Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creating a Fresh Pretty Gift {With Maja Design}

Hello friends! I thought I would share with you all a fun little 'Thinking of You' gift idea.  I found this cute little unfinished wooden crate at my local Dollar store and thought I would use some of the fresh pretty patterns in the Maja Design papers to dress it up to create a candle holder gift set.
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I used the 'Naturen doftar' paper from the 'Antligen' paper collection to cover the outside strips of the wooden crate.  I used a mixture of equal parts white glue and water to adhere my paper strips to the wooden crate.  I just love the sweet white dotted green paper for this, I think it gives the project an nice Spring feel to it.


For the inside of the box I used the pretty gingham design in the 'Kitchen Garden' paper from the 'Life in the Country' collection.  And for the middle/side walls I used the lovely script/floral paper that is on the reverse side of the Kitchen Garden paper.


For the front of the box I wanted to keep the clean lines of the box design so I didn't over embellish the box, I just added a few paintable Prima Blooms, a twine bow and a Dusty Attic swirl chippie (Elegant Swirls#13), which I painted white and edged with some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme's Branch Bark).

I hope I've inspired you to pull out some of your favorite Maja Design papers and Dusty Attic chipboard to create a little gift to cheer a friend of yours!  You can find a wide variety of Maja Design Papers and Dusty Attic Chipboard at The Scrapbook Diaries.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate and read all your lovely comments! xo

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heritage Tags {New Bo Bunny!}

So the ports in the USA are clearing products and I understand that the NEW Bo Bunny collections are making their way to all the scrapbook stores! Yay!  I had some time over the weekend to play with the New Heritage Collection, and made up a couple of tags.  This first one is a gift tag I made using some of the patterned papers from the Heritage 6x6 paper pad along with some of my favorite Vintage Double Dot cardstock.

I used a flower die (Spellbinders, Rose) with some of the lighter papers in the 6x6 paper pad to make up my floral accent for the card. I added a frame from the Noteworthy (die cuts) pack, a little hemp twine, and I quickly had a fun little tag put together.

Bo Bunny Products used on this project:
Patterned Paper: Heritage 
Cardstock: Vintage Double Dot/Gingerbread
6x6 Paper Pad: Hertiage
Noteworthy: Heritage

For my second tag I went with the sweet wood grain patterned paper and combined it with Sweet Pear Double Dot cardstock.

I used one of my favorite Bo Bunny blossoms as a centerpiece for this tag, a bloom from the Clover Zinnia's package. The bit of brick mortar chipboard behind the bloom is a leftover bit from Dusty Attic.  I also accented with a butterfly cut with Bo Bunny's NEW Flutter dies. I used a little bit of 'Island Mist' Pearlescents on the butterfly as well as some of the new Glitter Pastes in 'Caribbean' and 'Wasabi'.

Bo Bunny product used on this Tag:
Patterned Paper, 6x6 Paper Pad: Heritage
Cardstock: Sweet Pear Double Dot
Noteworthy: Heritage
Flutter Dies
Blossoms: Zinnia/Clover
Glitter Paste: Caribbean, Wasabi
Pearlescents: Island Mist
Frosting Jewels (pearl flourish)

Hope you enjoyed my Bo Bunny projects for today, and hope that you will have these gorgeous products available to you soon at your local scrap store!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xo

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Mixed Media Page AND Video Tutorial {Bo Bunny - Garden Journal}

Last week I got my big beautiful design team pack from Bo Bunny! I was so excited to see all the new gorgeous paper collections, one of my favorites being the new Garden Journal collection. So of course I had to dig in and play with this collection first thing!  Did you know that Bo Bunny now has metal dies that can help you create intricate and beautiful accents for your scrapbook pages and craft projects?  Today I made up this scrapbook page using a variety of the new dies, including my favorite new butterfly design to create accents and embellishments that help give a light, airy feel to the page. Here is a video tutorial I made up to show step by step how this page was made, including a really fun technique when cutting your dies that help release the paper from the die quickly and easily. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial and will feel inspired to try out some of Bo Bunny's new dies and mixed media products.  Here are a few close-ups you can view at your leisure...

One of the tips I shared in this video is how you get the cardstock to release from the die in a quick and easy way.  I don't know the science behind it but it works beautifully.  I found this tip on Pinterest a tip shared by Stampin' Up's Patty Bennett, and the basic idea is to sandwich your cardstock between a layer of wax paper and a layer of dryer sheet (yep, those pretty smelling little sheets you throw in your dryer, a fabric softener sheet).  So basically you have your die, the next layer is a piece of wax paper, then your cardstock piece, then a dryer sheet.  Then the piece of plastic that you use with your die cutting machine (I used the Quickutz Revolution for mine).  Just roll it through like you usually do, when you pull it out, the cardstock piece releases very easily from the die, and the tiny bits and pieces with pretty much fall out of the intricate little cuts.  I didn't have to use any tools to poke out my bits, they just fell out as I ran my fingers over the piece! It only takes a second to add the extra two layers to your cut out but it saves you tons of time trying to pop out those stubborn little bits on those intricate dies!

I also used one of the awesome NEW stickable stencils called Love on this page.  I took the clock design and using a palette knife laid down a thick layer of NEW Blush Glitter Paste to add this shimmery design to the background of my photo cluster.  I also used the Blush and Sugar Glitter Pastes on my Flutter die cut pieces to create these little butterfly accents for my page.

For my floral accent on this page, I combined the coordinating chipboard pieces for the Garden Journal collection with a Bo Bunny Daisy Blossom from the Blush packet.  I made a quick fun little nest using some Spanish Moss and a chipboard egg design from the coordinating chipboard for Garden Journal collection.

Bo Bunny Product used in this project:
Patterned Paper: Garden Journal/Sketch, Wonder
6x6 paper pad: Garden Journal 
Sticker Sheet/Garden Journal
Chipboard/Garden Journal
Glitter Paste: Sugar, Blush
Stickable Stencil: Love
Dies: Flutter Dies, Ornate Frame, Lattice Frame
Glimmer Spray: Bronze 
Blossoms: Blush Daisy
Wood accents: Iron Works

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial.  Your kind comments and feedback always make my day! xo

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Favor Boxes with Template {Bo Bunny Double Dot}

Favor boxes by Bo Bunny design team member Gabrielle Pollacco, template below)

If you are like me, you love a quick and easy project.  This favor box is so easy to make from an 8 1/2" x 11" paper....not cutting, just a few easy folds.  I have lots of that pretty Double Dot paper from Bo Bunny, (I have a love of dots!!) so I grabbed a piece of Mint Double dot 8 1/2" x 11" piece and scored it as follows.....

Favor Box Template 01

Score at the 3/4", 4 1/2" mark, 6 1/2" mark and 10 1/4" mark.  If you are like me and only have the Score Buddy (meant for cards)....I just measured in 3/4" and 4 1/2" from each side edge. Now turn on the  8.5" side and score as follows

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Score at 2 inches in from each side.  Then you will want to mark 4 angles....measure 2" ALONG the edge from the two center marks.  Now draw a line from your mark to the inner corner as shown....score this line.

Favor box template 03

I personally found it a little hard to score the angle line so what I did was brought the point of the middle fold up to meet the edge of my side fold and then used my finger to make the angle fold.

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I opted for the dotted design to be on the outside of my box, so I added 4 strips of 2 sided sticky tape to the four corners of the plain side as shown above.

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Once you've applied your sticky tape, bring the two sides in, it will look like the picture above. Now bring the two side flaps up and you have formed your box....

It will look like the pic above!  Now the fun part....decorate!

Close up of Favor Box by Gabrielle Pollacco for Bo Bunny

For one of my boxes I used an edge punch and cut a scallop edge across the top.  I added a band of green cardstock (BoBunny Clover Dot) to hold the top together, and added some hemp twine, burlap, strip of lace and a die cut Shasta Daisy (Cheery Lynn Designs) and some leave cut from the Clover paper.

Close up of favor box by Gabrielle Pollacco for Bo Bunny

For my second box I used some left over paper I had from the Primrose collection (that collection had such pretty dot papers and butterflies!!).  I fussy cut a few butterflies from the patterned paper and cut a Fanciful Flourish from Bo Bunny's Clover Dot paper.

Hope you enjoyed today's project and that you give this easy-peasy favor bag a try the next time you want to give a good friend a little gift!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today! xo 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Couldn't Resist Another {Maja Design and Dusty Attic}

Hello dear friends! Yep, I'm back again today to share another canvas I made using some older bits of my scrapping stash mixed with some beautiful Maja Design papers. As I explained yesterday, I had recently been browsing on Pinterest and found this artist out of Singapore, named Grace Ciao, who makes fashion designs out of real fresh flowers....I  thought the artwork was beautiful but at the same time thought it sad that they could not last being that they were made from fresh flowers.  It got me to thinking about some very large Prima blooms that I had bought many, many years ago when I first started out scrapping....

Remember these?  I realized that they would be perfect to make up some lovely couture canvas designs.  Yesterday I shared one canvas that I made out of one of the other flower petals (also shared a video tutorial on how I made it as well).  Today I'm sharing another canvas using some pink/cream petals from my stash.



I used a variety of papers from the Maja, Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Spring Basics collections. I used the center of the 'March 1st' paper (from Vintage Spring Basics) for the body of my couture figure as well as the pretty Daffodil images in the corners of the paper for my canvas background.  In the center of the canvas I used '1910' from Vintage Summer Basics, and then cut out a heart shape from '1909-bs' also from the Vintage Summer collection.

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I always feel that the Maja papers are beautifully complimented by Dusty Attic chipboard, in this case I used a new chipboard design called 'Elegant Swirls #3' to top my canvas. I used a stencil called 'Butterfly Collage' that was designed by a lovely and super talented friend of mine, Janene Meyerowitz (yep, that's right, owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) to make the wings behind the figure and to add the lattice design in the corners.  I used the 12x12 stencil for this, but she also has this gorgeous stencil available in a 6x6 size as well :)

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Running down the side of the canvas I used a Dusty Attic chipboard piece called 'Branch #3" that I just gave a coat of Gesso and inked with some Ingvild Bolme 'Moss Garden' chalk ink, and some Branch Bark ink by her, as well.  In the bottom right corner I added a corner chippie from the DeVine Frame Set (Dusty Attic).  The dress design was made entirely of a couple of the petals I had from an old, old Prima box.  (I'm sure you can use petals from just about any silk/fabric flower you have in your stash).


I sketched out a couture figure to create my canvas design and saved the page as a template.  Just right click on the photo and 'save image as' to your computer if you would like to try using my sketch for one of your projects.

If you are looking for Maja Design papers as well as Dusty Attic chipboard, Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries has loads uploaded to her online store (how's that for one stop shopping! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I really do appreciate all the lovely comments and feedback! Happy Scrapping! xo

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Use for Old Stash! VIDEO TUTORIAL {Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic}

Hello my dear friends! Do you ever look at your pile of old stash that you've had building up over the years and think, what will I ever do with this item?  Years ago when I first started out scrapping I had bought some LARGE Prima blooms, I think I might have used one or two of them on a page but these blooms are seriously BIG, lol.  I finally found a fun way to use them!  I had been browsing around on Pinterest and saw this artist from Singapore named Grace Ciao who does her artwork with real live fresh flowers.  I thought her artwork is really beautiful but thought it's sad that the blooms will die (I think she takes photos of her work and uses those).  Anyway, it got me to thinking that it would be fun to use those old fabric petals that I had in my stash from those many years ago to create a fun mixed media style canvas.  (You can use any fabric or paper flower petals for this project, I was just happy to find a good use for my old stash! :)

I was also looking to use this months (February's) Inspiration Board from Dusty I gathered together a few of my favorite Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and colors from this palette from my Shimmerz Paints, and got to working.  Here is a step by step Video Tutorial I put together on how I made this project...enjoy!

This project was a lot of fun to create!  I began by quickly drawing up a figure, which I then traced out onto a piece of neutral color paper.  Here is a copy of my figure, just right click on the photo and 'save image as' to your computer, then print out for your own use...

Here are a couple close up shots of the canvas. ...

I used Tombow adhesive to apply the petals to my project but on hindsight think I would use a different fabric/craft glue (like Aleene's) for this next time....I feel like the Tombow seeped through the fabric of my petals and left a bit of a subtle stain. (I will definitely be trying this out again! :)

Here is a list of the basic products I used to make this canvas:

Dusty Attic Chipboard:
~ Corner Flourish #3
~ Elegant Flourish #3
~ Feathers
~ Bookman ABC Set

Shimmerz Paint Products:

- Tuscan Sun Spritz
- Treasured Hymn Spritz
- Pumped up Purple Coloringz
- Razzle Dazzle Berry Vibez
- Don't Be Suede Vibez
- Have a Grape Day Texturez
- Marooned Over Miami Texturez
- Coral Me Crazy Dazzlerz
- Ruby Lost Her Slippers Inklingz
- Miner Miner 49er Inklingz
NOTE:  Be sure to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product (in the color of your choice) with your next Shimmerz order by mentioning my name in the Instructions to Merchant part of your order!

You can now shop for Dusty Attic Chipboard directly from their online store (open to both wholesale and retail), here  Dusty Attic Website
You can also find Dusty Attic in the USA at these two fine online shops....

If you would like to play along in this months Inspiration Board Challenge be sure to link your project at the Dusty Attic blog, there is a link in the top right hand corner.  It's fun to play along and have a chance at the AMAZING $100.00 Gift Certificate to the Dusty Attic Online Shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your sweet comments and feedback make my day! xo

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's All About Friends! {Dusty Attic and Maja Design}

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic chipboard and Maja Design papers

So today I want to talk with you about friends!  I've made many many online friends over the years, and so many in the scrapbook industry, girls on my design teams, friends on FB, my Youtube subscribers, blog followers and more.  I get lots of emails with questions, kind words on my work and some of you are even so kind as to send me sweet gifts!  On today's layout I used a package of Prima blooms that were sent to me from one of my sweet friends, Kimberly (from Hawaii), thanks so much Kimberly for your thoughtful gift, the blooms were a perfect match to the Maja papers I'm using today!!  So, in the spirit of friendship, I thought I would also make my page about friends as well. This is a pic I took of my 2 daughters with my oldest daughters BFF. They have been friends since they were about 3 years old and are still going strong.


For this page I used the cool pinks and deep plum/wine color papers from the NEW Maja Design Limited Edition 'Nyhavn' collection....with a couple bits and pieces of some of the other Maja collections as well.  I love that this collection lends itself to so many different looks!  I used 'Veteran Ships' the deep plum/rose color paper as matting for my background paper which is 'Strolling Along the Canal'.  I did a little inking with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink and a little stamping with a Martha Stewart Butterfly stamp and some Bo Bunny 'Distress Textures' and 'It Is Written' stamps.


Here is a close-up of the pretty fabric blooms sent to my by my sweet friend.  I used some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet stain in the centers of these flowers to give them more depth and bring in the rich plum/rose in the background papers.  As and extra accent, I fussy cut some pink roses from the No.VI paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection.


After inking I added some texture with some of my home made texture paste and a Prima flourish stencil, which incidentally was also a gift from a sweet friend (thanks Janene!).


The chipboard pieces are of course, from Dusty Attic, 'Live Beautifully' title, (I just LOVE these new title sets, the script writing adds such a lovely touch to a page), 'Sweet Pea Border' and 'String Frame Set'.

I kept the String Frame chippie natural as I wanted it to resemble hemp twine.  The Sweet Pea Border I painted white with a dusting of brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme) and the title chippie, I inked with more of the TH Victorian Velvet ink....for the 'Live' part I added some 'Diamond' Stickles to make the title pop out from the photo more.


I matted my photo with 'Raspberry Cupcake' paper from the Maja 'Coffee In the Arbour' collection.  And I matted that with another paper from the Nyhvn collection, the one that looks like weathered wood called 'Sitting At the Dock'.


The metal mailbox is a Prima Shabby Chic trinket, and those intricate looking butterfly embellishments are some pieces I pulled out of some of my old stash from years ago.  They are Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass.  I'd been hoarding those, and then realized, whats the point in having them, if I don't use them! LOL!

Dusty Attic Chipboard used in this Project:
~ Live Beautifully Chipboard Title
~ Sweet Pea Border
~ String Frame Set

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Nyhavn (Strolling Along the Canal, Veteran Ships-bs, Sitting At the Dock), Vintage Autumn Basics (No.VI), Coffee In the Arbor (Raspberry Cupcakes).

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and thank-you to all the dear friends that follow my blog and my work, your kind comments are always appreciated, they make my day! xo


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