Fun with Paper Piecing and Stitching – Trying New Things!

I must admit…I am OBSESSED with paper piecing and stitching! For the past four months I have watched video after video on YouTube about paper piecing and stitching on scrapbook layouts. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. So off to Michaels I went to purchase sewing floss and needles. I was bound and determined to give this try!


Not bad for my first try! It’s not perfect, but I am glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone a bit. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

This layout features a photo of my baby girl that I captured on a lazy Saturday afternoon while she was napping. I think I have about 10 layouts of her sleeping, because she is so stinkin’ precious! I had a vision of creating clusters of floating clouds around the photo, as if to suggest that she was sleeping among them.

From the Silhouette Design Store, I uploaded a cloud cut file (there are several designs so it was a bit difficult to narrow my choices). I cut the clouds from American Crafts White Textured cardstock. (An alternative is to cut the clouds out of pattern paper.) At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use pattern paper for some of the clouds, but it became clear to me that using pattern paper would add more interest to the layout. I simply used some of the extra cloud cuts as a template, traced the cloud on a piece pattern paper, and cut them out by hand.

Once all of the clouds were cut, I used my We R Memory Keepers Paper Piercer and Piercing Mat to poke stitching holes around the perimeter of the clouds. Next, using white sewing floss, I sewed a backstitch on each cloud. To be honest, this process took me quite a while. I began this layout about 2 weeks ago, starting and stopping in between projects. Not my usual process!


After all of the clouds were stitched, I positioned them in clusters around the layout. I added Fun Foam and foam squares behind the clouds for added dimension.


To finishing the layout, I added a few die cuts and stickers to the cloud clusters, a title, and a bit of journaling. Overall, I really like this layout! I am glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried something new!

Page Ingredients: Elements used to create this layout are from the May 2017 Hip Kit Club Main Scrapbooking Kit.

Want to see how this layout came together? Head on over to the Victoria Marie YouTube Channel to see the process video for this spread. Thanks for stopping by!



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