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Monday, 16 November 2020


Hello Crafty Friends:  These sure have been unprecedented times.  I have decided to document 2020 and hopefully do it with a positive flair. I have been taking photos of some interesting happenings.  Wearing a mask, my son's super super long hair and beard and Zoom ins with my Crafty friends. We are all in this together and one thing we will all say for sure is that there was a shortage of toilet paper for everyone.  We are 8 months into this Pandemic and we will be through it soon, we just need to hang in there and #STAY HOME.

This layout was created with the Family line by Simple Stories.  Close to My Heart had the cutest Pandemic stamp, if I may use those two words together and in the same sentence?  So here we are, staying home and finding ways to connect with family. In my books, that's not so bad.

Thank you for stopping in ~ Bela 


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Hello Crafty Friends:  Well I haven't been here for a few weeks now and as well all know, life has changed quite a bit.  I am sure that most of the Scrapbookers, Cardmakers and Papercrafters that I know are welcoming this time in a positive way on getting crafty.  With the social distancing in place we have been very creative in finding ways to connect and thank goodness that our Scrapbook stores have also found ways to have us connect to our goodies. Via curbside, shipping or delivery.  We sure are lucky in these times in having a hobby that not only keeps our minds healthy but also our friendships connected.  

Today I will share with you my series of camping layouts that I have created this last month.

Call of the Wild, Adventure is Out There
This double-page layout was fun to create. I used 2 grey Bazzill cardstock pages for my background and I trimmed and adhered 2 Kaisercraft pattern sheets to it.  I created a free hand cut tree line and I used a variety of pattern papers.  The ephemera is a variety between Simple Stories and Echo Park.  The Grass line die is from Your Next Stamp.

My next double page layout is about one of camping's favourite things for a late night snack. Weenies and Smores are one of our favourites when we headed up to Fella's trailer for the weekend.  At times like these we look back and remember just how grateful we were and still are for our memories.


For this double page layout I decided to try something new.  I have never really used a script pattern paper as a background before. I really like the way this turned out with some of the base pattern paper showing some adventure words.  I always keep a fresh stock of starlit paper and this one called for 2 pages and to be trimmed one inch from each side.  Add some Buffalo Check, ephemera, a title and some hand crafted weenies and smores and this was complete. I used a variety of paper from Simple Stories, 1 Canoe 2 (Creekside) and Echo Park paper.  

Thank you for taking time out of your day to venture onto my page and share this adventure with me.


Saturday, 15 February 2020

Cold Day, Scrapbooking Day

Hello Crafty Friends:  It is 20 below here in Southern Ontario and instead of going out in this cold, I am staying in and scrapbooking.   I have been inspired by some of the photos that I have taken throughout the last few years of flowers.  I am not much of a Green Thumb but I didn't manage to have a cute garden nook a few summers ago.

Here are my Spring layouts and I hope you find some inspiration to scrapbook yours too.

Green Thumb 

Here are some close up photos of this double page layout...

I used a White Gel Pen to faux stitch around the title.  Pop-dotting your title always gives it a little emphasis on your layouts.  I created the galvanized flower pot with a metallic silver paper.  I cut the strips 1/4 inch and layered them onto the flower pot. I used a small flower punch and molded the flowers inside it as well as the ones up the white trellis.   These papers are from a Kaisercraft paper collection that I had a difficult time cutting into.  Only because I loved the colour but I think these photos compliment these beautiful papers well. 

GET YOUR HAPPY ON - with Gnomes 
In creating this layout I wanted to showcase my planters that I also created one summer when I felt inspired to garden. I am a paper gal, not much of a gardener.  I fussy cut the cut-aparts for a variety of embellishments on my pages. Ephemera are usually my favourite embellishment add-ons.  

Just a little close-up of the details on this double page layout. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2020


Good Morning Crafty Friends:  Who is planning their camping trips or summer vacations?  Well Adventure Awaits you and this is what inspired me to create this double-page layout using

Simple Stories', Cabin Fever and some extra rustic papers from Kaisercraft.  

ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE - double-page Layout
I am one of the odd Crafters that enjoys fussy cutting.  I will fussy cut around cut-aparts and sheets as well as handcraft my own diecuts, as seen here with the trees.  The trees are 3 different heights and I fussy cut around some of the Diecuts (Ephemera) for a little extra embellishing on my layout. 

Here are some closeups:

 The Grass Edge Die is from Your Next Stamp.  You may purchase it here:

Thank you for peeking in today.  I hope you are planning your Adventure.

~Happy Crafty day to you~ Bela

That's a Wrap....Last Designer Layout

Good morning Crafty Friends:  The sun is definitely peeking through the clouds and in relation to the weather, I thought I would post this fun double-page layout that I created for Ninabrook Papercrafters.  I love working with whimsical papers and these papers made my creative thoughts soar.  

You may find the Little Adventurer Layout Kit here:

This is my last rodeo....the last melon as I say to my kids (when it's the last one ie: food items). My last Layout as a Design Team Member/Director for the company.  

Through two years I enjoyed creating several layouts and cards and I was so delighted to see how many crafters actually enjoyed my style.  Now as things move on, I too will be moving onto bigger adventures. I don't know where yet but I am certainly going to aim for the sky.  

So here I leave you today with this adorable layout for you to showcase the adorable kiddos in your family.  Scrapbook your friend's kiddos too.  Believe me, many people love to receive a Scrapbook Album as a gift.  

Little Adventurer Layout Kit - A Ninabrook Exclusive 

The Little Adventurer Layout Kit is created using papers from the, "Little Man," collection by Bella!

This Layout Kit is also available.

LITTLE BOYS ARE THE BEST - Double-page Layout Kit 
A Ninabrook Exclusive, created by Bela 

This double-page layout was created using selected paper from the Little Man collection by Echo Park Paper.

You may find the Little Boys are the Best Layout Kit here: 


Thank you for peeking in......


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

For Those Tender Moments

Hello Crafters:  I find it's always good to have a collection of cards on hand for many occasions.  Most of us have Birthday, Blank Notes and Get Well cards but we hardly ever think of having Thinking of You or Sympathy cards on hand in our collection of hand-crafted cards.

These cards are for those unexpected moments that occur in our lives when we just want to send our love and support.  This is what this Card Kit is designed for. So without further ado.  Here is my final Card Kit creation for Ninabrook Papercrafting.  As I step down from my Design Team Director and Creator positions, I leave you with this array of heart warming cards.

Deepest Sympathy Cards ( 5 in a package)

You may find the Deepest Sympathy Card Kit at:


Thank you for peeking in and remember to spread kindness.

Have a wonderful Crafty Day ~~Bela~~

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

It's a Marshmallow World and Trying Something New.

Good Morning Crafty Friends:  Well, Christmas is now over and as much as I am going to miss the twinkly lights, I am happy to have more space in our little townhouse back.  I am sure we can all raise a hand or two in unison stating that we sure do make a whole lot of mess when we craft our Christmas projects.  Now that most of the clean up (in the townhouse) is done, I am now sitting down to post the projects that I have been working on these last few weeks.

 A Double-page Layout with Simple Stories, Winter Farmhouse.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating with the Simple Stories's, "Winter Farmhouse," collection. The soft winter colour palette and the variety of designs made this double page layout come to life in a SNAP.  I am also allowing myself to layout photos that were taken in different settings or dates. A layout can be a cluster of images that stay within the theme and are showcased for the story you want to tell.

Here are photos of me going to work, a few winter scenic photos that my son took and one image from stock photos. 

Recipe for this Double-Page Layout:

1, 12 x 12 Simple Stories, Winter Farmhouse Collection Kit (various pattern papers)
1, Elements Sticker Sheet (included with the collection pack)
1, Coordinating Bits & Pieces (ephemera) package (various pieces)
2, Bazzill Ash Cardstock (background pages) a variety of solids from the Winter Farmhouse Solids.
Ink - Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo (for distressing)

I used a lot of the paper distressing techniques on this layout by tearing the edges of the paper (towards me) and by inking the edges with the Vintage Photo ink.  I elevated quite a few of the embellishments as well as some of the photos for emphasis.  The bits and pieces that coordinate with all of the Simple Stories collections, have to be by far my favourite embellishment to use.  

I have sent this layout to Simple Stories for their Design Team Roll Call....here is hoping that I make the cut.  Simple Stories is a Brand that I just adore.  Wait till you see what is coming out at Creativation 2020.  

I hope you have enjoyed this little share and I wish you a Happy Crafty Day.