Trending: Feathers

[Editor’s Note: With this post, we welcome the newest addition to our staff, Ashley Calder! Ashley will be a familiar face to many of our readers, as her writing and creative work has been widely published in print and online in the scrapbook world. She’s also the author of the book, Scraptastic!: 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touch-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages –Nancy]

Feathers are a hot and trendy fashion, home decor, and art-inspiration item right now! Seen in everything from feather hair extensions, earrings, feather screen printed clothing, to watercolour wall art, scrapbooking is not to be left out! Fortunately a few scrapbooking companies have already jumped on this trend, and there are products made just for scrapbookers. Today I am going to take a look at feather-inspired scrapbooking products currently available.

Several scrapbooking companies debuted new lines featuring a good dose of feathers last month at CHA Winter 2013. As a feather-lover, I was excited to see these new releases as there were relatively few available in the scrapbooking world until now.

Jenni Bowlin Studio came out with a fantastic new line that is just chock full of lovely feathery goodness.

Jenni’s new feather rub-ons come in black, gold, and silver. I love that there are different styles and sizes included! Four of the designs even match previously released Jenni Bowlin Studio stamps and digital cut files, which means you can layer these feathered beauties.


Two styles of of chipboard feathers have also been added to the existing line of die cut plain chipboard elements.


These new feather tags come strung on cotton string. Each package contains nine pieces in total, three of each size. I love how versatile these are, and can see they are going to be easy to slip into an embellishment cluster or great tucked in with some of Jenni’s other gorgeous tags.


One of Studio Calico’s newest lines, Sundrifter, contains many feather motifs including on patterned paper, die cuts, and even a lovely pink feathered piece of flair! I love that the feather patterned paper options include both a multicolour bold pattern, and monochromatic tone-on-tone patterns for those that prefer subtle patterns.


In Sundrifter, I see bold and multicolored feathers on patterned paper,  plus some b-sides in monochromatic tone-on-tone feather patterns. That pink feather flair is adorable, and I’m excited about those feather cardstock die cuts.

So, we’ve seen lots of stylized feathers so far, but what about real feathers? Bella Blvd has a rainbow of full and fluffy feathers for those that prefer the real thing.

There are several styles of feather stamps out there, from photo-realistic to whimsical patterns. This set of two feather stamps by Cocoa Daisy is fun and versatile.


If you’re thinking, “hey, I like feathers, but I don’t scrapbook bird pictures!“, don’t worry — feathers aren’t just for birds any longer! Just like you don’t need to scrapbook constellations to use stars, or a florist shop to use a flower, you can use feathers just about anywhere that needs some airiness, delicacy, or simply a cool trendy touch!


I paired photos of my three pretty girls with three sets of feather embellishments. A Jenni Bowlin Studio feather stencil served as a great host for paper and wood veneer feather embellishments. I cut cardstock feathers using Jenni Bowlin Studio feather digital cut files, but those Jenni Bowlin chipboard feathers above or the cardstock die cuts from the Studio Calico Sundrifter line would be a great substitute if you don’t have an electronic die cutter. The Studio Calico wood veneer feathers were transformed with a dusting of fine gold glass glitter.


Supplies | Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Tags and labels: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Wood veneer feathers: Studio Calico. Feather mask: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Mist: Maya Road, October Afternoon. Enamel dot: My Mind’s Eye. Alphabet: Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Need to see more feathers? More stamps? More ideas? More layouts? Check out my Feathers Pinterest board for more inspiration!

How will you use feathers on your layouts or papercrafting projects? Will you go full and fluffy, or stylish and stylized?

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a wonderful package of feather goodies supplied by some wonderful companies! Give-away will be on February 28th. Leave a comment on my Trending Feathers article each week for another entry for a chance to win!



Give-away prizes provided generously by: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Cocoa Daisy; Creatiate; Fall In Love Gems; and handmade feathers by Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.

Tune in next week for another feathery installment in this trending series!


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55 Responses to Trending: Feathers

  1. Nancy S February 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I have always been a fan of birds on layouts and mixed media projects. Feathers, feathers everywhere expands on that even more! I love it!

  2. flamingoscraps2012 February 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    We love this trend too Ashley — it tickles our fancy!!!

  3. Cassandra February 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Love this trend! I especially loved the feather in Amy Tans new stitching kit from American Crafts.

  4. Jean Rood February 2, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    I love the french script and music paper feathers and also love feathers for cards.

  5. Debra williams February 2, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    I knew feathers were coming! So happy they are finally here.

  6. Helen February 2, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Ooh, great article and I looooove those Cocoa Daisy stamps!!!

  7. lori February 2, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    How cool! Feathers! Can’t wait to use them on cards and pages! Love the Cocoa daisy feather stamps! Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Ann in PA February 2, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Love the tiny chipboard feathers. Don’t see myself using real feathers on layouts, as they tend to disintegrate after a few years. Especially the fluffy ones.

  9. L Squared February 2, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Love the trend – and the article. Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. Melinda Wilson February 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I love the smaller feathers but not sure about the larger ones since they might “take over” the layout – LOL!

  11. Gail A February 2, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    How cute are these?!!

  12. Margie Visnick February 2, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I am in love with this trend! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jean_H February 2, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Haven’t used feathers in my scrapbooking … yet! Thanks for the inspiration. And for the chance to win a few to try out. Great prize pack!!

  14. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist February 2, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    hmmmm, this is one of those trends I didn’t immediately like, but it is growing on me 🙂

  15. Cheryl Leong February 2, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    thanks for the chance for feathers!

  16. tape February 2, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Gorgeous products! I love feathers and have already used some on my layouts in the form of stamps and patterned paper. But I don’t think I’ve got any of the products featured here!

  17. Laura C - Michigan February 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I am liking the feather trend!

  18. artfulscrapbooking February 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I love feathers, but after reading Ashley’s post I’m even more excited about them! Her layout is beautiful…I love her variety of feathers and that color combo…using the red pattern paper with the fresh blues and greens… amazing!! I am drooling over that prize…thanks for the chance. xo Evie

  19. Ali February 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Wonderfully informative article and LOVED your layout, Ashley!

  20. Mary in IL February 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    happy to welcome the feather craze to my addiction (um, I mean stash)

  21. karen keiper February 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    love jenni’s rub ons and you cant beat stamps for value and versatility. A fellow aussie (louise nelson) has handcrafted a peacock feather stamp that i cant wait to get my hands on too!

    • bevelevy February 16, 2013 at 6:20 am #

      Hi Karen, I am another Fellow Aussie but alas cannot enter this Wonderful Giveaway, as I live in Australia. I do however love Feathers and my most Favourite Feather of all is the Peacock Feather. So I am Super excited to hear that your Friend Louise is making one and would be very interested in buying one from her when they are done. Could you or she, contact me to let me know more about this Please I have ticked the Follow-Up comment box to my E-Mail so you will have my E-Mail Address. I would be most grateful.Many Thanks and Good Luck for The Giveaway,

  22. Irma P. February 3, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Tar me and feather me! I’m loving the latest feather craze!
    So happy to have Ashley on board, as her art always inspires me.
    The prize is yummy!

  23. JustYolie February 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    I love the feather trend!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  24. Heather V February 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    This is one trend I really love! I’ve always loved birds, feathers, and anything bird-related. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Johanne L. February 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I love feathers. I don’t know if I would put them everywhere, maybe a few. I enjoyed very much reading your article. Thanks for the chance,

  26. Pat Baker February 4, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Fun Fun Fun! Love the feathers trend! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  27. Susan Kopp February 4, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I love the feather trend and have cut some out using my Cameo! I love what it adds to a layout and how they are non gender specific.

  28. Lauren February 4, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Love the feather trend, but love that Ashley has joined Scrapbook Update even more! Looking forward to more articles from you!

  29. Mel H February 4, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I love the Bella Blvd feathers, and really like those feather stamps…I think this trend is a lot of fun.

  30. Jeri Blaufuss February 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I really like the feather stamps. They will be great to include in my scrapbooks.

  31. pegg February 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    I really really like this trend! Loving the stencils and stamps that are out there!

  32. noseycritters February 5, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Loving the feathers trend!

    ** kate **

  33. Heather Beasley February 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I absolutely love all the feather stuff! I like this give away – pick me! Pick me!

  34. Svetlana V February 9, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    And I love feathers!!! And you have a very great projects with some!

  35. Minerva February 10, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I love this feather trend too!!

  36. Audrey Dansie February 10, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    loving this new trend

  37. Gab February 13, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    How great to have Ashley as part of SU!!! I love the feather trend

  38. Katie B February 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    loving the feather stamps. You are right a feather, especially stamped in versamark can add a bit of airness to a layout.

  39. Tonya G February 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I’m lovin’ the feather idea! Never even thought of using them in my scrapbooks! I will definitely try this out! I hope I win!!!!!!!!

  40. Susan Kopp February 16, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    I would love to win this. I have made some feathers from cut files on my Cameo and love them. I would love to add to the collection!

  41. Debbie Pierce February 16, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    I am inspired to attempt making my own paper feathers now! Thanks!!

  42. AllisonLP February 16, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    feathers are a hot trend, and I love it. i find them gender neutral, and i love to include them in clusters. love this trend, hoping to see lots more!

  43. Pat Armstrong February 16, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Feathers are a fun & cute addition to pages..

  44. Christi February 16, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for a fun trendspotting arti cle

  45. Marzee Carnes February 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I love all these feathers, but especially love the sundrifter line !

  46. Linda H February 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    What a fun trend! Looking forward to your next article!

  47. craftingwithoutkids February 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m REALLY excited about the Rub Ons! Thanks for showing us so many examples!

  48. suzieq23 February 23, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    The rub ons look like so much fun, I would like one in each color and I love the colorful tags as well the real feathers. I am not picky, I just love feathers and your Pinterest site. Whew, you have a lot of feather pix. Love them all. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes.

  49. RachelV February 24, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I’ve been eyeing those beautiful feathers by Bella Blvd. They look like fun to incorporate on a layout!

  50. Julie I. February 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful article and list of resources… AND… thank you too for the chance to win the prize package!

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