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January 27, 2009

Three Things : For the Love of Yellow + A Layout


It's usually about this time of year that I start longing for some some lovely spots of yellow both in my house and in my work. I've definitely been into pink lately, but as soon as I start seeing yellow tulips and daffodils in the store I start getting excited about the crisp, fresh nature of spring. There are definitely not any tulips or daffodils blooming locally, but they are starting to push up through the dirt in the pots outside my front door. Ah, possibility and growth. I love the cycles of the seasons.

Today here's three yellow things to celebrate the newness of the next season and a layout inspired by all this yellow goodness.

Studio by Claudine Hellmuth for Ranger : Semi Gloss Pastel Yellow Acrylic Paint : See the layout below for use of this paint. Love the consistency.

American Crafts Specialty Ribbon Creme & Yellow : I always like to have a small collection of ribbon on hand for a variety of different crafting tasks. This set is a nice combination of yellows + cream.

Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss 12×12 Cardstock Pack Honey Trio : my favorite textured cardstock.

[ Three Things is a weekly product series : check out the archives here. ]



This is a fun, fairly simple layout that is a great way to use up some of your stash at home.


Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Textured White; Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Pastel Yellow Acrylic; Rolling Stamp + Ink: Stampin Up; Chipboard Heart: American Crafts Friends House Chipboard Teen; Metal Spinner Pieces: Tim Holtz Game Spinners and Sprocket Gears; Clock Rub On: Little Yellow Bicycle; "You" Circle Accent: Jenni Bowlin Studio Kit; Sticker Strip & Circle Sticker: 7gypsies; Clear Plastic Flower: Heidi Swapp; Large Scallop Heart: Technique Tuesday; Tags: Misc.


1. Start with a 12×12 sheet of textured cardstock. Paint a large square right onto the cardstock leaving a white border around the edge. Let dry.


2. Collect a few tags, patterned papers, and/or small envelopes to use as the elements on one side of your heart. The idea is going to be to collage them together under the scalloped heart alongside a photo.


3. Create a pattern on your painted background. For this I used a rolling stamp from Stampin Up and More than Mustard ink. Here's the result after the ink has been rolled on to the cardstock:



4. Paint a chipboard frame the same color as your background. This is a new heart-shaped chipboard element from Technique Tuesday. Other large decorative chipboard frames can be found here and here


5. Lay the heart down and begin arranging your paper elements.


6. Measure the size of your frame and print out a photo. In this case I printed my photo 4.5 inches x 9.5 inches wide. Trim around the outside to fit behind your frame. You could easily have more than one photo in place of the single photo as well. I added a bit of text to my photo in Photoshop before printing.


7. Trim the paper elements to fit behind photo and adhere to background cardstock. Add additional elements to complete your layout and adhere chipboard frame. 

Here's a look at some of the elements I used up close:


I love these metal spinner elements from Tim Holtz (a game spinner on top of a sprocket gear). I find them pretty versatile and can be added to pages that tell a variety of different stories. The metal elements are layered on top of a rub on from Little Yellow Bicycle. Cute little heart (I sanded the edges) is from American Crafts Friends House Chipboard Teen collection.


Large clear plastic flower from Heidi Swapp. Lots of little bits of this and that – a really great way to use up some of those things you have stashed away. 


Coming tomorrow: A Superhero giveaway.


  • 1.
    Cindy Mandernach said…

    i love the yellow…so springlike. here in michigan all we see is white (snow) and brown (dirty snow) :) this color gives me hope for warm and springlike weather. love the baby room. so untraditional…love it.

  • 2.
    Tammy Mellish said…

    SO SWEET!!! I made a layout similar to this a couple of years ago and it’s still a favorite!

  • 3.
    Lani said…

    Always find something inspiring here Ali. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Also – wishing you the best of luck over the next few weeks with the arrival of baby A. Edwards… god bless you and your family.

  • 4.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    I love the yellow! I also love that you encourage us to use our own stash. Though I may have to buy that yellow Claudine Hellmuth paint – hee hee! Baby A’s room is beautiful :) Sending you lots of blessings while you, Simon and Chris enjoy the anticipation of her arrival.

  • 5.
    ToneF said…

    Oh, this is wonderful! I love yellow and I am so happy this color has come back :o )

  • 6.
    Emily J. said…

    love,love the layout…very fresh looking! TFS. Emily

  • 7.
    {vicki} said…

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! this has got to be the greatest layout ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    How precious –Simon waiting for his little sister!!

  • 8.
    Lazy Mom Leslie said…

    Love the yellow! Such a pretty color while we are all waiting for spring. Altough here in TX it is going to be 76 today.

  • 9.
    Gale said…

    Thanks for giving so much direction on HOW you made the layout. I live in an area where NO type of classes are offered & it is a huge help to see HOW things are done!

  • 10.
    Elaine said…

    i looooove this layout, Ali! Yello is one of my very favorites. I think it often goes unnoticed, but i think its just lovely. :]

  • 11.
    holly said…

    Love your layout Ali! Makes me long for spring! We’re pretty much covered with snow in Iowa!

  • 12.
    Dori said…

    I love your tutorials! + this layout is SO lovely. Perfect inspiration for a cold, Chicago winter day. Thanks, Ali.

  • 13.
    Kerry said…

    Super cool layout! Thanks for the step by step!

  • 14.
    Ana F. said…

    Loving the yellow!! When all is white and grey outside, nothing like a little bit of yellow to remind me that spring is coming.

  • 15.
    PJ said…

    Lovely LO…lot’s of fun stuff on there, always good to play around with a few bits and pieces from your stash!
    And how funny to see that you’re inspired by the early signs of spring too! I have a fine collection of yellow art supplies in my sudio for just the same reason! Yellow is indeed a great color to work with… it gives such a crisp spring feeling combined with white!
    Hope your last weeks of pregnancy are joyfull!

  • 16.
    Jamie Rex said…

    Oh, I just love it when I look at your blog and I can’t wait to get to my scrapbook supplies and and play. Great inspiration today, Ali! Thank you!

  • 17.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love yellow – my favorite color and really love the picture of Simon

  • 18.
    Viki said…

    You make it look so easy!
    We’re having a Snow Day, maybe I’ll get something crafty done.

  • 19.
    Renee Clark said…

    I love the simplicity of this layout – it turned out beautiful! I love yellow. Thanks for sharing how you made it.

  • 20.
    Michelle Giaimo said…

    I have been craving green, everything is white here! Thanks for sharing your process.

  • 21.
    mary rogers said…

    Makes me want to get out the paper and glue Ali! just love this!!

  • 22.
    jenn said…

    fabulous! thanks for sharing the how too! Love the babies room below too! Good luck in the next few weeks :) enjoy the moments!

  • 23.
    Helen Tilbury said…

    This is so cool. I’m off to print my photos for this this minute (one for each child) just in time for valentine’s day…thanks!

  • 24.
    Ava G said…

    Very pretty in yellow!

  • 25.
    Rachel M. said…

    Ahhh….thank you for this!!! My 6 year old little boy’s favorite color has been yellow for several years now which I think is so cool! This makes me smile! :)

  • 26.
    Joy said…

    super cute. and a breath of fresh air. my office is in the interior of a bullding where no windows are located. the color of my walls: yellow… a more golden hue, to mimic the sun’s rays i’m missing.

  • 27.
    Alicia Sharp said…

    I am so loving all the yellow. It is so bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing. Your the best!!

  • 28.
    Annie said…

    What a fabulous layout! I love all of the little details and I really appreciate that you took the time to explain all of the steps in details. Thanks for always inspiring!

  • 29.
    Heather Prins said…

    wow Ali that is one of my all time fave layouts of yours – so gorgeous!!

  • 30.
    Linn said…

    I’m loving yellow right now too…it’s just the right pop of color in my kitchen to have a vase of daffodils and a handful of wild clover flowers or something that my son picked me on sunday. I love the layout with half of the heart being simon’s pic and the other being “stuff”. Very nice.

  • 31.
    amanda said…

    Always inspiring, love the layout, and love your blog!

  • 32.
    Astrid said…

    I don’t normally like yellow but I love your cheerful layout!
    I’m wondering…do you have a list of kits that you like/or can recommend?

  • 33.
    Beth D said…

    Oh I love yellow too! I am so looking forward to spring this year. The winter seems very long right now. Ali, you are so generous in sharing your techniques here on your blog. Thank you so much for all the inspiration. I get so much joy from your creativity. Thank you. Hugs!

  • 34.

    I usually go yellow around March. I love pages that use acrylics, but haven’t tried it. Is it photo-safe? What about cracking/peeling?
    Guess I’m a bit “yellow” about trying it! ;} *sorry!*

  • 35.
    Sarah Mullanix said…

    I love all the elements that you’ve added to this layout that just work so wonderfully together…TFS

  • 36.
    annie said…

    Thanks for a traditional design. I see so many fabulous digital layouts, but I do both and am always interested in seeing more of the traditional. And on this snowy, snowy day, it’s great to see a burst of yellow! Hope you’re feeling well :)

  • 37.
    Karrie said…

    A few notes for you, Ali -
    I, too, am expecting a baby VERY shortly! (Ours is a boy… we have a planned c-section for February 3)
    I, too, LOVE yellow!
    Yours is the only blog I check every morning! There are alot of really neat blogs that I check out, but yours has become my absolute favorite. I love your combination of LOVE (most especially for your family) and CREATIVITY.
    Thanks for what you do, Ali!

  • 38.
    Penny B. said…

    This is gorgeous!! I’m not a big yellow fan in my scrapbooks but this seems so bright & happy I want to give it a try. I think yellow paired with white is a great combination. Thank you for going through the steps. I love the results (as usual)!!

  • 39.
    Camille said…

    Hi Ali, adore that layout!
    Quick question: does your paper ever tend to curl after it’s painted? I suppose if it’s heavy enough cardstock, you don’t have that problem. Just wonderin’.
    Thanks, have a wonderful sunny (at least on the inside, with those yummy colors) day!

  • 40.
    alexandra said…

    fabulous! yellow is so much fun – I have two, little, yellow lotus bowls and they make me so happy!
    thanks for sharing your process – I’ll have to try some of your cool techniques!

  • 41.
    Angela W said…

    I love the yellow! Thanks for showing what you did! I can’t wait to get some of the new chipboard pieces from Technique Tuesday!

  • 42.
    Erin said…

    love this layout idea. Love how you incorporated the heart motif for a boy without making it look too “girly”!
    Must try this one at home.

  • 43.
    Danielle said…

    I love this layout! I feel that I use yellow the least even though I love yellow flowers but your layout perhaps has inspired me to show yellow a little love in my layouts!

  • 44.
    BethBG said…

    I love love love love yellow! It’s my happy color. But I never seem to see it much in fabric or paper, so I’m glad these are available. XX’s

  • 45.
    kate said…

    thanks for the great thoughts and ideas! and a superhero giveaway!!??? I am SO there! I LOVE her stuff!

  • 46.
    Yolanda said…

    A Superhero giveaway?!! Can’t wait. Adore this layout. Always nice to see hearts that aren’t red or pink.

  • 47.
    Sara said…

    Gorgeous yellow. I like it very much.

  • 48.
    birdyandbee said…

    So sweet…love the half-heart design. Such a big transition for Simon, but a wonderful one. Your layouts before A. is born will be a real treasure, because it represents how you & Simon felt and thought before she arrived, which you won’t be able to duplicate after. Lovely.

  • 49.
    Angie said…

    this is beautiful, nice to see the yellow in a layout. I love the chipboard and will have to try that paint. love your layouts as usual, never

  • 50.
    Cherie said…

    Fun! Loving the yellow!!
    I might just have to make something like this today! It’s a snow day and we’re all home!

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