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I Love You | Scrapbook Layout

LAYOUT IDEA | Incorporate a child's drawing or other handwritten note into a layout.

There's nothing better than being able to include a little something that Simon or Anna has drawn by hand. In this case I got lucky - this one showcases a little something from both of them (that would be Anna's red crayon on top of Simon's drawing).

The bottom three sections of this layout (the photo, the journaling, and the drawing) were all stitched using my sewing machine.

I love tags. Always have and probably always will. Having a cluster of three or so with accents attached is a nice way to add decoration to page.

The red LOVE stamp on the manila tag is from my Love Always Wins set.

I still have a small stash of Making Memories metal rimmed rectangle tags. For this layout I used Tim Holtz scissors to cut the tag in half so I can use the other half on another pages.

THE STORY | This is it. This is the good stuff. This is the stuff I want to remember. This is the stuff I want to celebrate. Love made visible through those wonderful little hands and hearts. A simple drawing and a simple sentiment...now preserved and saved and treasured. Love. Love. No matter how crazy life gets...no matter the challenges faced, it's relationships like this that matter. One of the best gifts in life. Journaled 10/6/10.

SUPPLIES
CARDSTOCK | Bazzill Basics Criss Cross Cream Puff
PATTERN PAPER | My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup Boy Ledger
STAMP | Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday Love Always Wins
INK | Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder
LETTER STICKER | Pink Paislee Hometown Summer Expressions Alphabet
"LOVING" WORD STICKER | GCD Soul Food Collection Chipboard
MINI KRAFT TAG | Maya Road Kraft Shipping Tags
OTHER | old Making Memories metal rimmed rectangle tag, manila shipping tag, staple, machine stitching

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45 thoughts

  1. dawn says…
    05/26/2011

    I love all of this Ali. The tags are great and a favorite of mine too.

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  2. audra says…
    05/26/2011

    Simply perfect Ali! The drawings & art are wonderful keepsakes! I too have a cllection of tags, some are classic "oldies" I've hung on to. Do the Tim Holtz scissors cut through the metal fairly easy?

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      Perfectly.

  3. Lisanna says…
    05/26/2011

    Wow!!! this layout is fantastic!!!!
    Can I scraplift it???

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      Sure!

  4. Heather says…
    05/26/2011

    Oh! Seriously fantastic. May I ask where you get all your tags. I really love them and have been on the hunt for them but would love some ideas.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      Hi Heather - the kraft tags are listed in the supply list and link to Two Peas (an online store). The plain manila tag is from an office supply store like Office Max. The metal rimmed tag is one I've had for years - it was from Making Memories.

  5. Dori says…
    05/26/2011

    Wow, Ali, this layout is perfect and precious and your journaling made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

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  6. Cynthia says…
    05/26/2011

    Great layout Ali! The artwork is so great and I love the use of tags...I use tags and have been purchasing more to have on hand, but I need to be more creative with them (A quick question. The small white tags you have used in your PL - where did you get them?).

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      Not sure exactly which ones you mean, but I often look at Office Supply stores like Office Max or Staples to find small shipping or price marking tags. Those work great!

  7. christen says…
    05/26/2011

    i love tags too! and i love that you stitched around the photo = great drawing...

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  8. tetcy says…
    05/26/2011

    Wow that layout gives me a great idea for a card! See?! that's why I stop in here every day :):)

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  9. Lindsey says…
    05/26/2011

    Ali - This layout is fantastic. Tons of great ideas and motivation for the memories I want to record! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sarah says…
    05/26/2011

    Question: The journaling is from 7 months ago, so did you jot your thoughts down about the drawing when it was created and clip it to the little drawing so that when this page came to life you'd have them together? Just wondering about your process.
    I've always enjoyed your approach to scrapbooking and am very curious about the process.
    Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      In this case I actually started this layout on that date. It looked a lot different when I began and I didn't like it so I set it aside. Last week I came back to it again, reworked it and ended up with something simpler - something I liked better.

  11. laila says…
    05/26/2011

    that was so amazing , and artistic good job

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  12. AbbyS says…
    05/26/2011

    Love this, Ali! I love how Simon draws eyeglasses on his Mama... My 5 yr.old drew the two of us in my Mother's Day card and what I loved most is how he drew my hair really, really long. :)

    Awesome.

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  13. {vicki} says…
    05/26/2011

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    this layout
    the journaling is Right on!
    What a sweet drawing from Simon and a great photo to boot!

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  14. Debbie S. says…
    05/26/2011

    What a special picture. So cool that he draws himself so happy and that he says I love you with a period. :) Really a treasure!

    That tag cluster is great, too.

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  15. Gina says…
    05/26/2011

    Great layout! (as always) your ideas and use of materials are always impressive. However, what I love most about this layout (and all of your layouts)is your journaling. You write w/ such honesty and heart. Years from now, this is what your grown children will treasure the most.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      That's my hope Gina :).

  16. Mary R says…
    05/26/2011

    fabulous Ali! almost makes me want to get out my paper, glue and scissors...

    : )

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  17. Michele H. says…
    05/26/2011

    everything about this layout is wonderful. love your heartfelt journaling too.

    one of my favorite elements is the staple on the chipboard "s" & tag. I just recently bought Tim Holtz's tiny attacher and now i want to staple everything:) lol

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      It's definitely one of my favorite tools too :)

  18. Lisa W. says…
    05/26/2011

    Love this!!!!!!!! This is the GOOD stuff!!! Go Simon:)

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  19. Jessica B says…
    05/26/2011

    Love it, so!!

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  20. Meghan says…
    05/26/2011

    What a wonderful layout, that MME paper is my favorite of all time, I may or may not have about 15 sheets of it :)

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    1. Ali says…
      05/26/2011

      LOL - I love it too.

  21. cinback says…
    05/26/2011

    Love the tags tucked behind the cream paper! You have the best ideas.

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  22. Stacey K says…
    05/27/2011

    I love how your journalling paper has been folded to match the drawing. I have an older drawing of my daughters I found when cleaning out the busy box & I was going to put it in my project life but now I will devote a bit of time & do a layout. Won't take long now I am all inspired & have a great layout to start out with.

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  23. deb says…
    05/27/2011

    I too love this layout. I've been doing pages like this for a long time but without journalling. Now I get to do this with my grandchildren.

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  24. glee says…
    05/27/2011

    Alil, My 20 yr old son just came home from college and this morning I found a post it on my bathroom mirror: "I love you mom. -Will"

    These are the moments we will always remember. (and scrap just to make sure!!)

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    1. glee says…
      05/27/2011

      oops, that was supposed to be a comma after Ali not another l

  25. Nicky from Canada says…
    05/27/2011

    How utterly perfect!!

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