Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

November 15, 2011

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 12×12 background of kraft cardstock.

As you can see, the triangle stencil is also 12×12. 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 4×6 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!


  • 1.
    Danielle said…

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

  • 2.
    Sylvia said…

    So wonderful, Ali!

  • 3.
    Kim said…

    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.

  • 4.
    Donna Russ said…

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

  • 5.
    Jan B said…

    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!

  • 6.
    Paula G said…

    What a great layout, you rocked the stencils!

  • 7.
    Anya said…

    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!!!

  • 8.
    Ellie A. said…

    OH Love this. What a wonderful layout.

  • 9.
    Molly said…

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

  • 10.
    Annette said…

    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!

  • 11.
    Theresa said…

    Wow…I love your layout!!!

  • 12.
    Beverly said…

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

  • 13.
    Queen Mary said…

    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!

  • 14.
    Kim Croley said…

    Yowza!! Gorgeous LO!

  • 15.
    Becky H said…

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

  • 16.
    Dawn B said…

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

  • 17.
    borcherding said…

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

  • 18.
    laura g. said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Suz said…

    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!)

  • 20.
    laura g. said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 21.
    Jamie Stahl said…

    I love that you have a girlie-girl.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Me too :) . She’s so fun!

  • 22.
    Karnenliz said…

    Love your layout! It’s gorgeous.

  • 23.
    Mitzi Zohar said…

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

  • 24.
    Cele Schaffer said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Isabelle M said…

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

  • 26.
    Kimmie said…

    This is such a sweet layout, Ali! When you showed us those embossed triangles (last week??) I was wondering what you were making. :)

    What a great little story told with your words and photos. I love the way you embellished it, too. I need to look for some of that Crate Paper lace!

  • 27.
    MargieH said…

    Hi, Ali! I am so happy that you are participating in Julie’s blog hop!! I too have started to dabble in mixed media (aka Julie’s templates) and incorporating into my artwork. LOVE what you did with the page :) Hope you are doing well – been lurking but always reading! MargieH in Chicago

  • 28.
    Ruth G said…

    That is just SO COOL! I just love how versatile the stencil is! My creative juices are really flowing now! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  • 29.
    Michele H. said…

    Oh…how i love me some zing:) Have you tried the mustard color yet? It is by far my favorite color.

    Beautiful layout…super inspiring!

  • 30.
    AbbyS said…

    Oh, how I’ve missed your layouts, Ali! LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this one! So simple, yet, so much texture and prettiness! :)

  • 31.

    Really like the simple clean lines of the triangle stencil Hope I win it!

  • 32.

    jennifer olson

    are you going to do project life

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ll be doing a Project Life post on Thursday this week.

  • 33.
    Kelly Libby said…

    This may sound totally foolish, but, what the heck. Can you use a high power blowdryer to heat the embossing powder?? A friend and I discussed this awhile back. I have never tried either method but the result looks great!

  • 34.
    Teri H. said…

    Wow! I love it! And I’m not a huge fan of triangles.

  • 35.
    Dori said…

    What a precious layout! And thanks for the how-tos.

    Loving the embossing, the paper triangles, the stitching on the pretty trim, darling Anna *sigh*, and especially the way you add little letters – ‘A’ for Anna, ‘S’ for Simon, etc. – on your layouts. Your embellishments are so simple yet so perfect. I feel the urge to scraplift yet another of your lovely designs. :-)

  • 36.
    fifine51 said…

    This layout is so wonderful !

  • 37.
    Denise KC said…

    I love everything about this layout :)

  • 38.
    rhonda said…

    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!

  • 39.
    aliza said…

    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.

  • 40.
    Regina said…

    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.


  • 41.
    sherRae said…

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

  • 42.
    Delanie said…

    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.

  • 43.
    Jill-O said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jill and welcome! Appreciate the positive feedback.

  • 44.
    Johanne L. said…

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

  • 45.
    Bonnie James said…

    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…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m totally happy with it – use it regularly for paper and other mediums + fabric.

  • 46.
    Meghann said…

    Wow. This is seriously beautiful, Ali!

  • 47.
    SusanJane said…

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

  • 48.
    alida said…

    Perfection! Love the little story about Anna too.

  • 49.
    Eniko said…

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

  • 50.
    Allie.Duckienz said…

    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.

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