Life’s Simple Pleasures

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

21 May, 2014 - , , , , , , ,

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Hi everyone, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made using lots of handmade blooms I made from Maja Design papers.  Today I wanted to celebrate the everyday simple pleasures, like a little bouquet of beautiful smelling flowers/like a few snippits of Lavender.  I echoed the title in my photo by using my photo editing software to add some words like ‘simple pleasures’ and ‘sweet Lavender’ to my photo with some script text.  I used the Spellbinders ‘Rose Creations’ dies to make my blooms and pulled together a bunch of papers from the maja collections in greens and plummy/pinks.

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I chose papers that did not have a lot of patterns on them to keep an even hue to the floral designs. To make the blooms I lightly moistened the die cut petals with some water and just curled the edges of the petals out to make my rosettes.

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Another design feature I added to my page is thes layered stitched circles.  I chose 3 patterned papers that I thought looked pretty together and then cut out 3 different sized circles.  I inkedthe edges with some soft brown chalk ink and machine stitched to finish.  I also added some texture to the background paper using the Rings & Puddles  Memory Box stencil with texture paste.

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Here you can see the combined cut circle and floral embellishments working together.  I added some Ingvild Bolme resin butterflies to build up the shabby-chic look of the page as well as some Tresors de Luxe lace.  I also added some small ‘bud’ clusters in that I plucked off some old silk flowers I was tossing out, they were the exact color match to my handmade blooms.

Maja Design Papers used for this project:  Vintage Autumn Basics (X-bs, Heritage-bs), Sofiero (Princess Margareta’s Garden-bs), Vintage Summer Basics (1920, 1923, 1933) Vintage Spring Basics (7th of May-bs, 10th of March-bs), Life in the Country (Summer Fields-bs, Sowing Seeds-bs).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope I inspired you to try scrapping everyday little things that bring you joy!


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  • Maryann says:

    WAUW this is so beautiful, and I just love all the beautiful flowers you made here with this gorgeous paper. You really did an amazing job on this LO here, it´s sooooo awesome ands soooo beautiful.

  • Janene says:

    Stunning – Stunning – Stunning! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    oh I am in love with this dreamy dreamy gorgeous piece

  • Heather Thompson says:

    Stunning. Love the flowers.

  • Oh wow Gabi this is just lovely <3……What a great idea those circles!!! I'm loving the flowers hon xox Amy 😉

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I’ve always loved your ability to create wonders with very small means. Add some stitches to a couple of circles and voila. A perfect decoration. The flowers are gorgeous as well and you’ve used one of my favorite papers for the background. 🙂 It can’t get any better then that.

  • This is complete and total gorgeousness. The flowers just seem to cascade down the page. Such beautiful work Gabrielle! Wow!