Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall-ing in love with Bella Blvd Cut Files - Video Tutorial Included

Over the last year, Bella Blvd has started offering cut files and they sure do add some flexibility and options to your projects. Today I am using the most detailed of all those cut files - the Tile Background Cut File from the Home Sweet Home Collection!
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Cut files like this take a long time to cut. You have to set them at a slow speed and then just be patient. In this case, it took about 35 minutes to cut! Planning for that, I set it to cut and then did other things!
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Once it was all cut, I pulled out my Bella Besties and my circle punch and started backing it! I knew I wanted lots of fall colors! A fine tip glue pen made this job a little bit easier!!!
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Because the layout already has lots of detail and color I knew I wasn't going to have to do a lot for embellishing! I created my title using a combination of an Acrylic World and Florence Alphabets.  Then I added some Heart Hugs and punched out vellum leaves to my design. I opted for vellum here because it would still let the colors and cut file show thru while adding a little bit of texture! 

Here's a video tutorial with all the details on how I created this layout:

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Fireworks and Freedom Scrapbook Layout - Bella Blvd

Today in the United States we remember, with grateful hearts, the ultimate sacrifice of those who died in service.  As I sat down to work on a project for today, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate America but also remember.  My family recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and had the chance to remember those victims. My layout today focuses on that and shows how the beautiful Fireworks and Freedom Collection can be used for both Patriotic celebrations and commemorative moments.
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The picture on the layout was printed in black and white to keep the focus on the moment and the colors of the layout.  The picture is one I took of two of my kids doing an imprint at the 9/11 Memorial as they learned about a family that died on Flight 93 including a little girl, Zoe.
I created the background of this layout using the Flag cut file available for this collection.
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My title was created using a combination of Ciao Chip for the word "Freedom" and Florence Alphas for "Isn't Free."
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On the opposite side of the title, I did a little embellishing bringing in a combination of Ephemera, Ciao Chip, and Acrylic Stars.  I also added a border to the top and bottom of the page from the Border Strip Patterned Paper.
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I like to use a lot of text on my layouts and because of that, I decided to add a little more above the photo - including phrases that I felt fit with the moment well.
To get a close-up look at my process for this, including a lot more detail on how I created the background, check out the Process Video below:


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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bella Blvd Rainbow Scrapbook Layout

I love combining all the colors!!! Bella Blvd's Legacy line is packed with products in all the colors!  Here's what I created recently using a combination of Plaids & Dotty, Heart Hugs, and Word Salad Stickers!
Rainbow Scrapbook Layout for Bella Blvd by Christine Meyer
For lots of people they want a legacy to leave behind.  In our house part of our legacy, is caring for each other in a loving marriage through the good and bad!  So what better products to use to showcase that legacy than our Legacy products?  Within the Legacy products you can find - lots of color, lots of words, and lots of versatile products!

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To kick things off I picked an non-traditional piece of patterned paper for my layout - I used the front page from the Plaids & Dotty Collection. You know, the one that comes in the paper pack and has the exclusive patterned paper on the back.  I cut off all the branding details and just used the plaids and dots!  I loved that it had all the colors included in it and was all lined up.  It made a really nice backdrop for my colorful picture!

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My title was a little trickier to come up with - so many great choices available!  In the end I opted for combining the acrylic "Sweet" with letter stickers from Illustrated Faith.

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Seeing as I couldn't resist pulling in all the colors of the rainbow for my patterned paper, I had to follow that up with Heart Hugs in all the colors of the rainbow (and more)!  I used the Heart Hugs from a variety of packages, incorporating different sizes, to create a border between my plaids and dots!

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Finally I couldn't resist the chance to really dig into the Word Salad Stickers!  The phrases and words within it provide so many options for ready made journaling and can work for just about any topic you can come up with!  I pulled different phrases from as many colors as I could to tell our story!
I created a process video for you so that you can take a closer-up look at how I pulled together this clean & simple layout!



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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Frozen Yogurt Scrapbook Layout

I was recently up over at the Bella Blvd blog with this Frozen Yogurt Themed layout!

Frozen Yogurt Scrapbook Layout using Bella Blvd
Two years ago I started a journey to get healthier.  I was on a mission to lose weight and shift my eating habits back into a healthier direction.  But as a die hard ice cream fan, I needed a substitute.  Enter, frozen yogurt!  I discovered several varieties that I loved and used that as a healthier substitute as I worked my weight down 50 pounds.  Stories like these are important to capture.  It's important for our families (and us) to know who we were in different moments in time!  So now that I've shared a little background on what this layout means to me, let's take a look at how I created it!
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The layout is made up of papers from the Wish Big collection, mostly the girl side but a little from the boy side too!  I used a cut file to create a giant, fun focal point and then backed it with a variety of bright Bella Blvd colors!  I also worked in lots of Heart Hugs - they are just the best embellishment!
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I decided to make my own DIY embellishments - combining a cut file with a triangle punch to create lots of Frozen Yogurt cones!  All those cute patterned papers made this so much fun!
Let's take a look up close at the whole process in this process video:


Thank you so much for joining me today - I hope you are able to get yourself a little treat today!

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Wish Big Collection - Birthday Girl & Birthday Boy, Heart Hugs - Black & White, Rainy Day, Plaids & Dotty - Cotton Candy

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Plaids & Dotty Bella Blvd Scrapbook Layout

Plaids and Dotty is the perfect collection either as a stand-alone collection or as a complement to other collections.  With simple designs and all the fabulous Bella Blvd colors, it's a tremendous addition to your crafting supplies.  I have already used it in conjunction with other collections but today I wanted to showcase it on it's own, focusing specifically on the plaid side of things!  I was immediately drawn to going down a rainbow path, so I decided to run with that! Let's take a look at what I created!
Plaids & Dotty Rainbow Layout for Bella Blvd by Christine Meyer
One thing that may jump out to you immediately, and makes this collection different, is the different scale on the Plaids.  They aren't all the same, so although they coordinate, you aren't getting all the exact same pattern with just different colors.  This led me to design a little differently as I created this.  I initially thought I'd put everything on straight and have a "quilted" look.  BUT as I was just haphazardly placing the triangles on, I noticed that the different scales lended itself nicely to a little bit of a messier (for lack of a better word) look.  So I took a chance and am so happy I did!
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I also used a cut file to create a big title focal point!
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Backing the cut file with black really made it pop and allowed me to bring in more black throughout the layout - even going with a black cardstock base.
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You can also see I brought in lots of enamel dots that coordinated from the Heart Hugs sets and just placed a few in each color area.
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Finally I brought in lots of black hearts from various Heart Hugs sets.  As I was debating how to embellish and pulled these out, I just knew a row of the black ones would be a great contrast and help to bring in one final touch of black.
Want to see how this whole thing came together? You can check it out in the video below:

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