Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Birthday / Bella Blvd DT

This week over on the Bella Blvd blog its Birthday week, So today I'm here playing with the Wish Big collection and documenting my youngest daughters 2nd birthday!!
I am working with the girly Wish Big collection, and I just have to say that I love all the beautiful colors and patterns there are in this collection, and oh so many things that can be fussy cut!!

Honestly, starting this layout I had a pieces of white cardstock sitting on my desk that I had cut a circle out of before and just picked it up to set it to the side to go threw some of my Bella goodies and sat it on top of some of the items I had already pulled out and liked the way it looked. So I decided to use it for my background and build from there.
I knew I was making a birthday layout, and I loved the happy birthday paper that I had sat the cardstock on so I used it. I don't usually  start my layouts this way, but this one started that way lol. After I had paced those two pieces together, I started layering behind my photo. I do love to add layers!!

After layering a bunch of pretty papers behind my photo and getting it the way I wanted, I sat my photo where I thought I might want it and moved on to playing with embellishments. I pulled a few acrylic words out, One from this collection and then another from Bella. 
I laid the Happy Birthday up to the right of the photo, grabbed my ephemera packs and started pulling things I thought I might wanna use, knowing that a lot of them would make there way on to this layout.
As I went I tucked more little pieces here and there in my photo mats and around the title. Added chipboard pieces, along with paper ones.
I also used some of the stickers from the Sticky mix that goes along with this collection, snipped some and tucked them here and there.
I don't usually add things on top of my photos, but I seem to be doing it more and more recently, so I created a little embellishment cluster to go on the bottom left of my photo. I wanted to use two of the cute little chipboard candles, since she was turning two, and I loved the little Hip Hip Hooray paper piece, and the fact that doing this also allowed me to add a few more pops of color down there that I wanted. 
I thought I was done at this point but I felt like my layout was missing something so I sat it down, stood up and looked at it. To me, it needed a little color at the top, since my layout already had quite a bit at the top. So I went threw and cut a few strips of some of my favs and added them to the bottom. This also gave me another place to add another embellishment cluster! lol. I finished my layout off by adding some of the oh so cute puffy hearts and some gold splatters. 


Wish Big Collection: Boarders, Let's Celebrate, Cakes&Crowns, Party Animals, Daily Details, Ciao Chips, Ephemera Words, Sticky Mix Cardstock Stickers, Acrylic Word-Birthday
Acrylic Words-Happy&Smile, Puffy Heart Stickers; Cotton Candy Mix, Pickle Juice Mix


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Thankful / Bella Blvd DT

Morning everyone! I'm a little late posting this one! lol
So with my layout, I chose pics of my kids from over the last year, just to show the different stages and things that they do. They aren't spacifac to anything, just little things they have done and the memories I have just looking at them. I'm thankful for all the little stages they go through and the memories they give me to cherish.

I pulled the pictures I decided to use and then grabbed a collection I wanted to use,Oh my Stars collection. I also grabbed a few things from the Alex collection and some of the Hears and hugs!! Love them by the way, the texture they add to the layouts, cards and any project you decided to make.

I haven't used a dark background in a while, I've also been watching some youtube videos with water colors and acrylics, so I decided I would play with the Illustrated Faith water colors on this one. I knew the papers I wanted to use were all on the bright/light side so I thought the background, being dark was going to be ok, to me it made it all pop from the center of the layout.
I mixed some of the paint and watered it down and started splattering it down the center of the layout. I thought I was only going to do the teal color, but once I saw how nice it was showing up on the black background I decided to add some yellow, white and a little bit of orange. I sat it aside to dry and started to work on my photo mat/layers.

I didn't want to add white mats to my photos cause I wanted to do a little close-line for them to hang from, so to have a good contrast between the background and my patterned papers, I added a white mat to my patterned paper.  I wanted to add a little more texture so I pulled out some of my old punches and punched a few places on my white mat and distressed the edges, and I did that to the rest of my papers too. I cut a large piece of patterned paper and added it to the center of my mat, cut another plain paper from one of the 6x8 paper pad and had that for the mat for my photos.

I started wrapping my embroidery thread around my mat and decided I wanted to add a little more color, so I cut a few strips of patterned paper and tucked them behind my blue photo mat. After I was happy with the colors and the way I had them tucked I put my embroidery thread back and added my photos on top and went to embellishing!!
I pulled out embellishments from Oh my stars, Alex and Hearts and hugs collections and started to pop and tuck things here and there. Like I said before, the hearts and hugs have such great texture, but little sayings on some of then and little rhinestones!And on top of that they have enamel dots to go with them!! So I grabbed some of those and popped them here and there where I had splattered the paint. After I added a few stickers, tabs, hearts and enamel dots, I decided to to pull out a few of the cute mini bows and add them to the close-line, more texture lol. 
I hope you enjoyed this layout and make sure to come back and check out all the other great projects the team makes!!

 Oh my Stars collection: Gulf Stars patterned paper, Boarders patterned paper, 6x8 paper pad, Tabbies, ephemera pack
Alex collection: Tabbies 
Hearts and hugs: Give thanks, Sunshine, Sentiments
Cute clips: Wild Berries, Pretty boy


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wake up and be awesome / Bella Blvd DT

Good morning everyone!!
We've had a bunch of strong thunderstorms the last few days, knocking power out and lots of rain, but its also been nice because its kept it cooler and when its in the 100's on a constant, its so nice for it to be cooler!
Well I'm here this morning to share a new layout with you using an older Bella collection, Alex. I love this collection, the colors are so bright and I love the fact that it works so well for my older boys!
I got out the Alex collection and pulled a bunch of things that I wanted to use, so that got my color scheme as well. So once I had those pieces pulled out, I started to lay things around my layout to see where I wanted them. Once I got an idea of where I wanted things, I decided to dip into my stash and grab some of my Shimmerz and play with them on my background to add some more pops of color.
I let all the color dry and decided I wanted to add a little more to my background, so I grabbed my Bella Blvd Elements clear stamps and started stamping away on my background. Once I was happy with it I moved on to putting the rest of my page together.
I started by cutting the Daily Details paper apart for layers behind my photo. I added all my layers, got it just how I wanted it, laid it where I thought I wanted it to go and moved on to playing with the Washi stickers. I pulled the ones I wanted to use and stuck them on some white cardstock and cut around them. I did this so that I could pop some of them up and on dimensional adhesive if I wanted to. I laid them across my layout and stitched threw the ones that were flat to the page to add some more texture and popped the other ones up. 
Once I had my washi strips down and sewn threw, I pulled out some tabbies and designer clips and tucked them in at the top of my photo.
I had everything to the right side of my layout and wanted some more to the left side, so I went back and pulled out the same Shimmerz colors and the stamps and added some to the left of my layout. While while that was drying I grabbed the boarders paper and cut a few strips off and added them to the top and bottom of the layout and sewed thew them. Then went back to adding some of the washi stickers, designer clips and some more stitching. To finish off my layout I went in and pulled out different colored Puffy Star stickers and added them here and there on the layout. I mean those go with any layout!! I love them and the dimension they add to a layout.


Alex collection; Beast Mode paper, Daily Details paper, Boarders paper, Tabbies, Designer Clips, Washi Stickers
Illustrated Faith Elements Clear stamps

Puffy Star Stickers; Orange mix, Blueberry Mix, Milk white

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy days of Summer / Bella Blvd DT

Hello everyone!! Summer is here and I have been having so much fun with my kiddos! We've been outside so much! And you'll see a bit of that fun in this layout.
This week my focus was on the Wonky Alpha stickers, so I decided to make a large title using different colors of them and I love how it turned out! This layout needed a big title and these alphas were perfect for it!!
I started my layout with a white cardstock background, my picture had one of my younger daughters sitting in a doughnut floaty and smiling so big in the water. So I went threw my beautiful stash of Bella goodies and grabbed out one of the newer collections, Island Escape and then an older collection, Addison. I went through and pulled papers and embellishments that complemented eachother and started on my layout. 

I cut a few large rectangles out of pretty patterned papers and placed them to the left side of my layout and placed my photo of my goofy girl the the right of those over lapping some. I added a few paper layers behind my picture on the right and then moved on to adding my title. I grabbed two different colors of the Wonky Alphas and placed my title on the larger rectangle papers.

Once I had the title done, I knew I could start embellishing where I wanted. So I did! lol I grabbed some of the embellishments from the Addison collection, the cute doughnuts and a heart, I thought they looked great since she was sitting on a big ol' doughnut lol. I added some paper strips to the bottom of the layout and one to the top and then started tucking pretty flowers in here and there, paper ones and chipboard. I finished my title off with the word summer from the Chipboard sheet from the Island Escape collection and I was done with this goofy little layout.



Island Escape Collection; Moonlit Kiss paper, Peace&Quiet paper, Pennants, Ephemera pack, Ciao Chips
Addison Collection; Daily Details paper, Borders paper
Wonky Puffy Alpha stickers; Ice, Punch

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mountain Mover / Bella Blvd DT

Good morning everyone! 
Im here to share a new layout with you that I made using the beautiful All People All Nations collection. I love the color combo in this collection! The bright pinks, teals and yellows and then the navy add in, its just all so beautiful!
I had these two goofy pictures of one of my daughters, she loves to pose and is so quirky, but on top of all of that she is just a bright soul! She is interested in so many things and wants to constantly learn more and more. 
I love the paper that says Hope on it, the florals and colors are amazing so I wanted to use it for the majority of my background and I started knowing that, so I placed it on 3/4 of the layout.
After I got that down, I started with deciding how I wanted my pictures placed and then adding in the layers that I wanted to use. I grabbed the Boarders and 3x4's paper and started to cut it up for layers. I started placing the papers here and there behind my photos and added some of the tip-ins in with the layers. I grabbed a little white envelope from my stash and added it in to the layers too and then grabbed some of the florals from the ephemera pack and popped them in between some of the layers.
Finishing off my layout, I added my title, the beautiful Brushed words and then grabbed the words cardstock sticker booklet and added some of the little sayings around my layout. When I got to this point, I decided that I wanted a little more of a contrast between my background and white cardstock, so from the boarders and 3x4's paper I cut a strip of the navy diagonal strip and added it along the edge if the patterned paper and was done.

All People All Nations Collection: Hope patterned paper, Boarders&3x4's, Shapes Tip-ins, Ephemera Die-Cuts
Basics:Brushed Words Clear Sticker Booklet, Words Cardstock Sticker Booklet



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Baseball and fun / Bella Blvd DT

Good morning everyone!
Back again to share with you a layout I made using the Baseball collection this week.
This layout really didn't go the way I planned, I started my layout with everything going across the middle of the layout, and a whole different picture picked out, but I dropped my phone in water a little over two weeks ago and lost all of my pictures on it!! I was so sad, thats what I get for never backing my photos up anywhere! I will from now on, I promise you that!
Like I said I started my layout with everything towards the top of my layout, going all the way across from side to side. I didn't have my picture printed yet, but knew what size I wanted it to be so I created a layered photo mat, with a little dimension, placed it where I wanted it and went to adding some more color to the sides of my layout.

 I added some brighter pops of color/patterned papers to the sides, I distressed the edges of my of my papers to add a little more dimension to them too. I pulled out the sticker sheet and the ephemera pack and started to tuck things in here and there on my layout, I have a love for all the tabs, as you can probably tell!
I popped a baseball here in there up on some dimensional foam, added a few stars and some more tabs, lol. Along with baseball mitts and then my title. 
Once I had the title on I thought I was going to be done with this layout, but when I looked at it again, I thought there was to much white space at the bottom of my layout. So I decided to add a few uneven paper strips, I used a boarder punch from my stash for one of them. Then went in and tucked another tab and that cute foam finger in. 
At this point I knew I was done and just needed my photo, then that whole thing with my phone happened :(

 Well, I liked my layout so I went in to my pictures and found this picture of my son doing some batting practice. We had went to a local park, his sister was using the tee stand and he was being pitched to. He loves to practice and he loves baseball so I thought the title still worked too.

Baseball collection: 
Patterned papers; Play ball, Boarders&Details, Hit it, America's Pastime, Ephemera pack, Fundamentals
Ciao Chips;Amorie McIntosh 



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jumping for joy/Bella Blvd DT

Good morning everyone! Spring has sprung here, well most of the time! lol our weather is being a bit crazy. So I decided to scrap one of my photos from a few years back of my son swimming.
I started with a white back ground, I do that a lot lol. I started pulling some papers from the Oh my Stars collections that made me think of summer, outside and that matched my picture since I had decided to use a colored photo.

This week were focusing on pennants and there are so many that Bella has put out that are great for summer fun that it was so easy to pull a few that went so well with my layout. The colors matched great and the sayings too! lol I went in and started pulling a few that I thought would work and ended up with more then I thought, I ended up cutting it down to what I actually ended up using, I was going to lay them flat on the layout but I started playing with there little sticks and decided I liked out it added some dimension to the layout, so I added them in as well. I laid some of them flat on the layout with there sticks and them popped some of them up with 3D adhesive so I could stagger them down the layout on top of each other.
After adding my layers to the left side of my layout and playing with the pennants, I moved to my photo and adding the layers I wanted behind it. I did chose just one photo for this layout and a colored on at that. I usually go black and white photos, every once in a while you'll catch me using a color photo, like with this layout. I added the few layers and positioned my photo where I wanted it, I grabbed some of the designer clips, paper pieces and a few other things and started playing with them.
I hadn't planned on adding a cluster on the right side of my layout when I started this layout, but I thought there was a little to much white space to the right, so I decided to add another cluster there. I started with layering two pieces of patterned paper that I had already used on the layout and I loved the clouds, so I decided to use some of those as well. I thought they went good with the cloud paper I had used on the opposite side of the layout and kinda brought it all together. I popped some of them up in 3D adhesive to bring some dimension to the right side of the layout too. Then I went in with a few word stickers that I felt went with this layout and that was it.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my layout! Please feel free to follow my blog and check me out over on my instagram account too!!

Oh my stars Collection; Ice Stars, Plum Stars, Boarders, Orange Stars, 4x6's, Designer clips, Paper Pieces, Tabbies, Pennants; Summer, Today, Boy
Illustrated Faith Basic words