Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bella Blvd: What's New Wednesday


We're sharing projects made with the newest collections over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog, today. I chose to use the Tiny Tots collection...


Tick Tock Croc

Supplies
Tiny Tots: Alphabet Soup, Sweet & Sassy, Love to Learn, Borders, Treasures & Text, Trinkets, Paper Pieces; Designer Tape: Gray Dot, Red Chevron, Yellow Chevron; Flags: Baby Boy; Amorie Chipboard Alphas: Guacamole; High Five Alpha Stickers: Black-White



I started this layout by punching off-center holes out of tow inch circles. Next, I filled the circles in with three different colors of patterned paper to match the photo. After arranging the circles in a pattern for my background, I added a strip of striped patterned paper and designer tape along the left side. The photo, title and journaling went on next in a split design, to not cover up too much of my background.



Be sure to stop by the Bella Blvd blog to see more great projects made using the new collections!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Imaginisce: A Couple of Cards to Share



I've Cased a couple of cards to share today. Both cards were inspired by ones that I came across on Pinterest...

Happy Birthday 

Supply List
Imaginisce - Little Princess (Happily Ever After); Welcome Spring (Spring Stripe); i-Rock Tool & Rocks; i-Top Tool & Brad, Paper Distresser
American Crafts - White Cardstock; Baker's Twine


I started out making this card to use up those circles. They were negatives from bigger circles I used on a background for a layout. Then, I used the i-rock tool to dress them up a bit + add a little more dimension. The rest of the card was inspired by this one, made by Keisha Campbell...



You can see it on her blog here.

Then next card I made because I was dying to use my new embossing folder, and I thought it would look cute on a baby card...

Wee Little One

Supply List
Imaginisce - My Baby (Blue Hippopotamus, Cardstock Die Cuts)


Inspired by this card, also made by Keisha Campbell...



You can see it on her blog here.

Pinterest is awesome when you know that you want to create something, but just really don't want to have to think about it :) I've got several board of projects pinned for those day when I'm feeling lazy!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bella Blvd: Pinterest Inspired


We're sharing projects inspired by this photo, over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog today....



I mixed several older collections along with the new Hello Autumn collection for a layout about my son, Oliver.

Oliver Six Years

Supplies:
Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Saltwater; Daily Chevies: Chevy Oreo; Engaged at Last: Bachelor Extras; Scattered Sprinkles: Oreo Sprinkles; Halloween Magic: Boo Buddies; Hello Autumn: Treasures&Text, Chipboard Icons; Ciao Chip Elements: Trees; Crochet Hearts; Bell Pepper; Button Market: Outdoors; Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron; High Five Alpha Stickers: Black-White, Green



I used the arrangement of the wooden blocks in the photo as inspiration for the design of my layout. The front 6x6 chevron piece made a perfect mat for my 4x4 photo, and I liked the text at the bottom of the photo for my title. Finally, I tucked embellishments here and there for added color.



Be sure to check out the Bella Blvd blog to see the great 12x12 page inspired by the same photo from Nicole Nowosad.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Announcing the 2015 SEI Design Team!


I am super excited to be sharing this news today. I've been fortunate to be able to design for some amazing companies, and now I get to add SEI to that list :) I can't wait to get started!




Be sure to check out the blogs of these wonderful designers...


Start looking for projects from us starting in November!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day 2014


Happy Word Card Making Day! We've been having fun over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog sharing 2 new cards every hour...for twelve hours. That's a lot of inspiration :) I was feeling festive, and made two cards to share. For my first card I chose to use the Tiny Tots collection...

Happy Birthday

Supplies:
Tiny Tots: Flashcards YZ123; Birthday Girl: Miles of Smiles, Celebrate, Pretty as a Present; Birthday Boy: Alpha+Bits; Baby Girl: Alpha+Bits



The flashcards from the new Tiny Tots collection are such a cute way to include a toddler's age on a birthday card. Here, I mixed it up with the Birthday Girl and Baby Girl collections for a sweet little girl on her 2nd birthday.

For my second card, I use the Hello Autumn collection...

 Friends Forever

Supply List:
Hello Autumn: Autumn Floral, Daily Details, Paper Pieces, Treasures&Text, Trinkets; Designer Tape: Pony Stripe; Button Market: Red Flowers


I just love this sweet little owl couple from the Hello Autumn collection. With a couple different punches, I turned the 3x4 card into a tag. The little file folder from the Paper Pieces was the perfect size for a mat. Together, they made an adorable focal point for this card.

If you are in need of some inspiration, be sure to visit the Bella Blvd blog throughout the day , and check out all the amazing cards !

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Imaginisce: Fall Themed Layout

We're sharing fall themed layouts over at Imaginisce, this week.  I chose to use some patterned papers from the Perfect Vacation collection...

The Taste of Fall

Supply List
Imaginisce: Perfect Vacation (Memories Captured, You Are Here, This Way, Die Cut Journal Tags); Little Princess (Secret Garden); i-Rock Tool & Rocks



I kept my fall layout pretty simple, using mostly papers from the Perfect Vacation collection with a little help from some green paper taken from the Little Princess collection. I wanted some variety in my cascading leaves, so I added a couple of die cut hearts. I used a paper piercer to add a little rib pattern to my big 'leaves', and just tucked them all together around the photo.


Be sure to pop in over to the Imaginisce blog everyday this week for some more great fall layout inspiration!


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scrap Room Tour Blog Hop


Hello! I was tagged by my fellow Imaginisce design team member, Marcia Dehn-Nix to share my creative space and process.  I'm not gonna lie...I totally cheated, and used the photos from my scrap space tour that I shared with Bella Blvd last March :) But, I assure you...it looks pretty much the same, just a bit dustier!
So, after the tour...I will do a little Q&A, and then tag someone else to do the same.



My scrap space is actually an old computer cabinet that use to belong to my parents. They were looking to get rid of it...and I had the perfect purpose for  it ;)  This is what it looks like all closed up. It's a good thing I have a photo of it, so that I know what it looks like.....because I never close it up.


Ah, that's more like it...although, again....never this clean! It's always cluttered up with some project that I'm working on.


I try to be organized, but with limited space it is difficult. Those black baskets from left to right/top to bottom hold: Adhesives, ribbon/fibers, misc. small embellishments, punches, more punches, and that last one holds things like bottled inks, paints and glitter. The big bottom section holds all of my wooden stamp sets.


That top shelf is actually a pull out tray for a keyboard, but I used it for my paper trimmers. Those big black baskets hold: ink pads, misc chipboard and flowers/bigger embellishments, embossing folders and dies, and the last one holds misc. large tools, like a Crop-a-dile, stamp scrubber, paint tray, etc.



On the top shelf: a basket of stamps that need to be cleaned, recent photos that I've had printed, and embroidery floss containers that hold buttons, brads, and ribbon remnants sorted by color.
2nd shelf: a border punch system, and a box of baker's twine
3rd shelf: All of my flat tools, like stencils, circle cutter, craft mats, etc.
4th shelf: The black basket in the back holds clear/cling stamps, the little box in front of that holds misc design team tools, and the little drawers on the right holds pens/markers, and misc. small tools like scissors, paper piercer, etc.
The mail cubbies on the bottom from left to right hold: misc. long tools, like rulers, and a hammer, rub-ons, letter stickers, and the last one holds envelopes.


Underneath the table, I have a shelf with a stack of magazines, and a basket of finished cards. 


I use the big drawer to keep all of my colored 8.5x11 cardstock organized.


My husband's best friend made this cabinet for a wedding gift. I've used it for many things, but recently I've cleaned it out to use for all of my patterned paper sets.


It's only paper that I've bought/received in the last few years, because I don't have room to hoard. I also try to keep design team stuff separate. 



Last of all, I have this shelf for all of my albums. I try to do an album a year for each of the kids...but don't be fooled, only half of all of these are actually complete :) Since that's an awful lot of albums, I actually use 2.5 inch binders. They are cheaper, and I can decorate the outside myself.


1. What am I working on right now? 
Currently, I am trying to get some layouts done to go along with some give-away posts. My patterned paper cabinet is getting a little crowded :)

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Usually, I can get a layout done in under an hour. I like quick/simple projects...as I don't have tons of spare time!

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 
Lately, I'm really into using my sewing machine, bright papers...and white cardstock.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 

I usually start with a photo...and then pick a theme or color combo to match it. Unless it's an assignment or a challenge...than I pick my products and photos based on whatever the prompt is.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? 

Pinterest, mainly....looking at layouts that inspire me to use a technique, or a sketch, or maybe a color combo.  Sometimes just a really pretty photograph can give me an idea.

6. What is my signature style?
I don't know...I go through phases, I guess. Mainly clean and simple. I go back and forth between creating layouts that have subtle backgrounds with lots of layers....and white backgrounds with lots of little details.  Here are a couple of my recent favorites:










I'm tagging fellow Imaginisce design team member, Christine Meyer to share her creative space and process. I've been on a couple of teams with Christine, and I love her clean and fun style. Please check out her blog, and tell her that I sent you!


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