December with Dusty Attic

Hello fellow Dusty Attic fans! Today is (sadly!) my last post with Dusty for the year and my term on the team! Firstly, however a massive thank you to the Jen’s for the fun and challenges that I have been able to participate in throughout this year! I have loved working on the team and seriously, I have a whole new love for chipboard!! To the rest of the members on the DA team, WOW, your work is truly inspiring and I have been more than honoured to be on the same team as you all!!

So, with that said and done onto my pages for this month.

I had big plans to do cards and 12×12 LO’s as well as the week I have managed to PL to share but this time of year is just crazy so today I have our week 43 to share with you all. Week 43 is late October if anyone is interested 😉

I have used the Pink Paislee Colour Wash 6″x6″ paper pad for all of the papers and paired that with some Heidi Swapp ephemera from the “Dreamy” collection and of course, a bunch of Dusty Attic chipboard 🙂

Here is the left hand side of the 2 pages

All of the chippy (except the page pebbles) have been treated the same way – a coat of white gesso and then some spray mists mixed with water and painted on. The colours mostly blended beautifully and randomly – just what I was after!! I used a mix of a yellow and blue mist separate but also made a green using both colours together. Love how they all turned out!! The page pebbles also had the gesso and water colour but I also added a layer of the clear gloss varnish to give them a little something extra 🙂
And some close ups

The chippy here is from Word Pack #33.

The chippy here is from Word Pack #34.

The chippy here is Page Pebbles #10 and some Mini Stars. Those mini stars are scattered about the 2 pages for continuity.

Onto the other side

And some close ups

This piece is from Mini Captions #9

This is a Love You Arrow

More Mini Stars and also Stars #1, Mini ABC Upper and Mini Numbers.

This one is from Mini Captions #6.

Page Pebble from Page Pebbles #10.

And another page pebble from Page Pebbles #8.

So, that is it for me!! Thank you for all of your support and all of the comments that have been left over my term on the DT. No doubt, you will still see me about, I have a heap of chippy, lots of ideas and I just love the mood boards that the girls come up with every month!!


I made stuff!!

Hi hi!

Just thought I’d quickly show you what I managed to create while away at retreat last weekend. Not my most productive weekend but also not my least productive so I’m happy!!

First up here is a 12×12 and PL style page for Jacobs 2015 album. I used the Simple Stories “We Are Family” range that was in the retreat kit challenge. I love this range!

And the facing page in his album also from the same range, same kit 🙂

Next is our week 38 using the Simple Stories “Daily Grind” range.

And our week 39 using the Shimelle “Lovely” PL kit paired with the Shimelle “True Stories” stickers and the Shimelle rub ons. 

Oh, I only just noticed that one of those hearts have moved O.o

And then our week 40 using Simple Stories “Summer Vibe” 6×6 paper pad. 

I actually purchased some of the bits from this range for this paper, I just love it and decided rather than hoard it I would use it!

I did get another project completed but that is the frame I created for my little coloured fairy which is currently making her way to her new home so I will share after she has arrived but here is a sneaky peek!

And lastly, I got about 3/4 of the way through completing a DT project for Dusty Attic and again, I can’t share it yet but here is a sneaky peek!!

So, thank you so much for stopping by and happy scrapping!!

Hopefully I will be back today with days 1 and 2 of our DD for 2015 using the gorgeous kit from The Stamp Spot 🙂


October with Dusty Attic

Hello there Dusty fans!! Melinda here with you today sharing our week 37 in our 2015 Project Life album.

I picked up my gorgeous pack from boss lady Jen a couple of weeks ago and have finally got around to using some of the beautiful new pieces!! I cannot wait to get some more out and make more pretty things!! As you probably noticed I tend to use lots of the titles in our PL album and this week/month there is no exception 🙂

So, the 2 pages next to each other 🙂 Apart from all the yummy Dusty products I have used an older (by older I mean 2014!!) Pink Paislee range “Hello Sunshine” which has a few black pops in collection. I have used the 6×6 paper pad and the ephemera pack.

The pops of black totally inspired my decision to colour all of my chippy black. Which was so quick and easy using a make up sponge and the Dusty In Colour Soot (DA0925). LOVE!!

Here is the left side

And the right

And here are the close ups along with product links 🙂

Our title card using Mini Captions #3, Mini ABC Upper and Mini Number Set.

Another of the mini titles from Mini Captions #3.

One of the arrows from Love This….

This cute little piece I have been wanting to use for AGES and I FINALLY got it used!! From Word Disks #1.

I so love this little title from Mini Captions #7.

More alphas from the Mini ABC Upper and the “fun” is from the Word Pack #28.

I have also used the XOXO in couple of places and also the “adventure” and “awesome” titles from Word Pack #28.

So, with this spread done and dusted I am fairly certain that that concludes album #2 for 2015. But perhaps this will be week 1 in album 3!! So many, many memories and moments captured!

I am planning on some fun scrappy time this afternoon and have got the beautiful, inspiring Dusty Attic moodboard up on my computer screen to hopefully get some scrapping done. I cant win the awesome $100 voucher up for grabs so make sure you have a play and use the below board for some inspiration!

Happy scrapping and Ill see you next month!!


August with Dusty Attic

Hello Dusty fans, I’m here with you today sharing my normal PL spread and also an art journal cover that I created using a bunch of Dusty products! Something fun and different for me!!

First up is the art journal cover. I started off with a canson journal and removed the cover from the binding, picked out all my chippy pieces and applied a couple of coats of gesso to the cover and only 1 to the chippy pieces. I have used the Tea, blush, primrose and tiny bit of the navy and white colour shine to colour up all the pieces and the covers. I also added some cheesecloth which I used the colourshine to colour and some tiny beads I found eBay.

I’ve gotta say, I’m so happy with how it turned out – and a bit chuffed with myself, this has been my 1st real unguided effort with mixed media!!

I decided to use a title on the cover and picked this piece from the Word Pack #10 pack as my craft room and playing is my escape.

The little butterfly is from Mini Butterfly and the circle frame is from the String Frames Small set which I have cut the side off.

This big butterfly is from Flutterbies 3Pk – just love the detail on it!!

The lattice in the top corner is part of the Marrakesh Trellis Small and the butterflies are from Flutterbies #3.

And just a shot of the back which I used the same stencil on and the same colour shine colours.

So, my 2nd project for the month is our Week 29 in our 2015 Project Life album. I have used a mixture of the Heidi Swapp Dreamy 6×6 paper pad, Dreamy PL kit and some of the Gold Foil value kit. And also added in a bunch of Dusty goodies and some of the ephemera from the Dreamy collection.

All of my chippy pieces were painted white with the Dusty In Colour Alabaster. The 2 aqua-ish pieces had a coat of Dusty In Colour Oceania mixed with some Dusty In Colour Capri with a little water added. After all the paint was dried I applied some of the gorgeous Dusty In Colour Vintage Gold with a dry paint brush – it was really hard to photograph on the white but you can really see it on the aqua-ish pieces!

This piece was a piece that the very talented boss-lady designed for those of us lucky enough to attend the DA July retreat. This piece was where my whole page design started!!

Dusty products used:

Make sure you join in the fun challenge for your chance to win $100 worth of chippy!! Look at this gorgeous inspiration board!!

We also have another awesome little competition happening with the prize being a pack of some of the brand new texture paste and stencils designed by Jen! Just head over to the Facebook page and follow the instructions on the pinned post!! Here is the awesome prize pack!!

So, that’s it for me for this month!! Happy scrapping!!



June with Dusty Attic


Well, I very recently received my DT pack from Dusty and have had a chance to have a bit of a play with some new products!! Both new to me and new to the store – either way it is FUN!!

I have 3 projects to share with you today and I will start with a notebook I made for a friend who had a birthday late last month.

So, firstly I have coloured up this gorgeous little image from Saturated Canary then I found some papers from my stash that worked with colours I had chosen. I believe they are all Heidi Swapp papers, the one on the cover is from a 12×12 sheet from Vintage Chic (I think) and the other 2 are from a 6×6 paper pad in the Dreamy collection. I have pulled out some some flowers and some fun mini Dusty embellishments to finish it off 🙂

And here is a close up of the digi with the colours I used listed

The copic colours I used are as follows:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 and R20
Hair: E21, E25 and E29
Green: BG90, BG93, BG96 and BG99 Peach: R00, R11, R20, E95 and E04 
Shoes: E51, E53, E55 and E57 White: C1, C3
And I used the white molotow paint marker to pop in the pearl detail around the headband.

For the “title” I have used my all time fave Mini ABC Upper alpha which I have coloured using some Lustre Rub-On colours just using my fingertip in the green and then used the bronzey colour by dabbing that around. When I was happy with the way they looked I used some of the Clear Gloss Varnish.

A pebble from the Page Pebbles #8 set which I have coloured the raised bits with a white molotow paint pen and topped with an epoxy dot and added some flowers from my stash.

Here I have used one of the Mini View Finders which I have coloured the same way as the alphas and some Mini Feathers (which I might add are one of my all time fave Dusty chippie pieces!!) that have just been coated with white paint. And again paired those with some flowers from my stash.

And lastly a Mini Banner treated the same way the alphas were.

So, that is my 1st project for the month!

Onto number 2 – Week 17 in our 2015 PL album

Here is the left hand side with a number of Dusty pieces. I have used the Dusty In Colour Denim for all of the chippie pieces in this spread to keep it uniform and help with the flow of the page.

I think this is my most fave piece on the is layout – a heart from the Scribble Hearts set with a coat of the paint and then a coat of the Clear Crackle Varnish.

These 2 pieces are from the Love This, Love That Arrows set, again with a coat of the denim paint.

And onto the right side

Another of the arrows from the Love This, Love That Arrows painted.

Another of my all time fave Dusty pieces – the Teeny Tiny ABC set and an arrow from Heart Arrows #1, all painted again in the denim coloured paint.

And both pages together so you can see the flow 🙂

And onto my 3rd project for the month and I am super happy how this turned out!! I had no idea what exactly I was going to do with this photo after I printed it but when I saw these titles it just worked!!

We all had headed out for a walk on a winter’s afternoon here and I just decided to snap a feet shot – I love them 😉 – and then it didn’t fit into our weekly spread – didn’t really have a story to tell with it – so I decided to use it as a cover page for Part 2 of our PL album 🙂

A coat of white paint to the Cherish Yesterday titles and also the Flutterbies #3.
The titles also got a coat of the clear varnish as well 🙂

And the big butterfly with a label (I will stamp the end date to the album when I get to the end) and some alpha stickers.

That is it for me for this month and make sure you play along with the gorgeous mood board for your chance to win a $100 voucher in the store!!

Happy scrapping!!




Another PL update!

Hi there!!

Today I am here to share with you some more of my PL pages!! It’s been a little while but as always, life has been CRAZY!!

Lots of photos so grab a cuppa and enjoy!!

Straight into it with week 9

This is how they sit in our album 🙂
I have used the Maggie Holmes Open Book kit – absolutely gorgeous!!

The left hand side – I have added some veneer pieces, some enamel dots and also pulled bits and pieces from the Open Book ephemera packs an also the rub ons. Oh, and that gold arrow is from Freckled Fawn.

And the right hand side.
I have been hanging out to use that cute little bunny veneer from Corbett Creations for ages and I love it!!

Onto week 10

I have used the Heidi Swapp Favourite Things core kit for this week and also some of the papers from the 6×6 paper pad. Added in some printable labels from my stash, some Freckled Fawn veneer words and also a couple of chippy stickers from an older Heidi Swapp line that ended up in my “use it or lose it” box.

The left hand side.
Oh, I have also used some Journal It’s – Wordfetti from D-lish Scraps – layered up a bunch on the title card and scattered a few around the pages.

And the right hand side 🙂

Week 11

For this week I have used Crate Paper’s Notes & Things 6×6 paper pad paired with more of the Maggie Holmes Open Book ephemera packs and rub ons. 

Our title card for the week – so love how this turned out!! I just piled on some of the ephemera pieces and added some pretty clear sequins and some yellow alpha stickers from my stash 🙂

The left hand side – I am going to go back over those grey letters on the bottom left – not happy with how it looks!!

And the right hand side 🙂 I love, love, love Design E page protectors!!

Week 12

I have actually used one of the panoramic design A page protectors on the right hand side so this is of the page closed 🙂

I have used the Plus One core kit along with the 6×6 paper pad. Added embellies from my stash that worked with the colours I chose 🙂

And here the panoramic page opened alongside the left page of the spread

The left hand side. I have also used the Plus One die cuts (the xoxo) and have coated them in glossy accents before adhering them for a different texture on the page.

And the right hand side with the flip closed. Again, a die cut that I have used my glossy accents on – the little love heart.

And opened 🙂

And week 13!

I have used Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic for this layout. Added in more heart veneers, enamel dots and the cutest little alphabet stamp I found at Typo!

The left hand side 🙂 Bottom left is a flip.

And opened – my big boy is currently obsessed with building things with lego. And his fave to build whatever he feels like – no rules or instructions – and I love that!!

And the title card. I just really liked the way this little card come together!

And the right hand side 🙂 I love, love, love that photo in the top right! The funniest story! I had organised a play date with a Mum’s group Mum and all the boys were playing. One of them found “something” in the sand! They were all very excited and in an attempt to find out what it was we suggested them working together. So they made this little human chain, one holding onto anothers feet and then they all pulled!! It was hilariously funny to watch and we encouraged them!! By the way, we THINK the “something” was actually a tree root!! haha!!

Onto week 14

Both ages together and for this week I have used the Shimelle 12×12 paper pad – I don’t think this range had a name but it was her 1st with American Crafts. I have used some of the cut apart sheets and also some of the 12 x 12 papers. Added in some washi, some of the Shimelle stickers and rub ons and used my little butterfly punch by Stampin Up.

I might add here too that that little insta camera card thing I have had in my stash for AGES – like 2 years or something and am so happy to have it on a layout. There is another on the right hand side on the big panoramic sunset picture that came with this one too so yay for using stuff!!

This is a Simple Stories page protector and I love the design but there is one little thing that bugs me to no end everytime I use it!! That top 4″ x 12″ pocket is actually more like 4 x 12 1/2″ (ish) so everything rattles around in there until you staple it in (or the like) but this time I outsmarted it! I have actually mounted the photo on 2 pieces of that patterned paper but you can’t see the join unless you go looking for it – I have covered it up pretty well!!

Week 14 was the week of Easter so I, of course, have an insert!

I have used another Simple Stories page protector for this one – love the 6×8 pocket!!

Here is the front of the page. I think that the pink card comes from possibly the Heidi Swapp Favourite Things or perhaps the Blush core kit. Either way I thought it was cute and decided that even though these pages are all about the boys pink was totally acceptable since it was Easter 😉
That bunny came from Corbett Creations – so cute!!

And this side is all about Easter Sunday. And my boys. Of course!! And chocolate!! Haha!

The card on the top right has been in my stash I think since 2013 – I participated in a swap and totally forgot I had it. But the Easter Bunny found it, raided my stash for some alphas to spell “HOPPY EASTER” found my green highlighter and signed it LOVE E.B. with a little pawprint he drew. What a clever bunny 😉

And the last photo for this post! Phew!
I just love this photo of my boys. They were so totally excited and happy and looking forward to diving into their stash of chocolates! Those brads, something else that has been in my stash for I dont even know how long – I think I purchased them to document Jacob’s 1st Easter which was in 2010….

So, that is it for me – my hand is sore from all this typing!! Haha!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my pages and I would love any comments you would love to take the time to leave! I hope to be “caught up” to where I am in real life in blog land soon so that I can start doing weekly shares of our album!!

Anyways, happy scrapping!!


May with Dusty Attic

WOW!! May?!? Already?! I can hardly believe how quickly this year is flying by. With it all the little moments of the every day life. I have been meaning to do some work on my 2 little people’s album’s pretty much since I started Project Life back in January 2013. It hasn’t really happened. Well, to be honest, it HASN’T happened!! 

That is until this month!! I was feeling a bit blergh about all the projects I have on the go at the moment and thought starting something new would maybe kick start my mojo. And as an end result of that one of my boys has April 2015 documented and in his album and the other has the 12×12 half of April done!

I decided that to keep it pretty simple I would do a combination of PL and 12×12 pages each month for each of my boys. Focusing on their stories.

Running with that I came up with these 2 pages for Jacob’s album for April 2015.

I started with that fun 12×12 green and blue triangle print by Kaisercraft and found some Simple Stories Snap Boy cards that matched perfectly!! I teamed that with some washi tape, some Kaisercraft stickers and some black print at home labels. Oh and a HEAP of Dusty Attic chippies!!

And this is how they will sit in his album

So, I am currently feeling rather proud of myself and my ingenius idea of keeping it simple and getting it done!! As I said above, I am now about 3/4 of the way through April 2015 for Hunter as well!!

Here are a few close ups of all the fun Dusty Attic goodies I have used and as you can see, I have kept them all raw for both pages, just love how the pages came together!

In this cluster I have used Mini Number Set for 2015, Page Pebbles #8 (thank you so much Lizzie for the idea of the epoxy dot over these, they look fabulous!!), Mini Cogs, Mini Stars and Arrows #1.

Here I have used the Mini Banners attached on top of some washi tape.

Again the epoxy dot over one of the Page Pebbles #8 and more of the Mini Stars.

And once more one of the Page Pebbles #8 with the epoxy dot and Mini Stars.

More Mini Cogs, Mini Stars and also the Mini ABC Upper Set – and YES! I have indeed used a ‘V’ in place of an ‘A’ – I need a sheet of vowels only!! Hahaha!!

Some Teeny Tiny ABC letters for the little caption and a circle from the Page Pebbles #10 set – again with the epoxy dot.

And, finally, here I have paired the Teeny Tiny ABC letters with the word “attitude” from Word Pack #6.

There are 2 titles that I didn’t photograph separately but for one I have again used the Mini ABC Set Upper (with a V for an A) to spell MATES on the top left and the word “adore” from Mini Words #1.

So, I had a heap of fun putting these together and piling on all my Dusty Attic yummies!! And a bonus, it is documented and in his album!

I hope I have helped inspire you to get some of those memories recorded and in albums/on pages and will be back again next month!!


Project Life 2015 Update

Hi there!!

Just wanted to pop in here this morning and share a bit of an update on our 2015 Project Life album!

Firstly, I am totally loving the process and ALMOST up to date! Woo hoo!! The closest I have been since December or there abouts!!

I have completed in my album our weeks 1-15 and weeks 16 and 17 are sitting in sleeves in our album awaiting cards and journalling! 

I have done a little blogging of some of our weeks with a couple of various DT posts so I will share links for those here and photos for the gaps and probably a couple more week spreads 🙂

You can find Week 1 here – A spread I did for the Life Zesters DT February Challenge. Sadly, LZ is no longer, the decision was made at the end of April to close it down 😦

You can find Week 2 here – Again, a spread I did for the LZ DT March Challenge

Week 3

As this week sits in our album 🙂

I have used a 6×6 paper pad for this week, Creative Agenda by Echo Park and paired that with some fun dark blue enamel dots and stars, some labels, washi and alphas from my stash. 

The left side

And the right side

Week 3 saw my big boy’s 5th birthday and party so of course an insert!

The front (I used a G design PP)

I have used a did TMNT paper pack which I purchased through Etsy and included his invite and also the tags from the lolly bags which I popped into a little pocket I hand sewed together top left 🙂
Bottom right is a flip 🙂

And then the back of the insert

Week 4 can be found here – I did Life Zesters April Challenge this month

Week 5

As this week sits in our album

I have used the Heidi Swapp September Skies PL kit and added in a few ephemera pieces from the same range and also those gorgeous glittery blue thickers.

The left hand side

And the right hand side – again another flip, top right – I have used heaps of these, they are AWESOME!!

And under the flip 🙂

Week 6

As it is in the album

I have used a PL Specialty Cards “Noted” pack paired with some Shimelle rub on’s, alpha/word stickers and some puffy stickers from my stash 🙂

The left hand side

And the right hand side – another flip, bottom left

And what is under the flip with some journalling straight onto the photo in the A desgin PP.

Week 6 saw the start of Term 1 2015 which meant full time school for my big boy which called for an insert!!

This time I used an A design PP which I have cut down on the right hand side and then sewed back up along the cut edge.

I have used the Websters Pages Hall Pass range for the papers and some embellishments and also used some of the bits from the Heidi Swapp September Skies ephemera pack. The tabs I have used on the right hand edge are from Flutterby Designs – an Australian company 🙂

And the back

Onto week 7

I have used one of my most fave paper lines for this week – Simple Stories Daily Grind. I also found an ephemera pack for the same range – insert squeal of excitement!! Haha!! I have also teamed the ephemera pack with some glittery black thickers, I just LOVE this font!!

Both pages as they are in the album

The left hand side

And the right hand side

Now, one thing I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about PL is being able to include some of the “stuff” the boys do. On the left side of this spread, top right there is a photo of Hunter painting. While we had the paints out (and knowing it was going to end up all over his hands anyways 😉 ) I got him to give me a hand print on some white cardstock. This is his hand, exactly as it was (well, perhaps not with tips of his fingers missing!!) on that day. That is important to me.

And now I can hear my little guy is awake so I shall link you up to our week 8 and go and do the “Mum thing”! Week 8 was documented with a tonne of Dusty Attic goodies, painted GOLD and shared here.

So, that’s it for me for today. I hope to be back very soon with some more PL updates, who knows, perhaps not only will our real life album be up date but perhaps my blog album will also be up to date!!

Happy scrapping and if you are reading and it is still Sunday, Happy Mumma’s day, if it is Monday, Happy Mummas Day for yesterday and I hope Monday is kind to you!!

Thanks for stopping by!

April with Dusty Attic

Hi there and welcome to my Dusty Attic share for the month of April!

A little different this month as I am so far behind in our PL album and have lots of things buzzing around in my head!!

First up a 12×12 layout that I have put together as Dusty Attic are a sponsor this month over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. I have used the Case File #161 to document my personal weight loss journey.

Here is the Case File

And head over here (you may need to sign up for a free account) to see mine and all the other designers who have played along using this file for inspiration! I personally cannot wait to play along again, stepped me out of my comfort zone but it was so much fun and made me think a little!!

I absolutely loved the colours in the inspiration image and here is my take 
I have used a wet medium (modelling paste and mists), triangles (the background paper), ombre (the background paper again and I’ve also played with 2 colours of mist going from light to dark) and something that flies (the feathers that I have stencilled on and also the DA chippy feathers).

The yummy Dusty pieces I have used are:

I have applied a coat of gesso to all of the chippy pieces and then used my Heidi Swapp Colour Shine mists in coral and sweet cherry as both mists and watered down as water colour paints. I have also used those 2 colours and the Navy watered down (2 lots, 1 with more water than the other) as water colours to add colour to the flowers.

And just a few close ups of some of the details on the page. I seriously adore those mini feathers and will have to stock up on them since I have run out!!

My journalling says “Remember how far you’ve come not just how far you’ve got to go. 1.2kg to goal!!” as this layout was exactly about the journey and not so much how far I have left.

My 2nd project for the month is a card that I made for hubby who’s birthday is 14th March 🙂

I started a mixed media class last month so thought I would have a bit of a play and this was the result!. I totally love it! I have used almost a whole pack of the Mini Cogs from Dusty as well as some of the chevrons from the Chevrons Small pack.

And just a couple of close ups. This card was so much fun to make and I seriously cannot wait to get messy again soon!

And onto project #3 for the month 🙂 Our week 8 in our Project Life album.

I have used a combination of the Maggie Holmes Open Book PL kit and the Maggie Holmes Flea Market 6×6 paper pad paired with the gorgeous Dusty Attic pieces and some bits and pieces from the Open Book ephemera packs.

First up, both pages as they sit in our album 🙂

The left hand side.
It’s difficult to tell clearly in the photos but all of the chippy has been painted gold and I just love how it turned out!! You can see more the colour clearer in the close up shots 🙂

I absolutely love those little hot air balloons!!

And onto the right hand side 🙂

It’s  not often that I have a space for a “filler” card but I was so excited to have one this week!! I very simply layered some washi, some pieces from the ephemera pack and then topped that with another of those gorgeous gold hot air balloons!

And I think this is my most favourite card for this week. I love the way it come together and as soon as I picked out that 3″x 4″ card it just worked!!

The Dusty chippy I have used this month are as follows:

Well, that is it for me for April! I can’t actually believe how quickly the time is flying!! I hope you have enjoyed my shares for the month, happy crafting and make sure you take advantage of the free shipping at the Dusty Attic store this month!!


March with Dusty Attic

Hi there!!

This post is a wee bit special, it is number 100!! Wow! I’m impressed with myself for getting 100 posts done! AND there are even a couple in draft format!! So, I am celebrating just a little!!

Today I am here to share with you my projects for March for Dusty Attic! I have 3 to share today, a PL “end” page, an 8″ x 10″ canvas gift and a mini holiday PL spread! I hope you enjoy and I will warn you, there are a few photos!!

Here is my 1st layout for the month

As the “title” of the page suggests this is our final page for our 2014 Project Life album. Pretty simple but that was how we spent New Year’s Eve and I thought a simple, yet effective “end” to the album fitted perfectly!

My little family and I headed away from home on the 27th December for a much needed mini holiday in the beautiful Margaret River, approx 4 hours from home. Wine, cheese, the beach and a beautiful little “home” for the 6 days we were away. We spent NYE in our little cabin. The boys went to bed around their normal bedtime and hubby and I enjoyed a local bottle of rose along with some local cheese and crackers. This photo was taken from our porch while we enjoyed the quiet and each others company.

A close up on the embellies on the title card – an arrow from Heart Arrows #1 and numbers from Mini Number Set that I have spritzed with pink and mustard colour shine by Heidi Swapp. After that was all dried I did a little bit of stamping with a watermelon colour inkpad. Somehow that “permanent” ink didn’t stay where it was put when I applied the clear varish but I am happy with the effect it has given! I stuck those pieces down to the 6″ x 4″ transparency and added 3 sequins and voila, a closing page for our 2014 album!

Oh, and if you love the idea of big photos in your PL I highly recommend popping over here to see the tutorial that I used to learn how to crop my pics in PSE the quick and easy (and cheap!!) way!!  

Onto my 2nd project for the month!

This is an 8″ x 10″ canvas that I created for a family friend that I have known since childhood. After all we grew up next door to each other!!

As usual I used my copics to colour up this gorgeous stamp “You and Me” from Tiddly Inks. This is the 2nd time I have coloured up this cute couple and I had a heap of fun testing out all my “new found” colouring skills!

I have used the “no lines” technique here and the colours I used are as follows
Skin tones on both: E000, E00, E21, E11 and E04 R20 for blush
Hair: E21, E25 and E29
Dress: C0, C1, C3 and C5 Also I have used the clear wink of stellar marker all over the dress
Hair: E71, E73, E75 and E79
Suit: W1 W3, W5, W7, W9
Shoes: C3, C5, C7, C9 and a white molotow marker

A close up of the chippy I used. String of Hearts Frame Set and again the Mini ABC Set Uppercase. I originally had all the chippy sprayed with the seafoam colour shine spray but it all blended a bit too much together so I sprayed straight over the top of the alphas with the primrose colour. I was so impressed by how well the chippy pieces took the extra layer of colour and am very happy with how they turned out!

And a few close ups!! A heap of the flowers have come from D-lish Scraps and some others are from my stash that I had thought I would never use!!

I had so much fun stepping out of my comfort zone for this project and super happy how it turned out! Even better, the bride loved it!! Winning!!

Onto my last project for this month. Another spread in our PL album. Again this is still our 2014 album (yep, I did the end page before the album was completed!!) and I have used a “panoramic” page protector design in Design A which looks something like this. 

I have photographed my spread all the way open, both front and back but as you can see, the right side (when looking at the front!) folds back over so it fits perfectly into a standard 12″ x 12″ album!

That is both the front and back of the page. As you can probably work out I have documented the 2014 part of our mini holiday. We returned home on 2nd January 2015 and the few photos from those days are included in our 2015 album.

I used a disk from Word Disks #1 which I have coloured with citron colour shine spray and then coated with clear varnish. Which I have done with all the pieces on this spread.

On this card I have used the citron and teal colour shines together for an ombre greeny to teal colour. I have used Mini Words #1, again the Mini ABC Set and the Teeny Tiny ABC Set.

Here I have used the Mini Mason Jars which I painted white and coloured the lid silver with a silver sharpie marker. I then cut out the glass shape from vellum to give the “right” sort of look to the glass. Used my Copic multi liner to add in the lines, added the enamel heart sticker and stuck it to my card. No varnish here 😉

The cheeky from Word Pack #6 which again I have used both the citron and teal colour shines on.

One of my favourite things about PL is I can just run with the photos I have. Yep, my big little guy has his eyes closed but that is ok. That is how it happened. The lighting is pretty terrible but again, we were in a cave so yep, that’s how it happened! I have used the word memories from the Mini Words #1 pack and again, citron and teal colour shined!

Here I have used an arrow from the Love This, Love That Arrows pack and yep, you guessed it teal and citron colour shine again.

A pebble from the Page Pebbles #8 set. Colour shine, yep! Then I again used my copic multi liner to trace the words again to make them pop and then varnish over the top of the whole thing.

Last but not least another word from the Mini Words #1 pack, colour shined and varnished!

Make sure you head over to the Dusty blog and have a play with this months inspiration board for your chance at a $100 voucher to the store!! 

As always, thank you for stopping by and happy scrapping!!