Monday, January 4, 2010

Technique: Ruffled Paper Edges


I'm often asked how I do that ruffled edge I like to use on some of my scrap pages, and was asked if I could do a little video tutorial on how to curl up the edges.  So here is a quick little snippet to help you all have a better idea on how I do this (just click on the title below to be taken to the video)....


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I'm starting off with the Limited Edition Kit this month from My Creative Scrapbook. This kit just blew my mind when I first opened it up. It was crazy packed with so many gorgeous blooms (fabric, paper & crochetted!!), and not one crystal flourish, nope, not two .....but FOUR gorgeous black crystal flourishes, which went a long way in making up many many pages for this kit! And wait till you see the papers!!! I thought they were pretty when I first saw them online at the GCD Studios site, but in real life they are soooo glittery and beautiful!! My photography simply does not capture the beautiful shimmer of the papers and note-cards in this kit! Here are some close-up pic's of the above l/o....



Here is another l/o I made using this beautiful kit! The large butterfly is part of one of the patterned papers and all the black is flocking giving the l/o wonderful texture! .....And if you like butterflies, this kit is for you! There is a full sheet of patterned paper made up of glossy butterfly images (which I cut out and attached to the page by folding up the wings)....but there are even more, a big sticker sheet of butterflies too!) This is a photo I took of Meagan a little while back when she was learning to rollerblade in our back lane-way, I think she spent more time picking the wild flowers at the sides than she did rollerblading! ........

There were so many pretty and unique accent pieces in this kit, among them these cute, cute brads with butterflies and blooms on them. Here are a couple close-up pic's showing some of the unique kit items....


This is a 3rd l/o I made with the Limited Edition Kit. By adding some pink cardstock I changed up the kit colours a bit. I used a very cool brocade design transparency sheet (included in the kit) to make the circular design on this page. I attached it with 2 sided sticky tape under the photo and used a black pearly 3D paint dotting the edge. This creates a nice design/texture on the page and also serves to adhere the transparency piece better. The flowers on this l/o were handmade. The smaller ones were punched out of pink cardstock and then painted with some pearly pink paint and edged with glitter glue (Stickles).

TIP: The larger bloom was made by using this technique from the MCS Tips & Techniques forum More Cardstock Cabbage Roses except I used a coffee filter that I lightly tinted with some watercolour paint (I used the pattern from the above tutorial) and a rough cut circle piece of light pink cardstock. Just lightly twist the length of cut coffee filter and glue to your cardstock piece. You'll get a very flat but fluffy looking cabbage rose (especially good for you ladies who are worried about too much bulk in your albums!) Here is a closeup picture of the finished blooms.....

And here is a 4rth l/o I made using the LE kit. For this l/o I used one of the fine print green floral papers in the kit and then created a polka-dot patterned paper with some white cardstock and green chalk ink. I cut out a circle from a piece of craft foam and stuck it onto the end of a wooden dowel to make a homemade stamp. I stamped dots in a diamond shape pattern to make the leftside of the page.

The white and green flower on this page was made using the satin ribbons included in this kit. I used the Kanzashi Bloom technique I posted a little while back in the MCS Tutorials forum (the rounded petal technique, but I layered it). Here is a close-up picture.....


Okay, so that was the LE kit (plenty more stash in this kit to make much much more!)......Moving on to the Main kit for January. The Design Team girls had such a blast playing with these papers! You'll have to be sure to take a look at all the work done by them in the January DT Gallery! Here is the first l/o I made up using this fun earthy kit!......

There is a full tube of colourful Prima blooms in this kit. I used a bunch of the creamy yellow colour blooms to make up the 'branch' of blooms crossing the l/o (the branches were cut from dark brown cardstock using my Revolution die-cutter). The photo is another one I had taken of Meagan when we were out on a little late fall walk. Here are a couple of close-up pic's of some fo the kit goodies.....



Here is a 2nd l/o I made using the Main kit (I already shared this l/o yesterday along with a tutorial on making the faux polished stone.....see posting below) or check-out my posted tutorial at MCS .... Faux Polished Stones



As always Pam has packed unique and pretty embellishments for these kits! There is a full notecard of black gemstones and these gorgeous Prima Blooms in such wonderful fabric textures, (velvety soft and rough and shimmery!) In this l/o I used the black gemstones to create a circle design....

One of the bloom packages in this kit are so velvety and pretty with these vintage looking centers made from metal and rhinestones......



And finally a 3rd kit I worked on this month was the Creative kit. If you've got winter/snow pic's to scrap, this is the kit for you! Here is a l/o I made using the pretty kit papers and embellies (I used one of the BoBunny Snowy Serenade die cut papers as a template to make up this page) The picture is one I took of Steve on a walk with the girls....




A 2nd l/o I made with this kit I went with the Pinks/reds in the papers. The photo is one of my little niece caught crawling across the hood of her dads vintage car. Included in the kit there are some green poinsetta blooms that I cut up to make the leaves for my branch design.


TIP: I made the 'lollipop' blooms by layering some rough cut circles of patterned paper and pressing the rounded handle of my scissors into the centers to get a cup shape. Secured it with a brad in the center and added some puffy paint to the edges to mimic snow (I used Tulip Puffy Paint, just squeeze it on and apply a heat gun to make it puff up) Here are some close-up pics.....



And a 3rd l/o I made for the Creative kit is this one about my youngest daughter and the goofy things she says. We were talking about how much we love egg-nog and did we remember the first time we tasted it. I told them about how when I was a little girl I didn't care for milk, and we were visiting some close family friends and at the dinner table they poured me a glass of egg-nog. I thought it was milk and first refused to drink it, but when I tasted it I told my mom it was the best milk I ever had! Meagan turned to me and said......'Well, I had just dyed my hair blond and was sitting on the beach eating pooka shells' .......Chloe and I just look at each other and start giggling, I just don't know where she gets her crazy stories!


To make this design I handcut a heart shape from one of the patterned papers, inked the edges, mounted it on another light blue patterned paper and cut it close to the edge. I added some glitter to the thin edge peeking out. Then I machine stitched the heart design to the page using a zig-zag stitch (NOTE: secure the shape to the page using some 2 sided sticky tape in the middle of the heart, do not use adhesive on the outside edges as this could gum up your sewing machine)




The small rosettes were made from the patterned paper using a 6 petal flower punch, a tutorial I've shown in the MCS Tips & Techniques recently Punch Rose TutorialI have to give credit for this idea to Maria (Megalicious's blog 'Imagine, Create, Inspire)


If you made it this far down, thanks for having a peek at my newest work! I know this was a long one!! If you'd like to see more inspiration on this months kits along with some awesome work done with the Album Kit, be sure to check out the Design Team Gallery for January at My Creative Scrapbook!


Thanks!


~Gabrielle xxx

26 comments:

Romy said...

WOW!! I'm blown away by your talent...such amazing work with these kits. And thanks for the pearl tutorial in your blogpost: very cool technique!

Barbara said...

FABULOUS!!!! each one is made with lot of love :)

angelwhispers Chanelle said...

These are just mind blowing!! Gabrielle I just don't know where you get your inspiration from we could do with you bottling it!!! Everyone of these layouts are just "Stunning" Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us and a Happy New Year to you and your family xxx

Donna said...

I can't tell you how much I've been waiting for this months kit and to see if you were doing the Limited Edition on your blog. Again, I'm sitting here astounded by how gorgeous your layouts are! Tons of ideas, tons of inspiration can't wait for it to arrive in the mail! One question, how do you get your family to pose for so many great photos?! I'm hustling to keep up and I only have one daughter and dog! Great job!!

Kristie said...

GORGEOUS Gabi! Thanks so much for including all those tutorial links. That is REALLY appreciated!

I love everything, of course, but that tree in "Caught" is really amazing. I just love how the gems look like little buds and the leaves are so early spring looking. Love it~

Sarah Lou said...

Wow I have no words!!! This is all just more then stunning!! and i cant believe how effective that polished stone is - and is paper!! Wow again!!!

Lynette said...

Stunning work Gabi...how do you do the picot edging around your photos?

Anonymous said...

Gabi Iám stunning sooo verry beautiful what a talent have you

greething carla

Debbie said...

Gabi..everything is gorgeous as always!!

Cindy Gay said...

All are beautiful. Really like the sepia tone portraits. Also your daughter in her black striped leggings!

Rbarakat said...

WOW! Absoloutly gorgeous - brathtaking. You never cease to amaze! You are such a talented girl!

Angelica said...

OMG Gabi!!! Such beautiful work and detail!!!! In utter awe!!!

phamil said...

Gabi, your work this month is stunning as always!! I especially love the faux stones! There is just always just so much to look at on each gorgeous page!!!!

Cindy said...

Wow Gabrielle, these new layouts are all absolutely stunning! I love the rich colors and of course your detail work is always amazing. These are great kits too!
You rock!!

LaBonita said...

Absolutely adore all the LO's from the new kit. Thanks for the inspiration.

Granny said...

rho ... These pages are fabulous, wonderful! I'm in love ... A big "bravo! Good evening
Granny de Belgique

Sandy said...

I just want to say thanx so much for all of your beautiful work...I love the inspiration you provide and want to say how much I appreciate all the tutorials you do...I am going to try a couple of the floral tutes...I adore flowers and love to make my own....you are a blessing to the scrappy world...thanx for being you!

Jacqui said...

Stunning!

Aveline said...

Superbes pages. Un grand bravo !
I feel I'll become a real fan.

Jane said...

wow Gabrielle!!! you are just amazing!!!!!!

Cindee said...

I Love these. They remind me of a cross between a scrapbook and an altered book. Very artistic and lush. Great job. Please check out some pages from an altered book that I made for a friend at my blog. Thanks,
Cindee

Ronda Simpson said...

I just have to say I am soooo glad i found your blog!! I'm just AMAZED by how incredibly talented you are! You don't just make a LO, you create art, and it is just beautiful!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

~Ronda

Meg Giroux said...

Gabi these are all gorgeous!! Wow you always have something you teach me everytime I see your work! Thanks for sharing these beauties!!!

Mimi said...

Oh my is all I can say. Your layouts are stunning! The detail in your projects have put a smile on my face...thank you!

Mimi said...

wow! I have to admit to stalking your site anxiously awaiting your February post...I can't wait!

Kathy said...

Hi again Gabrielle,

Could you please tell me the brand of punch you used for the adorable little flowers in your "Lil Diva" layout? I ordered one, which I thought was Provo Craft but it is too small. That particular flower is so versatile and I would love to add it to my collection. Thanks! I love the way you layer and sprinkle your flowers on your layouts. As always....GORGEOUS!

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