Layout | Color Chaos by Bella Blvd

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This photo of my daughter and I is just a random selfie we took goofing off during one of her online school classes, but it came out so wonderful that I wanted to do something special with it. The bright fun patterns of Bella Blvd’s recent Color Chaos collection seemed the perfect answer!

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The hardest part of this layout was starting it. I figured out pretty quickly that I wanted to color block my background using the two papers (the blue & white text and the white with the text & arrows). But it seemed like doing the blocking vertically or horizontally would be too staid for this very dynamic photo.

And then I thought…what about a diagonal line? I cut the blue paper into a triangle and the result was just as fun as the photo!

After that, the layout came together quickly. The block of pink helped ground the photo on the background. Its diagonal lines go the opposite direction of the background, creating more visual texture and movement. I cut a big bold title “together” from one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Graphically Speaking.

Since the photo was taken during our daily online school time, I wanted to add a few school elements. I grabbed another recent Bella Blvd collection, Star Student, for those. The graph paper backside of a design called “Chemistry” became note paper with the help of a border punch, and I tucked it under the edge of the pink block. The black word strips that continue the school theme were cut from a sheet called “Geek Chic” (the reverse of it is a pattern of glasses frames).

I still needed a few more elements – and a bit of color – so I went back to my Color Chaos collection. The yellow circle that says “documented” was punched out of a 2×2 block on the Daily Details sheet. The butterfly was punched out of a 4×6 block of rainbow watercolor droplets on that same sheet, giving it a rainbow look. For the final touch, a few rhinestone hearts adds a touch of sparkle!

I can’t wait to work with the Color Chaos collection by Bella Blvd again. It’s so bright, versatile, and happy!

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13 Responses to Layout | Color Chaos by Bella Blvd

  1. mjmarmo April 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm #


  2. Barb in AK April 30, 2015 at 12:01 am #

    That’s wonderful, Nancy! I love it!

  3. alimom4 April 30, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Beautiful job, Nancy! 🙂

  4. Queen Mary April 30, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Love it Nancy! I think the hardest part of most layouts is starting — but with a random selfie?? You win! Thanks for sharing and thereby spreading your courage and encouragement — AND it looks great! I’m eternally grateful to Barb Treese to letting me know about you and your blog!

    • Nancy Nally April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks for coming to Scrapbook Update Mary! I’m so glad that you like my site! (and thanks to Barb for sharing the love!)

  5. Jennifer E April 30, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    cute photo! love the papers!

  6. Marilyn E April 30, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Love your layout! I know exactly what you mean, I always have trouble trying to figure out how I want this to look, but you did an awesome job!

  7. Linda J April 30, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    I love the diaginal; I’m going to try that! And the patterns and the way you worked them oout are son interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  8. creativeunblock April 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    What a delightful page, Nancy! I love the colors and the layout, but mostly I love the happy photo! Thanks for sharing it! Roberta

  9. Teresa Moore April 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi, love your layout, great colors !!!!

  10. sandi April 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    I was going to detail what I liked but I like it all! Great layout and I love the happy photo!

  11. gabmcann April 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Beautiful LO Nancy – such a great photo

  12. michelle t May 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    This is a beautiful layout, and very inspiring. I love all the touches you put on it. Thanks for explaining your process, as I’m not experienced enough and that helps. Michelle t

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