Monday, July 5, 2010

July Reveal for the Beautiful My Creative Scrapbook Kits!!


I had a lot of fun with this months Album kit!! I loved the soft grey/blues with the touches of gold....they reminded me of the old BasicGrey Vagabond collection....so this inspired me to go with a very distressed look for this page. To get the extra distressed look to the edges of my papers I used the same technique I shared with you last month when I made the fan design on one of my pages for the main kit. I soaked the edges of my papers with water about 1- 1 1/2 inches into the edges of the paper. (I first inked the edges) Then just draw in and crumple the edges some. I like to blow dry the edges to get them to dry quickly and keep the shape I molded into the paper. Once the paper is dry lightly brush your chalk ink over the wrinkles to make them stand out more.
TIP: I shared this little tip with some of you a while back but thought I'd share it again in case you missed it. Have you ever felt like you needed another 'neutral' design paper for your l/o's but have come up blank? I love to use old books. I went to a thrift shop and picked up an old book with weather pages for .25 cents, this same book has seen me through many many l/o's! Here I tucked bits and pieces behind the patterned papers and also used some for my blooms. Here's a close-up pic....

I also made up a couple of little flower techniques for this page. I shared a heart punch bloom technique with you all last year but this heart punch technique creates a bloom that sits a little flatter. You can find the tutorial HERE. I alsos shared a tutorial to make the ruffled blooms I made from the bookpaper HERE Here's a close up detail picture....

I used the greenish/neutral papers in the Album kit to create this next l/o. I again went with a very distressed look, layering a number of papers. I've been wanting to scrap these pic's of Meagan and my Dad at the cottage doing some fising off the dock.....I think my Dad spent more time putting worms on the hooks and rescuing Meagans hoods and lines than they actually spent catching fish. But I know the both enjoyed every second of it!

There are some really cute embellishments in this kit, some awesome twine trim and very cool epoxy brads. Here is a close-up detail pic of this page (I used the Torn flower technique to make the blooms on this page)....


Another kit that was just packed with beautiful papers and blooms was this months Limited Edition Kit!! Do you love the look of stitched papers but just don't have the patience to do the stitching?? This kit had 3 gorgeous pre-stitched papers in it! I just loved the fun lady-bug motif in this IOD (Iron Orchid Designs) collection! And Pam included the cutest lady-bug embellishments to go with it. I thought this design would nicely compliment this sweet picture I had of my baby niece Kiera (Professional photos taken by Stephanie Robins Designs)......

I kept the white Prima blooms their pristine white for this l/o and simply just added some of the ladybug embellishments to finish of the page design. Here is a close-up pic of one of the embellishments.....

A second l/o I made using this kit, I went with the pinks and black accents. I did a fan pleat in two of the opposite corners and tacked it with a rose. The photo is of the same baby as in the above photo except that she's a few months older now. It was such a pleasure cuddling my baby niece.....gosh, I love babies!

....There were some beautiful sugary pink roses in this kit, I used half the package for this page and half for another. The small pink roses were made from pink cardstock by my daughter Chloe (she's had a little more time on her hands right now while she's off school so she wanted to help me out a bit) She used the 6 Petal punch technique you can find at the right side of my blog. Here are some close up pic's .....


A third l/o I made using this page I went with the pretty pink die-cut paper, the green stitched flourishes are already added to the paper, no need to sew! The photo is of my other sweet little niece Jade, this little one was constantly on the go! I was surprised I actually got her to hold still enough for some pic's!

For this l/o I used some of the matching IOD blooms mixed with some of the Prima blooms included in the kit.....check out the cute little pom-pom catterpillar embellishment (also from the kit) here are a couple of close-up pic's, you can see the detailing in the pre-stitched paper....


For this fourth l/o I made for the LE kit I used another one of the pre-stitched papers. I couldn't believe how my little niece was dressed in just the perfect colors to match the papers in this kit! (not at all planned, just a happy co-incidence)

I really love the music note paper that Pam included in this kit, it makes such a nice accent paper to the other papers in the kit. I cut the butterfly out from the note-paper. Here is a close-up pic.....


I enjoyed working with this kit so much that I even made up a 5th page using this kit! I had to laugh at my little niece Jade, I don't think she was at my sister's house more than 3 minutes before she kicked off her little sandals and was scampering through the grass barefoot!

I shared how I made up the heart and flourish circle design in the monthly DT thread over at MCS called "How did they do that?" (It should be posted in the next day or so) ....Here are a couple of close-up pic's....





And last but not least I got to work with the wondefully summery Main kit this month. Lots of spicy warm colors and fun embellishments especially for those water/beach photo's you've been wanting to scrap! For my first l/o for this kit I went with the soft yellows and ocean blues. The photo is one of my niece (my youngest bro's daughter) on the dock at their cottage catching some rays, I just love the way her cute pup Dahlia has her head resting on Alicia, so cute!....

I thought it might be fun this month to see if I can make up a sketch from one of my pages and see how I do at it. I still have a little to learn about how to get some of the shapes to translate to a sketch but I chose this l/o to make into a sketch. SO if anyone wants to give this sketch a go by all means go ahead and try it! and Please! do leave a comment here with a link to the page you made from the sketch I'd love to see it!....

As a design team we made up a LOT of beach themed pages using this kit but I thought I would do a couple of l/o's showing how the papers are very versatile and could also be used for non-beach l/o's. For this page I used the brown tone papers and added a little pink cardstock to accent it.

I was in stitches watching my little niece just tackling on of my sisters houseplants. She would crumple up the big leaves in her little hands until I thought they would never recover but somehow they always bounced back! LOL!

TIP: I made the white lace edge around the bracket cut paper by using the Martha Stewart lace-edge punch. This is a little trick I learned from my talented friend Pattil Hamil. Punch strips of the lace or decorative edge paper, then cut them into smaller pieces, (one or two scallops) then stick them on piece by piece behind the matting. Here are a couple of close-up pic's....


And finally a 3rd page I made using the Main kit I went with the sunny yellows and cornflower blue's. The photo is of my youngest daughter, definitely a girly girl but still happy to play with frogs, worms, snakes, you name it! Hard to see in this picture but here she's holding a frog she found in the garden....all smiles about it!

I used these pretty glimmery blooms by Petaloo in the kit but I wanted them to be a little larger so I used them as a center for some larger blooms I made using my Torn cardstock Bloom tutorial found to the right of my blog. Here's a close up pic...

28 comments:

Jolanda said...

Ohhhh Gabrielle,you made a lot of beautiful work!!!I have to come back a view times (towmorrow,the day after...)to really see whats all in....it's all so beautiful and detaild that i don't see everything even when i look a 100 times!So i will be back very soon,to look and look and look!!!
Your work is amazing!!!!
Have a good day.
Love Jolanda.

Darien said...

Gorgeous Work!!! I Love every lo you did!!!!! As Always you Amaze me with your talent!!!!

Rachel F said...

WOW - WOW - WOW they are all delicious!
I tried to find an e-mail link so i could e-mail you - do you mind if i put a couple of your pictures on my blog linked and credited to you of course just to show a couple of dusty attic items and punch's that we sell - to show what you did with them?
Your work is just so stunning!

Denise said...

Gabrielle..these are amazing girl!! SO much to look at, the details are fabulous. Everytime I look I see something new. You are truly talented!!

Lacee broyles said...

Wow gal these are all so amazing...your work is such an inspiration!! I always wait tor the reveals just to see your work!!!!

Sandi Clarkson said...

What a fabulous reveal, GAbi .. can't even pick a fave!

Karen Wilson said...

All these are gorgeous Gabbi! Love the MS lace punch on the bracket shape! Never thought to use it like that! I am so going to try it out on one of my upcoming layouts! Thank you for sharing the technique!

Today for Tomorrow said...

Amazing inspirational layouts. Love your reveals with all the ideas and techniques together with the colour combinations and variety.

charlotte said...

These are all so beautiful!!! I hope to find time to give your sketch a go too!

Tany Sol said...

Just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fantastic works!!!!!!

Colleen B. said...

These are all just gorgeous, love every detail!!!! Love your sketch too so will definately be having a play with it :)

Anna said...

As always you leave me speachless and breathless with your amazing work ! What a treat this blog is. You make me want to sit down and create ! I wish I could scrap with you to see witness your process !

Romy said...

Everytime I see your layouts, I think "WOW, this couldn't be more beautiful than this"... but then I see your work with the kits from next month and then you show me that you are still growing and growing in scrapbooking and that your work is stunning EVERY month. I love it how you can thiink outside the box and make non-traditional vintage pages, great handmade flowers, the most amazing designs etc. with the kits. You totally rock, girl!

Pretty Cards said...

Love your sketches so will definitely Everyone will have a nice play with it ....
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LucianaW said...

Wonderful job! I loved your projects! So sweet this LOs.
Congrats!
Kisses from Brazil

Kerry said...

Totally stunning Gabrielle.

Such beautiful photographs and layouts. The attention to detail is amazing.

You are very talented at scrapbooking.

Love Kerry xx

Martine said...

your work is amazing!!! love every LO! so many details, so much texture! gorgeous!

Shopping Store said...

Love all ur Scrap collections....
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Lu Zischler said...

How many wonderful works!! I loved the flowers tutorials and will try to do a LO for that sketche!

Liz said...

I'd say you did a pretty awesome job on your sketch. It will get easier the more you play around with it and save some of the shapes you make and like. Awesome work with all the kits too.

Hugs - Liz

Meital T said...

I used your sketch AND made a video of the process of making the layout.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=regPJkmHJTI

francie said...

Hi, Gabi: Every time I go to a site where your work is featured, I am awestruck. Your gallery is just beautiful and I am so glad that someone so talented is willing to share her knowledge with us. I am about to make a wedding card for my cousin, and hope to make some flowers from your tutorial as well. Thank you for the inspiration. Fran (Quicksilver, sc.com)

Kirsten said...

Gabrielle i love your work. i visit your blog almost every day. love your work. can you put up a tutorial on how u did that fan pleat in the corner of your layout. I just cant seem to get mine right. Kirsten

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com
Is this possible?

Anonymous said...

Hi Gabby, Congratulations on the Bo Bunny Designer job! Jen just told me and I was envious of just how do you do it all lol! (I have a few too many unfinished projects that I would dare to mention!) Jen is very proud to have you on her dt team and thinks you are fab as do I. (It's Nancy Winter here or alias Girl Friday!). When I called in to visit Jen the other day and she had the DT girls over for the day I said "So where's Gabrielle?". I accidently deleted you on my add as friend thingy, but I was hoping to chat to you about your previous Daisy D work. Hope to be in contact again about same. Thanks and good luck ...

Anonymous said...

Cool, there is actually some good points on here some of my readers will maybe find this relevant, will send a link, many thanks.

Val said...

Thanks for this sketch !

ich bins said...

Where are the "flourish" letters from the "Sweet Tings"???? They are so cute!!!! I can´t found them...

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