Sewing with Gold Thread, Scrapping with Bar Code Strips and Heat Embossing Wood Veneer

Happy Monday all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a new scrapbook page to share with you that I created for Elle's Studio May Inspiration Gallery. I've also shared a few tips and techniques that I used while creating this layout.

SEWING WITH GOLD THREAD | Recently I attended the Memories Scrapbooking Expo and Jenni Bowlin had a booth there. I saw a layout in her booth that used gold thread on it and I immediately fell in love with the idea and knew I had to get my hands on some gold thread ASAP! Well, needless to say, I finally did and I used it on my Never A Dull Moment scrapbook page.

Never A Dully Moment Scrapbook Page Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio #ellesstudio #julianamichaels #scrapbookpage

DESIGNER TIP | Since the gold thread is a little more expensive than plain colored thread, I used white thread for the bobbin. This saves money and you really can't tell.

SCRAPPING WITH BAR CODE STRIPS | This layout initially started out with the idea that I wanted to use as many of the bar code strips from Elle's Studio as possible on one layout. I always trim these off and save them. I use them all the time on my layouts, but I still have quite a stash, so I wanted to use up some of them. I went through what I had in my scrap drawer and selected ones that matched the striped dress my niece is wearing.

Gold Thread Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio #ellesstudio #julianamichaels #goldthread

HEAT EMBOSSING WOOD VENEER | Have you tried heat embossing on wood veneers? I hadn't until this layout, but it works beautifully. All I did was tap a Versamark ink pad on the veneer to cover it with ink, sprinkled it with embossing powder and then heat set it with my heat gun. Wah-la sparkly stars!!!

Heat Embossed Wood Veneer Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio Patriotic Kit #ellesstudio #julianamichaels #woodveneer

Aren't these gold stars fabulous? These are stamps that are part of the Elle's Studio Patriotic Exclusive Stamp Set. I stamped them with Versamark ink as well and covered them with gold embossing powder before I heat set them.

Embossed Gold Stars Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio Patriotic Kit #ellesstudio #julianamichaels #goldstars #stamps


Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio | Everyday Moments, Penelope, Love You More, Noel
Die Cuts: Elle's Studio | May Exclusive Kit
Stamps: Elle's Studio | Patriotic Stamp
Ink: Versamark Watermark
Gold Sewing Thread: Coats & Clark - Bright Gold
Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up! - Gold; Stampendous | Frantage - Vintage Embossing Enamel (used on wood veneer)
Flair: American Crafts | Dear Lizzy
Ink Pen: March Uchida | Le Pen - Dark Gray


  1. Gorgeous page! Love the idea to heat emboss the wood veneers - the gold sparkle on a page looks fab. (Now if I could just find my embossing gun and get my sewing machine to work. ;) ).
    Love the Elle's Studio!

  2. Wow wow wow!! This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeeee that gold thread and loving the stars!!!

  3. I too just recently bought some gold thread. Love your layout and ideas!!

  4. Great use of just a few supplies to make a wow layout. :-)

  5. I love the touches of gold! This is just gorgeous! A new fave!

  6. This is too cute Juliana, and I love the look of the Gold thread!! I just used this title on a layout, too!! HA!

  7. What a fabulous page! Love the circle of gold thread! (need some too!!) and love all the colors on your page!

  8. Wow! Seriously awesome layout design, Juliana, and I LOVE this post! So filled with great tips and ideas! I've been seeing a lot of things done with the gold thread lately, and I have to say that I absolutely love it! Your big stitchy circle element is fabulous. Absolutely love what you did with all the bar code strips, too, and the embossed stars are awesome. Just brilliant!

  9. What a GORGEOUS page and you tips and ideas are worth their weight in gold hehe ;) I love the entire LO and must definitely try to heat emboss on my wood veneer today, thanks to you! :) I'm still very much a beginner seamstress so, I will probably hold off on the gold thread til I'm more confident, but great tip on using regular thread on the bobbin--and noted! Thanks so much for sharing this most delightful page! Super inspired!

  10. Really sweet page! Love what you did to the wood veneer!


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