Hello crafty friends, and thanks for coming back to the blog. With no real assignment today, I got to do a bit of creative play and just make what feels good and I love what I came up with. 

I started off with this photo of my niece, Charlie, on an impromptu trip to the zoo over the summer and the Unforgettable collection. To being my page, I applied a thin layer of gesso using a brayer to kind of toughen up the patterned paper since I was going to add a ton of water to this page. After drying the gesso with my heat tool, I grabbed a few Distress Oxides and went to work adding some color and texture to the background using the packaging technique and some water. I love the random splashes of color this technique gives and it is so easy to blend different hues using this technique. 

While this was off drying, I went to work backing my cutfile. I cut the insets of this butterfly page using my Silhouette Cameo and then glued them to my cut file using Scotch Quick Dry glue. This is my favorite adhesive to use on layouts and it dried super fast and clear. After attaching all of my butterflies, I glued it down to my page and started working on my photo cluster. 

I backed my photo on a few scraps of paper from the 12×12 papers I have already cut into and then arranged a cluster of florals, butterflies and tags using bits and pieces from the ephemera pack. In addition to my main cluster, I created another one diagonally from that main cluster using the same elements to continue the diagonal flow across the page from the butterfly cutfile. Next, I added some more texture using the dimensional embellishment pack and added a few bows around my page. 

For my title, I used one of the foam stickers and scattered a few more hearts to mimic the color and texture of the foam stickers. Finally, I added some enamel dots and a flair piece and called this layout done.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and were inspired to add some color to your background in a new way. Till next time friends, keep it crafty and have the best day. 

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