Wednesday, August 19, 2015

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Mixed Media Art Journal Cover Using My NEW TCW Stencils and Dusty Attic Chipboard!

Mixed Media journal cover by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and The Crafter's Workshop Stencils, Organic Matter

So I've made August my "spend time with family month", just wanting to take advantage of the time the kids have off school and make the most of it!  But I have taken a few moments out of our fun time to do a little video tutorial of an art journal cover that I made up as a sample using stencils I recently designed for The Crafter's Workshop!


I created both a positive and negative stencil design for this stencil that I named "Organic Matter". For this project I used the smaller 6x6 inch stencil (for the back) and the 12x12 inch mask style stencil for the front of the book cover. (You can find all my stencils online at The Scrapbook Diaries, I just heard that Janene has all the stencils in house now! and has already begun sending out all the pre-orders!! ....you can also use the TCW store finder for a TCW dealer near you).


Dusty Attic Products used on this project:
~ Dusty Attic Journal
~ Skeleton Clock Frames
~ Geometric Corners
~ Nuts and Bolts
~ Rulers
~ Cogs #2
~ Jumbo Cogs
~ Dusty In Color Paint: Hot Chocolate, Raisin, Sunburnt Orange
~ Dusty Attic Rusting Powder

When I was designing my stencils I have to say that I already had all these wonderful Dusty Attic chipboard designs in mind to use with my stencils.  I just love the industrial look of these chipboard pieces and thought they would work well with my Organic Matter stencils.

As I was creating this cover design I decided to flip on my camera and shoot a video tutorial to show how I used the stencils and also to show how I added the rusty finish to my Dusty Attic chipboard pieces.  So if you have time, give yourself and little break, sit back and enjoy!....



I used a whole lotta mixed media products to make this project, to find the list just click on the youtube link (bottom right corner of the screen above....when it's playing).....you can find the full list in the Youtube description area underneath my youtube video (click the down arrow beside the title to open up the description area).


I always like to keep the back of my art journal book covers free of a lot of 3D elements as the back seems to take a lot of wear and tear.  So I stuck to just adding some texture with my 6x6 'Organic Matter' stencil.  I added some stamping and used the same mixed media colors and sprays I used on the front of the journal cover.


Here is a view of the front and back of the journal cover.  I like that you can open up the spin of the journal cover so that you can remove the front and back to work on them.  Then you can reattach when the painting is done. NOTE: this is more of a notebook journal.....if you are looking to have an art journal where you can paint on the papers you will want to order a art journal that has watercolor or manila papers inside them.


I used Dusty Attic's Rusting Powder on all of my chipboard pieces for this project. I so much love the effect of the rusting powder.  All I did was paint the pieces with some of my Dusty Attic paints and while wet, sprinkled on the rusting powder.  I then sprayed the pieces with a solution of 75% white vinegar and 25% water.  I gave it about 20 mins to a half hour to dry/rust.  I then lightly brushed with some Sunburnt Orange DA paint to add to the corroded look. (see video above for more details)


I used Golden Molding Paste (but really any texture paste will do the trick) with my TCW Organic Matter Mask Stencil (12x12 size) to create the veined look on my background design.  After applying all my background spritzes and inks, I hit the relief areas of the stencil with some Luminarte H20's in Egyptian Gold,  and Pearlex Mica Powders in Aztec Gold and Turquoise (see video for application).


This journal cover was so much fun to create!  I hope I've inspired you all to get out your DA chipboard (you can find a large selection of DA chipboard at The Scrapbook Diaries), TCW stencils and mixed media products and get creating your very own mixed media project!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate all the kind comments and feedback and love to hear what you all think of the new products I've designed!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Clean & Simple Style {Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic} Video Tutorial!!


Hi all! For today's project I thought I'd play a bit with negative space designs.  I so admire people who can do this style of scrapping well! For me it's a bit of a challenge as I have a tendency to fill up my spaces too much.


I began this project by first using the Dusty Attic August Inspiration board as a stimulus for this project.  I chose my colors from it but I think I got a little off track with the blue, I meant to choose a steal/blue/gray ....I thought that the light blue and the grey would mix to the right color, but the light blue ended up dominating my layout.....ah well, I'm still happy with the results even if the colors didn't match the mood board as well as I wanted.....and where is the yellow, you may ask? It's in my nephews, wife's shirt! LOL!


These are the Dusty Attic products I used to make up this page:
~ Key to My Heart
~ Marrakesh Panel (small)
~ Sea Gulls
~ String Frames (Small)
~ Foliage #2
~ Work Pack #16


These are the Shimmerz Paints products I used for this project.  I've made up a short video tutorial on how this page came together....so take yourself a lil break and enjoy! (If the video is not showing up here on blogger you can watch at this link https://youtu.be/PGyEa1N19II .....



Hope you enjoyed my video tutorial! I have been trying to make use of some of my old stash, so I took these layered stickers I had from an old K and Company collection called Blossomwood and used them as my floral embellishments for the page (makes for a nice flat page design that will fit easily into an album).


I also fussy cut some Pussy-willow branches from a patterned paper in the Blossomwood paper collection, and scattered them around the photo area.  The little Sea Gulls are a nod to one of my friends on my Dusty Attic design team Joanne Bain, who does clean and simple style to perfection,....she often uses those lil Sea Gulls in her work adding a lovely dramatic effect!


The Dusty Attic Marrakesh Panel (small) is such a fun design element that I think can add lots of texture to a page....here I just added a drop of Perfect Pearls in a lavender color to the joints.  For the pretty Dusty Attic heart lock (Key to my Heart) I painted the base with Shimmerz Grapetastic Dazzlerz and the ornate top piece with Shimmerz Gritty Graphite Texturez.


Recently Dusty Attic put out a whole bunch of AWESOME word packs, I just love these scripty titles....and what a great deal, as you get a number of titles in one pack!


I know it may pain some people to cut up the beautiful Marrakesh Panel, but never throw out the bits and pieces left over.  Even the smallest bitty piece can add a nice accent as shown here where I used a cut off piece for the little corner accent.

I'm so loving the watercolor effect the Shimmerz Paints Creameez add to a background design!  Did you know that Shimmerz just recently came out with a whole bunch of NEW Creameez colors?  I just got my order in and I can't wait to play....there is a new Summery color collection and a Vintage Collection, they are ALL gorgeous colors!
NOTE:  If you are looking to put in a Shimmerz Paints order, be sure to mention my name 'Gabrielle' to get yourself a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice! (just pop it into the 'Instructions to Merchant/Seller' part of your order along with the product you chose as your bonus). You can order Shimmerz Paints HERE.

Looking for a great place an order Dusty Attic Products in North America?  The Scrapbook Diaries has a huge variety of the latest Dusty Attic chipboard designs (they also ship International) .....another great source is Moments of Tranquility.

I hope you enjoyed checking out my attempt at a clean and simple page style!  Lots of time left this month to still play along in the Dusty Attic Inspiration Board Challenge....as always there is an AWESOME Dusty Attic prize up for grabs (a $100.00 Gift Certificate for the DA online store)!  Be sure to share your project at the Dusty Attic blog and link it in the right side column.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with this month! xo


Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW Page Kit & Video {The Scrapbook Diaries & Maja Design & Dusty Attic!}


I just love it when my design teams line up with product that works so well together! This is what happened with the newest kit page I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.   Recently Maja Design came out with the sweetest 'Baby' collection called .... 


....'Vintage Baby'....and it's exactly that, a collection of papers filled with sweet vintage images and designs that will put a nostalgic look into your baby scrapbook pages!  And at the same time one of my other design teams, Dusty Attic, came out with the cutest chippies for baby layouts! 


Janene, at The Scrapbook Diaries, worked her magic pulling together lots of beautiful accents, blooms, paints that helped in creating the sweet lil girl page I created above.  


I mean, how cute is that Dusty Attic Baby Banner chippie??  I just love the fine detailing Jennifer Hedger gets into her chipboard designs, right down to the little bows!  And the new baby title chippies....adorable!


Now here's the cool thing, .....this kit can be ordered as a Baby Girl kit OR a Baby Boy kit!  See how there are papers in the Maja Vintage Baby collection that are in pinks and in blues?   Well, I chose 5 of the patterned papers in shades of pinks for the Baby Girl page I made .....and Janene has been super busy creating a kit (and coordinating layout) with a selection of papers in the blues for a Baby Boy kit!  As always I made a step by step video tutorial to go with the kit, to which you'll have unlimited access to with the purchase of the kit.....and the video tutorial will work equally as well for both kits.  And of course there will also be enough product in the kit to create a bonus page for both the Girl and the Boy kit. (You should see the gorgeous sample pages Janene made up to go with each of the kits!)

I've been seeing a lot of new additions to so many of your families on Face Book, so here is your chance to make a beautiful memory page, or a special gift that is suitable for framing!  I was so happy to scrap this photo of my little great-niece Kiera, one of my favorites of the professional shots my nephew (and his wife) had made of their youngest daughter.  If you would like to try this kit out, just hop on over to The Scrapbook Diaries and pick up your choice of either the Girl or Boy kit!....or both if you are fortunate enough to have both boys and girls to scrap!  As always, this is while quantities last :)   You can pick up your Girl kit HERE and the Boy Kit HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and thanking all you sweet friends that take the time to leave your kind and supportive feedback, it means a lot to me! xo

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sharing another NEW Stencil I Designed for TCW! {Video Tutorial!!}


Hi all!  Took me a few days but I finally got around to editing a video tutorial I made on how to make this Shabby-Chic wall art piece using another NEW Stencil I designed for The Crafter's Workshop and using some of my Maja Design papers...


I used the 6x6 and 12x12 'Complicated Hearts' stencil to create the heart medallions that were the centerpieces of the wall hanging and to decorate the frame.


I also used the Coffee in the Arbour and Sofiero collection papers by Maja Design to matte my heart designs and add interest to the frame.

Here is a step by step video tutorial I made up showing how I used the stencils to make this piece of Shabby-chic wall art....Enjoy!....




Hope you enjoyed my video tutorial!  Here are a few close-ups of each of the panels on this wall hanging....


I used the 12x12 stencil to add the larger houndstooth design to the framework of the top panel.  I also used the Crackled Textures stamp I designed for  The Scrapbook Diaries on the frame as well.


I used some grey chalk ink (Prima - Old Road) to bring up the textures I added to the framework with my stencil and home-made texture paste.


NOTE:  My stencils have just been released to be ordered by retailers HERE ....this link is for retailers only....You can purchase these stencils at any retailer that carries The Crafter's Workshop Stencils (TCW)....I know that Janene, at The Scrapbook Diaries has then up for PRE-ORDER right now, you can find them HERE. (my Crackle Textures Stamp set can be found there as well) xo

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  This is a new venture for me and I just want to say thank-you to all you lovely people who have given me such kind feedback and support on my stencil designs. I'm excited to see what you all will be doing with them! :)


Monday, July 27, 2015

Nautical/Beach themed Wall Art {BoBunny - Boardwalk}


So today is a bitter-sweet post for me....as many of you know, I've been on the BoBunny Design team for over 5 years now and it's been such a joy working with all their beautiful products!  This today is my last post for the BoBunny design team as I've decided to take a little break and step down from the team.  Sometimes it's nice to just take a little breather, so I've been making a few changes this summer. It's nice to have a little more family time over the summer months and maybe a little 'me' time to do a little designing and playing with my art supplies.  .....No worries for those of you who follow my blog, I will still be doing plenty of projects and sharing them here, but it will be at a more relaxed pace, creating on my own time.


I found this shabby-chic looking printer's tray at Michaels by 7 Gypsies (half price!!), I thought the white background would work nicely with the fresh designs and colors in the Bo Bunny Boardwalk collection.  The starfish is again cut from an image in the BoBunny papers, I gave it a little 3D look by lightly misting the design with water and then pushing the hand of my mini scissors into the design (in the palm of my hand).....same with the shell.  The title is a new chippie by Dusty Attic as are the two lil corner scrolls, the chain, screw and seagull chippies. (the title shows up better against the soft aqua paint in my laundry room).


I totally love this lighthouse image, prominent in the designs of the Boardwalk collection.  Here I just cut it out and again gave the paper a little curve to give it a 3D look. I added some pieces of the coordinating chipboard to this collection (I've always loved their layered chipboard designs, like that glittery ships wheel that I linked with the chain link design.  (I gave the chain link chippie a bit of realistic metal look by using some of BoBunny's Chocolate Pearlescents on it).  And finished the design with a little nest in the corner....hey, there's a seagull so I figured a nest would be fitting (even though the eggs are more like Robins eggs, LOL).


Here's a pic of the piece sitting on the shelf in my laundry room.....I take a deep breath and feel peaceful just looking at it....even though I might be toiling away doing laundry :)

Bo Bunny Products used in this project:
Patterned Paper: Boardwalk/Bliss, Boardwalk, Sandcastle, Seaside
6x6 Paper Pad: Boardwalk
Layered Chipboard: Boardwalk
Pearlescents: Chocolate

Dusty Attic Products:
~ Seagulls
~ Mini Corner #2
~ Mini Chains
~ Nuts and Bolts
~ Word Pack #10

I'm sure you will be seeing me use Bo Bunny products in many many more projects in the future as I always adore everything their talented designers create!  This is not good-bye, just 'so long'.  I hope you enjoyed todays post, thanks so much to all of you who take the time to leave your kind comments and feedback, it means so much to me!! (Seriously....thanks everyone for the kind feedback especially on the new designs I came out with for TCW....this is a new venture for me and your positive response makes me so happy! xo xo)



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BIG NEWS!!! I've Designed Stencils for The Crafter's Workshop!!! {Video Tutorial too!!}


I've been keeping this exciting little secret for many months now and I'm just bursting to spill it!!  I have 6 new stencils coming out in The Crafter's Workshop NEW RELEASES!! TCW stencils have long been a favorite product to work with in my layouts and art projects, so I was so thrilled to be allowed to design stencils for them!!  The art journal cover above was made using 3 of the 6x6 stencils....


It ended up the 'Tuscan Wall' stencil was a perfect fit for the Dusty Attic Door#3 I used in the cover design!  Here are the pieces I used from Dusty Attic.....


And used some of my favorite Shimmerz Paints  on it as well.  Here are the colors I used to paint/spritz and texture the front and back cover....


Shimmerz Paints:

- Heidi Ho Blue Coloringz
- Glorious Day Vibez
- Chocolate Brownie Coloringz
- Taupe of the World Vibez
- Bamboo Leaf Spritz
- Olive Branch Spritz
- Emerald City Inklingz
- Artichoked Texturez
- Pumpkin Shimmerz
NOTE: Get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paint product in the color of your choice by mentioning my name in the INSTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT/SELLER part if your next order! Shimmerz Paint Store

So here is a video tutorial I made up showing step by step how I made this cover design....grab a cuppa and enjoy! xo....



Hope you enjoyed my video tutorial and feel inspired to give my stencils and some of these lovely products a try!  Here is a front and back cover view of the design....


Here are a few more close-ups to view at your leisure....


I was so happy that the Dusty Attic chipboard doors fit so nicely to the 6x6 Tuscan Wall Stencil!  I also used some of my Crackle Textures Stamps on this design as you can see on the door panels.  The Stamps are available at The Scrapbook Diaries. (I also know that Janene, at The Scrapbook Diaries has ordered in all the the stencils used in this video! So keep your eye peeled on her store, if you like to order online!)


Here I used my Moving Vines stencil having them peek out from under the corner chipboard design from Dusty Attic (DeVine Frame Set). (Dusty Attic Chipboard can be found at The Scrapbook Diaries and at Moments of Tranquility)


A close-up of the cracked wall texture and the peeled paint stamping.


After I finished the front and back cover designs. I lined the inside with some pretty cardstock. Then reattached the book binding to the cover pieces.  


A picture of the back of the book design.  I like to keep it without a lot of embellishing as that part takes more wear and tear as you use the book, so I just stuck to the textures I got from my stencils.

I have 3 more stencil designs to share with you all!  And lots of projects I've made with both the 12x12 and 6x6 stencils!  I'm super excited to see what some of you will be making with them as well!  ....and what is happening with this fun little art journal?  Jaime Echt from Crafters Workshop will be at a paper crafting show this coming weekend (SPC show in Salt Lake City...for any of you vendors attending this show) and will be entering names into a hat for everyone that orders at the show, and a random winner will be chosen to be the proud new owner of this art journal!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and sharing in my exciting news! Your kind comments and feedback always make my day! xo

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Romantic Penny Emporium

Scrapbook Page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Penny Emporium

I've always loved the combination of grays with plum/purples, and Bo Bunny's Penny Emporium satisfies all my love for this color combo!   I started with a polka dot paper as a frame for the grey background paper (BoBunny Double Dot 'Sugar Dot').  I chose the gray side of the 'Alphabet' paper from Penny Emporium as the background.


I was going for a nice romantic lacy effect so I used some black cardstock with Bo Bunny's Elegant Die throughout the page design.


There are so many wonderful images that can be fussy cut from this collection. I fussy cut the pocket watch design from the 'Captured' paper, adhered with some foam dots and added some glitter paste to give the cutout some dimension.  ...In  the background area I did a little painting using the heart design from BoBunny's stickable stencils (Cascade Stencil).


I embellished the photo area with some flowers from Bo Bunny's Plum Purple Blossoms (Bouquet and Zinnia), I painted up a laser cut butterfly (also new to BoBunny) and added a piece of pearl flourish to the side.

The photo is another lovely shot of my nephew and his wife when they got their engagement photos taken.  ....I hope you enjoyed today's post as much as I enjoyed making it!  Thanks so much for popping in today, your kind comments and feedback always make my day! xo


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