Thursday, October 29, 2020

How to Create a Spooky Multi-photo Halloween Layout

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Spook-tactual greetings from Chris

I want to share how to create this spooky Halloween multi-photo layout using my Guest Design Team Kit from FotoBella! My kit was packed with the Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve Collection and is so colorful and fun to create with. Take a look at all the colors in this Set.

Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve Collection & Prima

The papers are perfect for all your Halloween photos. The 2-sided papers provide lots of color for all your fall creations.

For my layout I chose to show off some pictures of our family’s annual Halloween display. As you can see, our Halloween display features a lot of spooky animated creatures to entice trick or treaters (and their parents of course) to visit our house!

This scrapbook page features 8 photos! With that many photos it is easy to overwhelm a page. Using wallet sized photos allowed me to add many photos from our display. Cut the larger photo to remove distracting backgrounds. Mat all photos on black card stock.

To create the background of the Halloween layout, cut away an 11 x 11 inch square from the inside of Photoplay’s Ghosts and Goblins paper and add the 1 inch “frame” to the Photoplay’s Jack Paper.

Add matted photos as shown in finished project. Detail cut “Spooky” from Photoplay’s Spooky paper.

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Mat onto black card stock and adhere to bottom left of layout. Add coordinating stickers ephemera from the collection to finish the page. You can see how the little pops of color add interest to you layout!

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The final Halloween Details

The banners are a combination of ephemera and stickers. Embroidery floss bows added a little extra dimension to my project. And I just love how the focal photo jumps out at you!

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I hope you are inspired check out Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve available at!

Monday, October 26, 2020

Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen

Hello crafty friends! I am back this month with a new collection from Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen Collection. Yes this was the collection that was sent to me by Jeri and Cher over at So here is what I created this month! I created this mini album using this beautiful collection. If you want this collection please click here.

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How I began this project, I used a chipboard album from Frank Garcia Memory Hardware, I then painted the edges using Folk Art Antique White Acrylic Paint. Once that paint had dried I began by cutting the papers from the Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen collection. I usually like to cut all of the papers for the pages then I adhere them. This process works for me but you can do this however is easiest for you. I adhered my papers using ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever. This glue works great, papers won’t buckle and you barely need to put anything down and it sticks.

Once all of my papers were adhered , I used a flower punch from The Paper Studio to make pockets on a few pages. I also made some tuck spots in place of pockets. For the photo mats on this album , I used papers from the Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen Patterns and Solids paper pad. I also used some American Crafts Colored Card Stock as well.

I used some of the stickers and ephemera pieces from this collection to embellish the pages of this mini album. Instead of just adhering them to the pages, I used pop dots on these.


I worked on the cover of this album, where I had already adhered the paper. Secondly I adhered onto the spine, a piece of corset fabric from my stash. Then layered a piece of the patterns & solids of the collection. I then added one of the 4x6 Journaling cards from this same collection onto that pattern piece using pop dots . Also added a thin cotton lace trim around the journaling card like a frame. had some resin pieces that I had previously made and I adhered them to each of the four corners of this journaling card.

Then finished it off by adding a small flower cluster on the front left hand side of the cover. I was thinking I should have added some stickles on the cover of the album, maybe I’ll do that later. This Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen collection is beautiful and I hope that you head over to where you can find this collection and many more products for your paper crafting needs. I’ll be back next week with another project using this amazing bundle collection.



Saturday, October 24, 2020

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Tag

Hello Friends,

Are you ready for the crisp cool days of Autumn? I sure am. Diane here today to share with you a very pretty Fall Tag.

I used the stunning Simple Stories Vintage Autumn Splendor Collection. This Autumn collection has lots of colorful leaves, wreaths and foliage with muted orange, soft pine green and yellow colors through out. Not to mention the paper pad and a bunch of coordinating embellishments. I hope you like what I created.

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Autumn Splendor Tag

It was fun and easy creating this lovely tag with the beautiful papers that are available with this Simple Stories collection. I added layers of details using the embellishment packs and some ribbon.

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Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Tag
Back of Tag with pocket, smaller tags and inserts.

Simple Stories Collection Details

Here, you can see the soft Autumn colors, florals, pumpkins, fall wreaths and foliage. I am loving all the prints on the papers.

Back of Tag with pocket, smaller tags and inserts.

Video Time!

Please check out my Autumn Splendor Tag Video:

Tag sharing Video

I hope you enjoyed what I created for you.

Be sure to visit the FotoBella store for this gorgeous Simple Stories paper collection along with other beautiful Graphic 45 collections. FotoBella also carries Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Prima, Stamperia and many more. FotoBella also has Tim Holtz, 49 and Market, Ranger, Petaloo and We R Memory Keepers. There is so many wonderful products. I’m sure you will find one to make that special someone something spectacular.

Come Visit Today!

The items I used in this design team project are as follows:

Simply Vintage Autumn Splendor Collectors Essential kit:

Below is the like to more products available within this collection:

Thank you for joining me. I hope you were inspired to make something beautiful today.

Blessings and Hugs,


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Card Duo

Hi friends,

So happy to be here with you and share my first project as a Fotobella design team member. Today I’m sharing two quick and simple cards using the gorgeous Simple Stories Autumn Splendor collection.

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Simple Stories Autumn Splendor card duo created by Cris Cunningham

The Simple Stories Details

Fotobella has the Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collector’s Essential kit in stock which contains eight (8) 12x12 sheets of patterned paper, four (4) 12x12 element sheets, a sticker sheet, Bits & pieces packet, Chipboard sheet, and washi tape. That’s quite a bit of goodies for you to play with! I also used the Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Layered Frames.

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Simple Stories Autumn Splendor
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Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

For my first card, “Autumnal”, I made a base out of white cardstock that measures 4.25 6. I know that is not a standard size, but it’s what I always use - this gives me the perfect width and length to work with. I then layered a 4x5.75 sheet of the “Fabulous Fall” paper, cutting so that I can have the gorgeous sunflowers on the right edge. Next, I fussy cut leaves from the “B” side of the Autumn Leaves paper and layered them with elements from the Bits & Pieces sheet - and my card was complete!

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor card created by Cris Cunningham
Simple Stories Autumn Splendor card created by Cris Cunningham

For my second card, “Fall Harvest”, I used the same size base as my first card, and cut the same first layer size from the “B” side of the Grateful Hearts paper. I added a second layer measuring 3.75 x 5.50 from the “A” side of the Grateful Hearts paper. I then added one of the Layered Frames and backed it with one of the cut-outs from the 3x4 Elements paper. Finally, I once again collaged several elements from the Autumn Splendor Bits & Pieces sheet to finish the card.

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor card created by Cris Cunningham
Simple Stories Autumn Splendor card created by Cris Cunningham

This was such a fun project! I love this time of year and making cards is a wonderful way to usher in the Fall season. I hope you give these a go! Fotobella has all you need to make several Harvest-themed cards of your own.

Thanks for visiting today.


Monday, October 19, 2020

Create a Haunted House featuring Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve Collection

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Boo! Chris here and today I am excited to share how to create a Haunted House featuring Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve Collection. My decor is more of a cute and not-so-spooky Haunted house that I created using my Fotobella Guest Design team Kit and a wood house I found at the local dollar store.

The Kit

My kit this month featured Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve Collection and Ephemera all available at These papers are so vibrant... one side features Halloween images suitable for all your Halloween photo ops and the “b” side works for all your fall photos.

The Kit also featured products from Prima’s Autumn Sunset line.

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Creating the Haunted House

To create your very own “haunted” home decor, Start with a dollar store house. Trace the house onto Photplay’s A Little Witch paper. Cut out house and windows. Adhere cut out to the front of your house.

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Cut pieces of Photoplay’s Ghosts and Goblins paper to fit into the windows of your house. If you prefer you could use images from Photoplay’s Haunted House papers to fit your windows (see above)

Mat the entire house onto black card stock. Here’s a hint...Cut your mat slightly larger than the house to add extra dimension.

Decorate The House

To decorate your haunted house, add stickers and ephemera from the All Hallows Eve Collection. keep adding until you are happy with your house.

Accent the “Broom Parking Only” sign using Prima’s Autumn Sunset Say it Crystals. To “tie in” with the “witch-y” theme, I added ephemera and stickers including the flying witch, the witches brew pot and a broom to my house. Here is another look at the finish decor.

I hope you are inspired to get creative with all your favorite Fotobella supplies. Thanks ....Chris

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Add Gold Accents to Your Cards with Prima Gold Acrlyic Paint

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Fall Greetings! Chris here, and am I excited to share how to add gold accents to the greeting cards I created using my Prima Marketing guest design team kit from

The Prima Marketing and PhotoPlay Kit

My kit featured papers and stamps and ephemera from PhotoPlay’s All Hallows Eve Collection and accents from Prima’s Autumn Sunset collection. As you can see, the PhotoPlay collection has so many colorful papers and ephemera, and even coordinating stamps! Still, I have to admit I have never played with Prima Paint before and while I was super excited to try it out, I was also little nervous to play. However, I knew it would be perfect for adding gold accents to my projects.

Card 1 with Prima and PhotoPlay

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This cute card was the first project I created with my kit. Remember that I mentioned I was a little nervous about playing with the Prima Gold Acrylic Paint, so I refused to move on to my next project until I incorporated the gold paint somewhere!

Start by Cutting your All Hallows Eve papers. Using a paint brush (or paper towel), as gold accents with paint to the edges of your papers.

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Note: this Prima paint is thick! Allowing your dimension and brush strokes to show. Next, mat papers onto black card stock. Add both paper panel to card base. You can see some of the dimension in the gold accent below.

Creating the Stamp Focal Image

Stamp images onto masking paper or sticky note to create a mask. If you are using a sticky note be sure to stamp image onto the sticky side of the note.

Detail cut those images. Stamp jack-o-lanterns using Photoplay’s All Hallows Eve stamps. Use Masks to create dimension in your stamped image.

Color your images using your favorite markers.

Add Stamped image to card and add ephemera to finish. Add extra gold accents using the Prima Say it Crystals.

Card #2

For this card I wanting to try to utilize the dimensional features of the Prima Acrylic paints.

After cutting paper from the All Hallows Eve Collection, secure a stencil over papers and apply Prima Gold Paint using a pallet knife over stencil.

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Gently remove stencil to reveal your stunning gold accent.

Mat onto coordinating papers and add to kraft card base. Add a jute bow and Prima flowers to finish your card.

Just look at the dimension this paint adds. In hind sight I wish I had painted the edges of my papers for more gold accents.

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I hope you are inspired to try and add gold accents to your projects!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Halloween Market ATC album

Hello crafty friends! Today on the blog, I am excited to share this ATC Mini Album! I created this using Carta Bella Halloween Market Collection.

For this album, I basically eye balled my measurements and tried following some of the measurements from the Graphic 45 ATC album that I have in my stash.

Let’s Get Started

There are also many videos on YouTube for this kind of album. You can also follow the one I created in my own head!! Surprisingly because I’m not the best when it comes to my own measurements.

Making the base

First, I started by cutting up some black chipboard into 3 pcs (2) 4.0 X 5.5 (1) 2 X 5.5). I finished with the chipboard, and I then cut some black card stock 11X 6. Secondly, I adhered the Carta Bella chipboard to the cardstock, leaving spaces in between each piece. I used my Tim Holtz ruler to space them out. To adhere the chipboard, I used Helmar Acid Free Glue and an old paint brush to spread the glue, this can be done so if don’t buckle. Lastly I cut another piece of card stock for the inside 9.75 X 4.74. As for the spine for this album, I just followed a tutorial on Youtube for this part.

Inside Carta Bella Pages & Spine

For the inside pages, I was actually trying to create the same pages as the ATC albums from Graphic 45, but I must say , mine didn’t turn out how I thought they would but I still like how it turned out. So as I was saying, for the inside pages I cut 4 pieces of cardstock at 4.5 X 12. I then scored it at 3.5, 6.5 and 9.5. This made them different sizes when I folded them up. I was then able to create a pocket out of one of the folded pages. This part I was able to adhere onto the spine.

Once I was done with the base, I began adhering papers from both the left over paper from previous projects and from the Carta Bella 6x6 paper pad. For all of the papers, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot on all of the edges. Then I added some of the cut apart pieces from the 12x12 sheet to create a 2pc waterfall on the larger pages. I added some of the tags from the Halloween Market Frames and Tags package to put into the pockets in the pages. Also I used some of the Halloween Market Ephemera pieces on the inside front and back cover as well as on some of the other pages of the album.

I finished it off by adhering some black cheese cloth onto the cover, some Prima flowers, a chipboard skeleton I had in my stash along with the “Boo” Sentiment which is a button also from my stash.

The End

Well crafty friends, I hope that you enjoyed what I created this week using this fun collection from Carta Bella. If you have yet to see who the new members of our design team , make sure you check out that post as well. I am excited to still be a part of the team! So I will be back now in October with some great projects for you using one of the newest collections from Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen I Want I All Bundle Collection! Till next time! Hugs, Jeanne

Carta Bella Halloween Market Collection Kit

Halloween Market Frames and Tags

Carta Bella Halloween Market Ephemera

Halloween Market 6x6 paper pad