Friday, January 22, 2021

Perfect Match Blog Hop


Welcome to the Perfect Match Blog Hop. You should have come from Lauren's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you've seen all the amazing inspiration from our talented CTMH Makers. If you get lost while hopping, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I've been creating almost non-stop with these products: the paper, the stickers, the stamps...all of it! For my post here, I decided to shamelessly copy a layout idea I found on Pinterest. I was going to give you the link to the original post but it didn't work. I got that nasty "oops" screen. I hope my version is as inspiring for you as the original one was for me.

I wish my stitching was better, but I was relatively successful at covering the worst of my blunders with stickers.

I started by sketching a swirl with pencil on my paper. I then stamped the LOVE, we're a Perfect Match and red arrows, the envelope, a couple of other bordering lines, and the large heart behind the HAPPY sticker. I then did my stitching, breaking in places over the things I'd stamped. When I was done and had pulled my loose threads through to the back side, I erased my pencil line and started adding stickers and a few more stamped things, notably the small pink hearts. On the floral stickers, I trimmed off the blue leaves and then used a black marker to cover up any of the blue still showing before sticking them down. 

The only thing I used that doesn't come from the Perfect Match collection is the "love joy happiness xo" stamp. It's from the upcoming Stamp of the Month called "Doodled Borders." It will be available on February 1. 

This is my favorite picture ever of my husband and me...including wedding pictures! It was taken about ten years ago in Colorado Springs at Garden of the Gods. In a few years, I won't mind my wonky stitching, and this might end up being my favorite layout with my favorite picture.

Now you're off to Michelle's blog. I'm following right behind you because I still have some paper and a few stickers left to go with my stamp set. I can't wait to see what everyone has made!

Until next time,


  1. I love your page and the uniqueness of its design!

  2. I have stitched by hand on a layout, would love to use a sewing machine at some point.

  3. Oh, so lovely!! Thank you for explaining the details...and your stitching is beautiful! :) the spacing, the words, using that black pen to "cover up" anything you didn't like...I love it all. Such a LOVELY single page! :)
    and I can't TELL you how much I connect with your photo --it being your favorite and taken at Garden of the Gods. One of my favorite places in CO, as my hubby and I had many dates there when we first met at camp out there in the early 90's. Such a special place..and love that you now have this photo preserved so beautifully for generations to come!

  4. I just love this! The journaling along the way is a perfect way to outline your favourite photo. Love, love, LOVE!

  5. This is so fun- I love how the stitching draws your eyes into the photo.

  6. Awwwwww...y'all are just the CUTEST and love how the circle has some embellishments, some journaling, a little bit of everything!

  7. Love your layout!! SO fun the way it really draws your eye to the photo.


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