“Better Together” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to share Guest Designer, Belinda Jane’s second project for you this month.  This one absolutely has my heart, all that stitching is divine.  I have really loved her shares this month!  Thanks so much for joining us Belinda xo 

I’m really excited to be sharing my second project as a guest designer for September. I fell totally in love with the ‘Spring Roses‘ Cut n Stitch file when I saw it in the shop. It felt like the perfect base for a layout that shared a photo of my husband and I as I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of journaling to go along with this photo so I could really let the creative aspects of the layout take center stage.I started by setting up my layout in Silhouette Studio. I duplicated the cut file making one slightly smaller. I then split the file in two and cut the outline of the roses from plain white cardstock, with the stitching holes for the leaves cut into my background paper. I then got to work stitching around each of those white roses using a graduated toned embroidery thread that perfectly matched the dress I’m wearing in the picture. I wanted to bring a little bit of watercolor into this layout. I took a fresh piece of white cardstock and covered the entire background in a few different muted peachy-pink tones and used that to back my stitched rose cut file. In hindsight, it would have been much easier to stitch those delicate roses after they had been adhered to the backing paper! Then I used a pale green watercolor inside each of the leaf outlines on the background paper before stitching around those with green thread.The layout came together pretty easily after that. I trimmed down my background paper and added a very thin mat using the watercolor background paper I had created for my roses. I distressed the edges of the background to give it some nice texture and interest.I adhered the stitched and backed roses into place on the background paper using a quick-dry wet glue. I grabbed a bunch of papers from my scrap stash and added lots of complimentary layers to back my photo before adhering that to the layout as well.I used a gold foil thickers title of “Better Together” along with some of the chipboard hearts from that same chipboard sticker set. I also added a sprinkling of blue enamel dots here and there. I kept the journaling super simple and nestled that in under the title. I finished off the layout with some gold splatters.

I will confess that this layout was more time consuming and labor-intensive than I usually like. But that finished product just makes me so very happy.

Belinda Jane

Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,