“Cousins” & “Pretty as a Picture” by Erin Blegen

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Hey there everyone! Erin back again today to share not one, but TWO layouts featuring some Scrap FX stencil work, some stamping techniques, and of course plenty of delicious Scrap FX chippies!! So grab a cup of coffee and take a seat- this is going to be a loaded post!! 😀



This sweet layout was put together using plenty of chipboard and some fun techniques as well. Let me walk you through them…

Not only can chipboard be used as masks themselves, but they can also be used as stamps! If you look at the upper right and lower left corners of my layout, I have used the “Clockface, gears/steampunk” piece as a stamp. Just ink the backside and press down firmly. In this photo, I’ve used it to stamp a different piece of paper and then cut it out so that I could tuck it in behind my cluster.

Here I’ve applied two different techniques. First, I’ve used the “Flower Pattern Stencil, small“, along with a chalk ink pad to create the masking along my scalloped border. And then, on top of that, I’ve used the “Chicken Wire” chipboard piece as a stamp by first brushing it with gesso and then randomly stamping it over the top of my stenciling- and other areas of the layout.

I love the rustic look of this “Field of Flowers, chipboard” piece. I painted it first with gesso before sponging on a light tan ink, followed by a darker brown shade. It was the perfect backdrop for my flower cluster.

Absolutely love these “Cogs“. Just a quick brush of gesso and they’re the perfect little items of interest to add to any cluster!

I seriously cannot get enough of the Scrap FX chipboard titles. They are so gorgeous and really make putting your title together a cinch! Here I’ve used the beautiful “Cousins” title, and brushed on just a touch of gesso.

And of course the tried and true, trusty tags for hidden journaling: “Tags, mixed kraft“.

If you’ve made it this far, you’re sure a trooper!! Hang on- I’ve got another one for you…

“Pretty as a Picture”

Let’s take a closer look…

Another amazing title piece, “Pretty as a Picture“. I’ve painted it with gesso, dabbed with some rose-colored ink, and then topped off with some white Stickles for a feminine glittery touch :). Beneath my title and behind the small cluster, I’ve used the “Flower Pattern Stencil, small” along with some texture paste, which I cut out and placed behind my arrangement.

I’ve used the same stencil in the lower corners and along the top of my layout.

This beautiful piece is from the “Lamp Shades” pack. I’ve painted it with gesso before topping it off with 3 different inks: rose bud, old rose, and shabby tote, and then finally finished with some Stickles. Add some bling and a couple flowers, and you’ve got one pretty embellishment!

Gotta love frames! These two actually came as a secondary frame in the packs of more “fancy” frames such as the “Decorative Frame C Classic“. These have been painted with a coat of gesso before using a couple different stamps to create the pretty designs you see here. Blings and pearls are all the more I needed :).

And that should pretty much wrap up my extra-long post! I’ve really enjoyed working with the amazing Scrap FX stencils this month. After putting them to use, I’ve found that the plastic is a bit sturdier than your average stencil, so they stand up well to the abuse I generally give my stencils! They get pretty beat up with gesso and texture paste and being washed over and over again…but these stencils have no problem and I foresee them lasting a very long time :).

Thanks so much for stopping by…will see you again next month! Take care,


One Response to ““Cousins” & “Pretty as a Picture” by Erin Blegen”

  1. I love those photo’s! These pages are gorgeous as always Erin! I’m with you…these stencils are definitely the best quality I have worked with!