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Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Mini Album made from Toilet Paper Rolls? Yes!

Have you ever made a toilet paper mini album? As a paper crafter navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself constantly looking for ways to repurpose and upcycle materials for new projects. Realizing that toilet paper rolls were something that everyone who ever hoarded TP has access to, and that they were made of paper, an idea popped into my head! I’ll create a toilet paper mini album! In my craft room were the remnants of a paper collection from Ciao Bella called “The Muse“. I had used this beautiful paper on two other projects this month and had enough paper left for one more!

This beautiful toilet mini album is easy to make

What You’ll Need

Making a toilet paper mini album is easy and fun! If you have four or more toilet paper rolls, an empty cereal box, some beautiful Ciao Bella patterned paper, scissors and some glue you can make it! There are numerous tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to make a toilet paper mini album so I won’t reinvent the wheel. But if you look at the photos in this blog post you will see how I created mine, by using recycled material and my leftover Ciao BellaThe Muse’ paper, thus finding a fun way to re-purpose and upcycle materials that would otherwise be thrown away!

Making your Mini Album

Start, by selecting your toilet paper rolls. Usually you need at least four and you can use up to eight or 10 in a mini album like this. Flatten each roll with your bone folder and then run your toilet paper roll back-and-forth through your die cutting machine. This makes them significantly flatter and they will look better in your album. Trim the rolls with your paper cutter to make sure they’re all uniform in length. Next, create the cover. A cereal box works great, but you can use any medium weight chipboard. Sizes of toilet paper rolls will vary so keep that in mind as you create your cover.

Embellish your Mini Album

Once you create your hinge and attach the paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls, you can begin to decorate your mini album! The Ciao Bella patterned paper works beautifully! Here are some photos of how I decorated my mini album.

The Icing on the Cake

Lastly you’ll want to create the tags. The Ciao Bella patterned paper “The Muse“ collection has the most beautiful floral images and you can create some gorgeous tags. Here are some that I created to slip inside the pockets of the toilet paper rolls.

I hope you were inspired today to make your own toilet paper mini album! If you use the Ciao Bella The Muse” paper collection, you can be sure it will be beautiful! Have fun and happy creating!



Friday, April 9, 2021

Memory Dex Cards created with Prima Marketing My Sweet Collection

Design team member Jeanne here with you today to share with you a couple of Memory Dex cards also called Rolodex Cards that I created using one of the newest collections from Prima Marketing designer/artist Frank Garcia called “My Sweet”!

The Beginning of the Memory Dex Spinner

I had recently had purchased the Heidi Swapp Memory Dex Spinner in pink of course. I also bought the Heidi Swapp punch. Previously, I had been creating these cards before without the punch using a tutorial on YouTube. So if you don’t have a punch of die, you can try this tutorial like I did and it works just as good.

Lets begin by cutting some white scrap card stock to 3.5 high X 4 wide, I chose and cut the paper I picked from the 12x12 paper pad I was sent from Fotobella. I cut the paper the same size. I did use the punch on the card stock first then on the pattern paper because I learned the hard way when I adhered the front and back pieces to the card stock, it was too thick to use the punch. So I went ahead and punched each sheet individually.

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I started by adding some pieces of lace trim on the card then picked out some of the ephemera from the same collection. Then I added the flowers from the Sewn With Love package as well and some of the Say It In Crystals as well. Lastly I added a variety of size and color of sequins placed in a few areas on the memory dex card.

In Closing

I absolutely enjoy creating these cards using the wonderful products that I was sent to create with this month. Run over to and check out this and other amazing collections they are currently carrying. I will be back later this month to share other creations that I will be making with this collection so stay tuned. Until then enjoy and get inspired by the rest of the Fotobella designers when they share their creations here. So pop in and check it out! See ya soon!



Products used in this project

Prima Marketing My Sweet 12x12 Paper Pad

My Sweet Ephemera Pack #2

Prima Marketing Say It In Crystals Pack

Prima Marketing Sewn With Love Flower Pack

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Sweet Treat Gift Basket

Hello Friends,

Diane here with a yummy little Sweet Treat Gift Basket for that special someone. Here is a chocolate gift using the wonderful “Sweety” paper collection by Stamperia. This paper has the most beautiful shades of pink, raspberry, blue, teal, green, and chocolate. There’s lots of borders, florals, laces, eyelet trims, stripes and many many cut-a-parts to embellish with. The paper is full of all kinds of sweets, chocolate cakes, cup cakes, strawberry cake, strawberries, chocolate pieces, ice cream, brownies, even macaroons. Come take a peak with me.

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Front of Gift Basket
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Side view of Gift Basket
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Front & Side view of gift basket

Stamperia Sweety Treat Bag

This was a really quick and easy project and I think it would brighten someone’s day. The base of the basket and the decorative handle was cut from 65 lb Shimmer Pink cardstock from Recollections. A Michael’s craft store brand. The basket itself is a Spellbinder’s die called, “Garden Party”-# S6-030. All you do is cut 4 of the main basket die, glue the sides together with the tabs then add the bottom square. Fussy cut your little embellishments from the 8x8 “Sweety” Stamperia paper pad or choose a die from your stash. It should be one that will fit on the side panel of the basket. Glue the handle to the inside sides of the basket then add some colorful shred and some candies and it’s ready to give.

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Back of Gift Basket
Side panels of Gift Basker
Side panels of Gift Basket

Here is a list of the products for this project:

Stamperia Sweety 8x8 Paper Pad:

Sweety Paper Pad
Garden Party Die

Michaels, Shimmer Pink Cardstock by Recollections; 65 lb

Shimmer Pink Cardstock

Come visit the FotoBella store for this most beautiful paper collection along with other fabulous paper collections by Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Stameria and many more. There are so many fantastic products to choose from, I’m sure you will find one to make that special someone something amazing.

Come Visit Today!!!

Thank you for visiting the FotoBella blog today.

I hope your were inspired to create something beautiful.

Blessings and Hugs,

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Create a Quick and Easy Layered Greeting Card

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Greetings! Chris here and I am excited to share how to Create a Quick and Easy Layered Greeting Card using Prima Fruit Paradise and Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp - Travel Girl 4" x 6" Stamp Kit. It is no secret that I love mixing and matching beautiful papers with rubber stamping. So let’s get started!

Supplies needed:

Prima Marketing Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad

Prima Fruit Paradise 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Fruit Paradise 4 x 6 Journaling Card

Prima Fruit Paradise Chipboard

Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Doll Stamp - Travel Girl 4" x 6" Stamp Kit

Kraft Card stock, Jute, Archival ink, gold ink, corner rounded punch, cream card base

Creating your Quick and Easy Layered Greeting Card

Cut a 5 inch square from your fruity paper in the Prima Marketing Fruit Paradise 6 x 6 Paper Pad. (the green is the B side of the papers). Round corners with a corner punch. Ink the edges of your papers and add to card base.

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Using the apple and pear journaling card from your Prima Fruit Paradise 4 x 6 Journaling Cards, cut a 4 1/2 tall rectangle. After rounding your corners, ink the journal card and add to card.

Cut a seed packet from the Prima Marketing Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad. You will use the back side of this seed packet. Ink the edges with gold ink.

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Banner cut a piece of Kraft Card stock and add banner and seed packet layers to your card.

Stamp the post card from the Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Doll Stamp - Travel Girl 4" x 6" Stamp Kit onto the B side of the Pink gingham paper from Prima Fruit Paradise 6 x 6 Paper Pad. Trim post card and add to card. Stamp post mark from Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Doll Stamp - Travel Girl 4" x 6" Stamp Kit three (3) times onto your card.

Finish your card by layering chipboard pieces from Prima Fruit Paradise Chipboard onto your card. Add a jute bow as the final finishing touch! I hope you are inspired to Create a Quick and Easy Layered Greeting Card!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Create a Card with Stamperia’s Orchids and Cats Collection

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Hi crafty friends. This is Kristine and I’m here to share part 3 of my design team project - a beautiful greeting card! This card is made using the lovely Orchids and Cats collection. It perfectly matches the mixed media box and mini folio album I created in my last two posts. For step-by-step instructions on how to make the storage box, check out this FotoBella blog post. Or, if you want to learn how to make the mini folio, I have a full video tutorial for you in this FotoBella blog post.

Making the Card Base

In order to make the base, cut one sheet of plain cardstock 4 3/4” x 11”. Then, measuring from each end, score at 2 3/4” and fold on the score line. This will make a gatefold card. Next, paint the greyboard window pieces. I used light pink paint for my window frames. Once dry, place one window frame on each of the gatefolds, lining the edge of the window with the edge of the paper. Then, trace the inner curve and edge of the window. Cut out the piece so the window will be see through. There will be a small tab of paper behind the outer frame where we will glue later.

Cut a piece of the decorative Orchids and Cats paper to 4 5/8” x 5 1/4”. Then, cut this piece in half again to make two pieces measuring 4 5/8” x 2 5/8”. Place the papers on the inside of the card and close the gatefolds. Next, trace around the trimmed edge of the card and cut along the lines. These pieces should be only slightly smaller than the front gatefolds.

For the inside of the card, cut one piece of the Orchids and Cats paper to 4 5/8” x 5 3/8”. Next, cut out the paw print border strip, and make two strips measuring 1 1/2” x 4 5/8”. Then, cut the pink and white side border off one strip to make the pieces appear mirror images when glued onto the card.

Fussy Cutting Embellishments

I have fussy cut pieces from the 12 x 12 papers that are leftover from my previous two projects. For this card, I am going to use a few of the pieces as embellishments. First, I have selected one of the cat images. This piece will be added to the card so that the cat can be seen through the window. I will also be using one of the potted orchids, which I will place in the center of my card base. The “Greetings” sentiment and several butterflies will also be added to the card. From the greyboard pieces, I chose to use three hearts and one butterfly, which I painted fuchsia.

fussy cut pieces

In order to make a smaller card, cut two of the circular tags from the Orchids and Cats paper. Score one of the circles along the left side at 1/2”, and glue the scored section to the top of the second circular tag. This will form a small card.

orchids and cats card

Next, fussy cut the flowers from the corner embellishment. I also cut along the petals so I can make them dimensional. Then, add glue to a small base of each fussy cut flower and adhere to the circular tag. Select a fussy cut butterfly and add glue to the body but not the wings and place on the circular tag. Later, I will add Stickles to the flower petals and butterfly to make them sparkle.

Assembling the Card

Starting with the inside, glue the background paper to the card base. Next, add glue to the top and bottom portion of the fussy cut potted orchid and glue into the center to make a belly band. Glue the paw print border strips to the inside of the gatefolds.

Close the gatefolds and glue the fussy cut cat to the left gatefold. I placed my window piece on top of the card to make sure my cat was lined up how I wanted her to be. Then, add the decorative Orchids and Cats paper over top of the cat image, and the second piece on the right gatefold.

Glue both of the greyboard window pieces to the gatefolds. Next, back the “Greetings” sentiment with plain cardstock and glue to the left gatefold window only. Do not glue to the right gatefold as this will prevent the card from opening. Then, add the fussy cut butterfly and greyboard butterfly onto the sentiment. Finally, finish decorating the greyboard window frames with the greyboard hearts, fussy cut butterflies, and flowers from your stash.

Orchids and Cats Card

Decorating the Back Side of the Card

I am going to add a simple pocket to the back of my card to tuck my small circular card. I cut out a strip of the Orchids and Cats paper measuring ~2” x 5 3/8” and glued around three sides before adding it to the bottom base of the card. Then, I tucked my tiny circular card into the pocket. I am including this small card to write out a sentiment for the recipient. Alternatively, you can tuck a message behind the belly band inside the gatefolds. This card can also be used inside of the folio if the recipient chooses!

I hope you have enjoyed crafting along with me this month. I know I enjoyed making the projects and tutorials to share with you. Don’t forget to head over to the FotoBella online store to pick up the Stamperia Orchids and Cats collection today and create your own projects. To view a quick video flip through of all three projects together, click on the video below.

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, Fotobella Design Team Member