Stamperia Winter Blues Folio for The Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog
Hello, Friends! Today marks the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. The challenge theme is “Winter Blues” and I am the hostess this go round. This Stamperia Winter Blues Folio is filled with interactive elements…and a really fun surprise. We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first, let me lay out the challenge guidelines for you so you can play along.
Challenge Theme: Winter Blues
January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the “winter blues”. Let’s take the winter blues in a positive direction and create a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like the blues to be front and center in this project.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: Covering the Bases
Stamperia Blues answered the call for this challenge. Filled with all shades of blue from grey blue to deep blue, it reminds me of winter twilight in my native Vermont. I adore songbirds, and this dapper little fellow in his parchment blue feathers warms my heart. So he won the place of honor on the cover of this 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ trifold folio.
One of the things I love about Stamperia papers is that the mixed media effects are built into the paper design. I did, however, stencil on some winter leaves and berries with Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste. These are placed in such a way to make it appear that our bird is resting on a wintry branch. And you can see a little nest there, too, filled with 3 sweet eggs. These are made from clay, colored with alcohol inks. A clutch of feathers, a wintry blue flower and mustard seeds add color, texture and design.
Machine stitching is another way to add texture and interest to a simple cover like this one. I also strung some beads and added them to the mix. Contrast soft textures like the ribbon, thread and lichen in the nest with hard textures like the vintage button, beads, eggs and mustard seeds to create visual interest in your compositions.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: A little Bit Boho
I dressed up the spine of the folio with bohemian inspired baubles. Clear beads, a painted feather charm, heart and arrow charm and a wee apothecary bottle filled with blue glitter look right at home on the spine.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: A Peek Inside
Designing this folio was so much fun. Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Botanical Layers, Clipping Stickers and Small Talk Stickers feel right at home with Stamperia Blues. The collection is loaded with lovely little tags. I’ve tucked them into pocket and used them as tuck spots throughout the folio.
There were far too many details in the folio to share in this post, so I created a video tour where you can see all the flips, flaps, folds and fun. You’ll find that at the end of this post.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: Eileen Hull Passport Journal Insert
The heart of this project is the box style center pocket, where this lovely little Eileen Hull Passport Journal fits neat as a glove. It is bound with seam binding ribbon to keep everything looking soft and shabby chic.
Only the covers of the signatures are decorated. The rest of the blue parchment pages are blank for journal entries or photos.
Any time I can add vintage buttons to a project, I’m a happy girl.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Tour on YouTube
I created a 10 minute video tour of this Winter Blues project with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. I hope you enjoy!
Winter Blues: Now it’s YOUR turn!
I hope you will join in on this fun challenge. To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project where blue takes center stage. Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 12th.
The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I hope I’ve helped to chase away your winter blues. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Supply List
- Blues 12×12 paper pad by Stamperia (You could use Blue Stars or Blue Land)
- Stamperia Leaves Stencil
- Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz/Idea-Ology
- Idea-Ology Clippings Stickers
- Quote Chips
- Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Botanical Layers
- Idea-Ology Paper Dolls, Ancestors
- Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste
- Seth Apter Baked Texture: Ancient Amber/Vintage Beeswax
- Embossing Ink Reinker
- Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
- Alcohol Ink: Stone Washed/Sail Boat Blue