The digi divas decided to spotlight Bella Gypsy Designs this week. Even though Tabatha's little girl is just a month old, she still recently managed to get two brand new kits in the shoppe! She has some really fun and whimisical kits to suit any like and style you may have. So go check out her shoppe and enjoy the wonderful examples we have to show you!
First, we have this layout by our talented Digi Guest CT ScrapEgypt
Cielle says "I chose to use two of Bella Gypsy's newer kits - Summer Lovin and Color Shock. These bright kits were great fun to work with - lots of colorful papers and so many fun elements to choose from, and the two kits really worked well together."
Angie, nun69 made this FANTASTIC hybrid goodie with just one Bellay Gypsy kit!
Angie says "So, I wanted to make something to match Abby's little flowers and pinwheels and this is what I came up with. A cute little door hanger! I just printed a piece of paper from Bella Gypsy's Poppy Sorbet kit and then rolled it into a cone shape and glued it together!"
Next, we have these fab summer layouts by Ronny, Smiley-Scrap8
Ronny says "Bella Gypsy Designs has always been one of my go-to designers, I think because I scrap mostly my kids and the kits are perfectly suited to their carefree spirit. The kit colors are always so bright and fun, with great themes that always go great with my photos."
Next, we have these layouts highlighting Summer Fun and a Happy Birthday by Janell
Janell says "I LOVE Bella Gypsy--every single kit is a kit I adore, they are right in alignment with my personal style and the color combinations are just perfect. I hope Bella Gypsy Designs keep on producing FOREVER!!!!"
Jennifer, sarahwhithers came up with this adorable layout with her cat in the beer box!
Jennifer says "I went with a funny picture of my cat Gwen when she was playing in an empty beer box. I thought the bright colors of this kit would make it really fun!"
Laura, Art-Teacher did these fun outdoor layouts!
Laura says "Bella Gypsy has so many colorful kits. They work wonderfully for scrapping any sort of photos with kids at play!"
Here are just a few of the FABULOUS Bella Gypsy Products used in this week's reveal :)
Well, summer is finally here in Chicago. Not sure how long it will last though, so I figured I would do some pages of summertime fun. The Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss line was perfect! It was actually perfect in more ways than one. Bo Bunny has this wonderful abillity to make lines that practically do the layouts for you. Everything in the line comes together so perfectly and effortlessly, and this line was no exception. The colors and prints in this line really have a light breezy summertime feel.
Another thing I like about the Bo Bunny lines is the alphabet 12 x 12 sheet. I love that they include letters, borders, mini title stickers, and something that I love- journal strips. I love to use these when I need to fill in some empty space or to just add that little extra touch. So, if you are looking for something that can give you a layout in very little time that really looks like you spent hours on, then this line is for you!
Making a Splash!
Mom and Me...
Barefoot and Bliss!
Products used in these layouts:
If you have thought about hand stitching on your pages or projects, then Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers is the tool for you. The tool is designed to perfectly fit in your hand and when rolled across paper placed on top of the piercing mat, places perfectly splaced holes in your paper. The rest is up to you - just fill in the holes with thread of your choosing or some of the wonderful WRMK floss. Grab your needle and thread because you're going to want to try out some of these simple ways to use the Sew Easy on your next project.
A Boy's Life - example of a simple border
There are a variety of stitch heads available for the Sew Easy tool. Any one of them will provide a nice border for your photos. You can run it across the entire page or just a portion of it as I have done with this layout about my boys.
I simply ran the large stitch piercer (loop de loop) across the patterned paper, sprayed it with a little glimmer mist and then chose some floss to match the colors on my page. A little tip: to go straight across a piece of paper, use the edge of a ruler as your guide. The pattern printed on the stitch head matches the location of the piercing part of the tool underneath.
Cherries - example of enhancing an embellishment
Many paper lines now come with journaling cards or cardstock shapes. Using the straight stitch head that comes with the Sew Easy tool, you can add a little bit of stitching to spice the shape up.
On this page featuring myself and the fantastic Chrissy, I've used the straight stitch head and the fancy floss (baker's twine primary) to spice up a Maya Road Kraft Doily.
Phin - an example of following a pattern and mix it up
Many patterned papers have spaces that will look perfect with a little stitching. On my next page, I've done just that and added some borders using the basic stitch head and the zig zag head. This page just goes to show that two heads are better than one!
To really accent the detail of the patterned paper, I stitched part of the swirls with the straight stitch and part of them with the zig zag but I only stitched half of the stitches in the zig zag portion. I also used the zig zag head to create a border for my picture. The stitches angle down toward the photo to emphasize that portion of the page. I added in a network of free-handed stitches to hang all of the fun Echo Park stickers from. I also used two different colors of thread on this page, changing the color depending on the location of the stitches. I do think a white on white effect would have been cool for the stitches in the swirl but they would not have stood out as much.
A Big Deal - an example of masking
Not only can the Sew Easy provide the location for where to place stitches, but it can also work as a template on where to cut to create a mask. For A Big Deal, I knew I wanted blue flags to come off the train photo. But, I wanted the flags outlined in red stitches to go with the rest of the paper. Using a scrap piece of paper, I ran the large stitch piercer (banner) across the paper and then cut out between the pierced spots with my exacto knife. I then used this as a mask for Perfect Pearls mists. After I sprayed the paper, I stitched around the banners.
I then also discovered a use for the pieces I cut out of the scrap paper to make the mask - they are located at the top of the picture in a third banner! Their shape and size perfectly matches the misted and stitched banners.
Wet & Wild - an example of adding texture
I love having dimension and texture on my pages. Using the Sew Easy, I was able to add additional texture and emphasis to the Tim Holtz embossing folder that I used on my page.
I texturized the cardstock with the embossing folder and then used the Sew Easy zig zag head (this might be my favorite) to privide a stitching location on the lower parts of the embossed cardstock. I used the fancy floss bakers twine primary color yellow to create the rays of the sun. I have a few more ideas how I could do this with other embossing folders. I love them and the dimension they add to a page, but I often forget to pull them out and use them!
I hope you have found inspiration in the ways I've used the Sew Easy for this reveal. It's now time for you to pull that Sew Easy out or head to the store so you can get to work creating pages. Next month I'll be back with part 2 containing some more complex ideas for using the Sew Easy!
Sew Easy Items used in this reveal
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