Saturday, August 6, 2016

Love in Summertime {Maja Design and Scrapbook Diaries Kit!} PLUS A GIVEAWAY!!!


Hi Everyone!  I'm back with another video tutorial and Kit for you all!  Maja Design asked me to be their summer guest designer using this gorgeous new collection called 'Summertime'!  As soon as Janene (The Scrapbook Diaries) and I saw this collection, we knew we had to make this into a Kit! So we pulled together lots of the pretty papers along with stamps, gorgeous chippies and wood embellishments and fun mixed media products and as always a video tutorial to show how it all comes together!
  ....Has your summer been a good one so far?  Ours has been busy and lots of fun!  And I have some big news to share (in case you missed it in my last post)....my oldest daughter got engaged a few weeks ago! It's still hard to absorb that my little girl is so grown up now.  But we are all so happy, he's an awesome guy and they are so very happy together!  Every photo I have of them, you just see they glow with joy, so I thought I would use one of these pics to scrap with this lovely summery paper!

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I used a variety the Summertime collection papers for my layout...'Light Scarlet' as my matting paper, 'It's Always the Best' as the main background design, 'Flowers Everywhere-bs' for the heart design, 'Smell the Roses' for the matting for the heart and 'Light Scarlet-bs' for the gingham inserts.  I thought I would share a video tutorial with you all on how this page was put together, so get yourself your favorite summer drink (my favorite is strawberry lemonade), take a load off, relax and enjoy!...



I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and hope this inspires you to play with this beautiful collection for your own summertime photos.(see below for a GIVEAWAY!)... Here are some close-ups and details of this page that you can enjoy at your leisure.

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Since this is a love story, I thought I would use lots of heart images throughout the layout.  I used the 'Circle Stitch Stamp Set' I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries, using the stitched heart stamp on a variety of the Summertime patterned papers and added Prima Mechanicals (hearts) to the centers to create fun and unique little embellishments for the page.

closeup2The flowers are also from 49 and Market, the roses are a floral stem that I cut up and used in various places on the layout, and I used canvas blooms from their Rustic collection to tuck in around the photo area.  For my mixed media product I used two crayons by Faber Castell called Iced Rose and Iced Currant (see video for various ways I used this paint crayon).

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The cogs chippie is from ScrapFX, and again the metal heart is by Prima.  (this whole page design, including chipboard, mixed media products, stamp and papers can all be bought as a kit from The Scrapbook Diaries).

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Another product I've had a lot of fun with lately is those little colorful pebbles called Prills, here I used Tutu Pink Prills to accent the wooden floral accents from Scrapeniec and to accent my heart designs.

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I just love to layer all the pretty paper designs in this collection.  For me, the gingham design on the backside of 'Light Scarlet' paper just speaks of summer.  Here I tucked it in a tear I made in the background paper "Is Always the Best'. Tucking in a little lace and burlap, I think adds a nice rustic look.



I really enjoyed working with these lovely papers and I think you will too! You can also order the same kit in the blue papers from this collection (this gorgeous page was designed by the awesome Janene Meyerowitz using the video tutorial!) You can order your kit from The Scrapbook Diaries HERE For Pink kit!  HERE For Blue Kit! Pretty much all the product you see me using is included in this fun summery kit.

WOULD YOU LIKE A CHANCE TO WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL SUMMERTIME PAPER COLLECTION?? Just leave a comment below (and if you have an Instagram account come follow me, I spend a lot of time there lately! my Instagram name is Gabrielleshutterbug), I will choose a winner on August 31st, it's that easy!


Before I close for today, I have one more project to share with you!  Recently my dear friend Jennifer Hedger (owner of Dusty Attic) held a retreat in Bali and asked that I create a kit for the ladies on this trip!  This is the layout I designed....she was kind enough to make up a special chipboard sheet of all the chipboard I used on this kit and made it available to everyone in North America through The Scrapbook Diaries!  Yep! another kit you can order through The Scrapbook Diaries!  I would have posted this seperately but Janene always thinking ahead, asked that I share it at same time as my Maja Design kit so that everyone that would like both can save on shipping!  


I show you how I made these layered acrylic butterflies using my stamp set (also included in this kit)


This kit is just jam packed with awesome stamps, stencils, chipboard, embellishments and premium papers!   NOTE: this kit comes with a written PHOTO tutorial (as this is more conducive to live classes).  If you would like to order this kit you can get it HERE.

I know! A lot to absorb today, LOL!  Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win the Gorgeous Maja Design Summertime collection! (You have until August 31st)

Happy Summer Scrappin'!



Friday, July 22, 2016

NEW Masculine Style Scrapbook Diaries Kit! (and Additional Dusty Attic Page...Kit Available As Well!!)


Hi All!  It's been a crazy busy summer here for me and my family but I did manage to get some good scrapping time in!  I was in the mood to do some masculine style scrapping and the good news is that this is a page kit that you can get at The Scrapbook Diaries!  All materials I used to make this kit including the chipboard, metal accents, stencil and mixed media materials is in this kit along with unlimited access to a private online video tutorial that I created for this kit.


The photo on this page is actually of pic of my son-in-law to be! (above is a pic of the two them)  Last week my oldest daughter got engaged!  Where has time gone??!  The pic is one from a tough mudder he did (obstacle course through mud and all sorts of grueling obstacles...my daughter did one with him a few weeks back)....he was wearing a Bane mask from the Bat Man movie, I thought it would be fun to make a nice grungy looking page to frame this pic!.  I made this page for his mom who took this pic of him, I'm going to frame it and give it as a gift to her.


Back to the kit....as you can see here there are a lot of really fun accents and techniques in this kit page, this is a sneak peek photo I shared on my Instagram account a little while back (my instagram name is Gabrielleshutterbug for those that follow Instagram)


There are some really interesting and unique chipboard pieces in this kit (all included of course) and you'll be able to watch how I create the fun grungy texture I added to the chipboard pieces in the video tutorial that goes with the kit.


As always I love to add fabric and textural elements to a masculine page, here I used some burlap in the torn paper areas, giving a nice grungy look to the page design.


I used a fun new Dusty Attic stencil called Bubbles to create a unique background design using a negative resist technique with a couple of great Faber Castell Gelato colors in Pistachio and Chocolate.  I think you guys are going to love this product....IT DOES NOT WARP YOUR PAPER! This product can be used fairly dryly so you don't end up warping your paper from too much moisture. 


I used the Gelato's as well to color some of my chiipboard...this product is cool in the many ways it can be used!


I also added some rolled paper embellishing for an added textural element.  Here is another closeup of the background design and of some of the fun chipboard I used in this kit.....and of course, I had to add some of my lastest obsession....'Prills' (those little metalic copper gravelly bits)...I just love them, they add so much to a page!  These are also included in the kit! As always, Janine breaks up your options for a Basic Kit or a Complete Kit (if you already have certain items you can choose basic kit to save money)  So, ready to pick up your Picture Perfect Kit at the Scrapbook Diaries?  You can find it HERE.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I always appreciate all the kind words and lovely feedback I get from all of you! Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer (and awesome winter for those of you down under!)







Thursday, May 26, 2016

A bit of Whimsy & Video Tutorial {49 & Market, Dusty Attic, Shimmerz Paints}



Hi All!  I'm so happy to be sharing with you today my first layout using Janene Meyerowitz's beautiful Flower Fairies of Spring collection! I was delighted to be asked to be a guest designer today using this amazing, whimsical collection! And I was so thrilled when I first got my hands on this lovely collection....loving the heavy weight of the paper, so nice for fussy cutting and mixed media products!

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I was Immediately drawn to the backside of the paper called 'Seedlings'....such a pretty background design! It made me think of this photo I took of my oldest daughter Chloe, when she was a baby.  So I chose this paper as my main background.  Then I noticed the pretty Ivy design on the paper called 'From the Root' and thought it would make a lovely matting frame for my background paper.  The third paper I went with was the 'Spring Cut Out Sheet'....I cut out a bunch of the pretty images to use with foam pop adhesive dots to add these elements to my page design. 


Dusty Attic Product used in this project:
~ Decorative Scroll #1
~ Flower Buds
~ Lavender
~ Mini Captions #9
~ Dusty Attic Gloss Varnish


Above are the Shimmerz mixed media products I used in making up this page.  You can order Shimmerz Paints HERE.  NOTE: You can get your FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice if you mention my name in your next order! :)

So before I show you close-ups and a few tips on my page, I thought I would share a video tutorial I made up on how this page came together, so grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, take a little break and enjoy!



I hope you all enjoyed my little tutorial and feel inspired to create your own whimsical mixed media layout using Flower Fairies of Spring papers and embellishments!  I'm posting a few close-ups of the layout that you can peruse at your leisure....

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I used a Dusty Attic 'Elegant Scrolls' Frame to encircle the photo of my daughter and used a variety of products to add texture to the frame.  I began with using a Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil with homemade texture paste on the bottom layer of the stencil.  I then painted it with a wonderful metalic paint by Shimmerz called 'Penny 4 Your Thoughts Inklingz'...the top layer of the stencil got a coat of Shimmerz 'Artie-choked' Texturez.

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The smaller matching scroll got the same treatment in mixed media product as the larger frame.  I also spritzed some Cheesecloth with Shimmerz 'See Ya Latte' and 'Olive Branch' Spritzes and adhered it to the background paper.  I tucked a leaf cut out from the Spring Fairies cut-out sheet and a butterfly in the center of the design (from the cut out sheet as well).

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Janene has these fabulous new products in her store 'The Scrapbook Diaries' called 'Prills'....I'm totally obsessed with them!  Here I used the Lavender Ice Prills on the tips of my Dusty Attic 'Flower Buds' and 'Lavender' Chippies.  I just put nice big globs of Aleene's glue on them and poured the little colorful balls all over them.  I just love the effect they give!

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....And, once I started playing with these Prills, I couldn't stop!  Used them on the chipboard and around my photo area as well.  I really liked how the purple/lavender color went with the blue/green/sepia colors on the background paper. (sorry about the stray piece of burlap on there....was to lazy to retake the pic when I was posting...but still wanted to share the close-up so you could see the effect on the chipboard :P

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And seriously, how cute are those little flower fairy images!!  Not only are these sweet l'il images scattered tastefully over all the papers but you get a bunch of the adorable images on the Cut Out sheet! Love that!  ...I also added some burlap trim under my photo frame for added rustic texture, this wonderful stuff is available by the roll (in a nice workable small roll) at The Scrapbook Diaries....

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There are 3 different styles available, the one above, a coarser burlap and a cream color burlap.  I also used these adorable Burlap/Canvas blossoms by 49 and Market....such a sweet design, don't you think!


I hope you all enjoyed checking out my first (of many I'm sure!) pages I made using the gorgeous 'Flower Fairies of Spring' collection and hope I've inspired you play and get your 'whimsy' on! You can find most of the products I've used above at Janene's online store The Scrapbook Diaries! xo

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NEW!! Stamps Designed by Me! {The Scrapbook Diaries}


Hi All!  I've got lots of fun news to share with you all today!  I've gotten many emails and messages from you all asking when I will have some new stamps out....well, wait no more! Here are 4 NEW stamp sets available at The Scrapbook Diaries!  (I've got further NEWS for retailers that follow my blog that are looking to carry my stamps in their stores!  See below)

As many of you know, I love to machine stitch on my projects.....but sometimes I'm in a rush or just being plain lazy so a stitch stamp can some in really handy!  These are stamps of actual stitches I've made with my sewing machine (favorites that I like to use on my pages).   Now I can just pull out my stamps and quickly and easily add some stitch designs to my page....and so can you! :)

They also come in various sized circles and squares for framing your photos and card projects....as well as added little stitch designs for embellishing and adding cute titles to your projects.  They can even be used as outlines for your own hand stitching on a project!

Many of you also know about my obsession with butterflies....I just can't get enough! I've recreated a favorite design I've done on a couple of my scrapbook pages with the butterfly and chicken wire design....I've also added additional hand drawn butterflies in various sizes that can be stamped, painted/tinted and cut out as embellishments.  I will be sharing projects using these stamps in the future.

I've also got some great news to share for those of you in other countries that find it hard to get your hands on my stamps!  Janene Meyerowitz  has now opened a wholesale site for retailers to order these products!  The site is called '49 And Market' ....retailers can register there and order my stamps wholesale to sell in their shops!  You can register and find the online wholesale site HERE.


.....And here is a little more NEWS about this new website!  Janene Meyerowitz has designed the MOST GORGEOUS new collection of papers using the trademarked Flower Fairies by Cecily Mary Barker!  Thick, high quality papers with the most lovely whimsical designs!  And she is doing a GIVEAWAY on her FaceBook page for 49 And Market!  If you would like a chance to win this lovely collection along with some beautiful matching embellishments, be sure to stop by her Facebook page, share and tag a friend to be entered into the draw! You can find the Giveaway HERE.


Here is a tiny sneak peek at a page I've been working on using this whimsical and beautiful collection!  I will be revealing this page and a video tutorial to go with it on May 26th! Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your kind feedback always makes my day! xo


Monday, May 16, 2016

Maja Design Vintage Romance Layout & Video Tutorial! {Dusty Attic Chipboard}


Hello everyone, Gabrielle here with you today!  Yup, I'm back for a little guest spot!  When I received the gorgeous Vintage Romance collection in the mail a couple weeks ago, I felt compelled to make up a layout & video tutorial with these stunning papers!

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I used 'Happily Ever After', 'Together Forever' and 'Words of Love' for my page design.  I was going for a fabricky (is that a word? LOL) look on this layout, so I added a little machine stitching on the background design, this is optional, I think it can look equally as nice if you leave that off (if you are not a sewer).


As always, no project is complete for me without a nice smattering of Dusty Attic products.  For this page I used the following:
~ Wildflower #3
~ Chicken Wire Panel (small)
~ Word Pack #10
~ Vintage Frame #4
~ Dusty Attic 'Flower Power' Stencil
~ Dusty Attic Glaze Varnish

So grab your favorite beverage, take a little break and enjoy!....



I hope you enjoyed my little video tutorial, here are a few closeups for you to check out at your leisure....

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I have this close-up turned on it's side just so you can get a more close-up and personal look at it.  I simply followed the pattern in the paper to create my button hole design...makes it easy to space out the design.

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The next step was to add a little color just directly behind the photo area using some Shimmerz spray called 'See Ya Latte' Spritz....then I applied some home-made texture paste through a Dusty Attic stencil called Flower Power.  I was going for a kind of Bohemian-chic look and I thought this daisy design would work well with it.  I also matted my photo with the backside of the 'Words of Love' paper, I do love browns with blues!


To continue the fabric idea of my page I also included a pretty strip of lace that I got from Tresor's de Luxe (my favorite source for beautiful lace!), which I adhered with Tombow liquid adhesive.  I prefer this glue as it allows you to readjust your placement if need be without making a big mess on the paper (let the glue sit for a few minutes to set up before you apply your embellishment to the page.

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I had a little fun with my embellishments on this one....I tried a new product (at least to me) called Prills, they are these little balls that come in different colors. Here I using the color called A-maized. I just applied a little glue to the tops of the blossoms of the Wild-Flowers #4 chippie by Dusty Attic and poured the little pebbles onto it.....I really love the effect!

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I finished my design by adding some layered floral and butterfly stickers by K&Company in a few strategic areas of my photo area.  Added a small shabby-chic bench embellishment by Prima and a few adhesive pearls on the lace panel.  Done! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today and hope you feel inspired to try your hand with the gorgeous new Vintage Romance collection and Dusty Attic chippies and stencils. If you are looking for a great online source for Dusty Attic and Maja Design products, you can find both at The Scrapbook Diaries.

I'm always delighted to read your comments and feedback, they simply make my day, thank-you! xo

Thursday, April 28, 2016

NEW Video Tutorial! Mixed Media Canvas {Dusty Attic and Shimmerz Paints}


Hi Everyone! I know it's been a while since I shared a public video tutorial with you all so I'm happy to share this one with you today!  This was so much fun to make, I think you all will really enjoy this one!  Here is a head on view of the canvas....


This video is a few minutes longer than my usual videos because I take the time in the beginning of the video to show you how to make the polymer clay octopus.  So without further ado, here's the tutorial...enjoy!



I hope you enjoyed watching my video tutorial!  Here is a list of some of the products I used in this project ...


Dusty Attic Chipboard & Stencil:
~ Rustic Charm Frame
~Skeleton Clock Frame
~ Fish Net
~ Nuts & Bolts
~ Locks & Keys (small)
~ Key to My Heart (locks & Keys)
~ Sea Grass #1 (small)
~ Sea Grass #2
~ Cogs
~ Cogs Stencil

You can order Dusty Attic Chipboard directly from their website in Australia or if you are looking to order in North America The Scrapbook Diaries has a huge supply of Dusty Attic Chipboard.


I used the above listed Dusty Attic mixed media products...the rusting powder is sprinkled onto the wet paint, then sprayed with a vinegar/water solution (50/50) and left to rest for about a half hour to rust.


Above are the Shimmerz Paints products I used to color/paint my canvas.  I recently got a package with some of the NEWEST Shimmerz Paints products and I have to say I'm in LOVE with the new Shimmerz Paints pots....really rich deep pigment and loads of iridescent shimmer!  You can order your Shimmerz Paints online HERE.  NOTE:  Be sure to mention my name 'Gabrielle' in your order to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice


Here are a few closeup and other angle views of this project....I like to create projects that can be enjoyed from different angles :)


I used Pearlex mica powder to color my octopus....just randomly rubbed on a blue, green and violet color and used a gold for the suction cups.  Although the color sets pretty good as my piece bakes, I like to give it a light spritz with some hair spray to make sure the color stays on.


The polymer clay piece gets baked in a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes, when you remove it from the oven and it cools, it becomes rigid and hardened.


As always I had a lot of fun creating an underwater vignette using a variety of Dusty Attic chipboard...at the bottom of my canvas I incorporated a bunch of  turquoise and aqua color sequins that I got at a local dollar store.


Another cool mixed media product I've been enjoying using in my projects are seed beads.  Here I added the Licorice color seed beads by Prima.  I applied them using the clear Gloss Varnish by Dusty Attic.  I felt adding them around my octopus helped meld the design into the background canvas.

I hope you enjoyed todays post!  As always I appreciate your kind words and feedback, you comments make my day! xo



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