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LAYOUT IDEA | Draw and stitch an enlarged number and stamp your journaling around that number.

I've been thinking a lot about scale lately - enlarged numbers, letters, photos, etc. and simply going bigger.

It might have been sparked by that digital layered template book I created a few months back. You can check that out here: Love You Because Layered Template Book. Here's another recent layout with a full 12x12 photo background.

It's also been awhile since I did a page about just Chris and me. It was time.

Here's the 8.5x11 layout:

Four random instax photos from a recent date night + a bit of pattern paper + a large stitched number 2 + stamped journaling.

Here's a look at how I created the large stitched number:

1. Sketch a number with pencil (will be erased after stitching). Freaking out about free-drawing a number? Open up Photoshop or Word, make a number really big, print it out, cut it out and use it as a template/stencil to draw around. Easy.

2. With a sewing machine, or by hand, stitch around the outside of the number so you end up with an outline. Mine didn't turn out perfect but it was good enough.

I found it easier to just do one line, stop, make sure the needle was down through the paper, lift up the presser foot, turn the paper, and then keep going. After I finished stitching I erased the pencil lines.

3. Stamp your journaling around the number. I used a couple different red colors and one orange for the ink. While I was stamping the journaling I tried to keep my sentiments to short sentences/phrases.

Along the bottom of the photos I added a sheer ribbon (I think this isn't made anymore) from Maya Road and a word stick from Tim Holtz.

CARDSTOCK | Bazzill Basics White Orange Peel Texture
METAL ACCENT | Tim Holtz Word Sticks
PATTERN PAPER | My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup Ziggy
STAMPS | Educational Insights Lowercase
INK | Close To My Heart, Jenni Bowlin for Ranger

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  1. Autumn says…

    I heart this so much. Love the words. Love the stamps. Thank you for inspiring me.

    Right now, I'm having a low moment and this made me smile. Thank you.

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  2. Maricel C. says…

    Hi Ali, love the layout. I like the journaling placement. One question though, how do you clean/keep your stamps? I have the same stamp set I purchased back in 2008 (or maybe earlier) but the rubber dried out! I noticed before that the stamps left an oily residue whenever I pick them out of the container. Then when I used them recently, the imprint is not clear anymore as the rubber dried out, only the edges of the stamps are seen when I stamp on paper. It's like the font has become an outline type.

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  3. Debbie S. says…

    Ali, this was such a cute idea. I lifted it and did a big heart for my daughter's teacher. Thanks for sharing!

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