A very Gauche Before and After


Michelle here!

I’ve never liked those beauty stories where women are shown “before” and “after” because I always felt that the subject’s personal style was lost in the mad dash towards change.

Gauche Alchemy is a place where the meaning of beauty and creativity expands. We like to make room for the slightly shabby, the fabulously vintage and sometimes overlooked object- we accept and appreciate all visual styles- no 250 dollar an hour stylist necessary.

A few of us got together and decided to show you our scrap pages BEFORE and AFTER we Gauched them up. Hope you like what you see!

First up is Maggi:

Here Maggi used some Cosmo Cricket papers and Gauche Alchemy lace panel to make a page commemorating her second pregnancy.

Lace from the lace ribbon variety pack and ephemera from the Purple and Orange color kits give this page some fun texture without eclipsing the overall design.

Maggi used items from the Lady Marmelade Orange Mixed media color kitBanana Hammock Yellow Mixed Media color kitPurple People Eater Mixed Media color kit Pink Parts Mixed Media color kit and lace ribbon variety pack. She also matted the photo with purple punchinella for some extra texture and contrast.

I have to admit I had a hard time with this challenge. I usually design on the fly. Nothing is pre-planned or stays in the same location from start to finish so I had to force myself to be a bit more deliberate and “pre-plan” so that the before page was just as interesting (if a little empty) as the final one.


American Crafts and Basic Grey papers, my favorite 1 dollar alpha stamps and two SUPER cute photos later I have a clean and simple page I wanna Gauchefy!


Using items from my BELOVED Scarlet Fever color kit, I added some bling around the edges of the design and matted the second photo with Kraft Ouchless Cardboard. LOVE that plastic grid on the borders!

I used items from the Scarlet Fever Red Mixed Media color kit, Ouchless Cardboard in original kraft and a plastic grid usually used for needle arts from the Black Out Mixed Media color kit.

Gauche Alchemy’s Japanese affiliate, Yasu, used the Handsome Man kit (now retired) to make 2 versions of a masculine page.

A traditional 12 by 12 scrapbook page with items from a now discontinued kit "Handsome Man"

Here Yasu took the same layout and made it into a vertical format with a frame.

How have you used Gauche Alchemy goodies to punch up the drama in your scrapbook or mixed media projects? Please link them up to our Flickr page or leave a comment here with a link to your blog so we can swing by and check them out!

Have fun creating!

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5 Responses

  1. Nice job, ladies! Inspiring! =)

  2. Looks awesome! It’s very cool to see how a few small mixed media touches really carry a page to the next level.

  3. Love Yasu’s idea of taking a layout and creating a wall hanging with it!

  4. Chelle – your daughter is nothing BUT cute.ness! 😀

  5. Very cool project Yasu!! 🙂

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