Stitching and paper piecing with Elsie Robinson!

Stitching and paper piecing with Elsie Robinson!


Hi everyone, I’m super excited to be featured on the SCT blog today and share this layout with you all. First off, a little bit about me…

I’m Elsie Robinson, I’m 23 and I live in the extremely sunny (haha I wish!) Brighton, England. I’m a complete fangirl about anything scrappy related, I drink far too much coffee and I could recite the movie Elf to you in my sleep!

I’ve only been scrapbooking for about a year and a half, but I haven’t stopped since I started. Scrapbooking was a pretty immediate addiction, and one I’m not giving up anytime soon. Making and sharing projects and being part of this awesomely kind and supportive crafty community is such a privilege and something I’m so grateful for. I’m lucky enough to currently be designing for Citrus Twist Kits and Pink Paislee.

Today I’m sharing a very classically “Elsie” layout with you. I never stray too far away from a needle and thread, and I absolutely love paper-piecing. These two techniques feature heavily on this layout, so let me talk you through it.


Supplies: Patterned paper: Crate Paper ‘Chasing Dreams’; Chipboard: Crate Paper ‘Chasing Dreams’; Stickers: Pebbles ‘Tealightful’, Crate Paper ‘Bloom’; Liquitex Light Modelling Paste; Heidi Swapp ‘Confetti’ Stencil; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine; Fiskars XL Cloud Punch

This is definitely one of my more unique ideas, but the main focal point of this page is a snail! I was inspired by a snail sticker I saw in the Pebbles ‘Tealightful’ collection and thought it was super adorable and could be a cute element on a page.  I started off by drawing a very simple snail and then traced over that image with a pencil and tracing paper, as you can see from the photo below.


I don’t own a die-cutting machine, so tracing paper is super handy to make sure I cut the papers as precisely as possible, and is also a great template for when I’m gluing the pieces together to make sure everything is aligned perfectly.


I use hand-stitching for a few reasons: 1) it’s a great way to add more detail and define my image 2) I love the added texture it brings to my layouts 3) It’s totally unique, as hand-stitching like this is difficult to mass produce, which makes elements like these one-of-a-kind!


And how cute is the bonnet on top of the snail?! I didn’t think I would be able to use that bonnet sticker from Pebbles, but I proved myself wrong! And it matched wonderfully with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection. 



Thank you so much for letting me gatecrash the SCT blog today, and I hope you’re inspired to try stitching and/or paper-piecing on your layouts!


Oh Elsie, the pleasure was ours! Thank you for joining us and sharing this beautiful handcrafted page! You can find more of Elsie's brilliant work here:




  1. Angela Lunn June 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Such a beautiful layout! Thank for sharing!

  2. Ruth Gauss June 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Super sweet page! The stitching is really wonderful! Thanks for sharing how you created your layout!!!

  3. Marcia scantlin June 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Can’t wait to see more of your creations. Maybe I should drink more coffee.

  4. Gisèle June 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Elsie is awesomely fantabulous ?
    I am not sure when I started following her, but I love how her creativity like no other. She is unique and has her own style !!
    I regularly watch her YouTube videos, they are worthwhile watching.

  5. Andrea D. La Vigne June 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Wonderful layout, Elsie, & congrats on being featured here! Love that snail, and it’s even more amazing when I learned you hand-cut it. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  6. Dorina D June 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Very nice layout with all that beautiful stitching.

  7. Kelly Crowl June 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Amazing layout with such great creative talent and in such a newbie is AWESOME!

  8. Tracey H June 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful layout, thanks for sharing

  9. Sandy Clinton June 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I love stitching crafts, so it makes me happy to see it used in scrapbooking! Lovely layout!

  10. Jeanette Y June 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Love the pops of color on the white!

  11. Suzi Metcalfe June 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    What a lovely young lady! And a natural talent! I’m very impressed. Of course, I am kinda nutty for all things English, that might help. Ha! No, she deserves high praises, English or not!

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