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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Social Media Day

Did you know we have a special day dedicated to Social Media?

'Mashable started Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to reflect and honor the growth of social media and the digital revolution. Now in 2015, this holiday encompasses hundreds of in-person events around the world, along with thousands of tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts commemorating #SMDay.'

Social Media is so important to businesses right now. It's how we communicate, feature products, share ideas and earn a living!

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We love to be connected through social media, follow us, share our posts, and tag us in your purchases and crafty projects!

Happy Social Media Day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Father's Day mini album

Hello FotoBella readers! I'm excited to bring to you today a little mini album I made for my husband for Father's Day. I usually make one for him every year. I usually do various pictures of the year from June to June. It has been a great little timeline through the years.

I used the PhotoPlay line This Guy. I just thought this line was so cute with the little bears. I used a cream card stock for the base. I used the paper pack and the ephemera pack, along with some MME wood dots.  However, if I was going to start from scratch to make a second one I would have used a Kraft color. It would have been much cuter. I just didn't happen to have Kraft in my stash.

The finished size is 7.5"x5.5". It holds a whopping 11 pictures in this album. I could have gotten 10-13 more if I did all picture on the accordion fold out, smaller pictures where I used the one large 4x6 photo and added them to the pull out tags in the center. For, me this was the magical number for my album this time.

Sorry for the photo overload! I wanted to make sure you saw everything. And just you know I could easily make a second album with the leftover paper, or a couple layouts. You get two of every paper in the pack.

Thanks for looking! Hope it inspires you to create your own Father's Day gift.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Graphic 45 Cards & Tags

Today I wanted to share with you the 
Graphic 45 "A Children's Hour" 2 Cards & 2 Tags I have designed for the June monthly membership kit! 

 June is such a pretty time of year, and these cards and tags reflect that.  
  Each project is completely different, yet are made from the same paper collection

This tag was made using the brand new wider stenciled tags!
You will have the option of making this tag hang from a chain if you wish!
 I think you will have a lot of fun with this JUNE kit, as I have incorporated a few different techniques including fussy-cutting to create your own embellishments,  adding flowers and real fabric lace, pearls and even metal to add interest and drama.

To purchase the products seen on these cards and tags, go to our website HERE!

I have lots of beautiful cards and tags planned for you this summer, so enjoy your June kit, and I'll see you next month!


Friday, June 3, 2016

National Doughnut Day

     Happy National Doughnut Day from all of us at FotoBella! National Doughnut Day was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I, as comfort food to help boost morale. The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called "doughboys", which coincidentally is the name of my favorite doughnut shop here in Reno. I know a lot of doughnut shops will be giving out free doughnuts today, so take advantage and enjoy!

     I thought it would be fun and extra special to make this quick and easy tag that you can attach to a box of doughnuts for any celebration. Bo Bunny's Forever Young I Want It All Bundle is the PERFECT collection for today, with all of the cute and colorful doughnuts!

     I started with the tag that I got from the Noteworthy pack, and inked the edges with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon). Then I used the alphas that come in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack to spell ENJOY, and fussy cut the green and blue doughnuts from the back of the "smile" paper. The pink doughnut and green banner also come in the Noteworthy pack, and I just layered them together. Then I used my Ephemera to back the tag with the teal paper, inked the edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink, and tied it off with the the orange ribbon. I also hand-stitched the black zigzag, and wrapped the whole box with pink ribbon before adding the tag.

I hope you get to enjoy some doughnuts today! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally named Decoration Day, and was a day to remember and honor all those that died serving the US. Throughout the years, it has formed into a day where we can pay our respects to everyone in our lives who we have lost.

One of our traditions on this day was visiting the cemetery and placing flowers on our loved ones' graves. One of the people I have lost that has made the most impact on my life, is my Grandma. She passed away 24 years ago battling cancer.

I thought I would make a gift for my mother, in remembrance of her mother. I found this neat flag themed box. I thought it was the perfect size for my mom to keep jewelry or memorabilia inside of it.

The image I chose was taken by my grandpa, her husband, around the time they were married. I can see her beauty through his eyes in this picture.

I used a variety of amazing products to decorate this gift. Petaloo Flowers, Bo Bunny Jewels, Prima Flower Color Bloom Sprays, Flowers and Wood Veneer, Ranger Stickles and Pearl Mists, and Simple Stories Wood Veneer all from FotoBella

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flipping for Flip Books!

One of the "hottest" trends right now in PaperCrafting is Snail Mail Flip Books!   
Q.What is a flip book?  
A.  A FlipBook is a greeting card and penpal letter in one! 
It's a way of sending snail mail to your pen pal or swap partner. (and who doesn't love to receive real mail in the mail box?) Flip books are fast becoming a fave of paper crafters who by virtue of their love of paper, choose to send a handmade letter instead of a purchased one.  
So what better paper to use on this "hot trend" than On Trend 2 by My Mind's Eye
The beautiful colors and trendy images are so perfect for this project! The gold foil adds a touch of elegance. 
The little book was created by adhering together 4 envelopes, then using patterned card stock to decorate each page.  A circle punch cuts a pocket just right for tucking in surprises for your pen pal.
The journaling tags and ephemera from On Trend 2 make perfect pages to "flip"!
Washi tape works great for adhering the journaling cards to the flip book.  You can create pockets with it too!
 Coordinating wood veneers look so pretty and add interest to your project too!
Stickers, enamel dots and acrylic shapes look great together! I The two tags tucked inside the pocket make it fun and interactive.
Tassels are so popular and are so easy to make!
Just roll up the paper, decorate, and hang from a chain!
See how easy it is to add flip pages?
Just add Washi!
Add a bow to a button using Baker's Twine for a cute touch!
Rub-ons turn a plain tag into a delightful addition to my book!
Chipboard stickers look so nice in a flip book!
On Trend 2 made such a cute Flip Book!
Try one, they are so much fun!