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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally named Decoration Day, and was a day to remember and honor all those that died serving the US. Throughout the years, it has formed into a day where we can pay our respects to everyone in our lives who we have lost.

One of our traditions on this day was visiting the cemetery and placing flowers on our loved ones' graves. One of the people I have lost that has made the most impact on my life, is my Grandma. She passed away 24 years ago battling cancer.

I thought I would make a gift for my mother, in remembrance of her mother. I found this neat flag themed box. I thought it was the perfect size for my mom to keep jewelry or memorabilia inside of it.

The image I chose was taken by my grandpa, her husband, around the time they were married. I can see her beauty through his eyes in this picture.

I used a variety of amazing products to decorate this gift. Petaloo Flowers, Bo Bunny Jewels, Prima Flower Color Bloom Sprays, Flowers and Wood Veneer, Ranger Stickles and Pearl Mists, and Simple Stories Wood Veneer all from FotoBella

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flipping for Flip Books!

One of the "hottest" trends right now in PaperCrafting is Snail Mail Flip Books!   
Q.What is a flip book?  
A.  A FlipBook is a greeting card and penpal letter in one! 
It's a way of sending snail mail to your pen pal or swap partner. (and who doesn't love to receive real mail in the mail box?) Flip books are fast becoming a fave of paper crafters who by virtue of their love of paper, choose to send a handmade letter instead of a purchased one.  
So what better paper to use on this "hot trend" than On Trend 2 by My Mind's Eye
The beautiful colors and trendy images are so perfect for this project! The gold foil adds a touch of elegance. 
The little book was created by adhering together 4 envelopes, then using patterned card stock to decorate each page.  A circle punch cuts a pocket just right for tucking in surprises for your pen pal.
The journaling tags and ephemera from On Trend 2 make perfect pages to "flip"!
Washi tape works great for adhering the journaling cards to the flip book.  You can create pockets with it too!
 Coordinating wood veneers look so pretty and add interest to your project too!
Stickers, enamel dots and acrylic shapes look great together! I The two tags tucked inside the pocket make it fun and interactive.
Tassels are so popular and are so easy to make!
Just roll up the paper, decorate, and hang from a chain!
See how easy it is to add flip pages?
Just add Washi!
Add a bow to a button using Baker's Twine for a cute touch!
Rub-ons turn a plain tag into a delightful addition to my book!
Chipboard stickers look so nice in a flip book!
On Trend 2 made such a cute Flip Book!
Try one, they are so much fun!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Mother's Day Wish

Layout made using Life In Color by Simple Stories
Today as we celebrate Mother's Day, I wanted to share a layout I designed for my own Mother!  
 I selected the "Life in Color" Collection Kit by Simple Stories for my layout today.
Sending this, Mom, 
Especially to say 
Wishing you a happy 
And wonderful day... 
And to tell you this day 
Will always be one 
For remembering the many 
Sweet things you have done!

The Life in Color Collection Kit is full of everything you will need to create beautiful projects including a 12x12 Fundamentals Cardstock Sticker Sheet, a 12x12 Expressions Cardstock Sticker Sheet; Eight 12X12 Sheets Designer Cardstock, and four 12x12 Element Sheets.  I also used the Simple Stories Life in Color Bradz, and the Simple Stories Life in Color Stickers

Life is full of beautiful moments, so remember FotoBella has literally hundreds of products to help you document them.  Stop in and visit us on our new website, and let us help you create beautiful memories of this and many other special days for years to come!
And on behalf of all of us at FotoBella, 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

National Scrapbook Day

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day with the FotoBella Design Team!

Our incredibly talented design team has compiled some of their favorite projects, tips and techniques to help inspire you to create today!

Jeri's colorful Chameleon fun

Practice makes perfect, right? Watching the Chameleon Artists magically create beautiful images with these revolutionary pens at CHA was just mesmerizing. Knowing I would not be able to color as perfect as them, I bought myself a set of these pens and fell in love instantly with them. They are too much fun, and I am excited to use them in every part of my creative life. My scrapbooking, my cards, hand lettering, and even just my relaxing nights at home where I block out everything and just color my stress away.

Jessica's Perfect Tag

I used the Basic Grey Bside. I created a shaker tag using sequins and washi tape. I added a photo of my girls so that I could hang it up in my scrappy area.  Quick, simple, cute... My perfect project.

Apryl's 6x6 Paper Trick

Sometimes I struggle to cut such beautiful paper when I’m working on my layouts!  The cure for that you ask?  Use 6x6 paper pads!  All the patterned paper in this layout is from My Mind’s Eye By The Sea 6x6 paper pad.  The layout came together quite quickly.  I layered the 6x6 pieces of paper and adhered my 4”x6” photo to the center to the page and still the focal point of the layout.  I added some fun By The Sea embellishments and the layout was complete very quickly.  

ReNae's Flip Book

A new trend among scrapbookers is making "Flip Books”!  Like Pocket Letters, Flip Books are a way to correspond with a friend, Pen Pal or swap partner by creating an interactive book with fun tabs, pockets and pages that “flip” to reveal goodies and treats for your recipient.  Flip Books are made in a variety of ways, and today I am featuring the Envelope Flip Book.
For my Flip Book, I used 4 envelopes adhered together, creating a book that folds into itself. I decorated it with my favorite paper collection, On Trend 2 by My Mind’s EyeThis wonderful collection is PERFECT for a project like this!  
From the sophisticated and modern papers, journal cards, and chipboard stickers to the decorative brads, wood veneer shapes and gorgeous acrylic word stickers, On Trend 2 made it easy for me to create a bright and cheerful Flip Book full of fun to give to my friend.

Drea's fun techniques:

Using Bo Bunny's You're Invited I Want It All Bundle, I made this card with a few fun techniques! Taking my inspiration from the confetti on the Chipboard balloons, I used a dotted stencil with white gesso and Glitter Paste (Pink Punch) onto my background paper.Then I used a Stylus dipped into Prima Clear Gesso colored with Distress Inks, to apply the smaller dots. For a little sparkle I used Clear Wink Of Stella on the cupcake ticket and balloons, adding even more sparkle to the balloons with Stickles (Eucalyptus, Yellow, and Diamond), and hand-stitching strings to them. Finally, mimicking the icing on the cupcake, I added a heavy coat of gesso onto the Celebrate Laser Cut Chipboard, and immediately sprinkled some glitter on top. Some fun and fast techniques for you to try today! 

What are you creating today? We would love to see, leave us a comment below and share a link to your posted projects!