A Little Spring Whimsy!

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

27 March, 2013 - , , ,


Hi everyone!  It’s me Gabrielle here with you again today!  I was so thrilled to be working on my first project using the NEW and gorgeous Vintage Spring Basics collection!  I’m such a huge fan of butterflies, birdies and florals on my scrapbook papers, and add them to a vintage design and I’m in heaven!  I wanted to go with a butterfly theme so I thought I’d create a layered butterfly wing design to accent the page.  I thought I would share with you all the steps I took to create the butterfly design…

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Before I added the larger wing to my page, I first lightly inked some of the area around where the wing would be placed and did a little stamping with some script stamps.  I wanted a 3D layered effect so I glued down the larger wing and did a little doodling around the edges of the wing and then glued down the smaller wing on top, glueing only at the center of the wing so that it can be folded up slightly.  Here is a close-up view of the finished design…

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I also added some chipboard in the lower right corner to mirror the cherry blossom design in the papers.  These I handpainted and I added a little nest to give a nice Spring feel to the page.

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I also wanted to try something fun for this page, and it was to make my own Vintage Crinkle Ribbon!  I’ve seen these cute ribbons on many projects in the past and when I went to source them locally I had an impossible time finding them!  Then I came across some information on Pinterest on how to make these vintage ribbons from seam binding!  I gave it a try and it was easy-peasy to do and so inexpensive!  I did a little video tutorial on how to make these (the tutorial can be found at my blogpost for today at Such A Pretty Mess Blog ….if you want to have a peek!

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And I have one more little extra for you today.  I know that not everyone is comfortable with sketching, so if you want to try the butterfly wing design that I created above, you can right click on the template below and ‘save picture as’ to your computer.  I saved the page as a 8.5×11 so when you go to print if you hit ‘fit to page’ it should give you the wings in the same size as I created for my page.

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I hope you enjoyed my first project with the NEW Vintage Spring Basics collection as much as I enjoyed making it!

Supplies: Patterned Paper – Vintage Spring Basics (1st of May, 4th of May, 7th of May, 7th of May-bs, 6th of May), Chipboard – Dusty Attic (Cherry Blossoms), Flowers – Dusty Attic Mini Roses, Prima Roses, Prima Pearl Ribbon/trim, Nest – Prima, Green Vine Trim – May Arts, Crinkle Ribbon – handmade (tutorial link above)



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  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    This is just beyond gorgeous! Love hydrangeas, they are my favourite flowers so I love that photo. The butterfly template looks highly useful. Your background treatment rocks and I just adore your sense for details.

  • Chrissie Roberts says:

    Such a beautiful layout & great tutorial. I am going to bookmark this for future reference. Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    Seriously such innovative amazing work. wow just amazing. Thanks also for the tutorial and template.

  • Andrea Ewen says:

    Wonderful tutorial Gabrielle…you are such a wealth of inspiration! Thank you!

  • mm Elena Olinevich says:

    What a great effect, absolutely dreamy. Thank you for sharing with us your awesome tips.

  • Camilla says:

    Amazing layout Gabrielle!! And I love the wings <3
    Hugs, Camilla

  • I absolutely LOVE everything about this Gabrielle!!! So incredibly gorgeous, and so much creativity!!! Thank you for always sharing and inspiring!!!! LOVE!

  • Ivana says:

    Gabi, your tutorials are always so inspiring! I love this idea – it works so perfectly with the spring theme! Can’t wait to give it a try!