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March 1, 2012

You | Traditional Scrapbook Layout

Bring on the layouts!

Going a little old-school with some journaling printed on vellum today.

Embracing mistakes and making them work for my layout.

Here’s a look:

This layout pairs an enlarged 7 inch x 12 inch photo (printed here at home on my Epson R2000) with a stack of smaller photos.

I put together the smaller photos in Photoshop, adding a little text to a couple of them and printed, leaving a border around it when I cut it out.

I actually decided to add the other photos in this way on Tuesday night when I couldn’t get back to sleep after Anna woke up around 2am. Good times.

Here’s a look at some of the embellishments:

The chipboard elements on this layout all come from Rhonna’s new My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing Chipboard. Love, love, love this set.

You might notice, under that yellow flag accent is the left-over backing from that same element (you might be able to see it better on the full-layout photo above). I stuck it down before I was done and ended up wanting to move it. So I pulled it up and the backing stayed down and I just decided to work with that rather than re-print the photo all over again. Looking at it now I really like the way it looks.

I also added a little bit of Hambly Teal Woodgrain Washi Tape on the outside of those three elements (it’s repeated in other areas on the layout as you’ll see below).

I stamped “Oregon Coast” using Outdoor Denim ink from Close To My Heart and Hero Arts Basic Uppercase stamps.

For the journaling I printed on 8.5×11 Vellum from WorldWin. The font is Mom’s Typewriter.

I had to figure out how to attach the vellum to the photo without seeing the adhesive. My solution was to use just a tiny bit of rolling adhesive along the left edge of each strip and then cover it with Hambly Teal Woodgrain Washi Tape. I actually cut that washi tape in half so it ended up being a thinner strip. On purpose I decided to have the washi tape only go part way up the page vs. all the way to the top. To finish it off I did a zig zag stitch right down the middle with my Brother sewing machine.

Echo Park Navy Dots And Stripes. Black paper is from Studio Calico’s Daydream Believer kit.

A bit of repetition over on the top left with a piece of the same chipboard strip and some more washi tape wrapped around the edge.

And almost always the addition of some staples from the Tiny Attacher.

On the bottom left I’ve got a little group that includes two pieces from the My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing Chipboard set and a Happy Days Wood Banner.

Here’s a look at the whole page again:


Click on the images to link to the products.


  • 1.
    Brooke said…

    Did you notice that the rock pool is a heart shape? – awesome. I so love that Simon took this little break for himself. I need one too! My 3 year old also woke up around the same time the other night – he lost his blankie!

  • 2.
    Carol Hinrichsen said…

    Beautiful layout… I need to do one with big photo!!! Thanks for inspiration

  • 3.
    Trish Drake said…

    This layout is awesome! I love your attention to even the littlest detail. Good work.

  • 4.
    linda said…

    If you hadn’t mentioned it, I would have thought the mistake was on purpose. Looks good!

  • 5.
    Gabriella Jozsa said…

    Beautiful layout ! And thanks for the great idea of how to attach vellum to the photo (or paper) !! I will surely try it out !
    Regards from Hungary !

  • 6.
    Melissa said…

    I love it. Beautiful.

    The happy accident with the flag banner looks like it was meant to be!

  • 7.
    laura g. said…

    what a lovely page! liked the fact that you went with the ‘mistake’ and didn’t print another picture wouldn’t have known it was a ‘mistake’ if you hadn’t confessed! i love the Oregon coast and can hardly wait to go back hopefully this summer

  • 8.
    Debbie said…

    Lovely layout and beautiful photos. Love your “work”…labor of love!

  • 9.
    Patti Bosworth said…

    Ali, Love the layout! I’ve always loved your style. I’ve dipped my toe into the world of digital scrapbooking, but still love the old school traditional style. Now that has shut their doors, who do you use as an online processor to print some of your non-standard prints? I was hoping to find a source similar to; providing non standard prints, basic editing, conversion to b&w or sepia, add text or borders, etc. Any ideas? Thanks for all your inspiring work!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Patti – I do most of my printing at home but am happy to recommend either Persnickety Prints or Color Inc.

    • ….
      Leora Henkin said…

      Oh my! I didn’t know that about That is sad!

  • 10.
    Nicole said…

    This is such a beautiful page Ali! Every single little detail is so well thought out (even the mistakes). I love seeing all of these new traditional layouts from you! :)

  • 11.

    I would never have known that was a little boo-boo in the upper ight. I thought that it was another craft flag. Awesome

  • 12.

    Wonderful layout. The big picture is so beautiful.

  • 13.
    Carrie Alexander said…

    Love, love LOVE that picture of Simon touching the tide pool. What an amazing blessing to have family who “gets it” about taking photos!

  • 14.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Love it. I’m wanting to do some traditional layouts as well—need to get on it. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 15.
    Cynthia said…

    Love your style Ali. I love the combination of the large photo with the strip of smaller ones. The vellum is great. Thanks for sharing!

  • 16.
    Deb J said…

    Your layouts are always so artistic and different. I put off doing mine because I don’t have an idea of what to do so wait until I can think of something or scraplift something. I want to be more original like you.

  • 17.
    Dori said…

    Awesome, awesome layout! I love the way you use REALLY big photos. And such amazing photos of Simon on the rocks and in the water! My parents were from the “Okay everybody now look at the camera and say cheese!” school of photography. Your parents’ candid shots are truly magazine-worthy and really tell the story. Just beautiful!

  • 18.
    Pam Abbott said…

    Ali, I love how you attached the vellum! It adds so much texture and you aren’t stuck with the look of adhesive. Thanks for sharing.

  • 19.
    Terri said…

    Your parents take some amazing pictures. Love the one with his reflection in the water. Beautiful layout.

  • 20.
    Kim Thomas said…

    Awesome layout! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  • 21.
    Alida said…

    The tag and the second “mistake” tag to me echoes the reflection of Simon’s hand in the pool. So great to see a traditional layout by you, especially a Simon at the beach one!

  • 22.
    Mel said…

    Yay, for traditional scrapbooking and embracing the occasional ‘oops’ moment.

    I have just started PL and am worried it might take over my regular scraping as it seems too easy – if you know what I mean. I am welcoming the easy though.

    Good to see you switching between. Thanks.

  • 23.
    Cele Schaffer said…

    I love this entire layout-so cool! One of the things I am noticing and trying to do more is the way you will pick out a color-like the green in Simons pj’s-and repeat the color in an element. I LOVE how you did that with the green washi tape on the edge of the dotted triangle element. It brings the background colors out and really adds to the overall look. You are so fun to learn from Ali! I guess thats why you are a graphic artist and I am not (HA)!

  • 24.
    Danielle said…

    Ali, love how you did the photo strip. Do you mind describing how you did it, because your photo tutorials from OLW are the only ones that I seem to manage to follow? Others don’t give directions the way that you do.

  • 25.
    Jessica B said…

    While I love everything you do, I think most of the time your traditional layouts are still my favs!

  • 26.
    JC said…

    Love this, Ali. I just added My Mind’s Eye Be Amazing to my cart yesterday, and I love seeing how you’ve used some elements here. I so, so love your flexible approach, seeing what works and making even those “not quite as expected” outcomes work to your advantage.
    Thank you, as always, for the inspiration!

  • 27.
    Jillian said…

    Hey Ali,
    Your layout looks amazing, as usual! Wondering if you can tell me where to purchase some cool fonts? All I have are the ones that come with my MAC and I hate them. I want to use some that you have but not sure how to do it?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – you might want to check out a cool free font site called Dafont. Lots of good ones on there. For paid fonts I like and

  • 28.
    Linda E said…

    Love this layout, Ali! And, after the great pictures of Simon, your “mistake” is one of my favorite things!

  • 29.
    Cynthia H said…

    You know, the first thing I noticed was the flag accents. And I thought, that’s cool how she repeated and layered the flag. Now that you tell us it was an accident, I love it even more.

    And that brown woodgrain paper looks so cool with your photos. Awesome, awesome layout.

  • 30.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    I long ago decided that there were two kinds of layouts. Bob Ross, “happy accident” ones and Hannibal Smith “love it when a plan comes together” ones.
    Love your Bob Ross layout! ;)

  • 31.
    Christina said…

    Old School Ali — how love thee! :) brilliant!

    • ….
      Christina said…

      Dang it! I meant how I love thee!

  • 32.
    SherryG said…

    Thanks for making me grin, Ali! I love the layout but I especially love that you made a mistake work in your layout, AND you outted yourself! Honestly, I would never have known it wasn’t intentional.

  • 33.
    dawn said…

    What a great layout of Simon, love all the pictures. This l/o looks great, like the little photostrip along with a big one.

    I am committing myself to do a l/o each time you do. Last week I did two of them and the start of a third. Hoping to finish that one today and add another one in. Thanks for the motivation.

    Have a happy weekend!

  • 34.
    Veronika Mayer said…

    I love it, love it, love it. I love this huge photo.

  • 35.
    Gwen said…

    I’m so thrilled with your traditional scrapbooking pages. Its how I first fell in love with you and its fun to see more of them again. Just earlier I was thinking about who I would say Ali Edwards is if someone asked me because I don’t consider her to be only about scrapbooking for me. It was inspired by the Creative Lifts newsletter and the morning radio show where they talked about who made an impact on your life and doesn’t even know it. What Ali is to me??? A writer? An inspiration? A life coach? A philosopher? An artist? So much more than someone whose work I admire.

  • 36.
    Linda L said…

    Amazing layout Ali! Wow that is a fantastic photo of Simon reaching down into the rock pool. Next time I do that with a chipboard piece I may even leave the remnants behind too :-)

  • 37.
    smcl said…

    loving tradtional layouts! thank you for taking the time, so inspiring!

  • 38.

    Good stuff, Ali. :) Have you tried spray adhesives with vellum? I find that to be the easiest way to attach either vellum or transparencies. Creative Imaginations has (had?) a brand called Scrappers Spray that works well.


  • 39.
    Roxann Shook said…

    I adore using the Tim Holtz tiny stapler to attach the vellum quotes to my project life and other albums. So much simpler than trying to hide adhesives. I love vellum.

  • 40.
    Kelly said…

    I also love the “mistake” that you decided to keep. I think it looks fabulous! I had no idea that tiny stapler was out there…I may have to stop reading your posts to save some money! LOL
    Thank you for your inspiration…….always!

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