Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Good morning!

I have a little tip posted over on the Scrapmuch? blog today so I thought I'd share here too.
No re-inventing the wheel or anything drastic, just an alternative method of faux stitching.

Here goes:

I don't know about you but I love the look of stitching on scrapbook pages, but I hate the fact that I don't have enough room in my scrappy space to accommodate my sewing machine.  This means if I want 'the real deal' on my pages, I have to lug all my supplies up from the basement, get everything set up then reverse the process when I'm done.

I'm sorry to say I am not that dedicated!

The easy way out is to grab your fine line marker and get drawing and that's perfectly fine, but it certainly doesn't look as realistic as machine stitched thread, probably because there is no texture involved.

I have a compromise I'd like to share which will fool most critics.

Before you get to work with your marker, pierce your paper with one of those pointy, paper piercing kinda things.........simple!

It's certainly not rocket science and it's a little more time consuming, but it does make a difference.

You then just join the dots.

I have a variety of pens I like to use in different colours and the effects are very similar, but whichever you choose I would suggest a fine nib.

You can see a close-up here of the comparison with and without the piercing.

Here's an example of some random black 'stitched' lines I used on a recent layout:

.......and a quilt effect in white on another:

I hope you'll give it a try because believe me, no-one will ever know you cheated!




OMG it really does look like real stitching! Awesome tip Jayne, I will be sure to try this. Your layouts are gorgeous, two very different looks but equally inspiring. Pinned them both! TFS. xx


That looks fantastic, I have often just used the stitch with pen but not made the holes.. the holes look awesome.. thanks for sharing..


Thank you for sharing this fabulous technique with us at ScrapMuch?

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