For this layout I made of my nephews I used a few different techniques that give the page a more masculine feel (aside from my 'cutie-pie' nephews in the photo LOL!)
* I made the barb wire border, simply using a Sharpie black permanent marker and a white gel pen. (the steps to do this follow)
* I used a piece of bubble-wrap dipped in some grey/blue paint and stamped it randomly onto the page behind the photo
* I used a piece of corrugated cardboard and dry-brushed some paint randomly on it. DRY BRUSH: means you dip your paint brush in the paint, dab off on a piece of scrap paper and then lightly brush on the left over paint on your project.
* And of course paper tearing and inking the edges can give a page a more masculine feel too.
To make the barb wire border just follow these simple steps!
1. Draw a random wavey line with a black Permanent marker, I used a Sharpie.....
2. Draw a bunch of zig-zags on the wire, have some of the lines randomly going upward or have them start pointing up and ending point down. This is totally free-style....
3. Now using your white gel pen (I used the Inkssentials gel pen, Signo Unibal works great too!) highlight the black line...
4. Now, using the white gel pen, high-light the zig-zag lines.....
You can now do a double line like I did at the top of my l/o or you can get creative and do looping lines etc. Here's a close up of the barb-wire on my finished l/o.....
Here are some close-ups of the corrugated cardboard (to expose the corrugated cardboard, simply tear off the top layer of paper, ....I like to leave on little bits of the flat paper on the corrugated part to get a more rugged look, you can also see the bubble-wrap stamping up close in this photo (as you can see, it does not have to look 'perfect'!)....
I made this layout using the gorgeous Websters Pages 'Sweet Life" papers and some lovely Prima vines! The photo is one I took of my oldest daughter after she got her face painted at the resort we were staying in on our trip to Florida.
I doodled the brick wall behind the photo, and used some water colour pencils to randomly colour the bricks (use a Q-tip lightly dipped in water to get a softer effect on the watercolour pencils) I thought the vine would look cute climbing a brick wall. Here's a close up photo....
The blooms in this kit are so beautiful, they have beautiful sheer and opaque layers, here's a close-up....
The leaf designs were cut from the Websters Pages paper and then I simply inked the edges a little with some brown chalk ink and then put on a thin coat of green Stickles.....
Here's another page I made using the Limited Edition kit (this is a photo of my new baby neice) the papers were just perfect for the cute little berry bathing suit and hat she was wearing on our trip to Florida (we just recently got back!).....
There are some awesome sticker sheets in this kit that co-ordinate with the Webster's Pages Sweet Life papers and there's a whole page of co-ordinating colour letter stickers in a really pretty font in just the perfect sizes!....
And finally here is a 3rd l/o I made using the same Limited Edition kit, (these are a couple of photos I took of Chloe when we were going out to dinner in Florida, when I saw these, I was stunned at how grown-up she's already looking at 10 years old!).....
I made the 'lilac' clusters using the retro flower punch you've seen me use on many of my previous l/o's, but for this page I used 3 different colours of cardstock (using the darkest colour toward the outside and the brightest on the inside) I simply use a white chalk ink (Colorbox Pigment stamp pad) on the edges of the blooms and put a soft white line in the middle of the petals with the edge of the stamp pad. To finish I added a dot of purple pearlized dimensional paint in the center of each bloom. Here are some close-up photo's.....
To make the design across the bottom, I punched some holes in the purple cardstock (two holes close together and then leave a 3/4 inch space, then punch 2 holes close together again, repeat)....then I ran the bronze ribbon (also included in the kit) through the holes (the pearl/lace ribbons are included in the kit and the scallop edge patterned paper is a sticker also included in the kit, easy-peasy right?!)....
The circle design around the right side of the photo is a sticker included in the kit as are the buttons, I simply added some Diamond glaze to them to give them a more glossy 3D look. Here's a close-up.....
There are also 3 other new kits for the month of April! Here are some l/o's I made using the Main kit.....
This kit has lots of beautiful blooms and chipboard elements in it!.....For the butterfly and the dragonfly I used some inks, Stickles and dimensional paints to dress them up a bit....
Another l/o I made with the April Main kit.....
I made the 'jewel's on the lace paper by first drawing the gold tear-drops and circles and then filled it with pink and green Stickles. Once it's dry I topped it with some Diamond Glaze to give it a more 'rounded' jewel look.....
There's also beautiful pink Zva crystals in this kit...here's a close-up....
And finally there is a wonderful Album kit for the month of April. Here is a layout I made for this kit....
There's lot's of supercute embellishments in this kit!! Some pretty Zva Crystals, a full package of Prima embossed pink blooms (Sprites), transparencies, chipboard and much, much more! Here are a couple of close-up photos.....
Well, lot's of awesome kits to choose from this month. If you'd like some more inspiration check out the amazing work from the rest of the talented design team at in the Design Team Gallery for April at MCS! We had some awesome Guest Designers this month too that you won't want to miss!
Thanks for taking the time to read my crazy LONG post! LOL!
Gabi, I don't know which is the most creative, the barbed wire or the cluster of punched blooms!! But your detail on every single thing is mindblowing as always! You did beautiful work with this kit!
Holy smokes Gabi!!! You knocked the ball right out of the field with these layouts !!!!! They are all so beautiful! I love the barbed wire and the cluster of flowers with that retro punch!
(I have to say ....I love my retro punches too!!!)
Have a great week!
WOW GABI!!! You just blow my mind girl! You are so incredible..those LO's are fantastic!!!!! Thanks for stopping by...miss you too girl!!!
Not sure if this is where I can ask you a question; but here it goes... How do you make your large scalloped edges like on your page "right before my eyes" and several other pages. I tried using a bottle but came out not as clean as yours. Is it a template? If so, can you share the brand and the style name? You have inspired me. Thank you.
Aww wGabi, always love reading and OGLING your long posts...LOL.You never dissappoint Hun.Such beautiful beautiful pages.Inspiring as always.Thanks for the eye candy.PS loved seeing a guys page too, coming from a gal who has two little men
I could look at your work forever!! You make it all sound so simple but I know it's not!! I could never do what you do on pages...it would look at mess...especially working with the demensional paint and stickles!!! LOL!!! Well, I just admire yours!!! Hugs!!!!@
Gorgeous work hon!!! as always.. love the brick wall and the barbwire!! Absolutely gorgeous!
Wow, that brick wall and barb wire are incredible! It looks so hard but you make it sound so easy..I may have to give it a try! The lilac clusters are amazing!! Your pages are definately eye candy!!! You are helping to bring me out of my long dry spell with some new ideas!
Dear Gabi. I stop by here all the time, and today I decided to leave a comment... Your work is so beautiful.. So full of details and colors, and looks so stunning. your "Chloe" LO looks so wonderful.. Love the bricks in the background... did you draw them yourself? "Right before my eyes" is just stunning... and I cant get enough looking at it.. You are such an inspiration, and SO talented..! And I love stopping by your place... xx Engel
Your layouts are astonish!!! When I visit your blog is always like I entered in a fairy tale. Thank you for surprising me every time!!!
Everything is so gorgeous!!
You truly are an A-list artist :)
WOW!!! Let me pick up my jaw from the floor to tell you how I love what you did with the Websters Page collection!!!! Beautiful!!!
WOw Gabi, what can I say... I just love your work! I think that I get a good idea about you in your work! You can see how much you love what you are doing in your layouts!! No kidding girl.. you are the tops! Tfs :D
G - Your Websters pages are over the top phenomenal this month! Love all your work and have no idea where you found the time to put the details in and get your SB&B, ZVA and MCS work done. You are my idol. LOL
WOW! Absolutely stunning!!! All of your work is beautiful.
WOW!!.. those are not "layouts".. those are "Works of ART". Gorgeous... absolutly stunning!
Absolutely gorgeous! so marvellous pages
i'm a fan
Wow, your layouts are stunning, absolutely beautiful. Lynne x
You're such a talented lady Gabi, you work is always stunning!
I especially love that doodled brick wall with the vines climbing up, that's just pure genius!
These pages just blow me away!!!!!!
So super beautiful!!!!
wow...... I'm stunned!
stunning! It just keeps getting better. There's so much I love about all the LO's: the barbed wire, the brick wall, the retro flowers and of course, the beautiful photos of your daughters.
Everything is gorgeous as always!
I've just found your fantastic blog and my jaw is now on the floor. What totally stunning layouts. I can't take them all in.
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!
Wonderful kits to work with Gabi ! just perfect for your style ! Love seeing all the close up details too !
Michelle, I tried to reply at your blog to your question, but I couldn't get access to your profile. I got the large scallop on the 'right before my eyes' l/o by following the line of the circle design on the patterned paper.
But!...I've often used precut scallop paper as a stencil on my patterned paper and then hand cut large scallops. Try Bazzill 'Just the edge' package....this package of cardstock edge designs has a nice large scallop edge you can use as a template....they also sell cardstock paper with really big scallops that can be used as a template!
Hope this helps!
I love every single one of your LO`s. They are pieces of art!!
Wow!!! What a fabulous artist you are!! I've just found your blog and have been blown away by your beautiful work! I love everything I see and I will be visiting often!!
EVERYTHING is gorgeous!!!
OMG is all I can say! I've just spent about an hour ogling your gorgeous work, Gabrielle. So much detail and time must go into each piece. You are such an inspiring artist and I love that you make things up as you go. Thanks for sharing your amazing work!
I'll definitely be back when I need some inspiration again!
Gabi, you have done it again, I cannot believe the work you do. Just awesome!!!!! Can't wait to get my kit.
wonderful,,, i love it
. So much detail and time must go into each piece. You are such an inspiring artist and I love that you make things up as you go
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