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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.


  • 51.
    Amber Filkins said…

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your steps. I love how you broke it down. Thanks!

  • 52.
    Brenda said…

    Ali, I LOVE your layout!!! I love the yellow and how you used the heart frame and all the little extra goodies along side your photo. Brilliant!

  • 53.
    Megan said…

    yellow is definately my favorite color outside…. maybe because it’s snowing outside and i long for sunshine-y days. either way… great layout!

  • 54.
    Carolyn said…

    I love this LO and the bright sunny yellow!! (perfect lift for a snow,rainy day in VA) Thanks for sharing the how-tos.

  • 55.
    Samara said…

    wow, ali. what a clever page. i like the yellow on yellow. thanks for the step-by-step. fun to see it come together…

  • 56.
    Rhonda said…

    Hi Ali! Such a bright and fun lo! I wish I would think to use paint more often…you make it look so easy! Don’t know if you get to all these comments each day, but I had to tell you that I found the ‘printer trays’ (thingies?) that you have on your wall with pics. I am so excited and can’t wait to fill them. Thanks so much for sharing that wonderful idea and always giving me new inspiration! Enjoy your day!
    Rhonda :)

  • 57.
    Michelle said…

    I fully agree with others—INSPIRING. Thanks, Ali! =) This is why I frequent your blog!

  • 58.
    Leslie said…

    I love that layout, Ali!! Yellow is my fave color. Just so HAPPEEEEE!

  • 59.
    jung a said…

    hi Ali! i have a QUESTION for you…whenever i try paint my pages with a lot of paint, as you’ve done with the yellow, my pages always seem warped and waveie (not sure of that word), and even when i try to flatten it out again, it never seems to end up completely flat. is there a way to fix this, or is this normal?

  • 60.
    alyssa said…

    Beautiful! Yellow always makes me smile too. What a wonderful reminder that spring is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  • 61.
    Rachel said…

    That would make a fabulous Valentine!!! I’ll eb linking to this in my next Valentine’s Day Roundup. I think it’s going to have to go on my list as well!

  • 62.
    Rachel said…

    That would make a fabulous Valentine!!! I’ll eb linking to this in my next Valentine’s Day Roundup. I think it’s going to have to go on my list as well!

  • 63.
    Jennifer said…

    Love, love, love this! And thank you for posting the how to. I am definitly going to try this for myself.

  • 64.

    I love the layout, its simple but sweet, which is just how I like mine. Thanks for all the hard work you do to keep us inspired.

  • 65.
    janine said…

    Ooohhh! Love this layout, and especially appreciate that you shared your process. Hope you’re getting a chance to put your feet up in the midst of all this nesting and sharing:)

  • 66.
    gina said…

    i love this layout; fun to see a heart done in yellow! makes me happy!!

  • 67.
    muse sof said…

    superbe comme a chaque fois !
    Wahoo ! so nice, so beautifull page !

  • 68.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Oooh the yellows are so fun and pretty. I’m so ready for spring! Your layout is adorable. Thanks for sharing the steps. :)
    Can’t wait for the Superhero giveaway! I’ve been wanting one.

  • 69.
    Elise B. said…

    Yellow is my favorite…. especially in the doldrums of winter! Love that SU wheel also. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 70.
    mitchmac said…

    Hi Ali,
    Can I ask what you have used to stand the layout up in the first photo – I often struggle how to display my layouts and it looks like you’ve used brushes?

  • 71.
    Jenna said…

    You should check out the fun yellow and gold designs in the Bella blvd collections.
    My favorites are the Sugar Cone paper (item #030) in the Sweet Celebration line and the Roundabout paper (item #011) in the Pack Your Bags collection!
    Sooo cute!

  • 72.
    Angel S. said…

    I love yellow! Thanks!

  • 73.
    Carolyn said…

    I love this layout, makes me think of Valentine’s day without all the pinks and reds! Great idea, I like how you used only one photo on the one side. Loving the bright yet soft yellow paint!

  • 74.
    Kathryn Martin said…

    You make it look sooooooooo easy! I love yellow…it’s so sunny and cheerful! :)

  • 75.
    Ashley S. said…

    Love that layout Ali! You are so inspiring!

  • 76.
    Kathleen D said…

    How do you make this look so easy? I know it’s not. You have such a talent for combining many different embellishments and yet making it all come together. I absolutely love the paint and stamp technique on the background paper. Yummy!

  • 77.
    Brianna said…

    I’m loving all the yellow. It’s a nice change.

  • 78.
    susanne said…

    ali- you always inspire- love the yellow!

  • 79.
    Cyndi said…

    Wow thank you for that step by step. I love your layout but can never “get” there.

  • 80.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    Time to pull out the yellow again. Think spring…goodbye snow!

  • 81.

    What a beautiful layout!!!!!
    What are the little “doodads” that you use to stand up your layout in order to take a photo…they look too cool :)

  • 82.
    Kathi said…

    Like Mitchmac above I would also like to know what you used to stand up the layout in the first photo. It looks like it could be useful in other applications also.

  • 83.

    wonderful and inspiring!

  • 84.
    Kelly in Canada said…

    i really love your layout. i think i will make some mini versions for valentine cards…is it okay if i borrow your idea?

  • 85.
    Tona said…

    Wonderful layout. I love all the layering next to the sweet photo of Simon. Like you, I’m ready for yellow…it just screams spring.

  • 86.
    Anna L. said…

    hope Cathy’s twitter means what I think it means. All the best.

  • 87.

    Ali – thanks so much for using my paints. Love your Layout!!

  • 88.
    Malin said…

    I have been making valentine’s all day and never thought to use yellow…as I keep telling myself-think outside of the box! Tomorrow it will be yellow valentine’s and who knows..maybe orange or blue?

  • 89.
    Thea Welsink said…

    lovely layout. and so sweet to see Simon is waiting for his sister.
    thsnks for sharing

  • 90.
    Esther said…

    LOL. Just had to read this post. My Aspberger’s son (10) just loves yellow. He calls it his “Safe Color”. I crated an awesome “Surrounded By Yellow” layout that is his absolute favorite.
    Thanks for sharing this Ali.

  • 91.
    Lara said…

    Beautiful, bright and cheery…exactly what we need right now in this cold dreary weather!

  • 92.
    Kristi Mulvey said…

    It’s gotta to be hard to think of another color when you are so uncomfortable inthe front of the trunk with an adorable pink bundle. Yellow is a soothing calming color. The first time I see a bucket of fresh daffodils in the grocery store I treat myself to a bunch and I have the perfect vase for them. Your layout is awesome.

  • 93.
    stacyj said…

    How can I NOT comment on the yellow layout?
    I was feeling a bit tired, but seeing that has revived my desire to stay up and make something.
    And the nursery?!

  • 94.
    sue said…

    I love yellow and these products are definately yellow! LOL Pretty ribbon.
    Love your layout and thanks for the step-by-step!

  • 95.
    Tina Alldredge said…

    What are the little things that you are using to hold your layout up?

  • 96.
    L said…

    OK, so now I am in love with yellow!!! What totally cool ideas.

  • 97.
    Susanne said…

    Awsome LO!

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