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CARTA BELLA – ROCK-A-BYE BABY BOY – Newborn Baby Boy Layout by Guest Designer Melinda France

CARTA BELLA – ROCK-A-BYE BABY BOY – Newborn Baby Boy Layout by Guest Designer Melinda France

Hello Crafters,

Briony here – just popping in quickly to introduce our special Guest Designer for the week.

In April, we celebrated Anna’s 11th Birthday by holding a Cybercrop.  Lots of challenges, games and competitions were held and one lucky crafter who completed all the challenges was announced as the Party Princess.

The lucky winner was MELINDA FRANCE!… and she was given the opportunity of being our Guest Designer, using a collection of her choice!

Melinda did a fantastic job and has lots of creations to share with you this week, so with no further ado, I will hand it over to Melinda… 🙂



Hi Everyone

Melinda here. I was so excited to get to play with the Carta Bella ‘Rock a Bye Baby Boy’ collection of papers and embellishments. My little boy is almost 2 and his baby album is empty, so this was perfect to get the project underway.

This is a gorgeous baby range full of nursery rhymes and sweet embellishments without being too babyish. I particularly love the texture and weight of the lovely Carta Bella Papers.

Although I often start by selecting my photo(s), in this instance I chose my papers first because I had decided I wanted this layout to only use the navy, blue, and mint coloured papers and embellishments.

I really liked the ‘Our Little Man’ paper as the main background paper. Particularly when paired with the ‘Bundle of Joy’ and the ‘Boy Nursery Rhymes’ papers (9×10” and 7.5×9” rectangles respectively). I liked these papers so much I actually cut out a segment of the two rear papers to make into another layout later on.

I added a white doily from my stash under the top matting paper and then used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges of the three photos, and the two matting papers. I stitched across the top of the main photo before attaching it by sewing around the other three sides. I also used my sewing machine to sew on some tags from the two ephemera packs to resemble the bunting that hangs in his bedroom.

In the bottom left corner I used two of the enamel shapes, one of the ephemera shapes, and some of the enamel dots to create the title ‘newborn baby boy’.

In the bottom right hand corner I created an embellishment cluster using one of the paper fans, a chipboard sticker, some chipboard circles from the decorative brads pack, and a couple more pieces from the lovely ephemera packs. I stapled on the journalling tag which instructs whoever is looking at the page to pull the ‘I love you’ tab to read the hidden journalling. I finished it off with a couple more enamel dots.

I typed the journalling on the computer and printed onto white cardstock. I added a tab from the ephemera pack, and it slides in behind the large photo on the layout.

Thank you so much for looking. I’d love to see photos in the community of any of your creations using this beautiful range.



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