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Stitching Guest Designer: Ashley Horton

Guest Designer
Our Stitching Week Guest Designer is Ashley Horton!

2012-06-05 10.22.45
Short bio: I have been married to my husband Tyler for 14 years (this June) and we have two little girls and one little boy, ages 7, 5, and 3. I started Scrapbooking 7 years ago and I love creating pages about our everyday lives and the big events that happen throughout the year. I really love the creative process of choosing photos and then finding just the right title, papers, and embellishments to tell the story behind the photos. I have had the privilege of serving on several Design Teams over the last couple of years and I have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook News & Review, and ScrapStreet Magazine. When I am not spending time with my family or creating, I also enjoy reading, cooking, and watching movies.

How did you get started scrapbooking? I was introduced to scrapbooking through a friend who invited me to attend a Creative Memories Crop. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but once I found out about all of the pretty paper and embellishments that were out there, I was immediately hooked!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? It is definitely a close race between all of the patterned papers and Thickers. Both of them are definitely must haves!

Sugar & spice
SUGAR & SPICE by Ashley Horton

Negatives are a great way to add a fun and interesting look to your pages/projects. Once you have your negative shapes cut, have fun "decorating" them with stitching and a mix of embellishments.

Supplies: Lucky You Paper (35967) – Lucky Charm, Charming Caroline Paper (35907) – My Girl,
Float Away Paper (35965) Lucky Charm, Pretty Poppies Paper (35966) – Lucky Charm,
Commitment Paper (35937) – Yes Please, Inspire Embroidery Stencil Kit (63069) – Yes Please,
Bright Bauble Paper (35970) – Lucky Charm, Skit Ribbon Bows (85618) – Details,
Soda Pop Fabric Stickers (42361) – Remarks, Swing Embellishments (85618)- Details,
Sentiment Clothespins (85663) – Whittles, Boardwalk (53364) – Thickers, Remember Paper (35925) – Yes Please

Thinking of you
THINKING OF YOU CARD by Ashley Horton

Try using multiple colors of embroidery floss when stitching over a large area. It adds a little bit of fun and whimsy to your project.

Supplies: Reflect Paper (35938) – Yes Please, Capture Embroidery Stencil Kit (63070) – Yes Please, Hello Paper (35942) – Yes Please, Clothespin (85663) – Whittles, Swing Layered Embellishments (85618) – Details

Sea side view
SEA SIDE VIEW by Ashley Horton

Find fun ways to use "found" items on your layouts. I used coffee stirring sticks on this layout to create the lolli pop embellishments.

Supplies: Starlight Paper (35981) – Lucky Charm, Printed Chipboard Shapes (85655) – Lucky Charm,
Understand Paper (35939) – Yes Please, Pretty Poppies Paper (35966) – Lucky Charm,
Float Away Paper (35965) – Lucky Charm, Charming Caroline Paper (35907) – My Girl,
Hopeful Paper (35946) – Yes Please, Screen Printed Clothespins (85662) – Dear Lizzy,
Opportunity (85625) – Details, Boardwalk (53361) – Thickers, Rub On Transfer Sheet (42395) – Dear Lizzy,
Collector Paper (35975) – Lucky Charm, Inspire Embroidery Stencil Kit (63069) – Yes Please

Gift bags
GIFT BAGS by Ashley Horton

Create a confetti window by punching or cutting a circle in your gift bag with a die cut machine. Use a punch to create your confetti and place it in a clear plastic bag used for packaging and then tape it behind your open circle.

Supplies: Precious Penny Paper (35904) – My Girl, Currently Paper (35924) – Yes Please, Capture Embroidery Stencil Kit (63870) – Yes Please, Inspire Embroidery Stencil Kit (63069) – Yes Please, Details Swing (85618) – Yes Please, Splendid Sophie Paper (35909) – My Girl, Reflect Paper (35938) – Yes Please

Pretty in pink
PRETTY IN PINK by Ashley Horton

Use stitching to create a unique background for your layout. I repeated the flower from the Amy Tangerine Stitching Templates to create a themed paper to go along with my photo.

Supplies: Cute Chloe Paper (35905) – My Girl, Fulfill Paper (35936) – Yes Please,
Heart Paper (35940) – Yes Please, Opportunity (85625) – Details, 6×6 Paper Pad (35990) – Lucky Charm,
Commit Paper (35929) – Yes Please, Flair Adhesive Badge (85624) – Yes Please,
Capture Embroidery Stencil Kit (63070) – Yes Please, Inspire Embroidery Stencil Kit (63069) – Yes Please,
Rub On Transfer Sheets (42395) – Dear Lizzy

Stop by Ashley's blog and follow her on Twitter (@ashleymh1675), Pinterest, and Instagram (@ashleyhorton75)!