Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Celebrating my Happy Merry Birthday

My birthday is December 20th and for years I used to wish it wasn't right before Christmas. I'm finally learning to embrace my 'Happy Merry Birthday' and I documented that fact in today's layout. It was so easy mixing the super fun Wish Big Boy collection with the festive Merry Christmas collection! Come take a look!

I first made a base layer with pieces of patterned papers from the Merry Christmas collection. I then embellished my photo with Merry Christmas embellishments, such as the gift die cut and the Christmas tree and candy cane chipboard pieces. I then added the balloon bundle and crown die cut pieces from the Wish Big Boy collection. The only good photo I had from that day was of hubby and I, so I added the crown to myself in the photo to designate that it was my birthday. I guess you could say I was queen for a day then, right? Ha! 

I then added a few of the puffy heart stickers to chipboard and die cut pieces to give them a little extra dimension and color. (I love doing this!) I used the navy blue chipboard 'HAPPY' from the Wish Big Boy collection to start my title. How cute is the blue on blue star pattern on these alphas?!?!

To finish my title, I die cut the word 'Merry' from the Make a Wish paper from the Wish Big Boy collection using my Silhouette Cameo. I then used the Wish Big Boy pennant Ephemera pieces to make a curved banner to complete my fun title. I finished the layout by tucking a couple Wish Big Boy chipboard candles behind the Christmas tree chipboard piece. 

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to grab some Bella Blvd goodies and document a recent birthday celebration! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Doodlebug Design French Kiss layout

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day right around the corner and the Doodlebug Design French Kiss collection is perfect for documenting photos of loved ones! The great thing about the French Kiss collection though is that it has so many elements that go beyond just the Valentine's Day theme. I plan on using this collection year round to document the people, things, and even dogs that I love!

Seriously, isn't this Odds & Ends die cut of the gal flying her little pink airplane wearing a beret just the cutest?! I added a couple Ladybug Sprinkles to the front of the plane to add some fun dimension.

I really wanted to use the Eiffel Tower Odds & Ends piece and so the title 'I Love You to the Eiffel Tower and Back' was born. I thought it would be fun to put a new spin on the popular 'I Love You to the Moon and Back' phrase. The Odds & Ends banner piece starts the title. I finished the title using the adorable Swimming Pool colored Abigail Alphabet Stickers and the Ladybug Teensy Type Alphabet Stickers. 

The Odds & Ends pack has so many die cuts, putting together a layered design is fun and easy! A sweet Swimming Pool colored doily anchors this corner design. I used foam adhesive to add dimension to some of the die cuts, like the tower here. I just love layering patterned papers, photos, and die cuts- don't you?! 

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to grab some of the gorgeous French Kiss collection and document some of your favorite people! 


Friday, December 21, 2018

Mad for Plaid layout!

Hello! I am excited to share my new favorite layout with all of you! I love the rainbow effect on layouts. And I love it even more when it's rainbow plaid! I used the Bella Blvd Plaids and Dotty collection on this layout and I can't wait to use it again! I love that the plaids come in a variety of sizes as well.

I used the Bella Blvd Wish Big Girl embellishments and they match the plaid papers perfectly. I added journaling to the die cut speech bubbles and I added Illustrated Faith numbers to the Wish Big Girl balloon sticker. How cute is that?!?! 

The plaid papers make a great simple background for my layout. They are fun and add a lot of pizzazz but they don't overwhelm the photo. I embellished this section with Bella Blvd Puffy Star Stickers, Wish Big Girl chipboard pieces, and Bella Blvd felt bow. 

The chipboard words from the Wish Big Girl collection made it super easy to create this fun title! And just how adorable is that birthday hippo dancing on the words?!?

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to use the Bella Blvd Plaids and Dotty collection on your next layout! 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas Mini Album

Happy December everyone! Today I am sharing a sweet little mini album I made with the fun and festive Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection. I love the mix of traditional red and greens with the nontraditional navy, teal, and pink. I used a chipboard star album I had in my stash for the album base. I started by painting each chipboard page with acrylic paint. Notice when I finished the album, I punched holes in the Bella Blvd corrugated cardboard Heart Hugs and dangled them from the binder ring.

Once the chipboard stars were painted, I traced the chipboard star onto the Merry Christmas patterned papers. I trimmed the stars smaller than my traced image, so once I adhered them to the chipboard pages the paint border would be visible.  

I love all of the fun patterns and elements in this Christmas collection! It doesn't take a lot of work to layer these embellishments to make cute pages. How adorable is that chipboard banner that says FUN?!?! 

Christmas deer and trees and ornaments, oh my! 

I love this album and can't help but keep flipping through it time and again! I can't wait to document more of my Christmas memories with this fun collection! 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to document your most recent Christmas memories using the Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fun with Mixed Media and Bella Blvd!

Hi everyone! I am excited to share this layout with you because I stepped outside of my comfort zone and used some mixed media techniques. I must admit I was really nervous because I don't usually use paints on my crafting projects. But you know what? I absolutely loved it and had so much fun!! And it was pretty easy! If I can do it, then so can you! 

I started by covering my standard white cardstock with gesso and letting it dry. I then took a little bit of water and mixed it in with the aqua color Illustrated Faith watercolor paint. I used a sandwich bag to lightly spread the paint around on my background paper. 

I then took the teal Illustrated Faith acrylic paint and dry brushed
over a stencil to give the background a little more detail. I really love how the background turned out! 

And of course I had to use the Bella Blvd Sweet and Spooky collection even though Halloween is over! Aren't the little chipboard pumpkin and skeleton girl just the cutest?!?! 

Notice how the gridded stencil and dry brushing give the background more interest. And again, I couldn't help but add more super fun chipboard shapes to my layout! 

Thanks so much for joining me! I hope I have inspired you to continue to document your Halloween pictures! Have a great day! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fun with Page Maps!

Hello! I had the opportunity to work with Page Maps this month using one of their design maps. I must admit I had never used a Page Map before. But you know what? I loved it! It gave me a new starting off point for my layout, but I still was able to make it all MINE! And of course I had to use the super fun Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection!

The 8 1/2 x 11 Page Map I used. I can't wait to use more Page Maps in the future. I highly recommend them! 

You can also find lots more Page Maps and inspiration HERE! 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sweet and Spooky Mini Album Featuring Bella Blvd

Good day everyone! Today I am sharing a cute little mini album I created using my new favorite collection- Bella Blvd Sweet & Spooky! I am in love with the fun yet traditional color scheme and the adorable characters! I just returned from a family vacation from Disney World and this collection was perfect for documenting those Halloween time pics! 

I started off by using my Silhouette machine and cardstock to cut out the pumpkin page bases. I used the Harvest Pumpkin cut file to cut the base pages and the patterned paper pages to about 6 inches wide. I then adhered them together. I then cut out just the stem and vine portions of the pumpkins and adhered those pieces in place.

I enjoyed embellishing the pages with the Sweet and Spooky chipboard pieces and ephemera bits. Isn't that chipboard with piece just the cutest?! I used the We R Memory Keepers typewriter for all of my journaling. 

The variety of embellishments in this collection make it so easy to complete a project. I love the word ephemera that is offered - like the big BOO word bubble. I think the pirate skeleton chipboard piece steals the show though! Ha!

The 'Party This Way' die cut and chipboard lollipop were perfect accents for documenting our night at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! 

Thank you for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to document your last Halloween adventure!