It’s CHA Winter 2016 reveal time over on the Bella Blvd blog! There are 6 new collections, along with new embellishments and a huge Illustrated Faith release. We started the reveals earlier this week, and will be continuing all the way thru Monday of next week. Today we are sharing the new Cute Clips embellishments.
I created a layout for the catalog, with a focus on the new Cute Clips. I love working on the embellishment focused layouts for the catalog, since I get to mix patterned papers and other elements from all of the new collections, rather than focusing on just a single collection. I used quite a few patterned papers from the new IF She Blooms collection, and then added a few patterned papers from the Sweet Baby Girl collection, Cute Baby Boy collection, and Sweet Sweet Spring collection.
As soon as I saw a sneak peek of the Cute Clips, I had an idea in mind for my layout. It wasn't quite like what I ended up doing, but it did involve stacked pieces of patterned paper, with the little clips added to the top of each paper. I think my original idea was to go all the way across the page with the different papers. However, once I got going, I ended up creating a stacked row of papers, three inches wide, along the left side of the page.
To the right of my layered papers, I used a strip of the floral patterned paper from the She Blooms collection, with a piece of white hearts Clear Cuts layered over the top to give it a more subtle look. The black and white large dot patterned paper is from the She Blooms collection as well.
Part of the reason I decided to make these layered papers all three inches wide, is that I used most of the black/white 3x4" cards from a sheet of patterned paper in the She Blooms collection. It was a great way to get more patterns onto the page, from a single sheet of paper. I cut several smaller pieces of my different patterned papers, keeping them all three inches wide, and then cut an additional little piece of each that I used my favorite scalloped border punch on. I folded the scalloped pieces over the top of the larger pieces, and machine stitched it in place.
I then spent way more time than was necessary arranging all of the pieces in an order that I liked. I adhered them, starting at the top of the page, layering them as I went. I made sure not to add any adhesive near the top of each piece, since I knew I would be tucking in my Cute Clips and some other label die cuts/stickers as well. Once I had the papers all layered down the page, I set out to find some coordinating label stickers and/or die cuts from the bits and pieces I had left (I didn't have all of the collections, or even full collections, for these catalog layouts). I tucked the labels, along with a coordinating clip onto most of the layers of papers.
I loved the aqua heart patterned paper from the She Blooms collection, and thought it was my best choice to add to the right side of the page, where my title would go. And for my title, I picked out a few words from our new Chip Scripts chipboard words. These words all come in plain white, and can be left as-is (which I did because they looked great as-is), or painted, inked, or altered to fit your needs.
I also picked out a few of the stickers from the She Blooms collection to add above my title, as they really tied in with my journaling. I added the pink chipboard heart from the Sweet Baby Girl collection, along with a handful of enamel dots in several colors.
I didn't have any set photos in mind when I started this layout, but quickly came across these photos of another one of my previous daycare girlies. Amanda was with me for years, was just a year younger than Sarah, and was best friends with my girls for years. She was honestly like a third daughter to me when she was younger, and I had always said that about her. Just a little over a year ago, as a freshmen in high school, she went into cardiac arrest in the classroom, where she had CPR performed on her for a half hour before EMS could get there. She came so very close to not being with us anymore, and it's a true miracle that she's alive today. While we don't see her that often these days (Sarah sees her at school), and she's not a big part of our lives anymore like she used to be, she is still a very special young lady to us all and we're so thankful that everything turned out ok for her.
Head on over to the Bella Blvd blog, HERE, to see the entire Cute Clips release, piece by piece, and to enter the drawing for a chance to win-it-before-you-can-buy-it! The randomly chosen winners for ALL of the reveal giveaways will be announced on Saturday, January 9th.