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January 11, 2010

Anna At 11 Months : Scrapbook Layout & Glass Bead Gel Embellishments


Today I am telling a little story about Anna at 11 months.

This layout is a good example of combining a bunch of different techniques on one page: photo enlargement, hybrid scrapbooking (printing out some of my new twill strips from Designer Digitals and adhering them), playing with Golden Glass Bead Gel and UTEE to create my own heart embellishments. All this while telling a story about what's happening with Anna right now.

Here's a look at my process:

Re-size an image to 12 inches wide in Photoshop (300dpi). Change the canvas size to make it a few inches taller to accommodate the twill strips. Open, drag, and drop the twill strips onto the large canvas. When I can I like to get a couple things onto a page at one time before printing.

If you have an over-size printer you can print at home or upload to your favorite developer. Here at home I am using the HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
and the above image was printed on 13×19 photo paper from Office Max.

Trim your photo and twill strips and grab a 12×12 sheet of cardstock for your background. This cardstock will be completely covered so it doesn't matter what color you choose.

After printing and trimming and cutting a strip of cream heart pattern paper I decided to play around with some of Tim's Grungeboard heart shapes (from the Elements package). 


STEP FIVE : Paint all the hearts. I used Delta in Antique White.

After letting the paint dry I coated three of the hearts with Golden Glass Bead Gel. Above you can see an image of what it looks like inside the container – essentially it's a gel medium (basically an adhesive) mixed with tiny glass beads. I applied it liberally with a paint brush and let it dry.


On the other three medium sized hearts I used a small dot stamp and embossed with clear UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).


STEP SEVEN : I printed my journaling onto the cream heart pattern paper and after all the hearts were dry and the beads were set (I let them sit overnight) I adhered them with foam dots. 

Here's a look at the scanned image of the layout (scallop ribbon from American Crafts):

AE_anna11months_Low click to view larger

JOURNALING : January 10, 2010 : My dear sweet Anna girl, today you are 11 months old and man how we love you so! Here are some of the things you are doing right now: (1) Crawling super fast, especially when attempting to get into your brother’s bedroom and get your hands on his legos. You are definitely speedy but you also like to stop along the way to see if anyone is watching – this is also a very quick stop + look move. (2) When you aren’t crawling you are standing & cruising along furniture and grabbing at anything and everything. You seem especially fond of magazines, books and computer cords. (3) You got a fun push toy for Christmas and have been having a fun time walking with that around the living room and up and down the hallway. (4) Eating so many things! You pretty much eat what I eat and you drink from a sippy cup (but you definitely want my glass of water instead). (5) You have developed a fondness for a white stuffed cat and a little giraffe-blanket we call your snugglie. (6) You LOVE looking outside and going outside and always seem ready to venture out. (7) And the books. One of my favorite things is your interest in looking at, turning the pages, and being read to anytime. It’s so fun to watch your interests changing and growing and your personality developing. Love you.


  • 1.
    Kristi said…

    Ali, that bead gel looks awesome! I can’t wait to give it a try :-) I love Anna’s layout.

  • 2.
    2littlezsandme said…

    Love this layout, Ali! My goodness, how time flies!?! Eleven months. Sweet girl.

  • 3.
    jennifer hamilton said…

    I also LOVE this layout! Thanks for the inspiration! btw She is a DOLL :)

  • 4.
    Debbie Servantez said…

    Adorable picture of your daughter! And your layout is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing! ( I remember my girls at this stage…they leave a trail, don’t they? )

  • 5.
    stephanie said…

    Thanks for sharing this. My daughter is 18 mos. and it reminds me how time flies and how I need to capture some of these things. Love that you enlarged the photo.

  • 6.
    Brooke said…

    Thanks for the detailed look at your process.
    My son is 18 months and I think the last portrait I took of him was at 11 months!

  • 7.
    Dmarie said…

    This is as sweet as the little girl in the photo…your daughter is beautiful.

  • 8.
    Catherine A. said…

    Thank you so much for taking the time and documenting/sharing this with us. It’s a lovely layout and what a beautiful little girl you have.

  • 9.
    Debbie Smith said…

    Ali, I love the technique of using one enlarged photo and illustrating Anna’s personality and actions with words. You describe the simple act of crawling so well, it’s a story in itself! My 14 month old Angus is also crawling – now I feel inspired by your LO and free to use one favourite photo and words to fill in the rest of the story.
    I wish it was cheaper in Australia to get enlargements of photos though.
    Debbie ;-)

  • 10.
    EssenseVibez said…

    seems like you just had her yesterday–great layout!

  • 11.
    emmamason said…

    aaah the inpsiration!
    and how cute is she!!!?!
    is the photo 12X6 or 12X7 or is it just 12 X something ish? :)

  • 12.
    Lynette said…

    So simple…and so utterly beautiful.

  • 13.
    Annette said…

    love the layout…Hard to believe that she is almost a year old. What a beauty she is…..My first grandbaby is due in a few months, a girl. Looking forward to using up some of the girly stuff I have…. Thanks for the inspiration daily. Your blog is my favorite place to visit in the morning…

  • 14.
    Jenink said…

    thanks so much for showing the ‘step by step’- seeing the process is really helpful. I’m just starting to explore hybrid scrapping and really need the inspiration.

  • 15.
    Esther said…

    So much sweetness!!

  • 16.
    Majda said…

    This is so sweet and Anna is such a beautiful baby-girl! Thank you for all your inspiration, Ali!

  • 17.
    Suzana said…

    So lovely! Anna is a very cute little girl!

  • 18.
    Sandi Keene said…

    What a great layout and new technique. Thank you for sharing with us. Hello, Story!

  • 19.
    ale said…

    ali, anna grows prettier and prettier every day! thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process with us.

  • 20.
    Jan C. said…

    Gorgeous hybrid layout. That photo of Anna is perfection.

  • 21.
    Peggy said…

    1) Isn’t she just adorable!?!?!!!! Oh, yeah…you knew that!!
    2) Love the layout!! Thanks for the step by step, how-to.
    3) Thanks for the reminder to journal as if you were speaking to her. Because ultimately, she will be the one picking up the book and noticing how much Mommy adored her every moment.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 22.
    Sue said…

    Beautiful layout and thanks for the step-by-step. She’s such a sweet little girl and I just can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. Next thing you know, it’ll be ‘birthday time’!

  • 23. said…

    Only one “word” Ali! WAOW! it’s great! and Anna is so cute!Thanks for sharing

  • 24.
    Leslie said…

    Such a cutie!!! It’s so fun to watch Anna growing up (and remembering when my youngest was 11 months old).

  • 25.
    Aseel said…

    A lovely photo of Anna and a great layout. Thank you for sharing. It’s a good reminder to capture what my 20 month old and three year old are into right now.

  • 26.
    gail lindekugel said…

    Anna is a darling girl!!
    Going to try the glass bead stuff if I can find it here, I like sparkle without vacuming up a ton of glitter…my usual messy approach to such things!

  • 27.
    Paula Weigel said…

    Thank you for this glimpse into your life and for simplifying/explaining the process of just getting the story told.

  • 28.
    pam said…

    so sweet – Anna and the layout.

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Pretty much 12x somethingish (I love that). 12 x 7.5 :) .

  • 30.
    amy said…

    super sweet. thank you for sharing. i love coming to your site each day, you always have such a fresh and inspiring approach. such a sweet baby girl.

  • 31.
    Mary Ashby said…

    This is beautiful… And I love the large-size photo as part of your layout. I will DEFINITELY have to try that! Fantastic!

  • 32.
    Rebekah said…

    It’s amazing what a difference a big picture makes. Such a sweet layout.

  • 33.
    AmberCA said…

    Beautiful layout, Ali! Love the technique on the hearts.

  • 34.
    Gina said…

    I love the large photo!! Even smallish, the photo would’ve been great…but that size? Totally FABOO!!!! Thank you for the links to the printer and paper. I want a good photo printer for home (for large photos). I’ve not priced them yet and was pleased to see how reasonably the printer, and most importantly, the ink were priced. Do you find you’re replacing your ink cartridges often in relation to the number/size photos or digi elements you’re printing?

  • 35.
    Krista said…

    Great photo and layout…your documentation and capturing the moments are always an inspiration to me! I have an epson stylus pro and have been printing 8.5 x11 and also 13 x 19, but I haven’t picked up any 12x12s yet. I would think it would be easier for 12×12 albums and less waste on 13x19s. Do you ever use 12x12s….I know Epson sells them… pricey, though.

  • 36.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks for sharing how to combine digital and paper techniques. I am new to digital and have been working on figuring this out. Your page is an inspiration.

  • 37.
    Holly S said…

    I can not believe how fast your little beauty is growing! She is precious! Oh and the layout is gorgeous too! Love the simplicity of it.

  • 38.
    Jo said…

    Wonderful Ali! Jo x

  • 39.
    Elizabeth Ishoo said…

    sweet journaling

  • 40.
    Ricka said…

    hi ali, thanks for sharing your documents and details of this process. she is so cute, she looks like my daughter to sip my glass of water. it’s so funny. Did you do your handwritting with your computer??? or scan it…

  • 41.
    Cheryl said…

    Love the layout and the step by step instructions. I really appreciate your efforts. Did you edit your photo in photoshop/elements before printing?

    • ….
      Nagen said…

      I hope everyone sneeig this is enjoying the new format!If anyone runs across any issues with the way it displays on their screen I need to hear about it. You can contact me at larry@lwsdesign.otherwise . . . enjoy :0)

  • 42.
    Diane said…

    I love the hearts…adds such great dimension…simple & elegant.
    Yet again you have inspired me to get moving and start scrapbooking. Reading your journaling completely sparked a memory of my now 9 yr old son and when he first started to crawl. I remember him scooting down the long hallway, stopping every few feet to see if I was following him. Oh the giggles and sequels he would have when he saw me. I have now added this “memory” to my book of “things to scrap.” Being a newbie to the craft, I’m still doing the daunting task of organizing the photographs from the past. I can remember an image of my son that I took of him sitting in that hallway waiting for me to “catch” him. Just need to find that image for the layout.

  • 43.
    KazT said…

    Ali, thanks for sharing your process, it makes it seem like I’m more likely to achieve it! The layout would look nice as a canvas layout hanging on the wall.

  • 44.
    Caroladas said…

    Very cute, very nice.

  • 45.
    Leah Larson said…

    What a beautiful page. Your daughter is so precious. Thank you for sharing.

  • 46.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…

    Fabulous photo. Thank you so much for photographing and explaning your process. What fun!

  • 47.
    Carrie P said…

    Love the look of the glass bead gel.
    Can’t believe Anna is almost a year. It’s been fun watching snippets of her growth.
    Thanks for sharing your life.

  • 48.
    Jill D said…

    Ok, so this pretty much an unrelated comment but I’d like to applaud you for keeping the birds with the birdhouse in the picture. We have the same toy and I found a bird at my parents this weekend about 50 miles away from the birdhouse.
    The glass bead gel looks intriguing!

  • 49.
    Kelli said…

    Love that bead gel. I hadn’t seen that before :o )

  • 50.
    Sandi said…

    Oh this is so sweet. Anna looks so much like my DD at this age. Even their skin color is the same. I will be happy to email you a photo:) Your journaling is so true to a mom.
    I am going to pick up some of these projucts to make some embellisments on retreat this weekend. Your ideas are so fresh.
    Sandi N.

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