Gina: RED September Challenge, Sew

If you read my post about our other September challenge, you know that there is a machine in my room that doesn't get the love it deserves.  What you may not know is that the Silhouette isn't the only machine in my room that gets neglected.  Ahhh, that wonderful sewing machine that I just had to have.  You do know how wonderful stitching looks on layouts, don't you?  I certainly do - yet, every time I look at the sewing machine, I shudder, turn around and try to pretend that it doesn't exist.  So, around here, we're giving ourselves challenges that inspire us to create and/or force us out of our comfort zone.  The sew on a layout challenge was born.

To be honest, I was in full on procrastination mode.  I'd look at that sewing machine, turn back to my craft table and say to myself, how about another day, until I was discussing this problem with Shellie and she kindly pointed out that nowhere in the challenge did it say that we had to use the sewing machine.  The challenge was simply to sew on a layout.  Well, that certainly changed things.

Off to the drawer with the Amy Tan stitching templates I went and the rest as they say....well, you get the idea.

The layout captures a picture of Stew and me.  We were in Baltimore for a show at the Hippodrome and decided instead of driving home that night (we live about 45 minutes away) we'd just get a room and go home in the morning.  It was spontaneous and lovely and this picture I think captures those emotions.  The background paper I used gave me almost all of the embellishment the page needed, but I added some die cuts and vellum pieces along with the hand stitching and used a die cut as my title and that my friends, wrapped up this layout.

I recorded the video for this layout in real time, so if you'd like to see it come together from start to finish, please head on over to my youtube channel and take a look.

Until next time, Gina