It’s hard to believe that our little munchkin will be turning 2 in just a couple months. Where did the time go?! No, honestly. I know it sounds so cliché but I am constantly in awe of how quickly Quincy has been growing and learning and how easily I can sometimes forget when even the littlest yet still significant moments happened in the past 22 months. Just the other day, I was looking through photos on the computer – of moments captured during his first few minutes in the world, his first laugh, his first taste of real food, and his first steps. I was immediately overcome with heartfelt nostalgia and a sudden determination to get those photos off the screen and into something tangible and personal. So after sorting all of my most lived photographs by month, I created 2 gorgeous soft cover photobooks on Artifact Uprising, my absolute favorite destination for high quality photo prints. And of course, they also inspired me to add another personal touch – embroidery! It’s just a little something that makes these prints and books that much more special. So follow along as I show you how easy it is to do. And, stay tuned after the jump for a giveaway with Artifact Uprising that should not be missed . . .

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You’ll need:

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I love using Artifact Uprising’s soft cover photobooks, photo cards and square prints because of the unsurpassed quality as well as the fact that they are printed using a wonderful, matte textured 120lb paper. It durable and a dream to stitch by hand or machine. And if you’re worried about potentially ruining the cover of your soft cover photobook – something you spend time and money to create, you can always experiment with a single square print to acquaint yourself with the process. But trust me when I say it’s nearly impossible to mess this up!

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Start by drawing your design on a piece of tracing paper. If you don’t feel comfortable with free hand drawing, you can print a design and then trace over it with the tracing paper. Lay the design on the desired spot and tape it down with removable, paper friendly tape like washi tape. Use a thin needle to pierce holes along the outline of the design. Remove the paper and tape.

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Thread the needle with a long piece of thread. Triple knot it at the end. Push the needle from the bottom of the cover or photo.

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Push the needle down through the second hole and back up the third hole.

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Now slide the needle under the first stitch and back down through the third hole. That is your first chain stitch.

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Thread the needle up the fourth hole, slide it under the second stitch and push it through the fourth hole.

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Continue stitching until you’ve reached the end of your pattern or design. If the thread runs out you can just double knot it and start with another piece – coming up from the backside of the paper. Once you’re finished, double knot the thread and trim away any excess.

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And that’s it!

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A tip: with lines that intersect, you can continue the chain stitch by just threading the needle under the connecting stitches.

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And that’s it!

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I can’t wait to carry on the tradition of creating a photo book for each passing year. I also love the idea of taking handwritten notes and jotting down quotes now that Quincy is saying the darndest things!

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’re partnering with Artifact Uprising to giveaway a $250 gift card so that you, too, can make memories tangible for yourself, your own mom or any amazing mamas you might now. Just sign up below to be entered – the deadline is April 27th. Good luck!!

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