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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Simple Vintage Country Christmas Mini Album

Hello FotoBella crafty friends! Jeanne here with you today to share with you my very 1st Design Team project. When I received this collection I knew immediately what I would be creating! This collection is from Simple Stories called Simple Vintage Country Christmas and its a beautiful collection that you are able to create a variety of Christmas projects. If you would like to take a look at my unboxing video you can view it here:

FotoBella November Unboxing Video

Mini albums have become one of my favorite projects to make since I began crafting 6 years ago. I love how you can create mini albums and fill them with all of your memories according to occasion, holidays, etc. I will definitely be using this one to store memories from this coming Christmas.

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Mini Album Front
Vintage Country Christmas Mini Album

You can view my photo gallery of album here just follow the arrows on the right of the photo! There were so many fun goodies from this collection to fill this mini album.

I do hope that you liked what I created as my first project as a designer for FotoBella and I am certainly excited to see you back to see the rest of the projects I was able to create with this amazingly stunning Country Christmas collection! Thank you for checking out my post today and I will see you all real soon!

~Hugs~ Jeanne

FotoBella Design Team Simple Stories Simply Vintage Country Christmas Mini Album

Here is a list of the products I used on this project from the collection I received:

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas 6x8 Pad

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Simple Basics Kit

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Mini Sticker Tablet

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas 6X12 Chipboard

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Bits and Pieces

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Floral Bits and Pieces

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas Washi Tape

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Autumn Splendor Journal by Diane

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to share with you another FotoBella Design Team project using the Autumn Splendor Collection. The air is getting crisper and as the wind picks up and it becomes a little cooler, you know it's time for the Autumn colors to appear. I have a super cute little journal to share.

Autumn Splendor Journal
Autumn Splendor Journal
Autumn Splendor Journal

This little journal was made using the Autumn Splendor Paper Collection kit, the Mini Sticker Tablet and the Washi Tape all by Simple Stories and available at This collection is really beautiful and I know you will not be disappointed. I had so much fun using it and because it is so well designed my projects went together so easily. Below I have a fun little project share video for you:

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my little project and I hope you were inspired. Be sure to visit FotoBella. com for this and more beautiful paper collections, ephemera, stickers, chipboard and many other excellent products.

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, "Pretty Fun Stuff" and look for the upcoming "Giveaway" video I will be hosting. I hope you enjoyed today's post and I also hope you were inspired to make something beautiful today.

Blessings and Hugs,


Products used: Autumn Splendor 12x12 Collection Kit by Simple Stories, Autumn Splendor Mini Sticker Tablet, Autumn Splendor Washi Tape.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Halloween door decor and cute scrapbook page

Hi all, can you believe that Halloween is almost here? If you are like me,I don’t have my Halloween box of decorations down yet because i have been busy . But ,what’s the crafty girl to do? Make your own Halloween decor of course! So, today I’m stopping by to share a large paper wreath I made using the simple stories say cheese Halloween collection. First I took four 12 x 12 coordinating pattern papers and cut them all in half so that each pattern paper you have to strips paper for each. I then accordion fold every piece .I then connected them all together to make one long strip. Next, I took the two ends and glue them together which will form your circular base. Set that aside now and grab a piece of cardboard or cereal box . Cut a 12 inch circle. Now at the 12 inch circle of cardboard will be your base for holding your strip of accordion circle paper. Shape your accordion strip to a circle put down glue on your base and lay it on top . Now cut a 4 inch circle of a coordinating patterned paper to cover the middle hole and glue down . Then ,embellish the center with stickers or chipboard stickers from the collection . Last I punched two holes on the top and put a ribbon through so to hang the paper wreath.

14 inch Halloween paper door wreath

Close-up of wreath

Now, you know i Just had to make a scrapbook page too -For this page i used the polka dot pattern paper for the background and then layered the purple wrmk cardstock paper on top and doodled around the edges with a black marker. I used its of pattern papers from the collection to mat my photo of my middle daughter and then embellished with cutaparts,stickers,diecuts and chipboard stickers to frame the photo some more.

12 x 12 scrapbook page
close-up of 12 x12 page

Supplies I used :

Simple stories say cheese halloween chipboard

Say Cheese Halloween Bits & Pieces by Simple Stories

Say Cheese Halloween Happy Kids Bits & Pieces by Simple Stories

Say Cheese Halloween Collection Kit by Simple Stories

DIY Party Cardstock Paper Pack (48 sheets) by We R Memory Keepers

adhesive and doodling pen from my stash

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

Jennifer Taylor :)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

FotoBella Design Team Post - PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Collection - "Cake in a Mug Gift Set" by Carolina Hill

Hi, guys!

Carolina here with my first Design Team project for FotoBella Online Craft Store!

I’m so excited! I can’t wait to share with you my Designs using the fabulous PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Collection!

I used it to create this beautiful “Cake in a Mug Christmas Gift Set”.

I’m also including a “Seasons of Joy” Christmas Card made using the Blank Cards, a tag, and some stickers from the kits.

FotoBella Design Team
FotoBella Design Team - PhotoPlay Christmas Memories "Cake in a Mug Gift Set"

I made a Mug Cake Packet that includes:

_ 1 Walnut Brownie Cake in a Mug packet,

_ 2 Card Tags (made using the Blank Cards included in the Card Kit), and

_ 1 Gift Tag made with a Cutout from the Paper Collection and a little fussy cutting from the Paper Pad.

FotoBella Design Team
FotoBella Design Team - PhotoPlay Christmas Memories "Cake in a Mug Gift Set"

I can not tell you how much I love this PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Collection! Love the beautiful Papers and Stickers, and how easy it is to put together a project using any of the elements included in their Kits. They take all the guess work away from you! If you struggle with coordinating elements and/or colors, to create a beautiful and cohesive design, this is the Collection for you!

I also love the quality of the Stickers, they are thick and sturdy which gives your projects a very nice finish.

There are so many things you can create using this beautiful line from PhotoPlay, and they make it so easy to work with them, you’ll be done in no time!

Fotobella Design Team
FotoBella Design Team - PhotoPlay Christmas Memories "Cake in a Mug Gift Set"

I hope you like my Designs and they inspire you to create!

Please, visit my YouTube Channel: Carolina's Creations-Handmade for a close up video of these projects! and if you like my project, don't forget to like my video, leave a comment, and subscribe to my channel for more inspiration and tutorials!

Fotobella Design Team
FotoBella Design Team - PhotoPlay Christmas Memories "Cake in a Mug Gift Set"

I’m going to list here the name of the products I used, along with links to find them at

_ PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Tags

_ Photoplay Christmas Memories Stamps Elements

_ PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Stamps Santa

_ PhotoPlay Christmas Memories 6x6 Pad

_ PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Card Kit

_ PhotoPlay Christmas Memories Collection Pack

So, make sure you click on the links for the products to get their beautiful Collection, and have tons of fun creating all those beautiful Holiday Projects you’ve been wanting to make!

Please make sure to leave us a comment here at the FotoBella Blog, We would love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by, and have an amazing week! Big hug!

Your crafty friend,

_Carolina Hill <3

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Autumn Splendor Cards

Hello Friends,

It's Diane here and Today, I would like to share with you another FotoBella Design Team project using the Autumn Splendor Collection by Simple Stories. I made some Autumn cards for you. I love the colors of fall and this collection does not disappoint. This collection is full of gorgeous blooms, wonderful foliage, pumpkins, acorns, butterflies and bees. Come join me and come see the beautiful colors of fall.

These cards were created using the Autumn Splendor Paper Collection kit, the Autumn Splendor Simple Basics kit, the Autumn Splendor Foliage Bits & Pieces, and the Autumn Splendor Bits & Pieces. You can find all these products at

Come craft with me and watch my Card Making Video Tutorial below:

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my cards and card making video.

Be sure to visit the FotoBella web store for this collection and more gorgeous crafting products, including paper collections by Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Prima, Stamperia and more. FotoBella also has Tim Holtz, 49 and Market, Ranger, Petaloo and We R Memory Keepers. Come visit today.

I would also love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, "Pretty Fun Stuff" and look for more video tutorials, project shares, haul videos and more. Thank you again for joining me today. I hope you were inspired to create something beautiful.

Blessings and Hugs,


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Design Team Project - Christmas Treasures

Fotobella Design Team - Christmas Treasures

Hi everyone, I'm Laurie and am so excited to be part of the 2019-2020 Fotobella Design Team. Before I share my first project with you, let me tell you a little about myself. I have been crafting for over 30 years and have done so many types of crafts. I started out making wood and cloth items which I sold at craft shows and to some local stores. I loved it! I was lucky enough to be able to be a stay-at-home mom while my son was growing up and I had a husband who was a great supporter! He would cut my wood on the weekends so I could spend the week painting and staining. But, after years of being self-employed, I decided to get a real job and I went back to school. All it really got me was deeper in debt and! Now, I am retired, widowed, and a craft addict! I live with my mom and we craft our hearts out together! When I take a day off it is usually to spend some time with my son and daughter-in-law and my two precious 1-year old twin grandsons. They are truly the lights of my life! Well, enough about me....let's get crafting!

I was super excited when I opened my design team package and found the Christmas Treasures collection by BoBunny inside! It had been sitting in my online cart waiting for me to push that "purchase" button so I was already contemplating the fun I could have with it before it even arrived. This collection is a wonderful vintage nostalgic blend of rich colors and beautiful graphics. As soon as I saw this page, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it:

Christmas Treasures Reindeer

Living in the Midwest, I have seen many deer heads mounted on walls. And these were just too cute not to hang on my wall! So, I cut the squares apart but they were a bit large for my d├ęcor piece. So, I fussy cut each one along the edges of the picture frame portion of the 3x4 cut-apart. They came out perfect! Then I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to "dirty" up the edges for a vintage effect:

I cut out each of the reindeer and the piece with the Sleigh Rides sign. I used the backside of the Christmas Treasures Dear Santa page for my background because it has a terrific reindeer border. After all the pieces were ready, I attached them with pop dots to give them some dimension. Then I added some of the large candy dots in between to add a little embellishment. I didn't want to go too crazy with that because I really wanted the reindeer to be the "stars of the show." When it was all finished, I put it in a 12x12 black shadowbox frame. I just love the way it turned out!

Reindeer On The Wall Home Decor

I hope you enjoy my first project with this amazing collection. I can't wait to share more with you during the next few weeks! You can purchase all of the products I used here. Grab yours today and craft along with me!

The products I used:

BoBunny Christmas Treasures I Want I All
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Mini Ink Blending Tool

Monday, October 28, 2019

How to Make A Toddler Halloween Layout

Good morning FotoBella Fans, Penny from the FotoBella design team here today to show you how I made this black and white toddler Halloween layout. This layout features my grandson Matthew during his first trip to the pumpkin patch. I printed these photos in black and white because I didn't want him to get lost in all the orange and brown colors of the Halloween and Fall season. 

Got Candy?

So I started my Halloween layout with this sheet of 12 x 12 French Vanilla Polka Dot from the Bo Bunny - 12 x 12 Wonderfully Wicked Collection . The pumpkin sheet came from the All Hallows Eve 12 x 12 Pattern Paper collection. Both of these collections are available at the FotoBella Online Scrapbook Store I also used some plain orange and black cardstock not included in these collections.

So in my next step I needed to pick out what stamps I wanted to use to make my page embellishments with, because let's face it finding just black and white colored embellishments can sometimes be a nightmare to find. I ended up choosing the stamps from this set. 

All Hallows Eve Stamp Set

They were a fun stamp set to use, and gave me really good crisp clear images. They also had some really cute Halloween designs that didn't look too spooky for a toddler's layout, so that was a plus. I wanted to make my own images because I wanted to have black and white pumpkins to go along with my black and white photos.

That is the great thing about stamps, you can make your images whatever color you need them to be. That is perfect for when you have a hard color or theme you want to match. I did however end up making some orange pumpkins anyway to use on other projects later while I was in the mood to be stamping things.

Next I took out the matching die set pictured below, and cut out the images for this scrapbook page.

All Hallows Eve Dies

These dies cut out my stamped images perfectly. I also cut out some of the plain orange pumpkins in a heavy glittered cardstock just to see if these dies would work on this type of heavier paper, and they worked beautifully. 

I used Ranger's Tim Holtz Black Soot Ink Pad for my stamping ink because I didn't want my images to be too dark for this layout's theme.

Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

While we are talking ink pads here's a ink pad storage tip for you:

I store my ink pads upside down to keep the ink at the surface of the pad, and I keep a rubber band around them to help keep the lid securely. I also use that same rubber band to hold my cosmetic sponge pad that I use for distressing projects. The band keeps the right color cosmetic sponge with the right color of ink pad. It also keeps it where I can easily find it when I need to use it. It works great, and no more mismatched ink sponges! Let me know if this tip works as well for you, and if you have any secret storage tips you'd like to share with me! 

Ink Pad Storage

Okay enough small talk, let's get back to making this Halloween layout. Sometimes I can get carried away with fun storage ideas.

I also used a frame from the All Hallows Eve Ephemera set. This set has lot's of fun embellishments in it. I have made several projects with this kit. If you look closely in the photo after this one you will see the color strip at the top of this packaging is used on my layout. I wanted to separate the two black and white photos with just a tiny pop of color, and this strip worked perfectly.

So here is my layout with some of the stamped images glued in place along with my title, and the tiny color strip.

I loved these stamped bats, and pumpkins. I added googly eyes to my stamped pumpkin faces to give them just a little bit more of a kid/toddler friendly appearance. 

 On the bottom of my layout I added a flower from the Bo Bunny Harvest Orange Dahlia kit.

I also cut the word "Play" from the "Photo Play Logo" on the packaging. I love doing stuff like this to keep things out of the landfills, and it was the perfect orange to match my layout, and give my layout a little color but not overwhelm it.

To finish off my layout I added Matthew's name, and the year I took these photos. I used some alphabet stickers that I have had forever to do this. I also used some star stickers from the sticker sheet that came from the paper kit pictured below, and some stars I cut out with the die cut kit pictured above.

I hope you had fun today and if you'd love to see more fun Halloween projects, cards, and scrapbook pages please follow our FotoBella Blog. Well till next time "Happy Crafting" . Love Penny 

P.S. Here is the matching paper from Photo Play collection.

All Hallows Eve 12 x 12 Pattern Paper

All Hallow's Eve

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