One of my favorite "techniques" to use on a layout is a super simple one: detail cutting. Or, some call it fussy cutting. Whatever you call it, it's a great way to take advantage of busier patterned papers. It's also a super inexpensive way to create embellishments for your layouts. All you need is a pair of your favorite scissors, some pop dots and some glue! Let's get to it, shall we?
My first step in creating my layouts 99% of the time is to layer one sheet of patterned paper on top of another. I distress the edges using my Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor and then adhere it over my bottom sheet. It creates a nice and neat border as well as gives a nice pop of color. I also splashed a little bit of Studio Calico's Mister Huey in White over my page in random areas.
Now it's time to start cutting! I chose this gorgeous paper from the Portrait Collection - I love, love the white flowers against the woodgrain - so gorgeous! This particular layout took me two sheets. I trimmed out several of the flowers, leaving a small edge of the woodgrain. I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of scrapper - when I sit down to scrap I never quite know what I'll be doing! I start by scattering my elements around and moving them until they just feel "right". I started at the very top of my layout and started scattering down, toward the center of the layout. After attaching my flowers, I tucked the photo into the right hand side. I also attached the flowers in small groups around the page and on the sides. Some of them I used pop dots on for dimension and other I just adhered normally.
Toward the bottom left hand side of the layout, I layered three of the journaling cards and then attached my photos on top. I then came back up to my flowers at the top of the layout and added two border stickers directly under my photo.
To add a pop of color and dimension, I added a chipboard layered accent - I simply tucked it under my two flowers.
Next, I used my large circle border punch to punch out a border and tucked it on the right hand and left hand sides of my layout, under the first layer of patterned paper. I also tore the edges of my first layer, just enough on each side to let the paper I used for my border peek through.
Now it's time for the title work! I chose two different sizes and styles of font for this layout - some Glitz tiny alphas and Studio Calico alphas. I placed the first part of my title on top of the border stickers and the rest right on my photos.
Now it's time for the last step - more detailing! I love Crate's new Eclectic Buttons - they're gorgeous and so much fun to use! On this particular layout, I added them to my flower centers. Note how it gives them that added perfect touch of color and the popular vintage feel!
I truly hope you've enjoyed my tutorial! Have a wonderful everyone! Thank you for visiting with us today! ~ Jaime Warren