Friday, April 26, 2013

I'm a Guest Designer for the ScrapThat! May Anniversary Kit!

Welcome to the ScrapThat! 
May Anniversary Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 
May is ScrapThat's three year anniversary and they want to 
thank all our subscribers and members for sharing their pages and creations with them!!
They are so excited to share the details about their newest kit
 featuring the amazingly gorgeous Prima Divine collection !!

If you came here from 
Scrap That!
you are on the right track!

Should you lose your way, here is the Blog Hop order:
I'm delighted to be asked back as a Guest Designer for the May Anniversary Kit! ~
Gabrielle Pollacco
 May Guest Designer!!!
My name is Gabrielle Pollacco, I'm a mom of 2 sweet girls, happily married to my husband Steve and we have one big fluffy Labradoodle named Zoe, that sometimes makes her way into our family photos!   I've had the privilege of being a Guest Designer for Scrap That in the past year and was delighted to come back to scrap with this year's Anniversary kit! 
ScrapThat! is also so happy to announce our latest addition
 to the Design team as our Video Educator,
Kelly Klapstein !
Some of you may know me online as "Kelly Creates." I am a Canadian scrapbooker living in Edmonton, Alberta. I'm excited about sharing my designs and techniques with you through my video tutorials!"
You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel at
Now, without further ado,
 introducing our fabulous May Anniversary Kit,
 "Spring into May"
And what a spring it is! We wanted a very special anniversary kit and this kit is packed with so many fresh and lovely goodies featuring Prima's Divine Collection. There are fabulous textures and soft bling to bring out your creativity!
Take a look:

Main Kit

Embellishment Add-On

Flower Add-On

Paper Add-On
More details on this collection can be seen here: ScrapThat! Store 

ScrapThat! is currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.

For more information,
complete the form on the link below:
New Subscriber 

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for May:
See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges
Be sure to also check out the details of ScrapThat's monthly DT challenge
 hosted in May by Sarah here: DT Challenge
There is also a Round Robin Challenge to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this month as well hosted by Tracey G. It looks like it will be a blast!

Everyone is welcome to participate.
All entries for both challenges are due by Wednesday, May 29.
 All winners of our challenges, including Layout of the Week, are eligible to receive 10% off any 2012 Kits ~ including Add-ons!

Here is my first layout using the gorgeous goodies in the Anniversary kit!...

I went with the basic design of Amarilys's sketch design but changed out the circle design for (yep! you guessed it! lol!) a heart!  I was inspired by a little project I recently saw by Ingvild Bolme, she had created these cute little bubbles using an art medium (a puffy paint)....but I thought I'd imitate the look using some bubble wrap!  I simply stuck down the bubble wrap onto the page and then gave it a coat of white Gesso.  It is really hard to make paint adhere to plastic surfaces but the Gesso allows other paints and tints to adhere to the plastic.  I then gave the bubble wrap some dabs of black paint.  When that dried I added spritzes of a rose color tint (Tim Holtz Pink Sherbert alcohol ink in a little spray bottle).  When that dried I lightly brushed on white paint so that it would only hit the raised surfaces of the bubbles.  Here is a closer view....
I used some oil pastels (I got them very inexpensively at my local dollar store!), I used some black and a pink and brushed a few randome lines aroun the outside of the heart to make it stand out more from the page.  ......The blooms?....well they are a little creation I came up with using a fun piece of velum in the kit!  I will be posting a tutorial for this in May so keep an eye out for this fun little floral tutorial! :)
This is one of my favourite papers in the kit!  I love the playful dancing girl image on that Prima paper!  I scrapped a photo of my youngest daughter Meagan, when we were on a forest walk a couple years back.  Joie de vie means 'Joy of Life' in French, I thought the title fitting :)  Here are a couple of close-up pic's....

.....and a third page I made with this beautiful kit, I decided to go a little more into the mixed media designs...
I used a Coordinations white washed cardstock paper from the kit as a base for this page.  I then did a little bit of masking with a new clock mask I had recently bought by The Crafters Workshop.  I had shared a post on my blog a little while ago on how to make your own Texture Paste Medium (in the right column of my blog).....this texture paste was more of a rough texture paste.  BUT I have a new recipe to share, this texture paste is more delicate and great for finer detailing.  I will be sharing my recipe for this on a blog post I'm doing on Saturday, so be sure to pop back in again for a looksee!  Here are some close-ups of the page embelishments and the mask work I did.... 

Well, that's my work with the kit but the Blog Hop features 9 fabulous hop sites showing the work of the entire design team. 
I know they have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you their creations! 
The May Blog Hop Prize is ScrapThat!'s 2012 Main Kit,Prima's Nature Garden
To qualify for this month's GORGEOUS Prize, 
you must complete the following:
* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).
* Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word to make up a secret sentence,
collect these words along the way.
* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way 
and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.
* For your last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog.
Leave a comment letting us know you have
completed the hop.
(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)
*Email the secret sentence to Tracey

The Blog Hop ends Sunday, April 28 at Midnight EST.
The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member,
 then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.
My secret word is:
Next hop over to the super talented designer
Kelly Klapstein
For your final stop, return to the ScrapThat! Blog 
to let us know you have completed the hop.
Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to
Happy Hopping!


LISA said...

Gorgeous work with the kit! Each page is a work of gorgeous art and each page very different from the other. Thank you for sharing your techniques, you are always an inspiration!Yesterday I shouted on Paper People that I wanted Pan Pastels, forgetting I have regular pastels in my art stash, Oil Pastels will probably work better!! xo

Tracey Sabella said...

Gabi, Thanks for sharing your amazing work with our ScrapThat! May Kit. I love all of your detail, but especially the bubble wrap heart!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Jennifer Waugh said...

Beautiful layouts as always Gabrielle, love that bubble heart!!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! Fantastic pages! I love how you personalized the patterned papers and cardstock with stamps and color to better suite your needs.

Laura Gilhuly said...

Gorgeous creations! Every one of them is beautiful!

Amarilys said...

Thanks for joining us as our GDT over at ScrapThat! I love all of your work and your projects with this kit are all simply amazing! Can't wait for the flower tutorial and the mixed media-I've been using your old tutorial for my layouts lately :)

KellyCreates said...

It' is astonishing how you came up with 3 very different but amazingly beautiful layouts from one kit! WOW. Your projects are an inspiration!

cebelica said...

All these pages are amazing. So full ofwonderful details. I love every single one of them.

Sandi Cl~ said...

Such gorgeous detail, Gabi! I love these! Thanks for being our GDT this month .. always an honor!

Esther said...

OMG!!!!! My jaw just dropped!!!! Gorgeous layouts!!!
Love what you did with the bubble wrap on the first one :)

Kathleen White said...

I am a huge fan of yours. Your work is always eye catching!

CorinaT said...

As always I ooh and ahh over your creations. There are so many little details to look at, giving me so many ideas ;o)

terriK said...

Love thebuble wrap idea. Can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wish me luck. said...

Hi Gabrielle,you amazed me again with your beautiful work,I have a weakness for hearts so I love the bubble heart,I enjoyed watching each page,greetings Miranda

julie e said...

What pretty work!

Monica said...

totally gorgeous!!! fab job

Chris x said...

as always more stunning creations love them all, have a great weekend.
Chris x

Sarah-R said...

Wow Gabi! Your layouts are so fantastic! So excited to have you with us this month at ScrapThat!

langeatheart said...

Your layouts are all gorgeous Gabi! But I have to say I love the bubble wrap one the best with the heart! Going to have to try it so you literally glue the wrap down and paint it? Always love visiting! Be well :) Pam

MARILYN said...

Gorgeous work with this kit Gabi!! love all the details in each one....

Romy said...

Wowee! Your creations are such a perfect mix of colourful&feminine and grungy&awesome. I just love your bubble wrap stamping.

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Stunning work as always Gabi. Love the design and close views. I followed your last texture recipe so I will be back for the new one. You are my #1 artist. Thanks for the inspiration.

pattyo said...

What a treat--not only one layout but three! All so beautiful! I love the clock mask on the third one. As I've said before, you need to write a book. Looking forward to Saturday's post.

Margyz Paper Games said...

Super, super gorgeous layouts. I love all the detail you put into your pages Gabrielle. Totally stunning!! ox Marg

Jessica said...

Gorgeous work. I love that clock masking, it is so random and delicate. I hope your tutorial discusses how to get it to only pick up in certain areas. :) Great work!

Lynn said...

Wow.. you did an amazing job with the kit Gabi! I loved every little detail!

Beatrice Lawson said...

What lovely layouts! One prettier than the next. Beautiful take on the sketch too!

caroleanne said...

HI Gaby fabulous work as ever, such pretty layouts, you are a great inspiration. BFN

Keren Tamir said...

You rocked this kit Gabi. All your creations are fantastic

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!! 3 beautiful and so different designs! Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks too :") Your work is gorgeous and sooo creative~


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