Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Layout, Handmade Embellishments, & Mini Album Covers!

Good morning, Blue Fern Studios friends!

Erin Blegen here with you today with a little bit of everything :). I'm always looking for ways to show appreciation for crafters of all kinds, and being someone who loves variety in order to keep myself interested creatively, I decided to create three very different examples for you this month. 

To start with, I'd like to share my layout:

"This Makes Me Smile"
What a great photo, right?! I loved it so much, and I wanted to capture it effectively. Inspired by the energy of the background paper, I decided to support the movement of the circular aspect of this base with the "Beaded Strings" chipboard piece. 

I used a map image stamp along with some Prima metallic chalk ink to stamp my primed chipboard. While the ink was still wet, I covered it with clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. This way, your ink won't smear and the stamped area is given some dimension.

I love how this chipboard piece pulls this whole layout together, acting as a frame for my photos, an anchor for my clusters, and a holding piece for my title. 

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Beaded Strings

Next, I have some handmade layered, dimensional embellishments:

Handmade Embellishments
These are a great way to use up scraps! I gathered up my "Blue Fern Garden" collection paper scraps and ran them through my die cutter using various steel dies. I also primed, painted, and stamped up some favorite chipboard pieces. Along with some stickers and foam adhesive, I began to layer away, creating a cohesive set in 30 minutes or less!

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Blue Fern Garden Paper Collection
Miss Tailor Set
Regal Ornaments
Vintage Keys
Leafy Page Accents

Finally, I have a couple mini album covers:

Mini Album Covers
No mini album is complete without a perfect Blue Fern Studios chipboard accent! For the top album, I've used a title piece that I felt was perfectly balanced for this album's size. It was stamped with ink matching the bird images on the paper and heat treated with clear embossing powder. For the bottom album, the Film Strips piece's linear design, size, and style was well suited for the accompanying papers.

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:
Memories Captured
Film Strips

Thank-you for checking out my variety of projects today!

Before I go, I have a couple of reminders for you.

Firstly, if you missed the sneak peek of the NEW Blue Fern Studios paper collection, take a look HERE:

GORGEOUS, right?!?!

Secondly, you STILL have time to join in on our April Sketch Challenge! Get those entries in by midnight tonight!!

Take care :)