Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 16, 2009

Sweet Baby : New Stamps & A Layout


[ Supplies: Technique Tuesday Fundamentals Postage Frame; Technique Tuesday Sweet Baby Stamps; Making Memories Flower Patch Trim; Hambly Butterfly Transparency; Adirondack Dimensional Pearls in Butterscotch; SEI Praline Glitter Chocolat Paper Patterned Paper (white with grey) ]


I am excited to introduce you to the newest stamp set in my collection for Technique Tuesday. Sweet Baby stamps are now available through Technique Tuesday's website or ask for them at your local scrapbook/stamp store. These same designs are also available as Digital Baby Word Art at Designer Digitals.



Here's a run down of my process for creating the layout featured at the top of the post:

1. Begin with a sheet of textured white cardstock for your background. Paint a large rough-edged square in any color (I used cream paint and a foam brush). Let dry.

2. While the paint is drying, apply the Adirondack Dimensional Pearls to the Fundamentals Postage Frame. I put it on with my finger and then ended up adding a bit of lighter yellow paint on top of the pearls to tone it down just a bit.

3. Cut patterned paper to fit with the photo behind the postage frame. Adhere photo to patterned paper.


4. Stamp two of the Sweet Baby Stamps onto the patterned paper. Use a different color for each stamp. Hand-draw the black line and heart.

5. Adhere Making Memories Flower Patch Trim along the seam where the photo and patterned paper meet. I often use Therm-O-Web super tape to adhere ribbon. 

6. Adhere the postage frame to the photo/stamped patterned paper combination. I used the super tape for this task.


7. Using one of the lined sentiments from the Sweet Baby collection, stamp directly on to the painted postage chipboard. I used Technique Tuesday ink from the Earth Essentials pack.

8. Staple the Hambly Butterfly Transparency on top of your painted piece of cardstock. I just used two mini staples on the top corners using Tim's new mini-stapler which is awesome.


9. Lay your photo combination on top of the background transparency/cardstock and choose your placement. I went for the bottom right corner. Once I figured out where I wanted that piece on the page I lifted up the transparency, laid the photo combination on top of the cardstock (not adhered, just sitting there) and journaled around the outside following the square shape.

10. After hand-journaling I picked up the photo combination, laid the transparency back down, and then adhered the photo combination on top of the transparency (using the hand-journaling square as a guide for placement). Some of the journaling is covered by the white of the butterflies which I decided was completely fine. If someone wants to read the journaling they can lift up the transparency (this is partly why I only stapled on the top). 

11. Don't forget to add the date! I just noticed that I forgot to add a date somewhere on the layout and will make that adjustment before pu
tting it in her album.


2nd Annual Autism Awareness Fundraiser Crop at Ben Franklin Crafts in Bonney Lake, Washington : Ben Franklin in Bonney Lake is hosting an Autism Awareness Fundraiser Crop again this year on Saturday, April 25th from 6pm to Midnight. Cost is $35. You can find more information on this event here.


  • 1.
    Joanne said…

    Oh Ali! This layout is gorgeous – I love it. Thanks for sharing the techniques, because I never would have picked out everything that you had done!!! But where is Anna’s “A”??

  • 2.
    Tiffany said…

    Love this LO!!!! I especially like the butterflies and i must have those new stamps. I wondered when u would come out with a set of baby stamps. :-)

  • 3.
    Amy Zarrella said…

    just BEAUTIFUL!

  • 4.
    pink sky said…

    very sweet. thanks for all the baby book inspiration. just beginning to think about mine for baby #2. i love how she sleeps with her arms stretched overhead :)

  • 5.
    Gale said…

    I LOVE when you show how you make a page. I’ve never attended any type of scrapbooking classes. When you show a HOW TO it is such a help. Also, very interesting! Thanks

  • 6.
    alexandra said…

    your layouts always make me smile… so, so lovely!
    and thanks for showing the process – great to see how it all came together.

  • 7.
    Beck said…

    Ali- this is so gorgeous. And I have to let you know… I’m in Australia and have looked in EVERY shop around for your Technique Tuesday stamps, but today, for the first time, I found one, in a town more than an hour from home. (happy dance!) I bought your ‘Capture the Moment’ stamp today and I can’t wait to use it! Thanks for your constant inspirations!
    Beck :)

  • 8.
    Melanie said…

    I love it when you document your process in creating a layout … it helps me ‘see’ how to do it. Not that I could come up with it on my own, but it is just fun to see an expert in action!
    And this layout is simply sweet and beautiful … wonderful job (on baby and layout! lol)

  • 9.
    LindiGohn said…

    Ali – absolutely inspiring!! Love the photo of Anna, in true baby sleep!! Enjoying the step-by-step and the honest-ness of your creativity!!

  • 10.
    Joy Buss said…

    Love this layout Ali! The butterlies are beautiful! I gotta have the stamps too!
    Thansk for posting our Autism Fundraiser on your blog, we are super excited about it and have all the “goody” bags ready for the silent auction! You’re the best!

  • 11.
    Molly Irwin said…

    beautiful! What an excellent way to use transparency; another technique to store away in my mental file.

  • 12.
    Leslie said…

    I am sooo into butterflies right now so I am loving this!! They go so well with Baby Anna!!:)

  • 13.
    Stephanie Cunningham said…

    Love the layout!!!
    Thanks for giving our fundraiser a little shout out:) It is going to be great!!! We will miss you this year.

  • 14.
    Mieke Duyck said…

    This layout is absolutely adorable, and so inspiring, you used so many, but very “do- able” techniques. When I see your babypages, I can hardly wait to become a grandmom…

  • 15.
    Jill said…

    Ali – great layout! Love the transparency technique. Question (maybe you’ve answered already). . . what is the fabric Anna is laying on? A sheet? A comforter? Is it a part of her room, or from somewhere else in your home? At any rate, I LOVE the mustard color and print!

  • 16.
    Elizabeth said…

    Precious layout Ali, love, LOVE, love the transparency and your new stamp set!!!

  • 17.
    kim Strother said…

    I love seeing how you are adapting your style to include girl/baby pages. I would like to hear you thought on this. Do you think differently about Anna’s pages?

  • 18.
    Nancy said…

    Ali that is a great layout. I love it! Love the new stamp set, all your stamps are a great addition to my stash!

  • 19.
    Deanna said…

    Wow wow wow~!

  • 20.
    Sandi Ragusa said…

    I am so happy to see you post your work again. You make the most amazing things. Love this layout.

  • 21.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Jill – that is a duvet from Pottery Barn that I got on clearance in January. We love it!

  • 22.
    s a n s k u :) said…

    Love this layout!! I need to start buying your kits. You are my favorite scrapbooker!

  • 23.
    Ali Edwards said…

    That’s a good question Kim. I will have to think about it the next time I am creating a layout to see if I think differently about them as I am making them.

  • 24.
    heidi said…

    I am always in awe of your creations, always waiting for something new on your blog. Beautiful layout, beautiful Anna.

  • 25.
    Shannon D said…

    I live in Australia too, Blue Bazaar sell them on line if you are looking. They are great and will post anywhere.

  • 26.
    Shannon D said…

    Hi Ali,
    love the layout. I meant to post the other day, love the blog post capturing Easter – such a great idea. And Anna in those clothes is just adorable, when I saw her I thought she looked like spring time! So precious! Love the butterflies.
    Do you often go back to blog posts for inspiration and journalling? Hope you enjoyed making the LO.

  • 27.
    Sasha said…

    What a beautiful and inspiring layout! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us! It’s great :) Enjoy the gorgeous weather here in good ol’ Oregon this weekend! Hope you get lots of pictures and stories to share!

  • 28.
    PJ said…

    Ohhh, totaly LOVE the LO… besides that it is a feast for the eye (nice color combination, good mix of materials and nice proportions) it makes me want to be creative!!!
    Oh, and if i may say so, it’s fun to see how your artwork is getting a bit more feminine… (do you agree?) must be because you’ve got little Anna in your life now.

  • 29.
    ~KellyAnn~ said…

    That is such a dreamy layout- I love it!
    Do you put your layouts in page protectors?
    Just wondering since you added that you’d have to lift the transparency to read parts of the journaling. It’s hard for me not to ‘protect’ my art in someway…but sometimes it’s nice to feel it, too.

  • 30.
    Teresa said…

    Oh…such a beautiful layout!!!

  • 31.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yes I absolutely do use page protectors. If someone wanted to read it they could just pull the page out of the protector :) .

  • 32.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I think it just goes along with the subject matter :) .

  • 33.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I do go back all the time. That is partly what I use my blog for – a place to document stories that then become layouts/projects/etc.

  • 34.
    Kathy F said…

    Beauitful layout, Ali! I just love it!:)

  • 35.
    Bonnie said…

    Hi Ali…beautiful layout of baby Anna! I am going to do this layout for my newest nephew Matthew as a surprise for my sister. Thank you so much for going through every step which is so very helpful for an instructions person like me! I love the fundamentals of the page and the yellow is so adaptable to a baby boy page. Just gorgeous…BTW I just purchased your stamps and I cannot wait to use them in this L/O and so many more. Thank you Ali for sharing so much of your creative process. Hugs, Bonnie

  • 36.
    Jen Weisinger said…

    Hi Ali-
    I have read your blog for a long time I remembered you saying you had been treated for a thyroid condition during your pregnancy. I have hypo-thyroidism and I am trying to get pregnant. I haven’t talked to anybody with thyroid problems in their 30s outside of my family, and they all had kids at a much younger age. I was wondering how treatment complicated pregnancy or post-partum. My doctor says I have bigger fish to fry (PCOS) and to just go about life normally and keep taking my Armour thyroid. I understand if you’d rather not respond on your blog, but a few words from personal experience would be appreciated.

  • 37.
    Ann said…

    What a beautiful layout! Love the gentle and warm color in the yellow. Thanks for sharing your process and your work!

  • 38.

    I too LOVE the duvet and it’s something I’ve been looking for for our new home. Anyway I did some searching and found Ebay had several of them available!! Search: Pottery Barn Leigh Palampore.

  • 39.
    Sue said…

    Butterflies make me happy :) Thanks for sharing your layout and process!

  • 40.

    I think this is such a GREAT topic! So many people have thyroid issues/problems/disorders and even thyroid cancer that isn’t diagnosed. In fact almost one year ago I have a large mass found on my thyroid along with smaller ones…I ended up having surgery to remove my entire thyroid and am very thankful it wasn’t cancer, but am amazed how much better I feel (I do take medication every morning).

  • 41.
    muse sof said…

    beautiful layout !
    i love the color, the presentation… all is so wahoo !

  • 42.
    Leena said…

    This is such a beautiful layout of Anna! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  • 43.
    Linda Beeson said…

    Your layout is just precious! Not a bad model either!!! LOVE those products, just so perfect for a new little person.

  • 44.

    Wow Ali – your designs are amazing and your tutorials are so thorough. I absolutely adore your work. You are so talented!
    I aspire to be a great as you are someday VERY soon.
    Sincerely, Cijaye

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