Hi, this is Shannon Tidwell back again for another fun Challenge on the Bella Blvd Blog!
Thursday Challenge: Use Border Strip Papers
Border Strip papers are right up there with the Cute Cuts in my book! You get so much on just one sheet of paper! When I see these sheets I immediately want to cut it apart, but you don't have to. You could use the whole sheet as a background. A little too busy? Tone it down with some paint or spray. Is there one strip right in the middle you want to use? Cut it out and use it! Border Strips are also great for cards. You can get a little bit of pattern without having to cut into a full sheet.
"He'll Remember", by Shannon Tidwell.
Flag banners are all the rage right now, and these Border Strip papers are perfect for them! I cut out several of the strips I wanted ... don't forget, you could use the backside pattern, too. I mixed the strips with a few patterned paper strips as well as a few border stickers. I also layered on a few stickers to dress the banners up just a little. I chose to have my banner come from the left side and kind of 'point' at the photo, but you could turn this any direction. Let the banner lead your eye toward the focal point of your page.
Now, let's see the awesome layouts the Bella DT created for the Challenge.
"So Tiny", by Brook Stewart.
I loved Shannon's challenge this week! The border strip papers are always one of my favorite Bella staples! One thing I really love to do is to cut them up and use them as little tags/flags/banners. The word/phrase lines add just the perfect sentiments and the patterns tie it all in really well!
Baby Boy: Borders, Momma’s Boy, Heaven Sent, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Sophisticates Ciao Chip Alphas: Pickle Juice, Orange; Button Market: Masculine Mix; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Dot
"Cupcake Love", by Lynn Ghahary.
Using just the Borders papers was definitely a challenge for me since I am a patterned paper junkie at heart. I decided to create my own pattern of sorts using various border strips cut to size in red, pink, and white patterns to coordinate with the colors in my photos. And, yes, those cupcakes did taste as good as they look ;)
Lovey Dovey: Bear Hugs; Sophisticates: Tall Tags, Quattrofina Peep & Saffron Stickers; Family Dynamics: The Littlest Things, Alpha+Bits Cardstock Stickers; Spring Flings and Easter Things: Borders; Winter Wonder: Borders
"Beautiful Butterfly", by Katherine McElvain.
Bella Blvd. Borders papers are a necessity in my stash. The variety of color on one sheet is so useful when doing projects. I often add a strip on a layout here and there. For this project I did my usual and added a strip to from the Winter Wonder Borders on the bottom of my page, and a green strip form the Sunshine and Happiness Borders layered with a sticker from the same line in the middle of the layout. But I also used the Borders strips to do some paper weaving. They coordinate perfectly to with the other Bella papers to create monochromatic projects.
I created circle flowers by weaving paper strips together. I used strips from the Borders as well as other matching papers to have a variety of patterns in the weave. Then I punched out circles and adhered them to the back of my woven paper. After I trimmed off the excess paper around the circle I had a woven flower to add to my layout. The same technique can be used with any shape. So get yourself some Borders strips and start creating.
Sunshine and Happiness: Borders, Happy Clouds, Popsicle Kisses, Sunny Side Up, Just Write Journaling Stickers, Alpha+Bits Stickers; Winter Wonder: Borders; Baby Boy: Baby Blue; Sophisticates: Oreo Ciao Chip, Blue High Five Alpha; Crochet Flowers: Juniper; Button Market: Neutrals Mix
"Will It Stick", by Julie Johnson.
For this layout I thought it would be fun to cut the border strips from the Winter Wonder collection into various sizes. I angled the ends like ribbons, and place them at different lengths around a circle. I left the ends loose to add a bit of dimension to the layout. My goofy son and nephew thought it would be fun to see if their tongues would stick to the frozen snowman so I titled the page with the question, "will it stick?". The alpha + bits letters didn't have a question mark so I got creative and changed an "R" to a question mark. The snowman is also cut from one of the border strips and backed onto a thin piece of chipboard. I added a scallop border, a few stickers from the Miniatures sticker sheet, a glittered snowflake, and a button to complete the layout.
Winter Wonder: Borders, Toasty, Ski Slopes, Alpha + Bits, and Miniatures
"So Happy For You" card, by Alice Carman.
For this card I cut out the flowers from the pattern and adhered it in clusters alongside the Bella Blooms. The technique layering the border strips against each other using different patterns and clusters.
Baby Girl: Borders, Daddy’s Girl; Baby Boy: Cute Cuts; Unity Stamps: So Happy For You; Baby Blooms a Bella: Rossini, Champagne, Azzini
"Congratulations", by Alice Carman.
Today’s challenge is to use the border papers creatively and it was a task indeed. I think my take on the challenge is simple, but also something different. I used different patterns as my borders and cut the paper according to the design so it differs from a straight cut.
Baby Boy: Borders, Cute Cuts, On The Go; Unity Stamps: New Set Of Wheels; Sunshine & Happiness: Happy Clouds
And now, we are going to ask you to play along with our challenge! This week, we will be featuring FIVE challenges. But it's not just about showing you what we came up with. We want to see your take on our challenges too. And we have a little extra incentive to get you creating and sharing.
We will be drawing one winner, to receive a prize package of $100+ worth of Bella Blvd products!
But this is different than our regular giveaways. You will have to participate in the challenges, in order to be entered in the drawing for that prize package. If you participate in one challenge, your name will be entered in one time. If you participate in three of the challenges, your name will be entered in three times. Make sense? And how about a bonus. If you participate in all five challenges, your name will be entered in not five times, but TEN times! We really hope you'll join in on the fun with us. Just click on the button below, to link us up to your completed projects. You have until Friday, March 2nd, to get your links added on. We will then announce a winner on Saturday, March 3rd.