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March 10, 2012

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 12×12 on my Epson R2000 using 13×19 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.


  • 1.
    Ellie A. said…

    Awesome layout. I am dying to do print & scrap w/ 12×12 pages. Love it!

  • 2.
    laura g. said…

    what a great surprise this morning as i clicked on to ali’s website a wonderful layout perfect for any siblings i have 4 grown children and this would be perfect to go back and dig out old photos and document what i remember! thanks ali for the idea! plus i will dig out my vellum and play!

  • 3.
    Ginger said…

    Great layout!

  • 4.
    Kim said…

    I am a new stamper, so I would love to win some stamps!

  • 5.
    Alexandra said…

    I don’t think I could love this lay-out anymore!!
    And now you’ve got me wanting to up-grade to a printer that can print 12×12 photos – it looks so, so good.
    thanks for this : )

  • 6.
    Leigh said…

    I have never used a 12×12 photo on a layout before. Just getting back in to scrapping. Can’t wait to try this! Beautiful ideas.

  • 7.
    Kathy R said…

    This is a beautiful layout. Wish I had a large format printer. I think my favorite stamp sets are my Studio AE. Love how easy they are to use on my pages.

  • 8.
    Mary M said…

    Wow! What a layout! What a giveaway!

  • 9.
    Dolly/scrapthat said…

    Awesome page Ali!! Love the bits of vellum!

  • 10.
    Ruth Tacoma said…

    I love this! I think it’s time to break out my vellum again! :)

  • 11.
    Andi R said…

    I love full picture layouts, I’m totally a big picture kind of person. Nice layout Ali.

  • 12.
    Vicki said…

    Sometimes when I see your stamp sets I think -”thank goodness I can skip that one this month” but then your design team shows off and I see the possibilities with it and it becomes a MUST HAVE!! Thanks so much for having these ladies show off their creativity.

  • 13.
    Flavia said…

    the photo is super beautiful!!!

  • 14.
    tape said…

    Love the vellum title area!

  • 15.
    Gabriele said…

    love it. love the step by step instructions and especially Ali’s thoughts on why she did things the way she did and what she changed or decided not to do to turn this into a beautiful layout.

  • 16.
    Dori said…

    I love large photos, too. Fabulous layout! Thanks for sharing the process. :-)

  • 17.
    ShellyJ said…

    beautiful page! and love that title.. isn’t that the truth!

  • 18.
    Cheryl said…

    Love this!

  • 19.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Love the vellum overlays…great idea.

  • 20.
    April W said…

    This layout is amazing!

  • 21.
    candy said…

    love your style! and love getting a stamp set from you every month!!!

  • 22.
    libby gordon said…

    girl, i love this! they have such a special relationship right now and the picture really tells the story. i laughed when i saw the title because “most of the time’ my youngest and oldest get along pretty well ( six years between biggest boy and little girl) but when they don’t, there is Hell to pay!
    i really like working with big pictures too, have started playing with that in my PL.Love the stamp set and would love a chance to add it to the collection.

  • 23.
    Marcia Scantlin said…

    I feel inspired to get the old vellum out and use it. Glad I didn’t throw it away.

  • 24.
    Paula G said…

    Can’t wait til my March stamp set arrives! And I’d be thrilled to add one of these TT sets to my collection too!!

  • 25.
    Michelle M said…

    I love this new stamp set and can’t wait for it to come in the mail!

  • 26.
    conil said…

    WOW! How your kids have grown. Feeling really old here. The LO is impressive. Like the way you made the picture say it all.

  • 27.
    Rhadonda said…

    I love your use of vellum. Very inspiring. Thanks!

  • 28.
    Krista said…

    love the vellum. considering hauling out some of my old stash to use on layouts-thanks for reminding me what’s back there in my bins! ;)

  • 29.
    Sharon Osborn said…

    I forgot about using the whole picture as a layout…I am off to find a good one to size 12×12 :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 30.
    peggy said…

    Love the layout and Technique Tuesdays stamps. Your taking the high road Ali, you should be proud of yourself, it isn’t easy I know.

  • 31.
    Sandi M said…

    Enjoyable – love to see your inspirations! Excited to get this months AE stamp.

  • 32.
    Annie Lou said…

    I love the 12 x 12 pic as your base ….

  • 33.
    Julia said…

    Love the stamps and the layout with the enlarged photo is cool, greta technique TFS

  • 34.
    Jamie d said…

    Love the enlarged photo! It makes it not need as much embellishment. The photo is the star of the page!

  • 35.
    Chunyuan said…

    great kids’ layout. Love the picture is the main focus.

  • 36.
    Becky said…

    Hi Ali, I can’t wait to get my stamp set. I was wondering if you or anyone has a good way to store your Ali Stamp sets? I’ve been trying to find a good way to organize and store my stamp sets.
    Thanks for your help.

  • 37.
    Margaret said…

    This is so beautiful, heart felt, love it!

  • 38.
    ana smith said…

    I’m planning an 8×8 album with full page pictures. Wish me luck.

  • 39.
    Jenn said…

    Everytime I look at your work, my husband gets nervous! I want the printer you use…been eyeing it for quite sometime now. Someday.

  • 40.
    Michelle C. said…

    Love to see you showing your layouts!.Great inspiration!.

  • 41.
    Kelly said…

    I just love your stamps Ali. Beautiful layout.

  • 42.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Love the photos, hoping you are enjoying some of that nice weather too :)

  • 43.
    Gwen said…

    I love the page!!! I am so loving that you are doing so many scrapbook pages lately. I learn so much with every page you do and get so many ideas, directly and indirectly from your work. Go Ali…

  • 44.
    Mary in IL said…

    I love this LO and the way you used the stamps. All your little details just add up so beautifully together. And to Katie…her photography skills are right up there with the best! (I am assuming she took this shot?)

  • 45.
    Amanda S said…

    Love the layout!

  • 46.
    Debbi W. said…

    What a great layout! Love the journaling…I often wonder if my two boys like each other, but when I step back and look at the big picture I realize that they do enjoy each other “most of the time.” And ultimately that is what matters :) . Thanks Ali for the creative inspiration.

  • 47.
    Linda E said…

    Love the picture and the journaling!

  • 48.
    Christina said…

    Please keep those traditional layouts coming because they rock. Man, I so need this epson printer! It’s supposed to be really good.

  • 49.
    Twylia B. said…

    I have not used vellum before. Been a little afraid to try but I like the idea of stamping the words on it and then adding it over the picture. Something new for me to try with the vellum just holding a place in my stash.

  • 50.
    Tiffany M. said…

    I love this layout! I love the story! I love that you made something work that wasn’t working (cutting the strip and sewing it back). Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to get this stamp set in the mail! So ready for spring!

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