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Exploring Gossamer Blue

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I’m always pleased to see a new manufacturer appear on the scrapbooking scene, and I was especially delighted when the first release from Gossamer Blue appeared in the shop and contained no less than three full collections. What a treat! If you haven’t checked them out yet be sure to follow the link and take a look. I was quick to order a selection of products from each of the ranges – Gramercy Road, Get Happy and On My Desk, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products. The papers have a lovely feel to them, with rich colours and versatile patterns. There are a good selection of embellishments available, ranging from die cuts to flair to enamel shapes to wood veneer to stickers to cork shapes. Alongside these there are alphabets and stamp sets too.

I often find that different collections from one manufacturer blend together on a page pretty well. They often use the same shades and tonality to their colouring, and sometimes you’ll find elements that appear in several ranges. At first glance the three collections from Gossmer Blue looked pretty different, and I wasn’t sure how well it would work to mix them together, but I thought I would give it a go anyway and I was delighted how well they went together on a page.

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I used elements from all 3 collections on both of my pages. Firsty I created the page above featuring some self timer snaps of my husband and I late in my pregnancy with my daughter (although we didn’t know she was a she at the time!). She was in fact born only a few days later, so I’m glad we took these while we could. Apart from the wood veneer word (Freckled Fawn, covered in Stickles glitter glue!) and the white cardstock (American Crafts) everything you see is Gossamer Blue. The rose foil alphabet is just gorgeous, but it’s really hard to capture in a still photograph how this catches the light. You can see in the corner of the photo below how the colour changes with different light.

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I’m a huge fan of puffy stickers, and these ones are from the On My Desk collection. I love how they add a little bit of dimension, and there’s just something quite fun and quirky about puffy stickers to me. Here you can also see one of the journalling stickers from the Gramercy Road range – these come in circle, skinny label (above) and rectangle. I love these. I really love these. Really really!

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Look at those gold foil die cuts! Beautiful. These are from the On My Desk die cut pack, and layered up with die cuts from the Gramercy Road pack too.

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This page features photos from my son’s first ride on a Helter Skelter ride over the summer. His face was a picture of excitement as he came flying down the slide! I highlighted my favourite photo with a die cut frame, and also included a photo of the ride itself – both for context and because it was so beautiful.

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I used one of the gold glitter words from the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes collection combined with die cuts from both packs. The little camera die cuts are so cute! I’m excited to see what Gossamer Blue come up with next as I truely do love all three of their first collections, and I think they can work really well together despite being three totally different ranges.

On this page I added simple folded paper corners to the 12×12 background sheet. These were really easy to make as follows:

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Cut a strip of patterned paper from a 12×12″ sheet. The width will determine the size of the corners you make. The wider the strip is, the bigger the corners. The length of the strip will simply determine how many corners you get.

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Step 1: Fold down the top corner as shown above.

Step 2: Fold the paper again, meeting the straight edges together, to create a point. This is your first corner made.

Step 3: Turn the strip over and fold again to start the second corner. You are folding down the strip in a straight line and not around in a circle.

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Step 4: Continue to fold the paper in this way until you reach the end of the strip.

Step 5: Carefully cut down the middle, separating the corners from each other.

Step 6: Adorn all your projects!

Why not give it a go, and don’t forget to take a look at Gossamer Blue in the shop. Until next time…

JEN N

4 Comments

  1. Jackie

    Love how you have mixed these collections together and thanks for the tip, will be trying the corner technique out on my layouts.

  2. Julie taylor

    Fab layouts Jen, beautiful colours & fab tip on the photo corners

  3. Natty

    Beautiful pages Jen, love how you have combined the collections and also how fab are the Stickled veneer words? I would be lost without Stickles – they are the solution to everything. 😀 hehe