Cut That Out! | Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Hip Kit friends – Tazhiana here and I am super excited to share my first design team project with you!

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Like many people when they saw that Maggie Holmes Willow butterfly paper in the August kit, I went straight to fussy cutting about a dozen of them. I knew I wanted to repeat the colors of the butterflies in my paper layers on the bottom of the page so I went hunting in my Main Kit for papers that matched well and I got super lucky! I ripped and distressed the edges of my strips to achieve that messy look that i love and then, working in rainbow order, I started with that pink polka dot paper, layered the yellow floral over it, the green scallop over that and finally the blue floral paper over that. After adhering the paper strips to each other, I went to work on the background.

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I used some Shimmerz products that were included in past color kits to add a very, very light wash of watercolor to the background in hues that matched the colors of the butterflies. I love the slight tone on tone shimmer of the paints underneath the butterflies. Finally, it was time to commit, stick everything down and move on to the main embellishment cluster.

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The photo I am scrapping is a photo of my husband on our wedding day and he had the biggest smile on – it’s one of my favorites of the night. I printed the photo in black and white because I knew there would be a ton of color on the page. To embellish, I grabbed a Maggie Holmes Willow Lane fringe piece from the Embellishment kit as well as one of those Willow Lane pom pom frames that came in the Main Kit, and finally some Willow Lane die cuts from the ephemera pack.

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For my title, I grabbed the Willow Lane chipboard sheet from the Embellishment kit and that “always” piece jumped right out at me. I used the black foam thickers from the main kit to create my title: “It was always you” – short and sweet. I then added a few more chipboard pieces to my cluster around my photo and called it good.

I really do like how this layout came out, and it was really fun to play with the stunning Willow Lane collection to tell the story of a night that meant the world to me. I hope you grab these kits and use them to tell your own stories – no matter how big or small.

Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

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