Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thanks to some good friends!



I'm not sure I mentioned this in any of my past posts but earlier this month I found out I made the Top 20 pick for the Graphic45 design team. We were asked to send in a l/o or project that reflected our style. I ran into a bit of a problem in that I couldn't find any Graphic45 product at any of the local stores in the area! and I had to get my project sent off to them asap as it had to get from Canada to the US (postal service is crazy between the borders!) in record time. Well, so many of you came forward and offered to share you product with me so I could meet this deadline!! I ended up actually finding a store in Toronto (about a 3 hour drive back and forth) that had some of the new G45 product and was able to pull off the l/o above and get it sent off in time.

Well, I didn't make the final cut, and I suppose in a way I didn't deserve it as I only now remembered to check the G45 blog to see the announcement! LOL!!.....I guess I was meant to jump out of bed this morning to check the site! and here I am at 4:00 in the afternoon only now remembering to check if I made it! So big congrats! to the ladies that made it! I'm looking forward to seeing their creations over the coming year.

But one thing I did learn from this experiance is how many wonderful friends I have out there!! The outpouring support and offers to share their products so that I could meet the deadline was overwhelming! Most of you I have never even met in person and yet you've all been so kind and wonderful! So I want to say a big THANK-YOU to all my dear friends out there!! xx

Here are a couple of close-up pic's and a small tutorial on how I make the scallop edges with the woven ribbon in it on my l/o's (I often get little PM's asking me about this, so here it is).....

1. First off I have to say that I like to save interesting shapes as templates to scrapbook with on future products. So when I picked up a package of Bazzill 'Just the Edge' paper cuts, I saved one of each design to use on my l/o's as a template. I just simply trace out the design on a piece of patterned paper and cut out. You can also treat the edges of the cut out paper at this point, I like to lightly ink with a bit of chalk ink, and sometimes lightly distress the edge with a scissor.

2. Second step is to use a hole punch an punch out two holes at the top point of each scallop leaving only a small space between the punches.


3. The next step is to simply run the ribbon through the holes and secure the two edges of the ribbon underneath the patterned paper with some adhesive. You can at this point glue it down 'as is' to your project or you can mat it with some cardstock.


Here is a close-up pic of the finished border, along with a couple more close-ups of the finished page...





Thanks for having a peek!!

~Gabrielle xxx

56 comments:

angelwhispers said...

Can't beleive you didn't get on the team as you work is just awsome!!! Love the layout, the colours are fab and love all the details. Thanks for this great tutorial!! Love Chanelle xx

Scrapthat said...

They are going to be kicking themselves Gabi!! You do outstanding work and not being picked must mean there are BETTER things around the corner for you girl! :)

Angelica said...

Aww, Gabi, no worries!!!!! They must be blind or something!!! LOL!!! Thanks for that tut.!! I'm gonna have to try it. I've always wondered how it wasn't so bulky!!((HUGS))

Carmen said...

Well, they made the wrong choice! That layout is absolutely beautiful, and they missed out on a great designer. Definitely their loss! I really enjoy looking at your blog and I love your style. Thanks for sharing it all with the rest of us!

Darien said...

Gaby, thanks for the tutorial!!! I love your Work!!! And Your Work only gets better and better!!! I admire you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You are such a great person, thats why you always gonna have great people around you!!!

prutsels said...

I think your work is STUNNING!

...Tara... said...

I'd like to know why they didnt pick you because your work is stunning :) Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your work is BEAUTIFUL!!! :D

sheila said...

I absolutely adore this lo and every lo you have ever done!!! I think you are an Amazing designer and you inspire me, BEAUTIFUL!!!

Tina said...

I am totally stunned you didnt get the spot !! I have to say that this layout is the most BEAUTIFUL thing Ive ever seen ! WOW you are amazing I am totally lost for words !! So hold your head up high girl cause they will be kicking themselves alright you got some serious talent !!! xx Tina
HAPPY EASTER ♥ ♥

Kim and Valerie said...

Gabrielle- You work is truly beautiful. Graphic 45 missed out.

Valerie

Mrs Frizz said...

Another absolutely stunning gobsmackingly beautiful layout ... yep, totally agree, amazing what you keep to use as a template on the off-chance for future layouts.

Mag said...

Thans for sharing your creations with us. Every layout from you is a pure work of art !!! Can't stop looking at all the fabulous details.
Hugs
Mag :)

LISA said...

Unbelievable that you weren't chosen...Their loss...You are such an inspiration to us all...For example, I must have been in a "Gabi State of Mind", because I was working on a LO yesterday before you posted this announcement and I was using the ribbon technique that I hadn't used in a while, and poof, there it was, on your gorgeous LO...I giggled to myself!!!lol...Thank you...For all you do...And all you inspire...
♥ Lisa

Debbie said...

Gosh...I can't believe you didn't get picked...your work is so beautiful! Love the tutorial and the layout is beautiful!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I can't believe they didn;t chose you, I have never seen such fantastic work as yours. This is so beautiful it is a work of art. Marianne x

Jackie Anderson said...

What a loss for Graphic45, and what a beautiful example of that loss is this page!

Lynn said...

This is wonderful, shame you didn't win, but I think you are a winner every time. I follow your creations with great interest. I feel another scraplift coming on!!

kelly said...

I love your blog! As a newbie to scrap booking mine are so basic and I am trying to get to some classes, but I seem to learn something everytime I look at you blog.

Your Layout is fab and i can only hope one day some of mine might look that good?????

Thank you for the tips and keep them coming!!!

Kelly x

Mickey said...

I'm so sorry you didn't make the dt cause your layout just ROCK! You know I'm a big fan of your style, it's always an inspiration to me. Thank you for the tutorial!
Have a great weekend *hugs*

Denise said...

Wow..I'm stunned..truly stunned about the G45 DT. When I saw that you had made the top 20 I was like "YES"! LOL You so deserved that in my opinion. I am so inspired by your work. I love how you share your talent with us..and I can't wait to try the ribbon technique! It's a beautiful LO and tho it's a bummer about G45, everything happens for a reason...just means something better for u around the corner!! :) Blessings and hugs!

PattiM said...

Gorgeous LO... I think they made a mistake, you are so talented and would be an asset to their company.

Hugs,

PattiM
{Pattie's passion}

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!

Rhonda said...

Gabi, I adore your work every.single.time. Your work has been a major source of inspiration for me since I first saw it on Scrapbook.com. You are an amazing artist and any manufacturer would be lucky to have you design for them.

(((Hugs))) to you gf!!!

Johanna said...

i understand how you are feeling... because i remember when i uplied for a Design-Team...
I hope next time you will make it.
Because what you do here is unbeliveble. I love it and i get inspired each time i'm looking here (like once a day).
This is not just scrapbooking, this is ART!
johanna

Cindy Gay said...

Pretty colors. Love the woven ribbon. Thanks for showing the "how to".

Barbara said...

Just beautiful! And thanks for showing details of your work :)

Gerry said...

Gabi, me again :-) I`m still angry with G45 `cause they really don`t know what they miss...They obviously don`t know how to benefit from the best artists. If I were in their shoes I would send you straight a private invitation to join the team.
Well, now I can say once again that your LO is simply incredible and thank you for the tutorial...it`s great!

Dawn said...

Your creations are just amazing, I am thrilled to have stumbled upon your blog.I am so in awe and look forward to enjoying more of your creations.

Kathy said...

Hi Gabi, this layout is definitely one of my favourites! I love the colours, the scalloped border with the satin ribbon, the butterflies, the bling, the flowers, the layering, distressing, everything! Just gorgeous! Sorry you didn't make the DT after all your troubles, but on a good note. you discovered how many friends and fans you truly have. Happy Easter!

karou said...

hello, I'm a big fan of your work, bravo for the wonderful job you made, for cons I do not always know the brand of paper you take, I do not find them on the internet is what it would possible to the equipment used in your posts. thank you very much good continuation

Karou

Ann Marie said...

got the link to your blog from carlies and i'm glad i got it what a lovely work u make. I'm will follow your blog from now on forward

mow180 said...

Someone on the G45 judging team must feel threatened or something because your work is true art! I have been following your blog for some time now. You are always so generous in sharing your techniques and I thank you.
Onward and upward Gabrielle!

Theresa said...

Gabrielle - your art is so inspiring to me (and obviously to many others). Yes, I said ART! You are an amazingly talenbted lady, and I can't imagine anyone not picking you first for their team - BUT, everything happens for a reason, so I can only say that there must be something really special waiting for you around the corner that your time will be needed for. In the meantime, thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

wustaz said...

I have a question.... in your close up of the scallop and the ribbon and the roses (which I love BTW) how do you get the brown under layer just that much bigger to layer under there like that? I have wondered that forever and finally had the nerve to ask. thanks

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

(reply to above question) For the brown matted edge, I simply 'eyeball' the edge and cut a edge with a scissor (about 1/8th inch out). Don't worry, it's not hard to do and you don't have to be overly perfect about it, I'm not and it's hard to tell right?

Rbarakat said...

I don't know who made that team but I know this, your work is always AMAZING- this is no exception. Your girls are are just as beautufl as their mama and your work is always stunning! Happer Easter!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Reply to Karou's question regarding product.....I usually try to provide links to the products I've used in my l/o's. For example on my Dusty Attic Design team post, I mentioned that the papers are by BasicGrey Kioshi collection and the chipboard is by Dusty Attic (if you click on the name you will be taken to their site).

If it is work I did for My Creative Scrapbook kits I don't usually name off all the products because I provide the link to the kit site which lists every item in the kit.

Hope this helps!

~Gabi :)

Maria P said...

I come across you page via my Stampin UP rep.
Wow such amazing cards, and work in them. Fabulous cheers Maria

heartstrings said...

I think your layouts are the most gorgeous I have ever seen. I am a great admirer! I have an award for you at my blog if you are interested.
Shelley
http://heartstring-designs.blogspot.com

karou said...

thank you for your reply

Scrapashopaholic said...

Thank you sooooo much for sharing this technique with us!!! I love the ribbon weaving on your LOs!! Definitely going to have to pick up some of those bazzill edges!!! You are sooo talented and this LO is beyond stunning, I can't even imagine you not getting picked!!!

scrappinlil said...

Beautiful it is ...saw this one on a website..and had to come check out your blog..thank you so much for the tutorial...I love your music too...TFS

Rhonda V. said...

Loved your scallop technique so much I just had to try it out!! I wanted to thank you for sharing it with us. http://snapwhiz.blogspot.com

Lorraine said...

That's a stunningly beautiful LO. How I wish I could put bits together to look like that.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

this page is ssssssso incredibly beautiful!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!! Thanks for that tric you showed us.

Lynn said...

Me again, just popped back to say I did some scraplifting at the weekend using your lovely layout and you can see it here - http://amomentintime-craftycooper.blogspot.com/2010/04/amore.html

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