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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day

     Greetings and happy Earth Day from all of us at FotoBella! Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, and is an annual global event recognized by over 192 countries. 
There are so many different ways to celebrate, and things we can do everyday to protect our planet!

Drea from the FotoBella Design Team, and I scrapped this photo that I took of beautiful Big Sur, CA onto a leftover piece of cardboard from a frozen pizza, using lots of other recyclable items.

     Yes there were grease stains on the cardboard, but I ripped off the top layer and gave it a coat of Prima Marketing Heavy White Gesso
Wanting to extend the water from the photo onto my background, I used Prima Marketing Clear Gesso to attach ripped pieces of leftover tissue paper. I started with colored tissue, but it was too dark, so I added a few more layers of white tissue paper to tone it down. Then I went over it with Distress Crayons, using Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon from Set #1, and Chipped Sapphire and Peeled Paint from Set # 2, blending the colors with Prima Marketing Water Brush Pens. To attach the torn white strips, I used a heavy coat of Prima Clear Gesso again, and sprinkled it with Prima Marketing's Glass Glitter (Pearl) while wet.

     I simply added some twigs to extend the trees along the bottom, adding some Petaloo Burlap Flowers (Teal) and a Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix (Teastained Cream) flower colored with Distress Spray Stains (Lucky Clover and Broken China).

     The same sprays were used to color the other Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix (Teastained Cream) flower that's in the center of this cluster.

     When I printed this photo out, it cut off the best part of the view which is the McWay Falls, a stunning 80 foot waterfall that falls onto a beach in a cove, and the main reason why I wanted to extend this photo. So I crumbled up pieces of newspaper (which I had to dig into my trash can for) to make my rocks, and covered them with Prima Marketing Heavy White Gesso. Once dry, I used my finger to paint them with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (Slate Grey), and used a toothpick with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (White Linen) to give them some detail. Tucked among the rocks are some green fibers to mimic the grass and trees.

     I sprinkled real sand to a wet coat of Prima Marketing Heavy White Gesso mixed with Distress Spray Stains (Antique Linen and Vintage Photo). The waterfall was made with a torn strip of white tissue paper applied with Prima Marketing Clear Gesso, and covered with Prima Marketing Glass Glitter (Pearl) which I also added to the bottom of this pool of water I made with Ranger Glossy Accents.

          After coating the top with white gesso, I used a paint brush to apply Distress Spray Stain (Broken China). Once dry, I used my finger to create clouds with Ranger Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Paint (White Linen) before adding the recycled netting. I finished it up with a piece of rope that was once wrapped around a glass pillar candle, and was almost the exact size that I needed.

     I had so much fun using recyclables, most of which would normally be trash, and turning them into treasure with some mixed media supplies from FotoBella!  Thanks for looking!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happiness and Sunshine Layout

Hello. Jessica here with the FotoBella Design Team
I'm here today sharing another layout I did using the  Bo Bunny Make a Splash Collection.  I just love this picture of all of us wearing our shades.  It was such an easy layout to create using this collection.  You have to love those fun palm trees.

Thanks for stopping by and looking.  Make sure you hop over the FotoBella website and check it out.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bunch Of Animals Double Page Layout Tutorial

Jeri here from the FotoBella Design Team!
I have a wacky double page layout tutorial for you today. The BoBunny Life In Color I Want It All Bundle sure brings out the animal in you with all its fun prints and sayings!

·         Adventure Sheet
·         Old School Sheet
·         Nature Sheet
·         Life In Color Sheet
·         Graphic Sheet
·         Utopia Sheet
·         Life In Color Clear Stickers

Other Supplies
·         Paint Sprays
·         3D Adhesive Dots
·         Double Sided Tape
·         Water
·         Stamps
·         Brown & Blue Ink Pads

·         Scissors
·         Paper Cutter

·         4; 3.5” x 6”

1. Grab the Adventure and Old School Sheet from your Bundle. Spray a few paint spritz on them. I used a copper and a tangerine color to match the pages. 

2. Print out your favorite 4 images, approx. 3.5” x 6”. With this dark blue dot sheet from the Collection Kit, cut out 4; 4” x 6.5 pieces to back your images.

3. With some dark blue ink, ink the edges of the blue dot pieces. 

4. Once dry, secure your images to the blue dot pieces with adhesive.  

5. Cut the blue frame out of the Utopia Sheet, and a piece, slightly smaller from the Brick Life In Color Sheet. 

6. With some 3D Adhesive Dots, line the edge of the brick rectangle.

7. Carefully place the frame on top of the 3D Dots, making sure you can see them, but your frame sits up off the bricks.  

8. With some alphabet stamps and brown ink, stamp ‘Bunch of Animals’ on the right side of the bricks.   

9. Then, add a few of the Clear Stickers to the left side. I added some chevrons, a star and a cheetah sticker.   

10. Using your finger and some water, trace a few large shapes from the Brick sheet. Let the water soak in a bit, and then gently tear them out. These pieces with be layered widthwise under your photos.   

11. Start to set your images and the brick tear pieces on the layout base sheets. Place them how you love them. Once you lay everything out you can decide if you want to tear more parts and layer more.  

12. I decided to tear some pieces from this dot print and layer them under the images as well. Once you are happy with your placement and layers, secure all parts to the layout sheets!   

13. TIP: secure the torn sheets slightly in from the edges, so the wrinkled edges stick up off the page and give more dimension and detail.   

14. Fill in the space how you wish! I cut another frame from the Graphic Sheet, and added the ‘hi’ letters from the die cut package with some 3D dots for a bit more detail and dimension.   

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope this has brought out your wild side, rush over to to get your hands on this Bundle and start creating!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring into Easter with Simple Stories

Happy Easter!  

Apryl, with the FotoBella Design Team.  The latest collection I've been working with is Simple Stories Dance.  I combined it with the Love & Adore collection to make some Easter decor.  I put my Cameo to work cutting out the word art.  I mounted the words on the 12"x12" Melt My Heart Paper.  The words are a combination of card stock and patterned paper.  I added color with my Tombow brush markers.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo
                 Miss Kate Cuttables Spring Work Art
                 Love & Adore Melt My Heart Paper 
                 Simple Stories Dance
                 Simple Stories Love & Adore
                 Xyron Sticker Maker
                 Xyron Adhesive Runner
                 Brush Markers

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Tag Set

     Hello! Drea here with the FotoBella Design Team, sharing this tag set and tutorial with you! As soon as I went through the gorgeous new Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden I want it all 12 X 12 Collection Bundle from, I was so inspired with quite a few projects coming to mind, but wasn't sure which one to start with. So I decided to make these tags first, so that I can include them later in some future projects.

                                  Supplies:                                                   Tools:

* Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Ephemera                                      * Bo Bunny Palette Knife
* Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Chipboard                                     * Sewing Machine (Optional)
* Bo Bunny Aryia's Garden Clear Stickers                               * Corner Rounder Punch                        * Bo Bunny Double Dot Citrus Brads
* Bo Bunny White Gesso                                                                                                                          * Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain (Optional)
* Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (Optional)
* Ranger Glossy Accents (Optional)

From the Ephemera, choose these four papers from the smaller 3" X 6" stack, which is the perfect size for making tags. Use punch to round the top corners, and apply gesso around the edges with palette knife or your fingers. I used a combination of both.


I just LOVE these chipboard tags that come in the Ephemera, and used them as stencils with gesso for three of my tags, adding the one on the right to my JOY tag. That will leave you with a primed and ready tag for another time.

I flipped it over in the photo below so you can see it better, but used this chipboard tag as a stencil only for the gray and pink tags. Once dry, I gave the gray tag a few spritzes of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain, which is optional, as it also looks great without.

Apply gesso to the last tag, along with the other chipboard tag.

You can leave the gesso white, or give it a few spritzes of Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain like I did. Once dry, like in the photo below, give the chipboard tag another quick spray in the center of the flower, as you can see in the main photo.

Take out these pieces from the Chipboard. An optional step is to apply Glossy Accents to the first chipboard window onto a piece of wax paper. When it's completely dry it will peel right off.

Add some Clear Stickers to your tags, sticking the JOY one to the chipboard easel.

From the larger 6" X 9" papers in the Ephemera, cut these three at 3 1/2" X 6 1/2 ", and the fourth one with lines a little longer at 3 1/2" X 7". Round off the top corners again, and cover the edges with gesso.

Attach smaller tags to the larger ones with zig zag stitching if sewing, or adhesive if not.

Add chipboard pieces.

That will finish up the HAPPY and BEAUTY tags!

Attach brads to the chipboard tags, and glue tag on the left to the chipboard easel. Now you have four tags ready to use with this beautiful collection that you can pick up at FotoBella!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

From Trash to Treasure!

Hi Bloggers!
ReNae here, and if you're like me, you are always looking for ways to incorporate your crafting with recycling...we in the craft world call it "repurposing" or taking an item originally designed for one purpose, and altering it to give it a new life and purpose. 
With that in mind, I decided that my Design Team project this week would be Altered Pringles Can!  I can't think of a better way to give it new life and purpose but to cover it with the gorgeous paper from the Petal Lane paper collection by Bo Bunny! The flowers are from Bo Bunny and Petaloo.
Often we artists use items that we would otherwise toss in the trash (heaven forbid!) 
Likewise we take items laying around the house and alter them to make all kinds of home decor projects including old jars, paintbrushes, and even Pringles cans! It goes from Pringles can to Jewelry box!
The gorgeous Petal Lane paper from Bo Bunny and Flowers from Petaloo make this project so pretty!  
All you need to add is your IMAGINATION!
Happy Creating!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hi Bloggers!
I hope you're having a nice weekend so far!  ReNae here with a fun project I made with one of our newest paper collections, Petal Lane by Bo Bunny.
Today's project share is a box of notecards with envelopes I made using the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board.  
The notecards were fast and fun to make!  I used the gorgeous patterned paper, the stickers and the layered chipboard.

I used the Punch Board to make the envelopes

The box was made using one sheet of the patterned paper and some of the chipboard embellishments. It was quick and easy to make!
 I lined the inside of the box with the coordinating patterned paper
The notecards fit perfectly inside!
 The punchboard has a punch which allows the box to shut securely
Adding layered chipboard to the outside of the box finished it off!

This new collection is so incredibly pretty, and it is just loaded with possibilities for amazing projects. 

In the next few weeks I will be sharing some projects I made using the Petal Lane "I want it all!" Bundle which includes gorgeous patterned paper, amazing foil vellum,  card stock and clear stickerschipboard, "noteworthy die cuts" bright ephemera,  and layered chipboard.
See you soon!