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Monday Morning Challenge: Triangles

MONDAY MORNING CHALLENGE

Welcome to Monday Morning Challenge, where we offer up a challenge, and share with you our designers take on that challenge. Today we asked our designers to incorporate triangles into the design of their projects. 

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“So Happy Together”, by Nicole Nowosad.

I have been wanting to try out a triangle background for my page so this was perfect timing for me. I started out by cutting a basic triangle shape on some scrap paper and traced it onto each of the patterns in the Thankful collection. I lined them each up on the page and then stitched them down for a quilted feel.

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Supplies:
Thankful: Homey, Borders, Cute Cuts, Perfect Day, Bountiful, Our Spot, Turkey Tracks, Alpha+Bits, Ciao Chip Icons; Christmas Countdown: Paper Pieces, Captions; Trick or Treat: Paper Pieces: Snapshots: Daily Details; Daily Chevies: Chevy Gulf; Sienna Chipboard Alpha: Blueberry; Crochet Hearts: Orange; Feathers: Pony; Designer Tape: Pony Stripe; Button Market: Merlot Flowers; Flags: Fall

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“Tiny Turkey” mini album, by Jen Chesnick.

When posed with the challenge of triangles I immediately thought of candy corn! I used my my Cameo to create my candy corn shaped mini album our of pattern paper. I used a heavier card stock as my base for the front and back. I chose to just double up pattern paper for the inside pages. Lots of layers of stickers and chipboard pieces give the book some added heft. The Thankful line was perfect for our pumpkin patch photos and of course my not so tiny turkey Parker. 

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Supplies:
Thankful: Turkey Tracks, Homey, Our Spot, Cute Cuts, Chipboard Icons, Flags 2, Alpha+Bits, Just Write Journaling Stickers; High Five Alpha Stickers: Green

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Friday Sketch: Cards

FRIDAY SKETCH

Twice a month, we'll be bringing you a new sketch, and showing you a few takes on the sketch by our designers. Today, we have our first sketch for October, courtesy of Becky Fleck. This time we're focusing on a card sketch.

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“Life Is Better With You” card, by Shellye McDaniel.

I stuck with the original foundation of this sketch by adding the two panels with a border across the center. Next, I chose the focal point/sentiment and built around it in a way to keep with the general idea of the sketch. I wanted to add a little color to the center of the scalloped die cut so that I would have a nice backdrop for the white fluffy cloud.

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Supplies:
Play Date: Daily Details, Park Play, Catching Bugs, Today is Beautiful, Alpha+Bits; Trick or Treat: Paper Pieces; Flags: All American Flag Icons

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“Wishing You A Happy Thanksgiving” card, by Diana Fisher.

The Thankful Collection is perfect for marking those great family get-togethers this season. Send someone a fun invite or thank them for being such a great hostess with a pretty card that reflects the season. I loved the sketch this month, too. It was perfect for using more than one pattern on a card.

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Supplies:
Thankful: Cute Cuts, Perfect Day, Alpha+Bits; Buttons: Masculine Mix

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“Bright Hello” card, by Ashley Marcu.

I love how easy it is to mix and match collections! On this card I used three collections to pull together a bright and cheerful card. I also love using stickers to customize my greeting. The options are endless!

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Supplies:
Snapshots: Daily Details, Captions; Play Date: Captions, Play Date; Daily Chevies: Chevy Bell Pepper, Arrows Pink; Feathers: Bell Pepper; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Chevron, Ice Stripe

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“Trick or Treat” card, by Kathy Martin.

There’s so many possibilities and interpretations for today’s sketch! For my second card I created a little envelope to fill with one of Bella Blvd’s Paper Pieces notebook paper and colorful and wispy feather. Many times I snip off the tips for a quick accent but now I have a lot of end pieces that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I like the way the quill of the feather looks sticking out of the envelope, do you? Lots of layers and elements make a card fun to look at, to really look and not miss a thing. 

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Spooky Town, Happy Owlween, Pick A Punkin’, Paper Pieces, Alpha+Bits; Feathers: Pickle Juice

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“Hello Halloween” card, by Kathy Martin.

I find inspiration for my cards in so many places such as Pinterest, magazines, blogs and sketches. Inspired by this adorable Page Maps sketch, I used a Polaroid die in place of the pocket and filled it with lots of spook-tacular Bella Blvd goodies. An owl, a haunted house and a creepy spider! Have you ever started with a sketch and marveled at the result, how the design is completely different? That’s what came to mind when I finished this card, held it back and took a good look. One would never suspect I started with this sketch.

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Pick a Punkin’, Spooky Town, Happy Owlween, Borders, Alpha+Bits, Paper Pieces; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Gulf; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper

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Pinterest Inspired

PINTEREST INSPIRED

It's always been fun to browse thru Pinterest, looking at the endless ideas and inspirational images that are out there. Our designers always enjoy taking whatever image we provide them, and using it in whatever way inspires them the most as they work on their projects. It's amazing to see how many different ideas and designs can be inspired by just one image.

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"Fun Can Happen Anywhere", by Leanne Allinson.

My biggest challenge with this Pinterest Inspiration was finding photos with a similar color palette. I must admit that I struggled. The colors are reminiscent of Autumn and here in Australia we are celebrating warmer Spring weather. But just because I am in a different hemisphere, it didn't mean I couldn't use this palette for photos taken in beautiful afternoon light! Once I had chosen the photos and colors, I focused in on the pumpkin from the image. I replicated it by hand stitching circles from embroidery thread between the layers of patterned paper  I also used my silhouette to cut stars from black cardstock, which I then backed three of them with orange and green "Finally Fall" patterned papers.

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Supplies:
Snapshots: Tabs; Trick or Treat: Happy Owlween; Finally Fall: Borders, At The Patch, Quadrants; Sand & Surf: Paradise; Daily Chevies: Everyday Bookplates; High Five Alpha Stickers: Yellow; Crochet Hearts: Orange; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Stripe

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“Friendship”, by Wendy Antenucci.

When I saw the inspiration piece I was instantly grabbed by the stars and circle design which was the basis of my layout. I chose to use a star/circle cut that I made using my Cameo in black to ground my photos. I loved how the flower arrangement shot out of the pumpkin which reminded me of stars, I used my Martha Stewart punch to create groupings of stars drawing the viewer’s eye from the top left through the picture and to the bottom right side of my layout. I was also drawn to the black and orange in the inspiration piece and used that as my main elements throughout my layout, I threw in a touch of green and teal for some added pop. While my pictures were not Halloween pictures and didn't have any orange or teal in them and only green from the grass, the overall boyishness of my design led me to these pictures of my son and of course the adorable treat stickers from the Trick or Treat collection. We were dog sitting and this dog was quite stubborn until you mentioned treats and then he would get moving! My son and Bandit are good friends, but I sure hope we don't have to walk Bandit anymore!

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Leaf Storm, Borders, Daily Details, All Webbed Up, Spooky Town, Paper Pieces, Alpha+Bits; Love and Marriage: Wedding Day Miniatures; Sand & Surf: Miniatures; Daily Chevies: Everyday Bookplates; High Five Alphas: Yellow; Designer Tape: 12mm combo

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“Hello Halloween” card, by Ashley Marcu.

The stars are such a fun element in the Pinterest picture! I decided to incorporate them in to my design by layering them throughout my card to add fun interest and dimension.

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Happy Owlween, Daily Details, Tabs, Alpha+Bits, Paper Pieces; Ciao Chip Everyday Elements: Stars and Hearts; Designer Tape: Black Chevron, Chlorine Dot

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“Favorite Spook” card, by Ashley Marcu.

When I created this card I was inspired by the large amounts of black and orange with small pops of other color. I love using the paper pieces as the focal point of my cards!

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Happy Owlween, No Brainer, Captions, Paper Pieces; Daily Chevies: Chevy Pickle Juice; Designer Tape: Chlorine Dot, Yellow Chevron

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What's New Wednesdays

WHATS NEW WEDNESDAY

Welcome to "What's New Wednesday"! Every Wednesday, our designers will be sharing projects using the latest and greatest products from Bella Blvd. Especially our newest collections, which our designers are having so much fun creating with!

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“Frankie Stein”, by Jamie Harder.

I LOVE Halloween and I am totally smitten with the Trick or Treat collection!  There are so many fun embellishments to add to your pages - on the left hand side of my page I layered up several paper pieces (I had to resist putting every single paper piece onto this page…ha).  My daughter was thrilled to find a FrankieStein costume from Monster High that the day we bought it, she wore it all day!  I took advantage of that and got a few photos early while it was still nice out since Halloween where I live means she will be so bundled up on that cold night that no one will be able to even see her costume! 

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Spooky Town, Pick a Punkin', Leaf Storm, Happy Owlween, No Brainer, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Captions, Paper Pieces; Crochet Heart: Orange Hearts; Button Market: Text

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“They Call Me SUPER Taylor”, by Jodi Wilton.

The inspiration for this layout came from my daughters super cute photos! I simply LOVED the colors she wore, and how that little bit of pop of yellow on her shirt, was just enough to bring it all together! I knew the Snapshots collection would be absolutely perfect for these photos, plus how often do you get to scrapbook your child as a super hero. (Yes, she actually flies around the house calling out "I'm Super Taylor!") The yellow Crochet Hearts were the perfect touch to add that bit of yellow into the layout!

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Supplies:
Snapshots: Rise & Shine, Borders Snapshots, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Paper Pieces; Daily Chevies: Arrows Pink, Arrows Black & White; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Punch; High Five Alpha Stickers: Black-White; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper; Designer Tape: Navy Dot

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“Just Be Merry” card, by Shellye McDaniel.

I drew inspiration from the snowflakes on the Christmas Cuties paper. I started with a snowflake embossed card and layered on snowflakes that I die cut from various sections of patterned paper (the white/red stripe paper is actually a part of a journal card). After threading each button with white crochet thread, I attached them to the center of each snowflake with a thin glue dot.

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Supplies:
Christmas Countdown: Borders, Christmas Cuties, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits; Trick or Treat: Spooky Town; Button Market: Red Flowers

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“Oh Christmas Tree” card, by Shellye McDaniel.

For this card, I wanted to bring the cute tree on the journal card more into focus. To do so, I used a tree die (or a triangle would work too) and cut the shape from the red chevron pattern of the Christmas Paper. I always forget about this technique, but it's one that I love the effect of: with a piercing tool and mat, I outlined the shape of the die cut tree. I think it fits in nicely with the blanket stitching and gingham patterned paper!

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Supplies:
Christmas Countdown: Daily Details, Christmas, O Tannenbaum, Alpha+Bits, Captions; Designer Tape: Combo; Button Market: Neutral Mix

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October Guest Designer: Jana Eubank

GUEST DESIGNER

We are excited to have the ever so talented Jana Eubank here with us today, as our October Guest Designer. She has created FOUR layouts to share today, including two 2 page layouts.

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Hi Bella Blvd Fans! My name is Jana Eubank and I am thrilled to be guest blogging here today at Bella Blvd. First, a little about me. I started scrapbooking 16 years ago when my husband and I got married when I wanted to record our “story” together. I had dabbled with memory keeping before, but this is when I really got serious about it. As a young mother, scrapbooking became my “best friend” while my husband worked nights. It was a great creative outlet for me and I loved that when I was finished I had a page full of memories that honored our family. I have continued to scrapbook every day and really enjoy playing around with all of the beautiful products that are available. I just love the happy, bright feeling of Bella Blvd products and am honored to share a few projects with you today.

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"Sooky", by Jana Eubank.

This first page features the ADORABLE Trick or Treat collection. My very favorite holiday is Halloween, so you can probably guess that I had a blast with this one! I love the addition of blue in this collection! It really makes the other traditional Halloween colors POP!

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I especially had a lot of fun using my scissors to cut out the cute little owls sitting on the branches. I sprinkled them throughout this two page spread and couldn’t resist adding the caption stickers to a few of the owls. Don’t they look like they are all sitting together having a conversation about the latest Halloween happenings in the neighborhood?! Hee!

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I used one of the cut a part 4x6 cards to hold my journaling. I turned it on its side so that I could add it to the left of my photos. The card had a pumpkin on it that was now facing the wrong direction, so I used one of the die cuts to cover it up. A couple more owls finished off the bottom of the card perfectly.

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On the other side of the page I used more die cuts to house my title and the year my photos were taken. I cut apart the tabbed die cut and tucked each cut side behind my photos to look as though it is a lot longer than it actually is.

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"Halloween", by Jana Eubank.

This second Halloween page features my kids visiting their grandparents on Halloween night. I wanted to include lots of the cute patterns from the Trick or Treat collection, so I cut several layers to go behind my photos. Next, I tilted each layer slightly in different directions so you can get a little sneak peek of each pattern. I covered the seam in between the two photos with a few border strips cut from the border paper. I layered them together and then trimmed them to size.

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The top of the photo grouping is accented with a black, scalloped border sticker, and a few of the icon and tab stickers. How cute is that little Frankenstein?!

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To the right of my photo I built a grouping that includes a chipboard letter title, more layered stickers and icons, and the “Beware” 3x4 cut a part card. I had run out of letter As for the word “Halloween,” so I used the letter “V” turned upside down and then accented it with the black star sticker. I love adding shapes in place of letters in titles. It’s a fun way to carry the theme throughout the page.

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"Dad & Cam", by Jana Eubank.

This next page features the adorable Daily Chevies collection. I was immediately drawn to the heart paper in this set. I cut a strip of it to go down the left side of my page and then had the idea to add dimension to it by layering a few buttons and the doily hearts on top of the hearts in the pattern. I love the way it turned out!

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The journaling is contained on one of the 4x6 cut a part cards that I have tucked underneath the bottom edge of my photo. I rounded the bottom two corners and then accented it with more doily hearts and a couple of flags. So cute!

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"Kindergarten Program", by Jana Eubank.

Every time I take pictures of my kids at their school programs they turn out a little dark and dreary due to the indoor lighting conditions. The Playtime collection really helps to brighten up my photos and convey the happy childhood vibe that I really wanted on this page.

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I ran the darling floral paper across both pages and then added a green scallop strip underneath. I cut a section of red gingham paper to serve as a border in between the two patterns. To add more interest to the yellow background, I inserted some of the yellow Daily Chevies paper. The change in scale between the two yellow patterns makes this area a little more detailed that it would have been otherwise.

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I used my Cameo machine to cut out a layered oval to hold my title. I embossed the background with a polka dot embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. The mixed colors of the letter stickers are so playful and fun. They just make me happy! Oh, who am I kidding … everything on this layout makes me happy!

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The buttons are so cute! I love the little bit of shine they add around this page.

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I hope you enjoyed my projects today … I had such a great time creating them! Thank you again to Bella Blvd. for giving me the opportunity to play with their darling collections! I had a blast! If you would like to see more of my work, I hope you will visit me sometime at my blog!

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Monday Morning Challenge: Use The Trick or Treat Collection For An Everyday Layout

MONDAY MORNING CHALLENGE

Welcome to Monday Morning Challenge, where we offer up a challenge, and share with you our designers take on that challenge. Today we asked our designers to use the Trick or Treat collection to create everyday layouts and cards. Always keep an open mind when looking at holiday and/or themed collections, as there are so many pieces that can fit into our everyday photos and memories. 

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“The Candy Factory”, by Kelly Holbrook.

Any good Halloween collection has to have embellishments about candy! That's one reason why I think the Trick or Treat collection worked for this non-Halloween themed layout. The other reason being the mix of super fun colors, they enhance the wall of candy bins perfectly.

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: No Brainer, Leaf Storm, Spooky Town, Daily Details, Paper Pieces, Tabs, Alpha+Bits; High Five Alpha Stickers: Black-White; Designer Tape: Polka Dot Combo, Chevron Combo, Yellow Chevron

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“Cousins”, by Jennifer Chapin.

I knew that it wouldn't be too much of a challenge to create an everyday layout with the new Trick-or-Treat collection, mainly because the bright color palette can really go with anything! I chose some photos of my kids with their new baby cousin and blocked the background of my page with some patterned paper. I added embellishments, being sure to cover any Halloween themed parts. I love the pops of black along with the bright colors. You can see just how easy it is to integrate this collection into your everyday layouts! And of course I had to add some of my favorite Bella chipboard to finish the page off.

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Supplies:
Trick-or-Treat: Spooky Town, All Webbed Up, Leaf Storm, Happy Owlween, Borders, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Captions, Paper Pieces; Snapshots: Captions, Bookplates; Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron, Piggy Pink Stripe; Simply Simona Chipboard Alphabets: Saltwater; Ciao Chip Elements: Trees

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“BDAY 2 Day” card, by Kathy Martin.

Soon Halloween will pass and I’ll be working on other projects like cards and gifts for Christmas. So what will I do with all the bits and pieces left over from my adored Trick or Treat collection? Well…there are always birthdays that come up and the bright happy colors of this line are perfect for that! And what about a graduation card?

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Supplies:
Trick or Treat: Spooky Town, Leaf Storm, Paper Pieces; Daily Chevies: Everyday Bookplates; High Five Alpha Stickers: Yellow; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper

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Step-By-Step Monthly Project Sheet: Trick or Treat

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Looking for fresh ideas and new inspiration using Bella Blvd products? Want to learn how to mix and match Bella products and create cute layouts? Stuck on a project and need some help? Want to teach a Bella Blvd workshop at your LSS? Or, do you own a LSS and need a sample idea to hang next to our products? If you've said yes to ANY of the above--you're going to love this!

10-2013 BBLVD TRICK OR TREAT PROJECT SHEET

Bella Blvd has launched a new monthly feature to help you get inspired and keep you scrappin'. I have been designing a fresh never-featured-before project along with step-by-step directions for you to use, EVERY MONTH! Complete with a list of tools, supplies and Bella products needed, it couldn't get any easier! So dive into your stash today, or check out the online store links (on the sidebar) and pick up your supplies today! You'll get more pages completed with our help! Use us ... that's what we're here for!

You can download our Trick or Treat collection project sheet HERE

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PROJECT SHEETS

We recently added all of our project sheets into a gallery on the sidebar, for easy reference. There are now 26 step-by-step project sheets, all available for you to download, save, or print out. Just look for the image above on the right sidebar, and each project sheet image will have a link to the downloadable version. You can also find our previous project sheets by simply clicking on "Project Sheets" in the "Category" section on the left sidebar. That will bring up any post where we have shared project sheets.

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Meet The Team: Stephanie Smokovich and Laura Vegas

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We are so excited to introduce you to our 2013-2014 Design Team! We have spent the last two weeks getting to know each designer on our new design team. And now it's time to re-introduce you to Stephanie and myself. 

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Since I feel like most of you know me already, I thought it would be fun to have the new Design Team ladies throw out some randomness for a Question & Answer!

Nicole Nowosad asks, What’s your favorite part of owning your own business?

A: This is a great question that could have a very lengthy response. There are so many wonderful things about owning Bella Blvd. Mostly I love the complete creative freedom to design as I desire, and when I desire. Secondly, I love leading a team of people towards a common goal-like making Bella Blvd a success. The athlete in me loves the day-to-day challenges that require teamwork and attitude. Another huge perk would be the variety of work; From designing product collections, catalogs, marketing materials, to forecasting sales and working with every aspect of the business it never gets boring---and that’s key for a creative person like me! There are so many more great things about owning this company, but these are just a few of my favorites. 

Becki Adams asks, I would love to know what your education is? What is your degree in?

A: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, and also a secondary emphasis on photography. 

Tiffany Hood asks, What are your other hobbies besides paper crafting/designing?

A: I really enjoy cooking. I try a new recipe at least once a month…I think cooking is a creative thing! I also am a reality tv junkie. My Mr. and I DVR everything from The Amazing Race, Biggest Loser, Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy….and on and on! (Oh, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a Days of Our Lives groupie too!) I’m a runner/athlete-just finished my second marathon. I love to shop mostly for home décor items and who can leave out traveling.  

Wendy Antenucci asks, How did you get started running? Why?

A: I started running more seriously in 2010 when my lil’ sis set some goals to finish a half-marathon. I trained with her on short runs & then really fell in love with the realization that I could compete with myself and try to beat my own times & distances. Now I run 4x a week. I’m not super fast, but really LOVE the stress relief it offers. Owning a company comes along with a lot of pressure & a lot of stress that running helps me release. 

Stephanie Buice asks, If you did not run your own company what would be your next choice as a dream job?

A: I’ve always wanted to be an English teacher. I love writing and have kept a journal since I was in 4th grade.  

Nicole Nowosad asks, If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

A: LOVE this question! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel a lot, both during college (abroad) and now for Bella Blvd. But a dream that I’m not quite sure will ever come true would be to take an entire year to travel the world. Anywhere that I could discover different cultures & freedom would be amazing. Could you imagine dropping your entire life to get up and travel with a backpack around the world!? 

To see more of Stephanie's work, visit her blog HERE.

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"Who I Am At 27 Years Old", by Stephanie Smokovich. 

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"Baby Mio", by Stephanie Smokovich.

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Wendy Antennuchi asks, How did you get started with a daycare? I have no choice with my kids, but you do! 

A: I spend 15 years working in the grocery industry, working really odd hours (3:00am to noon, 5:00pm to 2:00am, night crew, you name it) and being tired all the time when home with my girls. When we moved to the city we live in now, it just seemed like a good time to make a change. I love kids and kids love me. Little ones especially. While my days can be crazy and hectic, I love that I've been able to work at home for the last 12 years as a daycare provider. I'm here for my girls before and after school, when they're on school breaks and summer vacation, and that's very important to me.  

Jodi Wilton asks, Besides paper crafting do you have any other hobbies or interests?

I do love decorating and doing little home improvement changes around the house. I'm a sucker for organizing. Anything and everything is fair game. I'm always reorganizing things, trying to find better ways of keeping things in their places. It's probably not the most productive "interest", but I do love my TV shows! I record so many that I can't keep up most of the time. But I love trying.

Tiffany Hood asks, How many completed albums have you made? I've seen pictures of your stacks of layouts.

I have roughly about 60+ albums. That would be 12 family albums, 6 albums for Alyssa, 6 albums for Sarah, 2 albums for myself, 3 travel/vacation albums, 8 school albums (4 for each of the girls), 4 sports albums (2 for each of the girls), 6 daycare albums, 10 old Creative Memories albums that I'm dying to go thru and par down, a Project Life album from years ago, and a few more random albums here and there. Overkill? Maybe. But I have been scrapping for almost 19 years, and those layouts do add up!

Becki Adams asks, When you go to the grocery store, what is in your cart? ... and Nicole Nowosad asks, Paper or plastic?  

You can always find lots of soda (Diet CF Pepsi for me, Dr Pepper for the girls, and Pepsi for Joe), Gatorade for sports, and water for school and on-the-go. There is always an absurd amount of snacks, as I have lots of little daycare mouths to feed. Fruit and veggies, meat, bacon (LOTS!), potatoes, rice, pasta. Those are our go-to foods. And ice cream, of course! And paper or plastic? Neither if I can help it. I am really good about bringing my re-usable bags. And I tend to bag my own if I can, since after spending so many years in grocery, I have a knack for packing 5 times more in a bag than the average bagger.

Jen Chesnick asks, What's your least favorite thing to scrapbook (theme. Holiday etc)?

I have to say Christmas is a holiday that I dread scrapping. That sounds terrible, doesn't it? It's not the large amount of photos, as I LOVE to scrap birthday parties that have large amount of photos too. I'm honestly not sure why I have a hard time with Christmas layouts, but I really do struggle with them.

Katie Rose asks, How do you do it all??

I think I am good at making it look like I do it all, and that I do it all really well. But the truth of the matter is, I always have way too much going on at once. And while I DO get a ton done, if I'm being totally honest, not everything gets done as well as it should be done. But overall, I'm a great multi-tasker, my mind never shuts down, I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing, and I don't sleep a whole lot.

*** And to prove that I can't do it all, I will fully admit that I couldn't even manage to make 2 new layouts to share with you today. Lol. But I do have two layouts that are filled with Bella Blvd that I've never shared here, as they were created for other things (one created for Kerri Bradford Studio, and one created for Scrapbook & Cards Today).

To see more of Laura's work, visit her blog HERE.

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"Boo", by Laura Vegas. 

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"Hangin At The Pumpkin Patch", by Laura Vegas.

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Thanks for spending the last two weeks with us, as we got to know all of the talented designers that make up your Bella Blvd Design Team! We will be back to our regular blogging schedule starting next week!

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Meet The Team: Katherine McElvain, Sheri Feypel, Allyson Meinholz, Morgan Bandkowski, and Beth Gerlach

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We are so excited to introduce you to our 2013-2014 Design Team! We are spending the first two weeks of October getting to know each designer and sharing a few of their DT submission projects. We just know you're going to love our new designers just as much as we do!

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KATHERINE MCEVLAIN

Hi, Katherine here from West Allis Wisconsin. I am the mom of four kiddos, two high school boys and two grade school girls. I have been married 20 years as of yesterday! Love that husband of mine. With my kids more independent and grown, I really notice how much my family and life has evolved. I now have time to exercise and grocery shop all by myself. Yay! And recently my scrapbooking style has changed as well. Still with little time to get the paper supplies out, I have embraced the Project Life concept of memory keeping and do fewer layouts. My style has become less about the fantastic photos and fancy embellishments, but more about the stories. I'd say my style is more simplified than in the past. But then again some things never change. Life remains so very busy, I remain a bit ADD, and I am still way behind on all the projects I want to accomplish, scrapbooking or otherwise.  But I am thankful to add Local Artista for Bella Blvd as one of the things on my to do list, and continue to be inspired by all the great talent that surrounds me. 

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"Playdate", by Katherine McElvain.

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SheriFeypel

SHERI

Hello! I'm Sheri Feypel. I started scrapbooking 8 years ago when all of my friends pressured me into it, really I was just trying to avoid it because I knew I would get hooked quickly. Well that is exactly what happened, so in the end I am ever so grateful to my friends for pushing me to pursue this amazing hobby. I have two handsome boys, Jordan who is almost 17 and Logan who is 10. They are the subject of a majority of my projects, sometimes unwillingly :) As well as being on the Bella Blvd Design Team, I co-host scrapbooking events with my bff, teach classes at my local scrapbook store, I am on the Jillibean Soup design team and I am an Assistant Team Leader for Memory Works. Oh, I should mention that I have a full time retail job as well. I tend to be busy all of the time, but I love what I do! 

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"Your Halloween Faces", by Sheri Feypel.

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AllysonMeinholz

ALLYSON

Hi! I am Allyson Meinholz, one of the original local girls and honored to be able to continue on for another year with Bella Blvd. I live here in Waterford Wisconsin with my husband Andrew of 10 years Today! I am a stay at home to our 4 girlies who keep me on my toes daily. Amelia - 9, Audriana - 7, Alivia Jo - 5, and Alayna - 15mo. I have been scrapbooking for 17 years. I enjoy party planning, Pinterest, and the outdoors.

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"Piece Of My Heart", by Allyson Meinholz.

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MorganBandkowski

MORGAN

Ciao Bellas! My name is Morgan, most of my family and friends call me Morgie! I am delighted to be a part of the local design team. Since I am part of the local girls, most of you should know I live in Wisconsin. Where we love the Packers, cheese & of course beer! I have been scrapbooking for around 14 years. I absolutely love it! I just wish I had more time to do it. I met Stephanie 9 years ago and we became fast friends as we decided to study abroad together. You learn a lot about each other when you live together in a foreign city. We are now besties and I was lucky to be her Maid of Honor this past May when she married the love of her life Steven. I am excited for a new year of creating and can't wait to be inspired by all the other designers. You will most likely see cards, mini albums and altered projects from me. 

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"Vegas Baby" invitation, by Morgan Bandkowski.

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BethGerlach

BETH

My Name is Beth Gerlach. One night in December of 1996, my friend, Heidi, brought over an amazing scrapbook that she put together. She asked me if I would be interested in attending a class to learn how to scrapbook with photo-safe products. After seeing her book, I was certain this would be something that would interest me, so I agreed to attend. A week later, I found myself at my very first Creative Memory class and my life (and wallet) have never been the same! I’ve been married to Paul for 25 years and he is super supportive of my hobby. I have two grown daughters, Kelly and Alyssa, and an amazing new son-in-law, Jose’. Since my girl are older and out of the house, a little over three years ago, I purchased a local scrapbook store, The Scrapbook Store, (not very original, I know.  It remains the oldest scrapbook store in the Midwest since it was established also in 1996). It’s been quite a journey and very rewarding. I would call my scrapbook style simple, blingy, and dimensional. When Stephanie asked me to be on her design team over five years ago, I was honored and thrilled. I’ve seen Bella Blvd. grow into one amazing company and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a great story!

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"Happy Christmas", by Beth Gerlach.

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Check back in tomorrow, as Stephanie and I will be re-introducing ourselves to you!

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Meet The Team: Kathy Frye, Jennifer Edwardson, Brook Stewart

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We are so excited to introduce you to our 2013-2014 Design Team! We are spending the first two weeks of October getting to know each designer and sharing a few of their DT submission projects. We just know you're going to love our new designers just as much as we do!

KathyFrye

KATHY FRYE

Hi, I'm Kathy Frye. I am a quilter at heart, but totally enjoy sewing, designing, and just anything fabric! I enjoy appliqué as well as traditional piecing, love to free motion quilt and make original projects. The fabric inspires me to create. My favorite color is green. I live in Wisconsin with my husband. We have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. I love it that my grandkids think I can sew anything!  

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Halloween Wall Hanging, by Kathy Frye.

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BrookStewart

BROOK

My name is Brook and I live on a small pig farm in Southeast Kansas with my husband and 3 kiddos - 2 boys, 8 and 3 and our daughter, 15 months. I work part time at a local veterinary clinic and love it! I've been scrapbooking and taking lots of photos for over 15 years. I have a pretty clean, linear style and I just love the bright, graphic patterns that Bella Blvd. is so well known for. I am thrilled to get to work with such an amazing company again this year!

To see more of Brook's work, visit her gallery HERE.

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"Flying Airplanes With Grandpa", by Brook Stewart.

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"Two Front Teeth", by Brook Stewart.

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JenniferEdwardson

JENNIFER  EDWARDSON

Hey there! I’m Jennifer and I’ve been incredibly lucky to be with the Bella family for quite some time now. I’ve been an ‘Altered Projects’ girl for the past 2 years and I am thrilled with my new ‘job’ as an On-Going Guest Designer, getting to share my layouts with you from time to time over the coming year. Very recently, our family made a big move to another town where we bought a fabulous 1960’s home that I get to renovate – I call it my ‘new/old’ home and can’t wait to watch the changes come together! This house has given me the studio space I’ve been waiting years to have and I am enjoying making it my own a little more each day. When the kids are at school, you'll usually find me playing with paper while watching ridiculous reality tv, 'pinning' & 'instagramming' or unpacking boxes instead of doing laundry. Then I get to spend all the rest of my time with 2 super cool kids, Emma& Alex, our 2 totally high maintenance dogs, a horse and a pretty incredible husband named Scott,  on beautiful Vancouver Island in Canada! 

To see more of Jennifer's work, visit her blog HERE.

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"Antique Love", by Jennifer Edwardson.

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"My Happiness", by Jennifer Edwardson.

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We are very excited to have such an amazingly talented group of designers on our team this year, and we just know they're going to bring plenty of inspirational projects to the blog to share with you. Stop back by tomorrow and get re-aquainted with our local designers!

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