Give away tomorrow

Hey everyone,

Today I have 2 fun posts for you and I know you are going to love them!
They are both so happy and bright and were created by Leslie Davis and Jennifer Chapin

I hope you enjoy them and remember to return tomorrow for our new month of July. We have a lot of fun things going on and tomorrow we have a give away :)

See you then

Hi there! Hope your summer is off to a wonderful start! It's Leslie here today sharing a great technique for flowers. For this layout I used the beautiful Soul Food Collection. These papers provided the perfect floral accompaniment to my botanical page.

And the flowers a little closer...

The flower shapes were cut in 1 and a half, 2 and 2 and a half inch flowers using the Slice and the Noteworthy Design card, but any style of flower in several different sizes will work. I bent the edges up to add dimension and then got to work on the flower stamens or centers.

I started by cutting fringe about a quarter of an inch into a piece of paper. The Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors were mighty handy, but obviously not necessary.

Next, I trimmed right up to the edge of the fringe, leaving just enough of a border to keep the fringe from falling apart. I applied liquid glue along this edge and began to roll it like this:

I used a paper piercer to roll it around, but a tooth pick would work just as well. Note that the pattern that is rolled inside is the one you will see the most. Once I was done rolling, I trimmed a little of the fringe off the top so that the stamen wouldn't be too tall on my page. I didn't start out with it this small because I learned that it was just too hard to handle any smaller.

Then I flipped the edges back and glued it to the center of my flowers. Here's another look at the layout.

Materials Used:
Patterned Papers, brad and borders: GCD Studios Soul Food Collection
Journaling tag: GCD Studios Fun House Collection
Letters: American Crafts (yellow) & Basic Grey (green)


Hi friends! Jennifer here, and I'm going to show you a great technique today to use up those scraps of patterned paper we all have lying around. I don't quilt with fabric, but I can show you how to 'quilt' with your scrapping supplies! Let's get started.

First off, grab some patterned papers and a solid piece of background cardstock.

Cut and trim your papers in any shapes you like. Here I've done strips, but you can even do squares, triangles or any other shape your heart desires! I like to use my decorative scissors to trim a few edges too for interest. After you arrange your papers, ink the edges with a light brown ink and sponge, and adhere them to the cardstock with just a little adhesive. One great thing about sewing on your pages is that you can use less adhesive!

Stitch around the edges of the patterned papers with a straight stitch. You can alternate with a zig-zag stitch too, if you'd like.

Here's an example of just part of a piece that I've done. Once you do this across your whole layout, it's quite a lovely touch!

On this layout, I've used some narrower strips of paper from Material Girls and Homespun Chic.

Here's another quick tip for journaling - you can print computer generated journaling on patterned paper! Just be sure it's a light or neutral pattern so the type will show up.

I hope I've inspired you to grab your sewing machine the next time you sit down to create a page. It really adds such a nice homespun look and lots of great texture!


  1. Wowwwwwwwwwww! These are both gorgeous! i loveeeeeee those flowers in Leslie's lo ... and loving the different patterns Jennifer used!! BEAUTIFUL work ladies! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. great job ladies, love Leslie's flowers and Jennifer's quilting technique.

  3. Fabulous Jobs!!! love the stitching and the flower technique thank you for sharing :)

  4. gorgeous flowers Leslie and superb stitched background Jen!