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February 22, 2008

Weekend Creative : February #4 : A Bit of Heart


Last night we had a great local get-together to play with the February kit from Cocoa Daisy (a really fun collection of products put together by CD Muckosky). It was all the things that are good about scrapbooking with a group: reconnecting with old friends + making new ones, doing a bit of creative experimentation, lots of chatting, etc.

For the gathering I put together a 6 inch x 6 inch minibook using the kit, did a little demo on how to create the textured cover and interior pages (cardboard pages + KI lace cardstock + paint), and typed up a step-by-step to complete the album. Download AEheartbook PDF How-To (4MB). It was fun to see the variations that came about as people played around with the different elements in the kit.

Here’s a look at the cardboard page before (I used mod podge to adhere the lace cardstock to the cardboard – we also tested out spray adhesive on it last night and that worked great as well):


And after (machine stitched the Heidi Swapp heart onto the painted cardboard cover – if you don’t have a machine you could use a brad to hold the heart in place):


The stitching of the heart onto the page was inspired by a layout I saw online awhile back and has been on my mind with all the cool Valentine crafts floating around. I found the actual image again in my inspiration notebook but it was missing a name. Does anyone remember/know who created this page? Edited: Thanks guys + thanks Jill Hornby for the inspiration. And thanks for the heads up about this layout being featured on Scrapjacked.

Here’s a look at the inside pages:


(Machine stitching around the outside – right through the Hambly “Clearly Heavy” Overlay – to create a frame around the photos. Photos are cut to the same size and adhered to each side of the acrylic.)






The prompt this weekend is this: Focus on the specific technique of layering one element on top of another and painting over the entire thing to create an entirely different look. This could be on a layout, within a minibook, on a card, etc – just take the concept and run with it. And in case you missed it above, Download AEheartbook PDF How-To (4MB)



  • 1.
    tammy t said…

    Beautiful. And the first thing that comes to mind is “you are such a good sharer!” Thank you for sharing so much inspiration and great ideas!

  • 2.
    Carrie said…

    Thanks for this project! It’s so pretty! Love it! Been hitting refresh all morning & it’s been worth the wait!

  • 3.
    Penny said…

    Love this. Must do! Thank you.

  • 4.
    jamie said…

    hi Ali… love, love, love your mini albums!
    That gorgeous inspiration LO is by Jill Hornby and is currently freatured at scrapjacked- isn’t it just amazing! so much great inspiration in it!

  • 5.
    Erin M said…

    ditto on the Jill Hornby…love her work!
    Going to try out this album as well! Very inspiring.

  • 6.
    Mary Jo said…

    Gosh, you make the cutest darn albums! :0)
    Love it!!

  • 7.
    Holly Child said…

    Wow, so beautiful! Love the way that paint looks over the lace cardstock! I’ll have to try that! :o )

  • 8.
    Candi Tardio said…

    girl you rock!!! when will you ever stop??? you are sooooo creative!
    thanks again for inspiring all of us :)
    have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!

  • 9.
    Sharyn (Torm) said…

    Coolest thing I’ve seen all week – love the look!

  • 10.
    cathy walters said…

    you are ABOVE AWESOME! thanks so so so much! hope you have a great weekend!

  • 11.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Love it and excited about getting started. Of course, babysitting the grandson tonight and have a houseful of company tomorrow night!! Looking forward to sunday to have some fun with this.
    Have a great weekend.

  • 12.
    MaryS. said…

    You never cease to amaze me! What an amazingly creative, wonderful idea! I will attempt to feebly recreate my own…. :)

  • 13.
    agnieszka U. said…

    Ali ,
    you couldn’t pick a better time to share your idea . I bought the same patern ovelay and I couldn’t figure it out how can I use it in my sister’s wedding book . I love it!!!!!!Thanks again for letting my mind spin with happiness ,can’t wait to go home to try my idea out:) always imazed by your creativity

  • 14.
    Deana said…

    Saw that layout on … it’s Jill Hornby.

  • 15.
    stephenie said…

    Love this! All of the layers and the paint add such depth to this. I am always amazed and inspired by what you create!

  • 16.
    Karla said…

    Very neat! Love that paint! I’m going to play this weekend for sure! Thanks for the inspiration girl ^—–^

  • 17.
    sheri said…

    so pretty!

  • 18.
    Lan said…

    I love the idea of painting the KI lace paper. I have some pink at home but would have prefered another color. thanks for the inspiration!

  • 19.
    Alisa Noble said…

    Excellent! The brain is already whirling!

  • 20.
    Emily said…

    I know I’m late, but I wanted to ditto on the awesomeness of Jill Hornby. I grew up with her and besides the fact that she’s amazingly creative, she’s also so, so wonderful. I am loving this weekend creative stuff!

  • 21.
    Misty said…

    Wasn’t that such a wonderful lo. I saw it on scrapjacked too (Jill Hornby) and immediately thought…I need to do something like this.
    Great frame.

  • 22.
    tess said…

    All I can say is… Wow! Again, thank you for sharing your talent. :-) Can’t wait to do this.

  • 23.

    ok. i am seriously in love with this creative weekend thing you are doing on your blog. it is so inspiring to turn on my computer and see this before me.
    thanks ali!

  • 24.
    kili'smom said…

    such beautiful work….your pictures are breathtaking. and thank you for being soooo generous by providing the instructions!!! You are truly a gem.

  • 25.
    gloria said…

    Great mini book! i tried to view the file with instructions and it said the file was corrupt. i would so love the instructions for this.
    you rock

  • 26.
    Alexandra said…

    SO LOVING THIS!! Can’t wait to download the instructions – can’t wait to try my own.
    Love the way you create – so cool!
    Thanks, Ali!

  • 27.
    Lauren said…

    Love that album!I just downloaded the instructions and can’t wait to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 28.
    Lauren said…

    Love that album!I just downloaded the instructions and can’t wait to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 29.
    Cheri said…

    Thanks so much for the creative ideas. Can’t wait to meet you in person in Chicago in a few weeks. Also need to thank you for pointing me in the direction of Photojojo. I loved the concept of Sleeve Faces with record albums. I have tried one or two and I am thinking about making a whole mini album or maybe even a circle journal of sleeve faces.

  • 30.
    jmbmommy said…

    I like the simple zigzag over the heart too…looks very smart. the square pictures are nice for this book…thanks for the weekend creative!

  • 31.
    Cristal said…

    Ali – Not sure if you read these messages or not – but I am sitting here with tears in my eyes over this album. I love its simplicity, yet it is so elegant and beautiful. I’m going through some tough things right now, but seeing that album is inspiring me to pull out my creativity that is being suppressed by my external circumstances. My album will not look like yours – that’s your album and you are you – but your album will be my inspiration to pull my talent out of its hiding place. Cristal

  • 32.
    Molly said…

    fun project. question for you: what needle weight do you use in your sewing machine for paper? and for transparency?
    I’m concerned that the one I use for cottons would just snap and really tick me off. Just got a new Husqvarna Viking 250 and have been afraid to use it for paper. When and if you get the chance … i know you’re super busy.
    happy weekend! – Molly

  • 33.
    suetreiber said…

    you have the most awesome ideas.

  • 34.
    Erin said…

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing! Erin :)

  • 35.
    tempestdelfuego said…

    That’s one of your prettiest books yet, Ali! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • 36.
    Carole said…

    Thank you for sharing – love the techniques !!

  • 37.
    Nancy C said…

    THANK YOU Ali-this is just the perfect project to get my group of friends inspired this weekend! You are so appreciated!

  • 38.
    Artful yogi said…

    Big high five for your cool book. You’ve shared so much this week. We love ya!

  • 39.
    Jessica S said…

    Love this, so if we have the kit, then we only need the tranparency right? Can you share more about the topic. Is it things Simon is doing now? Ali, you are amazing! Jess

  • 40.
    Tiffany said…

    Gosh this is just the cutest album. How do you do it??!!!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • 41.
    Karen said…

    just love your work, Ali–my book club at my lss is using your Life Artist book for last month and this months selection. i love it so much–of course, i already had it before the owner decided to use it. our assignment this month is to do a day in the life of layout or mini book. i am so ready to do this. your work is so inspiring–really changed the way i sb. have a great-and creative weekend.

  • 42.
    beth said…

    ali…this is amazing. i am making one tonight with nicole at a crop.
    happy friday!

  • 43.
    Tina said…

    Yet another awesome project from the amazing Ali Edwards. Love it!

  • 44.
    Vivette said…

    Thanks for another awesome idea! I really liked the transparency idea w/sewing. And thanks for the reminder of jump rings — so easy to make a book from what I already have!

  • 45.
    Monica said…

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ali! You are so generous. This will bring me so much joy to create!

  • 46.
    Melissa Raphael said…

    Also wondering if you use a different needle for cardboard, chipboard, etc…I have never tried to stitch through anything but paper and fabric!

  • 47.
    Joanna said…

    Definitely a Jill layout! Love that!

  • 48.
    Mary M. said…

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful and inspiring ideas!
    Mary M.

  • 49.
    erin said…

    ali, thank you so much for sharing and the directions! i have been looking for a project to try and get some non-scrapping girls hooked…i think this is it! tfs!

  • 50.
    Heidi said…

    I love seeing your creations. Total eye candy.

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