"First Fracture" Layout by Gail Lindner
As my journaling reads . . . it happened! The first bone fracture in our family! Of course being the documenter that I am, I had to record the story in my scrapbooking! And there was no better time to document how tough my 5-year-old boy was than with the brand new Alex collection from Bella Blvd!
Let me tell you that I like to “get to know” a collection before I use it! Weird I know! So after spending some time sorting through the papers, digging through the paper pieces, tabbies and clips, I already had a favourite pattern that I *had* to include and pulled out a few of the bits and pieces that would suit my layout!
I stuck to a mostly blue and grey/black color scheme with some fun pops of red and color! Before I even started the layout I knew I wanted to incorporate the new Illustrated Faith Homespun Alpha stamps as my title. I grabbed some navy ink and my title stamped beautifully! They really are dream stamps to work with!
I easily added the rest of my title right over the top of my stamping with some small alphabet stickers.
While I was in the stamping zone, I also pulled out a couple of stamps from the Illustrated Faith Icons and Elements sets to add some detail to my background. I used quite a soft grey ink so it’s kind of hard to see in the photos but I wanted some of the cross background pattern peeking out here and there and the stamped arrows were a great accent!
Most of the layouts embellishing is around that centre photo strip but I added a small section to the top edge of the layout to balance it out.
Now don’t get me wrong, I hope I never have to document such an event of my son’s again BUT I am just so thrilled with how this layout turned out! A great mix of grunge meets scrapbooking and just perfect for this layout about my big, tough boy!
Alex: Borders, Daily Details, Killin’ It, Fundamentals, Designer Clips, Paper Pieces, Tabbies, Washi Sticker; IF Clear Stamps: Icons, Homespun Alpha, Elements; Little Bits: White; Enamel Dots: Ice, Blueberry; Tiny Text: Fruit Punch
Do you ever have a story you want to tell from the past, so you take a current photo to represent it? That’s how this page started! Once I printed the photo, I saw the Swiss Cross shape on the controller, and realized I could repeat that shape across the page. You can punch squares out of a variety of Alex patterns, and trim them into strips with scissors to create the swiss crosses. Two triangular corners from the McIntosh Stars paper frame the page. I stitched through the shapes on the diagonal to add line and texture. Then, added computer journaling to a tag in a pocket behind the photo.
Alex: Paper Pieces, Tabbies, Alex Paper(Turn It Up, Borders, Daily Details, Killin’ It); Oh My Stars: Oreo and Scalloop Stars, McIntosh Stars, Gift Tags, Enamel Doodads: Oreo Black
Love the Addison Collection so much! Sometimes the fresh designs of your supplies can inspire the whole concept for a page, as was the case here! The Addison Playlist Paper is perfect for any music lover. Have fun punching squares from this adorable line, and pile on some stickers, clips, washi stickers, and Bella Bows. Add a chipboard title and call it perf!
Addison: Fundamentals, Tabbies, Washi Stickers, Designer Clips, Paper: Daily Details, Borders, Curfew, Fierce, Playlist, Free Spirit; Oh My Stars: 4x6’s, Borders, Fundamentals; Bella Bows: Milk White
This page came together quickly, and the color scheme was taken directly from the photo. The heart shape in the latte art was repeated in the different size hearts punched and added to the hand stitched floss and yarn stripes. Kind of like those wall weavings all over Pinterest right now!
Oh My Stars: paper( Gulf, Ice, Guacamole, Pickle Juice, Oreo and Scallop, Gulf, 3x4’s, ) Gift Tags, Designer Clips, Clear Cuts: Stars Black Alex: paper(4x6’s) Fundamentals IF: Oh MY Heavens Enamel Hearts
Thanks so much, Leigh for sharing your talents with us this month!
“Family Fun” digital layout, by Krista Lund.
A Birthday celebration for my 102 year old Step Grandfather gave me the perfect excuse to break out my BIG DADDY camera (Canon Mark ii) and record some precious memories. Although my Mom and Step Father are no longer together we all still remain close and see each other often. I love this photo because it illustrates the love we have for one another regardless if we related by blood or if still in a marriage.
I added these three adorable heart stickers to the bottom of a journal card. I thought these simple embellishments would be a good contrast to the busy patterns and loud colors. I cut the blue patterned journal card to match the size of the other 2 cards.
I layered a bunch of heart elements in the upper right hand corner of my photo. I think the title is where your eyes land first and these cluster of hearts draw your eye up through the photo.
I used a chipboard script as the main part of my title. I added layers of other embellishments, including alphas that spell out "Fun" to complete my title art work.
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We thought it would be fun to bring back our sketch feature here and there, as sketches are still such a widely popular tool in scrapbooking. We shared the sketch with two of our Creative Team designers, to see how they would put it to use. Feel free to give this sketch a try and as always, we'd love to see what you do with it!
"Serious", by Jamie Pate.
Hey everyone, Jamie here. A sketch is a great place to start pretty much anything. Whether you are changing a room around, orplanning to landscape the backyard. A sketch can definitely get you started in the right direction. But does that mean you have to stick with the sketch exactly? Well, I certainly hope not. Because I rarely know how to do that.
This Bella sketch is a great start to a 12x12 page layout. Plenty of photos, a background with some mixed media touches, plus a title. Classic. But if you are like me, ya might look at the sketch and then say, "How can I change this up but stay true to the original idea?"
For me that started with turning the sketch on it's side. I went to the left by one turn. And that was my new starting place. But first, let's gather us up some supplies.
I reached for the new Alex Collection because, well, it's just all wonderfully boy. My photo story was about my youngest guy. Alex is a great assortment of all things cool dude.
Now back to that sketch and my layout. I stayed with the 4x6 photo on the right side, the new right side. The top 3x4 photo became a 4x4 photo instead. No real reason. It was just because I could. Then the 3x4 photo below? that became a 4x4 embellishment home.
I love these little homes for adding layers of embellies to give a real spirit to the layout. As soon as I saw this Alex collection I knew I would put it to use with this sweet boy's face. It's all boy. And perfect. A space to layer some of the Paper Pieces and Tabbies was just what this sketch needed.
When my photos have 'white' space in them, it always seems an invitation to layer Paper Pieces and Stickers right over the photo. It helps to connect the embellishment story all together.
Another aspect of the sketch included stitching around the edge. I took that one step further and stitched through the title. Pulling up the sticker edges gave additional texture to the entire page.
A few touches of stitching at the top and bottom edge of the page and I called this good. Can you still see the sketch here? Seriously, probably not. But it started with the inspiration of that sketch, and that is what makes them such great inspirational tools.
Alex: Group Text, Killin' It, Washi Stickers, Fundamentals, Tabbies, Paper Pieces
Hey there, Bella fans! Missy back with you today, and I’m so excited to bring you a fun layout today featuring one of the new collections, Oh My Stars! It’s so versatile, and I was immediately inspired by all the stars. Do you ever get inspired by something you see right away on a piece of patterned paper? I knew as soon as I saw all the fun rainbow colored papers with tiny white stars that I wanted to create a page using the “star” theme in some way. My favorite thing about this line is that it can be for girls or boys and just about any type of photo you have.
"Thank My Lucky Stars For You", by Missy Whidden.
I love using a rainbow color scheme, so I found a fun star cut file in my Silhouette library and cut several of them using most of the papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. These pages are awesome because one side has the white stars and the back is just a solid color. I mixed and matched the stars (the outlines of the stars and the filled-in stars) all around the layout. I wanted to mix in pops of black, so I used a wide strip from the Exclusive Collection Kit Bonus Pattern paper at the bottom. The Borders paper is full of fun and colorful border patterns, so I used a few of those as well. I jazzed all that up with some white gesso and then used some oil pastels to add some smudges of color behind my photo. I also added some ink splatters in coordinating colors.
I love how the mixing and matching of the full stars with the outlines looks. The dimension turned out really neat because I didn’t glue the entire stars down. I did some machine stitching in white across the full stars for added interest and texture. The mix of color here is so awesome! I always love the bright colors Bella creates. I mixed and matched my title as well, using some Tiny Text alphas, some Homespun alphas, a word I cut on my Cameo and a die cut word.
Here you can see some of the background pastel work, which I smudged mostly with my fingers. Using the white gesso first helps the smudging process very well. I also used a strip of the new Washi Stickers strips. I can already tell I’m going to be using a lot more of that very soon!
Here’s another look at the fun texture created by the gesso, oil pastels & ink splatters. I added a bit of fun foam under my photo to give it some height, and this made is easier to tuck some tangled thread under it.
Check out this awesome Designer Clip! These are so fun to embellish with, and they slide right onto your photo or paper. I layered a few stickers over this one to brighten up that area. This collection contains a set of black & white clips and a set of brightly colored ones. You’ll also see that fun little blue tab. That’s yet another new product, and they’re called Tabbies. They’re awesome for adding to the sides of your photo like this.
Here’s one last look at the fun texture and dimension at the bottom of the layout. I hope this gives you some fun ideas you can try with this collection. Pull out your papers and see what jumps out at you. You can likely use that one paper’s design for your own layout. Try to get creative and see what you can come up with!
Oh My Stars: Exclusive Collection Kit Bonus Pattern, Borders, 6x8 Paper Pad, Fundamentals, Colorful Washi Stickers, Colorful Tabbies, Black & White Designer Clips; IF Homespun Alpha Stickers: One in a Melon; Tiny Text Alpha Stickers: Pretty Boy, Black
"Sweet Baby Owen" digital layout, by Megan Klauer.
Hi all! Megan back with ya today to share a new digital layout using the Cute Baby Boy Collection.
As a photographer I am so lucky to be able to meet sweet families and capture their most precious moments for them. It's an absolute bonus when it's your best friend's new little one. I just couldn't wait to add little Owen to my scrapbook and of course I went straight to the Baby Boy files.
As with most designs, my layout evolved and was tweaked many times before I finally felt it was finished. It started very basic and to honest, I really love it that way, but i felt like it needed a bit more.
So, I added a bold strip of pattern paper to the left portion of the design. Hmmm, maybe too bold.
Then, I tucked it under the white piece. Much better! A great pop of color to create a boarder & division of the page, but not so "in your face".
I then decided to relocate the "heart YOU BABY BOY" piece, sprinkle a few heart embellishments around the page (the same piece, just resized a few times), and added my journaling along the bottom.
Another super easy page all set to go into my digital scrapbook album. Welcome to the World Sweet Little Owen!
Cute Baby Boy Collection Bundle
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"This & That Together", by Leanne Allinson.
Hello Bella friends! It's Leanne here today sharing a fun idea to help celebrate National "Ampersand" Day!! Who doesn't like an ampersand or two? I personally love them! They work wonders in titles but as a stand-alone feature they can be magic!!
For this layout I wanted to express the togetherness of my youngest two children. A "togetherness" that comes more in the form of sibling rivalry! I wanted the ampersand to be a loud feature and so I chose the bold orange Hocus Pocus print from the Halloween Magic collection. To create a depth of layers on my page, I first cut out the ampersand shape from my cardstock using an available font from my silhouette library. It was resized to be large and positioned slightly off center.
In the past when I've created layouts with large silhouette cut backgrounds, I've generally teamed them up with hand stitching all the way around the outside edge. For this page, I wanted to create a faux shadow layer which is indicated by small rows of stitching on one side of the cut file. Not only does the stitching add to the depth of layers but it subtly emphasizes the ampersand feature.
I've layered part of the title directly on top of the ampersand cut file. The Ciao Chip Item from the Adventure pack, was brushed with a single swipe of orange watercolor paint, using a flat, wide brush, and while still part of the packaging. After allowing it to dry, the ombre effect on the chipboard grounds the title and cut file to the cardstock base.
As an extra incentive to help celebrate National Ampersand Day, I've used a metal die cut and created several mini ampersands from the Bella Blvd Trick or Treat collection. These tend to represent the repetitive nature of "if he can, then I can too" spirit between brothers! And just in case I haven't made that idea clear enough, I've actually added the word "repeat" as my subtitle.
To complete my layout, I've typed up my journaling and added it directly to the back of my page. I really don't want to miss out on recording these fun and somewhat crazy moments!
So, what do you think? Making a feature out of an ampersand can help kick start any story you want to document. Why not try a "Now & Then", or like I have, a "This & That" page. The opportunities are endless! Thanks for visiting today.
Halloween Magic: Hocus Pocus; Trick or Treat: Happy Owlween, All Webbed Up, Daily Details, No Brainer, Leaf Storm; Daily Chevies: Chevy Carrot, Chevy Pickle Juice; Ciao Chip Elements: Adventure, Symbols; Tiny Text: Wild Berries, Rainy Day
“A Week Together”, by Becki Adams.
Hey there Bella Blvd friends and fans, Becki here. I'm excited to share with you a layout sharing an "everyday" memory I documented with a combination of the Campout collection and the Let's Go collection. I chose to combine these two collections because of the bright primary color palette. I love the bright green, red, blue, and just a splash of yellow. I chose two 4x4 photos (slightly overlapping) as the main focus of my layout. I added handwritten journaling and a small title above the journaling.
Once I had the title, photos, and journaling in place, I started embellishing. I used a bold line of enamel hearts from the top left to the bottom right of the layout. I even sprinkled a few hearts in the middle of the photos.
I added just a couple of pieces of chipboard to the finish the embellishments.
The last step on this layout was to using my sewing machine on a few of the elements. I almost always stitch my letter stickers in place. This prevents letter stickers from shifting out of place over time. To balance the machine stitching on the title I balanced it with some machine stitching below the photo.
I love how this layout turned out. Bella Blvd makes mixing collections so easy because the colors always match! Which two collections are your favorite to mix and match? Thanks for stopping by the Bella Blvd blog today! I'll see you again soon!
Campout: Let's Go Camping, Under The Stars, Borders, Daily Details, Chipboard Icons; Let's Go: Perfect Weather, Air Traffic Control; IF Enamel Hearts: Apple Of My Eye; Ciao Chip Elements: Whatnots; Tiny Text: Fruit Punch
“Yum”, by Gail Lindner.
Hey there Bella fans, Gail here! For most of you, summer is over and you are preparing for the onset of cooler weather, but here in the southern hemisphere, we are looking forward to our summer starting soon! And don’t you think it’s the perfect time to document some of those summer memories before they are forgotten?
I’ve been wanting to scrapbook this photo of my youngest since last summer! It’s the very definition of hot weather in Australia: in your bathers, on a fold out chair, cooler beside you and munching on some refreshing watermelon!
I took a very mix-and-match approach with this layout! I printed out my photo and then started pulling out papers and embellishments in colors that matched. I ended up using papers from five collections on this layout!
The main design element on this page is the giant pie chart inspired feature! I simply traced a circle onto cardstock and trimmed it into pieces to use as templates. Then I traced and cut the pieces out of the patterned paper and pieced them all back together on my layout. Of course I had to add some machine stitching to each piece for extra interest and definition!
And then it was fun to pull out embellishments and phrase stickers to add in clusters around the photo, again from a few different collections. This was truly scrapping by color!
So before you start thinking about creating holiday cards (it’s not that far away!) be sure to document some last minute summer memories! Grab some fun patterns and colors and get scrapping!
Let’s Go: Air Traffic Control, Treasures & Text; Hello Autumn: Daydream; Sweet Sweet Spring: Easy Breezy, Bloomin Beauties, Chipboard Icons; Color Chaos: Blueberry Strandz; Fresh Market: Borders, Little Bits, Treasures & Text; Amorie Chipboard Alphas: White; IF Enamel Hearts: She Blooms Mix