Today, we want to give a very warm welcome to our super talented September Guest Designer, Laina Lamb!
Good morning! My name is Laina Lamb and I am extremely honored to be September’s guest designer at Bella Blvd. I can still remember the first time I purchased Bella Blvd paper! I was visiting a local scrapbook store in Michigan and immediately fell in love with the beautiful fall palette of the Family Tree collection. I knew from that moment on I would always be a huge fan of Stephanie’s colorful and graphic style.
A bit about me…My family resides in Bay Village, Ohio just west of Cleveland. I am married to Steve, a very patient husband to puts up with my creative obsessions. We have three boys Maxwell Presley 18, Cooper Marley 11, and Emmitt Cash 9. All named after rock stars of course!
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a design degree and worked in the architectural field designing retail stores, malls and way-finding graphics for many years. After my youngest was born I stayed home for a few years to enjoy being a full time mom. I started scrapbooking during this career break and found that I had found my passion. I am now employed full time as a freelance product designer for Jillibean Soup and My Favorite Things. I have been very fortunate to have my work published in several magazines and currently a member of the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team.
The latest Bella Blvd release is at the top my all-time favorites. I love to use lots and lots of color to tell my stories so these new collections really speak to me!
"Bay Days", by Laina Lamb.
As a graphic designer I openly embrace technology and use it as a tool in my crafting. Lately I have become a bit overly dependent on technology for my crafting. I have a Silhouette machine that is my best crafty friend. I love that I can create and cut any shape I imagine. Because I draw and design in Illustrator and Photoshop, I can also create photo mockups and preplan layouts before I even touch any physical product. While this skill can be helpful…it also can stifle creativity and take the fun away of spontaneous crafting. I sit in front of a computer all day and suddenly found myself doing the same at night when creating pages. It was starting to not be as fun as I remembered. Not as much fun is a big NO in my book. Scrapbooking should always be fun, never stressful or ever feel like work!
For my guest work this month, I challenged myself to step away from the computer and create everything by hand. No sketches, no digital templates and no electronic die cutting. The only form of technology I used was my iPhone to edit and crop my photos. This self-imposed challenge allowed me to get back to what I love doing the most…playing with paper!
Now that I was free to cut and play I looked for ways to make my own accents from the Bella papers already so beautifully designed. I hand cut the blue July star from the back side of the Chevy Gulf paper to make this corner detail.
I held true to my challenge by making sure to hand letter all of my journaling. Bella’s graph papers and journaling cards are all lined to make journaling a snap.
Snapshots: Borders, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Bookplates, Captions; Daily Chevies: Chevy Bell Pepper, Chevy Gulf, Pink Arrows, Everyday Bookplates; Trick or Treat: Spooky Town; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Blueberry; Designer Tape: Gulf Stripe, Red Dot, Red Chevron, Pickle Juice Dot; Button Market: Feminine Mix
"Game Day", by Laina Lamb.
Stepping away from my computer also forced me to fall in love again with my punches and steel dies. In this detail I layered several stars and accented the center with a heart brad. Notice that I also gave my sticker title a little pop by lifting off the page with All Night Media’s Micro-Pop Dots. They are the perfect size for skinny letters and tiny pieces. I love the look of “filled” in characters. This step helps give your title additional contrast and pop. You can see that I filled in these sticker openings with Bella Red Dot Washi Tape.
More hand journaling on this page with a few of the Bella word stickers added to support the journaling.
Snapshots: Daily Details, Pajama Day; Daily Chevies: Chevy Pickle Juice, Gulf Arrows; Snapshots: Alpha+Bits, Bookplates; All American: Borders and Cute Cuts; Sophisticates: Sprinkles & Lace Surf N Turf; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle McIntosh; Sand & Surf: Paradise, Alpha+Bits; Trick or Treat: Borders; Designer Tape: Gulf Dot, Navy Dot, Red Dot, Pickle Juice Dot, Yellow Stripe; Button Market: Blues
"Zombie Party", by Laina Lamb.
With this many photos and this much fun, a two-pager was in order for this zombie page.
My boys are HUGE fans of Halloween and insist on participating in many Halloween and Fall events. When I first saw Trick or Treat, I knew I would have tons of pictures to use with this collection. I love the addition of teal with the traditional orange, black and purple of Halloween.
One of my favorite things about Bella product is that every collection can be mixed and matched. I had the teal dot washi tape already in my stash. I was thrilled to be able to use it with the new paper collections.
The teal star in this detail is cut from the backside of (Snapshots) Pajama Day and the inside green dot is cut from the backside of (Sand & Surf) Paradise. I love how easily the colors work together and it’s a good excuse to save those scraps you might have a hard time parting with.
I used my same favorite title technique on this page. A really easy way to fill in those character openings is to take the leftover chipboard cut that remains on the backer sheet, cover it with washi tape and place it back into the negative space of the letter.
Trick or Treat: Pick a Pumpkin, Happy Owlween, Borders, Daily Details, Alphas+Bits, Tabs, Captions; Snapshots: Pajama Day; Sand & Surf: Paradise; Birthday Boy: Alphas+Bits; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pickle Juice; Designer Tape: Black Stripe, Teal Stripe, Teal Dot
"Deadly Cute", by Laina Lamb.
The majority of my pages are 12x12 but I also create 8.5x11 pages for my sons’ school books. (I warned you love Halloween - and anything Zombie too!)
The new sticker sheets that coordinate with the collections make it easy to create accents. I mixed (Trick or Treat) Tabs and Captions stickers with (Daily Chevies) Gulf Arrows. I couldn’t resist using a circle punch to cut out that cute little skeleton for an added accent.
I hope these pages inspire you to sit down and freely create. Cut up that paper, make a big mess and above all…Have FUN!
Trick or Treat: All Webbed Up, Happy Owlween, No Brainer, Borders; Alpha+Bits, Tabs, Captions; Daily Chevies: Chevy Gulf, Gulf Arrows; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pickle Juice; Designer Tape: Black Stripe, Pickle Juice Dot
Thank you to Stephanie, Laura and the entire Bella Blvd. Team for letting me share my ideas!