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Bella Blvd & Basically Bare

Team-up time again here at
The Papered Cottage
and today we're doing it up right with
 When deciding on the theme for my mini album, I was immediately
drawn to the Chipboard Gears by Basically Bare and how cute they
 would be dressed up as snowflakes!
I began by painting the kraft side of each gear with a white acrylic paint.
I then glittered the fronts with a coarse marble glitter. 
I found it best to use Glue Dots when attaching the desired pieces to the top of the glitter.
 Using the Basically Bare Hipster Album, I began plotting out how
best to display the different 'snowflakes' on the different pages...
I wanted them to create a nice backdrop or a vision of snowflakes falling from the sky.
To dress up the various envelope-style pages, I layered two different patterned
papers from the Christmas Wish Collection by Bella Blvd.
The base papers were cut to a 7.75"W x 3.75"H; 
the inner papers were cut to 7"W x 3"H.  I then machine stitched all of
the base and inner pages together.
 I adore house shapes, so the Happy Little Houses were a must have on one of the pages!
I simply traced the shape onto a Christmas Wish paper and cut to size.
I then dressed up the outside with a happy door trimmed in baker's twine and a
few punched snowflakes with pearl centers.
 At the ends of each page I added tabs using the corner stickers 
from the Alpha+Bits (I had two sheets of these stickers, so I was able to line
the backs of each sticker with a matching could also use a piece of scrap paper). 
ether with a zig-zag stitch.
 The pockets make the ideal storage for journaling cards, extra photos or mementos.
I kept the backs of the envelope pages simple by adding different
Just Write Journaling Stickers...these ARE just write for this!
The inner-most page of the Hipster Album is a clear acrylic sheet.
So many things can be done to decorate these!
I simply went with a strip of Designer Tape that I neatly wrapped around the page.
Next, I matched up two sticker borders and applied them to both sides.  
You could also stamp onto the acrylic sheet using a Staz-On ink.

In finishing, I tied on bright matching ribbons to the comb of the album.  Voila!
I loved layering the pieces from Basically Bare along with Bella Blvd's
stickers, buttons, Designer Tapes and Ciao's Merry & Bright dontcha think?? :)
 Bella Blvd
Christmas Wish- Gifts Galore Paper; Christmas Love Paper; Trees For Sale Paper;
 North Pole Paper; Borders Paper; Miniatures Stickers; Alpha+Bits; Just Write Journaling Stickers
Birthday Boy- Eat Cake Paper
Sophisticates- Sprinkles &  Lace-Ice Paper
Button Market- Pink Flowers; Masculine Mix; Fruit Punch; Snowflakes
Designer Tape- Piggy Pink Stripe; Red Dot; Gulf Dot

Basically Bare:
Krafty Keepsakes Hipster Album; Chipboard Gears; Happy Little Houses; Acrylic & Chipboard Pieces Arrows

There will be a give-a-way today at the Bella Blvd Blog, so don't miss going by!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends


  1. Wow! This is so gorgoeus. I love the cheerful colors and the details are fabulous. Beautiful job!!

  2. this album is incredible! I LOVE how you used the gears to make snowflakes. What a great idea! Beautiful!


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