Bella Gypsy: Long Overdue


I discovered Bella Gypsy a couple of years ago and quietly started stock piling their goodies. Right as I was getting ready to invite them to contribute to The Digi Files, they took a break from designing. I was THRILLED when I discovered they had returned to designing!! I am so happy to FINALLY have Bella Gypsy joining us in The Digi Files this month! I love their contribution and I know you will too!  Let’s take a closer look at “Fall In Love” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

Here are some layouts created using Bella Gypsy Designs’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Fall In Love by Bella Gypsy Designs; Easy Breezy Part 18 by Busy Bee Designs.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Fall In Love by Bella Gypsy Designs; Trilogy templates by Little Green Frog Designs.
Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Fall In Love by Bella Gypsy Designs; Font: This Is Not Goodbye by Kimberly Gershwin.
Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Fall In Love by Bella Gypsy Designs; Stunning Single (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Don’t Be Square (stitching) by Traci Reed; Fonts: CK Mama and The Silver Reed.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Fall In Love by Bella Gypsy Designs; Sideways (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Bella Gypsy Designs is Lena Gardner and Tabatha Reed. They are sisters, best friends, and business partners. They both live in Central Kentucky. Lena is 32, married, and has 3 kids–Nathan is 12, Naomi is 5, and Parker is 4. She has a furbaby named Gwenny…a 2 year-old Tortoiseshell kitty. Lena is outgoing and the public persona for Bella Gypsy. They both create, but Lena handles the social aspect because Tabatha is very shy! Tabatha is 33, engaged, and has 4 kids–Gabriel is 9, Tristan is 8, Julian is 4, and Sophie is 1. Tabatha has a furbaby named Evie…she’s an adorable 6 month old ginger tabby.






Tabatha–I was inspired because Gabriel is the happiest little guy in the whole world and he does cause happiness wherever he goes! I love it because it is vibrant and fun just like Gabriel! My tip is don’t be afraid to use a busy background…it can really make your page pop!

Lena–Kids grow so fast but occasionally you’ll just capture a picture of one of your children and it hits home how grown they look out of the blue. When I saw this picture of Nathan, I just couldn’t believe how grown he looked and I wanted to capture that moment. My tip is to use Project Life or journaling cards to journal on. I like big, bold backgrounds and it’s not always easy to find a spot to journal on them. When I first started seeing Project Life packs my eyes glazed over because it wasn’t a project I worked on. Then I realized they were just a tabula rasa to use however I wanted to use them!

DesignerLOMay Cause Happiness Bundle by Bella Gypsy Designs available at Gotta Pixel Sequentials 1-4 Set 2 by Cindy Schneider Paint Wash by Julie Billingsley DJB Brittany Script by Darcy Baldwin (Tabatha’s credits )
Love Right Now by Bella Gypsy, Template from Cindy Schneider SSD 2012 Birthday Collab, font is TheFutureFreaksMeOut by Heather Hess (Lena’s layout)

Tabatha started digiscrapping in Fall of 2005. That year at Thanksgiving, she introduced Lena to it as well. A few months later Tabatha started designing, and she remembered from their Thanksgiving visit that Lena had doodles all over her house…she had a wall painted with chalkboard paint and had drawn all over it. So when Tabatha began to design, they decided to pool their talents together and collaborate. Tabatha taught Lena the basics of design, and Lena started drawing, doodling and sketching in between learning the techniques. Back then everything was digital…no extracted ribbons or the like…so they spent hours following tutorials and running filters and actions, and painstakingly extracting drawings that were scanned in.

For Lena, it can be anything she sees. Whether it’s a cool magazine spread, a fun font from a commercial, or a trip to the fabric store. Tabatha’s favorite inspiration is her daughter. After having 3 sons and living in a sea of blue for 8 years, she had a baby girl and boy did the dresses start coming home with her! She’ll come home from a shopping trip inspired…because if you have a beautiful dress, you’re going to need a kit to scrap it with.

Computer: Tab and Lena both bought new computers recently and it was long overdue!
Tab is working on a Toshiba Satellite laptop now, with 1/2 a terabyte HD
and 6 gigs of RAM, and Lena’s working on an HP desktop with a 1TBHD and 8
gigs of RAM.
Program: Lena uses CS5, and works primarily in Photoshop and Illustrator (as the doodley person of the duo). Tabatha uses PSCS5.
Camera: Lena uses a Canon Xsi with 50mm 1.8 that almost never leaves the body.
Tabatha uses a Canon T2 with 50mm 1.4 that almost never leaves the body.
Anything Else: Lena uses a Wacom Bamboo Tablet

Lena and Tabatha have 7 kids between them, and they both have a fun time trying to get good pictures of their children. One tip is to use an assistant…If one person can be tickling the child/getting the child to giggle and smile naturally…the other person can be snapping away. The y use this tag-team approach often at family gatherings to get good photos of their brood.

A good tip for scrapping AND designing is to shut the browser. If you can focus on your work and creativity without being distracted, you’ll have the time to feed your creativity more.

Between Lena and Tabatha, they have FIVE sons…so boy inspiration isn’t hard to come by hehe! They just wanted to create a kit that brought all the colors of Fall along with all the things a boy can get himself into. Whether it’s a pile of dirt, skipping rocks, or finding snakes, we all know a boy who is rough and tumble!


This kit is popular because people enjoy being able to scrap the little moments. Sometimes, at holidays or big events, you get so caught up in the whirlwind of it all, and don’t end up with the best photos. Everyone has the little moments they want to scrap. A sleeping child, a funny story, or a silly moment between siblings. When you create a pretty kit that leaves the scrapper the freedom to use it the way THEY want to, it can be a beautiful thing!


Here are some of my favorite products by Bella Gypsy Designs:





Here are some more inspirational layouts using Bella Gypsy Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.






Save 35% off Bella Gypsy Designs’s store with coupon code bg_tdd35.

Go have a look in Bella Gypsy Designs’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!