Studio AE From Technique Tuesday | March Blog Hop

Welcome to the Studio AE for Technique Tuesday Blog Hop.

March's stamp set is called Beauty Of Spring.

Here's the layout I put together using this set:

So loving enlarged photos.

It's not really anything new - I've long been a fan of going big in this way. This week I decided to make the entire enlarged photo the background for my layout.

Here's a look at my process:

I started off by printing this photo as a 12x12 on my Epson R2000 using 13x19 photo paper.

What you see above is how I trim some of the paper off before laying it on my paper trimmer to remove the extra white paper.

I knew there were two things I wanted to capture with this page: (1) a celebration of spring-weather here this past week and (2) use the title "most of the time" (which relates to the fact that these two kids really do get along together "most of the time").

I also really love the the new cloud vellum (Dear Lizzy collection) and wanted to use that too.

For the title I used a combination of American Crafts Robin's Egg Pantry Fresh Foam stickers and Amy Tangerine Goodness letter stickers on top of the vellum. I rounded the top corners of the vellum with my Corner Chomper (using the 1/2 inch setting). Under the letter stickers I used some star rub-ons from October Afternoon's Boarding Pass rub ons and stitched the entire piece onto the page with my sewing machine.

One of the things I played with was cutting off the right couple inches of the photo and maybe using a bigger piece of vellum in-between the two pieces of the photo and turning the page into a two-page spread - this is why you can see a seam along the edge of the section with the journaling. I ended up bringing it back together and doing a zig-zag stitch along the seam.

That strip became home for my stamped sentiment, initial letters and journaling.

I underlined the stamp (used Timber Brown Staz On ink) with a Precision Pen. The S and A are wood veneer from Studio Calico. The little bit of red lined rub-on along the edge is also part of the October Afternoon's Boarding Pass rub ons set.

To get a bit more repetition going on the page I added another piece of vellum, some red rub-on stars, a date stamp, and a little line from an older Jenni Bowlin rub on alpha set. Stitched with my machine to keep it in place.

JOURNALING | The sun started shining here this week - beautiful, lovely, warm sunshine. Katie took you guys to the park on Sunday afternoon while Dad and I mad a meeting and you both loved being outside. As I looked back through the photos I saw lots of smiling and happy faces. I'm often asked if you guys get along all the time - I've got lots of pictures of you two having fun together. My answer is most of the time. Most the time you do love being with each other. Most of the time it's about kindness and fun. Of course it's not all the time - you are so totally normal. I feel so thankful that you do enjoy each other and show love and kindness. I love you both so much. Keep being kind.


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Be sure to check the blogs of all taking part in the Blog Hop today:

We love your comments so we are going to draw at random from all the comments left on all the blogs for a couple brand new Technique Tuesday stamp sets.

One person will win Technique Tuesday’s Big Wish stamp set and one other person will win the new Sassy Cat stamp set. You don’t need to leave a comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. All comments must be made by midnight PST on March 13th. Tune into the Technique Tuesday blog on March 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

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  1. Maria

    2012-03-11 18:23:27 -0400

    Fabulous layout!!! TFS

  2. Susanne

    2012-03-11 18:40:01 -0400

    Ali, will there be a digital version of your very nice stamps?

  3. Lynne Rudolph

    2012-03-11 18:57:11 -0400

    Really great page and a beautiful sentiment, Ali! I've often thought of doing something like this for me two, especially since I've been working on old (20 year old!) photos and see that they actually did get along, at least for a camera click or two! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Phyllis

    2012-03-11 19:48:24 -0400

    I love using my photos as the background. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  5. L.Pellegrino

    2012-03-11 21:05:10 -0400

    Thanks for your creative ideas. Just love how you used vellum on this beautiful layout.

  6. Rebecca W

    2012-03-11 21:31:52 -0400

    Great layout! I love the large photo background.

  7. Barb M.

    2012-03-11 21:41:16 -0400

    Awesome layout. Thanks for showing the process. I am going to have to try writing on photos, love how this looks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Letty Sandoval

    2012-03-11 22:44:58 -0400

    So creative!! love it!!


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  10. Lynda

    2012-03-11 23:11:04 -0400

    Terrific layout - love the writing on vellum idea.

  11. Flo

    2012-03-11 23:44:17 -0400

    Your work is encouraging, love the layout.

  12. Jill

    2012-03-11 23:57:57 -0400

    Super sweet, Ali :) Love reading about their relationship. Smiles rock!

  13. Julie

    2012-03-11 23:59:44 -0400

    I love how you tell your stories. Your layouts are so inspiring. Thank you

  14. Jodi R

    2012-03-12 01:04:31 -0400

    Great stampt! I love the look of that enlarged photo too. Can't wait to try that. I stamp alot on cards but almost never on my scrapbook pages. Not sure why. You've inspired me to give it a try!

  15. dawn

    2012-03-12 06:06:28 -0400

    I love this layout Ali, so cute of them. It's so fun to see you use large photos, they always look great.

    We had the perfect spring day here yesterday, I blogged about it. So far I have done a layout each week also, hooray for us!!

    Have a good week.

  16. Beatriz Silva

    2012-03-12 06:38:28 -0400

    Love it! love your stamps.. I think I should get a sewing machine, since I like a lot the stitches on them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Alida

    2012-03-12 10:38:45 -0400

    O, one of these days you'll have me paper scrapping again. This is so gorgeous!

  18. forpahl5

    2012-03-12 12:22:33 -0400

    I love this idea! I am learning so much still even if I have been scrapping for 20 yrs!

  19. Leanne Tomlinson

    2012-03-12 15:09:09 -0400

    Ali, I sooo love everything you do. You make it look so simple, yet it's all your little details that make it special...oh, yeah, and the journalling:)

  20. Danielle

    2012-03-12 18:51:05 -0400

    What a wonderful layout & really love the new stamps.

  21. Alison

    2012-03-12 19:48:28 -0400

    Gorgeous layout Ali! I love that vellum paper - must get some! Can't wait to get these stamps!!

  22. Marie

    2012-03-12 20:34:08 -0400

    Beautiful LO, Ali! I love the full page picture - makes it so special. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Bethany Becker

    2012-03-12 21:38:50 -0400

    Love your layout and all the different techniques you used!

  24. Lynda

    2012-03-13 21:20:30 -0400

    I like how you made the photo itself into your background & foreground!

  25. Marilyn

    2012-03-14 20:53:16 -0400

    I love your process of sharing your life so effortlessly and still so creative. Your art is so pleasing to my eyes. Thanks for the opportunity of winning such great products. marilyn

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