Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bella Blvd Digital Holiday Cards

Hello there and Happy Holidays! One thing that I really love about digital scrapbooking is that I can whip up my own custom handmade cards in no time flat! And during this busy season, I am thankful for any project that saves me time but looks like I spent a lot of time creating it ;) I love making my own greeting cards and have really fallen in love with creating them this way. 

When I create my cards digitally, I make sure to size them so that all I have to do is print the images out and then glue them to a card base.  These four cards are all created to be an A2 sized card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) All I need to do is print them, glue them and send them! If you want, you can certainly add some really twine, buttons, enamel dots or any other real embellishment you want to, to make them a little more dimensional. I'm telling you, digital cards are really fun!   Here are some close-ups of the cards I created with the adorable "Merry Christmas" Digital Collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to give digital card making a try! I use Photoshop to create my cards and it really is super fast and easy ( well once you decide what cute papers and elements you want to use lol! ) Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful for my Family | Bella Blvd Digital Layout

 Hello there! Happy Wednesday! It's Tya up on the blog today.  I really love this time of year. I love the chance that we get to focus on all of the things we are thankful for. And while I do try throughout the year to find time to be grateful for all I have, I feel especially thankful this holiday time of year.

We got the chance this week to focus our projects on Thanksgiving and well, I just could not think of a better subject to focus my layout on than on my family. We are such a tight-knit family and I truly adore each and every one of them and am thankful for them all individually in many different ways.
Here is my digital layout I'd like to share with you. Isn't the Gratitude Documented collection so lovely? I love the color scheme and the hand-drawn elements of this collection. I loved using it with my photo. Aren't those leaves gorgeous?

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to create a layout focusing on all the things you are thankful for this week. I know I will treasure these special photos and memories for many years to come! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting friends!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Shine On -Bella Blvd Digital Layout

Hi there Bella Blvd fans! Welcome to the blog today! And this week we are getting messy! Well -  maybe me, not so much - my layout doesn't have real paint or watercolors, or twine or staples...but it sure looks like it does! Believe it or not - you can still have fun with mixed media on your digital layouts too! And bonus! No mess to clean up after your done! And if you accidentally place paint somewhere you don't want it -  simply hit the delete button and start fresh! See isn't Digi scrapbooking fun lol? 

I used the lovely "Make Your  Mark" Digital Collection to create my layout. The digital collections don't include all of the paint splatters, twine, etc. But a simple google search of "digital paint splatters" or  "digital bakers twine" produced plenty of sites that I can download these types of elements that you can use again and again digitally! I had a blast making this page of my daughter - who will be graduating high school this year - so this collection was perfect for giving her some encouraging words for this pivotal and exciting time in her life. 
I appreciate you stopping by today and taking a peek at my layout! Stay tuned all week for more fabulous inspiration from my design team friends on how you too can get a little messy on your layouts! Mixed media (either real - or digital) is such a great way to add interest and depth to your layouts! I love how eyecatching just a little paint or ribbon can make on a layout! Have a great week and  Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Hello Baby Boy Card- Echo Park Paper

Hi friends! It's Tya up on the blog today and I am so excited to share this fun little card with you all today. I used the adorable Hello Baby Boy collection for my card.
 I have always been such a sucker for a cute baby boy line! I think this collection has the sweetest sentiments and icons. I loved this moon and star label that is found in the Ephemera pack. It became the focal point of my card and I built it up from there. I added some strips of paper from the 6x6 paper pad and the orange paper from the Coordinating Solids and notched the ends into banner shapes. I placed these strips behind the moon label. The clouds are cut from the Moon and  Stars Die Set.  I cut the clouds out from some dark aqua 6x6 pattern paper. I also cut a few stars from the same die cut with the orange solid paper. I also added a couple of squares cut from some yellow paper from the 6x6 paper pad along the left side.
 If you look a little closer you can see that on the left-hand side of the card of the solid white paper, I used some yellow ink and the Twinkling Stars 6x6 Stencil for a little bit of variety on the stark white paper. I also decorated the card a bit more with a chipboard moon and stars. I added a cute smiling star sticker from the Element Sticker sheet as well. Along the bottom, I added a sticker border and then added a decorative brad tied with some blue twine. A few enamel dots were sprinkled here and there and that was all there was to it!
I am so happy you stopped by today. If you have a bouncing baby boy you would like to celebrate, why not give this cute collection a try and make a few cards of your own! Happy Crafting everyone!

Hello Baby Boy Element Sticker
Hello Baby Boy Navy/Green Solid
Hello Baby Boy Light Blue/Orange Solid
Hello Baby Boy Decorative Brads
Hello Baby Boy Chipboard Phrases
Hello Baby Boy 6x6 Paper Pad
Hello Baby Boy Ephemera
Hello Baby Boy Enamel Dots
Hello Baby Boy Twinkling Stars Stencil
Hello Baby Boy Moon and Stars Die Set
Carta Bella Ultra White Felt Cardstock (for card base)
Yellow Ink
Blue Twine
Foam Dots

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Digital Layout | Sweet and Spooky

Hi there Bella Fans! Happy Halloween! It's Tya Smith, and I am so thrilled to be here with you on the blog today sharing my latest digital scrapbook layout. I  LOVE the "Sweet and Spooky" line SOOO much! I have had this recent obsession with the color purple lately and was so happy this line had some lovely purple papers and icons! This was a fun line to create this layout of my oldest daughter a few years back having fun on Halloween Night with her friend :)

 One of my favorite design techniques is to make clusters of the same shapes. I did this here on this layout with the hearts to the left of the photos. In digital scrapbooking, it is so easy so resize same-sized icons and make them different sized to create interest and height. I did this by changing the drop shadows ever so slightly on each shape to make them appear more higher on the page, kind of like you would with foam tape or dots in traditional scrapbooking. Give it a try on your next page - it's fun to create different looks!
Thank you for stopping by today! Enjoy your Halloween and don't forget to snap some photos of your Sweet and Spooky little ones today and make a fun scrapbook page documenting this hauntingly fun and festive day! Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Blessed - Bella Blvd Digital Scrapbooking Layout

 Hi, Bella Blvd fans! It's Tya here sharing my latest digital scrapbooking layout using the simply stunning Gratitude Documented collection. 
This collection was so fun to work with and totally matched my photos which always makes me happy lol! I am loving anything with navy blue lately! With the leaves and acorns and many phrases like "Family" , "Joy" and  "Blessed" like I used above - this is a great batch of papers and icons to celebrate my favorite season of the year. I hope I have inspired you today to make a layout of your own blessings in your lives! Thank you for stopping by today and Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sweet Friends | Bella Blvd Digital Layout

Hi there! Tya here! I am so excited to be up on the blog today sharing with you my latest digital scrapbooking layout. This week as a design team we are focusing on the adorable  "Bella Besties" collection. This collection won't be released in digital format until later on in the year - so this is a little sneak peek for you! 

I thought it would be fitting since the line is called "Bella Besties" to create a friend themed layout. These cute photos are throwback photos of my daughter and her oldest best friend from when she was 7 years old. These photos bring back such fun memories for me and my daughter. There is nothing quite like your first best friend. 

I used several of the papers from the Bella Besties Freehand collection to create this layout. As you can see there is a dot side and a graph side. I used a mix of both on my layout. The hearts are created easily by using a clipping mask over a heart shape and then layering them on your layout. They become almost like a digital version of a die-cut! So so easy to do! 

That's all I have for you today! Thanks a bunch for stopping by today! Happy Crafting! 

Bella Besties Freehand  (COMING SOON!!!)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

It's Getting Scary Card | Carta Bella

Eeek! It's time to start creating some spooky-themed projects! YAY! I love Halloween! Tya here, and today I am sharing my latest handmade card featuring the fun "Happy Halloween" collection.

 This card starts with a black cardstock base. I then used a few papers from the 6x6 paper pad. I tore the bottom edge of the black stripe paper for some added texture. I think it adds a fun little extra pop on the card. I also splattered some black watercolor paint on the orange paper.  Here are a few close-ups of the card:

On the top left corner of the card, I added a bat and an "eek" sticker from the Element Sticker sheet. The card sentiment is from the Ephemera. Isn't that little ghosty boy so cute?

In the bottom right corner of the card, I stacked a tombstone and some cute jack-o-lanterns with a kitty cat peeking out stickers. These are added to the card with foam tape.
 In the bottom left corner, I added 2 grey enamel dots. I tied some black twine into a bow and added it to the back of one of the enamel dots and then stuck both of them to the card.

I had so much fun playing with this collection! The papers are so vibrant and perfect for Halloween and I loved the illustrations as well.  I hope I have inspired you to pick up this darling collection and make yourself some handmade cards to give to your favorite trick or treaters! Happy Crafting!

Happy Halloween 6x6 paper pad
Happy Halloween Ephemera
Happy Halloween Element Sticker
Happy Halloween Solids Kit
Ebony Black Linen Cardstock
Foam Tape
Enamel Dots
Black Twine

So Cute Digital Layout | Bella Blvd

Hi there! Tya here! Today I am sharing a digital scrapbooking layout with you and it was really a lot of fun to create. This week on the blog we are focusing on Washi tape. I love when digital collections have the same elements as physical products and the adorable Addison digital collection has so many super cute washi tapes!

I took a few of the washi tapes and placed them diagonally across the top right corner of my layout. I added some drop shadows to make the tapes look a bit more realistic. I liked being able to use so many of the tapes without the layout looking too busy - the patterns coordinated so well together that they made for a fun decorative element.

I hope I have shown you a fun new way to use washi tape! Even better - digital washi tape NEVER runs out! I LOVE that! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Happy Crafting! 

Cozy Christmas Cards | Echo Park

Hi there - Tya here! I'm so happy to be able to share with you a fun batch of cards I made featuring the simply adorable "Cozy Christmas" collection! This collection is soooo fun! I love the farmhouse type decor feel of this collection! Here are the cards I created:

Here are a few close-ups of the cards. As you can see I used many of the collections cute embellishments on my cards. This one has stickers from the Element Sticker sheet and some Enamel Dots. One trick I did with this card, that I have been loving is adding a layer of vellum between some of my design elements so the patterns don't compete with each other, I love how the vellum softens up the green plaid paper here behind my ephemera sentiment.

On this card, I used the "Tree Farm Greenery" Die Set and  I love all the texture the die gives this card. I added a bit of Glossy Accents on the berries for some shine. The die cuts are backed on some Natural White Linen paper that I ran through my Big Shot using the Holiday Branches Embossing  Folder.

This card has a sticker wreath layered with one of the Chipboard Phrases elements. Isn't that woodgrain paper so warm and welcoming?

This card was fun to make.  I made a little scene on the top section of the card with some stickers and another Chipboard Phrase. I love layering these 2 types of elements together. The different dimensions as far as the stickers being flat, and the chipboard a bit more raised, create some fun depth and interest.

I added two of the red rhinestone Decorative Brads here on the bottom section of the card. I made a little policy envelope type decorative design here some black twine laced around the brads and then tied in a bow. Again a great way to add some texture and dimension to your cards.

I want to thank you all for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to pick up this awesome collection and create cards like these and so many more! It was hard for me to stop at 4 cards with this collection lol! Happy Crafting everyone! 

-Big Shot Embossing Machine
-Black Twine
-Foam Tape and Dots

Fall Market Wreath | Carta Bella Paper

Hello there and welcome! It's Tya up on the blog today sharing a festive fall-themed wreath featuring the spectacular "Fall Market" collection by Carta Bella! Boy did I ever have fun making this wreath! It is going to look great along with all of my fall themed decor in my house this year! My home is decorated in a farmhouse motif so this collection was a dream come true to use! Here is my wreath:
To create the wreath I took all of the pattern papers that have a white background and cut them into 4x4 inch squares. I then traced a kitchen plate that measured approximately 8 inches onto some chipboard. I took a piece of the wood slat side of the Autumn Floral 12x12 paper and cut an 8-inch circle out on my Silhouette. I glued the wood paper to the chipboard.
To create the cone shape on the 4x4 pattern papers, I simply folded them into a cone shape. I stapled the bottom point of the paper with a stapler. I then applied some adhesive to the top of the folded paper. Once the cone shape was made, I simply hot glued the paper cones to the back of the chipboard. Continue doing these steps until you have pattern paper cones all around your chipboard circle. I also hot glued some strands of raffia in between the paper cones for a festive fall touch.
To decorate the center of the wreath I started by hot-gluing some thick burlap twine around the outside rim of my wood pattern paper with some hot glue. I then trimmed the "Fall Sweet Fall" sentiment from the 4x6 Journaling Cards paper. I added this to the center of the wreath with some foam tape.
I decorated the corners of the Fall Sweet Fall card with some chipboard, stickers and enamel dots. I also wanted to add some texture to the wreath so I used the Market Leaves Die Set and a few different Solid papers to make some leaves to tuck behind the other elements. I folded them up a little on the ends for a dimensional effect. 

I had so much fun putting the wreath together! It is going to make a great addition to my fall decor. I hope I have inspired you to pick this beautiful collection up and make a few wreaths of your own! Happy Crafting! 

-Fall Market Fall Floral paper
-Fall Market Happy Harvest paper
-Fall Market Rustling Leaves paper
-Fall Market Pumpkin Patch paper
-Fall Market Autumn Floral paper
-Fall Market Red Gingham paper
-Fall Market Wreaths paper
-Fall Market Harvest Crates paper
-Fall Market Element Sticker
-Fall Market Solids Kit
-Fall Market Chipboard Accents
-Fall Market Chipboard Phrases
-Fall Market Market Leaves Die Set
-Hot Glue
-Burlap Twine
-Enamel  Dots
-Foam Tape 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

No Grass Stains - No Glory | Bella Blvd Digital Layout

Hello! It's Tya and it's my turn up on the blog today! I am sharing my latest digital scrapbooking layout with you. Any soccer moms out there? My youngest daughter has been playing soccer for almost 10 years and is now nearing the end of her high school soccer season. It is a bittersweet memory but one that needs to be shared. I am so proud of her and for all of her hard work and will miss watching her play with her high school team that she has been on since she was a freshman. Here is the digital layout that I created using the awesome "Soccer" digital collection.

I loved the colors and the fun icons and sayings in this collection. I enlarged the "No Grass Stains, No Glory" sentiment and used it for my title. I thought it was fitting these action shots of my little soccer star! That's the great thing about digital is I can resize elements to fit my needs and make the scale of elements different for different effects that I want to achieve. So if you are a Soccer Mom (or Dad)  make sure to pick this great collection up and create some soccer-themed pages of your own! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!