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June 10, 2011

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 8.5×11 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, 8.5×11 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!


  • 1.
    Sheryl P. said…

    So many neat things happening with this layout, Ali, on different levels. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 2.
    Therese said…

    I absolutely love this layout! The tags in the baseball holder add such a wonderful dimension and interest. The pictures are priceless.

  • 3.
    nerdgrl said…

    A lot of great ideas in one layout.

  • 4.
    sandi m said…

    Thank you for sharing the how to’s with your stamps. I am a Studio AE member and love love using them! Great LO with wonderful “out of the box” ideas.

  • 5.
    Carolyn E said…

    Wow! Love this layout! I just starting using tags a bit more again, I need to get some bigger ones :) I also love using stamps not for their “intended” purpose. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 6.
    Angela H said…

    Another great set Ali, and a great layout with a great story very inspiring!

  • 7.
    Joan said…

    What a wonderful layout…especially the photos. Love the new stamps!

  • 8.
    Ellie A. said…

    Love everything about this. Puts a smile on my face!

  • 9.
    Kathy R said…

    I just became a Studio AE member and I love seeing your use of the stamp sets. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • 10.
    sharyn said…

    love this Ali!

  • 11.
    Lillian Child said…

    Oh my goodness, but this page is absolutely FABULOUS! Love all the little details … the journaling … the photo tags … and of course the stamps! WOW!

  • 12.
    Michelle L said…

    What an awesome awesome idea! I love that you added photos to the back of the tags! Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely be doing something similar! =)

  • 13.
    Lisa W. said…

    Yummmmmmmmmmmm…cannot wait to get my June set. Thanks Ali, and what a great page to scraplift…is that ok??? Happy Weekend:)

  • 14.
    {vicki} said…

    This is why I love you!
    These pages are some of my very favorite—
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us and keeping us inspired!
    I especially love that you don’t care to share your journaling with us–it’s always a ‘great read’!
    What a Super Duper Great Exceptional layout!

  • 15.
    Rhadonda said…

    I love your creativity. What an awesome page. THanks!

  • 16.
    Mickey said…

    LOVE this set…I taka million pictures of everything when we travel – can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • 17.
    Shirleen said…

    Love how you used this set for a non-travel page! Very cool!

  • 18.
    AbbyS said…

    Ali, I love this layout. Very cool technique with the tags with the photos on the back inside the baseball card pockets. I can’t wait for my June set to arrive…any day now!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 19.
    Lori P said…

    I love that page!! Gives me ideas!!

  • 20.
    Nichol Magouirk said…

    incredible, as always, Ali! Gorgeous page and memories!

  • 21.
    Samantha L said…

    This page is fantastic! I love all your work.

  • 22.
    ShellyJ said…

    so clever! love it :)

  • 23.
    Michelle S. said…

    I love posts like this that show your process! I think you have such a great, unique style and I love it, so getting to see how you put your layouts together is such a delight.

  • 24.
    Davean said…

    Love the way you included more journaling under the tags! Awesome page and love the stamps too!!

  • 25.
    Bernice said…

    What a beautiful layout. I love the tags.

  • 26.
    Stephanie said…

    Awesome layout!!! I love your handwriting!

  • 27.
    Rebecca said…

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love that big photo on the top!!

  • 28.
    HeidiY said…

    Great layout – your blog is always full of inspiration!!

  • 29.
    Melissa H said…

    Really beautiful layout Ali. Love the new set. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start creating!

  • 30.
    Sarah K said…

    Your third picture of this layout looks like it is on a canvas. Sorta 3-d.
    Thanks for inspiring yet again.

  • 31.
    Mel H said…

    Beautiful layout Ali…love the photo tags!

  • 32.
    Dori said…

    Wow! Again I say, WOW!

  • 33.
    christen said…

    i love this – beautiful photo and i love the tags.

  • 34.
    madeline St onge said…

    Love this LO, great idea with the tags folding down

  • 35.
    Mary R said…

    fabulous as usual! love how you document the process of putting it all together.

    thanks : )

  • 36.
    Chris said…

    I adore this layout and pinned it in Pinterest so that I can lift the idea of the page protector/tags. So inspiring…

  • 37.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Just love this layout. Love the theme. Love the photos. Just love everything about it.

  • 38.
    Fiorella said…

    Absolutely gorgeous! I lovelovelove this project!!!

  • 39.
    Heather V said…

    Your layout is lovely! What a great moment to capture.

  • 40.
    Sarah Samuelson said…

    LOVE LOVE this I’ve been looking for ways to add more photos but not loose journaling space – THANK you for your creativity.

  • 41.
    Crystal said…

    Thanks for taking us through the step-by-step to get this wonderful LO. I love the idea of extra pictures on the backs of the tags.

  • 42.
    Kerry G. said…

    I love all of your layouts! They’re always just awesome! I just joined Studio AE just for this stamp set… I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get it in the mail!! Sqeeee!!!

  • 43.
    Mary in IL said…

    My own scrapping has improved over the years since I first discovered yours…thanks Ali!

  • 44.
    Teri said…

    This is me before I opened this post: :)

    This is me now: :) :) :) :) :)

    All kinds of love, Ali. Love the layout. Love the design. Love how you used the stamps. Love how you did the journaling. Love, love the feel of this layout.

    Thanks again for being so willing to take part.

  • 45.
    karen said…

    beautiful page and layout ali. love it to bits. do you happen to know the name of the retired studio calico stamps? they are a perfect sized script and I’d like to see if I can track down some for myself.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Karen – it’s called Nadiya.

    • ….
      karen said…

      thanks so much Ali!

  • 46.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Totally inspired layout. Loved the process too of deciding what story you wanted to tell and how best to tell it. Adding the 3 x 3 across the bottom was so simple, yet totally expanded how the stories were told. Great post. Think I’ll add a new step to my process; what are the stories you want to tell with this photo and how can you best tell them; instead of here is the picture and here is the story. Thank you for helping me along my creative journey!

  • 47.
    LuckyLindaAZ said…

    Ali, I love your pages! Thank you for sharing your design genius!

  • 48.
    Cathy P in AZ said…

    This LO is FABULOUS – I love to read your journaling! AMAZING.

  • 49.
    Nicole said…

    You got me! I was resisting buying this stamp set even though I loved it because I’m trying to spend less on scrapbooking goodies. But between this and the Scrapbook on the Road videos…you got me! ;)

  • 50.
    Susan C. said…

    Beautiful layout as always! I love the travel stamp set. :)

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