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MWL DT: LO | Joy

Hello fellow crafters! Today I am sharing a layout on Made With Love with some chain stitching!

Stitching on layouts are one of my favorite things to do. They always inspire the outcome of the entire layout.

This time, I was inspired to stitch a Christmas tree geometric image with chain stitches. I have always wanted a Christmas tree for Christmas. Singapore homes are just too small to house a tree! But I always loved seeing the different decorated Christmas trees online or while visiting my friends' place.

Chain stitching are the basics of book binding. I like to use them on layouts! For this Christmas tree, I started with measuring the distances, and piercing the points for sewing purposes. The stitching was so therapeutic! This time, I am using the Mayaroad waxed hemp. I like that it gives a more solid feel, and the Christmas tree looks real!

After the stitching was done, I started layering the photo and added sticker embellishments. Since I am layering these embellishments, I used the powder tool so that the sticker elements won't stick to the wrong places.

Behind the photo, I decided to use some water color to spice up the layout. Using the Gamsai Tambi is a breeze. Just spritz some water to the color palette you intend to use and brush it onto the cardstock. Then, I added some light number stamping in Versafine Grey. Let it dry or use a heat gun to speed up the drying process. Afterwards, decorating is like the sentiment "oh, what fun!"

To finish up the layout, I used the Sizzix die and cut out the letters J, O and Y. Large alphabet diecuts are my favorite! They are prominent on a layout! Add some embellishments and sentiments around the title to create interest.

I had fun with this layout, and hope you enjoyed the walk through! All products used are from Made With Love, thanks for dropping by my blog today! 

Supplies Used:

  • Gamsai Tambi Water Color
  • Mayaroad Waxed Hemp - Yellow and Green
  • Simple Stories | Oh What Fun! Collection - Combo Cardstock Stickers
  • My Mind's Eye | Oh What Fun! Collection - Wreaths
  • My Mind's Eye | Oh What Fun! Collection - Santa
  • My Mind's Eye | Oh What Fun! Collection - Wonderland
  • My Mind's Eye | Oh What Fun! Collection - Minty
  • Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 7 Dies - Serif Essentials
  • Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars

MR DT: Album | Joy

Hello! End of the year means joy to me as I start to prepare some gifts for my dearest family and friends! This is also the time I start humming Christmas Carols while I work on my projects ha!
Today I am up on Mayaroad, and would like to share a mini album of Joy, having a dear friend in mind. She has kept almost every vintage Christmas postcards and photographs, a collection she loves dearly. I thought it would be nice to make an album for her.

This album is covered with leather, then hand bounded together with secret belgium binding. This mode of binding is my favorite, because it can look vintage or fun loving depending on the thread you use. This time, I am using the jute craft string as the main element in this project. Gotta love this roll of jute craft string, I have to add some of these to almost all my projects!

The main focus on the album cover was the jewel center burlap blossom. I really liked this flower piece, it is grunge and elegant all at the same time! The only difference was that I used a plier to remove the jewel centre, so I could use them seperately as a splatter around my centerpiece.

I have used the KO vintage trims on this album. Since it was too white to my liking, I decided to add some coffee stains to it. It is really easy, just add coffee powder (no instant coffee mix, just plain grinded coffee beans) to water. Soak the trim until the color appeals to you.

I added the trims to the background in rows of different lengths, and also to the center of the burlap blossom. Just run a running stitch at the straight ends of the trim, and then tighten to form a rosette trim. To top it up, I added a snowflake metal charm. To add a title to the album, I started out with distressing on the remains of the shipping tags I had used previously. Then I stamped the word Joy and happy days with silver ink pad. These words are from the Homemade Holidays stamp set. Just for fun, I added a scroll tied together with the jute craft string and accompanied by the gold star pins.

For the pages I kept it simple yet with a little fun! These pull out tags creates interest for the receiver. I used the Manila shipping tags as a base, distressed with shades of brown for contrast. You can use these tags too! On a few pieces, I stamped the snowflakes  from the Homemade Holidays stamp set randomly on the tag. I have also added some jute craft strings here and there, and at the top of the shipping tag.

When slided, the shipping tag raises and disclose the photo that is behind it. I like this element of surprise for the receiver! At the base of the shipping tag, I have also added the coffee dyed trim and a row of the pearl center trim.

Here is how the slider mechanism looks like!

Hope you get inspired for Christmas projects with Mayaroad products!

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MR DT: LO | Lucky

Hello roadies! I am Stacy and back on the Mayaroad blog with a layout to share. This month at Mayaroad, we are celebrating the love for twine.
As most of you already know, this is my staple product so I am very excited to share this layout today!

The first thing which inspired me was to crochet a flower for my layout. Any stitching work inspires me for layouts, be it crochet or stitching patterns. In this case, I made 2 flowers with a crochet hook and the jute cording twine. Then, I added some pearl buttons as flower centers to complete the flower. 
The pearl buttons comes in different sizes and patterns. I love them all! So I decided to add in some of the smaller ones as well. They fill in the empty spaces and gives a glamour to the page. Beneath the layers, I have also added some jute that hangs my layers and photo.
The photo and layers are clipped onto the jue string by the bulldog clips. Easy way to add a decor piece onto the layout.
Don't forget to finish up the layout with the wood hexagons! These are another must have - I am addicted to using these little ones!
Hope you get inspired to use up those Mayaroad twines you have in your possession and add a few more to your collection! There is so much more reason to do so when there is a 30% off for all twine purchases using the code "TWINETIME". Check out the twine collection here.
Have a great week ahead!