How Products Can Inspire Stories

When I saw this paper at my local scrapbook store,

I was instantly inspired. Not the A Side of the paper, but the B Side of the paper. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the pattern is actually a cross-stitch pattern!

Why is that inspiring? I was a cross-stitcher long before I was a scrapbooker and this paper made me want to stitch on it. I had buy it, of course. But as I continued to browse in the store my mind was racing. What kind of layout would call for cross stitching? Certainly not a rough and tumble nephew page and it’s not like I’d make a page about cross stitching itself… Wait. I’ve never created a page about my love for cross stitching! Maybe…

And that is how the idea for the page came about! I ended up staging the photo because I didn’t have any photos of me cross-stitching. (BTW – I didn’t realize how crooked that photo was until I was editing. I fixed it but I wasn’t about to retake photos!) This Indie Chic collection is so pretty. I’m loving the pinks and mustard yellows together. The design is a scraplift of a page I created several years ago that was scraplifted from somewhere else. It  was long before the days of Pinterest so I don’t know who the design really came from.

I didn’t want to cross stitch on a big section of this paper, I just wanted a small accent in the corner. I pierced the holes and using the pattern printed on the paper I stitched in the leaf. There’s no color ledgend so I just picked embroidery thread colors that coordinated. I started my journaling on this fun perforated paper from Jenni Bowlin, but ended up adding a tag behind my photo to add more details.

Other: American Crafts buttons, DMC embroidery thread

I never intended to create this page but when inspiration strikes, we need to go with it and see where it takes us.

Have you ever been prompted to tell a story because you were inspired by a product?

Thanks for stopping by today!

17 Comments

  1. This is the perfect shot for the background paper! I love how you cross-stitched on it too. Awesome!

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  2. Adding in that bit of real stitching was a great idea! Pretty page!

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  3. this is so cool, love cross stitching too!

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  4. tammy, this is awesome! love the cross stitching on this! wonderful job

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  5. What a great idea…I used to crosstitch but as I have aged, my eyes are not as good as they were!
    I still admire all crosstitch and petit point and drool over it!!!
    Great layout.

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  6. Amazing page, Tammy! So, so cool. I was a cross stitcher for awhile but haven’t in ages. I miss it sometimes 🙂 And definitely have been inspired to create pages because of product 🙂

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  7. That is awesome. We got a cross stitch pattern graph paper in our studio calico kit. It is like heavy cardboard. I haven’t used it yet. Terrific layout, love your cross stitch Very unique

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  8. Oh, I love this and I love the story behind it. I cross-stitched in high school. My volleyball teammates would tease me when I’d pull out my needle and floss when we were on road trips but it just relaxed me. 🙂
    Stitching on the paper was a great idea!

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  9. What a great use of inspiration! Love how tied it all together, kept the focus not just on the technique, but the story as well 🙂

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  10. Love the cross stitching on the layout, just beautiful

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  11. Beautiful & brilliant. Love the back story. I love cross stitching but have the same eye issue as scrappymo 🙁 I do have several lovelies from my mom’s house that I need to get hung & enjoy!

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  12. I love this! That stitching is so fun!

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  13. What a beautiful idea!!! Where do you come up with these ideas? I love it!!! You know I will have to copy this off you!!!!
    If you were to do a 2nd page to this I think a photo of what you were working on would be nice. Off to print some more photos!!

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  14. such a great page! love that pict 🙂

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  15. I think it’s fabulous that you created the page about cross-stitching & added the cross-stitched leaf.

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  16. This is such a lovely page.
    I haven’t x-stitched in years. I have so many projects either on the go, or that I wanted to do.
    Again great layout.

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