Wednesday, July 6, 2011

That's Debatable

Our daughter, Elizabeth, really enjoyed her time debating. This layout is of her and her third debate partner, Samuel, prepping for the next speech in the round. As soon as I saw this Bo Bunny Liberty paper I knew it would be perfect for this page.

When I saw the challenge for Bo Bunny's Layout Friday Challenge, to draw 
inspiration from an advertisement, I found this gem:

Adding some bling and stickles to the chipboard stickles really made them pop:

The Fireworks paper painted with stickles sparkles just like the mat in the ad. 
The stardust stickles picked up the bit of red and reflect them along with
the white and blue. I pierced the holes before hand stitching this border:


I drew the stitching line using a templet of a square piece of paper punched with the same corner punch, then used a ruler to evenly space the holes for stitching. I actually pencil marked where I wanted the stitches before piercing, but if you're brave you can pierce along the drawn line using your ruler as a guide. Embroidery thread comes in 6 strand hanks. I like delicate stitching and rarely use all six threads. Often I pull out one thread and double it. I don't like lumpy knots behind my stitching, so here is a technique to start your stitching securely without a knot or tape. Using one length of thread (I like using about a yard or so at a time.) put both ends through your needle. You will have two threads coming out one side and a loop at the end of the other. Stitch from the back to the top, leaving the tail with the loop underneath the page, stitch back down again and then pull your needle through the loop and pull your thread to take up all the slack and your thread is secure and you can keep on stitching. When you are getting close to the end of the thread, go to the back of your page, stitch through several through several stitches from side to side and then back again, then trim off your tail. No knot and no tape.  I'll be posting some photos later tonight if this doesn't make sense. 

Hand stitching needles ~ The needles that usually come with scrapbook stitching templates are large - too large for most of my stitching unless I am using all 6 threads which I rarely do. A good needle to use is a tapestry needle, which is the kind used for cross stitching. Tapestry needles have large eyes for easy threading and a blunt tip which makes it easy to stitch through pre-pierced holes. They come in a large variety of sizes and can be found in the notions department of the fabric store.

I love to use stickles, but not directly out of the tip. I squirt a small glob of stickles on a piece of scrap paper or plastic, and use a paint brush to brush a thin layer onto the desired areas of my project. You can get some great detail using a very fine tip brush, like the stars on the banner.

Found items ~ I enjoy finding and using found items on my layouts. I found this flag/heart pin in a grab bag sale last fall, and knew it would be beautiful on a patriotic themed page. I removed the back and had an instant embellishment for pennies.

Supplies used:
Bo Bunny Liberty ~ United
Bo Bunny Liberty ~ Old Glory
Bo Bunny Liberty ~ Fireworks
 Bo Bunny Liberty ~ Stripe
Bo Bunny ~ Almond Dot
Bo Bunny ~ 12x12 Chipboard Stickers - Liberty
Bo Bunny ~ Clear Stamps - Liberty
Bo Bunny ~ Jewels - Liberty
Bo Bunny ~ Jewels - Zoology
Bo Bunny ~ Buttons - Liberty
Ranger Stickles ~ Stardust
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Pumice Stone
Tombo ABT Markers ~ 969, 528
In Stitch'z Thread ~ Red
Flag/heart pin ~ Stash
Ink Jet Transparency Paper ~ Stash
Creative Memories ~ Corner Rounder
Gazelle ~ Scalloped Mat - Penny Duncan Designs SVG File
Gazelle ~ Title - Font: Booter Zero Zero

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous. I saw this paper and fell in love it. You did an amazing job!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very nice layout thanks for sharing!!

  3. Such a beautiful layout, cherished memories for years to come, your daughter looks so pretty, and the techniques you used just made this layout even more special. Hugs, Lori m

  4. Tracy, this is just great! Proud of her too. Hey, I posted the blog award a few days ago. Thanks again.

  5. this is fabulous!! what great paper for your subject!!

  6. That is one lovely layout for a fabulous young lady! Love the Patriotic theme!

  7. Wow, Tracey, this is gorgeous!!! you did an amazing job with this design, perfect for the debate photo!

  8. This is fantastic! Your daughter is lovely & quite the grown up. You may have a future politician on your hands.
    Great work as always!
    Love it!!!!

  9. WOW Beauitul job with this AMAZING layout!!:)


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