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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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Three ideas for Spring Scrapbooking

As I begin taking photos of spring events with flowers blooming in the background, I find myself looking for products and looks that will help me embrace the season. I feel the need for things that hint at warming weather, flowers in bloom, and an overall happiness as the new year gets into full swing. Today I have three suggestions: a color combination, a pattern, and a growing trend – bees on supplies.

First up, I’ve seen a lot of aqua + coral or pinkish red tones together in the clothing departments lately. I think it will be a really fun combination for both spring and summer scrapbooking. (American Crafts swatches are shown below.)

Then there is a pattern that is not only versatile, but very spring friendly as well. It’s been showing up in my girls’ clothes as well as in favorite scrapbook brands. The Girls’ Paperie (shown below in yellow), Jillibean Soup (shown below in pink), Little Yellow Bicycle’s Clothesline collection, and Jenni Bowlin are a few companies that come to mind when I think of cute gingham patterned paper. Bazzill has some cute gingham ribbons, and the Homespun Chic line by Melody Ross is a great example of both spring colors and cute checkered patterns. I’ve been seeing checks and gingham everywhere – and I love it!

I am not finding bees replacing butterflies this season on my own pages, but the buzzy insects do seem to be a growing trend in products. In addition to papers from Nikki Sivils (one shown above), Pink Paislee has a Queen Bee collection, Martha Stewart has a bumble bee punch, and the Dear Lizzy line even has a bee paper.

I am enjoying the traditional spring colors right now, and I made a layout to share here with some favorites from the Jillibean Soup Egg Drop Soup collection that is perfect for spring crafting. This is one of my favorite spring themed lines this year. I added in some texture with a favorite CHA pick (Nikki Sivils buttons) and the canvas flowers from Jillibean as well. Adding in a few bits from another favorite spring line (Dear Lizzy) was the icing on this creative cake.

Supplies: Jillibean Soup papers, tag, flowers, and letter stickers; Nikki Sivils buttons; American Crafts (Dear Lizzy) dimensional stickers; Sakura pen.

With warming weather and flowers beginning to bloom, I find myself inspired to make pages that feel like spring to me, and projects that come together quickly are especially appealing.

Summer is just around the corner – and I will be back here sharing more seasonal ideas. What products and patterns are you reaching for? Please do feel free to share!