Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Live Love Laugh {Dusty Attic, Maja Design and Shimmerz Paints}


Hi everyone! I'm so happy to share with you all a special page I made for my parents anniversary this month.  They are having their 58th wedding anniversary, such a wonderful milestone.  For this page I combined a number of  Maja Design paper collections, using 5 different papers. (Vintage Summer Basics 1922, Nyhavn-Strolling Along the Canal, Vintage Summer Basics 1923, Ska Vi ta en Fika-Pratstund, Vintage Autumn Basics-XVI) as well as some awesome new Dusty Attic chippies!


I'm always so thrilled when I hear that Jennifer Hedger (owner of Dusty Attic) has been busy creating new chipboard designs!  Above are all the fun new chipboard designs I used to make up this romantic page. (I used the smaller version of the Live Love Laugh title)


I began by using the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 paper as my matting/background paper. I then cut the corner and 1/4 inches off the edges of the Nyhavn paper, which I then painted with some Shimmerz paints (Black Cherry Soda Creameez and Onyx Inklingz) and stamped liberally around the photo area with some stamps that I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.  I then layered on a crocheted lace Doily from Tresors de Luxe  and a chipboard frame from Dusty Attic (Swirly Frame and Laurel Leaf chippies).

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I created coordinating blossoms using the Rose Creations dies from Spellbinders, using the scraps from the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 and 1923 papers.  I cut the smaller inner petals from the darker pink paper and the larger petals from the light pink paper.  I also cut out a few green leaves using the Ska vi ta en Fika paper (leaf dies are from the Rose Creations set).

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I added a cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner using a couple of Dusty Attic chippies (title and scroll).  I also added some texture using a Prima flourish stencil and home-made texture paste. And as always I love to tuck in a little clock here and there from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper.

Are you looking for a good source for Maja Design Paper and Dusty Attic Chipboard?  Be sure to check out The Scrapbook Diaries for one stop shopping on many of the fun items I used on this page! And if you are looking to put in an order of Shimmerz Paints be sure to put my name "Gabrielle' in the Instructions to Merchant part of your order to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice!  Lots of exciting news over at Shimmerz Paints (they are releasing some NEW Watercolor paint sets called Aqua Heuz) as well as some awesome new reformulated Shimmerz Paints (can't wait to try these!!).  This Thursday they will be opening a new Website which will make ordering your Shimmerz Paints so much easier....keep your eye peeled on the Shimmerz Facebook page for more info on this!

I hope my parents enjoy this layout, I'm forever grateful to have them in my life and hope they will see many many more anniversaries.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your sweet comments and feedback always make my day! xo


Monday, January 18, 2016

A Beautiful New Kit Page {The Scrapbook Diaries}


Hello friends, I'm so happy today to share with you my first kit page and video tutorial for The Scrapbook Diaries for 2016!  My sweet friend and the owner of the Scrapbook Diaries was kind enough to send me this beautiful photo of her adorable little triplets!  Do you have that special photo that you've been wanting to scrap and just wanted the perfect products to do it?  Well, this is the one! I had so much fun creating this page around that sweet photo!  Not only are these some of my most favorite papers to work with, but the embellishments and mixed media products are so lovely as well!


One of the many things I love about creating these page kits for The Scrapbook Diaries is that I get to use such unique and beautiful products to embellish my pages.  And you, in turn, get to use them to create your pages as well.  I sometimes hear people say, 'Well she gets to use such fun stuff to create her pages' ....well now you too can have all these lovely things at your fingertips to create your version of this page.  You also get full UNLIMITED access to a private video tutorial, a step by step on how I made up this page.  You can follow the tutorial exactly as is, or are welcome to add your own personal touches to the page.


I just love the blooms I got to use for this particular kit....it also included this gorgeous lavender color of adhesive pearl embellishments.


I always love to use a variety of design elements on a page, like the vertical strip (Gazebo design cut from the Autumn Anthology paper) as well as the circular design found in the chipboard frame. All of it of course being part of the kit.


The kit also includes some very intricate and delicate vines by Scrapeniec (a unique chipboard company out of Europe) and I used some lovely mixed media products to color the chipboard and papers (Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Shimmerz Paints - Purple Rain Creameez)....also part of the kit.


I used foam adhesive strips to give a little more dimension to my page design.  I just know you are going to love this page kit.  And as always, Janene has included plenty of product to make a bonus page that she has designed as another sample.  You can order your kit (while quantities last, they do go fast!) at this link The Scrapbook Diaries Kit.  When you order your kit you will also be sent a special private link to have unlimited access to the private video tutorial on making this kit page.

Just a reminder, you can find all my newest stamps (and the earlier stamp designs) at The Scrapbook Diaries.  AND they are now also available in the UK at The Mad Scrapper (just scroll down the left side of the website to my name to find all the products they carry designed by me) and in New Zealand at Embellish It! for all of you down under! (she also orders in some of the Scrapbook Diaries Kits....be sure to check with Joanne about availability of these kits for your area!)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, as always I so appreciate your kind comments and feedback! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wishing for Spring {Dusty Attic, Shimmerz Paints and Maja Design}


So I really can't complain too much about the weather, it's been a fairly mild winter here in Canada (Ontario, at least) so far....but the past few days have been so cold and snowy.  It doesn't take long for me to long for Spring!  So today I thought I would scrap something that makes me happy....beautiful flowers.

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I used a number of papers from the beautiful 'Enjoying Outdoors' collection (Beautiful Trees-bs, Woodlands, Flourishing-bs)....also a bit of Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) - Clocks, and Walking In the Forest (Die Cut Sheet- butterfly).

  Always closeup2I found these cute flowers that I thought were a good match for the blossoms in the photo....they are Prima Marketing flowers, but I couldn't find a name on the packaging (I think they might be from the FairyBelle collection?).


I did a little painting with some Shimmerz Paints on the background. I used 'Naughty or Nice' Inklingz behind the photo area and then used a combination of 'Sage It Isn't So' Creameez and 'Greener Pastures' Inklings, splashing out from the side underneath the floral embellishments.  I gave the Dusty attic chipboard scrolls a coating of  'Artie Choked' Textures.

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You can see in this photo, the pretty textures the green texture paste gives to the Dusty Attic chipboard Scrolls (also a new set of scrolls recently released by Dusty Attic!).  I also tucked a few clocks that I cut out from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper around the photo area along with some Dusty Attic green blossoms (called Grassy Knoll).  And as a finishing touch I added a butterfly that I cut out of the Die Cut sheet from the Walking In the Forest collection as an embellishment on the photo.


I'm super excited about the new stencils Dusty Attic has been coming out with lately.....just a couple of weeks ago I got a few of them in the mail....I used the Cross Hatch stencil behind the photo area with  some home made texture paste to add a little interest there.

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I added a bit of texture using a new Dusty Attic stencil called 'Cross Hatch' with some home-made texture paste. I also added a new chipboard title from Dusty Attic, using the Shimmerz 'Greener Pastures' paint to color the scripted words in the title.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and that it brought you a little hint of Spring on this cold winter day! It's fun to be scrapping again after a little break over the holidays....I've got another page coming up in a few days!  Thanks so much for stopping by today! xo


Monday, December 21, 2015

Creating a Mixed Media Texture Background {The Crafter's Workshop}


Hi all! I'm happy to share with you today a layout I made of one of my nephew's (and his wife's) engagement photos. I wanted to go with a simple background to which I added some inking, texture and stamping.

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I used two stencils that I designed for The Crafter's Workshop to help create the background design, using texture paste and inks as well as some fun mixed media products.

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I began by doing some light inking on the background of the area around my photo with a soft rose/brown ink.  I then used the houndstooth design found in one of the hearts on the Complicated Hearts stencil and inked with a rich brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme's Branch Bark Chalk Ink). After that I added a whole bunch of random stamping around my photo area.

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Next I added the heart design to the left side of the photo area using the 3 heart designs found on the Complicated Hearts stencil using some home-made white texture paste (recipe below).  This is an easy to make text texture paste that works very well with all my TCW stencils....and I love that dries quickly!   After I added my texture paste design, I outlined the hearts with a black pen so that they would stand out more from the page.

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Homemade Smooth Texture Paste

1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnson's Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)
1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue
1 tablespoon White Craft Paint
Some Water

Instructions:  Combine talcum powder, glue, white paint with disposable chopsticks (or plastic spoon) in an airtight container, adding water to get it to the consistency you are looking for.  You want a nice thick texture much like toothpaste.  The mixture will keep perfectly for many months.

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For my title I mixed some bronze Pearlex mica powder into some Matte Gel Medium (Golden's) and used it on the 'Love' title from the Complicated Hearts stencil.

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I used the same mixture on the inky butterfly design in the top left corner of the page.  The butterfly design is from the Winged Exploration stencil.  While the gel medium was still wet, I sprinkled on some tiny bronze micro beads (Prima).

After that, I simply added my photo and a few floral and chipboard embellishments (Prima flowers and Scrapeniec wood chippies)....and my layout was done!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope that you are inspired to play with your favorite TCW stencils while you have a little crafting 'me' time over the holidays! xoMe 2014 bannerGeneric

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Breathe {Maja Design and Dusty Attic}


Hi everyone!  I'm happy to share with you today a layout I made using the cheerful sunny, Maja Design "Walking in the Forest" collection, as well as some clock images cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper collection.
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I used the following papers:  Walking in the Forest (Autumn Poem, Flannel Shirt-bs, Cozy Scarf-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI)....love this paper for it's lovely clock accents!

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I used the Autumn Poem paper as my background matting paper and then cut the backside of the 'Flannel Shirt' paper to leave about an inch around the outside of the paper.  I inked the background with some Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' Distress ink around the photo area using a sponge applicator.  I then did a little stamping with a couple of stamps I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries (brick stamp from my textures set and some script from my Labels stamp set).

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The title is from a Dusty Attic word pack #10.  I gave all my chipboard a coat of white Gesso (I like to do this so that when I ink them, the colors show up brighter).  I then inked the chipboard with a Denim Distress Ink.
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I used the Dusty Attic 'Leafy Scroll' chipboard design for my corner accent.  Again I painted it white with Gesso and then just randomly inked the leaves with Ingvild Bolme 'Rock Moss' chalk ink and edging with some Ingvild Bolme 'Branch Bark' chalk ink.

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I cut banner strips from the backside of the Cozy Scarf paper and layered a few under the corner vine as well as under the photo area. Do you ever have a page where you thoroughly enjoy working on it?This is one of those layouts for me....the colors make me happy and every piece just seemed to work.

You can find Maja Design Papers and Dusty Attic Chipboard and my Stamp Designs at The Scrapbook Diaries.  (For those of you in Australia/New Zealand you can find my stamps at Embellish It!) ....And some good news for those of you in the UK!  There is a shop called The Mad Scrapper owned by Janine O'Roarke who is arranging to carry my stamps in her store, I will let you all know when she has them in stock! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I so enjoy reading your sweet comments and feedback! xo

Thursday, December 10, 2015

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Creating Drama (the good kind) with Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic Chipboard


So I printed off this dramatic gorgeous gown photo over a year ago (an image I got off of Pinterest) and had meant to do a page with rich colors and textures for quite some time now.  Finally got around to doing it (as I still had so much family pics to scrap!).  Sometimes it's fun to do a page 'just because', know what I mean?


These are the Shimmerz Paints products I used for this project....as you will see in the video tutorial, each of these products has it's own unique quality whether it be the smooth thick texture of the Dazzlerz, the deep rich tones in the Coloringz and Vibez or the incredible shimmer of the Inklingz.
NOTE:  You can purchase your Shimmerz Paints HERE.  Be sure to mention my name "Gabrielle" in the Instructions to Merchant part of your order to get your FREE/Bonus Shimmerz paint product in the color of your choice with your next Shimmerz Paints order!


As always, a project is not complete for me unless I have a nice selection of Dusty Attic Chipboard in them.  Above are the Dusty Attic Chipboard pieces I used for my project:  Ornamental Trim Set (brand new product), Word Pack #14, Lacey Heart Frame Set.....and I used a NEW Dusty Attic Stencil design called Fans....if you haven't seen all the gorgeous new stencils from Dusty Attic, be sure to check them out, they are amazing, you can view them HERE!! You can find Dusty Attic Chipboard at The Scrapbook Diaries.


I also used 3 stamp sets I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries, the two stamp sets on the left and right (above) are a couple of the newest stamps I've designed for them.  You can purchase my stamps at this link at The Scrapbook Diaries.  And good news for those 'down under'....Joanne Flannery at Embellish It! in New Zealand is now carrying my stamps (and stencils!) you can find her store HERE.

So it's time to give yourself a little break, grab your favourite beverage and hope you enjoy watching my little video tutorial on how to make this page....Enjoy!



Hope you had fun watching my tutorial. Here are a few close-ups you can view at your leisure....


I should note that after I filmed my tutorial, I felt my design needed a little more color in the bottom right section so I added a couple more spritzes of paint and some swirls of fibre threads (from a package I got from my local dollar store).


I've had these Prima jewelled leaves sitting in my stash forever! When I was choosing my embellishing products I totally had to use these as I thought they were a good match for the colors I was using in the layout!


I'm just loving those new Ornamental trims from Dusty Attic, ....kinda sad I've used the whole pack up....thinking I need to get me some more :)  ....Really loving the new stencil designs as well, in the top right corner you can see some of the texture and design I got onto the page using the Fan stencil from Dusty Attic with my Homemade Texture Paste and some Shimmerz Paints.


The pink and black butterflies were cut from one of my favorite Bo Bunny collections called Primrose (I used the paper called Bliss).  I also used a fun BoBunny Stamp on this page called 'Butterflies'.   TIP:  Many of you ask what to do when your paper buckles from wetting or spritzing your paper with paints and water.  One of my favorite things to do is use my hair flattening iron on the paper, its a quick and easy fix!

So I hope you enjoyed todays post and hope I've given you some inspiration to get out your scrapping/mixed media products and play!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving such sweet comments and feedback, they really make my day! xo xo


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Home Decor ~ Wall Hanger {Maja Design, Dusty Attic and Shimmerz Paints}


Hi everyone!  Today I have a really fun home decor project to share with you all using a Dusty Attic wood Door Hanger and some lovely papers from the Maja Design paper collection called Enjoying the Outdoors.

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I began by tracing the shape of the chipboard sign on the Enjoying the Outdoors 'Autumn Picnic paper.  I glued this to the chipboard with a brush and a mixture of 50% white glue with 50% water.   I then used a decorative edge scissor to cut out a complimentary colored patterned paper from the Enjoying the Outdoors collection called "Colorful".


I used a TCW stencil called 'Art Is' with homemade texture paste to add some texture to the darker of the two papers. I chose some Prima white roses and gave them a pinkish/mauve center by dabbing some Shimmerz Precious Posey Inklingz and Berry Hot Creameez.  As a final touch to my centerpiece design I cut out a couple of the little butterflies from the Enjoying the Outdoors 'Garden Creatures' paper.


I added delicate scroll to the bottom of the hanger (Dusty Attic's Ornamental Trim set), painted it white and stamped it with a crackle stamp I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.  Final touch was to add some adhesive pearls that complimented the colors in the gorgeous Maja papers.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Just want to let you all know that you can find Maja Design papers, Dusty Attic chipboard and my stamp sets over at The Scrapbook Diaries.  Also have some great news for those of you living Down Under! (Australia, New Zealand) ....Joanne Flannery has a wonderful store (and online shop!) called Embellish It! that now carries all my stamp sets as well as all of the stencils that I designed for The Crafters Workshop!  You can find her shop HERE.


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