Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Divide & Conquer~!

Hello fellow Blue Fern Studios fans~! I'm so very excited to be a part of this incredible team of uniquely talented ladies, and to be embarking upon what is certain to be a fabulous ride with a wildly successful company! Here's a bit about me:

Hi! My name is Erin Blegen, I'm 29 years old and live in rural Northeast Minnesota, USA. There my hubby Josh and I make our home in a little cabin in the woods along with our 3 beautiful children. We enjoy anything the outdoors has to offer and we live a fairly simple lifestyle that most people would not choose (no running water for starters lol)- but it's a good, quiet life and we like it that way :) I first started scrapbooking back in 2007 when my first child was born, completed one album, and then quit until July 2010 when my second child was born. Since then, I haven't looked back! In that time I've played around a bit with my style and have broadened my interests into cards, tags, altered projects, etc. I'm a bit of a paper and flower collector, love to work with chipboard, experimenting with different mediums, and at the moment have a bit of an obsession with creating on canvas. I love staying busy (as if 3 kids don't keep me busy enough!) and currently I'm designing for Webster's Pages, Manor House Creations, C'est Magnifique Kit Club, Once Upon A..Sketch, and of course now Blue Fern Studios where I'm in charge of Marketing in addition to being a member of the amazing Design Team.

You can find me at my blog:
Let's take a look at the project I will be sharing with you today:
"Stay This Way"

I titled this post "Divide & Conquer" because I'm going to show you how to get the most out of your chipboard- and its packaging- by splitting it up. Let's start with our first piece:

Organic Vine Corner- Large {074622}

I have split this piece in half and primed it with gesso (totally routine for me- I always like to start with a primer). Next I took a flourish stamp along with some red ink and stamped randomly over the surface before covering with Glossy Accents and sprinkling with various beads.
I placed one piece to the upper right and the other piece to the lower left of my photos.

Brigitte Butterfly Set {074387}

I've taken the large butterfly from this set and again started by priming it with gesso. Then I covered it also with glossy accents before covering it with clear glitter and just a smattering of blue micro beads.
This piece was also split in half and placed on opposite sides of the canvas from one another, accenting my flower clusters.
Next, let's focus on the packaging! Blue Fern Studios products are beautiful in themselves, but with them comes a beautiful insert that is equally as pretty and meant to be used in any of your papercrafting projects. It is from this packaging that my color scheme was inspired. 
I hand cut the clock/floral images from two different packages. One of them I placed to the right of my photos, the other was cut in half and placed beneath and to the left of my photos. Effortless!
Thank-you so much for taking the time to stop by the blog today and have a look at my creative process. And check back often- there are lots more introductions to be made and inspiration to be brought all month long~!

Take care,


  1. Gorgeous in every way! Love your details on how you covered the BFS chipboard. Beautiful! So glad to be working with you as I have admired your pages for several months now. And no running water--wow! Sometimes I say I should have been born in the mid-1800's but as my washing machine is running right now, I think not. LOL!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful, Erin!! Love how you've been inspired by the packaging, the colors are gorgeous!! Great use of the chippies, cutting them in half!

  3. Just left your blog...I totally love this layout! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Happy Crafting

  4. What an amazing job you did with this layout! I admire the way you put many embellishments on your pages but you still manage to place the focus on the photos!

  5. What a beautiful canvas, Erin! I love the way you sprinkled the micro beads around your layout and the beautiful bits of red.

  6. Your work always leaves me breathless Erin! love to roam over your projects and discover all the little details that make up a true Erin page. Absolutely stunning colours in this one! love the microbeads and how you've used the packaging, the split butterfly looks so beautiful too! I spy some Corine in there too tee hee ;)) and your photo, my gosh your boy is such a handsome little man! xox

  7. Gorgeous layout and great tips! Love how you used the micro beads!!!

  8. I have some beads in my stash, now I know how to more effectively use them thanks to you. Love this LO!

  9. Erin - this is simply heavenluy and delicate and I love every magical inch.

  10. LOVE it, Erin! It is seriously one of the most beautiful designs I have seen. And I LOVE your effects on the chippies. The micro beads are fantastic!

  11. Beautiful layout and ideas! Amazing work! love it!

  12. I can't stop looking at this piece. It's just beautiful and the little guy is such a handsome boy.

  13. Beautiful page! Love how you used every bit of the product including the packaging. I too love doing that. Great layering of the photograph too.

  14. Beautiful layout Erin! Love the burst of color and beautiful shimmery butterfly!

  15. Simply stunning Erin, from the colors to the design to the way you divide and conquer!! Love love your layered photo..Such a precious face!! Wonderful techniques to the chip board...

  16. This layout is stunning Erin and the gorgeous photo so precious! I love your details on this layout and love those chippies! Sooooo super!