Today we are excited to have the extremely talented Lisa Dickinson along as our June Guest Designer! We sent over a few of our newest collections, so that she could work her creative magic with them to share with you.
I'm Lisa Dickinson, a graphic designer living in Colorado with my husband, Mike and two kids, Hayden and Riely. I have been scrapbooking since 1998 and my passion for recording stories and photos grows every year! I currently design for Jenni Bowlin Studio, Basic Grey, Lilly Bee Design and am a Garden Girl for Two Peas in a Bucket. I'm thrilled to be a guest for Bella Boulevard and so much fun creating with their colorful and lively products!
One of my favorite things about Bella Boulevard's collections are their happy, bright color palettes. I also love how easy it is to mix and match pieces from different collections to find the perfect papers for your photos. I worked with Sand & Surf, All American, and the Freestyle Sophisticates lines, and was easily able to combine the patterns and colors together.
"BFF's", by Lisa Dickinson.
My first layout features my daughter and her best friend. Since they are wearing pink and aqua outfits, I pulled papers in those colors to start my design. Then I added in green and yellow and created a grid of colored squares with my photos. To keep the bright colors from overwhelming my photos, I also added in some of the more neutral grey patterns to keep the design light and airy.
For added interest and dimension, I layered each block with punches, stickers and embellishments that matched the base color. The fun range of Bella accents - from flowers to chipboard - we perfect for adorning my grid.
"Trunk Or Treat", by Lisa Dickinson.
The next layout presented me with the challenge of scrapping a Halloween photo with lots of loud, mismatched colors. While I love to practice my photography skills and am always looking to take better shots, the reality is that most of the scenes I capture are simple, everyday moments that are far from professional portraits. So I turn to my supplies to make the less-than-perfect photos look good! And with Bella Boulevard's products, that was easy. I pulled out a simple grey grid for my background and then created diagonal stripes using a mix of patterned papers and wash tapes. By using all the colors in my photo - pink, red, blue, and yellow - I was able to created a background that perfectly showcased this photo.
The Ciao Chip letters, combined with a die cut word, made a bold and simple title. And a cluster of Bella embellishments, including a flag, chipboard star, and button, finish off my page.
"Works Of Art", by Lisa Dickinson.
I love incorporating my kid's artwork into scrapbook pages, and like most moms, I have lots of these colorful projects! On this next layout, I printed some of my kid's drawings onto photo paper about 2.5" square. Then I printed photos of each of them working on art at the same size. To create a vibrant and colorful background, I cut lots of Bella papers into squares the same size, adding a border of stitching around each. Then I arranged all my squares into a loose, free-form grid.
I left the center bare so I could include a title, which is a combo of Ciao Chip letters and the High Five Sophisticates alpha stickers. The colors in the papers perfectly highlight the colors in my kid's drawings and I love the kaleidoscope of vivid hues on this page!
So the next time you find yourself with a photo full of colorfully chaotic subjects, just reach for some Bella Boulevard papers and accents to help you scrap it beautifully! Whether you need a stunning ruby red, a saturated sky blue or any color in between, it's likely you'll find the perfect hue in a Bella collection.