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Fussy Cutting Frenzy

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Hi everyone, Ruth here, with some layouts I made using the cheerful American Crafts 'All Tiled Up' and 'Quilt While You're Ahead' papers. I often pick really bright papers, and sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming on my desk! If that happens, then I spend an evening in front of the TV with my scissors to see what happens if I fussy cut them all up.

This worked really well for the All Tiled Up paper. I had a background I'd prepared recently using a Gelli plate print and a chevron stencil.

I was thinking of cutting the paper into arrows to complement this background. However once I started fussy cutting, the half tile strips from the edges of the paper jumped out at me, and I used these to create this fun layout about a recent day trip.

I added some floral embellishments from Paige Evans Wonders range, and the gorgeous large alpha is American Crafts Modern Art 116 Thickers which are part of the Vicki Boutin Colorstudy collection. I finally used individual tiles as giant stitches around the layout.

For my second layout, I noticed that some of the strips of fussy cut tiles looked like feathers, so that was perfect for a 'bird ' photo I had to scrap. I started with a stencilled background with a border of Quilt While You're Ahead paper - but I gutted the centre to use separately. A few colour coordinated washi tapes and more of the gorgeous Modern Art alpha and this layout came together really quickly.

I was really pleased with the elements I'd created from the paper- it's a good way to create a layout that's totally unique to you.

With the scraps from the Quilt paper, I fussy cut the individual patches out, and they just made themselves into a little tree! I used it as an embellishment for a final simple layout, and it's also given me an idea for Christmas cards!

So from just a couple of sheets of paper that I originally felt a bit daunted by, I've made three layouts that I'm happy with! If you have been fussy cutting lately then be sure to share your layouts on the Twilight Facebook or Instagram, we would love to see them.

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