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....

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 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!

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....


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.


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.


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!


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


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