Friday, 2 September 2016

Back 2 School - Pebbles

Hi everyone! I'm back with a “Back 2 School” layout using the wonderful “DIY Home” collection from Pebbles Inc.. The photo I used is of my daughter on the first day of her last year of secondary school. This was a bit of a special year for her as she had been away for a year. She had done five of the six years of secondary school when she decided she wanted to go to the USA to attend one year of High School, which she did. When she came back though, she still had to finish her school here in The Netherlands. I’m happy to say that last May she graduated and this month she will be going to university!

When I looked at the colors of my photo I knew straight away that I wanted to use the DIY Home collection as the colors are such a perfect match. I had lots of left-overs which I could use to create the mat under my photo and I loved the quote so I wanted to use that as well:

Next I wanted to include some “String Art” in my layout as I really love the extra dimension this gives. I decided I would do part of my title in a string art-way. Here’re a few photos how I achieved this:

I printed the word “school” on a regular piece of paper, using the “Cocogoose” font, size 120 and placed the print on a sheet of white cardstock (Cocogoose is a free font and can be found HERE):

Using my paper piercer I punched little holes through the printed sheet in my cardstock beneath:

Once I was done I removed the print and with some embroidery thread I hand stitched each letter on the white cardstock, starting with the outline before filling in the rest of the letter:

Here’s the end result. Doesn’t it look great?

Here are a few close-ups of the rest of my layout. The feather, the “xoxo” and the polaroid frame were all created using some of my dies and a die-cutting machine. The feather and the polaroid frame were cut from the DIY Home “Pink Ombre” sheet and the “xoxo” was cut from the “gold dot” sheet.

The flower die-cut comes from the “Warm & Cozy” collection and the word “smile” is a phrase tag from the “Home + Made” collection.

The rest of the title was created with some “gilded” Thickers and next to it I added a few lines of hand written journaling. Last but not least I added some machine stitching and a few paint drops and I was done!

Hope you like and that I've been able to inspire you a little! 


  • DIY Home Brush Strokes (732914)
  • DIY Home Buffalo Check (732917)
  • DIY Home Sunset (732919)
  • DIY Home Wood Floors (732920)
  • DIY Home Quotables (732929)
  • DIY Home Gold Foil With Embossed Dots (732927)
  • DIY Home Pink/Gold Ombre Foil Woodgrain (732933)
  • DIY Home Decorative Tape: Gold Glittered Scallop (732953)
  • Home + Made: Warm & Cozy Ephemera (733389)
  • Home + Made Phrase Tags (732639)
  • American Crafts Gilded Thickers (732613)
  • American Crafts Precision Pen 03 Black (PP03-62311)
  • American Crafts White Cardstock (SKU: AM710-81)
  • American Crafts Baker’s Twine Ribbon Spools (89423)

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my project!
Have a fab day!


  1. Wat een perfecte match van papier en foto! Je lay-out is super!

  2. Loveeeeeeeeee this!! LOVING the colors, the quote and that amazing stitching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Beautiful page and that stitched title is amazing!

  4. Wat een gave titel met die geborduurde tekst. Mooie kleuren bij elkaar. Weer een TOP layout! Liefs, Yvonne

  5. Oh I've got to find time to try that fill-in stitching - what a great mix of sewing and string art looks. Fabulous layout.