Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

Welcome to Balzer Designs Stencil Hop!

If you are brand new here, welcome! You can read a bit about me and what I do on my welcome page.

I recently discovered, and am loving, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's stencils for The Crafter's Workshop. She's got a great collection of images and text based stencils including chevron (that I used in this layout), herringbone, wonky circles, and clouds.

This month the featured stencil is the Triangle.

Here's a look at the layout I put together:

As many of you know, I'm a fan of basic geometric shapes.

I'm also a fan of repetition.

Put the two of them together and well, I'm happy.

Here's a look at my process for this layout:

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

I started with a 12x12 background of kraft cardstock.

As you can see, the triangle stencil is also 12x12. Rather than placing the entire thing on top of my cardstock I decided to do three rows on one side of the page and one row on the other. I wanted my main content (the photos + the words) to be off to one side or the other vs. right in the middle.

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

Something new I tried with this layout was American Crafts Zing embossing powder. Before this I almost always used good-old UTEE (clear). I'll definitely be using this again. Love that they are non-sparkly versions.

Above you can see that I laid the stencil down on the edge of the page and used Versamark as my embossing ink. Then I dumped some of the Zing white opaque powder on top of the inked triangles (remove the stencil first) and heated with a heat gun.

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

In the shot above you can see where I've used the heat gun to set some of the powder (the portion towards the top).

I love that opaque white texture. Here's a closer look:

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

After getting the triangles in place I added content in between: three 4x6 photos, a strip of pattern paper, ribbon/trim along each edge, journaling cut in strips.

The Crate Paper ribbon/trim (loved this one - it's more like elastic) was first adhered with red line tape and then I ran it through my sewing machine.

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

Another way I used the stencil was to cut small triangles from pattern paper. Those triangles got adhered right along the right edge.

In the bottom corner I stamped and embossed Live In The Moment (a sentiment from this set) and added "sweet girl" using Lily Bee letter stickers.

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Triangles

On the left edge I covered one embossed triangle with a pattern paper triangle and added a cork A.

The journaling was printed out onto cream cardstock, cut into strips, and adhered on the photos.

JOURNALING | “Owww.” you said as you grabbed your ear. We called the doctor and were able to get in first thing in the morning. You put on your twirling skirt and your Hello Kitty boots, grabbed your Mama & Baby tiger and we were on our way. You were pretty excited to see “Dr. Black” who was filling in for your regular doctor. She confirmed that indeed you did have an ear infection and sent us on our way with a prescription. While waiting for your prescription to be filled at Walgreens you had a great time checking out all the makeup and telling me about each thing you saw. You are so fun Anna. Such a wonderful little bundle of happiness and interest in life. Love you.


Click on the images below to link to the supplies used in this project.

Here are links to other people participating in today's blog hop:

You can view past links to other featured stencil hops here.

Big thanks to Julie for inviting me to play along this month!

61 thoughts

  1. Denise KC

    2011-11-15 14:39:45 -0500

    I love everything about this layout :)

  2. rhonda

    2011-11-15 14:59:00 -0500

    I am always in awe of your projects and you inspire me to try things out of my comfort zone so thanks Ali and that is why I so love your blog!

  3. aliza

    2011-11-15 16:19:21 -0500

    When I saw your layout I couldn't quite figure out how you got such bright triangles. I was surprised by the embossing powder. I love the effect. I got a stencil from Julie Fei-Fan Blazer's stencil in my Cocoa Daisy kit. Now I have a new technique to try.

  4. Regina

    2011-11-15 16:20:19 -0500

    Your little Anna is so cute. Love the lipstick Pic. I would never think to use that template with embossing powder. I always learn something new from you. thanks for sharing.


  5. sherRae

    2011-11-15 17:01:12 -0500

    Okay, now I have to have this template! I love what you did with the Zing! Great layout!

  6. Delanie

    2011-11-15 17:51:12 -0500

    Thanks Ali - this was just the inspiration I needed! I'm currently trying to work out how to incorporate more 'messy' techniques and supplies into my scrapping style. This has given me some great ideas.

  7. Jill-O

    2011-11-15 20:03:51 -0500

    First time visiting your website. I want to say how much I appreciate your listing, showing and linking your supply list. It is very helpful for those like me that want to know what exactly that paint or pen or tool you used was.

  8. Johanne L.

    2011-11-15 20:27:10 -0500

    This is a very beautiful layout. I love it. Thanks for sharing,

  9. Bonnie James

    2011-11-15 21:03:27 -0500

    So beautiful!! I love every detail - you are so creative. :) Are you happy with the sewing machine? I've heard mixed reviews about it, just wonder how you like it...

  10. Meghann

    2011-11-15 22:00:56 -0500

    Wow. This is seriously beautiful, Ali!

  11. SusanJane

    2011-11-16 00:37:37 -0500

    I can really see a design background in this page and I just love the tight layout with the delightful pop. Great!

  12. alida

    2011-11-16 00:46:42 -0500

    Perfection! Love the little story about Anna too.

  13. Eniko

    2011-11-16 01:20:46 -0500

    Love the embossing technique! Recently got my first Julie Fei-Fan Blazer stencil...lots of fun...loving the hop! xo

  14. Allie.Duckienz

    2011-11-16 03:36:32 -0500

    Oh this is amazing Ali, thanks for sharing! I totally need to get a heat gun so that I can use my embossing powders again.

  15. Eileen

    2011-11-16 04:55:09 -0500

    A beautiful layout, and yet another wonderful way to use the stencil. You ladies have rocked this project!

  16. Barbara Staradumsky

    2011-11-16 09:22:30 -0500

    wow...I knew when I saw Ali Edwards on the blog hop I would see something great! I love how you used the triangle stencil. This blog hop has had so many creative ways to use just one stencil!

  17. Laney

    2011-11-16 11:47:32 -0500

    Great idea!


    2011-11-16 12:48:47 -0500

    jennifer olson

    are you going to get all for binder from becky higgins

    i'm going to get two then get they black and white

  19. Lara

    2011-11-16 14:23:43 -0500

    This layout is so beautiful! I love all the details and the pics are great too! <3 it!!


    2011-11-16 16:13:22 -0500

    jennifer olson

    are you going to get the cobalt and the clementine

    i'm going to get those


    2011-11-16 16:49:46 -0500


    are you getting all 4 binder

    i'm getting all 4 and the core kits for the cobalt and thr clementine to

  22. Sarah Anderson

    2011-11-16 18:36:06 -0500

    what a beautiful layout, and I love your triangular snipets of paper added after stencilling :)

  23. Lee Clements

    2011-11-16 18:36:53 -0500

    Hi Ali, I have found your blog via Julie's blog hop. I just love this page and the way you have used the stencil, very creative and a great effect. Inspirational

  24. Teri

    2011-11-17 11:40:17 -0500

    Love this layout, Ali!
    Really, really dig the design.

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    2012-04-17 01:02:05 -0400

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