Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Winter Escape

Hi there,

I've just returned from a wonderful holiday in Bali. I'd really like to thank all my followers who kept on commenting on my blog posts even though I often didn't have internet access and couldn't return the favour. I'm honoured you kept the one-way communications alive!

Anyway, I'm back in the connected world now and thought I'd create a front page for my album about our trip. Yes, I went away for 10 days and took over 800 photos! I'm going to need a whole album!

My layout is based on the July sketch at Dusty Attic. Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

I've used lots of new Dusty Attic Goodies and plenty of stamping on this. For the title, I cut the 2014 from another title and coated it in Dusty in Colour Jungle Green paint. I coated the Bookman letters in Cranberry paint and the topped them both with a haphazard coat of Gold Nugget Tinby Metallic Melts. The effect this creates reminds me of the old rustic Balinese furniture that you sometimes see.

Here's a close up:

I made the flowers from Dusty Attic's Flower Layers #6. To get that motley effect I first spray painted them with white paint then stamped them Stampin' Up! water-based inks. These inks don't soak into the paint and they show all the texture. The downside is that they re-activate whenever a wet medium touches them so they can be messy to use. I took advantage of this by applying white paint in the centre of the flowers to create that streaky look. I rummaged around the bottom of my flower drawers and found a few flower centres to add to the chippie flowers.
For the smaller flowers, I simply painted them with Alabaster paint then added a light coat of Jungle Green to the centres.

Just as I was making this layout, some brand spanking new chippies arrived and I immediately added them to the page. For both the Page Pebble and the letters I simply stamped them with white ink. This left the recessed pattern as raw chipboard. I love this effect!

All the stamps are from Kaisercraft with the exception of the two smaller butterflies which are Tim Holtz stamps.

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:
Flower Layers # 6 DA1078

Bookman ABC Set DA0666

2014 Year In Review DA1092

mini Blossoms DA 1090

Page Pebbles #8 DA 1113

mini ABC Tile Set DA1109

Thanks for looking. I can't wait to get stuck into the rest of my holiday pics now!

Happy scrappin'!



  1. wow , your work is so inspiring and innovative as well as charming .. love it all x

  2. This is so tropical and absolutely gorgeous! Love the leafy stamp around your page! And 800 photos will take more than one album! Hehe! Sounds like a great time!

  3. Wowwwww I love this layout! It's gorgeous! I really like all the elements that you used and how you have changed. The photo is very beautifull, like everything else in Bali. Congratulations on your holiday!

  4. EIGHT HUNDRED????!!!! Wow! Plenty of scrappy how you've treated the flowers...they look fabulous----& you have sooo captured the 'essence' of Bali on your cover:):)

  5. Glad you had a wonderful vacay!!! I love love love love this!!! LOVING the photo and all the flowers!!!!!

  6. Hello Heather, Look who I ran into on Facebook? You, ha ha. You always leave the sweetest comments on my cards on and now I wanted to do the same for you. Love this project. I don't really scrapbook but if I did I would want to be able to make something like this. It is beautiful. Happy Scrappin........................Donna

  7. Wow! What a stunning layout! Love your attention to detail! All the beautiful chipboard pieces look fantastic! Sounds like a fab vacation!

  8. Beautiful all the dimension and the texture.

  9. Another a Gorgeous page...;stunning Project!
    Heather ,Love your creative and colorful pages!

  10. Love, love the colors, the photo and the great details on this page Heather!!

  11. What a beautiful cover for your album Heather. I LOVE this, the colours are gorgeous, you really have created a beautiful , tropical feel to the page. Can't wait to see more of your pages of your holiday

  12. So the colours! The flowers are gorgeous, fabulous detail! I look forward to seeing more of your holiday pics! Have a great weekend!

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous page and immediately one can see this is a tropical your flowers, stamping and photo.....really a super, super page! Love it!

  14. I'm absoluty fan of this page ! I love flowers, colors and the disposition of differents embellishments ! I love it !!

  15. A fabulous page Heather. Love the colours and you certainly got the tropical feel down pat!! Gorgeous photo and I love the flowers and the stamping!! Stunning work!! ox