Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Double the Doubles!

Hi blog friends!  Sorry for the brief hiatus.  Apparently, my week of blogging at the end of May, wore me out completely, because I haven't been back to share or update with you all since then!  In all reality though, I should probably blame my absence on a new little addiction I've acquired.  My hubby and I just started watching and in turn have been completely enthralled with the TV series Breaking Bad.  It's so wrong and twisted, but oh so good at the same time!  We are watching two and sometimes three (if we can stay awake!) episodes a night on Netflix and just can't get enough of it.  Fortunately, for this blog, he is away tonight hanging with some friends and I have been forbidden to watch it without him.  LOL!  So, lucky for you...blogging it is!
After all that blabber, you may be wondering where the title of this post is coming from, right?!  Well, let me explain! I'm up on the Bella blog today with not just one but TWO 2 page layouts to share with you.  So, that's double the doubles - get it?! 
The first page is some recent pictures of my sweet girl playing on the playground.  Boy is she going to keep me busy (and running!) this summer.  This little sweetie has no fear - climbing to the tops of anything she can reach.  Something tells me, she took good notes from her brothers during all those hours she logged in the stroller and watched from the sidelines.
I mixed and matched elements from several different Bella collections to pull together this page.
Supplies used: Bella Blvd -Love and Marriage: May Eighteenth, Esther Fleming Floral; Engaged at Last: He Proposed, Alpha+Bits Bachelor-ette, Sand and Surf: Beach Balls, Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits; Kiss Me: Bouquet Kisses; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Gulf; Clouds, Family Words, Trees, All American Icons; Designer Tape: Gulf Dot; Other: Bazzill cardstock, Veteran Typewriter font, machine stitching.


If you went looking through the array of Bella chipboard sheets, you might not immediately find this exact title.  What's my trick? I pulled letters from various different chipboard collection sheets to spell out a word that would work for my page.  To customize my title even further I covered some of the letters with patterned papers that better matched my page and color scheme.
I was inspired to sketch and cut out a few of my own cloud pieces to coordinate back to the cute images in some of the Bella papers.  I couldn't resist adding hearts to a few strategic ones, and actually used the negative part of the shape and filled the blanks spots in with coordinating washi tapes, for extra interest and dimension.
Now onto the second of my double page spreads.  As you know, if you've been a reader of my blog for some time my youngest son is four years old and I am STILL working my way through his baby album.  Bella's Baby Boy collection to the rescue!
I love so many of the patterns and images in this collection that I wanted to find a way to incorporate as many of them as possible on my 2 page spread.  My trusty square punch proved to be the perfect tool to allow me to include bits and pieces of many of the patterns, while also creating a quick and easy, cozy quilt design to showcase my photos.
Supplies used: Bella Blvd - Baby Boy: It's a Boy, Baby Blue, Momma's Boy, Wild About You, On the Go!, Heaven Sent, Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Sophisticates: Brown-Cream High Five Alphabets; Doodlebug buttons, American Crafts cardstock, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Veteran Typewriter font, machine stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back soon with more to share!

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