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Monday, January 17, 2022

Simple Layout Using Embellishments from Simple Stories Lemon Twist

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Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m back today with another project share for you. This one is a simple layout using some of the embellishments from the Lemon Twist collection. Since I don’t have the Lemon Twist papers, I will show you how to use any paper from your stash with embellishments from the collection. Simple Stories produces several options for embellishments to match the Lemon Twist paper collection. So, you can mix and match to make a variety of looks for your layouts and projects.

For my layout today, I will be featuring just two of the embellishments from the Lemon Twist collection. First, we will focus on the Page Pieces from the collection. This packet contains 15 large die cut pieces that make designing layouts simple! Then, we will also focus on how to use the Decorative Brads on a layout. This packet comes with 26 metal self-adhesive brads and 6 chipboard stickers.

Designing Your Layout

There are many options that you can use for background papers in your layout. For example, if you really want the embellishments to stand out, then you may choose a plain white cardstock. For a bolder look, you might even choose a black cardstock. However, I want my layout to remind me of summertime, much like the Lemon Twist embellishments do. When I see these embellishments, I think of drinking fresh squeezed lemonade on a sunny summer day. Hence, I chose to use a yellow patterned cardstock for my background.

Once you decide on your background, choose a coordinating color for your layout. With a white background, consider yellow, teal, or black coordinating cardstock. For a black background, yellow or teal would work well. If you are like me and using yellow, then teal or black will help the embellishments stand out. I found a plain teal color that matches the teal in the embellishments and cut them to 1/4” larger than my photos. Then, I backed them on a patterned teal and white paper to give my layout just a hint of white.

Adding the Embellishments

Once you have your photo mats, place them on the page. Starting with the large “Squeeze the Day” piece, add the title to your page. I chose to add it to the top of the page. However, I also considered adding it to the bottom of the page. Decide what works best for your photo arrangement. Next, add the large lemon piece near the title piece.

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Then, place the long “Life is Sweet” piece along the bottom of one of your photo mats. Using the large piece with the lemon soda label, place the piece on your layout. Since I don’t have any photos in my layout yet, I did not glue any of the pieces to the front of the photo mats and the photo will tuck behind it.

Add the smaller pieces to the layout. First, I added the two butterflies to the top right corner. Then, make a cluster with the banner, sweet moments sentiment, and black heart die cuts. Finally, add the three bee die cuts around the layout. Now, we are ready to add the decorative brads. I added three of the metal brads toward the bottom of my layout. Then, I added the floral chipboard sticker underneath the “Life is Sweet” piece. A second chipboard sticker is placed on the upper righthand photo mat. Finally, I added two of the small black brads to the corners of two photo mats.

Finishing Touches

In order to finish your layout, consider adding some color to the edges of your background. To add a bit more teal, I edged my yellow background paper with Coastal Surf Nuvo Mousse. However, if you are using a white background, you may also consider a yellow color such as Lemon Sorbet Nuvo Mousse. Finally, add your photos to complete your layout!

With just two products from the Lemon Twist collection, you can make a simple yet stunning layout. These embellishments are perfect for those summertime photos. I hope this post has helped you to think of how you can use some of your embellishments, even if you don’t have matching paper! To pick up embellishments from the Lemon Twist collection, head over to the FotoBella online store today!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Lemon Twist Card Kit: How to Personalize Your Cards

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Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m here today to share my first project of 2022. For this post, I will be using the Simple Stories Lemon Twist card kit. The kit comes fully loaded with everything you will need to make 8 card fronts. It includes the card bases, pre-cut background papers and die cut, as well as chipboard pieces. Also, there are instructions with pictures to assemble each card front.

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Lemon Twist Cards in the Card Kit

I have not used a card kit before so I was excited to try making these cards. Before assembling my cards, I punched out all of the pieces. Then, I sorted the pieces into separate piles for each card. It made assembling my cards a breeze! The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Besides the kit, all I needed was glue! Personally, I like all of the layering in these cards. And the nicest part is that there’s not a lot of bulk since the layers are paper and thin chipboard pieces.

Adding a Personal Touch to Your Card Kit

The Lemon Twist card kit is a great way to quickly decorate card fronts. However, there are no instructions for decorating the inside of the cards. While this is nice because it allows the maker to use the cards for almost any occasion, I want my cards to be finished inside. So, I decided to use some of the extra pieces from the card kit, as well as stickers, Washi tape, and stencils from the Lemon Twist collection, to add some decoration.

First, I will use Washi tape and the stencil from the collection and Coastal Surf colored Nuvo mousse to add lemons to the inside of some cards as a border. To give it variety, I will make both horizontal and vertical borders.

Next, I will use stickers from the Lemon Twist sticker book. I like this booklet because it has some of the same images as the fronts of the cards. It also has letters to spell out sentiments in the cards. The best part is that the stickers match the card fronts perfectly!

For my decorations, I will add stickers in layers so that it has a similar look as the front of my cards. But I will try to use smaller stickers so there is room for a sentiment and message to the recipient.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how you can take a pre-cut card kit and add some personal touches. Head over to the FotoBella online store to grab your Lemon Twist card kit and other supplies today!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member

Monday, January 10, 2022

Stamperia Time Machine Masculine Card

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Hey friends, Chris here! Over the holiday season I cleaned and organized my crafty space. While organizing my cards, I realized I have almost NO Masculine cards. So I decided to create this Stamperia Time Machine Masculine Card.

The Stamperia Voyages Fantastiques Line makes creating masculine cards so super easy! It has versatile prints, icons and embellishments. The colors are muted and easily used for masculine projects as well.

Supplies Needed

Stamperia Cards Collection - Voyages Fantastiques

Colored Wooden shape A5 - Tags

Chipboard cm 15x30 - Voyages Fantastiques

Stamperia Extra Strong Glue

Other supplies

Card Base

Ink - Copper

Creating your Stamperia Time Machine Masculine Card

Lets get started! Pull out this locomotive print, some gears and the Time Machine chipboard. Place the large train card from Cards Collection - Voyages fantastiques to your card base, and then you can start inking the edges.

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fotobella, stamperia, masculine card

Find this print in the Stamperia collection, and cut the small Bon Voyage tag in half. As shown.

Now, adhere half of the cut tag (back side up) to your clock tag. You can secure this to the card at this time. Grab the Time Machine wood cut out, and secure this to the top part of the tag, but just off to the right side of it. .

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Now we can layer the Stamperia wood gears and chipboard clock to the bottom left of the card. Find the air balloon, and you can secure this to the center of the card, as shown in my picture. Now, our card is finished, but you can always add more embellishments if you’d like to.

Here is a close up of all the dimension on this card.

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I hope you are inspired to get creative with your supplies and create some masculine cards!

Head over to FotoBella.com to grab this collection and all the supplies you will need!

How to Create a SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas with Stamperia

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Today I am excited to share this SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas! It was fun to create and play with this project! This project features Stamperia’s Cards Collection and Stamperia Texture Moulds with Stamperia’s Cream Paste. There are so many fun pieces in this Card collection - Cards, bases, tags, and book marks! And the Texture moulds are amazing!

Supplies Needed

Stamperia Texture Moulds - Mannequin

Stamperia’s Cream Paste

Stamperia Cards Collection - Voyages fantastiques

Colored Wooden shape A5 - Transport

Chipboard cm 15x30 - Voyages Fantastiques

Stamperia Extra Strong Glue

Stamperia 12x12 Paper Pad - Voyages Fantastiques (22 Double Sided Sheets)

Prima Marketing Art Alchemy-Metallique Wax-Aged Brass

Prima Marketing Finnabair Wax Paste - Patina Green

Other supplies

8x10 flat canvas, paper doily, Lace, Large Flower, rik rak, tag, mini tags, brads (NOTE: the colors don’t matter as you will paint over these items)

Black Paint, black card stock

How to Create your Stamperia SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas

Create with your Mould

I shared a step by step tutorial on the fotobella blog a while back on how to use these Stamperia Texture Moulds with Stamperia’s Cream Paste. So hop on over to that blog post to create your moulded piece.

Assembling your SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas

Now, add a paper doily and your Stamperia Texture Mannequin Moulds to your canvas.

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Next, add some lace along bottom of your canvas.

Add tag and mini tags with brads to your canvas.

Embellish with a rik rak large flower to your canvas.

Painting your canvas

Paint your canvas with black paint.

Continue painting until your canvas is black. Let dry.

Once dry, rub Prima Marketing Art Alchemy-Metallique Wax-Aged Brass onto your canvas.

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stamperia, mixed media canvas, fotobella

Add Prima Marketing Finnabair Wax Paste - Patina Green as desired to your canvas.

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Finishing touches for your SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas

Mat Female card from Stamperia Cards Collection - Voyages fantastiques onto cardstock. Adhere to canvas. Add Chipboard and wooden pieces as desired. Cut sentiment from paper pack and add to canvas.

Here is another glance at the finished SteamPunk Mixed Media Canvas

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I hope you enjoyed this project and try to create your own!

Chris

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Simple Folio Made with Carta Bella’s Welcome Winter

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Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I want to share a simple folio I made using the beautiful papers in the Welcome Winter collection. In this collection, there are 12 x 12 papers that are perfect for larger projects such as folios and mini albums. The beautiful images lend themselves to just about any winter-time activity. And the ephemera and chipboard pieces are perfect for some dimension. Not to mention, the decorative brads give a little extra sparkle to the front cover.

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For my folio, I started with three pieces of chipboard for the covers and two thin spine pieces. I wanted my folio to have a simple design that was easy to make. However, I still wanted it to be as interactive as possible. With double sided papers like in the Carta Bella collections, I try to showcase both sides. In my folio, you will see that I did not use any other cardstock to create flaps or pockets. This is one great way to cut down on materials, but also to maximize the decorative papers.

Inside the Folio

One of the best things about the Carta Bella Welcome Winter collection is the cut apart pages. These pages make it easy to create tags and photo mats. I dressed my cut apart cards up by cutting off the top corners and adding ribbon. It is a simple way to make tags. The best part is that the tags are cut and functional!

In order to make pockets and a belly band, I used the larger cut apart cards. The cards are the same size as my folio so they are perfect to use in this way! For some extra decoration, I chose to use the puffy stickers in the collection. I like that these stickers add just a bit of dimension, but they are not overly bulky. One of the things I like about this design is that even when the folio is stuffed full, it will close flat.

This simple folio will hold approximately 20 photos as is. However, more photos can be placed on mats or additional tags. The best part is being able to customize it with photos and journaling. It is also a quick project that can be given as a gift.

Carta Bella Folio

To see a flip through of the folio, please check out my YouTube video below. I hope you will try making a folio of your own using these beautiful papers. They are still in stock in the FotoBella online store so head over there today and pick up the collection!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team member

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Voyages Fantastique Adventure Card Set

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Today I am excited to share this Voyages Fantastique Adventure Card Set I created with Stamperia Voyages Fantastiques Cards Collection. There are so many fun pieces in this collection - Cards, bases, tags, and book marks!

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Just look at all that fun and so many opportunities for creating! So let me share how I created this Voyages Fantastique Adventure Card Set.

Supplies Needed

Stamperia Cards Collection - Voyages fantastiques

Stamperia’s Colored Wooden shape A5 - Transport

Chipboard cm 15x30 - Voyages Fantastiques

Stamperia’s Soft Mould A5 size Time Machine

Buttons Galore & More Shimmerz - Desert Sky

Stamperia Extra Strong Glue

Other supplies

2 4x 5 1/2 inch card bases

Kraft and brown Cardstock

ink - brown and black

Jute

Creating your Adventure Card Set

Start by cutting two 4 x 5 1/2 inch pieces of Kraft card stock. Ink Stamperia Soft Mould A5 size Time Machine with brown ink.

Using Stamperia’s Soft Mould A5 size Time Machine stamp onto the kraft cardstock pieces. This will create a subtle print on your cardstock.

Ink different areas of Stamperia Soft Mould A5 size Time Machine again with black ink and stamp onto kraft pieces. Adhere these kraft piece to your card bases.

Mat Cards from Stamperia Cards Collection - Voyages fantastiques onto brown card stock.

Adhere matted cards to your card bases.

Finishing your Balloon Adventure Card

Add wooden Bon Voyage from the Stamperia Colored Wooden shape A5 - Transport set.

Add Steampunk tag from from Card collection and the wings and gears chipboard.

Finishing your Bicycle Adventure Card

Mat bicycle tags from Card collection onto brown cardstock and adhere to your card.

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Adhere wooden bicycle from your Stamperia Colored Wooden shape A5 - Transport set.

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Add Buttons Galore & More Shimmerz - Desert Sky gems to your card.

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Finish off your tag and card with a jute bow.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Voyages Fantastique Adventure Card Set and are inspired to create your own Adventure Cards!