Wednesday, July 17, 2013

She Blooms {NEW Maja Design ~ Sofiero Collection} PLUS a Bloom Tutorial!!

 
I'm so excited today to share with you my first project that I made with the NEW 'Sofiero' collection by Maja Design!  I'm just a total sucker for pink when scrapping and the gorgeous blooms in the Sofiero papers totally made me reach for this photo of my oldest daughter Chloe.  We like to pick bouquets of blooms from our garden on Fridays so that the house looks and smells pretty for the weekend.  I love Spring and early Summer because we have lot's of 'picking' flowers in our garden at this time of year.  The peonies she picked that day were not only beautiful but the scent! Lovely!
 
 
The papers that I used from the Sofiero collection are....Strolling Down the Rose Path, Enjoy the Fragrance-bs (Don't you just LOVE the pretty names of these papers!!).  I also combined these with some accents from two other collections - (1922-bs from the Vintage Summer Basics, as matting for my photos, and Den oersättliga tiden from Crea Diem....love the clock images!)
 
I cut out some of the clock images, edged them with some Platinum Stickles and tucked them around my photos.  For the larger clock image I created a delicate frame design using a cute little corner flourish die (Lace Corner Deco B -B162) I got from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I just layered them around the clock edge creating a doily effect.  I also used some of the lacy corners in the outermost corners of the layout.
 
You'll also notice the fun textured writing design I put behind my photos and embellishments.  I just love the scripted writing bits that Marie  (the talented owner/designer of Maja Design) incorporates into her paper designs so I wanted to mirror this with some masking and texture paste.  I used my home-made texture paste recipe ( this can be found on the right column of my blog under my tutorials) and a new Crafter's Workshop mask I picked up over the weekend.  Did I mention that I found this AMAZING Art/Mixed Media/Scrapstore not 5 minutes from my place!!  Finnabiar (Anna Dabrowska) was having a class there over the weekend and one of my online scrapfriends was attending and mentioned it to me!  I wasn't able to attend the class because of family coming to visit but I was able to duck out and meet my friend Avril for a coffee after the class.  I stopped by the shop and was so tickled to find this amazing shop so close by!  Loads of wonderful scrap goodies and mixed media supplies to be had there.  The store/workshop is called The Art House Studio, for those of you who live close to Cambridge it's well worth a visit... and for those of you who don't, she also has an online store, and I hear the shipping rates are great!  I was able to pick up all sorts of masks I've been wanting and I'll for sure be back for some of those mixed media goodies I've got my eye on! :)   ....Did I mention that I got to meet Anna as well?  She is such a cutie-pie, so very sweet to everyone!  And seeing her work, in real life? Gorgeous!
 
 
Okay....so getting back on topic again, lol!  I wanted to have some soft fabric blooms for this one so I ended up making these blooms myself.  I saw a tutorial a while back on making these fabric blooms but it was in another language and I slightly altered the bloom with different centers.  So rather than linking to the site, I thought I'll just take pic's of my flower as I make it and share the design here with you all.
Gathered Fabric Bloom Tutorial
 






Cute aren't they?  And as you can see, quit easy to make!  I just used some scrap fabric I had from an old pink blouse I had been cutting up to make blooms.
 
To finish up my page I added a few of my Dusty Attic chippies (Corner flourish #3, Rose Vine, Bird Houses), again simply treated with some Gesso, random stamping and some Dusty Attic Crackle Varnish.
 
I hope you enjoyed today's project and I hope you give this bloom tutorial a try!  I'd love to hear how your's came out.  And for those of you who have been writing to me asking 'Where can I find Maja Design papers??"  ....Good news!  More and more retailers on our side of the world are now carrying these beautiful collections.  Here are just a couple of the retailers that let me know that they now have them in stock....
 
To find a retailer near you, you can check out the 'Store Finder' at the Maja Design Website.

29 comments:

Танюша said...

Какая чудесная страничка!!!

Lizzyc said...

Oh my this is so gorgeous! so soft and so feminine, and sooo pretty. I love the soft blooms you have made and I love the script mask too.. so much to love here.. definitely my new fav layout of yours!!

Ульяна и Полина said...

Как красиво!!!

carlies said...

wow stunning design love your handmade flower's

francie said...

I came, I saw, I tried, LOL. My flowers do not look as AWESOME as yours do because I used a sheer fabric, but I will certainly try making these blooms again. TFS
Have a great week. Fran (Quick Silver on sb.com)

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Haha! that was fast Fran! The fabric I used was a soft, thin cotton but I would think a sheer fabric would work well too? I'm going to snip a bit of organza and see how well that works :)

Romy said...

Oh wow, you really know how to make these gorgeous papers look even more gorgeous! Your lay-out is so romantic and beautiful. I also love your handmade flowers!

LISA said...

My heart goes pitter patter when I see one of your new creations. This one is so gorgeous...Just want to let you know, my last layout using Tresors de Luxe products, was so influenced by your gorgeous style. Thank you for all of your inspiring art!!! I never give you enough credit!! xo

Lynn said...

Wow! This is simply stunning! I love the handmade flowers and all your details! Sounds like you had a fun weekend and even got a little shopping in!!! Have an awesome day!

cathylynn said...

Totally Beautiful and love those flowers. Thanks for the tutorial!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Chrissy said...

Just stunning Gabrielle, gorgeous photo,papers and flowers, love it all,fantastic layout.. and thanks for the tutorial on making the flowers..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Chrissy said...

Just stunning Gabrielle, gorgeous photo,papers and flowers, love it all,fantastic layout.. and thanks for the tutorial on making the flowers..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Jolanda Goes said...

it's gorgeous! And love the flower tutorial, thanks for sharing :)

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

This is such a pretty LO,and I love your fabric flowers,I think that I'm going to try to make some tomorrow,thanks for the inspiration,greetings Miranda

Isa said...

I haven´t words !! Lovely, amazing and so sweet .. I love it, thanks for this post .. It´s beautiful ;)))

Sandra said...

I absolutely love the layout and the little handmade flowers are so pretty, you're so talented with the detail you create on a page.

pattyo said...

Very pretty! I love that textured script--need to find one for myself! The flowers are beautiful--will have to give them a try.

Midnight scrapper said...

love your tutorial for your fabric blooms, Im in Australia and all my flower stamens are different to yours, yours have green florist wire, where do you get yours from.
if you could share this info would be fantastic.
very talented, love love love your work,
Ang

Midnight scrapper said...

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Midnight scrapper said...

love love love your work.
your flower tutorial, my flower stamens in Australia are different to yours, yours seem to have green florist wire can you please share where you buy these ones from.
thanks you have inspired me to make my own flowers.
Ang

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Ang, I got my flower stamens from an outlet fabric store near my home called Lens Mills, it was in this cheapie bargain bin (I think I paid like .30 cents for a cluster of them) I don't know if they still have them but I can take a look :)

Ava Gavloski said...

great tut' on the flower gabi!! nice side note on your trip to the art house studio and thanks for commenting on my blog, appreciate that, you movie star!!!! wink wink

Rosey said...

what a neat techqnique and i love this page!

Danoesja said...

Hi Gabrielle

This is such a lovely LO with all the pretty details. I bought the new Maja papers yesterday, they are so beautifull.
The handmade flowers are also beautiful and i'm going to try this to. At my holiday in Spain i did make some tule flowers that i saw on your tutorial, its very easy to do.
Have a very nice weekend.

Greetings, Danoesja

Tone-Lill said...

Love your homemade Flowers and thanks for the tutorial. Your LO is stunnin like always, love all The little details :)
Have a great weekend :) x

Michelle said...

I could sit and stare at your work all day Gabi. Just love how you incorporate so much texture!!!!!!!!!!!!

Janene said...

So beautiful! Love the details you put in to a layout!

Karen Otterbacher said...

Thanks for the tutorial Gabi!! It means a lot:)
and thanks for the ref. to stores carrying Maja Sofiero!
(I recently received mine!:)
I especially love the soft-shabby feminine look of your L/O~
and the tear away & distressed areas are beautiful.
~love the clocks! (she blooms:)
and the textured writing---sigh, just love it all!

lynda said...

Thanks for the tutorial on how to make the flowers. I love their soft look & am looking forward to trying to make some myself!

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