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Friday, January 12, 2018


How is everyone's New Year going?

Mine has been full of change.  My husband and I have moved back home to Utah from California.  We moved from busy Southern Cali to a small and very quiet town. Not to mention SNOW!

The best part is being near family though.
I have been making my 2 nephew's scrapbook since the first one was born 5 years ago. So when I found out my nephew got a stamp set for Christmas I couldn't wait to scrapbook with him.

Tayvin used every stamp in his set, and while I was cutting them out he drew the cutest little picture. I asked him what it was a picture of. He said it was me standing outside and looking at the mountains. Boy he is observant, because I have done this every day since I have been here.

I think our scrapbook page turned out pretty cute!!
He has asked me when we can scrapbook again. I told him now that I live here, we are going to scrapbook all the time!

This Welcome Home Collection by Carta Bella was the perfect collection to create a 'welcome home' layout!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings "Thankful" Layout

     Happy New Year! Drea with the Design Team, and I'm back with my first project for 2018 featuring the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection from I was feeling nostalgic, so I scrapped this older photo of me and my son.

     The heart was pieced together with papers from the Vintage Blessings Collection Kit, with the end strips cut with zigzag scissors to create the bottom layer. For some dimension I colored the paper edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Then I did some hand-stitching for that quilted look, adding "Thankful" from the Chipboard.

     Before adhering the heart, I applied a light coat of Prima Marketing's Heavy White Gesso to the background paper in a heart shape, to give it a faded, vintage look. Within the heart, I added a few strips of the Vintage Blessings Grateful Washi Tape.

     Finally, I popped up this die from the Bits & Pieces

     Thanks for looking, and see what's new at!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Autumn Layout

     Hello again! Drea with the Design Team, and I originally printed this 8 X 10 photo that I took in South Lake Tahoe for a different project that luckily didn't work out, because I love how it looks with the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection from

     The quote was cut from the Vintage Blessings Collection Kit, and inked along the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, using Ground Espresso Distress Ink on the paper behind it. Then I added the acorn from the Bits & Pieces, and the Chipboard flower on top.

     As I looked through my Bits & Pieces, I came up with the title, highlighting it against the yellow texture paste that I applied behind it with my Bo Bunny Palette Knife.

     The branch and tab that I stamped with the date, is also included with the Bits & Pieces.

     With my Blending Tool, I applied Wild Honey Distress Ink to the edges of the striped paper, adding the tree sticker that comes in the Vintage Blessings Collection Kit to the corner.

     Thanks for your visit, and shop to pick up this beautiful, fall collection, and so much more! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays from!

Greetings and Merry Christmas from ReNae and the entire FotoBella Design Team! 
Our Christmas card features the "Winter Wonderland"
paper collection by Graphic 45
The bird was fussy-cut and popped up using dimensional stickers. I used punches from my stash to create the doily look.  Various sizes of red beads were used for the holly berries.  And vellum was placed over the poinsettia paper which softened the look of the card and brought out the focal point!

What do we love about Christmas;
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the feelings in our hearts
The real gift Christmas brings?

It's seeing those we love,
And sending Christmas cards, too,

Appreciating people who bring us joy
Special people just like you!

So from Jeri, Jessica, Drea, April, and ReNae 
to all of you, 

Happy Holidays from!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Winter Art Journal Page

     The magic of Winter is upon us, bringing with it chilly temperatures, perfect for having hot chocolate, or warming up by a fire after playing in the snow! Drea here with the Design Team, and I made another page in my art journal capturing the season with some Mixed Media from FotoBella. com.

     The background was created with white fibers, made to mimic trees, and a couple of pieces of lace to mimic hills, applied with Prima Marketing's Soft Matte Gel. Once dry, I applied a light coat of Prima Marketing's Heavy White Gesso. When that dried, I spritzed the sky with Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Mica Spray and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain. Next came some embossed snowflakes, and falling snow made with Prima Marketing's Salvage District Clocks Stencil and Snowflake Paste.

     I dug through some of my older bundles to come up with the tag that I embossed "Winter" on, using Bo Bunny's Woodland Winter Collection.

        The deer was a great find, also from the same bundle, sprinkled with some snow using Prima Marketing's Glass Glitter Pearl Flakes, which I also added to the bottom of the page, adhered with Soft Matte Gel.  

     I used the Snowflake Paste again to make the snowman with a circle stencil, and on the twigs that I grabbed right outside of my door, used for his arms. Then I added some beads, buttons, and ribbon made into his scarf. 

         I love all of the texture and shimmer on here, using supplies from

Happy Winter!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings ATC's

     Hello! Drea here with the Design Team, and I'm still fairly new to making ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), but these came together pretty quickly and easily with the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection from

                                         Supplies:                                                      Tools:

* Vintage Blessings Collection Kit                                             * Sewing Machine (Optional)
* Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain


1. From one sheet of paper (Journaling Card Elements) out of the Vintage Blessings Collection Kit, cut and distress the edges of these 8 cards. 

2. Use Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stains to lightly spritz some of the cards on any white parts. Out of the 8,  I  sprayed 5. 

3. Add strips of Grateful Washi Tape to five of the cards. Then add some Bits & Pieces. Around the edges of the pink heart and ticket on the bottom row, apply Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, as shown in the last photo.

4. Add some phrases and images from the Clear Stickers.

5. The final and optional step is to add a simple straight stitch along the edges with a sewing machine. 

          Thanks for taking a look! To pick up this collection and get started on your own ATC's, shop

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Card Day 2017

Christmas Card Day

What is the origin of Christmas Card Day you ask?

Well, this day honors Sir Henry Cole of England. He crafted the very first commercial Christmas card in 1843, he was 25 at that time. It was then considered a 'must' to send Christmas Cards each year, through the mail. Sadly, now days people find this craft tedious, stressful and takes up too much time.

The FotoBella Design team has hand crafted some Christmas Cards to get you inspired to make your own!

Joy Christmas Card by design team member Jeri

Christmas Card by design team member Drea

We hope you have enjoyed these cards and encourage to make your Christmas Cards this holiday season! Find all the supplies you will need at