It really can be the smallest things that make a layout standout above the rest. A small flower, the perfect embellishment in just the right spot, or doodles. One or all of these things can take an otherwise boring layout and make it perfect.
I like the look of stitching. I just think it makes the layout look "finished." But, I don't have a machine, and cannot always stitch by hand. Though I do a lot of stitching on my pages. Two other techniques can be used for the effect of stitching. The first is rub-ons. Though these can get expensive, and can only be used once.
My favorite technique is a good ol' white gel pen or a black pen depending on what color you are working on. It is so easy, and cheap to create your own stitching on your layouts. Just mimic the stitch that you want on your layout with your pen.
Here are few examples of stitching with a pen.
The first is a brand new layout:
Genius @ Play
The second is an older layout. I used pen stitching to make the stars. (you may need to click on the picture to enlarge.)
So go and get your pens out and "stitch" up a storm!
***"Genius" was cut using the Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge