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Layout | Simply Spring from Bella Blvd

[Bella Blvd and Cricut provided some product that was used in this article. I also do demonstration work for Cricut. I am not required to blog as part of that project, or as a condition of receiving the product I used. I use, and write about, products that I love.]

We don’t get much in the way of what is traditionally considered to be spring here in Florida. Our winter is mostly warmer than what most parts of the country consider “spring” to be, and we don’t get long hard freezes. This leaves the traditional icons of spring – bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips – out of the Florida garden, unless they are first forced in a greenhouse and then planted as annuals (an endeavor requiring a ridiculous amount of expense and effort that is only undertaken at places like Disney parks). So instead we count our spring by our azaleas, and our crape myrtles, and other flowering trees and bushes.

But even after being in Florida for almost 15 years, spring doesn’t seem quite right without the bulbs I grew up with in my native Michigan. So I was delighted during my stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando for the Scrapbook Expo a few weeks ago to wake up one morning and discover that spring bulbs arrived overnight in the plantings in the hotel’s massive atrium!

Of course, I took tons of pictures. I wasn’t going to pass up a rare chance to get some “spring” scrapbooking in, and use some great Bella Blvd spring papers while I was at it! All of the patterned papers on this layout are from their recent Simply Spring collection.

Bella’s signature color palette and style is perfect for spring! The ginghams carry me off to the country, bringing images of springtime on the farm to mind. There’s patterns within the collection for spring showers and flowers, and other patterns are Easter and spring themed.

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Silhouette Promo | Vinyl Wall Art

Thanks for checking out part three of our Black Friday weekend Silhouette series!

Vinyl wall art – especially text – is all the rage right now in home decor. However, we live in a home that is new construction (well, a little over ten years old) and one of the modern shortcuts many builders use to save money is to put up texture on walls. The texture makes it impossible to stick things like vinyl wall art and other adhesives to the walls.

Even though I can’t stick vinyl directly to my wall surfaces, however, there is another way to use some of those beautiful text designs on my walls: frame them!
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Silhouette Promo | Hand Sanitizer Gift Packages

Another benefit of a 12″ wide cutting area of the Silhouette Cameo (compared to the smaller Portrait machine) is the ability to cut larger 3 dimensional items, like gift packaging. The Silhouette Online Store contains many files for gift boxes and organizers that require the 12″ cutting space of the Cameo, and which are not Portrait compatible.

Winter has most definitely arrived across the country. That brings cold, snow – and cold & flu season. Frequent use of hand sanitizer is a great way to help avoid those germs. Purse sized sanitizer bottles can make a nice little holiday treat that is actually useful, especially for people like teachers and others who are in contact with the public and children a lot.
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Promo | Layout Background with Silhouette Cameo

If you’re a regular reader of Scrapbook Update, you know that I have repeatedly said that I am happy with my Silhouette Portrait machine because I rarely feel limited by the machine’s cutting width, which is several inches smaller than the 12″ wide Cameo. Well, the folks at Silhouette decided to take that as a challenge, and let me test drive a new Silhouette Cameo for a little while to see if bigger really is better!

When thinking of what to do twelve whole inches of cutting width, the first thing that immediately jumped to mind (of course) was to make a background for a 12×12 layout! The cutting file I chose (Background/Stencil by Tanya Batrak) could also have worked as a stencil, but I chose to cut out the design directly from my background paper and then place a contrasting color background paper behind it.

The cut out background fills a large area of the layout quickly and easily, which was great because I wanted to create a layout from only one small Instagram photo of my daughter at the library, and I didn’t have a lot of journaling or other things to go with it.

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Lots of Giveaway Winners

The giveaway winners are here! Here’s the roundup!

First up, the winner of the Pink & Main stamp set is Tracy.

The winner of the Spellbinders die set is Terri Torrez.

And finally, the winner of the copy of Gossamer is Denise Mackey.

All of the giveaway winners have been notified…congratulations to all of them, and thanks to everyone who entered!

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Project | Baby Boy Gift Bag

Gift bags are so easy to deliver gifts in, but they are so expensive and it seems I never have just the right one on hand. Craft stash to the rescue!

My local Michaels store carries packs of gift bags in various sizes in neutral colors like white and kraft. These are great to create coordinated items for occasions like bridesmaid gifts, but they are also good neutral canvases to keep on hand to decorate anytime you need a quick gift package!

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