Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fussy Cutting with S.W.A.T.

Hey there and happy Saturday! I just got back from my son's football game where I froze even in my layers. Wow- football weather is here and I'm not ready for it. It was a great game though and a very decisive win for our team which was awesome.

Today is drill day at S.W.A.T. and we are challenging you to some fussy cutting. For those who aren't sure what that is, it is simply targeting and cutting specific pieces and patterns out of of paper or fabric. You can see some great examples of this by the design team on today's post. You often see this done with large flower patterns where the flower is cut out, but it can also be smaller pieces that you may not think about. For my layout I chose a piece of chevron pattern paper and cut individual lines of the chevrons out to make borders for my title block.

For the middle, I cut a thicker piece with three of the chevron colors and then cut an orange piece out as well and popped that up to add a dimensional layer to the border. Cutting the chevrons doesn't seem like a very big deal and that's the fun of fussy doesn't have to be intricate or complicated. It really is about using what you have and seeing how you can use left overs or paper that may match your layout to enhance what you have. It is a cheap and easy way to add that extra to your page.

Why not give it a try?  If you do be sure to visit us on the S.W.A.T. blog and link it up. Creative Embellishments, a new laser wood and chip cut company with some amazing pieces, is sponsoring this weeks drill with the chance to win some great designs from their store. I just loaded up on a few of their designs and am anxious to use them. I got this awesome lighthouse piece that is perfect for so many of the pictures I have of different lighthouses we have seen on some of our vacations, something I love to do.



  1. Fun page, I love all the school themed papers you used here. Your fussy cutting looks great!

  2. Super fun school page! I love Simple Stories but haven't used this collection yet. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  3. A very fun school layout! Love the border and Simple Stories!


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