How to Fussy Cut Pattern Paper For Beginners – Tips and Tricks To Get AMAZING Results Every Time!

Fussy cut your pattern papers and take your paper craft projects to a whole new level. Today I’m sharing how to fussy cut pattern paper from the best scissors to use to tips and tricks for getting great results in no time at all.

What is Fussy cutting?

Fussy Cutting is the process of cutting a design out of paper, rather than cutting the paper into a design.  Fussy cutting is typically used in scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafts. It is a great technique for beginners because it is easy to master with practice and produces great results. Fussy cutting is a wonderful way to add to the versatility and creativity to your paper crafting. It can also save you money by helping you get the most out of your scrapbook pattern papers.  You can also fussy cut out stamped images to create your own embellishments and layered details for cards.

What are the best scissors?

My favourite scissors are these from EK Success.  They have a lovely thin blade and the tip is very fine and sharp allowing you to get into the smallest areas of a design.  They are perfect for fussy cutting projects as well as backing cut file designs.  

Keep your scissors sharp by using a blade sharpener just like this Fiskars one.  The quality of the cut is determined by how sharp your blades are so it’s important to keep them nice and sharp.  Keep your scissors for crafting separate to those you use for household purposes, you’ll want to take care that these scissors are only used for paper crafting.  Those with a soft rubber grip are best for comfort especially if you are going to cut out images in bulk which I would recommend.

My favourite glue is Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.

Tips and Tricks.

Using the centre part of the scissor blade, start by making a broad cut around the shape or section you want to fussy cut out.  It is much easier to work in sections than try to cut the design straight out of the large 12 x 12 sheet.  Cut a general section out leaving a wide white border at first, then you can go back and work slowly and methodically to cut out the design.  

When choosing your sections to fussy cut, keep them as large as possible, you can always trim parts off as you are creating your project, but you can’t add them back on so I find it better to keep the fussy cut design as full and large as possible to give me options later on.  A perfect size is around 5 inches square.  Trying to manipulate a large piece of paper is difficult so you are best to work with this size section wherever you can.  If you find it tricky to do as a beginner, try leaving a small white border around the edge of the design rather than cutting the design out exactly or super close to the outer line.  Be sure to move the paper and not the scissors.  By moving the paper you’ll achieve a much smoother line and more professional looking result.

As you practice, over time you can reduce the size of the white border around the design.  It does require patience and precision.  If you have any medical issues with your hands, stick to a thin white border for best results.

The best pattern paper.

The paper and design you chose is important. You’ll want to start with designs and shapes that are simple or basic at first and then as your skills improve you can try some more intricate designs.  It is best to use a paper that is medium weight.  Thin or lightweight papers can be difficult to cut; so too can thicker cardstock style papers.  A good quality medium weight paper is the easiest to start with.  My favourite manufacturer for this is Cocoa Vanilla Studio, however most American Crafts brand pattern papers are also excellent.  The paper should also be clean and free of any excess glitters, mediums or glue.  Be sure to only use the middle part of your scissor blade.  Cutting right to the end of the scissors may create a small tear in your paper.  Ensure that you have great lighting so you can easily see where to cut and work slowly.  As your skills improve, you will get faster.

I like to do my fussy cutting in batches ahead of time for use in my paper craft projects.  It is so nice to have a selection of designs fussy cut out ready to add to my pages and projects.  I find the process very therapeutic!  Turn on your favourite TV show and fussy cut the night away.  You can fussy cut out floral patterns, butterflies, geometric shapes, banner pieces or titles, the options really are endless.

I’ve created a fun YouTube tutorial, made for beginners where you’ll learn how to fussy cut pattern paper and get amazing results every time as I share my best tips and tricks.  I show you in real time how I fussy cut out floral designs and butterflies.  You can watch it here.

It’s your turn to give it a try.

Now that you know how to cut out shapes and designs from pattern paper, you can create some amazing projects. You can use these items as decorations for your home, on scrapbook layouts and cards and personalised gifts.  You’ll save yourself money and get the most out of your pattern papers.  You also now have the skills you need to work confidently with cut files, backing them in pattern papers.  If you’d like even more details on how I do that, be sure to watch this video here.

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Hey there Creative friends! I’m back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Day Dream’ collection and the super fun ‘Rainbow Vibes‘ cut file by CUT to YOU to create a dreamy summer layout. This selfie was taken on Christmas Day last year while we were on family vacation.

When creating this layout, I was a little short on time, so I’ve let the cut file do the hard work for me. I’ve cut it out nice and large so that it fills the entire background of the layout. I’ve then backed it in a mix of the pattern papers. This is a great way to quickly get started on a page, especially if you are anything like me and sometimes find it hard to know where to start. 

I’ve added the cut file flat to the page for this layout as I’m going to be adding my dimension behind my photo and embellishments. This is also the quickest way to get it locked into position.

Working from the largest elements to the smallest, the next big decision was the placement of my photo. I decided to place it slightly to the right of the page as I liked the way the palm tree and my hair flowed in the direction. I find it is best to go with the flow of photo rather than work against it.

Next, I positioned some fussy cut floral elements and created a couple of clusters to help draw the eye around the page. I’ve also included some fussy cut out moths from the ‘All a Flutter’ pattern paper. For dimension, I’ve added a flair button and these fun typed sentiment stickers which I’ve raised up on foam tape. I’ve used the floral clusters to balance out the page and then the smaller elements for details.

I’ve also made a You Tube process video where I share more about my design process and you can see the page come together. You can watch it here:

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

Craft Room Tour 2022 | See my Craft Room Organisation

Hey Creative Friends, Back on the blog today with a share that I have been wanting to do for the longest time! I finally have a tour of my scrapbook studio for you. I’ve included lots of details of the craft room storage that I use including goodies from my favourite stores, IKEA and Kmart… as well as the details of a couple of custom furniture pieces I have. I talk about how I store my supplies and why storing them that way what works for me. It is my hope that the video doesn’t just show you my craft room but also helps give you ideas for how to organise your craft space as well!

My studio is in a bedroom of our house, all of the storage ideas are free-standing, so if you are renting, there is nothing attached to the walls, everything is relocatable. My desk is not a standard office desk but a dining room table which I have centred in the room. I have lots of ideas to share with you including 12×12 paper storage, punches, dies and embellishments and what scrapbook craft room tour would be complete if it didn’t include my Raskog.

I will include links to as many of the items as I can below… especially helpful if you are an Aussie scrapbooker like me! I hope you enjoy seeing my scrapbook space and that it gives you some storage ideas to try for yours.

IKEA Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Someday Dream Co Crystals + Minerals –

Wendy Brightbill 💗

Wendy – Stencil Girl – Wendy – ETSY Shop –


Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back on the blog today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a new share using their ‘Joyful’ collection.  I am loving using these supplies for my Christmas scrapbooking this year.  Today I’m documenting a series of photos of my daughter from quite a few years back.  I don’t usually scrapbook with multiple photos so it’s nice to be able to do something a little different for this page and document this sweet little moment.

For this layout, I decided on a grid design.  To help me with that, I’m using the ‘Pocket Cards’.  I went ahead and chose several to create six blocks for the grid on my layout.  I’ve used the ‘Very Merry’ pattern paper for my background and the ‘Holly Days’ stripe pattern as my border.  I’ve also used this stripe to create my photo mats, making sure that I keep all of my stripes running left to right.

I’ve added in my signature stitching elements to the page as well, around the photos and also the border of the layout.  I’m loving this soft peach colour with this collection, it contrasts beautifully.

I was also keen to use the ‘Christmas Joy’ title from the ‘Chipboard Stickers Pack’.  It’s quite a substantial piece so I knew I had to get it into position early in the design.  I decided to centre it under two of my photos placed towards the left of the page.  To balance that out, I’ve placed my third photo towards the right hand side of my page.

I’ve then gone ahead and created several embellishment clusters, treating each block as a section but also making sure that everything balances out on the page overall.  I’ve mixed and matched elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack, the ‘Chipboard Stickers’, fussy cut florals from the ‘Tis the Season’ pattern paper, the ‘Accessory Stickers Sheet’ and even some of the ‘Epoxy Buttons’.

Once all of the embellishments were placed, I’ve gone back and added in some more stitching around the edges of each of the pocket cards which you can see here… AND… how sweet is this bunny from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera pack’?  I love how it sits on top of the wreath that is printed on the pocket card.  I’ve added mine here with dimensional tape to create layers on my page.

The shine of the gold foil on the elements in this collection is so lovely.  Here you can see the thickness of the chipboard in my title and that shine!

I have also made a YouTube video of my process which you can watch here:

I hope my layout has inspired you and that you are enjoying documenting your festive season.

Until next time,


Hi Creative Friends,

I’m on the blog today with my very first share using the new Joyful collection for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I adore this collection so so much, it’s so pretty AND it’s so easy to work with, this page was so fun to make!  I’m documenting a fun selfie that was taken of my family from a few years back including our sweet little Elf On The Shelf named Candy.  Have you started your Christmas scrapbooking yet?

The first paper I was drawn to in the collection was the ‘Holly Days’ paper.  I love the wreath design and it really helped me to pull this page together quickly.  I used the wreath as a guide for the design for the layout.

I have also used the ‘Making Spirits Bright’ pattern paper as a border for my layout base, the green is a really lovely tone and the print is so sweet.  I’ve used this same pattern paper to back a cut file, this one from CUT to YOU called ‘Circle Garland‘ and then layered these cut file leaf pieces over a section of the wreath.  I’m using the leaves to add extra layers in the wreath for interest.  I’ve also fussy cut some florals from the ‘Tis the Season’ pattern paper and layered those into the wreath and cut file as well.  The idea was to take the one dimensional wreath that was printed on the pattern paper and make it layered and three dimensional.

I’ve added in my signature stitching around the photo as well as the layout edge which you can see here.

For my embellishments, I’ve kept them all running in the same direction as the wreath; circular around the page.  I’ve tried to just work with the flow of the layout around that feature.  I’ve mixed and matched elements from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ pack including this super sweet reindeer as well as the ‘Chipboard Stickers’ such as this one that says ‘Family Traditions’.

I’ve also added in several of the shimmery gold stars from the ‘Chipboard Pack’ and a flag and tab element from the ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ and ‘Chipboard Packs’.  To finish the page I added in one of the ‘Epoxy Buttons’, they are such a sweet element to add for dimension and texture.

I have made a YouTube process video for my share today which you can watch here:

I hope my page has inspired you to get Christmas crafting and to check out this beautiful collection.

Until next time,