Studio AE Blog Hop | June | Scrapbook Layout

Studio AE June

Welcome June's STUDIO AE BLOG HOP!

Today, the STUDIO AE team is joining me to show some projects we made with June’s stamp set: “The Observant Traveler.

The set consists of 24 clear stamps and is great for scrapbook pages, cards and mini books.

The set ships to STUDIO AE members between the 10th and the 15th. Non-STUDIO AE members can also purchase the set for a limited time through the Technique Tuesday web site. Some retailers are also now offering the STUDIO AE stamp sets for purchase. Check with your favorite retailer for more details.

Here's a look at the 8.5x11 layout I created that includes this month's stamp set:

Travel words aren't just for stories about travel and vacation.

One of the things I've always loved about travel-themed products is that they can be used to tell all kinds of different stories - think more  traveling through life vs. a specific trip.

This layout began with the photo and the knowledge that I wanted to make a layout using this particular set of stamps. I also knew that I wanted to do something that was more about traveling through life vs. literally documenting a trip. The result is a photo paired with tags which showcase three lessons/things I hope for my my kids: wander, adventure, explore.

As I was writing up those three lessons I also came to know that I really wanted to include more about where and why this particular photo was taken.

Rather than adhering down the tags I decided to use divided pockets and just attach it along the bottom. Attaching it only along the bottom gave me additional room to hand-write the story of the photo.

I feel like this approach gave me the best of both worlds. I was able to include more details about the situation behind the photo and talk about the three themes I hope my kids will take with them throughout their lives.

Here's a closer look at my process:

Studio AE June

CREATE THE FOUNDATION | I started with a single enlarged photo (about 8.5 x 5.5 inches) adhered onto a background sheet of cardstock. Along the edge of the photo I added the Ruler Ribbon from Tim Holtz. The bottom pattern paper is the back of a design that includes strawberries in little circles from Studio Calico (they often include exclusive paper designs in their kit each month and this is one of those papers). The bottom strip that looks a bit like ribbon in the photos came off the pattern paper.

Studio AE June | Cut Pockets To Size

CUT BASEBALL CARD PAGE PROTECTOR TO SIZE & ATTACH BY STITCHING ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE | I decided that I wanted to have three pockets on the bottom portion of the layout to hold the three lessons. I grabbed a 9-pocket, 8.5x11 divided page protector and trimmed it to fit. I added the pockets to my layout by stitching along the bottom where the page protectors meet the paper strip.

Studio AE June | Tags Inside Pockets

PUNCH THREE TAGS | I used a Marvy tag punch to create these three tags using Bazzill Basics Cream Puff cardstock.

Studio AE June | Draw Lines For Journaling

DRAW JOURNALING LINES | For these lines I used a Copic .8. I also punched the holes using a Crop-A-Dile on the smaller hole setting.

Studio AE June | Journaling Tags

ADD STAMPS TO JOURNALING TAGS | After drawing my lines I used Hero Arts Basic Uppercase alphabet stamps and my June Studio AE The Observant Traveler for the start of each of my tags. Ink is from Close To My Heart.

Studio AE June | Divided Pockets

JOURNAL ON TAGS | My journaling on these three tags speaks directly to my kids with a lesson/hope that relates to the specific word. Like I mentioned above, I love that travel words are really very universal and can be used for so much more than just vacation/travel stories.

Studio AE June | Under-stamping

ADD STAMPING & JOURNALING UNDER DIVIDED PAGE PROTECTOR | Right under the ruler ribbon I added a stamp from my Favorite Memories set that says "this is what I want to remember most." I stamped it three times so it would go the width of the page. Under that I used a retired set of Studio Calico stamps to create the "go. seek. find." sentiment. Under that I hand-wrote the story of the photo (see below).

Studio AE June

Above is what it looks like with the tags and divided page protector layered on top of the jouranling.

Studio AE June | Back Tag

On the back of each of the tags I decided to add three photos taken at this same day/time. I'll likely be using at least one of these photos again on their own, but it was a nice way to add something to the backs of the tags. If I was going to do it again I'd consider punching out the photos the other way so when you pull the divided page protector down you'd be seeing the photos right-side-up.

Studio AE June | Behind The Tags

But this definitely works.

UPDATE | After writing up this post and looking at the page again I decided to close the tags inside the pockets by stitching across the top - that will help keep the tags from inadvertently slipping out.

JOURNALING | (under the tags) Just a random stop along the freeway on our trip to Seattle to see U2 resulted in some of my favorite photos from the whole trip. It was a combination of light and emotion and time of year and finally having sun after one too many days of clouds and/or rain. To me this particular photo screams adventure and exploration and fun. Simon saw the tall grass immediately and ran right over to check it out - he said it looked just like a "corn field." Anna trotted over so as not to miss a thing. We were there really only a brief few moments but the couple of photos I got I love (especially one of Chris holding Anna). What I see when I look at this now is really hope for adventure for these two. A life full of exploration and discovery and the beauty of seeing.

CARDSTOCK | Bazzill Basics Cream Puff
PATTERN PAPER | Studio Calico (exclusive paper in past monthly kit)
SMALL ALPHABET STAMPS | Hero Arts Basic Uppercase Wood Mounted
WORD STAMPS | The Observant Traveler by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday (June Studio AE)
PHRASE STAMP | Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday
INK | Close To My Heart
TAG PUNCH | Marvy Uchida Xtra Giga Merchandise Tag
HOLE PUNCH | We Are Memory Keeper's Crop-A-Dile
PEN | Copic Multiliner

Please check out the blogs of Technique Tuesday’s STUDIO AE team members taking part in today’s blog hop to see more ways to use the June set:

Leave a comment on one or all of their blogs by Midnight PST on June 12th. We’ll pick two people from comments received on all seven of the blogs to receive the So Sorry by Ali Edwards stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

Winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on June 13th so be sure to check it out.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Nina Chow

    2011-06-12 14:06:01 -0400

    I love your designs. the inspiration is awesome, I was wondering what kinds of pages you could create with this set.

  2. Vinnie Beanie

    2011-06-12 16:59:31 -0400

    Love the tags despite the photo being upside down!

  3. Krystyn

    2011-06-12 18:31:02 -0400

    Oh how I love this layout!!! I might have to get those stamps for my scrapbook on the road album...we are leaving in 2 weeks. :)

  4. bruinbr

    2011-06-12 18:43:41 -0400

    I love how dimensional all of your layouts are! So many little details!

  5. ale

    2011-06-12 19:01:42 -0400

    love this!

  6. Damiane Lucas

    2011-06-12 20:51:51 -0400

    Hi Ali,

    Your creativity is BREATHTAKING!!! God has indeed blessed you with artisty and lots of love (for we all love you online, too)!

    I have a quick question for you. I was able to purchase your "Life Artist" book recently, and it's amazing.

    Please, can you tell me where I can find the cool page protectors that you feature on pages 86 & 87 of your book? These page protectors have 20 pockets, and you filled them with pics and cool little embellishments.

    Where may I find these page protectors?

    Thank you!!!

  7. julie urban

    2011-06-12 22:46:08 -0400

    thank you for showing an alternative way to use themed love love the lo!

  8. julie

    2011-06-12 23:07:11 -0400

    what a truly delightful layout, the photos, the journalling and the heart felt messages for your kids - thanks for sharing :>

  9. Gaby

    2011-06-12 23:20:27 -0400

    What a great way (and different to me) to scrapbook a particular memory and how clever the way you used it to leave a message to your children.... a definite scraplift :)
    ...I just ordered 3 of your sets from Simon Says Stams, but am thinking I need to add this one

  10. Angie Blom

    2011-06-13 00:20:23 -0400

    Wow and amazing!! I just love all the tags! Fantastic stamps for this time of year!

  11. Claudia Antunes

    2011-06-13 00:38:54 -0400

    Love it all!
    Lovelly LO & cute stamp set.

  12. Josiane

    2011-06-13 01:06:33 -0400

    I love this travel stamp set and how you used it in the layout.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Angelahk

    2011-06-13 03:37:20 -0400

    What a GREAT idea - I love seeing all of the different ways others use a fantastic stamp set!!! Gives me lots and lots of inspiration - thanks for putting this together and sharing with all of us!

    You're the best!

  14. Beth R

    2011-06-13 07:20:44 -0400

    Although our styles are polar opposites, I am always drawn to many elements of your pages.I LOVE the small pockets, the tag journaling, the oversized photo, the ruler ribbon and those adorable photos on the back side of the tags.
    I am so glad I decided to become a AE club member ,each month is better than the last and I have found uses for each one. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  15. PrinzessinN

    2011-06-13 08:54:52 -0400

    How cute is that!!! I love it!

  16. Chrystie DeSmet

    2011-06-13 12:11:45 -0400

    I SO LOVE this LO idea!! Amazing! And LOVE LOVE the stamp set!! :)

  17. Autumn

    2011-06-13 12:34:18 -0400

    Awww. Such sweet photos of your little family.
    Love tag and photos behind the tags.

  18. Jen Knepper

    2011-06-13 21:11:56 -0400

    I LOVE it!! I might have to make a couple of these for my scraproom and my NEW office. :) Thanks for all of your inspiration Ali.

  19. Lori

    2011-06-13 21:22:47 -0400

    Wow, awesome, hope I still have time to enter.

  20. Melissa

    2011-06-13 22:15:18 -0400

    I absolutely ADORE this layout! It's perfect! (I'll pass on the stamp set -- but I just wanted to tell you how much I loved the page!)

  21. Juanita

    2011-06-14 17:54:10 -0400

    Amazing layout! I think it may be my favorite that you have done so far. Love everything about it. Could you share the color of the ink you used on the over sized word stamps?

  22. Annette

    2011-06-14 22:04:30 -0400

    Just signed up for Studio AE after trying out May's stamps. Really liked them and then this design is just great. So excited to use them in my next scrapbook on the road!

  23. cheryl

    2011-06-19 05:52:28 -0400

    Wow what am amzing LO. So much going on but not too much that it distracts from the story. Love that idea with the trading cards pockets x

  24. Barbara

    2012-09-30 18:02:25 -0400

    Ali, I used this stamp set in my travel journal, a.k.a. Smash Book, and so many readers asked where they can get it. Any ideas ?? Thank you so much, greetings from Germany, and if you want to take a look, watch the video for all the pages:

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