Friday, February 4, 2011

Whimsical & Romantic February Kits ~ My Creative Scrapbook!


I have to admit I am a big fan of whimsical papers that allow for lot's of fussy cutting and the papers in the Limited Edition Kit for February from My Creative Scrapbook totally fit the bill!!  I was totally in my element with these Graphic45 papers and the embellishments in this kit are awesome too!  Loads of Prima blooms and floral vines, vintage style buttons, lace and yep! my favourite green vine ribbon too!   For the above layout of my little great niece Kiera I did a bit of machine stitching and some fussy cutting.
TIP:  When doing machine stitching, don't feel that you have to attach the paper you are stitching to the one beneath it.  For both of the papers I machine stitched above I just sewed on the one piece of paper and then adhered it to the one beneath with some 2-sided sticky tape.  This way you don't have to worry about the paper slipping while you are sewing.
Here are a couple of close-up pic's of the above page....


For the next l/o I made using this pretty kit I went with the aqua tones/papers.  I love the variety of looks you can get with this collection.  The photo is of Meagan my youngest daughter, that child is still all about whimsy, love that about her.....

There is a wonderful pearl flourish included in the kit, I mixed it up with the variety of blooms also found in the kit and did a little fussy cutting of one of the floral papers to make the floral design.  Here are a couple of close-up pic's of the page...

TIP:  After I cut out the little fairy shapes I like to adhere them with foam pop dots so that they stand off the page a little and then touch it here and there with some Stickles.  If you don't want to invest in a bunch of different Stickles colours, just pick up a bottle of the plain glitter type like 'Star Dust' or Diamond.  When you used them they take on the colors of the paper beneath them so they always seem like a new color.

A Third layout I made with this kit I went with the coral and sage greens in the kit.  I love the way Pam pairs a variety of patterned papers to make up her kits.  The green Pink Paislee paper was a nice compliment to this collection. 

Adding lot's of machine stitching and some fabric elements like lace and the pearly buttons (all found in the kit), helps give this page a more vintage appeal.  Here is a close-up detail shot of the page....

This kit was so packed I couldn't resist making a 3rd l/o with it.  This is a photo I took of Meagan when we were out on one of our 'feed the ducks' outings. 
TIP:  Don't throw away the paper backing to your chipboard adhesives.  I did double duty with the vine flourish chipboard in the kit by first using it on the layout called 'Explore' then I used it on the l/o above as a mask....here are some pic's to show how I created the mask effect on the l/o above...all you need is a little chalk ink and a white gel pen (sorry about the yellow glow on the photos, I took the pic's indoors)....




And then I still had so many fun paper designs and embellishments left that I went ahead and made 3 cards too!  I rarely ever make cards but these were so easy peasy because of the pop-out pieces in the kit.....


Another romantic and beautiful kit I got to work with this month was the Main Kit.  If you are a fan of pink/blacks/greys you'll love this one!  I loved the sweet embellishments that came with this one....the sugared roses...just love them!  I recently found some very rare photos of my mom and dads wedding day.  They were so very young when they came to Canada from Germany, my mom was only 19 when she got married.  The photos are somewhat blurry and poor quality but I still cherish them....
There's loads of bling and blooms in this kit and some fun fabric elements like the black Tulle that I used to frame the blooms in this layout.  Here is a  close-up detail of the page....
The second l/o I made with this kit was for another wedding picture from my parents. (It's their anniversary this month so I'm so thrilled to put these pages together for them)......
I created the larger bloom in the layout above by rubbon the floral rubon (in the kit) onto a piece of the black Tulle and cut it out.  I layered it over some water distressed cardstock petals and more layers of Tulle and then finally added a large gem (also in the kit) to the center. The Gem I tinted with some Tim Holtz Alcohol ink (Pink Sherbert).

A third layout I made with the Main kit is of my little niece Kiera (a little older in this photo).  There are some really fun lace rub-on accents in this kit that I used on this page.

And finally a 3rd kit I got to work with this month (Album Kit) is dear to my heart because it features the Bo Bunny Collection 'Crazy Love'!  Here is the first l/o I made with this kit....



I needed a couple of butterflies for this l/o since the picture is one of Meagan with a real live butterfly on her hand when we went to visit a butterfly conservatory.
TIP: I made the butterflies by first cutting out a butterfly shape with a pair of scissors and then tinting the center with some yellow chalk ink (Colorbox 'Wheat' color) I added a few details with a fine tip brown pen (Martha Stewart) and finished with some Platinum color Stickles (see above pic's).....
And finally I made one more l/o with the Album kit, I snagged a couple of photos of Pam's (the owner of MCS) sweet little grandbaby Maeve....





The pinkish roses in this l/o were handmade using the 6 Petal Punch Technique (you can find it in the right column of my blog under the Tutorials).  I finally found me some Diamond Dust at Michaels and did a little sugaring on the roses (just put a dab of adhesive on the petals and dunk them in the Diamond Dust).

Whew!!  All done with this post!....and believe me this post took me crazy long to do....I tried the new uploading system from blogger and it gave me all sorts of problems!  I think I'll just go back to the old way!  I'm having problems alligning all my pic's and text.    Thanks to all of you for stopping by and reading through this HUGE post again :)   I always appreciate your kind comments and hope to stop by your blogs to catch up too!

~Gabrielle xx

34 comments:

carlies said...

this is amazing beautiful
Ilove all your layouts.

pattyo said...

I always look forward to around the fifth of every month to see what gorgeousness you've created for My Creative Scrapbook, and I am never disappointed!! Just love taking in all the amazing details here!

Julie @ CalleLillyCafe said...

when I saw your name on the DustyAttic DT, I said I know that girl! {only by seeing your pages on Scrapbk.com & other manuf sites!} I clicked & thought I would see the black background! Love the new look & I am in love w/those kits! I need to check them out & see how many I can purchase!

Helga Lind said...

Wow Gabi this is sooo beautiful and soft! :-) Great inspiration as always!
-Helga.

Jolaine Frias said...

All your layouts and cards are gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to explain your techniques! You are such an inspiration!!!!!!!

Lisel said...

Wow, I just found your blog. You are so talented!! I LOVE your style, it's what I always want to accomplish but never seem to be able to. I know where I'm coming for inspiration from now on!

Kristi said...

Your work is beautiful (as always) thanks for always taking the time to explain and share such great techniques, I was just wondering if you could tell us what paper line it was that you cut all those awsome fairies from?
thanks again for all the inspiration.

Susan said...

Beautiful, beautiful work this month! I love all the heritage looking layouts....and the little girl layouts are so sweet and girly!! Awesome work, Gabi!

Kathy R. said...

Hi Gabi, I'm brand new to your site, and I have missed alot!!! Just Beautiful Lay-outs, and I love your music too!!! I think I have been reading non-stop for a week now...Love everything...

Denise said...

Wow these are all gorgeous Gabi!! I love the masking idea..always so creative!!

Romy said...

I can totally imagine why this post took you hours to finish, but I'm so happy you managed to finish it though:) I really enjoyed reading all the tips, seeing all the gorgeous layouts and details and reading about your stories behind the pages. The Main Kit layouts are a stunning combination of a romantic and heritage style. I love how you scrapped those pics of your parents and I'm sure they'll be thrilled to receive such a wonderful gift! The Crazy Love layouts are just so so so pretty. That collection is just perfect for you! And WOW!! Those G45 papers have your name written all over them and you simply rocked them. Both your layouts and cards look absolutely amazing. Thanks for giving me a whole bottle of inspiration, Gabi:)

Kris said...

These are incredibly gorgeous as always!

Lu Zischler said...

WOW! What a great production! All are lovely L/O! Rich in details!
Thanks for the tips!
kisses

Anonymous said...

WOW> Beautiful work AND tips!
Thanks for sharing both.
Sue Sume

lizzyc said...

thank you so much for sharing so much of your creativity and your beautiful layouts.. i love visiting here, to gaze upon your layouts but to also learn.. thank you for giving us tips as well... you are the most amazing scrapper and immensely talented..xx

cheryl said...

beautiful like normal
Your talent just blows me away
Love your blog

Renee VanEpps said...

Gabi I can't even begin to tell you how inspiring this post was! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so helpful with your tips, and so thoughtful to share with us how you create things! You help fuel my obsession for scrapbooking, that's for sure! Hugs!!!!

angelwhispers said...

My goodness these are awesome!!! I have no favourite are they are all so spectacular!!!

What fabulous pages and embellishemnts just gorgeous!!!!

Your photo's are always so beautiful and the layouts are so perfectly matched!!

You really are my inpiration!! Chanelle xxx

asassyscrapper said...

Hi Gabi!

What a pleasant surprise it was when I saw that you had taken time to stop by my blog and leave some kind words. You made my day!

About the post dividers, a very talented blog designer did all of that. The name of her business is Valentine Design. Her name is Karen Roberts and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her. If you ever would like to get in touch with her I would be more than happy to give you her information.

Gabi, what BEAUTIFUL works of art you have created with the lovely My Creative Scrapbook kits. BTW....I loved reading about your parents and seeing their wedding LOs.

Thanks again for your kindness. Have a great week!

Hugs,
Patty

Bonnie said...

I really appreciate that you share your techniques & style with us - so very beautiful! TFS, Bonnie :-)

Anonymous said...

All such beautiful layouts! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiration

MichR said...

OH MY!!!! These are just stunning...I LOVE all of your work and can only dream of making anything so BEAUTIFULLY STUNNING

Gerry said...

Hi Gabi, I love the new look of your blog.......so beautiful.....I can stay for hours and enjoy the warm weather shining here :-) lOVE IT....and you know that your layouts are perfection, my friend! Hugs ~Gerry~

Paulien van den Bosch said...

well what can I say.....
breath taking beautiful work... on all your projects.
I love your details hon, they are always sooooooo gorgeous. I also love the tip you share. Thank you for enjoying me, reading your blog. You never dissapoint me. amazingly stunning work.

Jenny said...

Gabbi your layouts are just totally amazing - I love EVERY single one - I sit here with my mouth hanging open while looking

Pam said...

I LOVE your layouts! They are stunningly beautiful! Look forward to seeing more!

Christiane said...

gaby, your work is to die for!!!

Robbie said...

It's safe to say that you ROCKED the kits again this month!! SO gorgeous! Each and every one had that special Gabi something!!

Loving your blog, too!

Jillwag said...

Your blog is so interesting! Love your beautiful layouts! I have three grown boys but I am just now scrapbooking them! Boys need much different layouts than girls-lol, but I sooooo love looking at your beautiful girl pages! The fairy and buterfly details, the toule, flowers, lace, jewels, are all so pretty! Sigh. Thanks for sharing such pretty things!

cendrillon said...

It's very very beautiful, gorgeous and so lovely!

Liddy said...

I have just found your blog and your work is amazing, so beautiful, I'll definitely be back.

PattiM said...

OMG!! So much beautiful inspiration!!

Hugs,

PattiM
{Pattie's passion}

I Scrap So All Moments ARe Remembered!

rosy3108 said...

all so beautiful! love your art!

Joy said...

so wonderful works

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