring all the different colors to the central photo area.

bold patterned papers in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

Next, I added a bold black title by using some Amy Tangerine Thickers. I love the fun and playful font and kept it under my photo to almost weld the two photos together as one. I added a sprinkling of embellishments around my photo and title area: little wood embellishments, plus signs and even some droplets of mist as in the original inspiration piece.

bold patterned papers in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

I love the idea of taking inspiration from someone else and twisting it to make it your own As you can see, both pages are quite similar, but they are unique in their own way. Thanks Cathy for allowing me to use your great layout as a jumping point for my project! I love how it turned out thanks to you.

bold patterned papers in scrapbook page design // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

If you put Nicole’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

Sheena, Zinia, and getting scrapbook-artsy

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

Good morning and happy Sunday! Welcome to another day of inspiration, kicked off by contributing designer Sheena Rowlands, who is trying something out of her box and hopes you will too.

I love looking at all the layouts that are uploaded daily onto the Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook page. It’s such a great way for us all to share our creations with each other and also acts as a source of inspiration for us all.

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Zinia Amoiridou

I recently saw this stunning page – Hello Love by Zinia Amoiridou. It really drew me in and I had to take a closer look. I liked the way the title seemed to be in and below the paint stripes and this got me thinking of how I could achieve a similar effect on a layout of my own.

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

My daughter has just finished her Art GCSE exams and whilst completing her school work has brought art supplies into our home which as a scrapbooker I’d not used before. I wanted to create a title which would be the main focus of my page so I traced a phrase onto smooth watercolour paper using a white pen. Carefully following the directions on the bottle of masking fluid, I painted in on to each letter in a thin coat.

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

Once the masking fluid was dry, it formed a waterproof glue like layer on the letters. Taking inspiration from Zinia I painted 5 bold stripes of watercolour paint over the title before allowing it to dry overnight.

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

I removed the masking fluid by gently rubbing it with my finger tip. It reminded me of when I used to pick dry glue off my hands as a child. The images aren’t as crisp as I had initially hoped for but the masking fluid did a great job keeping the letters paint free.

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

Life is a Grand Adventure. I really enjoyed using Zinia’s page as my inspiration. Even though we don’t have similar styles doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired. I’m not totally sure what my style is even after nearly ten years of scrapbooking as I like trying new things and feel its always evolving. So I asked some crafty friends what they thought was my style and they said – controlled clean messy, if thats not a contradiction! – a lover of layers – colour-driven. I would agree with them and feel this layout actually highlights all of these factors in my work. What would your scrapping friends (online or in person) say about your style?

getting scrapbook-artsy // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands
Zinia’s layout has five bold stripes of colour and these are echoed here but in colours more suited to my personality and photos. I’ve followed her horizontal placement for papers and photos with lots of layers and I used pops of navy while Zinia used black. I struggle with white space on my layouts but by filling the page with the title it doesn’t feel too overpowering I hope.

Since making my inspired page I have found and watched Zinia’s process video for her page. It made me smile that she was also using a new technique to her for creating her painted title. It’s lovely how we can all learn and be inspired by one another within this community.

If you put Sheena’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

Meghann, Nancy, and horizontal composition

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Hello there, and welcome back to Inspiration Weekend at Shimelle.com! It’s Meghann Andrew with you, and I am honoured to be a contributing designer here! Today I’d like to share a layout that truly inspired me to want to pull out my scrapbook stash, created by Nancy Damiano from the shimelle.com archives.

I was immediately drawn to the large amount of white space, horizontal design, and all of those colorful, painted wood veneer pieces! Knowing that I have quite a few of those in my stash as well, I went to work to create my own layout that stays true to my style.

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

The colors in the Shimelle True Stories collection worked so well with a photo of my daughter in a field of wildflowers, so I started pulling out floral, red, navy and green products to match the photo. I pulled out several wood veneer pieces that would fit my layout, and even planned to create a title with the wood veneer too. I often mix and match several elements to create a visually interesting title.

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

To add a bit more colour, I taped off my wood veneer pieces and painted them with blue, red and gold acrylic paint.

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Along with the wood veneer, I also added various die-cuts and chipboard embellishments to add variety to the layout. I placed my photo, sized at 4” x 4” and backed with white cardstock, directly in the center of these elements, to make it the focus of the layout.

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I almost never walk away from a layout without stamping on it first! These small flowers from the Starshine stamp were perfect for adding to the embellishment cluster.

horizontal page composition // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

To add a small bit of journaling to the page, I layered three different tags, and tucked them into patterned paper layers which grounded the bottom of my layout. Mixing and matching pattern is something that I do on almost every layout- and it’s made even easier when you use papers from the same collection.

A little bit of inspiration can certainly take you a long way, and by adding your own personal touches, you can still stay true to your style!

If you put Meghann’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

May's trick for washi tape embellishment

washi tape and punches // scrapbook page by May Flaum

The next challenge is one that is minimal on supplies and time – perfect for getting something done right now. You can probably do this without clearing your desk! May Flaum and I both heartily endorse that particular artistic technique!

For my inspiration, I was scrolling through projects I’ve done for Shimelle.com over the years and I stumbled across this card (it has a video) and I got to thinking about washi tape, shapes, and cards. I suppose you’d have to be inside my mind to make the connection on first glance, but trust me, it’s there!

washi tape and punches // scrapbook page by May Flaum

For my card I first took washi tape and loaded up some white cardstock. Then I cut stars out of it with a paper punch. I love doing this – so quick and easy and it’s always interesting results.

washi tape and punches // scrapbook page by May Flaum

The next step, I stitched five lines in a grid pattern with my sewing machine on a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. Don’t have one? Just use pen! With this done I was ready to rock! First up, add the stars to the grid, decide which you like where, and then really get crazy. I used various Heidi Swapp mists and flicked colors here and there. Then I added a few sequins, buttons, and fun accents and bam! Card set.

washi tape and punches // scrapbook page by May Flaum

Stickers or rub-ons would be great for the sentiment, in my case I stamped thank you. What I love about this and the original inspiration is that it’s bits & pieces. Lines & details on a plain white card. Great for scraps, when you’re short on time, or if you’re just wanting a splash of color on a homemade card.

washi tape and punches // scrapbook page by May Flaum

I hope I’ve inspired you to drop a note to a friend today!

If you put May’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine

Katty, Gina, and geometric scrapbook designs

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Katty Miranda

Next up in this weekend of inspiration is Gina Lideros, with some beautiful pattern work! What papers will you pick?

When I first saw this inspiration piece from Katty Miranda on the Scrapbook Like a Superhero group, I fell in love right away with her use of color and use of patterned piecing to create her design.

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I love using geometric shapes on my layouts and I love color! So I recreated some of those elements on my own design. Like her original design, I also used squares to create a large diamond shape on my page. I started by using a square 1 1/2” punch to punch out various patterned paper squares from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection.

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I then cut some squares in half at a diagonal to create two toned geometric squares, I then adhered them to a piece of white cardstock paper.

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

To add a homemade feel to my layout I added some hand stitching using white embroidery floss around the outside of my triangle design.

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I then created my title using a combination of stickers and thickers and finished my design by adding ink, paint, and a few other embellishments to my page.

geometric scrapbook designs // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

If you put Gina’s inspiration to work for you on any project between now and the 10th of August, please share it here. We’d love to see what you make!


This weekend is brought to you by The 20 Project – a brand new online class with 20 new process videos. Class starts Wednesday, so now is the perfect time to sign up!

The 20 Project: online scrapbooking class from Shimelle Laine