Lory created these super pretty cards for this assignment. Loving the teal and the pink combination here, very trendy! The cards were created with both Estate Sale and Flirty products!(Love the Go-Green style here! Using the soda pop cap as a paper ribbon charm!)
My Scrapspace actually doubles as my "do-everything" space: all of my crafts and hobbies are done here, including sewing, designing, drawing and scrapbooking. It also doubles as my freelance and business workspace when I work from home - not to mention it's in thh corner of my living room.
Storage is scarce and it's continually hard to keep it looking clean and not too cluttered, but still able to hold everything in this room that hubby and I use daily. I have a lot of craft supplies for such a small space (our apartment is about 600 sq. feet all together!) Thank goodness my hubby is artistic too, so our whole place ends up looking like a studio most of the time! I have two large desks set up underneath a long window which makes for a really bright space to work in, and underneath each of those desks are stacked bins that roll out and store most of my paper and embellishments both horizontally and vertically, as well as my sewing supplies.
I keep my most-often used supplies and tools on top of these desks (like my sewing machine, adhesive, and some paints), as well as projects-on-the-go or things I've just completed.
On the yellow wall (my favorite color!) beside the work desks, I have a shelving unit above my computer workstation that holds a lot of smaller embellishments: inks, buttons, vintage ephemera, mini albums, and other extra supplies. Everything is labeled so I don't forget what's what since it's not all opened. I go through everything regularly to take stock of what I have and purge on what I no longer need to keep!
Beside my computer desk and shelving unit is another stand-up floor shelf that holds my collection of inspirational books and magazines, my shop (Etsy) supplies and goodies, printing paper, fabric, yarn, and everything else form block-printing supplies to charcoal.
My motto really is "a place for everything" in here, and with this little (and always completely visible) space, it works for me. I have other storage hidden around the living room that's close to my desk for items I don't use very often and my scrapbook albums too, of course! I find that if I keep lots of cute little bits out in the open - like my colorful thread, recent sewing projects, and bits & pieces - it keeps me inspired and motivated!
To follow more of Michelle's work, visit her blog here.
Love the masking tape idea here. I always see it used on layouts, but forget to carry a roll with me in my scrappin' bag! It's a new trend, and a must-have! Lory used the Bits A Bella border pieces to create her own unique double-photo frame. The borders add a lot of color to a layout based on cardstock! We also love how she combined our two boy/man collections: Man of the House and Super Stud.
Michelle made a faux cabinet card frame for the larger photo. She roughly cut a shape out based on the photos shape, then stitched it onto the picture and distressed it a bit.
Michelle also created a "simple" (so she says!) faux polaroid frame for the smaller photo by tracing around her photo, and hand cutting two layers of polaroid-shaped paper. Then she stitched them on top of the photo and distressed/aged it a little by crumpling the edges and adding some walnut ink to stain it. (All products used are from the All Inclusive Collection)
Michelle insists that the faux frames are really quick and easy, and make photos pop on busy pages!
Hello everyone! Welcome to my so cute and lovely little scrapbooking space! This is not a "real room", once it was a part of the balcony of my bedroom. My father created it for me ;) There is a lot of light in the morning so it's wonderful for creating.
I bought from IKEA almost all the furniture that I have toady. I love the pink and white curtains that separate the bedroom from my scraproom ;) This is a fun way to hide the chaos of my creative area!
Because I have very little space everything is very organized. I advise this kind of organization for all of you that have the same "little" space problem. For example, I use many plastic boxes to separate the kinds of products that I have (i.e. chipboards, punches, embellishments, stamps, acrylic colors, albums, etc.)
Another fun little tip I've learned from IKEA is that most of their accessories and organizers for kitchens can also be used for my scrapbooking space! For example, I have used the cutlery tray for pens, brushes and scissors; the magazine rack for my magazines, books and cardstocks.
The biscuits and snack jars for the buttons and ribbons.
I have also bought some metal boxes to keep my embellishments in order. My albums are in the space of my wood table, my papers as well. Inside my big furniture there are lots of things like mounted stamps, fabric, tool, other magazines and photos. On the top of the furniture I put old things that I don't use often.
For the fabrics, I use clothes baskets...lovely lovely lovely :)
More peeks of organization!
To follow more of Lory's ideas and work, visit her blog here.
This page is a photo of me when I was little (at around 1 1/2!), sitting on my favorite lawn chair sort of "camping" on our front lawn. It's the cutest outdoorsy photo, and made me think of all my favorite things about summer (like lawn chairs and sunshine). So I made the page a Top 10 List of my Favorite Summer Things and journaled all around the page, freestyle. :)
This layout has an amazing display of products from several different collections: Swing into Spring, All Inclusive, Estate Sale, and Man of the House!
are both from different countries! I can't wait to share with you their amazing work! For the rest May we will share challenges, layouts and their scrapbooking spaces with you. Please welcome Lory from Italy and Michelle from Canada to the Bella Artista family!!
My favorite place to shop is... IKEA!!! I'll marry in July so Ikea is the place where I have found everything for my new scrapbooking space! Ikea gives me a ton of inspiration!
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Coffee and ice cream! Love them both!!
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Anne Hathaway because she is very simple, nice and funny. (like me!)
I am in love with... 80s rock, dark cherry mocha's, Etsy, guitars, plaid shirts, black skinnies, graphic t-shirts, vintage fabric, thrifting, Def Leppard, 'The Time Traveller's Wife', vintage photos, polaroid cameras, Spongebob and colorful yarn.
I am not... outgoing, or as organized as I seem. On top of things. As open minded as I'd like to think. Very quiet once I get to know people. Afraid of putting myself out there in a shy nonchalant way.
I could live without... olives (yuck!) Fish or seafood of any sort. Painful shoes. Snow/cold weather. Alarm clocks that wake me up too early!
Three words that describe me... Determined. Ambitious. Grounded
If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be? I think I might be a kind of down-home, mom-made-it macaroni and cheese - a classic favorite that makes people feel comfortable, like something they've known all along. A staple standard, that sometimes has a few different tastes and surprises mixed into it, too.
Wow! We are so excited to officially welcome Suzy West on board as a Bella Blvd instructor. When I met her at CHA, I knew her bubbly personality and creative charm was going to be a perfect fit for Bella Blvd fans and groupies from all over! So, tell your local scrapbooking store today to contact Suzy to teach so that you can sign up!!!!Suzy West has been scrapbooking for over 16 years. She has been published over 200 times in scrapbook magazines and has published several of her very own books! She's also been featured on QVC, DIY, Scrapbook Memories TV Show and the Scrapbook Diva Lounge Radio Show. She's been on many manufacturing teams and has taught creative workshops all over the world.
Suzy lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is married with three beautiful kids. She loves photography and loves to travel! She has recently designed breathtaking Bella Blvd classes for retail stores, like this mini album featuring our Estate Sale collection!
You can get to know Suzy by following her blog here or listen to her on Facebook! Please help us welcome Suzy West to the Bella Blvd education team!!!!!