Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the Perfect Clusters Technique as shown on page 96 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  See examples of embellishment clusters throughout this hop.  When you use a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures in these clusters, you add visual interest and accent your photos while keeping the focus on important page elements.

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  So if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Tonya’s Blog.  If you get lost along the way, go to my previous post for a list of all participants.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Serendipity Heart of Winter Project Pack, Basic Dazzling Die-Cuts, Chocolate Cardstock, Sparkle Flourishes, and organdy ribbon.

Let me tell you, I really dug into my stash for this one!  That is what is so nice about these techniques – you can apply them by using supplies that you already have.  That being said, I didn’t have everything I wanted for this layout.  I wanted a neutral color ribbon but I really liked the organdy and all I had that matched was the blue so I settled for that.  I really wished I had some pearl flourishes on hand but I settled for the sparkle ones.  I also didn’t have a pin to stick out of the cluster.  I am going to buy some more of these to finish the layout but just don’t have them on hand now so it will have to wait.  I did think about what I could substitute that I already have and just couldn’t come up with anything so you will have to just imagine 1-2 of these bling pins sticking out of the flower by the dance tag.  You know how it is when you have something in your head…  In the end I am still pleased with the layout, it’s just different than I would have done it.

I really didn’t vary the technique this time but you can see that these Sparkle Flourishes can simple add a lot to a layout!

We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit Technically Terrific  where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

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Shirley · 07/16/2012 at 6:45 am

Love it!

Rachel Ventura · 07/16/2012 at 9:21 am

Very Nice

Tonya W · 07/16/2012 at 9:35 pm

Serendipity is one of my favorites – I still have some!!! I love the ribbon and clusters — beautiful!

Joy · 07/16/2012 at 10:23 pm

Wow, love the balance on your clusters.

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