Friday, April 17, 2015

Bella Blvd: 8 Days a Week

Today I'm sharing my last design team project for Bella Blvd. I'm a little behind in posting it...I put it off because I'm a little sad about it :) I have LOVED my time with Bella, and will hopefully continue to share lots of projects using up amazing products from this generous company!

8 Days a Week
Color Chaos: Ice Strandz, Pickle Juice Strandz, Words of Wisdom, Months, Just Write Journaling Stickers, Treasures&Text, Trinkets; Invisibles: A Day at a Time; Enamel Dots: Milk White, Bell Pepper; Designer Tape: Blue Gingham; Ciao Chipboard: WhatNots

I cut a heart shape using two scallops from one of the scalloped edge specialty Invisibles papers. I layered it in with the rest of my embellishments which I kept to a 'days of the week; theme...because those are the days my youngest keeps me running! The journaling reads: YOU are a handful on days that end in 'Y'.

You will want to head over to the Bella Blvd Studio blog and check out the amazing new team...I can't wait to see some fabulous inspiration!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

SEI: 1-2-3 Lucky Me

Yikes...I'm a little behind in sharing my projects. I became a little overwhelmed with life during the month of March, it seems. I'll be trying to play catch up over the next few days :) The first layout was up over at the SEI blog, and features the Hoo's Sweet collection...

1-2-3 Lucky Me
Hoo's Sweet (Oh Honey Honey, Lovely Vines, Honeydew, Playful Expressions, Kraft Chips)
Furry Friends (Sundries)

I started this page by trimming a piece of patterned paper down to 8.5x5 and adhering it along with a border to a sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock. I stitched that down with a 1.5 inch piece of patterned paper to the bottom of the page.

After sticking down my matted photo, I tucked a journaling card under the border to the right of it. I then added my embellishments, title, and journaling. I finished it off by adding some googly eyes to my owl, and stamping the date.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

SEI: You & Me

I'm sharing a layout made with the Forever Sassy collection over at the SEI Lifestyle Blog. I'm in love with the Art Deco-ish patterns of this line! 

You & Me
Forever Sassy (Over the Taupe, Shellac Me, Very Daring, Vellum, stickers, Assorted Overlays, Sundries, Decorative Tape)

Here, I've used it here to showcase some photos of the super rare date night :) We don't get many of of course I have to document it!

I love to use frames for anything other than framing. They're great for titles, embellishment clusters...and okay, framing photos, too. Here, I use it as just another layering element to help set aside a spot for journaling. I think it's important when designing a page to kind of have an idea where your title and journling go, so they don't end up looking squeezed in.

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Bella Blvd: Mixed Media Projects

Yesterday, we were thinking beyond the scrapbook page over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog. I chose to use the new Color Chaos collection to make a dry erase calendar for the refridgerator...

Dry Erase Calendar
Color Chaos: Peep Strandz, Gulf Strandz, Guacamole Strandz, Scallop Strandz, Months, Treasures & Text, Trinkets; Invisibles: Calendar; Classic Calendars: Ice Calendar & Borders, Treasures & Text; Scattered Sprinkles: Ice Sprinkles, Treasures & Text; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Banana; Lucky Starz: Treasures & Text, Trinkets

The first thing that I noticed about the new Invisibles papers, was their super smooth surface...perfect for a dry erase marker. Then, when I saw the calendar, I knew that I wanted to hang it right on the refrigerator. I trimmed down the month cards, and mounted them along with some embellishments onto magnets. The magnets are the only thing holding it together. This makes it easy to switch out embellishments and backgrounds as the months change.

Head on over to Bella Blvd for more great ideas for creating off the page projects!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bella Blvd: What's New Wednesday

We shared projects using the new Star Student collection yesterday over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog. This is probably my favorite of the four new winter collections. Here is what I came up with...

Back To School
Star Student: International Studies, Art Journal, Daily Details, Star Student Invisibles, Treasures & Text, Trinkets; High Five Alpha Stickers: Brown-Cream, Color Wheel; Enamel DooDads: Ice; Enamel Dots: Milk White

I am loving the new Invisibles collection. I really enjoy the specialty shaped papers, and it's always a fun challenge for me to incorporate them onto an 8.5x11 page. Sometimes, I can find a good spot to trim them down to use for a background, but I usually cut shapes or borders from them. For this page, I just trimmed off one of the edges of a bracket shaped overlay, and used it as an arrow to draw the eye to my photo.

There are loads of other great projects featuring more of the Star Student sure to head on over to Bella Blvd to check them out!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

SEI: So Sweet Together

Today, I'm sharing a layout using the Sweet Sora collection from SEI.  The combination of burgundy, light pink, and aqua is one of my all time favorites. It's used a lot for Christmas and Valentine's Day themes...but I love it for just about anything.

So Sweet Together
Sweet Sora (Pretty Tulips, Lovely, Stickers, Puff Stickers, Sundries, Die Cut Pieces)
Hoo's Sweet (Playful Expressions, Stickers)
Velvet Paper (Off White)
I've also used some off white velvet paper for the base of my page. Although, it's a little I did mount it on to a plain piece of white cardstock. That way, I could also save patterned paper by just using 2.5 inch strips along the top and bottom, instead of using a whole sheet. I was a little nervous about it being hard to work with, but actually it was great. Everything sticks to it fine, and the only reason I stitched it on was to camouflage the lines from the patterned paper. Well, that...and I love how the stitching looks ;)

I really love how the black and white photo really makes those colors pop!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Bella Blvd: Friday Sketch

We have 3 layouts inspired by the same sketch up over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog, today...

Here is my take on it:

You 2

Supplies:Color Chaos: Scallop Strandz, Daily Details, Treasures & Text; Simply Spring: Treasures & Text; Invisibles: Pink Posies; Enamel DooDads: Ice, Oreo Black; Designer Tape: Chevron Combo

I loved this sketch! To scale it down to size, I decided to make use of all of the cute cards from the Daily Details paper in place of extra photos. This was a perfect opportunity to use a scalloped edge Invisibles paper, and I was excited to find that slightly less than half is a perfect fit for one side of my 8.5x11 page. To finish it up, I scattered Black enamel DooDads down the center in place of buttons. 

Head on over to Bella Blvd to check out the other two fabulous takes on this same sketch....all using the brand new Color Chaos collection!

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