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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!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Mother's Day Wish

Layout made using Life In Color by Simple Stories
Today as we celebrate Mother's Day, I wanted to share a layout I designed for my own Mother!  
 I selected the "Life in Color" Collection Kit by Simple Stories for my layout today.
Sending this, Mom, 
Especially to say 
Wishing you a happy 
And wonderful day... 
And to tell you this day 
Will always be one 
For remembering the many 
Sweet things you have done!

The Life in Color Collection Kit is full of everything you will need to create beautiful projects including a 12x12 Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker Sheet, a 12x12 Expressions Cardstock Sticker Sheet; Eight 12X12 Sheets Designer Cardstock, and four 12x12 Element Sheets.  I also used the Simple Stories Life in Color Bradz, and the Simple Stories Life in Color Stickers

Life is full of beautiful moments, so remember FotoBella has literally hundreds of products to help you document them.  Stop in and visit us on our new website, and let us help you create beautiful memories of this and many other special days for years to come!
And on behalf of all of us at FotoBella, 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

National Scrapbook Day

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with the FotoBella Design Team!

Our incredibly talented design team has compiled some of their favorite projects, tips and techniques to help inspire you to create today!

Jeri's colorful Chameleon fun

Practice makes perfect, right? Watching the Chameleon Artists magically create beautiful images with these revolutionary pens at CHA was just mesmerizing. Knowing I would not be able to color as perfect as them, I bought myself a set of these pens and fell in love instantly with them. They are too much fun, and I am excited to use them in every part of my creative life. My scrapbooking, my cards, hand lettering, and even just my relaxing nights at home where I block out everything and just color my stress away.

Jessica's Perfect Tag

I used the Basic Grey Bside. I created a shaker tag using sequins and washi tape. I added a photo of my girls so that I could hang it up in my scrappy area.  Quick, simple, cute... My perfect project.

Apryl's 6x6 Paper Trick

Sometimes I struggle to cut such beautiful paper when I’m working on my layouts!  The cure for that you ask?  Use 6x6 paper pads!  All the patterned paper in this layout is from My Mind’s Eye By The Sea 6x6 paper pad.  The layout came together quite quickly.  I layered the 6x6 pieces of paper and adhered my 4”x6” photo to the center to the page and still the focal point of the layout.  I added some fun By The Sea embellishments and the layout was complete very quickly.  

ReNae's Flip Book

A new trend among scrapbookers is making "Flip Books”!  Like Pocket Letters, Flip Books are a way to correspond with a friend, Pen Pal or swap partner by creating an interactive book with fun tabs, pockets and pages that “flip” to reveal goodies and treats for your recipient.  Flip Books are made in a variety of ways, and today I am featuring the Envelope Flip Book.
For my Flip Book, I used 4 envelopes adhered together, creating a book that folds into itself. I decorated it with my favorite paper collection, On Trend 2 by My Mind’s EyeThis wonderful collection is PERFECT for a project like this!  
From the sophisticated and modern papers, journal cards, and chipboard stickers to the decorative brads, wood veneer shapes and gorgeous acrylic word stickers, On Trend 2 made it easy for me to create a bright and cheerful Flip Book full of fun to give to my friend.

Drea's fun techniques:

Using Bo Bunny's You're Invited I Want It All Bundle, I made this card with a few fun techniques! Taking my inspiration from the confetti on the Chipboard balloons, I used a dotted stencil with white gesso and Glitter Paste (Pink Punch) onto my background paper.Then I used a Stylus dipped into Prima Clear Gesso colored with Distress Inks, to apply the smaller dots. For a little sparkle I used Clear Wink Of Stella on the cupcake ticket and balloons, adding even more sparkle to the balloons with Stickles (Eucalyptus, Yellow, and Diamond), and hand-stitching strings to them. Finally, mimicking the icing on the cupcake, I added a heavy coat of gesso onto the Celebrate Laser Cut Chipboard, and immediately sprinkled some glitter on top. Some fun and fast techniques for you to try today! 

What are you creating today? We would love to see, leave us a comment below and share a link to your posted projects!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Children's Hour Membership: May Card & Tags Sneak Peek!

Hello and Happy Spring!
ReNae here, with your FotoBella Design Team, and I am so excited to show you a peek at the beautiful cards and tags you will make in our May Children's Hour Cards & Tags class.  With paid membership you will receive everything you need to make these gorgeous cards and tags.  I think they are our prettiest yet!  

Mother's Day is near,  so of course I wanted to design a card that was really special for Mom. I used Graphic 45's gorgeous papers, but also their metal Door Pull to create a trellis with flowers cascading down!  
Just like Mom's garden, it's filled with lots of pretty flowers and lots of love!  This card will impress Mom, especially after finding out that you made it just for her!  

We have a Mother's Day Tag to complement our card, perfect for attaching to that Mother's Day gift!

Mom will love this tag hanging from her gift!

We don't want to leave out other special occasions in May, like Graduation or a special Birthday, so this card was designed to be perfect for any occasion!
Perfect for a birthday, graduation or other special occasion
And if you have a special event like a wedding shower, this tag will be sure to impress!  Look at all the beautiful flowers!
This tag is so beautiful and perfect for a shower or birthday gift!
So springy and cheerful!
Look at this adorable little key, such a special touch!
This is one class you will NOT want to miss...
(Click HERE to enroll!)

Happy Spring and to all the Mothers, 
Thank you for all you do!  
Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day with Prima Marketing Forever Green

Happy Earth Day!  It's Apryl with the FotoBella Design and today I am sharing an Earth Day project.  I put together a fun clipboard collage with the Prima Marketing Forever Green collection to share ideas of how to help take care of our planet.  

The kids and I came up with ideas and friendly reminders of things we could do such as conserve water, pick up trash and use reusable bags to do our part and wrote them out on strips of papers to add to the collage.  We chose some fun pieces from the Forever Green Collection paper pads, fussy cut some pieces and embellished with flowers, leaves and painted wood embellishments.  

The clipboard made such a cute base for this project and makes it easy to display in the house and may stay out as a decor piece even past April 22, thanks to the Dollar Spot at Target!  What will you be doing on Earth day?  Besides making fun crafts to celebrate, the kids have some fun projects planned at school and I'll be teaching water conservation at a local Children's Environmental Fair.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bo Bunny Secret Garden Shaker Tags

     Shake things up with these vellum shaker tags made with Bo Bunny's Secret Garden I Want It All Bundle from FotoBella!

     The tags measure 5 1/2" X 3 1/2" cut from the papers from the 12 X 12 Collection Pack and Ephemera, making them the perfect size to attach the vellum foil pieces. But first I punched holes on top, and finished the edges with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder. Using some fibers from my own stash, I tied them off through the tops of the holes.

     After adding some glitter pieces to the centers of the tags, I ran a glue stick along 1/2" of the vellum edges, and glued them in place. Then I machine stitched around them to keep the glitter from escaping. To the top centers of each vellum piece, I attached Brads.

     I used some more of my fibers to string through the banner Buttons, along with the bird one on this purple tag.

     Then I finished them off with some of the word stickers that come in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack!

Simple and elegant tags that were so fun to make, and especially shake! Make sure to shop FotoBella for this beautiful Bo Bunny Secret Garden Bundle and so much more! 


Monday, April 11, 2016

Graphic 45 Cards/Tags April Membership Sneak Peek!

April may bring showers...

But it also brings you four new cards & tags to make!

If you love making cards, a membership in our year-long 
Graphic 45 Tags & Cards class is just for you!  

With your paid membership you will get everything you need to make 48 gorgeous cards and tags... Every month in your class kit you will receive the supplies and directions for 2 cards and 2 tags using the G45 "Children's Hour" calendar collection. 
There will be new techniques and embellishments each month.

Here is a closer look at a couple of our April projects...
You'll make two cute tags...
And two beautiful cards...
 So if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late!  
You won't want to miss out on these gorgeous cards & cute tags!
I know you'll love them!