With this layout I started out with the photo and that orange woodgrain PP that already had a half circle punched out. I decided to make a square. The size of the blue PP matched the Ali Edwards stamp perfectly - coincidence! I then pierced the cardstock by hand using a ruler as a guide. I made a hole every half centimeter. Here's a great tutorial from SC on how to make the best handstitching on your layout!
Materials: Studio Calico's Glee Club kit, Ali Edwards stamp set, brad from Crate Paper (the Random collection), letter stamp set from Artemio, tiny attacher, circle punch, thread