Sunday 30 May 2021

Today's Memories - Kristy Abela - Mood Board Inspiration

Once a year we have a very special day to Celebrate... 

When I visited my now hubby's parents for the first time, Nine years ago, I noticed memorabilia on the wall referring to my birthday. I casually asked and discovered my in-laws were married on my birthday. Its been a big day of double celebration ever since... This was a few years back... However, this year they celebrate 50 years together... Congrats to them!

I have used this months Mood Board as inspiration for my page.
You can enter your own creation into the comments section on the 

I used the background to help bring the page to life. In this collection there was also a sheet that had abstract cut out elements that I fussy cut. I used them to shadow the original page. I added some modelling paste and sprinkled embossing powder on it. Once dry I heated it and got a variegated look. 

Here are the elements I used to bring my page to life.

I have always loved matting... Modern pages have stopped using a quick easy way to draw the eye to a focal point so I thought I would play around with it on this months layouts. I added a squiggly frame to the photograph to help block out some of the background noise.

My favorite element was the title.I used chalk paint and paint pens to create a weathered looking title and used white pen to accent it. I love the way the white lines give dimension to the 2D embellishments. 

I used lots of layering and foam tape to recreate the effect of layered flower. Stars were for wishes and hearts for happiness.



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 Products used

Stars #4 

Squiggly Frames #6 

Today's Memories - TITLE

 Industrial Star -2

Swirl #1 

Swirl #2 

Saturday 29 May 2021

My Girl Ziva - Belinda Spencer - Mood Board Inspiration

 Hello Dusty Attic fans!

It's Belinda here today to share my latest layout for The Dusty Attic inspired by the May mood board and featuring lots of fun chipboard pieces and some Dusty In Colour Paint.

'My Girl Ziva'

Here's a reminder of the gorgeous mood board for this month:

For my layout I began by applying some Mountain Meadow Dusty In Colour paint to my background with a palette knife. I love the messy look a palette knife gives. Once the paint was dry, I used the Distressed Grid stencil with some heavy white gesso to add some interest. I flicked over some more colour using Posca Paint Pens.

Next I painted all of my chipboard pieces with several coats of heavy white gesso letting them dry between coats. Once the gesso was dry, I painted some of the pieces with Dusty In Colour Paints in Oceania and Dusty Pink. Some of the pieces I left white to break up all of the colour on the page and also because I just love the look of crisp white chipboard pieces on my pages.

My favourite thing is layering! Lots of layering!! So my next step was to layer all of my chipboard pieces as well as patterned papers in the mood board colours and my photo. Oh and I used a leftover 'negative' piece from a set of tabs that you can see poking out at the top of my photo/paper stack. I love to find ways to use up my leftover bits of chipboard so nothing goes to waste.

Here's what I used:

DA0912 Dusty in Colour Oceania
DA0916 Dusty in Colour Mountain Meadow

DA0862 Mini ABC Set Lower

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you find some time to get creative with awesome Dusty Attic products too.


Friday 28 May 2021

Best Friends - Adri Du Preez - Mood Board Inspiration

 Hello everyone!

Here is my layout inspired by the beautiful May mood board and some stunning Dusty Attic chipboard pieces. 

This layout celebrates the beautiful friendship between my daughter and her best friend Leani.  They said their goodbyes on Saturday morning when Leani and her husband Neil left for Australia.  I took these photos of the two girls in April 2012.  Leani borrowed these fur hats and shawls from her Gran and we had such a fun photo shoot.  I followed the shades of the mood board, but just brighter, as this is after all a celebration.

Journaling : We wish you a very safe and fulfilling journey abroad, and pray that the Lord guide your every move, and may this new journey bring you some of the most beautiful and magical experiences of your life. Your friends and family in South-Africa will miss you like crazy, but I am sure they are all happy for the opportunity you've got to experience life in another country.

Here is my layout.

and here is the mood board.

All the chippies were first covered with white gesso.

I colored the title with a white Uni Posca Paint Marker and the berries of the Foliage #16 
with a pink Uni Posca Paint Marker.

I painted the Foliage #4 with Americana Acrylic Paint in Green Mist, Mint Julep Green,
Sour Apple and Whispering Turquoise and dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

The Foliage #14 were painted with Americana Acrylic Paint in Mint Julep Green and 
dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

The ATC Frames and Fantasy Fronds were heat embossed with Ranger white 
embossing powder.

Some close ups.

I used my favorite Wordpl@y elements.

These are the  Dusty Attic chipboard pieces that I have used.

Thank you for visiting the blog.  I hope find some time to play along with this beautiful 
mood board.

Visit the Dusty Attic online shop for more amazing chipboard designs.

Happy crafting!

Thursday 27 May 2021

Chantelle - Patricia Basson

This photo of Chantelle on her Matric Farewell just stays a favorite of mine to use on a page!
For this Dusty Attic page I used papers and add-ons from 49 & Market, Modern Romance from the Vintage Artistry Coral Collection. Also used pieces from the Collage Stacks, Stitched Frames and Roughly Sewn Rub-on. 
I used a stencil and some Embossing Paste on the background along with some Oakleaf Olive Embossing Powder from Lindy's Stampgang.

I cut small pieces out of the Skeleton Clock face to give a distressed look to it. I embossed it with Bubble Embossing Powder from Ranger and Earthtone Pepper Embossing Powder from WOW. I love the difference in texture that the two Powders bring on the Clockface!
The Ivy Corner was Gesso'd and randomly dabbed with some Distress Grit-paste from Tim Holtz. I painted it with Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stain also from Tim Holtz and Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow mist from Lindy's Stampgang. I'm loving how the Walnut Stain in the mist reacts with the Grit-paste and the Turquois colour puddles on the chipboard.

The Toadstools and Indian Arrow also got some of the Grit-paste. I painted them using the Watercolor set from 13@rts. I used the Yellow, Amber, Browns, Green and Scarlet paints mixing and painting until I was satisfied with the look. I also rubbed on some Matt Waxes, Charcoal Black and Rusty Red. 
I dusted some Praline and Cream Fairy Dust Glitter on the page and elements.

The sentiment was lightly Gosso'd and painted with the two Sprays. A little Charcoal Wax was rubbed on the edges as well.
Flowers, leaves and a few die-cut leaves were added to finish of the page....

From the Dusty Attic on-line shop I used the following pieces...

Stay well and stay creating...

We are all grown-up children, really.
 Our lives are made up 
of childhood and adulthood, 
all together.
 So one should go back 
in search of what was loved
 and found to be real. 
~Audrey Hepburn~