I absolutely love the paint stroke design of the 'Shine' paper and wanted the majority of the design to remain visible on the finished page so I decided to keep my page design simple with a few paper layers built up beneath my photos and a scatter of stitched hearts that added interest to my page but still allowed the background paper to show through.
I often use a template for shapes as it allows me to move it around the page and see exactly where the stitching will be placed. You can use a variety of different methods to create a template, such as a printed design, die-cut shape or a simple hand drawn shape as I have done here.
Place your paper and template onto either a piercing matt or old mouse pad and use a piercing tool or a simple headed pin to pierce the design all the way through the paper. You may want to use washi tape to hold you template in place to prevent it from moving.