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Thursday, April 9, 2020

12 x 12 Paper Basket with Echo Park Salon Collection

Hi all, Jennifer Taylor here. Hope this post finds you all well!

So. for my first project of the month. I thought how fun it would be to try making a basket from a 12 x 12 piece of paper . I have seen a video a long time ago on how to make the square basket version on this and decided to give it a go this month using the Echo Park Salon Collection. This collection is beauty themed, but the color palette is just beautiful and versatile.

echo park, salon collection

Let’s make it!

The first pattern paper I became obsessed with is this beautiful floral pattern .

echo park floral sheet

First off, we are going to have our Echo Park paper cutter with the scoring tool on or just use your ruler and score across this paper every 4 inches ( 3 times across).

tutorial, fotobella

Then, turn the paper and score the same way but in the other direction so that your score marks make a grid design

echo park, tutorial, folding paper

Next, cut the two score marks only til the middle then, turn paper around and do the same..

But, be sure not to cut all the way across. (see pic)

Next Steps

Next, grab those ends and fold in towards the middle. If you want a smaller square basket bring all the squares in together if you want a Easter/Spring looking basket just bring it in about half way and glue it in place with double sided glue.

echo park, easter basket, fotobella
echo park, folding technique

Now, you have your base done ...but wait,you need a handle..

So, for mine I just cut a 2 inch x 12 inch strip of the Echo Park Coral solid paper and glued it to the inside center on both sides.

Make it Echo Park Pretty

Now, it’s time to pretty it up more... I diecut pattern paper from the collection with a butterfly die from my stash but here is a similar one the pearl circle was also from my stash but can easily be recreated with pearls, wire and glue or omitted all together and would still look pretty. Then, I used the collections enamel dots to make the butterfly body . Lastly, I glued it all on and tucked the chipboard hello piece behind it all.

Here it is all finished

Here is a list of the goodies I got for my Design Team box and used for the project:

Echo Park salon collection

Salon Ephemera

Salon 6x13 Chipboard Accents

6x13 Chipboard Phrases for Scrapbooks, Cards, & Crafting

Salon Frames & Tags

Salon Enamel Dots

Echo Park Paper Salon Collection Kit

Salon Solids Kit

Echo Park Paper Salon 6x6 Paper Pad

Washi Tape -Lashes

I had so much fun making this ! I hope you will give it a try! Maybe, even whip up a few and leave a treat at your friends door as a quarantine surprise.

Jennifer Taylor

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Quarantine with Craft Supplies

As all of us are feeling a bit uneasy about the current situation in this world, there is one thing proven to help create some peace and calmness. Crafting! It's time to craft!

Has your daily schedule been thrown out the window, and your world been turn upside down? Have you been forced to quarantine inside your home? Well, here are a couple of our favorite products to stock up on, so you can craft your worries away!

Craft a Stamperia Box House

stamperia, 3d craft, fotobella
3D Box House Craft

Cartonnage is an ancient technique for making boxes and books. Each Stamperia cartonnage craft kit comes with cut cardboard, ready to assemble. You get to be creative and decorate them how you wish!

You can find all of Stamperia's Kits here

Craft with Graphic 45 Ocean Blue I Want It All Bundle

craft, graphic 45
G45 Ocean Blue

Since most of the beaches are closed right now, you can day dream as you craft gorgeous ocean themed projects with this bundle.

Don't forget to grab the FotoBella coordinating Fibers and Embellishments Pack too!

You can find all of the Ocean Blue Collection here

Coloring Books

Coloring is a fabulous way to burn some time, calm your mind, all while keeping it creative! We offer a variety of coloring book brands and types. Make sure to throw some colored pencils, markers and pens in your cart as well!

Find everything you need here


Start a planner! By creating a planner, it will give you events to look forward to. They are so fun to personalize and fill with tons of darling accessories, stickers, craft clips and shaker inserts.

FotoBella carries a wide variety of planners, inserts and craft accessories here

We hope everyone is safe and healthy! We can get through this together, one day at a time.

Sending love from all of us at FotoBella.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

DIY Recipe Books Using Graphic 45 Fruit & Flora Collection

Hello everyone!! Today, I am back to share with you my final design team project for this month! This collection from Graphic 45 makes it very simple to create all of the projects that I created this month.

The, " I Really Want It All " Bundle from Fotobella online store makes projects like the ones I created easy and you still have a lot of product left over.

I focused on DIY home decor projects for my daughter Destinee, who will be decorating the kitchen of her new home that she will be purchasing this summer.

#Graphic 45 Fruit & Flora Collection
Two DIY Recipe Books

Process and Products

First, these were simple to create as I had a chipboard album in stash that I had purchased on clearance @ Michaels Craft store. But, you can create your own album from chipboard. I also used the same kraft card stock that I used on the Graphic 45 DIY Kitchen Calendar that I created in my previous project for Fotobella. Then, the kraft cardstock just had to be trimmed slightly to size.

Side Note

(Note: These albums that have the kraft card stock come with A LOT of sheets so this is why I used some up on these 2 projects).

So, as you might have noticed, I created 3 actually 4 big projects using the Graphic 45 Fruit & Flora collection.You can find this entire collection at

Graphic 45, FotoBella

Graphic 45 Project Video

Now, to see how I created these books you can check out my process video:

Photo process video

So, as you might have noticed I created three DIY projects with this Graphic 45 bundle and still had A LOT of product left over! Next, I will probably be creating another project such as a recipe box or another calendar.

Again, here are the other two projects I created with this collection.

Links to these projects on the Fotobella Blog incase you missed them!

DIY Kitchen Decor Piece (altered cutting board)

DIY Kitchen Calendar Decor Piece

Well, crafty friends, another month has gone by and I do hope that even with everything going on in our world today I do hope that you are staying home safe and sound with your family and get your craft on!!


Here are the products I used :

Graphic 45 Fruit & Flora Collection- I Really Want It All Bundle from Fotobella

Recollections Mixed Media Chipboard Album

Recollections Mixed media album ( kraft cardstock)

Laces, Trims, Flatback pearls

Recipe Template Printouts

Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs

49&Market Burlap Roll

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Graphic 45 Ocean BlueTwo-Page Layout - Design Team project by Laurie

For my final project with the amazing Ocean Blue collection by Graphic 45, I decided on a two-page layout.

I have some great photos from some amazing whale watching trips that I wanted to showcase. This collection is just amazing for this!

Graphic 45, double page layout, fotobella
Two-Page Layout

Graphic 45 Layout Details

First, I started with two sheets of navy blue cardstock. Next, I cut strips from 2 of the sheets from the Graphic 45 12x12 Collection Pack to make "border" strips along two sides on each page. Actually, I decided to keep the accents and embellishments simple because I really wanted to focus on the photos.

graphic 45, ocean blue, i want it all bundle
First Page

The first page chronicles the beginning of the "tail." I cut the "You, Me, and the Sea" from the border strip on the 12x12 paper. Then, I added a piece from the Graphic 45 Ocean Blue die cut assortment in the upper corner that really describes how I felt that day.

You, Me, and the Sea

After that, I cut a ships wheel from the patterned paper and one from dark brown cardstock using my Cricut Joy. Then, I layered them together to create a shadowed effect.

Ships Wheel

Next, I attached the photos using pop dots to add some dimension to the page. I wanted the pages to really tie together so I added the border strips to the opposite side of the second page.

Page Two

Final Touches of my G45 Layout

Then, I added another ships wheel in the upper left corner. I tied two pieces from the die cut assortment pack together and popped them onto the lower right corner.

I left the top hanging free just to give it some character. Finally, I used another piece from the Graphic 45 die cut assortment pack to create a title for the layout.

Whale of a Tail

If you follow the order of the pictures, you can see the whale's tale flip from start to finish. This blue whale put on a fantastic show for us that day!

The Graphic 45 Ocean Blue collection is the perfect accent for my photos!

I hope you have enjoyed the project! I have had so much working with this collection this month! You can find it all at

The products I used for this project are:

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue 12x12 Collection Pack
Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Die Cut Assortment Pack