Wednesday, 19 November 2014

3x Bella Blvd - Scrapbook Magazine UK

Hi everyone! For today I thought I would share some Bella Blvd projects I created for Scrapbook Magazine UK #81.

Lindsey asked me for an article called "Plastic Fantastic" and here's what I did:

When you are a bit like me you’re always on the lookout for fun new ideas to use on your scrapbook pages. That’s why I love Pinterest! I get so many ideas when I visit that website. The technique that caught my interest recently, is the one where vellum pockets/envelopes filled with confetti or such are used. I decided to go with this idea, but as I didn’t have any vellum pockets I went looking for pockets I did have and that’s when it hit me. I’ve got a lot of cd sleeves lying around my house! Why not use those for my layouts?! The possibilities of these (cheap!) clear plastic pockets are endless! They can store all your little memorabilia’s from holidays etc., you can emboss them, die-cut them, stamp on them, stitch them, hand cut them, you can fill them with sequins or glitter, etc. They are awesome!

In these three layouts I’ve used a few different techniques to show you how easy and fun these little pockets can be.

The first layout “FAMILY MEMORIES”:

For this page I embossed the cd sleeve before I used it on my page to carry some vacation memorabilia (entrance tickets to the Empire State Building). I’ve tried both an embossing folder with dots and one with chevrons and both results are stunning!

Next I stamped on a cd sleeve (with a solvent-based ink like StazOn), then hand cut the image and used it on my photo.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, stickers, journaling cards, die-cuts; American Crafts cardstock, foam dots; Media Range cd sleeves; Jolee’s Boutique dimension sticker (NY taxi); Doodlebug washi tape (stars, arrows), enamel dots; Purple Pumpkin washi tape (hearts), twine; Joy Craft kraft tag; Tim Holtz staples; Heidi Swapp color shine; K&Company Smash pen; Scraptastic Club stamp; StazOn stamping ink; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Darice embossing folder; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut file.

Then the 2nd layout “I LOVE US”:

For this page I filled a cd sleeve with (heart shaped) confetti.

To divide the confetti nicely in the sleeve and prevent it from all falling down to the bottom of the sleeve, I stitched it halfway through as well. And because the cd sleeves are transparent I used a die-cut and stickers to dress it up an extra bit for a fun effect. I did this both behind the cd sleeve as well as on top of it.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, borders, journaling cards, sticker; American Crafts cardstock; Media Range cd sleeves; Purple Pumpkin washi tape; Studio Calico wood veneers; Tim Holtz staples; K&Company Smash pen; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Silhouette Cameo & Silhouette cut files; Tim Holtz tiny attachter; Aigger sewing machine. 

And last but not least the layout “3x BEAUTIFUL”:

For this page I created a (machine) stitched shape and filled it with sequins. For instructions on how to do this, scroll down a bit.

And next I used my die-cutting machine (Big Shot) and a fun die and ran my cd sleeve through my die-cutting machine to create this fun transparent shape: (can you see it??)

Here the shape is better visible:

Materials: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, cards; American Crafts cardstock, wood veneer, foam dots, adhesive runner; Media Range cd sleeves; Pergamano vellum; Rayher sequins; Marianne Design washi tape; K&Company Smash pen; Tim Holtz staples. 
Tools: Die-namics die; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut files; Aigger sewing machine; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Tim Holtz tiny attacher. 

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you how I created the heart shaped sleeve filled with golden sequins.

step 1. Choose te image you want your shape to be and print it on light weight A4 printer paper (not heavier than 80 grams). I chose this heart which you can find in your Microsoft Word programme. With a bit of Scotch tape adhere it to the back of your cd sleeve and stitch right through both your cd sleeve and the paper. Make sure you don’t “close” your shape.

Step 2. Remove the cd sleeve with the paper still attached to it from your sewing machine and fill it with sequins or glitter.

Step 3. Place the cd sleeve filled with the sequins or glitter back under the needle of your sewing machine and stitch it closed. Carefully remove the paper (because of the stitching you can easily peel away the paper, start in the middle and peel off the outside last).

Step 4. Carefully cut around the stitched edge of your shape and you’re ready!

Okay, this is it! Hope you like it! Using Bella Blvd, with the happy colors and designs always brightens my day ... hope I brightened yours a bit too!

If you're interested in the magazine, here's the link to where you can find it.



  1. Een bron van informatie, deze post! Gaaf joh, met interesse gelezen hoe je het allemaal maakt. En weer erg gave LO's, waarnaar het ook fijn kijken is, omdat er zoveel op te zien is!

  2. Jeetje, wat een boel inspiratie in één blogpost! Ik vind je lay-outs alle drie ontzettend mooi. En de tutorials zijn ook heel leerzaam. Leuk om eens een keer een kijkje achter de schermen in je scrapkamer te krijgen :)

  3. Wow wow wowwwww!! These are amazing!!!!! So gorgeous!!!!!!!

  4. Amazing layouts Monique! Love the ideas you came up with for using the CD sleeves! And great tip for stitching through the center of the pocket on your second layout, to keep all of the confetti from falling to the bottom!!

  5. so many fun ideas and looks! they came out so great!

  6. Wow! Thank you so much for this great inspiration! I love all your LOs but completely in love I'm with these filled hearts! Soooo nice!

  7. Wat een ontzettend gave layouts! Vooral die met die tickets in NY vind ik helemaal top!! Leuk idee om een hartje te maken op deze manier, ga ik eens proberen :D

  8. That heart shaped pocket is amazing! Fabulous idea to use CD sleeves! Great projects all.

  9. OH MY GOODNESS - these are amazing ideas and I loved seeing the how-tos and what you made with each of these fabulous ideas!! I am so impressed and I think you are just so creative and talented!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!

  10. oh my... Monique...
    and again i dont now what to say
    I love the first one because of that cool style...
    the second one 'cause of colors and that lovely picture
    and the third - oh love the heart with the sequins...and that stunning cute picture