We are so excited to introduce you to our talented November Guest Designer, Natalie Elphinstone. Let's get to know a little more about Natalie and check out the projects she created to share with us!
Hi, I’m Natalie Elphinstone (also known as One Scrappy Doctor, or wife of The Trophy Husband, or mum to the Elphie Kids!) and I live in Melbourne Australia. I’m so blessed to be enjoying a whole year of maternity leave right now and I’m making the most of my time with my family, and of course the ability to fit in a bit more scrapbooking! As you’re about to see I really enjoy the whole gamut of papercraft – I love making the layouts, and the pocket-pages, and the cards and the art-journaling and the Bible-journaling and…. well anything to do with paper really! My signature style is definitely about mixing in the whole rainbow of bright colours and that’s why Bella Blvd is such a great match for me. I just loved working with these collections. Let me show you what I made.
"Family", by Natalie Elphinstone.
Normally I would think about converting a family photo like this to black and white because of all the jumble of colours in it, but it just so happened that the colours in the Family Frenzy collection matched it perfectly so I knew it was just meant to be. I couldn’t resist adding in all those donuts either, and the little sentiment “we’re better together” ties it in nicely.
"Fruit Loops", by Natalie Elphinstone.
To be honest I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to scrap these photos of my girls playing together because when I turned the camera on them they got a little crazy! But when I saw the strip that read “Home is wherever my bunch of crazies are” in the Family Frenzy collection I figured they would be perfect!
"Beach Day", by Natalie Elphinstone.
I’m totally of the opinion that you can make pocket page spreads with your scrapbook supplies without the need for anything else specific apart from the page protectors themselves. When I saw the paper with all the journaling cards on it from the Fresh Market collection and it had that row of 3x3” cards I knew I had the basis of a page already done! I simply added a row of photos along the top which allowed space for my title and journaling on the bottom row. It meant I could use lots of the bright papers all in the one spread and that makes my rainbow-loving heart happy.
"An Apple A Day" card, by Natalie Elphinstone.
Once again it was one of the sentiment strips that inspired my last project, and I cut it up into pieces to include on this card. I’ve never heard this saying before but I really like it! I added a miniature shaker element to my card and I know more than one of my doctor friends who would appreciate something like this.
Thank you so much Bella Blvd for letting me play with your fun collections. Believe me, I’m not going to stop just yet!