Monday, 11 February 2013

'Beautiful' Layout + Tutorial - Gabrielle Pollacco DT

Hi Everyone! 

It's me, Gabi here with you today to share my project and tips for February! I fell in love with this Dream Catcher #1 chippie the minute I saw it! (there is also another beautiful Dream Catcher design available as well)....I just loved the fine detailing in this one!  When I got this sweet photo of my adorable great niece Jade with her cute piggy-tails and faux-fur vest, I knew this chipboard piece would be the perfect accent for my page.  I thought first off I would share a small step in prepping my papers before I started embellishing this page.  I cut two layers of complimentary papers, for this page I use papers from Maja Design from their Walk in the Forest collection (top paper is cut about 1 centimeter in from the edges) and edge distressed with my Tim Holtz Edge Distressor tool.  

I then did a little dry brushing with some of the new Dusty Attic Paints (Oceania, Mountain Meadow).  I then added random strips of scripted Washi tape on two edges (Tim Holtz Washi tape), slightly crinkling the tape as I went.  The third step was to do some random machine stitching (see above).

I then prepped my Dream Catcher chippie using the following steps: 
Step 1:  I gave the whole piece two coats of the Dusty Attic Navajo White paint.
Step 2:  I used some brown chalk ink (Colorbox - Chestnut Brown) to softly ink all the gentle with your piece as you are doing this as the piece is delicate. 
Step 3: I took a brown ink pen (I used the Martha Stewart detailing pen) and just doodled in a bunch of detailing on the feathers and twine designs.
Step 4:  I thought it would be fun to add some 'real' dream catcher detailing to the piece by stringing some seed beads on a piece of wire and attaching them to the loops in the chipboard (see above).  I also added some real feathers just beneath the chipboard strands when I glued the piece down. 

Here is some close-up detailing on the bottom of the Dream Catcher.  I used some aqua beads with silver accents to stay in keeping with my page colors. 

Here's a close-up of the upper portion of the Dream Catcher.  I glued some random seed beads over the netting part of the chipboard to give the piece a more authentic look. 

I did a little bit of stamping in the bottom corner with some wildflower stamps an added my title rubon over the painted area.  I added some floral and twine accents as well as a small Dusty Attic Postage Stamp chippie simply glued on in it's natural state. 

And here are all the Dusty Attic Products I used on this page:
Chipboard:  Dusty Attic Dream Catcher #1, Postage Stamps, Corrugated Card
Paint: Dusty Attic Paints (Navajo White, Oceania, Mountain Meadow)

There are so many new and wonderful chippies in the new releases, I hope I've inspired you give this one a try! 


  1. Wow this looks amazing and you have used the perfect photo to compliment this gorgeous chipboard piece.. really lovely layout.. love all little special little details too..

  2. Just amazing, Gabi!!! Love this layout and your tut!!

  3. Stunning layout, I love what you've done to the dream catcher and Jade is a cutee

  4. this looks amazing Gabi... so much gorgeous detail on the dream catcher.. Your niece is adorable x