Friday, June 28, 2013

Precious Memories Layout

Hello once again!  Kay here with a layout I've made with the latest collection by Authentique 'Irresistible'!

When I see white/ivory with black color combinations I automatically think 'wedding'.  So here's a layout with three photos from my own wedding back in 2007.

I was lucky enough to have a photo for each step of the ceremony--when my husband put the ring on me, when I put the ring on him & the circle photo at the top was taken at the end of the ceremony.  So this layout pretty much showcases a walkthrough of the ceremony.

I decided to add a splash of another color to offset the ivory/black/gray tones of the Irresistible collection--so I went with bright reds.

At the bottom of this post I've created a brief tutorial to show how I went about adding the embroidery floss strings to the background of my page.  These sort of embellishments to the background of projects can be made with either thread, floss or twine--it all depends on what works best for your project.

I designed my page based on a sketch from Page Drafts.

 I'm such a fan of mini glass vials.  For this one I decided to fill it with little red heart confetti that I've had in my stash since the beginning of time!  They worked like a charm for the theme of this particular page.
The heart banner was die cut with the Gemstones card stock by Core'dinations.  This card stock has this amazing shimmery gleam to it!  In person, it's really eye catching & adds a nice touch to your projects.

Let's get started with the tutorial...
Step 1: With a stitching template & a pencil mark 10 holes along the edge of your page.  The stitching template can be anything from a ruler with piercing holes (i.e. Tim Holtz ruler), stitching template or even a circle template.  The template I used is transparent so it helps with the placement of my holes and it's meant to create circles.  However, it also has a stitching template along the border & this is what I used for my holes.  Some people can eyeball this part & don't need to mark the holes, they just pierce the holes right away--I just don't have that talent, if I freehand this part everything will come out lopsided, so I rely on templates!
Step 2: Pierce your holes
Step 3: String your embroidery floss & thread the needle through the first hole.  I secure the end of the floss with a piece of tape in order to keep it in place.
Step 4: Thread the floss straight across right through the hole on the opposite side of the page
Step 5: To create the next row of floss, from behind your paper, go straight down to the next hole & repeat Step 4
Step 6: Keep repeating steps 4 & 5 until your done threading all 10 of your holes.  When you're done it should look like the photo.  You'll find that as you string you may run out of floss, when this happens secure the end of the floss to the back of your paper with a piece of tape, rethread your needle & start the same process again.  Everything you begin or end your floss, secure it with a piece of tape in order to keep it in place.  NOTE: Try to keep your paper as flat as possible & you string your floss.  You'll notice that as you string, your paper will tend to curl.  Reposition it every time so that it remains flat.
Step 7: This is what the back of your paper should look like.  Here you can see  where I began threading my floss & at what point I ran out of floss & had to re-thread--which is why you see two pieces of tape holding two ends of floss in place.
Step 8:  When done you'll notice that no matter how hard you try to keep your paper flat--it'll still tend to curl up.  This is where your leftover scraps come into play.  Find a piece of leftover card stock or paper--heavyweight works best so a leftover piece of Authentique paper will do just right!  Adhere this scrap to the back.  Ensure this scrap is placed right behind your threading--this extra heavy card stock will 'anchor' your page so that it doesn't curl.
Step 9:  Finally, take a small strand of the same embroidery floss & tie all the strands together with a simple knot as shown here.  You're done!  Next step is to embellish away & put your layout together.

Hope you all found this tutorial helpful...thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your week!

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Irresistible Engage #IRR004, Irresistible Allure #IRR003, Irresistible Formal #IRR002, Irresistible Components 6x12 Stickers, Irresistible Enhancements, 
Stitching Template: Bazzill 8" Circle
Die: LaLa Land Crafts
Card Stock: Core'dinations
Other:
Embroidery Floss, Mini Glass Vial, Organza Ribbon Flowers

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