Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Having Fun, Getting Messy {Maja Design & Dusty Attic}


Hi everyone!  I'm super excited to share a layout I made of my little great niece playing in the dirt....sometimes it's fun to just get dirty, isn't it?!  I wanted to stay with some neutral colors with a hint of lavender (to bring out the sweet bow in her hair).   To create this page I mixed a variety of collections.  Here are the collections I used....


I just love the way you can mix and match different collections. I used the following papers: Vintage Spring Basics (1st of March), Crea Diem (Karleken Overvinner Allt), Walking in The Forest (Flannel Shirt, Fresh Air).

I used 2 papers from the Walking in the forest collection as my background papers and then cut the cute Daffodil designs from the Vintage Spring Basics collection to create embellishments for the page.  I recently came out with my own stamp collection and used them for the first time a this page.  For the cracked wall/brick look here, I first stamped the image on the light background paper....I then stamped the same image on the terrcotta color paper (Fresh Air) and cut out the brick section and glued in over the matching stamped area on the light paper so that it looks like cracked plaster walls with brick showing through.


I also used another of my stamp designs in another area of the page.  Here I did a little inking behind the photo area and used one of my cracked brick stamp designs to create a rustic look behind the photo area.

I loved the sunny yellow blooms in the Maja design paper, so I wanted my embellishments to reflect the same look.  So I took one of the NEW Dusty Attic chipboard designs (Bearded Iris) and after painting it with some Gesso, I inked with some yellow, green and brown chalk inks (Ingvild Bolme inks) to give the chippies a pretty design.


I framed another of the cute daffodil designs with another of the Dusty Attic Elegant Frames and finished the corner cluster with some blooms and glass gems.

You can find my new stamp collections at The Scrapbook Diaries.  I will be showing many more ways to use these new stamps (and doing video tutorials for them as well).

 I hope you enjoyed viewing my page today as much as I enjoyed creating it!  Thanks for stopping by, your kind comments always make my day! xo

Monday, August 11, 2014

Scapbooking Nature's Art & VIDEO TUTORIAL! {Shimmerz, Dusty Attic, Tresors de Luxe}

Hi everyone! I thought today I would share a step by step on how I made the above layout, start to finish. Here are the Shimmerz products I used to create this page....

Shimmerz Products used:
~ Hot Fudge Spritz
~ My Bleeding Heart Coloringz
~ Ruby Spritz
~ Caribbean Sunset Sprtiz
~ Tuscan Sun Spritz 
~Rolling In the Hay Vibez
~ Copperhead Dimensionz
~ I'm not Limon Inklingz
~ Gosh Garnet Inklingz

Dusty Attic Products used: 
~ Wildflower #2
~ Vine Border

Rather than try and explain the steps, I've made up a video tutorial to show you how I did it.  So grab a cuppa coffee/or tea sit back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy watching my video and will want to give your own page a try!  Here are a few closeups of the page that you can view at your leisure....

I used some gorgeous blooms from Tresors de luxe to decorate the corner cluster by the photo.

I added a little texture with somehome made texture paste with a stencil and I added a shabby brick look by lightly brushing on some Copperhead Dimensionz with the tip of my finger.  The Dusty Attic vine I painted with some 'I'm Not Limon' Inklingz.

After spritzing my background with a variety of Shimmerz Spritz's, I added some stamping and rub-on's. I also fussy cut some elements from Prima Almanac papers to embellish.  I painted the new Dusty Attic Wildflower #2 chipboard with yet more of the Inklingz, I'm Not Limon and Gosh Garnet.  NOTE: The color you see when you open a tub of Inklingz is not necessarily the color that it becomes when activated with water....for the true color, see the samples at the Shimmerz Website/Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and will give these gorgeous Shimmerz products a try.  You can shop for your own Shimmerz products HERE. And remember, to receive your own FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product be sure to mention my name in the INTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT area of your order.

Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Charming Desk Organizer {Bo Bunny ~ Enchanted Garden}

Who says organized has to be boring?  I used the beautiful and whimsical Enchanted Garden collection to add some 'pretty' to a desktop organizer.  I began with a bare/simple cardboard magazine/file holder and covered it with some of my favorite Enchanted Garden papers (Periodical).  I trimmed the edges with some lace trim from the Natural Earth Lace package.

I then created a tray for it all to sit in using some cardboard boxes I had in my stash.  I lined the tray with some Island Mist Double Dot paper.  I also made another tiered tray and covered this with the 'Spellbound' paper.  I added some stamping with the Distressted Textures and 'It is Written' stamp sets.

I wanted to stick with the 'nature' elements you see in the Enchanted Garden papers, to embellish this project, so on the spine of the magazine holder I fussy cut one of the frame designs from the 'Pixies' paper and then made a little nest design with some Spanish moss and added an egg I made from some air dry clay.

For the pencil cup I chose to use the striped paper from the coordination 6x6 paper pack so that I would get a thinner strip design on the cup.  I added a little Dusty Attic chipboard frame and I continued with the nature theme and made another small egg/nest design with some more Spanish moss and some little eggs that I made from air dry clay.

This was such a fun project to make and I think it would make a wonderful teacher's gift....or you might, like me, decide it looks just perfect on your own desk :)

Bo Bunny products used on this project:
Patterned Papers:  Periodical, Pixies, Spellbound, Moonlight/Enchanted Garden, Timeless/Somewhere In Time (backside of the magazine holder)
Cardstock: Island Mist Double Dot
6x6 Paper Pad:  Enchanted Garden
Lace: Bo Bunny Natural Earth Lace pack
Blossoms: Clover Bouquet package
Stamps:  It is Written, Distressed Textures
Jewels: Powder Mountain
Jewel Flourishes: Frosting

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for all the kind comments and feedback you all are sweet enough to give me.....they make my day! xo xo

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW! Page Kit & Video Tutorial for The Scrapbook Diaries {With Maja Design Papers} PLUS A NEW Stamp Set Designed by ME!!!

So I've been getting quite a few emails and private messages sent to me lately asking if I would create a masculine style page for The Scrapbook Diaries Kit Pages.  So I've finally gotten down to it and got one done!  

Of course I had to reach for some of my favorite Maja Design Papers to make up this page kit!  I love to include Maja papers in the kit pages where I can because I know how hard it is for some of you to get hold of these lovely collections.  This way you can have all my favorite things to work with included in one fun filled kit!

Janene (owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) sent me lots of wonderful masculine elements to use on a masculine style page including lots of amazing chipboard designs, trinkets, sprays/paints, and embellishments.  I think you guys are really going to enjoy playing with the fun goodies in this kit!

Here is a close-up of some of the lovely chipboard pieces included in this kit!  ...Also included in this kit is a very cool product I just LOVE from Shimmerz Paints called Inklingz, it's a super shimmery paint that gives a beautiful metalic look to the chipboard pieces.

Another close-up of the page and of the yummy embellishments that are included in this kit.  I love doing these kits because I'm able to give a quick and easy answer when you lovely ladies write to me asking where to find the products I use.  You can find it all in one place, in one easy to order kit....The Scrapbook Diaries!

Yes,....I did include some blooms on the page, BUT I stuck to blooms with more masculine textures and colors.  I also included elements like keys, clocks, gears & cogs to help you scrap those 'guy' photos you have been meaning to work with.

If you are looking to create a lovely 'masculine' style page for the man (or boys) in your life, this just might be the one you've been waiting for!  And if you just want the kit for an everyday page, this would work wonderfully as well!  You will get  all the papers, embellishments, sprays/paints, chipboard that I used in making this page as well as a full step by step VIDEO TUTORIAL made by me (exclusive only to The Scrapbook Diaries) with the purchase of the kit.  So grab one while you can, Janene says these kits fly off the shelf, so don't miss out on getting one for yourself!  You can order your kit HERE.

Before I finish up todays post I want to share some exciting news I have to share!  I've design my own set of stamps!!  Lately I've gotten more into the mixed media side of scrapping and you know how sometimes you just want a quick way to add some interesting background designs?  Well, I did a little hand drawing to create some cool, unique stamps.  My friend Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries took these sketches and converted them into stamp designs.....

Above is the hand drawn water droplets I sketched out for Janene, she then took this drawing and converted it into a stamp design......  

Here is the design she converted it to (above), we also added a few separate droplets so that stray droplets may be added to your project.  I will do a project soon that will show you fun ways to use this stamp as a background design.

I also added some brick wall designs to this stamp set.  I often hand sketch some brick wall designs in my scrap pages and thought it would be fun make little stamps to mimic the design.  I love the look of brick breaking through cracked walls, so I made a stamp design to achieve that look.  I had a little more space on my stamp set so I also added a leaf stamp.  I find that leaves always add a nice finishing touch to a floral cluster and I often just cut a leaf shape from some cardstock to do this, but I thought it would be cool to have a little leaf stamp  to add the vein design as well.

Another design you've all probably seen used on my pages is the corset lacing.  This is something I've done on my pages for years....but I thought it would be fun to have a stamp that you can use at the top of a page or card to add a design element, quick and easy.  I will also show fun ways to use this stamp on upcoming projects.  

I have not got my hands on these stamps yet (waiting on Canadian mail system LOL) but you can put your order in already (and may even end up with my stamp sets before I do! LOL), Janene has them up for sale at her store right now.  So if you'd like to check them out you can find them here  BACKGROUND DROPLET/BRICK STAMPS and CORSET TOPPER STAMP.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for all the lovely comments and feedback!  Your comments always put the 'happy' in my day! xo xo

I've Got an Article Pubbed in Scrap 365 Magazine! {August/Sept Issue}

Hi everyone!  Wow, this summer is moving by so quickly!  I had meant to post about this last week but time just got away from me.   I just wanted to let you know that the latest Issue of Scrap365 is now out (August/September Issue), and I'm happy to say that I have an article and 2 layouts pubbed in this one!  I'm always dabbling in other crafts as well as scrapbooking and am always trying to find ways to incorporate these crafts into my scrapbooking projects.  

This time around I did an article on 'Fabulous Felt'....showing ways to incorporate felting techniques into your scrapbook projects.   I played with 2 types of felting techniques to create the blooms I made, ...Wet Felting and Needle Felting.

I'm only allowed to show portions of my layout (sneak peeks), but above you can see part of the bloom design I created using these fun felting tecniques.  

Here is one more peek at the page I made for this article, the bloom/vine was so much fun to make and surprisingly easy as well.  I know I will for sure be playing again with this technique for future pages.

For my second page I shared a very simple felt floom technique combined with a bit of inking to the fabric as well.  Above you can see a little peek at my page.  I tried to share techniques that would appeal to both beginners and more advanced crafters.

If you are interested in checking out this cool technique, look for Scrap365 Magazine at your local magazine/book store or you can subscribe HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xo xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shabby-Chic Mixed Media Canvas & Tutorial {Shimmerz Paints, Maja Design, Dusty Attic}

Hi everyone! I have another fun mixed media canvas to share with you today, another 8x10 canvas I made using a variety of Shimmerz products, Dusty Attic Chipboard and Maja Design papers!  This time around I thought I would go for a Shabby-chic design. 

For this project I used the following  Shimmerz products:

I used the following Dusty Attic Products:
~ Baroque Corners
~ White Mini Roses
~ Divine Divas (winged dress form)
~ Ornate Frame #3
I used the following Maja Design Collections:
~ Coffee In the Arbour
~ Crea Diem


As always I thought it would be best to show you all my process by making a video tutorial that shows all the steps in creating this canvas.  I did make the actual corset embellishment that is the centerpiece of the project with some Martha Stewart air dry clay, it's easily made so I figured that you didn't need a tutorial on making the embellishment.  (BTW, I know that many of you asked for a video tutorial on how I made the Mermaids Tail in the last video I made for Shimmerz so I got that done over the weekend, you can find the video tutorial for the Mermaids Tail HERE.  So if you needed that extra little bit of help to make your own mermaid project just click on the link and you've got it :)   So here you go, enjoy! xo

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will give some of these techniques a are a few close-ups that you can view at your own pace...

I love the deep bronze shimmer the Shimmerz Brass Knuckles Inklingz, it really got me the look of a vintage mirror frame (Dusty Attic's Ornate Frame #3) that I was going for.

The soft pearly look of the Tutti-Frutti dazzlers gives the corset a lovely feminine shabby-chic look.

It's hard to see it in this photo but there are these beautiful shimmery bits of mica in the Sugar Plum Shimmerz paint that adds a subtle amount of glitter to the background design (you can see it better in the video). I feel like the plums and pinks from Shimmerz are a really good match for the colors in the Maja Design papers!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and hope that you will give these wonderful products and fun techniques a try in your mixed media projects!  And don't forget to get your BONUS/Free Shimmerz product in your next order, just put my name "Gabrielle' into the INSTRUCTIONS FOR MERCHANT part of your order and your will receive a FREE Bottle of Shimmerz or Dimensionz or a sample size jar of Dazzlerz or Texturez in the color of your choice!  xo


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