We are so excited to introduce you to our talented December Guest Designer, Melissa Mann! Let's get to know a little more about Melissa and check out the projects she created to share with us!
Melissa has always had a love for papers and stickers. As a child, she collected piles and piles of Lisa Frank stickers and stationery. The infatuation hasn’t changed much these days! She found her start in scrapbooking in 2005 when she and her husband made a move from Maryland to Florida. The hobby quickly took over their spare bedroom and these days she is honored to design for Lawn Fawn, Elle’s Studio, and Scraptastic Kit Club. Her projects have been published in Cards, Create, and Scrapbook Trends magazines. Melissa lives in the beautiful panhandle of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Her day job consists of being the team lead for the reservation desk at a condo in Perdido Key, Florida. She is married to a great guy named Troy and they have two dogs and a cat. She loves music, cooking, photography, and reading. Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Stalker, NCIS, and The Walking Dead are just a few of the TV shows she enjoys.
I am so excited to be working Bella Blvd this month! I was thrilled when I received an email from Laura about being a guest designer during the month of December and even more excited when I received my product to work with! I created two holiday layouts using the new Christmas Cheer collection and one autumn layout using the Hello Autumn collection.
"Bringing The Tree Home", by Melissa Mann.
The first layout I created was this one entitled “Bringing the Tree Home”. I took a picture that I snapped last week when we picked up our Christmas tree and printed it on white card stock sized at 8x10. I took two pieces of pattern paper and layered them on top of each other and then a piece of white card stock layered on top of that. I stitched around the pattern paper with my sewing machine to adhere the papers together. I then cut down the picture to the size needed to fit and rounded the edges. It went at the top of my layout.
I cut out several blocks of paper from various pattern papers from the “Christmas Cheer” collection. I placed them underneath the picture and then stitched around each one with my sewing machine. My title went between the bottom of the picture and the blocks at the bottom and it was also sewed down. I embellished each small block with various embellishments: chipboard, crochet hearts, and stickers.
I stuck a few stickers in the upper right hand corner of the photo and placed a tab on the left hand side of the picture.
"Christmas Time", by Melissa Mann.
The second layout I created was also a holiday layout. For this one, I went back to a favorite picture of mine that I snapped last year of my husband while we were looking for a tree. This layout took a good bit of time to put together but it was a fun one to create! For this layout, I started with a piece of Kraft card stock. I then took various pieces of pattern paper and cut strips roughly measured around 2 to 2 ½” to 9 to 10”. I rolled each piece around a paintbrush. I then got my handy hot glue gun out to glue each rolled piece of paper to the Kraft card stock. I needed a really heavy duty glue to make sure the layout stayed together!
I glued each rolled up piece of paper down and then layered my photo on top of them. I again printed my picture off on white card stock. I cut part of my title out on my Silhouette Cameo and then used the Bella BLVD alphabet chipboard stickers for the second word. I glued these down underneath the picture.
Lastly, a few sticker strips were placed in the upper right hand corner of the photo and I handwrote the date underneath.
"Autumn Beauty", by Melissa Mann.
For my third and final layout, I used the “Hello Autumn” collection to scrap a few pictures from out trip in early November to North Carolina. I took a light piece of pattern paper and the dark brown wood grain paper and layered them on top. I stitched down the edge of the wood grain paper and then distressed the edge. I then placed one of the 12” scalloped stickers underneath.
I placed a few blocks of pattern paper in the upper part of the layout and layered three photos on top. I stitched them all down with my sewing machine. I tucked a few tab stickers above the photo and put a die-cut below the photo. A sticker strip was stuck below the die-cut and a chipboard leaf was tucked up underneath.
Right where the two pattern papers met, I took a strip of pattern paper and sewed around it and then placed another strip of paper on top. I cut the word “beauty” out on my Silhouette Cameo and stuck it on top of the strips and the word “autumn” was placed above it. A small journaling block with hand written journaling was tucked underneath with a few more sticker strips.
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I thoroughly enjoyed working with the products from these collections. I hope you will enjoy working with these two collections and sharing your creations as well!