Tuesday Tutorials : Jennifer McGuire


Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly series: Tuesday Tutorials.

One of my favorite parts of scrapbooking, and life in general, is learning new things. My goal with Tuesday Tutorials is to develop an archive of fantastic how-to posts from a variety of different people interested in the pursuit of documenting life & making stuff along the way. I hope these posts will challenge the way in which you approach this hobby by encouraging you to stretch beyond your comfort zone and try something new. Consider me the curator.

This week I welcome Jennifer McGuire as my guest (read her bio at the end of this post). She has put together a great video that will walk you through seven different techniques on three layouts. I also love her whole approach with these pages: simple, repeated design with room to play (and a moment captured). I am definitely feeling inspired after watching this video. Thank you Jennifer!


Jennifer : I’ll be straight here - I am not great at design, journaling or "telling my story." And since I'm not good at it, I don't fully enjoy it. What I do enjoy is new techniques, favorite photos and using products creatively. To me, these make up the playful side of creating – where the true joy of the hobby exists. Because of this I decided to start focusing on creating in this playful way.

I recently started an album using favorite photos and funny one-liners from my 3-year-old son (he is famous for these). To keep it simple the basic design of the pages is the same throughout, with designated areas on each page to try new techniques. Each layout has a large quote - allowing me to use up some letter stickers and rub-ons - and favorite products used in a creative way. For me, this is perfect: I get to play with product and capture some playful moments. That is what I love.

By the way, I do put all my other memories in a plain scrapbook with nothing but photos and journaling on black paper. This has allowed me to release the pressures of traditional scrapbooking and enjoy it again.

I asked Jennifer if she could show me what these albums look like and she graciously obliged. Check out her blog today for more information on how she puts these albums together.

Here's a closer look at the layouts Jennifer creates in the above video:

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Techniques : Layered Stamp Resist, Inked Die Cut Background, Enhancing Patterned Paper With Stamping, Punched Circle Window
"Virgin Gorda" by Jennifer McGuire 

Hero Arts stamps (woodgrain), Doodlebug and American Crafts letter stickers, Crate
Paper paper
, the Silhouette, Distress Inks, Versamark, Ranger Clear
Embossing Powder
, EK Success circle punch, Papertrey Ink Twine, Hero
Arts black gems
, Corner Chomper, sewing machine.

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Techniques : Peeled Resist Canvas, Watered Distress Ink
by Jennifer McGuire : Hero Arts stamp, Making Memories and Doodlebug
letter stickers, the Silhouette, Distress Inks and Embossing Ink,
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, K&Company and Cosmo Cricket paper,
Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Canvas and paints, Stampin’ Up heart punch, EK
Success circle punch, Papertrey Ink Twine, Hero Arts black gems, Corner
, sewing machine.

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Technique : Faux Embossed Leather
by Jennifer McGuire : American Crafts letter stickers, Quickutz embossing
, Basic Grey, Sassafrass and Cosmo Cricket paper, Distress Inks,
Paper Studio butterfly punch, EK Success circle punch, Papertrey Ink
, Hero Arts pearls, Corner Chomper, sewing machine, the Revolution

If you like the techniques
shown on these projects, be sure to check out Jennifer's upcoming 9 week
Thinking Inking class starting June 15 at
Each week will have three technique videos (27 in total!), showing
numerous techniques using Hero Arts and Ranger products. For more
information and links, visit


Jennifer McGuire has been scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamping for 6 years. In this time, she has been published in many idea books and magazines. Currently, her work can be seen each month in Creating Keepsakes, where her article shows the many things you can do with one tool or product. Jennifer also loves working as a designer for Hero Arts Rubber Stamps, contributing to their designs, catalogs, website and blog. She most enjoys teaching. After cutting back on travel, she now gets her “teaching-fix” via how-to videos on her blog, jennifermcguireink.com. She also enjoys contributing to Two Peas in a Bucket.

Jennifer lives in Cincinnati working as a crafter and stay-at-home mom. Almost 6 years ago, Jennifer left her job as an engineer in order to scrapbook full-time. Her family includes her dear husband, Ken, step-daughters, Kay (14) and Audrey (11), and new son, Colin (3).


Tuesdaytutorial_submissions Do you have a step by step project or creative tutorial you would like to see featured here?

To be considered email your completed project, including the how-to text, to ali at aliedwardsdesign dot com. If your project is chosen you will be paid for your creative time & effort. Please include Tuesday Tutorials in the subject line.

Wondering what happened to Three Things? Look for it to appear again from time to time on Thursdays.

83 thoughts

  1. Carolyn

    2009-06-02 13:35:03 -0400

    Such a great idea, loving the quote pages! Can't wait to see what tutorial comes next!

  2. Susi (dragonflydreamer)

    2009-06-02 13:55:36 -0400

    Thank you so much, Ali. I am really looking forward to Tutorial Tuesdays! So Kind of You. I really enjoyed Jennifer's tutorial.

  3. Linda

    2009-06-02 14:18:01 -0400

    That's fun, thanks Ali. Please persuade Shelley Laming to do a tutorial, that would be awesome.

  4. Anthea Newton

    2009-06-02 14:28:36 -0400

    Thanks Ali, always nice to learn new techniques and get someonelse's approach

  5. Susi (dragonflydreamer)

    2009-06-02 14:41:55 -0400

    I just finished watching the video and since I don't know anyone irl who scrapbooks, papercrafts, or shares any of my crafting interests, this has been an awesome tutorial. Watching someone actually doing the technique is so much more helpful to me than reading about it and seeing photos. Jennifer did a great job and now I'm going to stay up all night playing with any of the supplies I have to practice the techniques. Thank you so much. I live in the country and don't get a chance to take classes or go to crops. You are so awesome. I just can't thank you enough!

  6. chris

    2009-06-02 15:11:39 -0400

    very cool!! i will look forward to more tutorials!!

  7. [email protected]

    2009-06-02 15:47:30 -0400

    Tuesday Tutorials...a totally terrific idea! It's refreshing and inspirational. I really enjoyed Jennifer's presentation(s), ideas, and point of view. I'm looking forward to some fun Tuesdays. Thank you!
    Donna :)

  8. jamieonthegulf

    2009-06-02 16:14:45 -0400

    Holy shmoly--verrrry creative. I'd never come up with that stuff. On one hand it seems like a lotta work, but on the other hand, that's what's fun to her--a photo, a consistent design & playing around with techniques. Since I'm ridiculously behind on my pages already I can't see myself using ALL those techniques on one page, but I sure can see trying some. I really like the idea of inking the "XO" diecut image, and stamping on patterned paper. Thanks!

  9. Nancy

    2009-06-02 16:29:16 -0400

    My mind is just reeling with all those techniques. Jennifer always has so much to share. How can you not be inspired? Ali, love this Tuesday addition. You just always know how to inspire us.

  10. Jeni

    2009-06-02 16:32:10 -0400

    A few things:
    1. Ali - You are so generous to share your webpage with other talented people. I am very inspired and now have a goal of sharing a technique sometime.
    2. I was so surprised when I read Jennifer's claim that she is not good at design and journalling etc. I really appreciated the honesty and somehow it was such a relief to me. "You mean I don't have to be good at design and journalling...!?!"
    3. I totally connected with Jennifer's love of techniques and tools and I am completely inspired by her ability to engage in this "love" full-time. My family and friends would call me crafty but I think I am a collector of techniques and tools (and supplies). I love learning and sharing techniques and tools with friends.
    Thanks so much.

  11. Alice W.

    2009-06-02 20:39:29 -0400

    Love the video! Jennifer McGuire is so creative and talented in stamping. I really enjoyed watching the video and can't wait to try the techniques that she demonstrated!! Thanks for this great new weekly series Ali!!

  12. Brenda W.

    2009-06-02 22:24:03 -0400

    Wonderful new feature, Ali. So great to see such a variety of styles of techniques. And thanks to Jennifer for a stellar video. I'm inspired, and have lots of new things to try! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  13. Claire

    2009-06-02 22:35:32 -0400

    Very nice tutorial and a great idea. I dont have a tutorial to submit to you, but I would love to see more on hybrid scrapbooking. You have the ones you did already connected to your blog (and believe me, I HAVE used them!) but I still have trouble going from using to templates to making my OWN layouts. Love your blog... it is truly an inspiration to me!

  14. Jess Gordon

    2009-06-03 00:21:35 -0400

    Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas Jennifer :)!!! I can't wait to try some of these, especially the sticky canvas :). Ali - I'm so psyched about the new Tuesday Tutorials feature :)!

  15. sharna

    2009-06-03 01:11:35 -0400

    I just loved this!

  16. Sandi Malloy

    2009-06-03 01:15:51 -0400

    The new series is splendid. There are times where I like to keep things simple. There are times where I like to get up to my elbows in paints, inks and whatever. Call it my adult side conflicting with the child in me. Jennifer's lessons definitely speak to my inner child.

  17. Jen D

    2009-06-03 01:53:43 -0400

    Wow what an awesome video and an even better idea. I never thought I'd say I can't wait for a Tuesday! Another great idea Ali. I think I'll have to watch that video a few more times.

  18. alexandra s.m.

    2009-06-03 02:49:26 -0400

    Thank you Ali! Now Tuesday will become my favorite day of the week ;-)
    Loved the video, Jennifer is Sooooo creative!
    Can't wait to try some of these techniques!

  19. Jen Davis

    2009-06-03 03:24:28 -0400

    Oh, I love Jennifer's stuff...fun feature! I would love to be considered for something in this feature on your blog in the future. I'll have to think of something to put together to submit to you...very fun! Thanks for opening up this opportunity to your blog readers! =)

  20. Jill

    2009-06-03 04:00:32 -0400

    LOVE this new series Ali! Way to keep us inspired :)

  21. Sarah W.

    2009-06-03 05:33:31 -0400

    Thanks for sharing, it was a wonderful overview of a variety of different techniques!

  22. Terrie

    2009-06-03 08:17:33 -0400

    I think that Jennifer is wonderful! Thanks for sharing this video.

  23. Sarah (byclops)

    2009-06-03 17:55:04 -0400

    Oh they were so great! I've saved that so I can come back and watch again and give some of the techniques a go :)

  24. Hope

    2009-06-06 14:26:13 -0400

    Jennifer, that was amazing all those techniques. I'll have to watch again and again to get it all down. What a nice way to revamp some old stuff!
    Thank you Ali & Jennifer!

  25. EmmaJ

    2009-06-09 06:23:10 -0400

    This is great! Thank Jennifer for sharing your mad-skillz with us and Ali for doing this new weekly thing!

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