We are so excited to introduce you to our talented December Guest Designer, Jill Sprott. Let's get to know a little more about Jill and check out the projects she created to share with us!
Hi! My name is Jill Sprott, and I’m excited and honored to be a guest designer this month at Bella Blvd!
I hail from Oahu, Hawai’i, where I live with my husband, daughter, two quirky dogs, and a cat who thinks she is the head of the household. By day, I am an English teacher, but when the weekend rolls around, I exchange one stack of papers for another, of the patterned variety. I have been scrapbooking for over a decade now, and I show no signs of falling out of love with it. For me, it’s more than a hobby — it is all about learning to recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary. Through scrapbooking, I tell the stories that are uniquely mine to tell as well as the stories entrusted to me by others.
"December 1975", by Jill Sprott.
As the December guest designer, I was in a very merry mood as I created the first of my projects, a memento of Christmas past, using the Christmas Cheer and Christmas Countdown lines.
I began by layering manila tags in two rows over a sheet of patterned paper from the Christmas Cheer collection, and used those tags as a foundation for more layers, including stickers, tags, and die-cuts.
A bright yellow tag from the Christmas Countdown Paper Pieces adds some contrast to the basic red-and-green holiday color scheme.
"My Dog", by Jill Sprott.
A similar color scheme shows up on my second project. This time, however, the focus isn’t on the holidays, but rather, on the antics of my silly pup, Linus. This layout demonstrates the versatility and compatibility of Bella Blvd’s lines, as it pulls together papers and accents from multiple collections, including Family Frenzy, Make It Merry, and Illustrated Faith.
In pursuit of a whimsical style appropriate to the hilarious subject of my page, I used a sheet of “Here We Grow” Family Frenzy as the foundation for the layout, and stitched around it multiple times using coordinating colors of thread.
Within the stitched frame, I added dimension to each of the pattern-backed photos as well as to the title and journaling strips by using adhesive dots. To unify the photos and ground the design, I placed them in a cluster atop a satin ribbon.
"At This School", by Jill Sprott.
My third layout incorporates the Illustrated Faith collection, ideal for helping me to document life as a teacher in a parochial school. I also worked in bits and pieces from other Bella Blvd lines here, like a die-cut card from the Christmas Countdown, which I flipped over and placed over a piece of stitched cardstock.
For the title, I mixed letters from the Family Frenzy and Make It Merry Treasures & Text sticker sheets. I took advantage of the fact that the letters in the Make It Merry sticker sheet are white, and I altered them using watercolor pencils and a paintbrush dipped in water.
Looking back at these projects, I am reminded of what I love most about working with Bella Blvd’s products — all of that fantastic COLOR and vibrancy! I have enjoyed every moment spent creating these pages, and I’m grateful to Bella Blvd for helping to make each page meaningful in its own way.