I wanted to document a very special friendship and the wonderful support and advice to “spread my wings” that my friend always gave me, so I decided to fill my layout with butterflies everywhere! The Pick-Me-Up collection was perfect with all its bright colors and fun butterfly embellishments.
For my background, I used the Cut and Fold Butterflies Background by Paige Evans and cut it on white cardstock. But instead of cutting all the butterflies, I left a few of them uncut and stitched them with three colors of embroidery floss instead. My cutting machine only cuts up to 8.5 inches wide, so I used a beautiful deep blue and teal ombre paper to complete the rest of my 12×12 background.
I added adhesive, avoiding all the butterfly wings, and then stitched my white, cut background to the patterned paper with my sewing machine on two sides to make sure it was secured to the patterned paper. Then I added a few watercolor splatters using the same colors as my butterflies.
I created three layered butterflies using different Paige Evans cut files (this one, this one, and this one) and a bunch of my Pick-Me-Up scrap papers. Once I had the pieces cut, I stitched them all together with my sewing machine. I kept each butterfly in different tones, one pink, one red, and one yellow. I also created a blue one that didn’t end up making it on to my layout. Then I adhered each butterfly to the top half of my layout.
Next I filled in a few gaps with both chipboard and puffy sticker butterflies, as well as some tiny little flowers and hearts.
I adhered my photo to some craft foam before adding it to the bottom left of my layout. Then I added my title with tiny blue foam alphas from the collection and added my journaling underneath. I used teal ink instead of black so that it wouldn’t stand out and take too much attention away from all those fluttering butterflies.
I love all these butterflies as a metaphor for the advice and support of my wonderful friend and I’m so pleased to have this page to look back on in the future whenever I need her advice!