Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Inspire : Creative Scrappers-Bird is the Word

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Over at Bird is the Word this month the word is Inspire. I immediately knew who I wanted to scrap. I am most Inspired by Gabrielle. 
 When I first started scrapbooking I was doing page kits that came with instructions and the right amount of supplies (Nina Brook Designs). Then one day I was browsing through and I saw the most beautiful layout so I went to the artists gallery and the rest as they say is history! Gabrielle Pollacco had me hooked! lol Over the years I came to know Gabrielle and found it a hoot that we had both lived in the same town until I moved away. We found we had a lot in common in regards to our heritage and families and over time  she became more than just a mentor she became my friend. What I find amazing about Gabrielle what inspires me is not only her creativity but her energy. She is positive and upbeat and even under the crushing load of work she has to do she stops and makes the time to write and encourage me. I know that Gabrielle has influenced people the world over and if ever there was an Oscar for scrapbooking she would be the one to get it! I thank-you my friend for all that you have taught me not only about scrapbooking but also about myself and what I can do! HUGS!
This is the sketch from Creative Scrappers that I followed.
I really wanted the word inspire to stand out so I cut the word out using my Silhouette and then traced over it. I punched holes along the lines at relatively even spaces and then stitched it in black. I used the LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbooking featuring the new Prima papers Delight.
I tried to get Gabi's name right. This is her signature copied from her blog as are the pictures which is why they aren't the greatest quality. I stitched her name as well. You can see the masking I did with moulding paste in the upper left and bottom right corners. You can also see that I used canvas fringe behind the photos and used moulding paste on it as well. Once it dried I went over the moulding paste with Perfect Pearls Mica Powder in Blue Patina.

For fun I added a Dusty Attic frame around the smaller picture and went over it with Tattered Rose crackle paint from Tim Holtz.

Last shot is the bottom right corner where I added a fussy cut piece from the paper and then placed a piece of Dusty Attic fence on top. I love the fluffy white look of the butterfly so I attached it to the fence. I know that Gabriele loves pastels so I tried to do this page in that theme.
So there you have it! One of the people who most inspires me in life is Gabrielle Pollacco.
 I am off to possibly do another Keaton page and would love to give a huge shout out to Maja Designs for their most generous donation of product to this cause. You people are amazing I love you thank-you!
All the best! :)


  1. Love your page, special the stitching title!
    xx and tks for playing with us at BITW

  2. This is just beautiful. I love how you did a page on Gabi, she is a real sweetie!! Thanks for your visit on I'm glad you left a link to your blog! It's awesome!

  3. Thanks for your lovely words on my blog. I'm now your 99th follower. I contemplated waiting a bit to see if I could be the 100th follower but I guess someone's got to be 99! I love the layout above - that stitching is amazing. I was also blown away by your OUAS entry. Wow! The layout is stunning and the story brought tears to my eyes.

  4. Hi there, thank you for the wonderful words you left on my OUAS piece. Your layout on Kiki is just breathtaking, both in its beauty and subject. Bless you for such a heavy yet special undertaking <3

    Well, there is no doubt that Gabrielle is truly amazing. She is such and inspiration for me and what a wonderful layout you did of her :) New follower and looking forward to some fabulous inspiration from you too :)


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  6. This is one of the most beautiful designs I've seen. It definitely inspired me and I'll surely use the tamplate for a page I'm planning. Have a great weekend.

  7. She inspires me too. Gorgeous layout. so glad you joined us at Bird is the Word!

  8. I totally agree, I am so inspired by this wonderfully talented lady!! and your layout is so lovely.. thanks for joining in at BITW!!

  9. Oh Gabi is super inspiring for sure!! Please relink your SATW entry so we can include it in our judging - I see it's linked to your entire blog not your actual post - thanks!!

  10. Beautiful page! I love all the cool techniques you used!


  11. Beautiful page! I love all the details you added! I, too, am always inspired by Gabi! :)

  12. Wowwww..Very beautiful... thanks for joining us at BITW