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Hello and welcome back to the American Crafts blog! It’s Gail here and this week on the blog we are all about fun with scissors! One of the most important tools we paper crafters can have and well . . . I won’t admit to you all just how many pairs of scissors I have! Eeek!

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I was looking through the gorgeous patterned papers in the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection and I kept coming back to the ‘Color Me Pretty’ paper that has flowers all over it. The flowers are absolutely perfect for fussy cutting so I grabbed one of my smaller, more pointed tip scissors and cut a whole heap out!

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Once I had a sizeable stash of cut out flowers, I decided to arrange them in two main clusters centred on the top and bottom edges of my layout. I deliberately let some of the flowers hang over the edge so I could trim them off to really frame my layout.

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With the flowers at the top and bottom of the layout leading your eye towards the centre of the page, that’s exactly where I was going to focus on my photo. I added layers of soft colored patterned paper behind my photo as well as a few embellishments.

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I chose to add just a couple of gold embellishments and gold letters for my title ‘bloom’.

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The patterned paper is designed so that you can add your own color to the flowers but I decided to leave them black and white to focus on the soft colors I added around the photo.

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I wanted a truly feminine layout for this photo and story of my daughter. Thanks to the beautiful fussy cut flowers that kind of remind me of a bouquet, I think I achieved just that!

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Supplies – Dear Lizzy Lovely Day: More Play (376934), Up & Away (376936), Literally Love (376938), Color Me Pretty (376945), Tag You’re It (376946), Accent & Phrase Stickers (37695d2), Layered Stickers (376953), Adhesive Tickets (376955), Embellishment Pack (376958), Ephemera (376960); Vicki Boutin: Label Stickers (376833), 1 Canoe 2 Hazelwood: Hazel Thickers (376891), Paper Clips (376881)