The first full year of the Bella Blvd Design Team contracts has officially "expired." I must admit I've been emotional about this door closing for a month or so now. This was the first official team formed by Bella Blvd after 3 years of business--and it's already complete.
Life has been moving so quickly, literally, that I haven't had the opportunity to reflect on it. I have written a farewell to the girls (as a whole) that you can find over at the Bella Blog today, but here I wanted to say just a little snippet to each of them individually, as this they were members of a very special group for me: the first ever official Design Team with my company....
I've had the opportunity over the past year to meet several of you in person---what a blessing and something so great that I will always remember the actual face with the beautiful artwork!
Kim, I looked forward to your multi-photo layouts & found myself creating sketches from them.
Lory, What a doll & beautiful person you are. I love the mixing and matching you do, especially with old Bella & new Bella.
Alice, I can spot one of your stamped, ribbon-with-a-bow cards from anywhere! They are truly a work of art!
Nancy, I always amazed at the amount of product you display on a layout w/out over doing it & still managing to keep the focus on your photographs. What a talent!
Jennifer, You have come a long way with your designing. Your alterred projects are layered, unique and so inspiring!
Marie, I'm always amazed at what you can do with paper and creativity. I have seen so many handmade & one of a kind projects sprout from that creative soul!
Julie, What a gem you are?! Love the linear layouts & awesome mini albums. So happy I discovered your talents---you are too humble :)
Megan, You are a layout designer after my own heart. Your lettering and piecing techniques are that of a photographer & designer. I always look forward to seeing your Free For All Wednesday projects!
Kathy, Your cards astound me--I want to hoard them and keep them all for myself.
Vivian, You have such a sense of design. I always looked forward to your classy & sophsticated style.
Gretchen, I often find myself anticipating what clever sentiment/saying you will pair with my latest designs and characters on your cards! You are so creative!
Deanna, Your cards are so colorful and beautiful. Love the use of space and product each & every time!
Sue, You have such an eye for color, color, color. I am always amazed & all your layers.
Kimberly, Your photography has impressed me as the highlight of your layouts. You are so talented & beautiful!
Suzanne, You're such a ball of beauty! I want to hang & display each & every one of your alterred projects in my scraproom or office, even if they have photos of people I don't know :) lol.
Brooke, Your layouts simply make me happy. I smile when I see your work, your photos. You and Bella are a seamless fit!
Melissa, Wow-what an awesome designer! You have such a way with negative space and lettering. I hope someday you can teach me how to sew so beautifully on my layouts!
Becky, The way you use my products is so beautiful. I look forward to attachments with your name attached to them. I want to be you when I grow up ;)
And of course, Miss Laura Vegas, how could I live without you? Your timeless style never ceases to amaze me. With such a short amount of time you can turn on your creativity and product "happiness." So many of my wonderful moments have come from opening emails from you, packages from you and hearing your thoughts as our DT has come together and excelled all with your leadership, talent and communication. I know I have found the right peice of the puzzle and wish you were closer to Wisconsin---however, California will do becuase you are AMAZING at communication and always find a way to make me chuckle out loud, even if through cyber space. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, and most importantly for your passion to see Bella Blvd grow, succeed and excel! You are amazing.
I am sad to say goodbye but know that this is not the last time I will see or hear from these girls located throughout the entire world. I wish you all the best of luck within the industry -- and hope that all your creative desires come to life! Thank you so much for being a part of my team, you are forever a member of the Bella Blvd family.