Scrapping Masculine Style

Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

11 March, 2015 - , , ,


Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest scrapbook page using some of my all time favorite Maja papers!  As many of you already know about me, I’m a mom of two girls, so most of my scrapbooking is done in a feminine style.  But recently a friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of photos of her children that she wanted me to scrap. Although she has beautiful little girls, she also has an adorable little boy! So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do a masculine ‘boy’ style page.


When I saw the cute little plaid shirt that her son was wearing in the pic, I immediately thought of the perfect ‘Flannel’ shirt and ‘Jeans’ papers from the Walking In the Forest collection.  I added in some of the clock elements from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection and I had some lovely papers to get started.

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All the chipboard I used on this page is from Dusty Attic Designs.  I had a lot of fun with my chipboard pieces.  I thought I would go for a nice rusty finish….they look like real rusty metal don’t they!  What I did to get this effect is first I painted the chipboard pieces with some Dusty Attic paints (Hot Chocolate, Raisin and Gingernut), I kind of dabbed on the colors with a sponge dauber, randomly placing my color.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled some Dusty Attic Rusting Powder over sections of my chipboard, allowing some of the paint color underneath to show through.  This gave my pieces a nice mottled look.  The next step in rusting is to take a spray bottle and put some white vinegar in it….spritz your pieces with the vinegar, then allow your pieces to begin rusting.  The process takes about 20 minutes to a half hour.  I sped up the process a bit by hitting it with the heat gun. I also dry brushed some Dusty Attic Paint in Sunburnt Orange over a section here and there to get an even more mottled rusty look to my pieces.

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Here is another close-up of the rusted chipboard pieces.  I also tucked in clock cut outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) collection, applied with some foam pop dots and then used some Stickles (Platinum) around the edges of the clocks.


I created the rusted ruler by cutting out a strip of chipboard and then using some of my homemade texture paste and the Tim Holtz ‘Measured’ stencil on it.  I then painted the piece and used the rusting powder on it the same as I did for the other chippies. I also made use of a Crafters Workshop stencil, appropriately named mini ‘Specimens’ which I used to create more design behind the photo on the ‘Jeans’ paper.

Another design element I went with was the zipper opening.  I used this twice on the page, at the top right corner of the page and a small ‘V’ cut in the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper on the right side of the photo. I just cut a little tear into the papers and inserted another Dusty Attic chipboard piece into the groove (Dusty Attic Zippers)….I treated these pieces with some metalic paint as well.


I took one of the chain chipboard pieces and gently bent it to get this curved hanging chain look.  I painted the piece with some bronze dimensional metalic paint (Scribbles) and then added a bead of the 3D paint along the straight lines of the chain to give more of a 3D look to the chain.

Oops, how did that lace get in there?! LOL….well, at least I resisted adding blooms right?  So there is my take on a masculine ‘boy’ style page.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my project and that I’ve inspired you to scrap the boys/men in your life.


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  • stacey says:

    just love ur work can u please email me with tips thanx heaps

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I just love how you’ve used different circular elements to it. And the rusty treatment you’ve given the chipboard. Beautiful!