Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Altered Couture - Handmade Journal - March inspiration post

 Well... A little journey into some serious YouTube distraction got me inspired to create this handmade mini album. I had some Chipboard sheets and thought that this would be a perfect use to create something totally customised... and use up what was left of an old paper pad. 

To create the cover I used clear crackle and a little bit of Walnut stain on the cracks to give it the weathered look. Once dry I rubbed a distress crayon over the top. This was picked up on the highest cracks and ridges and left just a touch of colour and I blended it with my fingertip. I covered the clock in metallic paint and the rest of my chipboard with chalk paint. Once painted I used a little bit of wax to highlight the edges of the frame. 
Check out the little dragonfly! Gel pen...
I used the chipboard filler to support the frame here. The title was a smidge too big! By not overloading the paint and using a sponge to dab it on I was able to save the detailed line work. 
Check out the Gel pen!! Can you tell I have found a new fav?! 

Wondering what the Title means? It's the theme of the paper and both my Grans were seamstress. I am planning to add the vintage black and whites I have of them to the album. Dusty attic have a HUGE range of Mini Chipboards. When I get around to filling the album I will add them as accents to the page. 
Check out the album walk through below. 
The pages are created as sleeves so there is this cool little opening that you can add an insert into. I really enjoyed creating these pages and the extra wide signatures mean you can pack a lot of stuff in the pages without worrying about how they close.
The back cover has the other half of the Fancy trim #22. The album is quite wide and it gives your fingers something to grip to when holding it and flipping through. 
Thanks for looking and if you have any questions reach out on Facebook or Instagram!!

Products used

Chipboard sheets

Mini Dragonflies

Frame Medley

Fancy Trim #22

Lace Border #2 Small

Decorative Frame #4 Small

Mini words #3 - Artist

Skeleton Clock Face

Cherish the day - an Industrial Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Dusty FanAttics! 

I have been itching to do a canvas for a while now. So I stopped procrastinating and just did it!! This Industrial style layout features a whole bunch of colour layering using fabric, lace, metals, cabochons and flowers PLUS our Dusty Attic Chipboard to bring it to life! I'm planning on doing this in an upcoming class if you want to have a go at trying it for yourself. This style is super easy with the right background and Dusty Chippy is the perfect platform to build your own masterpiece! 

Here are some close ups of the finished piece! 

Here are the Dusty pieces I used to make this layout. If you are interested in learning how to do this style of Mixed media head over to my Facebook or Instagram on the links below and let me know!

Industrial Gears Large

Wings #3 

Skeleton Clocks Faces Large

Mini Titles #1 

Roman Numerals 

Abela Artistry