Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 21, 2010

Morning Routine Scrapbook Layout | Studio AE October 2010 Stamps

My Studio AE for Technique Tuesday membership stamps for October 2010 are some of my favorites. They are based on two of my digital products: Life Mini Line Stacks and You Mini Line Stacks.

Here’s a closer look at this two-page spread. All supplies listed at end of post. Click any image to view larger.

and the other side:

And a little look at my process:

I started with the enlarged photo of Simon out in the morning fog. The photo and the piece of pattern paper are each approximately 8 inches x 10.5 inches.

Along each of the outer edges I adhered a strip of pattern paper that’s about 1/8 inch wide x 10.5 inches tall. This came from the same sheet of pattern paper as the large area (great for using the pattern on the back).

Next I stamped two sentiments and a date on white cardstock.

Each of those stamped pieces is adhered to a bit of pattern paper and then finished off with a zig zag stitch.

Adhere tags on top of photos. Add a staple if you like a bit of metal. Add letter stickers, journaling, and just a bit of stitching along the outside edges.

If you’re a member of Studio AE they just started a gallery for projects using these products. You can learn more about that here.

Bazzil Basics White Orange Peel Cardstock: Two Peas |
Studio AE by Technique Tuesday No Day Like Today October 2010 Stamps
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fantastic Letter Stickers: Two Peas |
American Crafts I Do Collection Marquise Letter Stickers: Two Peas |
Tim Holtz Pine Needles Distress Ink: Two Peas |
Pink Paislee Back 2 School Pattern Paper: Two Peas |


  • 1.
    Krystal said…

    Beautiful layout, Ali. What size is this layout?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s 8.5×11 (2-pages).

  • 2.
    kari said…

    ooo* i love this Ali, the photos are so sweet and fall :D

  • 3.
    Teri said…

    Love it. Because I do. :)

  • 4.
    Susan said…

    Great page Ali; I’ve taken your idea from album organization and have incorporated all sizes of pages into a 12×12 album. Love the ease of just this one change.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Susan – I love the flexibility.

  • 5.
    dawn said…

    your photos and stories are always so precious. love simon hugging anna, he’s such a cool big brother. love the fog and the orange lights. love this layout also.

  • 6.
    Lisa said…

    I bought some of these digitally a while back because I loved them so much. I remember thinking, “Man, I wish these were rubber stamps, too”. Imagine my utter glee when i opened my TT box and found them inside!!! I actually gasped. Love ‘em. Seriously, I love them.

    Thanks for sharing these little glimpses of your family life, Ali. That’s really what it’s all about.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I kinda gasped when I got them too ;) . I was really happy with how they turned out.

  • 7.
    HeidiY said…

    Love your layout! I love these pictures of you + your family when you’re outside! Is someone taking these pictures with you in them or are you using a tripod? Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I took these ones. In general I really like to use the timer on my camera and use that when I want to be in the photo too. We have a tripod but I don’t use it regularly.

  • 8.
    Beverly said…

    Ali…just love this two page spread and simply the amount of joy that is shared!

  • 9.
    Madeline St Onge said…

    Love it Ali. I think it is so sweet that Anna sits with Simon and waits for the bus.
    Love the LO

  • 10.
    deborah said…

    Looks great! Do you have trouble keeping those letter stickers on (as the page is bent from turning, etc.)? They look like rather thick stickers which look great, but I’ve had a hard time keeping those stickers in place. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The ones from American Crafts seem to be sticking just fine. I have some older ones from Heidi Swapp that have fallen off – I actually need to go back and fix those pages (on my list of things to do).

  • 11.
    cat123 said…

    wonderful layout !!!

  • 12.
    Alexandra said…

    I adore everything about this!!
    And I so appreciate that you showed how it all came together – thank you!!

  • 13.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Love your layout Ali. I see some file folder tabs on your desk in the background of one of the photos. Can you tell me about those? I’ve been looking for some vintage or old 7 gypsies and haven’t found. Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Susie – those are from 7gypsies. I was thinking that they were remaking them but can’t seem to locate them quickly online. You can contact them via their website:

  • 14.
    {vicki} said…

    OMG Ali:

    Thanks so much for sharing this layout—I was just thinking one day this week about doing a layout about my son’s routine before school!

    You are such an INSPIRATION!

  • 15.
    jamie said…

    fun. inspiring. informative.

  • 16.
    Brooke M said…

    beautiful layout!

  • 17.
    Sylvia said…

    oh yes, morning routines are the best. i’m trying to get back into the swing of it with my now 11 month old…

  • 18.
    AmberCA said…

    Beautiful page! I love the fact that you used an entire photo for the right side of your layout, it makes quite a statement!

  • 19.
    sheri said…

    love this (and I love that it is traditional scrapbooking).

  • 20.
    Juanita said…

    Love this layout! Thanks for sharing your process. Do you have any tips for sewing on your pages?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Juanita – my biggest tip is to just play :) . Try stuff out, try different stitching widths, etc. I’m a totally imperfect sewing person – I like the messy look.

  • 21.
    Kim said…

    YAY!!! great to see you scrapping!! love this page.

  • 22.
    Cindy WElch said…

    TOO CUTE. To show your layouts on your blog do you just photograph them or do you scan them and stitch them together in photoshop. I always wonder as they look great.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I usually do both – for this one, because it’s 8.5×11 it was easy to just scan each page and then put those two together in Photoshop. When I scan 12×12 pages I do stitch them together in Photoshop. With my camera I usually take close-up detail shots.

  • 23.
    Pam said…

    Really love this! Thanks for sharing your process…so helpful. Love all your work and ideas. You are a wonderful inspiration! Thank you!

  • 24.
    Sarah said…

    I’m not a sewer. I went through almost an entire semester of sewing in junior high (once upon a time) before my teacher figured out that I hadn’t been using a pressure foot all along; instead, I just went S-L-O-W. (She had obviously assumed that everyone had used a sewing machine before.) Looking back, it is kind of a funny story to tell. If I want a stitched look now, I use a pen. :)

  • 25.
    tammy g said…

    So sweet of them hugging goodbye!

  • 26.
    Deb J said…

    Wonderful layout. I just love your kids. That Simon is so good with Anna. Great pictures of them.

  • 27.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    Love the whole thing! I really love the stamps and the pattern paper!

  • 28.
    Theresa said…

    I love the sweet pictures of Anna and Simon. I saw this pattern paper in an online store and I didn’t particularly like it, BUT you made it look gorgeous! Now I want it . . .

  • 29.
    Ally White said…

    Love this page and the photos are just too sweet :)

  • 30.
    Jill said…

    Ali – thanks for the shout out a few weeks ago about the Brother 2600i sewing machine. Mine just died the same week, and after lots of consulting with sewing friends and on-line reviews, I went with the Brother. So far, it’s working much better than my other little guy did. It’ll be getting a workout with my holiday daily :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m totally liking it too Jill!

  • 31.
    Tere said…

    Thanks for the share…7:15am bus for elementary? Yawn!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Seriously. It’s actually better than last year at our other house – 7am.

  • 32.
    cindy b. said…

    Just signed up to get these stamps and start my membership. WOOHOO!! Really hoping I can somehow get the July ones too…LOVE those!!

  • 33.
    TracyBzz said…

    Until I read, I thought the love always wins was stamped on fabric or canvas. I assume this is orangle peel Bazzill you like. It looks awesome.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Tracy – I love that orange peel + I also like the criss cross texture when I can find it.

  • 34.
    Susi said…

    I love everything about this layout! The photos of Simon and Anna are precious and really convey the love between them. Simon is such a good big brother and has gotten so big. You and Chris are amazing parents and human beings. My nephew has autism and I have learned so much from you over the past few years. Thank you for sharing and touching so many peoples hearts and lives.

  • 35.
    Kellie L said…

    Hi Ali, just wondering if you know if there is a distributor for Technique Tuesday stamps in NZ (or Australia)? Thx.

  • 36.
    Erika said…

    Ali, I just don’t know HOW you do it! AMAZING as always!!! Thank you for inspiring me – I am going to go SCRAP now!

  • 37.
    Kerry said…

    Lovely layout, really beautiful x

  • 38.
    Heather said…

    Oh wow! I love the dated page on the left. Is that scrapbook paper of ripped from a datebook?

  • 39.
    Heather said…

    Oh, just found the answer. Nevermind. :P

    I love that paper. Off to hunt for a Canadian source.

  • 40.
    moimoi said…

    Hi Ali,I am new to your blog, I just saw your ‘month of memories’ page in Scrapbook etc. I like your work and I’m enjoying reading your blog, so much great info.I love the simplicity of your layout,
    so refreshing :)

  • 41.

    I love your scrap booking projects. I am in awe of designs. The photos taken of the children are wonderful. I can see that they love each ther very much. Thank you for sharing your family moments with us. As a Mom and a grandmother I am enjoying it all.


  • 42.
    ale said…

    love these pages, ali!
    can’t wait to receive my technique tuesday package!

  • 43.
    Heather said…

    Love the layout! Question: What printer do you use? From what I can tell on blog photos, yours does a great job for at-home printing. I’m looking to get a new printer and I’m open to any suggestions on a good home printer (that will get quite a bit of use.) I’ve not had the best luck so far with printers lasting. Lately, instead of replacing ink, I’ve been replacing the whole darn thing! ;)

  • 44.
    Cynthia Pettigrew said…

    I am thrilled that you showed us how to use our Technique Tuesday stamps! I am having fun waiting for new stamps each month! Thank you for sharing!

  • 45.
    juliette78 said…

    whaou, simly beautiful !! love it ! thanks to share ali.
    kiss from France

  • 46.
    jan in wi said…

    how do you store your clear stamps?

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