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Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Stitching is really trendy right now in the world of scrapbooking. It’s a very nice and easy way to add some color and texture to a page. I keep my sewing machine out and accessible in my scrap room and I do stitch on every single layout I make! Let me show you 5 ways I like to add stitching to my pages.

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Making lines on which I can write my Journaling
Usually I will stitch some lines and then hand write my journaling on the lines I have just created like I did here but on this layout I ended up wanting to type my journaling on vellum, instead of handwriting directly on the photo, so that it would be easier to read, so I stitched every strip of text one by one. The stitching is still working as lines for the text, guiding the eye through the block of words.

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Adhering Elements such as Embellishments, Titles, Chipboard Elements to my Pages
You can add any kind of embellishments by stitching them to your page. Here I stitched through one word of my title and in the middle of every butterfly, lifting the wings a little to give extra dimension. I even stitched through the chipboard frame as it was the only effective way of having it adhere properly to the chalkboard painted background. I love stitching in the middle of butterflies. Sometimes I let the thread loose at the end where the head is to mimic antennas just like I did on this page .

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Making Elements on the Patterned Paper Stand Out and Creating Texture
Another great way of embellishing a page with your sewing machine is by stitching along the lines of the elements that are already on the patterned paper. Here I followed the swirls on my background paper. I have been intentionally not very careful and the stitching ended up way off the lines and that gives a little more movement and interest to the background. I also stitched on the top of the banner under the orange swirls and added another (hearts) banner to the page. On this layout I used thread in the same color than the lines, but using another color of thread could also be interesting. This technique could also work great with embroidery thread like I did here .

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Five fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Adding a Frame around my Pictures and/or my Page
On almost every page I make, I sew around my page or my photos so that the thread act like a frame. Here though, I did something different: I used a patterned paper with frames on it and I stitched all around the frames. I then placed my picture in the frames, being careful not to adhere the photos over the stitched lines.

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran @ shimelle.com

Sewing Ribbons and Banners to Create a Border
I love to layer ribbons and different kind of banners and trims to create a very dimensional border full of different textures. Here I first stitched a Pink Paislee muslin scallop ribbon that I had sprayed with Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine and I then added a cardstock banner that I also sprayed with some Color Shine. I toped that with a very broad ribbon that I ruffled. To achieve this look, sew on your ribbon once without adhering it to the page and then pull on one of the thread that is hanging at the end of the ribbon, as shown in the pictures. I finished my border with a ribbon that I loosely adhered with some hot glue.

You could also use stitching to create borders between patterned paper, or to draw some elements like sunrays or garlands .The possibilities are infinite and if your sewing machine is out and ready, it will be fun to add sewing everywhere! I hope that you are going to give it a try.





Marie-Pierre is a French-Canadian who has lived 12 years in Switzerland before moving to Connecticut, 2.5 years ago. Although she’s a French teacher, she’s currently staying home with her two little girls ages 3 and 5. Marie is an artist at heart and has been crafting for years, trying her hand at different crafts like watercolor, paper cutting and calligraphy before she fell in love with memory keeping. Scrapbooking is now her biggest passion alongside photography and writing. She is on her second year on the creative team for Get It Scrapped . You can find her on her blog on Instagram and on Pinterest .

21 June 2013



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18 Comments for Five Fun Ways to Stitch on your Layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran

  1. Alycia Says:

    Wow – I love your style! Seriously fabulous layouts. I’m inspired to dust off my sewing machine!

  2. lil gik Says:

    gorgeous pages and fab ideas! i’ll be putting them to use later this month when i get my sewing machine!

  3. Kirsten Says:

    These are beautiful examples! You obviously put a lot of work into your gorgeous layouts. Love the journaling in French. We don’t see that enough from international scrappers.

  4. Susanne Says:

    Lovely stitching on all your pages – which are beautiful. You make me want to learn to sew on paper. Thanks for sharing all that inspiration with us.

  5. Michelle Says:

    These are amazing Marie! Beautiful work and wonderful examples!

  6. Deborah Wagner Says:

    Every page is stunning! Beautiful work from an inspiring artist!!

  7. Dory Says:

    Beautiful pages and great ideas!!!

  8. Shazza Says:

    fantastic layouts and ideas x

  9. Genevieve Says:

    WOW, Marie, all those pages are simply gorgeous, it’s amazing how many ways you can turn the same thing around and come up with all those wonderful layouts, thanks for sharing your talent ideas and creativity, you’re a rising star for sure!!

  10. Ashley Horton Says:

    Marie, your work is amazing and I love all of the different ways you added the stitching to your page! The stitching for your journaling lines is such a fun idea!

  11. carrie Says:

    Awesome pages, Marie, and you’ve really make me love stitching all over again.

  12. Katie Scott Says:

    I am such a fan of Marie’s work! Especially all that stitching!

  13. Marcia Fortunato Says:

    I love these ideas – so much inspiration! Beautiful pages!

  14. Debbie Hodge Says:

    You have an original and distinctive style and a commitment to journaling with complexity in content and design that amazes me. Gorgeous pages. As always.

  15. Stéphanie P Says:

    Marie t’es la meilleure!! Ce que tu fais est du bonbon pour les yeux!!

    @Chatouillesca

  16. Louis Simon Says:

    Great job! Keep doing what you enjoy it looks real good.

  17. Sandra Lea Barr Says:

    You rank up there with Debbie Hodge … beautiful design, color, so pleasing to my eye:)

  18. Christel Says:

    Toutes les pages sont superbes mais je dois avouer que j’ai adoré la dernière. I’m going to use my sewing machine again. Thanks a lot. Great stuff

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