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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Carta Bella Flower Market Wall Decor

Welcome everyone. It is Olivia here and today I want to showcase a home décor item I created by repurposing an sign from the Dollar Tree.  For this project, the base is a chipboard plaque.  I used the Carta Bella Flower Market paper collection and matching embellishment sets for this project.

  I cover the board in strips to replicate a "plank" looked.  I used a corner rounder on the edges.  Next I created two rosettes.  The larger one is 6 inches and the smaller one is 5 inches.  I also added a tag in the background for some more layering on the project. 

 In order to make the 6 inch Rosette I cut two pieces of patterned paper at 12 inches long and 3 inches wide.  I then scored it every 1/2 inch an accordion folded the paper. Then you glue the two half together and you pushed down for your rosette. I used the Carta Bella Flower Market Chipboard and Carta Bella Flower Market Frames and Tags for the Rosette centers for the pieces and through the plague as well.  For the 5 inch size Rosette the paper dimensions are 2.5x12 and followed the steps above. 

I hope you all enjoyed this project and don't be afraid to decorate your home with some of your own wonderful creations. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Handmade Travel Journal with PhotoPlay Here & There Collection

Hi again!  It's Annie and today I'm sharing a tutorial for a handmade travel journal made with PhotoPlay's new Here & There Collection.  You can use this fun book to keep your photos and memorabilia safe, record your thoughts, or even sketch during your journey.

Start by trimming two pieces of Café Ole cardstock to 9” x 11.5”.  Score each piece down the center.

Adhere the two pieces of cardstock together using a thin layer of liquid glue with the textured sides facing outward.  Fold the cardstock on the score lines and round the top and bottom right corners with a corner rounder.

To create your section dividers, trim two pieces of Ecru cardstock to 8.” X 11”, score both down the middle and round the right-hand corners.  Pages can be created using copy or sketch paper, trimmed/scored in the same way. (If you make a very thick journal, you may need to remove ¼” from the inner pages to keep them flush.)

Trim two pieces of luggage tag patterned paper to 8.5” x 5.25”, round the corners, and ink the edges with brown ink.  Line the inside of the cover with these panels using liquid glue.

Mat the luggage tag cardstock sticker and the ledger patterned paper with Espresso Bean cardstock and adhere to the inside of the front cover with liquid glue.

Trim out two more decorative panels from the patterned cardstock in the collection (3” x 4”), mat them with Espresso Bean cardstock, and adhere to the front cover as shown.  Arrange the Travel chipboardstickers on brown cardstock, fussycut around them with scissors to create a thin border, and adhere to the cover with liquid glue.

Decorate each section divider as desired.  Here I’ve chosen a quote panel from the patterned cardstock in the collection, binoculars sticker, and ticket from the ephemera pack, and matted each with brown cardstock.

The other two section dividers were embellished in a similar way.  To finish off the dividers, I inked the edges of each with brown ink. 

Using a hole puncher, punch small holes in the cover about 1” from the top and bottom.  Pages and section dividers will need to be punched 0.75” from the top and bottom to accommodate for the extra width of the cover.

Arrange your journal as desired and thread natural twine through both holes of the pages, section dividers, and cover so that the ends meet on the outside of the book.  Tie a sturdy knot and trim with scissors.

Enjoy your new handmade travel journal…add photos or memorabilia from your trip to the pages and record your thoughts or even use it as a sketchbook!

Don’t forget to fill out your luggage tag in case it gets lost…and you can use the ledger panel as a table of contents too.

I hope you enjoyed this fun handmade travel journal tutorial and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the FotoBella store and pick up this beautiful collection today!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) ATC's

     ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) aren't just for trading! Drea here with a set I made using the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collection from Instead of trading them, I'll show you how to scrap with them in an upcoming post. But for now, grab your supplies, and follow along. 


* Glue


* Stapler
* Needle and Embroidery Threads (Optional)


1. Cut cards from the 3 X 4 Elements paper that comes in the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collector's Essential Kit, and smoosh Distress Inks along the edges. I used two colors per card, except for two, where I only used one (Ground Espresso) for the darker cards. But any combination of colors listed in the supplies will work. 

2. From the 6 X 8 Pad, cut papers at 3 1/2" X 4 1/2". Match a Distress Ink color, to also smoosh along the edges.

3. Adhere cards from step 1 to the cards in step 2.

4. Use scrap papers from the 6 X 8 Pad to matte the Sticker word tabs, ink edges with Distress Inks, and adhere to the top center of the 2 X 3 cards.

5. Add a couple of strips of Washi Tape to each card.

6. Use stapler a few times on the Washi Tape strips.

7. Attach circle Stickers to the bottom centers of the tabs.

8. Hand-stitch around circles, and add a couple of rows of zigzag stitching to cards. You could also doodle or stamp your stitching if you're not comfortable with sewing. 

9. Add a couple of word Stickers to the cards. 

10. Finish them up with a piece of Chipboard.

     Remember to come back later to see how I use these cards on a double page layout, with the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collection from!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Carta Bella Spring Market Layout

Hello Everyone,
It is Olivia here with an adorable sweet layout.  The Carta Bella Flower Market Paper Collection is just perfect with the light spring colors and flowers.  The top tags are stickers that are from the Paper Collection.  The Journal piece of "Beauty" is combining the Flower Market Frames and Tags Chipboard Ephemera and the paper collection.

You can't go wrong with this paper collection for those lovely spring memories especially for those little girls in your life.  (psss don't tell my teen I dug this old photo out and showed it to the world lol).

Supplies used:
Carta Bella Flower Market Collection 
Carta Bella Flower Market Ephemera 
Carta Bella Flower Market Frames and Tags Ephemera 

Friday, April 5, 2019

PhotoPlay Here & There Travel Cards

There's no better time of year for travel-themed cards and projects than when we near summertime and graduation season.  Hi all, it's Annie and today I'm sharing three cards I created with the fun retro travel-themed items from PhotoPlay's new Here & There Collection.

I loved the 4x6 postcard designs on the "Get Lost" sheet from the Here & There 12x12 Collection Pack, so I decided to make them the focal point on two of my cards.  Here I've matted the roadtrip postcard with "Brown Eyes" canvas cardstock and wrapped it with some rustic twine before popping it up over a cardbase made with more designer cardstock from the collection.

To add a little interest, I adhered a die-cut and matted circle of designer cardstock underneath a fun sentiment sticker and a retro car from the Chipboard Shapes pack.

The next card is just a feminine twist using a very similar layout.  Once again, I matted one of the postcard designs on brown cardstock and placed it at an angle on top of some designer cardstock from the collection.  This time, however, I added a file tab from the Ephemera Pack and wrapped the panel with a daintier natural twine.

To embellish the card, I added a few cardstock stickers from the collection and adhered a spray of mini blossoms around them.

The final card starts with just a colorful base of designer cardstock accented by a slice of map and a fun panel from the Ephemera Pack.

To finish the card, I popped up the cruise ship sticker over a ticket from the Ephemera Pack and accented the antique map with pins from the Chipboard Shapes pack.

I hope you enjoyed these fun travel cards made with the Here & There Collection and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to visit the FotoBella store to pick up this fun collection today!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Art Journal

     Now that it's Spring Break, it's the perfect time for travel, or to just play with the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collection from! Drea here, with my head up in the clouds again, with this art journal page.

     After priming my page with Prima Marketing Gesso (White), I painted it with a coat of Art Alchemy Sparks Paint (Mermaid Sparkle), followed by Art Alchemy Sparks Paint (Magical Pond),  and another coat of (Mermaid Sparkle), for a beautiful water color and sheen. 

     The vintage map pieces were torn from the same paper in the 12 X 12 Collection Kit and the 6 X 8 Pad. Then I distressed the edges with water and Distress Inks (Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage, and Tattered Rose). After adding strips of Washi Tape, I  made the clouds with a palette knife, using Prima Marketing Gesso (White).

     To show my love of flying and being in the air, I added the planes and hot air balloons from the Collage Bits & Pieces, Bits &Pieces, and 6X12 Chipboard!  

     I barely put a dent in my dies, and with so many to chose from, "The Sky's the Limit" on what you can create with the Simple Stories (Simple Vintage Traveler) Collection from

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Meet The New 2019 FotoBella Design Team

Meet the new 2019 FotoBella Design Team

Hello! Hello!

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who applied for the FotoBella Design Team! We received so many incredible applications! We have enjoyed seeing your amazing creations and had a really hard time narrowing it down.

We would like to welcome the new FotoBella Design Team!!

Annie Williams

Drea Slee

Olivia Marmara

Check back daily to see their amazing and super creative projects.