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Fotobella Design Team Project - Bo Bunny Tutorial

Hello Everyone!  Well, the wait is over.  My post and project went up on Fotobella's blog yesterday so I can finally share it with you.  This month I got to work with the Detour I Want It All Bundle by Bo Bunny.  This awesome 37-piece kit includes 22 12x12 sheets of premium heavyweight double sided papers (2 each of 11 patterns), 2 sheets of cutout cards, 1 sheet of combo stickers, 1 12x12 chipboard element sheet, rub-ons, 2 differnt sheets of cardstock stickers, dimensional stickers, layered chipboard stickers, jewels, brads, stamps, journaling cards, buttons and trinkets (Whew!).  I was so excited I didn't even know where to start.  The beautiful matted hues are great for lots of crafting projects...not just travel.  Below, is the tutorial for the layout I completed with the bundle kit.   There is a couple of tips on how to alter your paper and embellishments to fit your needs.  Make note of how I altered the arrow diecut to face the other direction. 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today & I hope you enjoy.
Happy crafting :)
     * Quotes paper - side A & B
     * Arrows paper - side A
     * Stripes paper - side A & B
     * Globe Trotting paper - Side A
     * Detour paper - side A
     * Cutouts paper - side A & B
     * Baggage Claim paper - side A
     * Cardstock stickers
     * Noteworthy diecut journal pages
     * Combo sticker
     * Brads
     * Jewels
- Mustard cardstock
- Cream cardstock
- Navy cardstock
- Dark blue ink
- Paper trimmer
- Adhesive
- Foam tape or pop dots
- 1 1/4" circle punch
- Tim Holtz Rosette Die
1.   Use the Quotes - side B paper as your base.  If desired, ink the edges with navy ink.
2.   Cut the Arrows - side A paper to 11 1/2 " x 11 1/2".  Ink the edges and layer on top of   
       the Arrows paper.
3.   Cut a mustard piece of cardstrock to 7" x 9 1/2". Ink the edges. 
4.   Layer the mustard cardstock in the center of the page, 1 3/4" down from the top.   
5.  Using the Bracket tab punch by We R Memory Keepers (also available from
      Fotobella.com), cut 1 tab from the Detour - side A paper and another from the Bording
      Pass - side A paper.  Ink the edges.
6.   Adhere them under the lower left side of the mustard cardstock as shown.
7.   Using a 1 1/2" circle punch, cut a circle from the Detour - side A paper (I used a piece
      with a plane on it), and another from the Stripes - side B paper (I used a piece with a
      round red cancellation stamp). 
8.   Pull out the light blue car circle diecut from the Noteworthy diecut journaling tags.
9.   Ink the edges of all 3 circles and adhere the circles under the top right corner of the
      mustard cardstock as shown.
10. Cut a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece of navy cardstock & ink the edges.
11. Cut a 4 1//8" x 6 1/8" piece of cream cardstock, ink the edges & adhere to the middle of
      the navy cardstock.
12. Place a horizontal 4" x 6" photo on the double layered photo mat.
13. Take the "Travel" Noteworthy diecut journaling page, ink the edges & adhere it to the
      upper left hand corner of the mustard cardstock (as shown).
14. Layer the matted photo on top of the Travel die cut.
15. Find the blue bracket Noteworthy journaling diecut.  Ink the edges & layer it on top, 
      slightly to the left of the Travel diecut.  Tuck the right hand edge under the photo mat.
16. Find the "Adventure" journaling diecut, ink the edges & layer on top of the bracket diecut,
      slightly to the right.  Tuck the right hand edge under the photo mat.
17. Find the "Destination" journaling diecut, ink the edges.  Layer on top of the "Adventure"
      diecut, slightly to the left.  Use pop dots or foam tape for added dimension.
18. Find the "You Are Here" arrow journaling diecut.  Ink the edges & layer on top of the
      "Destination" diecut.  The right hand edge of the arrow will overlap your photo.  (NOTE:
      the arrow will be upside-down.  We will fix this later).
19. Cut a 2" x 4" piece of paper from the Globe Trotting - side A paper.  Cut a triangle into 1
      end to form a banner & ink the edges.
20. Cut out the 3" x 4" grid paper tag from the Cutouts paper - side B.  Cut a 1 3/4" x 3 "
      rectangle from the grid print only.  Do not use the striped border.  Next, cut a triangle in
      one end to  form a banner & ink the endges.
21. Cut a 1 1/" x 3" piece from the Stripe paper - side B.  Cut a banner on one end & ink 
      the edges.
22. Set all 3 banners aside.
23. Cut the "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware" quote from
      the Quotes paper - side A.  Ink the edges.
24. Place the quote on the layout 5" from the bottom.  Adhere to the layout by stapling the left
      and right edges only.
25. Tuck all 3 banners under the quote strip as show above and adhere to the layout.
26. Cut a 4 1/2 " strip from the chevron border sticker on the Combo sticker sheet.  Ink the
      edges and place over the boder stickers, overlapping the quote strip as shown.
27. Using the Tim Holtz rosette die, cut the larger die from the Baggage Claim paper - side
      A and another from the Stripes - side A paper.   If you do not have this die, you can make
      rosettes on your own:
          - Cut a 1" x 9 " strip of paper
          - Score the paper every 1/4"
          - Accordian fold the paper
          - Adhere the ends together, forming a circle
          - Place a large dollop of hot glue in the middle to keep the center as tight as possible
28. Place the red Love Life metal brad through the center of the Baggage Claim rosette &
      adhere to the right hand side of the chevron sticker strip, as shown.
29. Place the light blue suitcase epoxy brad through the center the the Stripe rosette & adhere
      to the upper left hand corner of the photo, as shown.
30. Find the "exploring" sticker on the cardstock sticker sheet.  Place on top of the arrow
      diecut, covering up the upside-down words "are here".
31. Take 3 large jewels of your choice & cover up the upside-down word "you".  Now the
      arrow faces the correct direction on your layout & highlights the photo by pointing to it,
      not away from it.    This is a great tip to keep in mind.  You can customize your
      embellishments to fit your needs with just a little bit of creative layering.  This technique
      works great on stickers that my have words or phrases on it that don't necessarily fit your
      layout theme but the colors match your paper.

New Fotobella Post...it's almost time!

I am so excited!  Tomorrow one of my latest creations for Fotobella's Design Team will be featured on thier blog tomorrow.  Click here for a link to the page.  I cannot post it yet, but here is a sneek peak...
Can you guess what it is?  Make sure to check back tomorrow for more details :)  Until then...
Happy Crafting,

Fotobella Design Team - December Sneak Peak

Hi All!  It's Christmas and we are just gearing up for the holdidays at my house.  I am enjoying it more this year than I have since moving to Arizona 5 1/2 years ago.  Crafting, planning for the holidays & looking forward to spending time with my whole family.  My monthly shipment from Fotobella only added to the excitement of the season. 
A few months ago, I announced that I was selected to be a Design Team member for Fotobella.com.  I absolutely love this site.  They carry a huge assortment of products from the scrapbooking industry's leading manufacturers.  My favorite things on the site are the bundles. 
As you all know, I am a scrapbook collector.  When I like a line, I want everthing in that line...paper, stickers, bling, embellishments, etc.  I want it all!Each bundle contains an assorment of product from one scrapbook line and there are options for every budget.  Because I am a collector, I am obsessed with the "I Want It All Bundles".  They contain EVERYTHING! 
Around the 3rd week of the month, I start checking the mailbox every day to see if my Fotobella package arrived.  I am like a kid anxiously anticipating the arrival of Santa and am excited when it arrives :)  We never know what product we are going to work with that month.  I was suprized when I opened my box from Fotobella for my December project.  It was like an early Christmas present! Here is a sneak of what was in my box:
HINT:  It is from one of my favorite lines & I cannot wait to show you what you can do with this amazing holiday bundle.  Keep an eye out for my post and the other December Design Team project posts on the Fotobella Blog.  May the magic of the season put a smile on your face :)

FotoBella.com Design Team

Well, after much deliberation last weekend, I answered the Design Team call for one of my favorite sites, Fotobella.com.  As you all know I have not had much luck with these the past couple of years.  I have found the Design Team selection process and competition to be a lot tougher than it was 8 years ago.  
While sitting on the couch Monday after work with my love (who was intently watching the football game), I submitted my application and samples to FotoBella and hoped for the best.  The call details had promised to contact the selected members on Wednesday.  When I didn't hear anything, I chalked it up an experience that would make me better the next time I applied and made a mental note to check the blog on Friday to see who the lucky winners were.  While I was at work on Thursday, I heard my cell ringing from the depths of my purse.  I quickly fished it out (which was not an easy task), looked at the phone and decided let it go to voice mail.  Within a couple of minutes, my phone chirped notifying me that I had a voicemail (boy that darn thing can be persistent!).  I was intrigued and decided to listen. 
To my shock and amazement, it was the sweet voice of Cher from FotoBella welcoming me to Design Team!  What...me???  I had to listen to the message a couple of times before it actually sunk in.  Yes, FotoBella.com wanted ME!!!   I had been selected as 1 of 4 new design team members for the October 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013 team.  Our team also has been blessed with 2 returning members.
Congrats to Apryl, KimberlyRae, Lisa, Jeri & Sarinda.  I look forward to seeing what these talented ladies come up with each month and look forward to getting to know each one of them better.
As a design team member, I will be designing a layout, card & tag each month for FotoBella.com and I cannot wait to share them  with you.  
Thank you to FotoBella.com for believing in me and allowing me to share my passion and talent.  If you have time, stop by and check out their site.  They have everything to satisfy your crafting needs at amazing prices.  www.FotoBella.com

Patience is a virtue...but not mine (today)

OK, today is the day!  The day when SEI announces thier 2013 design team.  I know my chances are slim and I am excited and nervous all mixed into one.  I am sure there were A LOT of applicants.  I surely do not envy thier decision, but I JUST WANT TO KNOW!  Did I make it or not????  I am like a kid waiting for a surprize. I woke up this morning & checked my email...nothing.  I checked my junk email folder...nothing. I was hoping to know something first thing this morning...but I just can't win...nothing.  Everytime the phone rings I check the caller ID to see if it's from UT.  I guess I will have to wait and see what drops into my inbox throughout the day :\ 
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