Scrapping A Favourite Photo

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

7 May, 2014 - , , , , ,

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Hi everyone, Gabrielle here with you today to share with you a layout I made with one of my all time favourite photos, a picture of my dear husband and my youngest daughter.  I just love the way she is looking up at him while he chatting with her, it’s one of those photos that are just close to my heart.

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This page was published in the April issue of a Swedish print Magazine called “Ett Trykk’ (meaning ‘One Print’ in English).  I wanted to showcase a variety of Maja Design papers so I chose paper from their Vintage Spring, Vintage Summer and Vintage Autumn Basics as well as from Ska vi ta en Fika and from Crea Diem.

One of my favorite color combinations is purple and green, so I used the lush and beautiful Dusty Attic Chipboard piece called ‘Ivy Corners’ to accent the page.  I simply painted the Ivy with gesso and then added some watered down green (DA Forest paint) and brown (DA Hot Chocolate) paint to it.  The flowers are Dusty In Bloom ‘Evening Blush’ blossoms.

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The quote you see here and the words on and underneath the photo are all old rub-on’s I had in my stash from my old days on the Daisy D’s design team.  I also took this photo on an extreme angle so you can see the clear glass dome accents I added to my fussy cut clocks from the Maja Design papers (Vintage Autumn Basics XVI)…..I feel like they give the clock embellishments a really nice authentic finish.

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The vine design you see in the bottom right corner is another Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Corner Flourish #3, another favourite chippie of mine.  I painted it with more of the green and brown paints to give it a nice lush finish.  I love incorporating clocks with flowers, I think it helps give a whimsical touch to a page.

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Here is another view of the floral cluster I accented this page with.  I interspersed a lot of clock cut-outs on this design because I wanted to reflect the passage of time and the importance spending time together.

Maja Design products:  Patterned Paper: Maja  Design: Ska vi ta en Fika (Pratstund, Våffla m björnbärssylt-bs), Crea Diem  (Fylld av kärlek), Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of May), Vintage Summer Basics  (1923), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today! xo


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  • Debbie L Gregory says:

    You are a queen at layering with mixed media, papers, flowers and chipboard and it always becomes a gorgeous piece of art. I love seeing your work and watching your process videos. Ive ordered my 1st collection of maja design papers (vintage spring)because of your home décor triple canvas video. I can not wait to play with them.

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    This is soothing to look at and such a fabulous photo – no wonder it is your favorite. This chipboard treatment is spectacular

  • Pcake62 says:

    You always do beautiful work.

  • breath taking! Love the combo of green and purple and that photo is one to be treasured!

  • Maria Gilmour says:

    Lovely layout to showcase such a special memory.

  • Marilyn Rivera says:

    Beautiful Gabi and the photo is priceless….xo

  • mm Maja Nowak says:

    Precious photo and fabulous page, Gabi! Love the colour scheme, and the mix of media and chipboard. Your pages are always filled with most beautiful details and so many techniques!

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I just love the way you’ve colorized the textures and the vines. You always seem to get every little piece of detail on the perfect spot.