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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!

MWL DT: LO | Love

Hello everyone! How has October been for everyone? October has proven to be challenging for me in terms of medical and on-going activities, but I am surely in the midst of the best company ever to get me through this month!

I am up as Made With Love DT today sharing a layout to thank my family. I am so blessed to have them by my side, no matter how challenging times were. It was inspired by 2 dies - Bundle of flowers (Sizzix Bigz L by Katelyn Lizardi) and Diamond Cluster (Sizzix Thinlits by Debi Patter).

I always love to add a stitch or two on my layouts. That is what completes a layout for me. It is also an interesting element to add dimensions on a layout.

The first thing I did was to lay the Diamond cluster diecut on the white cardstock. I know, it may seem like a completely different purpose of the die, but it does work as a stitching template for me too! Look out for other dies with the same capability, there are quite a number of dies which can do the same! Have a foam board or piercing mat below the white cardstock, and start with a few holes at the tips of the design. I secured the die in place with a couple of needles. Doesn't it look as though I am performing some sort of accupuncture on the cardstock? Ha!

After piercing the necessary holes, stitch away! I used regular long stitch method, weaving in and out of the holes. The end product is 2 sets of stitched damond clusters!

No, I do not really have a plan before I start stitching. I actually like to go wth the flow, and let the elements speak to me. This time, I have chosen Simple Stories - Vintage Blessings collection for my layout because of the beautiful and warm colors - perfect for family photos or any grateful themed layouts!

There are some family sentiments in the collection that really pops to me. I did some fussy cutting of the elements and added them to the layout.

Next, I really wanted to make us of the flowers die which I totally love! This is a must have - you can create 2 different kinds and I have chose one of the design this time. Another bonus, the construction of the flowers are easy! It is also easy to incorporate onto layouts as they are not very bulky.

Lastly, I added the title and some prima flowers to balance the entire layout. Who doesn't like a prima flower (or 2!)? That surely is a must have for layouts - instantly sweetens the entire deal!

Supplies Used:
  • Simple Stories - Vintage Blessings Collection
  • Sizzix - Bundle of flowers (Sizzix Bigz L by Katelyn Lizardi)
  • Sizzix - Diamond Cluster (Sizzix Thinlits by Debi Patter). 
  • Brown Twine
  • American Crafts Thickers - The Lucky Ones
  • Prima Flowers - Fleurs De Prima #597009

All suppliies used are available at Made With Love. Have a great week ahead filled with inspirations and thank you for dropping by my blog today!

MWL DT: Mini Album | Scrappy Friends (Long Stitch + Twist)

It is my turn up as Made With Love DT sharing a mini album I've hand stitched recently! I am super excited to share this album which features a twisted long stitch binding!

I was inspired by the Kaisercraft 6.5" paper pad #Me collection sitting on my desk, and I love the colors. There were some interesting quotes in the paper pad as well. It is really easy to get started on making a 6" album with a paper pad collection. There is enough pattern papers for the inserts, and some embellishments which are perforated and you could just pop it out from the pack. 

On the front cover, I decided to add the Maya Road wooden mason jar and transparency clock. It is simple to come up with the album cover once you have the main elements decided. Another trick is adding strands of MR jute craft strings behind embellishments or flowers. They act as fillers in this case, fills up some empty spaces and create layers without being overwhelming. Sequins are also simple elements that really cook a storm. Add one or two randomly across the cover, and you get a subtle shine to the page.

There are many ways to construct the album. Each of the methods has its uniqueness, and in this case, I used some fabric to help construct this album spine. The contrast of fabric (on the spine) and patterned paper (on the covers) creates a unique look.

What is an album without stitching? For me, albums with hand stitching complete the look, and add a classy definition. Book binding makes a handmade album extra special! This time, I am adding some die-cut alphabets to my album spine. Like what you see? Want to learn how I did the stitching? Stay tuned to MWL's facebook page for the upcoming workshop in October! *Wink*

Here are some closeups of the album. Add some stickers or die-cuts in the pages - decorating the pages are super fun!

Supplies Used:

  • Kaisercraft 6.5" Paper Pad - #Me
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet - Close Up!
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet - Ooh La La!
  • WRMK Sequin Stickers, black
  • Maya Road jute craft string
  • Maya Road wooden mason jar
  • Maya Road transparency clock, white 

All supplies used are available at Made With Love. Hope you find inspiration from the post today and thank you for dropping by my blog today!