I don't know how people do it...
I hear all these tales about people planning out their pages before they do them, going to crops with just the papers and embellishments they need... I can't do it! Every time I try selecting the things I'm going to use on a layout before hand, I end up doing something totally different and using few if any of the original things selected.... I guess I'm just stuck crafting in my studio with everything at my disposal... LOL!
When I first started working with this photo, I was going to use a bunch of pink papers... Since the photo is slightly tinted pink, it all looked very nice in a monochromatic way... However, it just never quite felt right... After my shopping trip for boy paper, I was thumbing through my new My Minds Eye "Completely Boy" pack and found this beautiful soft blue paper with distressed flowers in the corners.... I couldn't see me ever using that with my rough and tumble nephew, so I started playing with it for this photo... it gave such an nice contrast to the photo, that I totally scrapped the monochrome pink idea and went with this... I love how it turned out!
The butterflies were made in 2 parts. (yes, I've been doing this butterfly from Inspired by Stamping a lot... What can I say? I love it!) The bottom part was stamped on mulberry paper with pigment ink, then embossed with a clear pearl embossing powder. I then hand cut them out. The top layer was stamped with StazOn ink on a clear craft plastic. I then hand cut that out. I knotted some twine around the bottom butterfly leaving the tails at the top. I added some Glossy Accents to the body of the butterfly and attached the top butterfly to the bottom butterfly... A few rhinestones add extra dimension and bling... (although it sounds really time consuming and complex, it is actually really simple, and quick! And the clear embossing on the mulberry looks so delicate for butterfly wings!!!)
Paper: My Minds Eye, Copic Illustration paper, Recollections craft plastic, Mulberry paper, acetate
Ink: Archival Ink (Coffee), All Purpose Ink (Truffle, Cherry Pink), Colorbox Pigment (Pink, Chestnut Roan, Shabby Pink), StazOn (Timber Brown), VersaMark, MarkIt (Misty Blue)
Stamps: Inspired By Stamping "Butterfly Wings", Fancy Pants "In My Words" & "Pollen Dust", Inkadinkado "Letter"
Cricut: Home Decor
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: twine, embossing powder rhinestones, button