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: