Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

February 12, 2010

Scrapbooking With Your Computer & Paper : Memories Line Stacks

One of my favorite photos from last year was taken in September.

I was inspired last week after participating in the GO/venture challenge to make up some of those hand-drawn line stacks as a digital product for Designer Digitals. 

To work with this file for my hybrid layout (combining paper and digital scrapbooking) I opened the file in Photoshop, adjusted the size to 8.5 inches wide, recolored the element (see link below for instructions), and printed onto white cardstock.

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This piece was then adhered between my photo and pattern paper strip. To add a bit more texture to the page I used my sewing machine to stitch each of the three main elements together (photo, pattern paper, and line stack).

To watch a video tutorial or read printed instructions on how to resize and recolor a .png file in Photoshop Elements go here.

Here's a look at the same .png line stack I printed out on cardstock after re-coloring in Photoshop.


Here's a close-up look at the little combination of elements including 2 butterflies from the Martha Stewart Butterfly Large Double Punch, a Studio Calico 20% Extra Flashy Label Stickers lifted up with foam squares, and a 7gypsies Word Paperclip:


PATTERN PAPER : Sassafras Handmade Double Sided Sweet Marmalade
BUTTERFLY PUNCH : Martha Stewart Butterfly Large Double Punch
LIFE CLIP & "2" ACCENT : 7gypsies Word Paperclips
LABEL STICKER : Studio Calico 20% Extra Flashy Label Stickers
DIGITAL WORD ART : Ali Edwards Memories Line Stacks
CORNER ROUNDER : Corner Chomper
ADHESIVE : American Crafts Dispenser Dots (loving their new rolling dot adhesive)

Again, thank you so much for the birthday wishes this past week. 

A new episode of The Paperclipping Roundtable podcast is available: How To Deal With All That Stuff with special guest Aby Garvey from Simplify 101. Paperclipping Roundtable is a weekly scrapbook podcast that covers a variety of topics related to scrapbooking. I'm excited to join the team as a rotating panelist.


  • 1.
    sue said…

    Beautiful layout of your beautiful children!

  • 2.
    Jacky S said…

    A gorgeous page.

  • 3.
    Minimimi said…

    Hi Ali! I was wondering what type of printer and ink you use. I printed at home for the first time some digital files for valentine project and to my surprise, it used all my ink that I just purchased and when I brought my usb card to the store for printing the others, 8 pages cost me 20.00 for printing on cardstock . I would like to do hybrid scrapboking but now I find it expensive if I have to buy cartridges for each project I want to print. Any advice. I really love digital.

  • 4.
    Tappin' Tamara said…

    I love it! I need to try this with a Valentine card photo I just took of my two “lovies”. Thanks for sharing!

  • 5.
    christy a said…

    I love this layout – it is so simple and beautiful! Great way to combine the two – digital and traditional!!

  • 6.
    Noell Hyman said…

    I agree–that is such a great photo! So much emotion and connection. I love how Simon is looking so directly into the camera and communicating with his eyes like that while Anna is swooning in some other direction–to her upper left. Adorable!
    And by the way, we are all so happy and excited for you to be a regular part of the Paperclipping Roundtable, too! We love your contributions.

  • 7.
    shelly k said…

    Love the layout! Thanks for sharing so much with us…I love your family and your inspiration!!

  • 8.
    Donna said…

    Love this!

  • 9.
    ciacchina said…

    bellissima foto!!! bello anche il LO!

  • 10.
    Tiffani said…

    This post makes me want to go scrap! Happy Birthday Anna! And thanks for sharing your talent and youu lives with us, Ali.

  • 11.
    Cynthia H said…

    love that paperclip!! And I really like the colors too – you are so good at using yellow.

  • 12.
    Stacy Milford said…

    oh my word! Ali, every time I see another layout…they just blow me away! gorgeous kiddos! I just love your approach to layouts! I gotta do some lifting :o ) Your sense of design is AMAZING & so inspiring…I gotta remember to just “Keep it simple stupid”!!! Have a great weekend!

  • 13.
    Yolanda said…

    I just adore this photo. Thank you for the way you’ve broken down the various elements (digital and physical). Very helpful for novices like me.

  • 14.
    Linda McCoy said…

    Love it, love it!!! You are enjoying your kids and that is the way it is supposed to be !!!

  • 15.
    Deb J said…

    I just love your pictures of Anna and Simon. Love the word strips too.

  • 16.
    cinback said…

    What a fabulous idea! I love the word lines. It is such a simple concept and you took it to another level! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

  • 17.
    Kate said…

    Thank you so much for keeping us informed about the Paperclipping Roundtable. You didn’t mention you are on the show!
    Aloha, Kate

  • 18.
    Kal Barteski said…

    YAY on the GOventure-inspired word strips. So beautiful!

  • 19.
    Rebecca said…

    Oh my goodness, Ali! Your children are beautiful. Where in the world have I been?

  • 20.
    Teri said…

    Beautiful – the layout and the photo :)

  • 21.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thank you – and thanks for saying hi :) .

  • 22.
    Artful Yogi said…

    What a fun layout! Love the way you combined high and low teach so nicely.

  • 23.
    Helen said…

    Ali – I really love these! But I don’t have Photoshop. Am I able to use them in Word? Sorry, I know pretty much zero about digital brushes!
    Also, have you considered doing these with words, ie. boy words “Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails/Rough n Tumble/Gorgeous/Energy” or girl words “Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice/Pretty/Delicate/Blessing”? Or maybe even roles ie. “Wife/Mother/Daughter/Aunty/Friend” etc etc. OR maybe even a stack of “One Little Words”! The possibilities are ENDLESS! And I would so buy them. =)

  • 24.
    Scrapbooking said…

    Grogeous picture and good blog….. I just got it…

  • 25.
    Lynette said…

    Your wordart just perfects this…utterly gorgeous.

  • 26.
    Kellyhp said…

    I’m behind on my reading. This is a beautiful page. I have been adding journaling I created on my computer and printing on card stock. My question is, is there a computer ink that is archival. I’m worried about fadding & disappearing.

  • 27.
    Melissa Mann said…


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