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Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Cutie Page using Carta bella and Echopark

Hi all, Jennifer Taylor here. I am stopping by to share a fun page i made of my middle daughter when she was younger at Christmas time from about 6 years ago. I challenged myself to use the polka dot papers from both the echo park and carta bella papers i was given and not to use any green. Do you challenge yourself too?  I just loved how the torn look on my snowman card came out that I decided to give it a try on a scrapbook page. 
here are the goodies I got in my November dt box 

12 x 12 scrapbook page 

First, I chose the picture I wanted to use on my page then I grabbed the snow fun brads packaging-(you know I can't let anything go to waste) look at that cool border of light blue on it! so I cut it off and used it as a layer to my photo. then I grabbed the carta bella foiled polka dot paper and the echo park polka dot paper and trimmed it to mat the photo then tore the edges. I love this look!

I then layered them under the photo.

Before I adhered the photo and mats down I cut a piece of light blue label off the brad embellishments and added a piece on top and a piece on the bottom. one has her name and the other half the date

Next, I carried the torn look onto the other side using longer 12 inch strips and the same colors layering them ontop of each other

After adhering the torn strips to the left side of the page layout I added the cabin fever by carta bella mitten banner to the middle to connect the two sides. I also, rubbed on the snowflakes and added brads in the middle of them .

Lastly, to finish the page I added two more blue diecuts from the brad embellishments and a merry Christmas flair to the corner of the photo.  the title I made from letter stickers I had in my stash

more close-ups below

Carta Bella Silver Foil 12x12 Collection Kit

Tools I used:

alphas from my stash
tape gun adhesive
foam tape
paper trimmer

thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

Jennifer Taylor

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Celebrating Christmas Card Day

     Do you make your own Christmas cards? Drea with the FotoBella Design Team, and I think it's a great way to show your love! Today is Christmas Card Day, and is suppose to be the day to send out your cards, but I say there's still plenty of time to get crafty, and create your own, like Jennifer did with these cards. 

     She used the new Graphic 45 (Christmas Magic) I Want It All Bundle from

     Look at those adorable faces! 

     I also included a vintage child on this card, using Bo Bunny (Christmas Collage) Papers, splattered with Dylusions Paint (White Linen). 

     The trees were done with the Tim Holtz Mini Woodland Stencil using Prima Marketing Snowflake Paste, also applied to the torn paper edges. Then I added Distress Spray Stain (Walnut Stain) to Prima Marketing Gesso (White) for the tree trunks. 

     In addition to the Bo Bunny (Christmas Collage) Layered Chipboard, and the Chipboard circles, I added a large Bo Bunny Double Dot (Ruby Red) Jewel.

     I hope we've inspired you today, and sending joy from all of us at


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Simple Fold Christmas Cards - BoBunny (Yuletide Carol)

Hello FotoBella Fans,
It's Karen...I'm here to share my first project of the month featuring the BoBunny Collection called Yuletide Carol. It is a glorious collection of vintage images with Victorian charm and deep yet muted colors.

There were so many lovely embellishments included it was difficult to choose. I especially loved the selection of shaped brads which match the papers perfectly.

I made two simple front fold cards one in landscape and one with a portrait orientation. A landscape card needs two brads in order for the front of the card to catch and display fully opened. For a festive holiday look, create berries by randomly applying red dimensional paint to the background paper. Also, add gold glitter glue to the candle flames to create a glowing haze.

A Closer Look:

Yuletide Carol I Want It All 12x12 Collection
Yuletide Carol 12x12 Coordinating Double Dot-Paper-Bundle

Other Supplies:  card base (5x7"), 3D foam tape, scoring board & tool, craft knife, red dimensional paint, gold glitter glue, ribbon

To see more amazing projects by our Designer Karen, please visit her blog, Art & Soul.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Bo Bunny (Land Of Wonder) Teacups Layout

     Hi FotoBella fans! Drea here with another layout featuring the Bo Bunny (Land Of Wonder) I Want It All Bundle from This whimsical collection is straight out of wonderland, so I scrapped this old photo of the teacups ride at Disneyland.

     I started by applying Bo Bunny Glitter Paste (Pink Punch) to the Tim Holtz (Dot Fade) Stencil along the bottom of the striped paper. Then I applied Distress Ink (Black Soot) to the edges of the banner pieces from the Noteworthy pack, using my Blending Tool. The banner is connected with some hand-stitched twine, with a sticker of teacups placed above it. 

     I secured a brad towards the end of the twine. 

     The striped banner is a sticker, with some more hand-stitched twine to highlight the title, made from Thickers included in the Bo Bunny (Land Of Wonder) Bundle. I dug out my older Bo Bunny Ephemera packs to find the sheer ribbon, and hand-stitched the gold zigzag. 

     These banner pieces with the keys, are also in the Noteworthy pack. 

     I love the arrows and glitter on this piece from the Layered Chipboard!

     But the teacups, from the Layered Chipboard, is really what makes this page! The purple heart sticking out, is from the Noteworthy pack.

     Thanks for your visit, and get the Bo Bunny (Land Of Wonder) I Want It All Bundle at!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Stamped Snowmen Card - Prima (Snow Suit Cling Stamp Set)

Hello Crafty Friends,
This adorable snowman stamp is by Prima (Baby Snow Suit).  He alone has spotted Santa flying in the night sky. To give him a quirky inquisitive look, separate his head from his body and then reattach it with dimensional foam tape looking upward.  Stamp Santa onto transparency using permanent black ink and add a red gem for Rudolph's nose.  Some quick shading with colored pencils gives the snowmen their personality and by simply tearing the edge of white paper one can create realistic snow drifts.  The snowflake background was created with stamps and a quick squirt of glimmer mist mica sprays.

A Closer Look:

FotoBella Supplies:
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Mica Sprays
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Doll Stamp Baby Snow Suit 2.5x3.5
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Other Supplies:

  • card base
  • white card stock and vellum
  • colored pencils
  • black permanent ink pad
  • transparency
  • stamps - snowflakes, moon, Santa with sleigh (Blank Page Muse Rubber Stamps)
  • dimensional foam tape
  • gem 
  • liquid adhesive

    To see more projects by our wonderful Designer Karen visit her blog, Art & Soul.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Naughty or Nice Scrapbook Layout - Simple Stories (Sub Zero)

Hello FotoBella Fans,
It's Karen here!  You are going to love the Simple Stories (Sub Zero) collection for its bright colors and quirky Winter animals. The theme for the kit is outdoor Winter fun but it is suitable for so much more.  I wanted to share its versatility by using it for my holiday layout of my nephew's visit to meet Santa.  Follow along, as I share my step by step directions for including an accordion fold mini album that will hold five additional photos.  This clever mini album adds a fun kinetic element to the layout.  Let's go!

1. Trim .25" from both sides of a 12x12" patterned paper.  Matte with red card stock.

2. Cut a 4x12" strip of a solid color card stock to create the mini accordion fold album.

3. Use a scoring board and scoring tool to make three parallel lines. Score lines 3" apart along the 12" side to form four 3x4" sections.
Make an accordion book by alternating valley and mountain folds.

Attach a decorative cover to the first page.

Apply background paper to the 3x4" sections. 
Matte photos and adhere them to the remaining sections.

Embellish with strips of washi tape.

Decorate each page with matching sticker embellishments.

TIPS: The mini album has eight sections and can hold six photos, a cover, and a last page.  Be sure to leave the last page blank so that it can be adhered to the layout.  Adhere small tabs along the right side as a convenient handle to open the mini album.

4. Matte a 4x6"photo with pattern paper.  Trim a 4x6" card to be used as a journaling block, matte with card stock, and adhere to the layout.

5.  Adhere an additional green strip and embellish with snowflakes. 

6. Add a large title and embellish with white enamel dots.

A Closer Look:


FotoBella Supplies:

Simple Stories Sub Zero 12x12 Collection Kit
Simple Stories Sub Zero 6x12 Chipboard
Simple Stories Sub Zero Bits & Pieces
Simple Stories Sub Zero 4x6 Stickers
Simple Stories Sub Zero Feelin Frosty Washi Tape
Simple Stories Sub Zero 12x12 Collectors Essential Kit

Other Supplies:
  • scoring board and scoring tool
  • red and green cardstock
  • 3D foam tape
  • alphabet stickers
  • enamel dots
To see more amazing projects by our Designer Karen, please visit her blog, Art & Soul.