Sunday, 15 November 2015

Dusty in Santorini

Hello! I'm back today with a layout for The Dusty Attic. I've scrapped another one of my Santorini photos. I don't know why but I seem to keep turning to my Dusty Attic chippies every time I scrap one of these pics. They just seem to match!

Here's what I made:

There's quite an interesting story to this background. I firstly had the idea of keeping the background fairly sparse so I just used pink Gelatos through a Feathers & Arrows stencil. I applied the Gelatos with a baby wipe. I decided that the hot pink Gelato was too stark for the page so I added some yellow Magicals. Now the page was too lolly-coloured so I toned it down with some white spray. I still didn't like it and almost threw it out but thought I'd try layering another stencil pattern on top. I applied gesso through the Confetti stencil to act as a bit of a resist, then added some blue Magicals over that. I liked where this was heading but it now looked like I had sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) on my page! I almost gave up again but thought I'd throw a heap more blue Magicals on there as a last ditch effort. It worked! I ended up with a very layered and detailed background, which was the opposite to what I started out trying to achieve!

Don't you just love that scroll under the photo? This was the piece that inspired this layout. I painted all the chippies white then used Gelatos to colour them.

I always write at least a date and location of the photo on my layouts however this one will be going into my album along with LOTS of other Santorini photos so I felt a date and location weren't necessary this time.

These are the Dusty Attic products that I used:

Scroll #2 DA 0215

Party Lights #1

Fleur de lis DA 1280

Word Pack #17 DA 1273

Feathers & Arrows Stencil DA 1327

Confetti stencil DA 1324

Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon


  1. I going mad? Or did I read and comment on this somewhere else? Or did I just see it over at Dusty A, and NOT comment on it? I think madness is a-coming anyways....well, Christmas is pretty much a crazy season.....right....soooooooo I do LOVE this ....obv it is just 'meant to be' how that bg worked out pretty darn perfectly:):) And of course......Santorini....sigh. FAB page:):)

  2. This is beautiful.. I love the sweet colors and love the flow down the page too..

  3. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! This is absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Gorgeous Heather! I love the stunning background surrounding the beautiful photo! I love Santorini and hope to visit again one day soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Breathtaking beautiful Heather!
    Thank You~

  6. What a beautiful layout Heather! Love the sweet garland too!

  7. Beautiful photo and absolutely gorgeous layout, Heather! Your design is so eye-catching and amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!

  8. Santorini is on my bucket list. We wanted to go there this time but couldn't work in the flights. Another reason for another trip. Love the pic and the design is awesome. I do love the look of mm I just can't pull it off. Good on you for not throwing it away :D Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate it :D

  9. Gorgeous layout Heather, love everything about it. Thanks for calling in, since I had to start a new blog I lost a lot of my followers and contacts so if you 'd like to follow me again I'd love
    cheers x

  10. Thanks for following. Google + some how changed all of my settings on my old blog and I just couldn't seem to reverse it so end result was to do a new blog....losing nearly 600 followers...did you want to enter my candy. I see a lot of your fav companies are similar to 13 arts have purchase a lot from them as well as of course DA ....have a good night.xx
     { aNNie}

  11. Cool page great backrground work and i love the picture!

  12. Very eye-catching layout. LOVE the bold use of colours and those chippies!

  13. Truly a scrappy match made in heaven. I love to hear that you also sometimes feel like throwing a page out...that often happens to me...but your page turned out magical and beautiful. x

  14. Stunning Heather.......The background is amazing. How I would love to go to Santorini some day!

  15. Absolutely brilliant Heather and so gorgeous!! It's amazing that some of our worst beginnings can turn into the most beautiful endings. The background is totally stunning and I love that scrolled flourish. xx