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June 10, 2009

So Many Options : Layout Accent Two Ways

VERSION ONE [ click for larger version : photo © she saw things ]

VERSION TWO [ click for larger version : photo © she saw things ]

My Studio A column in the July 2009 Creating Keepsakes (available now) talks about the endless options for background papers when creating layouts and telling your stories. It addresses the fact that there is no right or wrong choice in this process. Some people prefer cardstock, some patterned paper, some solids, and some prints. It's all about personal preference.

As you have probably noticed by now, I tend to have a personal preference lately for white cardstock backgrounds.

I was thinking about all these choices as I previewed Heidi's Tuesday Tutorial video and was inspired to create a second version of the center accent for the layout you see above. The top one is super simple and was how I originally created the page. The
second includes stamping and a chipboard butterfly under the felt heart accent – this one came about after watching the video.

One of the things I have always loved about scrapbooking is that there is so much variety. I love the chance to learn from other people, to see what they are doing, and be inspired to try something new. Sometimes it's a new technique, other times it is a way of jouranling, and other times it's the whole package someone presents when telling their story.

The next time you approach a project or layout I invite you to take a step away from your own personal comfort zone and go in a direction that is different from what you normally create. Modifying an accent like the one here is a very safe way to experiment and mess-around a bit without the fear of "wrecking" your whole layout.


Here's a look into the process of creating this layout:

1. In your photo editing program add the 8.5×11 Remember Outline Word Overlay to your photo. For a tutorial on recoloring overlays go here or here. Print at home or upload to your photo developer. I printed this one here at home on my HP Photosmart D7360 using the borderless printing option (works awesome right to the edge of the photo paper).

2. Print a second 8.5×11 Remember Outline Word Overlay onto a sheet of white cardstock. This will be the foundation for your content on the second page. For a tutorial on recoloring overlays go here or here.


3. Print the Remember Sentiment Stack word art onto the Jenni Bowlin Mini Die Cut Label Paper. To do this I ran a sheet of computer paper through the printer first, saw where the image/text was going to appear, and then temporarily adhered the die cut on top and ran it through the printer again. 


4. Add journaling to one of the die cut label pieces. Hand-write, stamp, run it through your printer, etc. For this project I used my old typewriter and again temporarily adhered the Mini Die Cut Label Paper onto some basic computer paper to make it go through easier. I love using this old typewriter.


5. Now this is where the creative choice came in for me on this layout. Super
simple or more decorative & messy? For the simple option I just used some pop dots to adhere a
small rectangle of corner-rounded Making Memories patterned paper and a felt heart.


For the decorative option I
decided to follow Heidi's lead and group a bunch of stamping together
on top of the mini die cut label paper. I used a couple different
colors of ColorBox fluid chalk ink from this set. I topped the stamping off with one of the chipboard butterflies (that I can't seem to get enough of from K&Company) and the same felt heart/patterned paper combo as the simple option.  

In the end I like them both. The second is definitely more bright & fun & artsy than the first. Some days I feel like creating that way and other days the perfect accent is the simplest option.

SUPPLIES : Bazzill Basics Cardstock; Jenni Bowlin Mini Die Cut Label Papers; 8.5×11 Remember Outline Word Overlay by Ali Edwards for Desginer Digitals; Remember Sentiment Word Stacks by Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals; Jenni Bowlin Felt Heart; Making Memories Patterned Paper; K&Company Chipboard Butterfly;

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  • 1.
    Elise Blaha said…

    Ali. I adore this new feature. And Anna, obviously.

  • 2.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    She is such a button!!

  • 3.
    Nita said…

    I can’t believe how much Anna has grown! Actually picked up my copy of CK recently, and loved the way you incorporated the 1 layout/2 ways. Just so you know, you inspire me! :D

  • 4.
    Nik said…

    I recently bought an old typewriter at a yardsale to print on my journal tags but a few of my keys aren’t working. Need to get it fixed but will probably cost me a lot more than the $3 I spent on it…lol. Anna is beautiful, as usual :)

  • 5.
    Joanne said…

    Honestly could Anna be any cuter??? What a smile! She really looks like the spittin’ image of you. I love the second layer with it’s flirty little butterfly and pop of color. Love it!

  • 6.
    christen said…

    what a beauty! i love both layouts…the butterfly is especially pretty.

  • 7.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    Love how you can create simple and have it look stunning!…it helps when we are drawn to Anna – she is so precious! Personally, I LOVE what you did on the 2nd layout die…lots of work for such a little accent but worth it!

  • 8.
    Anna-Marie said…

    I love the texture the quilting creates. As usual, simple and elegant. :-D

  • 9.
    Linn said…

    This layout is amazing…I love it both ways! And I have to tell you that I was so inspired by your column in CK this month…just read it yesterday and was really inspired to scrap again…something I haven’t done in months now. Thank you!

  • 10.
    Katie said…

    precious. I love the butterfly and the use of the old typewriter.

  • 11.

    I love both layouts. The first is simple and the second is playful. Also, that is a beautiful picture!

  • 12.
    kaitlin said…

    I love both of them- of course it really helps that the photo is just so adorable! What a happy little girl!

  • 13.
    Jess Hess said…

    Thanks for this inspiring post Ali. I like to use my typwriter sometimes too. It just feels good to poke those keys and get a fun noise. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • 14.
    Nicky Hurt said…

    Thanks for this post. I used to enjoy stamping so much, but now the simpler, cleaner side of things is what I prefer.

  • 15.
    MargVP said…

    I like both layouts but tend toward number 2. The extra color adds just enough interest without taking away from the subject…who, by the way is an absolute doll! Thanks for the great post….bonus tutorial for the week!

  • 16.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I totally go through phases…been leaning towards the cleaner side too.

  • 17.
    Angela W said…

    Wonderful! They are both great, but my fav is #2! Anna is getting so big and still as cute as ever!

  • 18.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Cool Linn – so happy to read this!

  • 19.
    Sue said…

    I like that you used an old typewriter… and you’re right about scrapping and variety.. always amazes me how people come up with different things using the same stuff!! :)

  • 20.
    Rebecca Harper said…

    Wonderful photos of Anna, she is adorable and getting so big…

  • 21.
    shawna said…

    Great advice. Thank you! Happy Wednesday to you and yours, Ali!

  • 22.
    Vera Wirianta said…

    Love seeing how you still use your old typewriter. I wish I still have my old typewriter…

  • 23.
    Elizabeth said…

    BEautiFul layouT and photo…..another thanks for the typwriter idea.

  • 24.
    Carrie L said…

    Wow, I love the transformation. I think it adds so much depth without losing the simple style you want. I htink this will give me a new way to use my stamps that have been neglected lately. JBS and House of 3!, two of my favorites. I’ll be anxiously waiting for the weekend!

  • 25.
    jukebox said…

    As usual, wonderful inspiration! I first noticed your typewriter when you moved to your new scraproom last year. I have been looking for one since with no luck. Just one question for when I do get lucky – can you get new ribbon for these old models? If so where?

  • 26.
    Jana said…

    Fun to see both layouts next to each other—I like them both, but do think the first keeps the focus on darling Anna more—the second with the bright red seems to compete for attention, pulling our eyes away from Anna as we study what was used to create the collage… Great examples that show differences! (& cute, cute, cute baby Anna!!)

  • 27.
    Anne-Marie said…

    I am so inspired, I’m off to get my stamps out. Good thing I’m having a sick day off work!

  • 28.
    CB said…

    Love the artsy version! Really jazzes up an already very-pretty page.

  • 29.
    MIchele P said…

    I love both layout as always.

  • 30.
    Susan M. said…

    What a great idea Ali! I never thought to use my old typewriter to journal something. I guess I will have to pull it out and see if it is still “inked” up.
    You just never know where you will get inspiration! And my husband wanted me to get rid of that old thing. I love repurposing. :)

  • 31.
    Noell Hyman said…

    I’m so in love with your stamped version of that middle spot. Makes me want to go try it. It’s my favorite way to embellish–layered embellishments in one area so the rest of the layout is clean.
    I’m so curious…will you be holding on to both versions of the layouts in your article? If so, what will you do with each of them? It would be fun to find out what everyone’s favorite versions are, just to see how taste varies.

  • 32.
    Rebekah said…

    She. Is. An. Angel. That photo–wow!
    Love the stamping and butterfly. Another masterpiece.

  • 33.
    Camille said…

    I love both of them for different reasons… the second one of course for the pop of color and fun techniques. The first one for it’s simplicity and the PHOTO is what pops more in the first.

  • 34.
    Monica B. said…

    now i really want a type writer! also, beautiful photo of anna. thanks for sharing!

  • 35.
    Jaime Martinez said…

    These layouts are so beautiful! Very inspiring… : )

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