White Space Guest Designer: Maile Belles

Guest Designer
I'm excited to introduct the White Space Guest Designer: Maile Belles!

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Short bio:
I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years. The two of us are blessed with an adorable son, who delights and challenges us every day. We live in sunny California, in a small mountain town that both my hubby and I grew up in. As a family we love to enjoy the outdoors; either by taking off-roading excursions in our family Jeep, by hitting the trails on our dirt bikes, camping, or hiking.

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I am a cardmaker/stamper at heart and even though I very rarely scrapbook these days, I did get my start as one. After the birth of my now almost 6 year old son, I felt I needed something to occupy my time during naps. So I started scrapbooking, which quickly turned into a card making passion. I love the fact that creating a card is sort of like instant gratification.

What is your favorite American Crafts product?

Any and all of their reletively flat elements… be it stickers, die cuts, chipboard, or fabric. The're just so much fun to layer in my own way, which adds an eye catching dimension to my projects. And even though I didn't end up using any on my projects today… glitter tape!

Favorite Card
FAVORITE CARD by Maile Belles

Tip: Switch things up by incorporating your elements at an angle. Yet keep things nice and tidy by closely placing your pieces together like a puzzle.

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, Ready Set Go Accent & Phrase Stickers (42252) – Remarks, 3D Foam Dots (61709) – This to That

Hello Card
HELLO CARD by Maile Belles

Tip: Group images along one edge to create well balanced white space. For a clean edge, partially tuck elements under a raised cardstock panel.

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, Charmed Paper (35780) – Ready Set Go, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (85589) – Bits, Acrylic Stamps (59224) – Stamps, 3D Foam Dots (61709) – This to That

Hello There Card
HELLO THERE CARD by Maile Belles

Tip: White space doesn't have to be white. Here's a prime example of incorporating white space into a project using colored paper. These grouped elements become the focus on this kraft colored card base.

Supplies: Kraft (71464) – Cardstock, Ready Set Go Die Cut Cardstock Shapes (85589) – Bits, Ready Set Go, Accent & Phrase Stickers (42252) – Remarks, Ready Set Go Fabric Stickers (42256) – Remarks, Ready Set Go Dimensional Embellishments (85591) – Details, 3D Foam Dots (61709) – This to That

Hello Today Card
HELLO TODAY CARD by Maile Belles

Tip: Add an unexpected detail by extending your elements slightly over the edge of a card base.

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, 5th & Frolic Printed Chipboard Shapes (85601) – Bits, 5th & Frolic, Brads (85597) – Elements, 3D Foam Dots (61709) – This to That

I Love U Card
I LOVE U CARD by Maile Belles

Tip: Divide the white space with a creative strip of elements across a card front.

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, 5th & Frolic Accent & Phrase Stickers (42266) – Remarks, Dear Glitter Foam (53443) – Thickers, 3D Foam Dots (61709) – This to That

Great examples of white space cards! Visit Maile's blog, follow her on Twitter (@MKBelles) and Instagram (@mkbelles), and check out her Pinterest boards!

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