Hello lovelies, Theresa here today to share a layout featuring the April Butterfly Cut File! As soon as I saw this beautiful file I knew I had to use it! Take a peek at what I did with it.
I have a favorite project I like to create for, and it is called Things I Need to Hear. I started this project a few years ago as a way to create layouts about myself, using selfies, and to remind myself of the things my Mom might say to me, if she were still alive. I also hope one day our daughters will read these affirmations in *my voice* as reminders to them! So this layout is for that project, using a selfie I took in March of this year. I have titled it Embrace All That You Are and journaled about how people will try to tell you all kinds of not nice things, but don't believe them Embrace all that you are!
Cut files are full of possibilities, aren't they? My favorite thing to do with them is to paint them! And oh my word, the Clique Kits shop has a most beautiful paint you are going to want to grab right away. It's the DecoArt Metallic Paint in Rose Gold. Once I cut my butterflies out and layered them over my patterned paper, I arranged my embellishments and titles on the page, and then grabbed my paint brush. This is so easy to do, even if you don't feel very *painterly* because all I did was echo the lines of the cut file using simple brush strokes and dots! I used the very tiniest paint brush I had to create the dots, but you could also use the end of your brush as well.
Once I had painted my butterflies, I wanted to repeat the dots around the page as well. I have placed my title in a circle around the page, and so it seemed natural to echo the title and add a few more dotted lines that lead your eye directly to my photo. I also used the dots from the i's and j's in the Maggie Holmes alphabet pack to add a bit of dimension to the butterflies, just in their centers.
I added just a few embellishments, some are from the April Winter Park kit and some are from the Traveler's Notebook kit. I absolutely adore the deer, so she is layered on top of a rose, and the vellum bird directs your eye into the photo as well from the other side.
Notice how everything is placed so carefully to lead your eye right into the photo on this page, from the title, the bird, the pretty deer, and the painted dots.
This has been so much fun to create and share with you! Thanks for joining me! Have you ever painted your cut files before? I hope this will inspire you to use them in new ways!