Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Going Soft and Smokey for Spring! {Maja Design}

 
I don't know how winter has been everyone else out there, but here in Canada it has been extremely cold and snowy this year! I for one am soooo ready for Spring to make an appearance! So to warm myself up a little I thought I'd work on a summery photo. This is a photo I took a few years back of my oldest daughter when we were taking a summer vacation near Sable Falls in (Northern) Ontario. I've recently been putting together a color inspiration board for myself on Pinterest and I find one of my favourite color combinations is purples with greens, but I'm particularly fond of the these colors in soft smokey tones. So for this page I reached for some of the soft smokey plums in the Maja Design, 'Ska vi ta en Fika' collection and mixed it with some taupey grey and soft green from the Vintage Summer basics colleciton.


I wanted to add some 'lush' greenery to the page so I matted behind the photo with some green paper from the Life In the Country paper collection (Sowing Seeds-bs), and added a new vine chipboard design from Dusty Attic called 'Ivy Corners' adding a few Dusty Attic purple roses in as well.


I just love to add vintage style embellishments to my Maja Design layouts because the beautiful papers lend themselves so well to these types of embellishments, like vintage lace (from Tresors de Luxe), Natural floral accents (also from Tresors de luxe), chipboard designs (Skelleton clock and flourishes, from Dusty Attic Designs) and the Flowers are from a tin of blooms from Recollections.


Clocks are one of those design elements that I feel work with almost any page. So again on this page I've added in some of my favourite clock designs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection (XVI).

 
When I get my Maja Design collections, I love to fan out the papers and enjoy how the different patterns and designs look against each other. I always want to share these pretty designs in a unique and fun way, ....here I was able to do this using a new chipboard by Dusty Attic called 'Geometric' border. I glued a small sampling of a few of the patterned papers behind the small square designs. And nope, that is not my handwriting you see above (I wish!), it's a little bit of rub-on I have from some old Daisy D's rub-ons I still have in my stash ....yep, still trying to add a bit of my older stash on each page :)

Maja Design Papers used in this project: Ska vi ta en Fika (Söders höjder - bs, En Kopp te-bs, Chaite-bs, Favoriter-bs), Life In the Country (Sowing Seeds), Vintage Summer Basics (1932-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

Note:  I often get email from my blog readers looking for good sources for Maja Design products and Dusty Attic chipboard.  I list links to retailers in the right side column of my blog but for a quick link you can check out these great resources.... http://www.thescrapbookdiaries.com/product-tag/maja/,  http://moments-of-tranquility-shop.com/, http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto

I hope you enjoyed my little project today using Maja Design products and hope that it brought you a little Spring warmth as well! xo

25 comments:

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Such beautiful designed papers and you have designed an amazing page as always. Love all the embellishments and that's a great photo too.
Hugs and smiles,
Asmah

scrappymo! said...

This is so fabulous. I love the ture and style you have created...combining the jute (hessian) with the vintage lace and flowers...it looks wonderful.
There are so many elements here that I love...
Will pop back tonight to have a good catch up on your blog as I have not stopped by for quite a while.

Lisa M said...

Always love seeing your LO's Gabrielle. Beautiful detail as always. Thanks for the links too!

Chimera said...

Wooow, it's beautiful! I love this colors!

Janene said...

Stunning as always. Can;t wait till our order of Dusty Attic arrives as i need those Ivy chippies thanks to you! :)

cathylynn said...

Oh my goodness this is totally beautiful! I love the colors and your design is phenomenal! Great textures too! I love it all!
I'm a huge fan of your art!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Gerta said...

A-A-a-a-! It's so wonderfool!

langeatheart said...

This is gorgeous! So pretty and I love this line! I managed to get it before the sky fell. I know that the Funkie Junkie sells a lot of Maja Design papers and not sure about Victky just visited her to get something and I couldn't see her etsy! Could just be my flu bugging out my eyes but not sure! Again Love this! Adding new chippie to my list! :)
All the best!

langeatheart said...

Yup just checked Vicky and her Etsy is closed for six months. She will take orders every six months for DA and that's it. :(

Romy said...

Gosh, this is yet another eye-catcher that I cannot stop looking at! Your work with Maja Design is always absolutely exquisite!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Thanks for the update Pam....I know that Natasha at Moments of Tranquility has a good supply of Dusty Attic (and Maja) and Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries has a good supply coming in soon as well (they both ship to Canada no problem :)

Elin said...

Stunning! OH so gorgeous and inspirational <3 Thank you for sharing with us, and thank you for bringing great ideas to life and into my hear ;)

Karen Otterbacher said...

A totally stunning page Gabrielle!
So beautiful; so gorgeous~
(I am crazy about Maja pprs for sure!) and that new DA vine
has me entranced!
You have so perfectly accented this L/O!
Out-of-the-box creative; both texturally and color wise!~

luv46kdz said...

This is a gorgeous color combo. Love the peaceful vibe of the layout. Your layers are divine.

Ah the cold, don't miss it since I left NY 24 yrs ago. We have had one of the warmest winters ever so far! I'll be in NY this weekend surprising my mama and it's going to snow, I'm going to freeze my patootie off!

Paula

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Lovely lay-out and it gave me a spring feeling too. Love the colours and the stitching you added. Here in Holland was the winter warmer then other years. The weatherman said that everything in the nature comes a month sooner to bloom because of the high temperature and indeed there are already some trees with blossom :) greetings Miranda

Dawn Pritchard The Inked Stamper said...

Hi I absolutely adore your style! I'd love to have you come teach at my store in Alberta, can you send me an email theinkedstamper@gmail.com I've sent you one, but it probable got lost in your junk mail. THANKS!

pattyo said...

Gorgeous layout, Gabi! I love the shades of purple and grey used here. The chipboard and lace are so beautiful also.

Lizzyc said...

This is gorgeous, the colors are gorgeous, the photo is stunning and the whole design and layout is amazing.. love this.. and we are heading into autumn here, that means a bit cooler in the mornings!! I hope spring comes soon for you!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi Gabrielle! I'm sorry it has been so long since I dropped by to see your gorgeous work. I look forward to catching up :) What a fabulous way to start. This is an amazing LO. I adore the clock frame!! Such a great focal piece. And of course I just sit here in awe of all of your layers and how the meld together into such a beautifully cohesive piece. The vines and purple roses hanging down from the arrow is incredible. It draws the eye down to that lovely vacation pic. I could go on and on but I want to go see your other pieces :) Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth said...

By the way -- I too cannot wait for spring. It is currently 14 degrees F and the wind is howling. Brrrrrrrr!!!! I need warm sunshine! -- Mary Elizabeth

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow such a gorgeous lay-out. Love all the details and your composition. Shirleyx

Davi said...

Stunning, my favorite color combo and the wonderful chipboard, flowers and colors really combine for a real beauty!!

Thatstencil Stencil said...

such a lovely piece, adore the clock thats so lush as well x

Bev Hayne said...

Lace, burlap and chipboard...as only you can! Your colour scheme
is gorgeous.

Ruki said...

absolutely stunning! you're so talented

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