Beautiful You, a fussy cutting layout using Moonstruck by Pink Paislee

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a layout all about fussy cutting, and boy, don’t we all have a love/hate relationship with this one! Sometimes I can see a paper and think I must cut out those hearts, stars, flowers, etc. But then I remember the time consuming nature of fussy cutting and the level of intricacy required and that deters me slightly from giving it a go. Do you sometimes feel that way too?

However, sometimes a paper design can win the ‘to fussy cut or not to fussy cut’ debate in my head and I give it a go. It is funny as more times than not when I fussy cut I love the result which then make me question why I don’t do it more often!?!

Here is the layout that I created:
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For today’s layout I decided to fussy cut and feature the gorgeous Paper 08 from the Moonstruck collection. The butterflies and the change in colour on them are just do gorgeous and I wanted to create a page that had these as a feature.

The story of this layout is of my little girl. She is four now and growing up far too quickly before my eyes. This was taken on her first kindergarten orientation. Where I live in Australia, this is a pre-schooling education that they attend for around 15 hours a week prior to their formal primary education. She is very ready to be going and was dressed up and so eager to go and meet her teachers and the other children.
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I love working with butterflies on scrapbooking pages as you can achieve a lot of dimension and detail when adhering them down. To do this I simply fold them in half and only apply the adhesive to the middle of the butterfly. To add some extra detail to the butterflies I added the Marble Gold Foiled Speciality Paper as a layer underneath. I simply cut the vellum the same size as the butterfly it was layered underneath. I love the pop of gold this brings depending on the angle that you are looking at the butterflies on.
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I wanted the butterflies to look like they were fluttering from the top of the photo. This can be achieved by changing the angles that the butterflies are positioned when they flow on the page.

Once I had started fussy cutting I think I had caught the bug and continued to fussy cut by creating a floral cluster to either side of the photo using Paper 02. I aimed to keep the floral elements around the same size so the photo area remained balanced.
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I really wanted to document this big moment in my little girls’ life so I chose one of the journal cards from the ephemera pack to add the story to. I did this using my typewriter directly onto the card. I then created a pocket to slip it into, so the journaling could be hidden.

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The title was added to the top right area within the butterflies. It is made up of the Moonstruck Thickers and the gold foiled ‘beautiful’ word from the ephemera pack. It nestled nicely within the fluttering butterflies.

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To balance out the title on the top right corner I added a small heart and sentiment label to the bottom left of the page on top of the floral cluster. To help ground the whole page and add a pop of colour I matted the layout on the Paper 12 from the collection.

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I hope this page has inspired you to give fussy cutting a go. Stop by the blog tomorrow for a fussy cutting tutorial!

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