Hi- it's Amy here, and I'm delighted to show you how easy it is to handstitch on paper. I use a lot of stitching for my titles and to add accents to my layouts & wanted to try it through the Hambly overlays. I found out that they aren't so bad to stitch through, as long as you know a few simple tricks. If you enjoy hand sewing on paper, I strongly suggest getting a paper piercer and a spongey mousepad you are okay with poking through.
Here are the supplies I used for this layout:
hambly doily overlay
2 small photos
not pictured: paper trimmer
I began by first spraying the cardstock:
It only takes a few minutes to dry, so while waiting, I trimmed the overlay.
After adhering the overlay to the cardstock, I placed my photos and wrote my title in pencil on both the cardstock and overlay.
I placed my layout on top of the mousepad, and took the paper piercer and poked holes less than a quarter of an inch apart. Tip: On the straight lines, you can have your holes spaced further apart than on the curves. This makes the sewing go faster.
Then with a knot tied in the thread, I started from the back of the layout and started doing a backstitch. Continue through the entire title and be sure to tie a couple knots of the back of the layout.
Decided to use a different color thread for the first part of the title. I added my photos and journaling (this Japanese pen from Jet Pens happens to write extremely well on the overlay). Also added stickers and embellishments.
This technique gets easier as you do it, and you might even find it therapeutic. I hope you enjoy adding hand sewing to more of your projects.