Swan? Swoon.

Hey everyone!

I seem to be in the same boat as Lori because I’m also working on a project that isn’t QUITE ready to show on the blog…so here’s a layout! Once  the “project” is gifted to the recipients you guys will be able to check it out here on the blog. I know, I know. Patience isn’t my middle name either.


It’s my mini cousin’s birthday next week so I wanted to showcase a picture of the 2 of us. The picture is from a day trip we took to Grand Marais, Minnesota a couple years ago and I’ve been dying to scrapbook it ever since.


This is my last layout featuring the Crate Paper Bloom collection, I swear. If I can’t convince you today that this collection is adorable and you need to scoop it up while it’s still in the shop…then I never will.

I had a vision of “homespun” when I started this layout. To achieve this look I wanted to hand-draw and hand-cut my letters and add sewn elements. The handmade letters worked out quite well but the sewing did not. I bought a vintage sewing machine off of VarageSale a few weeks ago… after my fancy Brother machine met it’s untimely death by smashing into smithereens on my floor. I haven’t been able to get the vintage one to work yet (I’m missing a part) so sewing just wasn’t on the craft table this time around. I improvised and added some embroidered x stitches instead which I actually ended up being very happy with.


For the title I simply drew block letters (in pencil! very important step!) on patterned paper, cut them out with my craft scissors, then erased the pencil lines. Easy! And it shows off the pretty patterns in this line so I mean really,  it’s a win-win.

I added the stitches towards the end of my process using simple embroidery thread and holes pierced with a cross-stitching needle. I really wish I had had one of these to pierce the holes instead of the needle because let’s face it…I’m down for anything that speeds up my process and gives me more time to worry about designing my page.


How beyond sweet is that little chipboard birdie? And the Nuvo enamel dots? I used the gold and white drops on this page along with some black ink spots and a wood veneer heart (available in the shop).

A few of the black Petite Diction stickers are scattered throughout the page to tie in those polka dots on the background paper.


A CHIPBOARD SWAN. Seriously, I can’t get over it.

I wanted a lot of dimension on my layout to really make the elements pop off the white cardstock. I used 3D foam dots to make the embellishments pop off the page; you can see in the picture above that I added pop dots under multiple elements. Another trick I use while scrapbooking is only using adhesive in the middle of papers/embellishments so I can turn up the edges and corners and add more dimension (like on the title). I think with all this 3D action this page would look great in a 12×12 shadowbox. Any other ideas on how to display it?

That little gray “don’t forget” banner sticker is actually a planner sticker from the Carpe Diem line. Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate planner supplies into my crafting and I love it. They’re super versatile!


That’s it for today, folks! Thank you so much for stopping by!

And I’ll leave you with this “Wednesday Wisdom”:


Have a great day!

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