Carta Bella: Bloom & Grow

The Carta Bella Paper Flower Market collection is not only perfect for your Spring memories, but it is great for recording the growth and milestones your family experiences, as well.

Today I am up on the Echo Park Paper Blog sharing a layout about my daughter and one of her first experiences singing a solo in front of a large auditorium filled with people. It was something she had always wanted to do, and was definitely a blooming moment for her!

Jana Eubank Carta Bella Flower Market Bloom & Grow 1 800

I used the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper with its soft pink color for the background of this page. Before I began adhering photos or anything else, I used a scraper tool to add gesso in a large circle in the center of the page. On top of that I used texture paste and the Market Dot 6×6 Stencil to add a subtle, dimensional pattern. You can catch a glimpse of the texture if you look closely at the right side of the photo below.

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I fussy-cut the smaller floral from the Border Strips paper to hug the corner of my photos. I die cut the Lovely Branches using Evergreen Shimmer Cardstock to add to the flower cluster and fill it out a bit more. I love how much dimension the die cuts add!

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Next, I stamped my title in dark green ink using the Echo Park Animal Safari Alphabet Stamp Set. I die cut an Ampersand using the dark pink polka dot paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad. Another fussy-cut flower from the 2×2 Squares paper accents the title.

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To tie everything together I added cream enamel dots and heart stickers (Element Sticker) in a few spots around the page.

Design Tip: When writing journaling on top of gesso, be sure to test your pen first in an inconspicuous area or adhere typed journaling strips. I learned that the hard way on this page. *Sigh* I wish it looked better, but decided to just roll with it.

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The best part of making this layout was adding the textured details with the stencil, die cut leaves, and enamel dots. I loved making this page!


Other Supplies:
Carta Bella Evergreen Shimmer Designer Cardstock
Echo Park Ampersand Die Set


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Doodlebug: Simply Spring

Sunny Springtime days are just around the corner and there is nothing better to help get you excited than playing with the NEW Simply Spring collection by Doodlebug Design!

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What sunny day wouldn’t be complete without a happy sun looking over everything? I added black pearl stickers to the sun’s eyes to make this Odds & Ends die cut dimensional.

Jana Eubank Doodlebug Simply Spring Love This 2 900

I tied a length of green ribbon around my photos and then decorated the knot with a flower die cut from the Odds & Ends pack. A pair of leisurely ladybug Sprinkles are lounging on the leaves I added from the Garden Flowers pack. I scored the leaves down the center and bent them a bit to bring them to life.

Jana Eubank Doodlebug Simply Spring Love This 3 900

At the bottom of the page is a springtime scene of friendly critters having a conversation along the garden fence. Just like the sun above, I have added black pearl stickers to the eyes of the turtle and ladybug. Everyone seems to be so happy the sun is finally out!

Jana Eubank Doodlebug Simply Spring Love This 4 900

To frame my design I used the same striped patterned paper (Under My Umbrella Paper) along the top and bottom of the page. I also made sure to include pink and use a scalloped border sticker, as well. Repeating a color or element around your page can make your design more cohesive.

Jana Eubank Doodlebug Simply Spring Love This 5 900

Are you ready for Spring?


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Simple Stories: BLOOM

What do you do when you can’t decide which patterned papers to use on your layout? Use them all!
When I began this page, I could not decide which patterned paper from the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection to cut into first. I just loved them all so much! When this happens, I like to take inspiration from quilts and piece together a background using multiple patterns.
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First, I pulled out all of the papers from the Spring Farmhouse 6×8 Paper Pad that had full patterns on both sides. I then punched twenty 3″ circles from the patterned papers. Next, I scored the circles at 0.5″ on four sides. After scoring, fold each “petal” in towards the center creating a square shape with four “petals.” After all of your circles are folded, line them up in rows to create the background.
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I matted my photo with the Black/Cream Paper and two more patterns from the 6×8 Paper Pad. I cut two journal blocks from the 3×4 Elements Paper and 4×6 Elements Paper. One block houses my journaling and the other holds my title.
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Next, I embellished my photo and the title block with the Floral Bits & Pieces die cuts. I added a punched flower to each of the large blue flowers for dimension, then finished them off with a black enamel dot center.
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This page has so much texture and dimension with the folded circles. I just LOVE it! Try giving this technique a try on your next scrapbook page!
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Flower Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
Scalloped Scissors: ProvoCraft
Thickers: Black Glitter Shoebox by American Crafts
Gray Distressing Ink
Black Journaling Pen


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Echo Park Paper: Easter

It may still be a bit chilly where you are, but if you are like me, I’m already looking forward to warmer Springtime days. For this Easter scrapbook page, I used lots of sunny yellow from the Echo Park Easter Wishes collection and it makes me so happy!

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I love the little chicks in this collection and decided to create a couple of scenes for them to live in at the top and bottom of my page. I used the Stitched Circle Die Set, as well as a couple of die cut vellum clouds, to anchor the scene at the top of the page. This cute, chipboard chick looks like she has been gathering eggs in the garden all morning with her trusty wheelbarrow. I added an Easter greeting from the chick by stamping a sentiment from the Easter Memories Clear Stamps on a punched speech bubble.

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A bed of fresh, green grass stretches across the top of the page, as well as the bottom. To create the grass, I trimmed strips of the Orange/Green Coordinating Solid paper with fringe patterned scissors.

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The photo on the bottom right had a large, empty space on the left side. I used the “Easter Candy” die cut from the Ephemera pack to fill in the space and repeat the colors from the title sticker at the bottom of the page.

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My favorite thing about Spring is the flowers popping up unexpectedly everywhere you look. I fussy-cut several of the flower clusters from the Easter Flowers paper and dotted them across the page to mimic a springtime garden.

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I’m getting excited for warm, Spring days and chocolate eggs after creating this page! How about you?


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