We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Bella Blvd.
STEPHANIE SMOKOVICH founded Bella Blvd in 2008. What started in the upstairs level in her parents’ home, rapidly grew in a thriving company, and now is an established brand in the craft and hobby industry. Throughout the years, Bella Blvd has steadily expanded its product offering, becoming known for bright and graphic design. At the core of Bella Blvd’s products are the essentials: patterned papers and stickers. These essentials combined with beautiful embellishments encourage the art of scrapbooking. Bella Blvd is humbled to be a small part of such a large community that captures memories and preserves them.
This week we are giving away Tiny Text alphabet stickers. These adorably small alphabets include three lowercase typewriter sets, two uppercase sets and a circle alphabet in the center! Unique to Bella Blvd’s signature color palette, and made to match popular collections (new and old) you’re sure to want every single one and add to your Bella Blvd alphabet stash! Swoon with us over Tiny Text alphas. (Details at the end of the post.)
Bella Blvd Designer – Laura Vegas
Today we welcome Laura Vegas. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Laura’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:
I’m Laura Vegas, from Northern California, where I live with my husband Joe, and my two gorgeous daughters, Alyssa (19) and Sarah (16). I have been scrapbooking for over 22 years now. I started shortly before my first daughter was born, and have not slowed down since. I scrapbook mostly about my girls and our family, but like to mix it up now and then by scrapping photos and stories about my daycare kids and family friends as well. I have been fortunate enough to design for some amazing manufacturers in the industry over the last 10 years, and have also had my work published in a variety of publications for the last 12 years. I was also a proud member of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Creating Keepsakes Dream Team. I am currently serving as the Creative Team Coordinator for Bella Blvd, designing for Kerri Bradford Studio, and am a member of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Scrapbook & Cards Today design team.
For my first layout, I used Bella’s Family Frenzy collection, along with the new Clear Cut transparencies and Tiny Text alpha stickers. The Clear Cuts come in a wide variety of colors, as well as patterns – confetti dots, chevron, stars, and hearts – that coordinate with all of Bella’s paper collections. I’m a simple girl at heart, so my favorite Clear Cuts to use, and the ones I turn to the most, are the white patterns.
When laid over patterned papers, they help tone down the busier patterns and really stand out against the simpler tone-on-tone patterns. The floral patterned paper along the bottom of my layout isn’t necessarily that busy of a pattern, but by laying the white chevron Clear Cut transparency over it, it softens the look of it.
The Clear Cuts also work perfectly in die cut machines. I used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut the word “family” from both patterned paper and the white heart Clear Cut, and layered them together for a really cool looking title.
Bella’s new Tiny Text alpha stickers, which are 12×12 sheets, come in 10 different styles – 8 sheets that contain 5 different colors in 2 fonts, 1 sheet of all white in 2 fonts, and 1 sheet of all black in 2 fonts. These tiny alpha stickers are perfect for adding subtitles to your title work, or adding additional little details to the page.
Family Frenzy: Here We Grow, Borders, Treasures & Text; Color Chaos: Orange Strandz, Blueberry Strandz; Clear Cuts: Heart White, Chevies White; Tiny Text Alpha Stickers: Pretty Boy, Pumpkin Spice, Rainy Day
For my second layout, I also used the Family Frenzy collection, along with the new Clear Cuts transparencies and Tiny Text alpha stickers. Our newest patterns for the Clear Cuts are chevron, stars, and hearts, and I wanted to show all three of those on this layout.
Bella Blvd is known for their great tone-on-tone patterned papers (usually found on the B sides), and they are the patterns that I turn to the most. I pulled out several patterns that coordinated with the Clear Cuts that I wanted to use. By layering the same color patterned paper and Clear Cut together, it keeps with the tone-on-tone look, and doesn’t overwhelm the page.
I cut strips of each patterned paper and Clear Cut – the green chevron Clear Cut over the green striped patterned paper, the aqua star Clear Cut over the aqua confetti patterned paper, and the red hearts over the red dotted patterned paper. For adhering the transparencies, I try to add my adhesive to places on the Clear Cut that I know will be covered, so that the adhesive doesn’t show. I also use my sewing machine, and machine stitch around the edges to really secure them.
I also layered the white heart Clear Cut over my white cardstock, to add even more interest to the page. I love to use white cardstock, but often feel like it looks to plain. Adding the white transparency on top gave it a whole new look. I’m also a fan of adding mist to my white cardstock, so I simply did my misting ahead of time, and then layered the Clear Cut over the top once it was dry.
Family Frenzy: A Lot Going On, Here We Grow, Donut Day, Borders, Treasures & Text; Color Chaos: Blueberry Strandz; Clear Cuts: Chevies Pickle Juice, Stars Ice, Hearts McIntosh, Hearts White; Tiny Text Alpha Stickers: Black, Festive, Pretty Boy; Ciao Chip Elements: Borders, Hearts & Stars; Enamel Dots: Oreo Black
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Laura Vegas for her fabulous project and Bella Blvd for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Bella Blvd to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!
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