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Trick-or-Treat

This is one of my favorite times of year, for sure! I love the colors of fall and spookiness of October. Welcome to my happy place!

I’ve been busy in my new home of South Dakota – trying to find my rhythm here and the best place and time to create. It’s not without it’s challenges, however, it’s sometimes nice to have a fresh start too.

Here are some of the layouts I’ve made this month…

(all these handmade goodies can be found in my eBay shop and my NEW Etsy shop!)

Of course, I’ve had to make some darling greeting cards too – they just make my heart so happy!

What have YOU been up to this month, my crafty friends? And where do you like to craft? What is your favorite space and time of day. I think I’m *just* starting to hit my stride, and it’s so nice to get back to making pretty things after the summer’s move.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today – keep in touch!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Music, Dance, Art

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as getting your hands on a new paper collection. I love the excitement of flipping through the new paper pad and being delighted at each new turn of the page.

My craft table was overflowing with the new Passion collection by Stamperia last week. It’s all about dance, music, and art. The colors are fabulous and the illustrations just melted my heart.

It was so easy to make gorgeous premade scrapbook pages and I felt like I just burned through the entire pack before I knew it.

Cellos and ballerinas – what could be more lovely?! I did a lot of fussy cutting on these layouts too, so pop up elements on the page and tuck photo mats underneath.

I also used LOTS of beautiful Prima Marketing flowers, such as the Sugar Cookie flowers below to coordinate with the colors in the collection.

You can find all my handmade scrapbook pages in my eBay shop this week. Each one is made with love and ready for your favorite artistic photos!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! Hope you were inspired! Please follow Bella Stitchery on social media and stay in touch. Happy crafting, my friend!

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Old Card Sketches Made NEW! Card Making Idea + Free Printable!

If you’re anything like me, you still have lots of paper crafting magazines lying around. I found a bunch the other day while cleaning my craft room and thought it would be fun to find some old sketches and “modernize” them.

The magazine I’m starting with today is an older Card Design Handbook. I love this sketch idea and thought it would be a great card idea for beginners or any level paper crafter!

Here’s my first in what may turn out to be a series. This card making design is super full and happy, yet easy to replicate to just about any occasion. Let me know what you think!

Here’s the image I used for the card. Feel free to save and print!

Do you like this idea?

Would you like to see more like it in the future?

What’s the oldest publication you have in your house?

You can purchase items used in this video from the following links:

– Hand Dyed Seam Binding in My eBay Shop

Prima Marketing Pastel Dreams Flowers

Sizzix Crochet Dies

Cream Cardstock

​​ – Art Glitter Glue

Ivory Lace

Tim Holtz Big Chat

Glossy Accents

Vintage Photo Distress Oxide

Crystal Stickles

Thanks so much for making happy cards with me today!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

PS – my blog uses affiliate links. These commissions are at no cost to you.

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Spring Fair Carousel Scrapbook Hoop

I’m thrilled to share the March 2021 Handmade Club kit with you! This fair is so dreamy and delicious – I can practically taste the candy apples!

These vintage fair printables are just so absolutely breathtaking! I just put together a tutorial video in which I’ll show you how to make a hoop-in-hoop mixed media scrapbook wall art piece.

This would make an awesome gift too!

You can purchase items used in this video from the following links:

The Handmade Club Printables Website

Neenah 65lb Cardstock

Prima Marketing Heavy White Gesso

Monvict Glue Gun

Art Glitter Glue​​​​

Multi-Sized Embroidery Hoop Set

Diamond Stickles

Detail Scissors

Thanks so much!

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Please subscribe for updates and share with your friends. Happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

PS – my YouTube channel uses affiliate links. These commissions are at no cost to you.

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One Layout Sketch – 5+ Possibilities!

I love a good layout sketch idea. Even better – when one is versatile and can be used over and over again with different papers and embellishments.

BONUS: a sketch that lets me use lots of the random goodies I’ve been hoarding for years!

This week’s YouTube tutorial is just that! I’ll show you 5 ways to use this simple, yet charmingly adorable, scrapbook layout.

I’ll also show you a few different ways to make your stencil and some tips for crafting with heavier items.

It’s time to dig out all those random letters, buttons, brads, sequins, or flowers and get to craftin’!

I used dozens of fabulous Prima Marketing Fruit Paradise flowers for the layout above. I just love these darling flowers.

The layout above was made using lots of darling washi tape! I’m always excited to use washi tape, since I love using stickers, and it’s basically a giant sticker roll. 🙂

This layout idea even works with just cardstock – don’t have any extra embellishments lying around (ok, you know you do)? Doesn’t matter! Find a fun, happy print and die cut your large shape for a pop of happiness!

Hope you have lots of fun with this sketch idea. Be sure to check out my eBay shop for all these handmade scrapbook pages too and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for all things crafty!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

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Handmade Club October Printable Scrapbook Pages

I’m so proud to be part of the Shabby Art Boutique Handmade Club’s team! The October 2020 kit has so many fabulous shabby chic Christmas printables, and I incorporated them into my 12×12 scrapbook layouts this week.

This Vintage style is so much fun to work with. I added lots of Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Diamond Stickles throughout to really bring all the fussy cut images to life.

I also made a couple darling retro Christmas cards. What a fun week!

Hope these pretty projects have inspired you today. You can find these and lots more handmade goodies in my eBay shop too, so please stop by and say “hi!”

xoxo

Genevieve

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Gothic Halloween Torn Junk Journal

I’m so eerily excited at the way this junk journal turned out!

I started with the Gothic Halloween digital junk journal kit from Kelly’s Crafts by Kelly for this lovely project. All images were printed onto 65lb Neenah cardstock.

I wanted to create an old, gothic feeling journal, so I decided to tear all my pages (including the main book pages that I bound together with seam binding) instead of cutting them with a paper trimmer.

All edges have been heavily inked with both Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Ink.

I loved the illustrations so much that it was easy to let them be the star, so I added only a few embellishments here and there. I did make my own resin pieces for this book, however, and I think they really added a nice touch. I have a YouTube video all about that process too, if you’d like to see just how easy they are to make:

Hope you enjoyed this flip-through blog journey with me today. May it inspire your creativity this week. Please let me know what you think and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily crafty goodness!

I also have hundreds of handmade journals, premade scrapbook pages, and greeting cards in my Bella Stitchery eBay shop!

Thanks so much, and keep in touch, my crafty friends! xoxo

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Calico Collage Sew Vintage Cards

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Printables are amazing for so many reasons – producing multiples, resizing, and more!

Find out why I enjoy them so much in today’s YouTube video:

I’m a new member on the Calico Collage design team, and was so excited to make some fun shabby chic greeting cards with you today, using their Sew Vintage collection.

For some of the additional products used in this tutorial, please check out these links:

– Prima Marketing Rossibelle Flowers: https://amzn.to/3kC0oDr

– Neenah 65 lb Cardstock: https://amzn.to/2DJ3tRu

– HP 8710 Printer: https://amzn.to/2DAtyCn

– Ivory Lace: https://amzn.to/2PKmvJB

– Shell Colored Buttons: https://amzn.to/3aitWkT

– Vintage Scissor Charms: https://amzn.to/3kyDGfo

I sell collections of hand dyed seam binding in my eBay shop too!

Hope you enjoy these darling creations as much as I enjoyed making them!

Happy crafting, my friends, and keep in touch! xoxo

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Pretty Mosaic

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We all view the world through a different lens, and may have very strong feelings about what’s happening in it today. However, I think one thing unites us: Prima Marketing. I think we can all agree that they make the most AMAZING goodies!

This week, I worked with the Pretty Mosaic collection. What an absolute pleasure!

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The paper reminds me of those old historic mansions, with crumbling tiles and high ceilings. I felt like I should be wearing an organza gown of some sort and be posing on ancient stairs. It’s so very romantic and cozy.

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All my premade layouts are available in my eBay shop too! See something here that speaks to the old castle-lover in you? Stop by my shop and I can send it to you!

Thanks for taking this charming tour with me today. Happy crafting, my friend! xoxo

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Bo Bunny Botanical Journal Cottage Scrapbook Layout

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This scrapbook page really encompasses so much of what I love about paper crafting – die cuts, chipboard, flowers, paint, lace… I mean, seriously.

I used the Bo Bunny Botanical Journal collection for this happy, cottage style layout and embellished it with lots of shabby chic goodies. One of my favorite things on this page is the Roman clock chipboard piece by Scrapaholics. I love the way it looks when painted!

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The Lavender Frost fabric flowers from Prima Marketing make this page feel so cottage cozy!

I found these printables on Pinterest for the butterflies in my page, if you’d like to print them too. I printed them at a 5×7 inch size to get the butterflies you see here:

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Hope this pretty scrapbook project makes you as happy to look at as the joy I had while making it. Thanks for being a part of my craft community – please keep in touch!

For the products used in this layout, please check out these links:

– Bo Bunny Botanical Journal 12×12 Paper Pad: https://amzn.to/3jyyjfx

– EK Success Embroidery Punch: https://amzn.to/3hKORiM

– Prima Marketing Lavender Frost Flowers: https://amzn.to/2BH2Tmm

– Scrapaholics Roman Clock Chipboard: https://amzn.to/39z7aEO

– Distress Spray Stains Antiqued Bronze: https://amzn.to/2P2PCHL

– Prima Marketing Bronze Age Metallic Wax: https://amzn.to/2CZAt7w

– Bo Bunny Botanical Journal Brads: https://amzn.to/2P3Gra2

– Distress Oxide Walnut Stain: https://amzn.to/2BqlbrM

– ToBelt Ivory Cotton Lace: https://amzn.to/3hIKTal

– Recollections Scroll Dies: https://amzn.to/2P61uc5