If you follow this blog, you know how I love Kiwi Lane templates for how easy and quickly they make putting together a layout. They really help to see what it is going to look like before you make your first cut of paper. Did you also know you can use them as a guide for stitching and embellishments? Here are a couple quick tips for you on achieving this.
As I was laying out all the templates, I loved how Floral 3 became a focal point, and a perfect spot to add a little bling. I mean, a girl has to have a little bling, right?!? In the end, I changed up my layout from the framing stage, but Floral 3 stayed right where it was!
Tip 1: Using the Templates as a Guide for Embellishments:
We usually trace our templates on paper and proceed to cut them out. In this case, I grabbed my silver pen and traced the template directly on to the background paper. Using different shades of orange gems, I highlighted the flower shape. It becomes a focal point, without overwhelming the page.
Here are a few other layouts I've made using the templates as embellishment guides:
For this one, I used Cascade Trails 3A to add the jewels for just that little spot of sparkle.
Tip 2: Using the Templates as a Stitching Guide:
Cascade Trails is probably one of my favorite border sets. I love the beach and love taking pictures while we are there, including the picture I am working with on this project (from a cruise I was on in 2006). The curves in Cascade Trails become easy wave templates for these pictures. I love the movement in the Stowaway paper, but I wanted to highlight the water feel a little more. So I decided to use Cascade Trails 3A as a stitching guide. As you can see in the middle picture, I traced the template, and followed with pencil line with my paper piercer – and away I went with the stitching. An hour later, I had an extra layer of waves added to my page.
And this is the final layout!
What I used:Quick Quotes Stowaway 100, 300, 400
Quick Quotes Summer Breeze 300
Kiwi Lane Design Templates:Accents 2
Cascade Trails 2A, 2B, and 3A
Paisley Place Mini 1A and 1B
Tiny Wildflower: 4T and 6T
Please note, this will probably be the ONLY time you will see me pointing to my belly on a layout. I was 5 months pregnant with my first at the time this picture was taken, which was actually part of the point of this layout.
I hope I’ve inspired you to grab your templates and use them as not just a guide to cut paper, but as a guide for adding some embellishments (and stitching) to your page.
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