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Friday, January 31, 2014

Echo Park Christmas MIni Album

Instead of making my Mother-in-Law a thank you card after Christmas, I decided to make her this accordion style mini album sharing photos of our Christmas, and her grandson opening some of his gifts from her. I combined Echo Park's Tis the Season and Reflections Christmas collections because they work so well together and are so festive! I used an old box that once held Christmas cards with a clear lid.

Here's a peek inside!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oh My What Fun with Basic Grey

Hello FotoBella fans!  Are you ready for a double layout. The collection featured is Basic Grey's Carte Postale and I'm switching things ups bit by incorporating different photo sizes. I've used a 5x7 photo along with wallet size photos.

When doing a double layout I love using the two pages as one, centering the design and splitting it right in half.  Here I wanted the 5x7 photo to be the focal point of the layout with a bunch of fun happening around it!  Fun little wallet photos and a variety of fun embellishments.  

Basic Grey has some great flair, alpha letters and stickers to choose from in this collection!  Carte Postale, get yours today at

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Reflections Christmas Flower Tutorial

As soon as I came across these old photos of me and my Mom, I knew they'd be perfect to showcase the beautiful Christmas Reflections Collection by Echo Park. I also added a little from  Tis the Season, but just on the paper with the candy cane border, so I could add my doily stencil and play with my new mists.

I was inspired by this Basic Grey sketch. I made a couple of large tags, adding my own ribbons and beads to them. The beads came from some old garland that I saved from the trash, and reminded me of bells. I also saved the red netting from the trash, which held fruit at one time, to go under the paper with the photos, as well as through the tag. I love to recycle!

Lift the Bells Bingo card, which I stitched on top, to reveal my hidden journaling.

To make the large flower next to my tag, you'll need the following supplies:
1.Cricut (Serenade Cartridge)
2.White Cardstock
3.Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn)
4.Glimmer Mist (Dazzling Diamonds)

1.Using the Serenade Cartridge for the Cricut, cut out 6 flowers from your white cardstock using flower #5. Cut 2 @ 1", 1 @ 1 1/4", 1 @ 1 1/2", 1 @ 1 3/4", and 1 @ 2".

2.Use a blending tool to ink them with Distress Inks.On one of the smaller flowers ink both sides.

3.One at a time, quickly dip them into some water, scrunch them up, and then open and shape the petals. The small flower that you inked on both sides is your center bud, so keep it closed. After they dry they'll be a lot lighter, so now is the time to re ink if you want them darker.

4.Now layer and glue your flowers together, starting with the largest one on the bottom. The final touch is to spray with Glimmer Mist (Dazzling Diamonds), which gives it a little age and some shimmer.

Try using different colored inks to make this flower go with whatever you're working on!

Friday, January 24, 2014 and Basic Grey

Hello Creatives... 

I have a quick tutorial for you using a great Bundle from Basic Grey, Kneehighs and Bowties. I love this kit, Everything about it.
Here is what you will need:

  • Artistcellar Flower of Life and TEXTures 2 Stencils
  • White Card Stock
  • Tag
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays
  • Pitt Pens
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scrapbooking kit  (I am using Basic Grey Bow Ties)
  • Adhesive
Step 1:
Get some color on that white card stock..... I sprayed through the stencil and then flipped it over to get a reversed image. I love how the two colors blend in the center. Do the same with the tag.

 Step 2:
I love the all in one bundles that you can buy at stores. They have everything that you could want in one shot. This is where I start to stage out the image and the items from the bundle that I know I want to use.
Step 3:
Add more to the spaces. I like using 3's in my work, whatever I create will have a variation of three. I like doing this so that my eye will move around the page and look at every detail. I do not start to adhere the bits until I am sure where they will permanently live on the page.

You can see in the above image that I outlined a rectangle for the journaling spot. It is good to see this as you are laying out the bits.

Step 4:
Enjoy your family photos with a whole lot of color.

Thank you for stopping by to see our creations.
Be well-

You can get the Basic Grey Bowties I want it all bundle from

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Best Day Ever Card with Basic Grey

Hello there, Apryl here today with the Fotobella Design Team sharing my latest project using Basic Grey's Carte Postale Collection.  The inspiration for this card was actually Fotobella's Sketch for this month's layout challenge.  I loved all the layering and wanted to incorporate it into a card.  So I did just that, and I think it created some great dimension without having to add a lot of embellishments.  

One of  the embellishments I did use from the collection were the fun chipboard arrows!

I love the color combinations that this collection offers.  All the papers look great together and don't necessarily have to be used for a travel themed project.  Check out the Basic Grey Carte Postale Collection and all the fun goodies it includes!

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We R Memory Keepers Hip Hip Hooray Card

Today I wanted to share with you a card I created using the FotoBella We R Memory Keepers Hip Hip Hooray I want it all bundle.  I usually keep my cards pretty simple and this one is no different. Lately, I have seen a lot of people not only creating the outside of the card but creating the inside as well.  I love the idea of not forgetting the inside also. So, with that let's take a look at my card.



Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a beautiful day! Smiles, Jessica

Sunday, January 19, 2014

We R Memory Keepers Notable layout

Happy day to you!  Jessica here with a quick layout using the  We R Memory Keepers Notable I want it all bundle.  This line is pretty generic in theme so it can be used for all sorts of layouts, which is nice.

I, recently, found this picture of my sister and I from high school when we were at Disney World.  I love that the picture is showing us being goofy together.  I thought it would be fun to scrap an older picture.

For this layout, I cut up the stripped paper so I could use only parts of it to create this layout.  I like that the line has different sayings that will go with just about any layout.  I added another block of paper underneath the strips because they were getting lost in the kraft/white stripped paper.  It gave it another dimension which I liked.


A couple close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by and looking.
Have a beautiful day! Smiles, Jessica

Friday, January 17, 2014

Glittery Snowflake Christmas Card

Do you have coffee filters laying around? They are perfect for making snowflakes! 
Cut it up. Sprayed it with glitter. Attached it to a page of So This Is Christmas Collection by Carta Bella, add some stickers and done!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray! Mini Album

Happy day to you!  Today I wanted to share a tutorial of how to create this fun file folder mini album.  My daughter's fifth birthday is next month and I thought I would make a mini album to house all the pictures from the day.  I used the We R Memory Keepers Hip Hip Hooray I want it all bundle.


If you have never created one of these mini albums, don't worry they are super easy and fun.  You just need a file folder to start.  You can even recycle a used one if you want.  I used a manila folder I had laying around but you could use any color you wanted. 

The first thing I did was to fold the folder into an accordion style. 

To do this, open your file folder up completely and lay it flat. Start by folding the bottom up about 4 inches.  If it is a little bigger that is fine.  Fold the file folder backwards and then top flap forward to match your folder and do the same with the back.  I then inked all the edges with brown ink.  You could use anything you wanted.

After I was done inking, I started cutting my papers to fit.  First I did the front pockets.  I cute four different papers to be 4x4 and glued them down.  I then cut the papers to cover up the top.  I decided to do 4 different patterns here. These papers are cut to 4x6 size and glued down.  For the tab of the, I cut a 0.75”x4 piece and a 0.75”x6” piece. 

For the front cover, I used three different pieces of patterned paper.  I cut the yellow piece to be 4x5 and the turquoise piece to be about 2x4.  Then I layered the stripped patterned paper on top.   I cut around the tag so it was only the green oval, then used pop dots underneath it to give the whole thing some dimension. 

The next thing I did was to embellish the bottom of the 4 inch fold. I used some stickers from the sticker sheet, cut some of the words from the patterned papers and used one of the tags.

For the tags, I used white cardstock as my base. For the larger tags, I cut 4 tags to be 3.75x6.5.  I rounded the corners with my corner rounder.  For the smaller tags, I cut them to be 2.75x5.5.  For the smaller tags, I rounded the bottom corners but cut the corners at an angle to create a shipping tag look.

I started with the large tags, I left one side white because I’m thinking I will put a larger photo on the back side of that.  On the other side, I covered two of the tags with green cardstock and two with turquoise cardstock.  From there, I started embellishing them a little.  I kept it simple since I haven’t added my photos yet.  My plan is to put a 3x4 photo on this side of the tag.

For the small tags, I kept it pretty simple as well.  For three of them I left one side white with the intent of covering it with a full photo. On the back side, I covered each tag with a patterned paper and added a few of the words cut from another patterned paper to the bottom.  I then used some ribbon from my stash to the top of the tag.

For the fourth tag, I covered it with patterned paper and then added a journaling tag to it.  Although, I'm probably going to need more room than that. :)

 I created one more tag for my album.  I used the celebrate tag and popped it out from the tag.  I then cut a piece of 3.75x5 patterned paper to attach it to.  I will also be able to add another 3x4 picture to the back side of this tag. 

The last thing I did was add patterned paper to the back of the file folder to finish it off a little. I cut these pieces to be 4x7 long.  If you wanted to you could add more to these or extra photos.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you enjoyed this little album.  Don't forget you can check out all the papers included in the bundle here.

Have a great day! Jessica

Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas Chalk Flower Tutorial using Tis the Season by Echo Park

As much as I tried using Echo Park's Tis the Season Collection all by itself, I couldn't help but add a little from their Reflections Christmas Collection. They're both so festive and work beautifully together!

I especially love all of the black accents, so I came up with this flower to go with both collections.

Supplies using Tis the Season by Echo Park:
~ 25 Days double sided paper
~ Be Jolly double sided paper
~ Brads

Other supplies used:
~ Black cardstock
~ White Ink
~ Inkadinkado Stamping Gear Collection Intro Kit
~ Cricut Expression (Serenade Cartridge) or decorative scissors.
~ Glue

1. Using Echo Park's Tis the Season Be Jolly paper ( the black side) stamp your image 6 times using white ink. I used Inkadinkado's Stamping Gear Collection (Intro Kit), but you can use any flower stamp you have. I  think the white ink is really what makes this look like chalk.

2. Cut out your images and then curl your petals up and out.

3. Using my Cricut Expression I cut out this scalloped circle (flower #3) with the Serenade Cartridge at 2 1/2 " using Echo Park's Tis the Season 25 Days double sided paper, and inked the edges with white ink. If you don't have a Cricut you could always use decorative scissors to cut around a circle.

4. Now cut another circle slightly larger than the first one out of black cardstock and glue under your first one. Take your petals and glue into the center of your scalloped circle.

5. I inked the little scallop circle that came with the brad to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!