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It's a Beautiful Day | Rachel Lowe August 31, 2018 07:00

Hello Rachel here! OK I admit I am butterfly addicted and LOVE to add them to my layouts where ever I can! So this layout is all about butterflies and isn't this cut file just gorgeous.

I firstly cut it in white cardstock but instead of using the actual butterflies I used the negative left in the white cardstock. I backed the 12x12 white cardstock with a black pinstripe paper so they really stood out. I have used Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side Collection. I then cut another one from  a floral paper piece and chose which ones I wanted to add over the black ones. I fussy cut the ones I wanted (adding some machine stitching to each before attaching) and attached with foam tape so it gave the appearance of them fluttering their wings. 

I added my photo using a doodle frame from the Bright Side collection, adding the chipboard title 'It's a Beautiful Day' finished off with some floral blooms.

This layout is of my mother and daughter, my mother and daughter drink exclusively tea (I am a coffee drinker) and hence why I added the two tea cups over the machine stitched scallop borders.

I cut down my 12x12 white cardstock and added a floral border for more contrast. I finished my layout off with some tiny hearts added to the back butterfly wings and a light splatter of black color shine.

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful and creative week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fly High / Leslie Berner August 06, 2018 07:00 1 Comment

Hello!
It's Leslie on the blog today and I hope I find you all well!
 
We have some gorgeous cut files to work with this month and I was immediately drawn to the Butterfly Background 3 design. I love the way the butterflies seem to almost flourish around and off the page. 
I cut two copies of the cut file, I used one for the base of my butterfly cluster whereas I cut out the inside of the wings of the butterflies of the second copy. 
Here you have a closer look at how I did this.
 
I decided that I wanted a lot of layers to make up the butterflies, so I traced around the butterflies and cut out each butterfly from a different patterned paper from the Jen Hadfield, Patio Party collection. This gave the butterflies three layers, however I wanted to tone down the bright colors of the patterned paper butterflies a bit, so I backed the top layer of the butterfly cut file with some tracing paper, and that gave the perfect hazy look I wanted to create. 
Here you can see the all the layers.
The tracing paper tones down all the colors a lot so I had to add some color to the background, and what better way to do this than with some Heidi Swapp Color shine! I used the Hot pink and the Butter, and basically just sprayed it straight onto the background paper, this added just the right amounts f color in the right spots. 
To bring in some more color, I dug through the Patio Party ephemera pack and knew straight away that I wanted to use those beautiful florals. I also did some fussy cutting from one of the patterned papers to add to the floral clusters. 
I first had the idea that I wanted my title to be, 'Fly my pretty!', but then I didn't have enough of those gold thickers, so I changed the title to 'Fly High'.
Oh, and before I forget, I did some hand stitching through the centers of the butterflies, I thought that they needed a spot of pink!
Here is the final layout. 
I hope that you find inspiration and make the cut files work for you, like I did with this beautiful one! By using my craft knife and cutting out the centers of the butterfly wings I made the cut file my own and I loved the effect that the tracing paper gives. 
Here is a link to the Process Video!
Enjoy!