She is...

To be honest, I had an entirely different layout scheduled for my post today. I made it a couple weeks ago when I first got my Authentique goodies and thought I would get ahead and make all my projects far in advance. Late last week, I received my share of Free Bird and it was love. How could I not cut into it right away and make something? Firstly, these 6x6 papers are TEXTURED! Be still, my heart. After staring at each individual Free Bird paper for quite a while, I finally settled on using Fair-Weather first. The color combinations are so striking in person, and I had just the picture of my daughter, Harper, to use on this layout.

I used all four Fair-Weather papers on this layout, but still have about half of each paper left over and will certainly be making use of every last scrap. I made a border all around the page by hand-trimming and using border punch scraps. I really like the mish-mashed look of the border by itself, but in order to give it more emphasis, I drew curlicues all around the edge and then paper-pierced and hand-stitched.

Just look at that texture! Swoon. And the colors, the houndstooth, I love it all. 

Patterned Paper- Authentique Free Bird Fair-Weather
Cardstock- Michaels Brand Kraft
Embroidery Floss- DMC 

Keep a look-out at your LSS for Free Bird. It really is SO beautiful in person. 


  1. This is great. Super cute. New follower ;) Saw you over at Create Serendipity.

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  2. FANTASTIC layout as usual, Brenda! The papers complement the picture perfectly! LOVE!

  3. What an amazing layout! I love this!!!

  4. This is superb. I love how everything just draws you back to Harper. So perfect and love the journaling!

  5. Love this, Brenda, I love how everything is so well put together, but does not take away from the picture/focus of Harper!!! Stunning!!

  6. Love how you created the random border around the edge of the page w/ stitching on top! Such a cool page!

  7. Awesome idea for the border! It would be a fun way to use up scraps too. The page turned out amazing. :)

  8. Beautiful LO!!! The stitching is amazing!!

  9. Brenda, this is so lovely and fun! I love all the fun piecing!

  10. The colors are beautiful! I'd have to cut into it right away too :)


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