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February 23, 2012

Yes, Anna | Traditional Scrapbook Layout

As I mentioned in my Project Life post this past Tuesday, getting back into the practice of creating layouts has been on my mind.

So I’m making it happen.

Here’s the result of my play from yesterday:

A birthday page that doesn’t really scream, “Hey! I’m a birthday layout.”

And here’s a run down of how this one unfolded:

I knew I wanted to use some of Rhonna’s new 6×6 papers for My Mind’s Eye.

The simplest arrangement was to have 2, 6×6 papers + 2, 6×6 photos in opposite corners.

First up was stamping out a sentiment in the top left quadrant. I used two different Educational Insights stamp sets - the blue one and the green one (jumbo). The blue ones had some red ink left over on them so when I stamped them into the Close To My Heart ink (Bamboo) it came out a mixture of colors (totally fine with that).

Here’s what that area ended up looking like:

Under the stamped words I drew lines with a .01 black pen.

The “love” piece is from one of those custom tags from Amy Tangerine & Two Peas.

Here’s what it looked like before:

For a little something different I decided to paint it white.

Here’s what it looked like with one coat of antique white paint:

I did a second coat before cutting the stitched portion from the tag and adding it to my stamped journaling.

As I was working on that I decided that I wanted to use journaling from this post. The easiest way to add that to my page seemed to be to print out a new photo and add the journaling right onto the photo in Photoshop:

Journaling font is Garamond.

Because of the visual “weight” of this photo (heavier on the left) I decided to move the other photo of Anna up to the top and put this one in the bottom left corner.

My next thing to tackle was the bottom right corner. I started with another sheet from Rhonna’s new 6×6 papers for My Mind’s Eye.

I decided to play around with using my Silhouette to create a stencil. In the Studio software I created a 6×6 square and added text that said “you are three” using Arial Bold.

Remember the other day when I said that something’s up with my machine not making “clean cuts”? It’s still not cutting right (even with selecting heavy cardstock, double cut, cleaning out the blade with a pin, and using a new cutting mat).

But because I experimental play-mode anyway I was willing to see what this would look like as a stencil. Here you can see how messy the cut was (which is actually a “look” you could go for):

Here’s where I laid it right down on my page and painted on top:

For the sake of experimentation I also wanted to see what it would look like if I used this same idea right on top of a photo. I just grabbed the one I ended up not using on this layout:

Okay, that’s kinda cool. Needs a bit of work but with the right photo, hmmmm, I think I’ll be playing with that idea a bit more.

Back to the layout.

Here’s what it looked like after I removed the stencil:

From there I drew some more lines with a .01 black pen and added more stamped words.

As you can see more clearly here, the cream paint ended up being too light.

When I came back into my office tonight I ended up adding a new of layer of cream paint and then a layer of pink paint using the stencil again to make the words stand out a bit more.

Here’s a close up look at the details along the bottom right edge:

On top of a label from Studio Calico I added some of that great love tape from KI Memories.

On top of that I added Anna’s initials with little letter stickers from Dear Lizzy and an American Crafts foam 3. The chipboard butterflies are from Sassafras and are available here through Studio Calico.

The final thing I did was add a painted border all the way around the layout. A simple way to do this is to put a little dollop of paint on your work surface and drag each edge of the page through the paint in one motion. Love that.

You can find that “love this” word art as part of a digital set here.

Here’s a look at the completed page again:


Click on the images to link to the products.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    HOORAY FOR A LAYOUT!!! This is sooooo pretty Ali, love love all the pink. What a great idea to stamp on the background with words, it looks great. That picture of you with her is so darling, her sweet smile and happiness glowing from her.

    Thanks so much for showing us each step and how you play and try things out also, nice to know your having fun while scrapping.

    Keep those layouts coming, please….

  • 2.

    Great layout.

  • 3.
    Helen said…

    Beautiful. Love the overall look.

  • 4.
    Janette said…

    Beautiful layout Ali! Bet it felt good! I especially love the journaling right on the photo. I got PE10 for Christmas. I’ve been struggling (a lot!) trying to figure out how it works. Can’t wait until I master that step! Thanks again for sharing not only the layout but your process.

  • 5.
    Susan said…

    so awesome. i love when you go through the whole process with your traditional pages; it offers much more inspiration than just looking at a page. thanks so much. seems like it was only yesterday that anna was born.

  • 6.
    JillT said…

    Well thanks for the techniques and all, but. . .I’m totally sidetracked by that killer smile!!

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    Oh I could just stare and stare it this for hours. I simply LOVE all of your work…but your layouts just stand out with uniqueness (not spelled BUT they just really do…your style has ALWAYS inspired me…thanks Ali:) OH and that Anna ohhhhhhhhhhh she is just so SO cute.

  • 8.
    Megan Anderson said…

    This is beautiful! I looks like it took ages to make.

  • 9.
    Melanie K said…

    To sharpen a blade, fold up some aluminum foil and cut it with the blade (don’t put on the machine, just do it by hand). Or … just get a new blade … sometimes I get a blade that gets dull quickly. Not sure why!

  • 10.
    Bev W. said…

    Well this is just precious!!! Thanks for sharing how you put it all together:)

  • 11.
    Karen said…

    I love The way Anna stands so proud and tall in her photos with a big happy smile!

  • 12.
    Cristina said…

    This is gorgeous!! I love the blocked design and the stamped words! I just added those stamps to my cart, in fact! :)

  • 13.
    LizzyM said…

    Ohhh… I love to see people’s process! Thanks so much for sharing. Love the layout, especially, like you said, that it’s a birthday layout that doesn’t scream “birthday”. Lovely!

  • 14.
    Melissa said…

    I agree that maybe you need to try a new blade? . . . I just got my Cameo for Christmas, so I haven’t been using it that long. I have tried doing a test cut with a specific setting…and if the triangle doesn’t pop right out, I will turn the blade to one setting higher to see if that works better. Love the layout!

  • 15.
    Michelle L said…

    Two layouts in two weeks! I’m in heaven! This is fantastic Ali! I’m so happy to see you doing more traditional layouts again. I love your project life and everything you do but traditional layouts are my favorite!

    I like how you kind of just go with it when maybe something isn’t perfect. I’ll have to remember that next time I get frustrated with myself.

  • 16.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Love the layout and you are right it does not scream out “hey I am a birthday layout”. I definitely need to get a silhouette as I love how much it adds not only to your layout but to project life as well.

  • 17.
    Jenny said…

    Love seeing your process Ali. I just adore that picture of you and Anna. It just makes me smile. Well done!

  • 18.
    Dori said…

    Thank you for posting this precious layout! I always learn SO much from your step-by-step blog tutorials. I’d buy a book of ‘em!

  • 19.
    liza said…


  • 20.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Absolutely LOVE the photo of you & Anna – priceless :)

  • 21.
    Kate Ware said…

    This is such a beautiful layout, Ali!! I absolutely adore the photo in the bottom left of you and Anna. The love, her smile . . . . so precious! Great job!

  • 22.
    Jessica Hess said…

    I don’t know if this helps, but one time my machine started to cut like that. I couldn’t figure it out. I finally put in a new blade. The old one looked fine, but after taking it out I looked closer and it had a teeny tiny notch in it. The blade I have now has lasted a super long time. I guess it depends on how much you have been cutting and what you have been cutting.

  • 23.
    Kelly Massman said…

    Love it!

  • 24.
    Debbie said…


  • 25.
    Tawnda Andrews said…

    Adorable photos of her. I love capturing those little personality quirks;) I LOVE and appreciate that you are still doing traditional scrapping. As much as I appreciate Project Life, I’m not into using it in the way intended and since I can’t find any one do it to supplement their scrapping (not making it their only scrapping or documenting events vs. everyday) I have not jumped on the PL wagon. I am so glad to still have you to inspire me.

  • 26.
    amberca said…

    Ok Ali, can I just say how much I love when you scrapbook! You always inspire me with the way you love to play with materials. Please scrapbook more….it sure makes me smile!

  • 27.
    keely said…

    Ali, i just love Anna’s smile. so cute!! i love the butterflies you used. are these still available?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I don’t think so (at least they are not available through Two Peas or That company is no longer making scrapbook supplies – which is a bummer because they made cool stuff.

    • ….
      Michelle L said…

      Those butterflies look a lot like the exclusive ones that came in a SC kit. I know Sass has created some items for SC in the recent past. Check the Studio Calico shop. I think there may still be some available there!

    • .
      Ali said…

      You are totally right! Here’s the link:

  • 28.
    abbeyviolet said…

    Gorgeous! It is neat to see this messy layered look from you here. I’ve been toying with my own style of late and made several pages that are closer to your more graphic linear style with just a few bits of embellishment or little things supporting the words + photos. It isn’t my norm as I tend towards more “stuff” everywhere, but the pages do feel calm and the story is there. Just so interesting how many ways we have to tell our story and how interesting it is to use lots of different styles rather than just one.

  • 29.
    Thea Monks said…

    Beautiful – lots of detail but simple overall.

  • 30.
    Julie said…

    I’m glad you explained what you did because I didn’t really see the little details….like the journaling.;)

    Love the idea of using 6×6 paper and pictures. I’ll be trying that technique!

  • 31.

    wow! I LOVE IT!
    so different, creative and unique!
    perfect layout for your beautiful 3 year old!

  • 32.
    melanie said…

    so i’m not the only one whose silhouette started cutting funky all of a sudden… :(

  • 33.
    Mandi said…

    Ali, I’m having the same problem with my Cameo [nearly from day one] and I’ve tried all of the things mentioned except sharpening or getting a new blade. If you find something that works, please would you mention it in a post?

  • 34.
    Candy said…

    Are you unchecking the high pass filter before you trace??? I have not had this problem when I remember that!!! Hope this is the answer.
    Hugs & Aloha.

  • 35.
    Jen said…

    Lovely layout! Love the painted stencil :) Looks to me like the problem might be that your blade is not set to cut deep enough – so even with the double cut it’s still not going all the way through the paper. I often have to play around with the manual “thickness” setting in the cut window in order to get it to cut all the way through.

  • 36.
    Amy said…

    Can I tell you how much I love that she is wearing a Spider-Man cape with a princess T-shirt? Go, Anna, Go!

  • 37.
    susan garner said…

    I stopped scrapbooking about 3 yrs ago. i think i was burned out during the scrapbooking phase that took America. QVC and HSN were scrapping all the time and i got caught up in it. Since then i have been doing Project Life but feel guilty about all the supplies that I still have around the house for scrapbooking. I read your post about going back to scrapbooking and I am now taking baby steps to get back into the swing of things. After all PL is so quick but srapbooking takes thought and planning. Please can you scrapbook some more so I have a buddy. Many Thanks.

  • 38.
    Liz Ness said…

    This is so much fun, beautiful, and playful. And, play is so good for the soul! HUGS and love, girlfriend! =)

  • 39.
    Sandra K. said…

    Wow Ali, you did a great job on bringing the words, photos and mess in one place. Love this idea. It is totally out of my own comfort zone. Got to try it sometime soon.


  • 40.
    sharon said…

    Great page different techniques…thanks Ali

  • 41.
    Christine N said…

    Awesome use of the Silhouette for a mask! You may find this post by Kerri Bradford helpful for getting a clean cut. Something about changing the “packet size” in the software.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you Christine!

  • 42.
    Brooke said…

    Love what you said about “visual weight”. I feel like I’m only just holding on to that concept by a thin piece of string. I can see it in photos but I quite often can’t see it in the overall picture and in embellishment clusters. Thanks for sharing your process.

  • 43.
    madeline St onge said…

    Love it Ali

  • 44.
    trish said…

    Just read your newsletter and I SO wish I were going on the retreat with you and Liz just to see what fun thing you end up teaching. I know its going to be awesome!

  • 45.
    Mary said…

    Anna has the BEST haircut I’ve seen on a little girl. It’s adorable.

  • 46.
    Eileen said…

    I love it. Great job.

  • 47.
    Teri H. said…

    I love the unexpected photo size. I REALLY need to save up to buy myself a nice photo printer so I can play like this at home.

    It’s gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  • 48.
    Alida said…

    Is there something like a “new Ali layout high”? I’m sure there is.

  • 49.
    patty said…

    so glad you are doing “traditional” layouts!
    love it!

  • 50.
    Michell said…

    Hi Ali, Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this LO. It is so light hearted feeling. I know that you are not all about the product but the little layered clusters and multi-media backgrounds are just beautiful. It looks like you had a good time working on this page. Thanks for sharing your process. Happy birthday to Anna. Every birthday girl should have a princess shirt and Super Hero cape!! Awesome!!!

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