"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
Round up all the cuties in their costumes and let’s head out for a night of toil and trouble! From friendly ghosts and witches to pumpkins with personalities, Spooktacular has this year’s Halloween covered! This wickedly adorable collection includes four double-sided patterned papers, two embellishment papers, coordinating cardstock stickers, washi stickers, Paper Pieces™, 6x8" paper pad, Tabbies™ and
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Hi friends, Laurie here sharing a couple of my latest Bella creations! I have been barely keeping the desire to quarantine myself into my stamp room and never come out at bay. You see, I just received the brand new Bella Blvd collections! Giddy would be an understated way of describing me the last two days! Ha!
I have to point out how ridiculously happy I am to have all of the gorgeous new Bella Blvd papers in the new 6 x 8 paper pads! They are perfect for all of the smaller projects like cards and small gifts. This is a cardmaker's (like me) dream come true!
I have to confess that while I love Halloween, I'm not a fan of the truly creepy and scary images. I think that is why I have always loved Bella Blvd's Halloween collections, they are full of super cute images and Bella's signature bright colors.
For my card, I started with the new Spooktacular 6x8 Paper Pad. I created a spooky scene using both the printed sides of the paper and the reverse solid side. To create a little more texture, I splattered some dark gray ink onto the main background layer. I then popped up several Paper Pieces with dimensional foam and embellished with a piece of the new Washi Stickers and Enamel DooDads in Oreo Black.
I am a mom to five children, four of them are boys that all happen to have birthdays in the next 2 1/2 months. So you can imagine my delight when I saw the new Alex collection! I think my favorite thing about it is that it will work for such a wide age range! From elementary to High School, the patterns and images included in this collection are perfect! This card is the one that I created for my soon to be 13 year old son. He loves music and I thought this headphones image (from the Alex Daily Details paper) would be perfect for him!
I chose one off the new 6x8 Paper Pad papers for the background. I layered on a piece of one of the Alex Washi Stickers. After popping up the focal image, I added the sentiment (from the Alex Paper Pieces) and some Enamel DooDads. That cute arrow clip at the top is from the new Alex Designer Clips. I love that they are sturdy plastic clips, and not just paper!
I wanted to carry the card design over to the inside as well. Here I used a stamp to emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment on a small piece of paper (also from the Alex 6x8 Paper Pad). I embellished with another Washi Sticker and a musical note from the Paper Pieces.
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