I’m always finding inspiration for my scrapping in unusual places – home decor magazines, style blogs and even roadside signs! Of course, other forms of art like painting, quilting, and weaving are always a great place to find creative techniques that can be incorporated into your scrapping. Lately, I’ve been inspired by sewing/stitching projects like these:

Lisa Dickinson Inspiration 1

Source: Christine Mauersburger

Lisa Dickinson Inspiration 2

Source: Karin Lundström

Lisa Dickinson Inspiration 3

Source: Wren Bird Arts

Stitching is such a great way to add subtle texture to a scrapbook page, so I wanted to try it on a page. I used my sewing machine to add imperfectly stitched circles behind my embellishment clusters:


supplies | cardstock: Bazzill Basics; patterned paper, die cuts, journal card, acrylics: Elle’s Studio; stickers: Jillibean Soup; stamps: Hero Arts; buttons & jewels: Queen & Company; electronic die cutter: Cameo; font: Bohemian Typewriter.

Not only does the stitching add another layer of dimension to the page, but the stitched circles also create a background area for the embellishments and helps the eye see them as one unit, rather than many small pieces.


Because I am definitely not a skilled seamstress, my stitching is far from perfect, but I love the slightly wonky and handmade touch it adds to my background. Don’t worry about neatness and embrace the imperfection!


And if you don’t have a sewing machine (and don’t want to attempt hand-stitching), this same look could be achieved by drawing the design with a pen or by gluing twine in a similar circular pattern.

So if you’re looking for inspiration or a creative nudge, be sure to look beyond scrapbooking and into other forms of art as well! Inspiration can be found in so many places!


 To see more of Lisa’s work, be sure to visit her blog HERE or find her on Instagram @bluestardesign