One often overlooked technique in paper crafting is fussy cutting, but it’s one of my personal favorites! It’s a great way to get the most use out of your patterned paper as well as get bang for your buck (because paper is the cheapest supply we have!). For this layout, I used the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper.
My personal preference is to use small detail scissors (like this pair from Tim Holtz) to fussy cut because it allows me to get in close to the design and avoid ragged corners. I cut up the Parasol 12x12 paper from Sunny Days as well as the 6x8 version, then punched 1 inch circles from the scraps.
This gave me a variety of sizes and colors to work with when setting up my page. I chose to cluster these elements into a diagonal design from the top left to bottom right of my page, using the circles that already had straight edges from the sides of the original patterned paper as the corners. I added enamel dots to the centers of the circles that would show from behind my photos and popped some of the circles up on large pop dots to create dimension.
This stunning blue patterned paper made a lovely backdrop for my photos, so I matted both of them with the 6x8 paper. I find if you keep the most dramatic color close to your photo, it helps draw attention to it!
Next, I added pieces from the cut-a-part sheet and the cardstock stickers to embellish around these photos of my sweet oldest daughter. With such a strong background design already in place, I kept my embellishing minimal and used the “Happy” as my title so as not to overwhelm the page.
For a final detail, I splashed plenty of Distress Oxide Spray in Broken China (a great match to this collection!) all around the photos.
Fussy cutting can be a little time consuming, but I think it’s worth the effort to make such a big impact on your layout without using up all of your embellishments! I hope you will give this technique a try (if you haven’t already).
Just don’t let it stress you out, “take it easy” and enjoy the busy work while you watch your favorite show or Youtuber!
ACOT Design Team