Hello Crate Paper Beauties! It’s Ronda again with a quick little tip/micro tutorial about how I build my layouts withmeandering ribbon & stitches. You might have noticed I am a sucker for meandering ribbons on my layouts. I am going to show you how to make them meander & how to stitch them down. So let’s get started!
I always start my layouts by messing around with the background paper. I knew I wanted to use the bright but ever so yummy colors from Snow Day. I love that a Christmas-y line can be so versatile.
This time I picked a chocolate cardstock that was begging for some mist. I grabbed a leftover negative sheet of chipboard alphabet. Mr. Huey White from Studio Calico was the perfect color for this dark cardstock.
I always tend to push my photos around until I find a good placement. I originally had it on the right and then switched it to the left side & added in the “mittens” paper.
I love adding bits of odd things into my layouts. This piece of paper came from an old atlas. It was a perfect addition to the layout. Not only are the colors just right but to me it means no matter where in the world my kids end up, they will always love each other.Ahhhh. So cheesy right?
Now that I have found placements for my bits of pattern paper, I add in my embellishments. I haven’t glued anything down at this point. I just want to see where things end up. So with my twine or ribbon, I just let it fall on the page and see where itends up in a natural, organic kind of way.
I use the same ribbon/twine to tack down the piece so make sure you save extra for your stitches. This way the stitches are not noticeable. I add in stitches where there are loops & long stretches of twine.
For my other stitches I use a ruler and paper piercer to create the stitch holes. I usually do ever .25 inches but I don’t care if they are uneven. The ruler just helps me keep them semi-straight.
Pick out colors that compliment your layout. I love choosing colors that really pop! DMC Floss is my favorite to use since there are so many colors to pick from. Sometimes I divide up the threads but this time I left all 6 strands.
Thanks for taking a peek into my creative process. I hope you picked up a few tips along the way. Remember this is no right or wrong way; just do what makes you happy. Lots of Love!!!