In the Mood for Soft and Feminine

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

13 February, 2013 - , , , ,

Life is Good

I just loved the soft and feminine look of the February Mood board and just had to create a layout using inspiration from this board!  If you haven’t seen it yet here is a peek at it, aren’t the photos from Ivana’s wedding so beautiful?

February mood board

In keeping with the soft pretty pinks and delicate florals of the mood board, I chose papers from the gorgeous Vintage Summer collection.  I wanted to keep it light and feminine so I used a make-up sponge to apply a soft layer of dusty rose ink to the page (Tim Holtz, Victorian Velvet) and then layered on an old lacey rub-on I had left over from my days on the Daisy D’s design team.

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When I create a page using the Mood board, I like to take words from it and incorporate it onto the page.  Things like ‘Lace’ (in the rub-on), ‘Pearls’ (A couple of strands draping down from the embellishments), ‘Shimmer’ (Sparkly Stickles in the chipboard flower petals), ‘Shades of Misty Rose’ (in the inked background)…’s amazing how these words can inspire fun techniques on a page if you just let your imagination go!

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I created a little video clip to show how I pull back the paper edges to make a little peek-a-boo design in the layout.  It’s a technique I really like to use and I’m often asked how I do it.  Although it’s simple, I’ve been asked a number of times if I would demonstrate it in a video.

Supplies used on this page:  Patterned Paper – Maja Design ‘Vintage Summer Basics’ (1908-bs, 1925, 1921), and paper from the Vintage Summer 6×6 paper pad.  Chipboard: Dusty Attic Designs, Rub-on’s – Daisy D’s, Flowers – Prima and no-name brand roses, Inks – Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Colorbox.

Before I close off for today I thought I would share a little project I made for my Dusty Attic Design Team this week.  I used the warm and lovely papers in the Walking in the Forest collection for this one.


The photo is another I got from my nephew of one of his little girls.  I love the cute faux fur outfit she’s wearing with the sweet braids in her hair.  I wanted to go with a naturalistic look for the page so I went with a Dreamcatcher chipboard from Dusty Attic and I thought the warm Autumn colors in the Walking in the Forest Collection got me the look I was going for.  I give loads of tips and a step by step at my blog on how I prepped the background papers before applying my photo and embellishments at my blog HERE, if you’d like to take a peek.    SUPPLIES:  Patterned Paper: Walking In the Forest (Cosy Scarf, Die Cut Letters-bs, The Orchestra of Nature), Chipboard: Dusty Attic (Dream Catcher #1, Postage Stamps), Flowers: Prima (Blue Hydrangeas), Rub-ons: Daisy D’s, My Minds Eye, Other: Paint, feathers, lace.

If you would like to give this beautiful Mood Board challenge a go (and have a chance at a fabulous Maja Design collection prize!), you can find the challenge information HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today, we love to hear what you think of our products and designs! xo


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  • Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Gabi,I love both,your work is amazing,Beautiful!!!!

  • Sandy Porter says:

    I would know your work anywhere. Love it so much. Sure wish you were my teacher. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrea Ewen says:

    Stunning Gabrielle! I am always amazed at your impeccable attention to detail! I just adore your feminine style!

  • Nancy Hanttula says:

    Gabrielle! There is no doubt I consider you to be a scrapbooking superstar!!!! Truly every design you touch turns to gold!!! You always put the little extra touches of PIZAZZ in your detail work, which absolutely leaves me in AWE!! LOVE these layouts!

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    Just love these beauties! Both so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tut.