Saturday, January 14, 2012

Technique Blog Hop: Original Argyle

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! If you are coming from Tabbi's Blog, you are on the right track! Click any photo to zoom in.

This month there are 13 of us highlighting the “Original ArgyleTechnique as shown on page 91 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit DEBI BARBER'S BLOG. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

I created an Original Argyle with paper piecing and sewing. Continue Reading to learn how I made this layout or continue onto Michelle's Blog 

First step you'll need to either cut some diamond shapes or use your Cricut. I selected the triangle card on page 49. <Font Layer><Banner4> cut at 1"

Next you will cut your paper. I used the Magic Book pg 50 for this pattern: Spellbound but changed out the paper to the Typeset Paper Pack.

I distressed all the papers and my diamonds in desert sand ink using a sponge dauber.

Next adhere your paper and photos as well as the diamonds.

Using a pencil and ruler find the middle of each diamond and draw a line through them to create the "X"

Then on my sewing machine in a striaght stitch I sewed over the pencil lines. You will need to start and stop the stitch. However instead of finishing the stitch off with a back and forth motion you will just leave it raw at the end. When I moved between "X"s I did not cut the thread but just moved to the next location to sew. When completely done sewing I cut the thread and then immediately placed acid-free tape over the back where the thread was; securing it all in place. No need to tie knots or finish the stitch off. Once secured erase the pencil lines.

As you can see I choose two different design layouts for the accents as featured in the pattern.

Next I added my title. I used the letters on the cricut set at 2". Some I popped up with 3D foam tape but others I did not to create texture.

On the second page I added two flip flaps so I could put a total of 6 photos instead of just 2. I stamped the treble from the A Melody stamp set on the layout directly. I also stamped some of the notes on Colonial White and cut them out to apply with 3D tape. I added a stamped guitar as well.

Finishing touches included basic buttons and Chipboard Brackets that I sponged to match.

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Michelle's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

P.S. Follow me on Pinterest to see more projects with this paper pack.


  1. I love the use of argyle as an accent than a pattern.

  2. OMW!!! Awesome layout and fantastic step by step instructions.

  3. That is SO precious! The layout is fabulous!