Wednesday, 14 November 2012


our new Design Team for 2013!

Please welcome our new Team Members:

Audrey Underwood - Australia
Geraldine Pasinati - Australia
Karen Shady - Australia
Louise Collins - England
Olga Znamenskaya (Pastila) - Russia
Tina Dalton - Australia

and our returning Team Members:

Belinda Spencer - Australia
Helena Johansson - Sweden
Jenny Burns - Australia
Mistra Hoolahan - Australia
Michelle Grant - Australia

We also have an impressive list of Guest Designers who will be introduced as the year progresses!

It was a lot harder than anticipated putting together the new 2013 design team. We received so many outstanding entries to choose from, and have chosen the new team to showcase a new collective of styles. 

The new team will receive their first kits soon and have work ready to share with you at the start of the New Year, until then our current team have more gorgeous work as always to inspire you!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Design Team Call Update!

We have decided to remove the requirement of using Dusty Attic chipboard on your project submissions for the Design Team Call.  Click HERE for the full description of the call!

The Dusty Attic Admin

Friday, 5 October 2012

The Dusty Attic 2013 Design Team Call

We are very excited to announce the 2013 Design Team Call for The Dusty Attic!  We are looking for dedicated designers who love Dusty Attic chipboard.  International applicants are welcome!

Please email the following information to .  
Please include ‘DT Submission’ as your subject.  Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012.
  • Name
  • Email
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Blog Link
  • Link to Resume
  • Short Bio
  • List of Current Design Teams
  • Links to all active galleries including
    • Photos of FOUR (4) Projects.  (Please submit images at approx. 600 pixels.)
    • (3) Layouts

    • (1) Altered project

      If selected, each member will serve a 12 month term.  We compensate generously with our products and require the following from each member each month:
      • (3) projects (layouts or off-the-page; two cards equals one project) and (1) ATC
      • Active participation on the Dusty Attic Ning site

      New designers will be notified as soon as possible and the new Design Team will be announced on November 14, 2012.  We look forward to receiving your applications.  Good Luck!

      The Dusty Attic Admin

      Tuesday, 5 June 2012

      June Update...

      Welcome to June... the official start of Winter here in Australia, time for fireplaces, jammies and lots of indoor activities... like scrapping!!

      We have a new release out, featuring Asian themed items, birds, nests and even cute eggs!!  It's a gorgeous release with something for every taste.  You can see the full range HERE.

      We have a new sketch challenge from Michelle ready for you to draw inspiration from:

       Click on the image for all the instructions of how to enter!

      And we also have a new monthly challenge - our ATC Challenge.  Each month we will have a new theme, all you need to do to be in the running to win a pack of Dusty Attic Mini's is create 1 ATC to suit that theme!  Easy peasy!

      June's Theme is: Birds/Flight

       Here's some samples!

      Jennifer Hedger

      Maiko Kosugi

      Julie Winks

       Click HERE for instructions on how to enter.  Don't forget to check out the Design Team GALLERY for more ATC Inspiration!

      We are still running our ATC Swaps hosted by Jenny Burns {our resident Swap Queen}, June's swap is the same as our challenge... so if you make one for the challenge, why not make a few more, join in the swap and receive little bits of artwork from all over the world!! You can see more information HERE, and the sign up thread for June's Swap is HERE.

      And for some more eye-candy, here's a layout Michelle has created using loads of new release goodies:

      The Magestic King
      by Michelle Grant

      We'll be back again soon to feature the new lines and what the team has created with them!!

      Friday, 4 May 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Fancy Letterbox #2

      Today we are featuring the beautifully elegant Fancy Letterbox #2, with it's delicate swirls it sure is a stunning piece!

      by Ingrid Gooyer

      by Karola Wiztak

      by Julie Winks

      Either raw, in the background or as a feature this piece is perfect anywhere!!

      Wednesday, 2 May 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - ATC Frame Sets

      Following the demand for ATC chipboard The Dusty Attic have released not only the sweet minis we featured on Monday, but also cute little ATC Frames designed to fit within the ATC itself.  They are proving however, to also be a fabulous addition on Layouts, Off the Page and Cards!

      Family Hearts Frame
      by Maiko Kosugi

      Drama Queen
      by Gabrielle Pollacco

      In the Pool
      by Helena Johansson

      Congrats Card
      by Gabrielle Pollacco

      The Frames come in a few different kinds, a set of 3 different ones on ATC Frames Set #1 and then you can get 3 of the same designs on ATC Frame #1 and ATC Frame #2 and ATC Frame #3

      Monday, 30 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Minis

      This release saw an infusion of sweet mini chippies to the Dusty Attic store!  These are perfect for ATC's, Cards, Off the Page items and also full sized layouts!  There are minis of our full sized favourites as well as some new ones to be found.

      She Has Character
      by Belinda Spencer

      by Julie Winks

      My Heart Beats for You
      by Tomoko Takahashi

      by Mistra Hoolahan

      Farmers Daughter
      by Belinda Spencer

      These are just a few that the Design Team have used so far... there are also Dress Forms, Barb Wire, Cogs, Skulls, Trees, Windmills, Hourglasses and so many more... check them all out HERE

      Friday, 27 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Mini Scrolls

      Mini Scrolls - little versions of Scroll #8... does chipboard get any better!?!  These delightful little beauties are just right to tuck in there and there on your layout, add to a card or ATC or even an OTP!   

      One Moment in Time Mini Album
      by Tomoko Takahashi

      by Helena Johansson

      True Friends
      by Evana Willis

      Valentines Card
      by Natasha Naranjo Aguirre

      You are a Dream
      by Gabrielle Pollacco

      The mini scrolls make beautiful accents to your flower clusters as well as creating sweet little holders and frames for your decorative elements.

      Wednesday, 25 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Compass Rose

      Another beautifully versatile piece released is the Compass Rose.  It's great for boy pages, girl pages, travel pages... almost anything!!

      by Mistra Hoolahan

      by Tomoko Takahashi

      by Susan Smit
      Guest Designer

      The Right Direction
      by Nancy Winter

      The Compass Rose is such a wonderful piece, just as it is or tucked in with other embellishments, either way it's always striking.

      Monday, 23 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Scroll #8

      Another favourite element in the chipboard world are scrolls and flourishes, always such an elegant item to add to your projects.  The Jan/March release bought Scroll #8 to the many lovely designs Dusty Attic have to offer.

      by Mistra Hoolahan

      Your Day
      by Helena Johansson

      My Inner Sanctum
      by Michelle Grant

      My Angel
      by Maiko Kosugi

      These scrolls are ever so swirly!!  They come as 3 pieces to one pack, 1 each of 3 different sizes - so you'll find just the right size you need!!

      Friday, 20 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Wire Dress Form #3

      One of the most popular chipboard lines for Dusty have been the Dress Forms, and the new Dress Form #3 is certainly no different.

      Little Stunner
      by Belinda Spencer

      by Mandy Harrell

      In Life May We all Have:
      by Nancy Winter

      The fun part with the dress forms is they are begging to be dressed up, perhaps it brings back childhood memories of dressing our dolls!  But they can also be used just as is, or as a mask too for a wonderful effect as Belinda has shown us here.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Sweethearts

      One of the wonderful little surprises this release was this beautiful filigree cut heart called Sweet Hearts... which at second glance is two silhouette cut faces, awesome!

      by Ingrid Gooyer

      Love Wall Hanger
      by Irene Tan

      by Julie Winks

      It adds such a lovely touch... and as Irene has shown in her wall hanger, you can use the negative as well!!

      Tuesday, 3 April 2012

      April 2012 Sketch

      Here is our Sketch for April... another stunner from Michelle!

      There is so much scope for fun with this one... we can't wait to see what everyone creates!!

      For more information pop on over to the Ning site HERE.  There is also a PDF you can download for your convenience HERE.

      Have fun!!

      March 2012 Sketch Winner

      Our March Sketch winner is Lindy, with her gorgeous layout "Solitude".  Love the different take on the sketch!!

      The Dusty Attic has a Sketch Challenge each month, to enter and be in the running for a fabulous prize pack all you need to do is include some Dusty Attic on your layout and upload it to the Dusty Attic Ning Gallery before the end of each month!!  Our winners are drawn randomly, so everyone has the same chance of winning!

      Sunday, 1 April 2012

      April Guest Designer - Susan Smit

      Please welcome Susan as our Guest Designer for April!!

      We asked Susan a few little get to know you questions and here's what she said:

      Share with us a little about you, how long have you been scrapping, do you have your own dedicated workspace, where are you from?:

      About my self... I admit it, I am a scrap addict! The first in line… and what is worse... there is no hope for me!  If you can’t bet ‘im, join ‘im... as above I am a stand up scrapper….and have been from the start. Every time I sit and scrap I  can’t glue straight. I am working on it though. So I have a high ironing board chair near by and grab for it every now & then... that is, if it has not been used as a extra table!

      I was born in NZ 1958 and have been living non stop in Holland since 1999. My first love was dress making and designing. Tutoring for “Access” Industrial sewing --- retraining unemployed adults for employment. Color consultant for Fashion Academy. Love to embroider, anything creative with color and texture. That’s why I scrap 3d. My husband calls me a “kitchen princess”... love working in the kitchen and giving dinner party’s. My biggest problem is… I find it hard to sit and do nothing, so I am good, as most women, at multitasking… but most crafty people are any way. I have a D husband and two four legged boys living at home. Nino a Norwich terror and Whiskey a Yorkshire terror that did not grow, thus a mini. My only blood family living in Holland are my two children, both living away from home. 26 and  30… makes me feel old… Grandmother to Mees. Frans, my DH has two daughters, same age as my own children, also living away from home. Adopted grandmother to Noah. The rest of my family live in NZ and Australia. Cairns.

      I discovered “scrap” a few years before I tried it. I thought, this looks like fun, but I saw it was going to cost me, and like every one, I had a lot of photo’s that needed sorting, just waiting for the right moment and right photo album. So I waited until I had a introduction class before beginning as I know my self. If I do some thing, I do it 1000%. This was around 2004, I never looked back. I used it as a replacement for kicking the nicotine habit... it was a success!  I stopped smoking at the same time. Like most scrap starters, at first it was cheaper to stay smoking... but I have worked it out… not so… I was a heavy smoker. So, I now budget the smoking allowance for my scrap habit. ( Die hard scrappers can talk any thing good for a few new products!) I have kept my first LO… I shall never  show it publicly, but I was very proud at the time. I have certainly grown since then! What I love about scrap, is it does not stay still. There is always room for growth and I never get bored. I find every thing I love to do in this hobby. So for me it is here to stay!

      I work part time as a freelance Nanny. 8am-6pm.  2 1/2 days in the week.  I have been doing this for 8 years now, and still go to work… play… every day with a smile on my face. I did how ever take a 6 month break to work full time at a scrap store here in Holland. “Scrap Salad” That was a dream job. A shame the store did not stay open long. Shy of 1½ year. Due to personal reasons she closed her doors. But I did get to give Work Shops, and loved it! I connected with a few other stores here in Holland. “Scrap-Ware” “Scrap-Art” “Simple-scrapping” ( when I was under the umbrella of simple-scrapping my work was published in a few issues of a Dutch scrap magazine.

      And now…. “Scrap-delight”…. A new chapter in my scrap life… I find Scrap-delight caters for my taste. Romantic, distressed, stamping, ribbons and lace, glimmer and grubby hands…..but mostly I get to give at least one WS a month and do a lot of assignments on demand. This is a win, win situation… and… they are the only store that stocks DUSTY ATTIC in Holland!  Michelle, the owner of the store always does her best to get goodies in the store that I ask for…and that is worth holding on to, with both hands! Scrap-delight has a DT of 12 very talented scrap diva’s. So I feel I have come home…

      What is my fav. technique to use with the chippies?… where do I start! It has been only the last week that I have used DA naked. This looks great with the new G45 paper lines. But I normally like to deck it with gesso… one of my fav. products for scrapping… Then, glimmer mist / glam (I like to paint this with a fine brush to give a water color effect) Puffy paint or crackle paint works great for texture. Some times beads. what ever takes my mood and what the project asks for. But what I love about DA, is that you can use any thing on it.

      I have my own space! My studio / Lab / mess!

      How big is it? It keeps growing! My DH always says... you can not make this room any bigger… one day the floor is going to fall to the bedroom!  And he gets scared when he ventures up that far, It can only take so much weight… but he is secretly very proud of me… he is not creative at all!  I have the attic. The entire top floor. I share it with the washing machine, dryer, freezer, storage and a sink, with hot and cold running water. Very handy for grubby hands, washing paint brushes and any accidental spills. I am always re-arranging and sorting… this is a good pass time as you come across all sorts of goodies. Sometimes it is still in the packaging! It is like going shopping all over again. It can also be inspiring and a great, get around to it quilt trip.

      I also scrap down stairs in front of the TV. Another hobby of mine is films, this way my DH gets to see me more. He gave me a lap top so I can do my thing down stairs as well… but mostly so he does not have to wait to use his… hahaha… I am very proud of myself that I started a blog last year… I was a computer dummy… I am still learning.

      What are your favourite Dusty Attic pieces?: 

      What is my most fav. chippie? I think the butterflies and dragonflies, because these can be used with every theme and photo. What I do love is all the swirls and vines.

      And finally, something close to most of the Dusty Team's heart - What's your favourite kind of Chocolate?:

      Now for the interesting part… what choc am I addicted to?  NOT!  I am not a chocoholic… I am a coffee-holic.  But if I was living in NZ it would be Nestles milk chocolate with nuts and peanut slabs are to die for!  I am so glad I do not live there any more or I would be the size of a double door garage and I don’t need that sort of help at the moment…


      Friday, 30 March 2012

      Jan/March 2012 Release - Corner Flourish #3

      Today we wanted to share with you some projects using the new Corner Flourish #3, it's another of those perfect shapes that simply fits everywhere, as is or trimmed up!

      Meg's Garden
      by Gabrielle Pollacco

      by Evana Willis

      by Mistra Hoolahan

      Simple, detailed, feminine, masculine, plain or decorated, this flourish is one of those 'must have' items for your Dusty stash!

      Wednesday, 28 March 2012

      March 2012 Sketch Layouts

      Michelle's sketches are always inspiring and this month quite a few of our design team played along as well!!  

      This was the sketch:

      And here are some of the layouts our design team have created:
      Your Day
      by Helena Johansson

      My Angel
      by Maiko Kosugi

      by Evana Willis

      Happy Birthday December Girls
      by Iris Babao Uy

      Darling Girl
      by Belinda Spencer

      by Fi Kenward
      March Guest Designer

      There's still a few days left to get your entry into the Dusty Attic Ning Gallery.   You can find all the details HERE, and can see all the other entries HERE.  Don't forget to tag your layout correctly so we can find it easily and put your work into the draw!!