Hey friends, it’s Kathleen here again and today I have a layout for you that is a bit unusual for me in two ways: Firstly, I did not use white cardstock for the background of my layout, and secondly, I did a lot of fussy cutting. And if you know me, you’ll know that in 95% of the cases I like to use white cardstock (although this has actually been changing over the past few weeks), and I really do not like fussy cutting (if it’s more than just a few very simple pieces).
However, for this week where the Creative Team is focussing on tassels and/or patterned paper, I was inspired to use the stunning floral paper in the Jeana kit and fussy cut all the flowers and leaves. And I know that a lot of people did/will do the same with this paper because those flowers are basically begging to be cut out, but I still wanted to share it with you today :)
For my layout I was planning to do some kind of wreath with those flowers but I didn’t know exactly in what way or with which photo, so I just went ahead and cut all of them out. When I started to arrange the flowers on my paper (I started with a white background), I felt that they needed some kind of contrast to make them really stand out. But I did not want to bring in another patterned paper because that would probably be too much.
So I had a look through the solid colored papers that come with the kit, and the green one immediately jumped out at me. I think this green is absolutely beautiful - it’s not too bright but not too dark and "christmassy" either - and it makes those flowers really pop! Although it is quite hard to get it photographed just right. It looks a little brighter in the photos than it actually is.
I finally decided to cut a big heart into the green paper and have the flowers coming in from around its edges. At first I wanted to back the heart with a piece of white cardstock and nestle a smaller photograph in between the flowers, but I then decided to use a really big photo that would fill out the heart (or most of it, but you won’t be able to see where it doesn’t because the flowers will cover those parts). I think the big photo just fits this design a lot better because a smaller photo might have gotten lost in between all those beautiful flowers.
When I was done with arranging and gluing down all the flowers, I felt that the layout was missing some other pattern that would balance out all the florals. But since there was no space left on the layout, I thought I would use one of the other patterned papers to create a frame around it. For that I slightly trimmed down the green paper (by about 0.5-0.75" on each side). For my frame I used the black and white striped pattern of the spots and stripes paper, and since I really liked the pop of yellow that was in the branding strip, I kept this at the bottom of my layout and just cut a strip off at the top of the paper to make it 12"x12" (of course I also gutted it and only used the frame so that I will have the inside for another project).
Finally I added two small clusters using some of the embellishments from the Jeana kit and used the "home" puffy sticker as my title because for me, wherever these two are, is where I am home.
I hope you like this layout and feel inspired to fussy cut some (or maybe even all?) of the flowers out. I actually have enough left to use them as embellishments on another layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by!