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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.

SUPPLIES


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!

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67 thoughts

  1. Danielle says…
    11/15/2011

    Your layout is adorable, Ali. I love the story behind it!

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  2. Sylvia says…
    11/15/2011

    So wonderful, Ali!

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  3. Kim says…
    11/15/2011

    Enjoy these precious times with Anna. Before you know it, she'll be in high school and you'll wonder where the time has gone.

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  4. Donna Russ says…
    11/15/2011

    I loved the triangle picture frame, but the little one was the star,,,so cute with the lipstick.....

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  5. Jan B says…
    11/15/2011

    Your creativity and originality never cease to amaze me, Ali! This is just genius Love how you embossed the triangles and the added touch of the row of patterned triangles takes it over the top! Definitely going to try this.
    I also love seeing what your sweet little Anna's up to. I have a granddaughter just a few months younger, so I can always relate to her different "stages".
    Thanks for the inspo!

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  6. Paula G says…
    11/15/2011

    What a great layout, you rocked the stencils!

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  7. Anya says…
    11/15/2011

    Amazing page! I really missed seeing your layouts, Ali! I loved Studio A column in CK magazine and SO happy you do more LOs lately!!!

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  8. Ellie A. says…
    11/15/2011

    OH Love this. What a wonderful layout.

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  9. Molly says…
    11/15/2011

    this makes me want to get some supplies out of hiding. great use of the template and super inspiring :)

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  10. Annette says…
    11/15/2011

    Awesome page! I tried some white Zing this weekend thanks to your tweet and loved it. I stamped and embossed some of your holiday stamps onto tags for my Dec Daily. Also love seeing your layouts and I like how you show the steps so we can learn from it. I like that you have a mix of Project Life, mini-albums and layouts. So many ways to tell our stories. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Theresa says…
    11/15/2011

    Wow...I love your layout!!!

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  12. Beverly says…
    11/15/2011

    Love it! And, thanks for the close ups and idea sharing!

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  13. Queen Mary says…
    11/15/2011

    Great story, great pic of Anna with the lipstick! I LOVE heat embossing so anything that allows me to do more of that is for me!

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  14. Kim Croley says…
    11/15/2011

    Yowza!! Gorgeous LO!

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  15. Becky H says…
    11/15/2011

    I love it. With the embossing when I first looked at it, I thought you cut out all those triangles. It created nice dimension.

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  16. Dawn B says…
    11/15/2011

    Really love this layout, and such great use of color, the stencil work really helps to balance it out.

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  17. borcherding says…
    11/15/2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the kraft paper with the white embossing powder!!! And those stencils?? *swoon*

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  18. laura g. says…
    11/15/2011

    this looks like a fun process...i have been careful not to acquire a bunch of 'tools' that i might only use once... but this looks like something i would do more than once...such a precious lay out anna will treasure this one!

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  19. Suz says…
    11/15/2011

    Great layout Ali! Going to my scrap supplies and taking out the Zing! :) Time to get crafty! (I've got a good excuse today since it's my bd!)

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  20. laura g. says…
    11/15/2011

    P.S. really appreciate the list and pics at the end of your post of the products used to create your wonderful layouts!!!

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    1. Ali says…
      11/15/2011

      Thanks for the feedback Laura - that's a new thing and I like how it's working too.

  21. Jamie Stahl says…
    11/15/2011

    I love that you have a girlie-girl.

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    1. Ali says…
      11/15/2011

      Me too :). She's so fun!

  22. Karnenliz says…
    11/15/2011

    Love your layout! It's gorgeous.

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  23. Mitzi Zohar says…
    11/15/2011

    Lovely. I particularly like the triangles of different patterned paper. It reminds me of patchwork.

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  24. Cele Schaffer says…
    11/15/2011

    Wonderful layout! Your girl is just the sweetest cutest thing!!! My girl is almost 17 and I sure miss those messy lipstick days. At the time I would be upset when she would get into my makeup and now I would give anything to have the time back to give it all to her and just watch...Cherish every moment-for they begin to fly by.

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  25. Isabelle M says…
    11/15/2011

    Loooove ! the effect of embossing on you page...to make design!
    I'll try it..

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