All Smiles – Gabrielle Pollacco

Hello friends, I’m happy today to share with you all a very special project that is dear to my heart.  As many of you know I have been with the Maja Design team for over 4 years now.  Today will be my last post for this wonderful team. 

As always I used a variety of collections in one layout (5 in all), but I mainly chose papers from the Life by the Sea collection.  I drew my inspiration from the navy and white stripe top my oldest daughter is wearing in the photo above of her and our dog.  These are the papers I used on this project:

Maja Design Papers used in this project:
~ Life by the Sea (Seaside Cottage, Bottle Message),
~ Vintage Summer Basics (1945-bs),
~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XXIII-bs, XVI).

Dusty Attic Chipboard used in this project:
~ Chains
~ French Flourish
~ Lattice (small)
~ Vintage Frames #4
~ Word Strips
~ Mini Captions #9
~ Mini Tabs #2
~ Clear Gloss Varnish
~ Dusty Attic Blossoms (Blue Bonnet)


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I chose the fresh and pretty ‘Seaside Cottage’ strip paper as my matting paper….and the softly scripted ‘Bottle Message’ paper as my background.  I decided on my photo and embellishment placement and then softly tinted the surrounding area with some Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in a Patina color.


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Before adhering my background paper to the matting paper, I added a little accent by tearing the two papers and curling back the edges to reveal the pretty check paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection with a little peek of lace as well. I added a small zipper pull from Prima Marketing to finish the look.  I also sandwiched a strip of burlap between the two papers before I finally adhered the two pieces together.  As an added finishing touch I added two ‘hinge’ designs by cutting a Dusty Attic ‘French Flourish’ chipboard design in half and glued them to the top and bottom of the right side.


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I double matted my photo with papers from Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Summer Basics, sandwiching the Dusty Attic ‘Vintage Frame #4’ between the two layers.  Then I added some butterflies (just some images I printed off from the internet), blossoms and clock images that I fussy cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper, and applied with pop dots, adding a border with Platinum Stickles (glitter glue).


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I also added some randomly cut sections of Dusty Attic chipboard Lattice…..and as a final touch used some Dusty Attic Clear Gloss Varnish to attach some seed beads in around the lattice (Prima – Licorice seed beads).  To add another bit of curvy design to the page, I slightly bent a strip of Dusty Attic Chain under the photo and attached it with a ‘screw’ brad.
I hope you enjoyed checking out my project as much as I enjoyed creating it! xo

2 thoughts on “All Smiles – Gabrielle Pollacco

  1. Lizzyc says:

    absolutely beautiful.. love love love this…

  2. So gorgeous and inspiring !!

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