Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 10, 2012

Studio AE From Technique Tuesday | April 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Studio AE for Technique Tuesday April Blog Hop.

April’s stamp set is called “Hello Routine.”

For the digital memory keepers out there these sentiments are available (without the circles) at Designer Digitals: Embracing The Everyday

Here’s a look at my completed layout:

This 2-page layout started out with a full-page 8.5×11 photo printed on my Epson R2000. It’s a recent one that I love – just an everyday shot of Anna standing on a dining room chair, a skirt under her dress, building really tall lego towers.

I also wanted to use some of the new Hambly overlays so I decided to use that as the background as a companion page for the photo. My guess is that I will be overusing that Herringbone Overlay. NOTE: Looks like Two Peas has all the new Hambly in stock here.

Step one in the creative process was embossing the stamps with Versamark and Zing Silver Metallic Finish powder. Here’s what it looks like with just the powder:

And once it was “cooked” with the heat gun:

Then I used scissors to cut out the circle, using the edge as my guide.

Next up I used my Silhouette to cut out a couple Memory Circles. For information on how to use PNG files with the Silhouette I’ve got a tutorial here.

Along the edge is a handcut piece of pattern paper from American Crafts called Greenery Atrium.

Behind the large circle is a piece of 6×6 pattern paper from My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks.

I played around a bit before figuring out how I wanted to place all the elements.

I ended up adding a couple elements from the Cosmo Cricket 23 Collection Ready Set Chipboard (arrow + 2 x’s).

The “A” is from an Educational Insights alphabet set and the “3″ is from an older Studio Calico number stamp set. I stamped and embossed and then hand-cut around the A and the 3 before adhering it with foam dots.

I went back and forth a bit about whether to put this page on top of a piece of white cardstock but just decided that when I place it in the album I will find another layout with a white background to go behind it.

I used a white Sharpie Poster Paint Pen to draw a couple freehand circles around the accents on the second page. It was a nice way to repeat the circles from the first page.

The little decorative brad is from My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Like Brads.

I’m loving how this one turned out.

While I was working on my layout I also used the stamps to make a couple quick journal cards for Project Life using ColorBox chalk inks:


Click on the images to link to the products.

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 Gone Fishin’ stamp set and one other person will win the new Take Flight 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 April 13th. Tune into the Technique Tuesday blog on April 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.


  • 1.
    christen said…

    great picture! i love little girls in dresses.

  • 2.
    Celeste said…

    LOVE your layout Ali! Thanks for sharing the process!

  • 3.
    sue said…

    Love the layout! Clever, creative and your little one is growing up quickly!

  • 4.
    laura g. said…

    love the new stamp and the new layout! i have 3 3 year old grandkids and love watching them grow up! anna would have a blast with them!

  • 5.
    Graviela said…

    Love the giveaway

  • 6.
    Jenni said…

    I love that overlay…and the embossing is the perfect way to highlight the solid in your stamp! Can’t wait for my set…& thanks for the chance to win!

  • 7.
    Sue said…

    Just perfect.again! That Anna is really growing up! Thanks for sharing.

  • 8.
    Karen Watson said…

    Oh I wish I could afford a silhouette but they are soooo expensive here!
    Your stamps and the digital images are amazing! Love them all!!

  • 9.
    tape said…

    Beautiful 2 pager! Love the Silhouette stuff and the stamps.

  • 10.
    Marcia Scantlin said…

    Love the stamps and the layout. If you can sometime, can you explain how you used the stamp with the Color Box chalk inks?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Marcia – I use the chalk inks just like any other ink (they come in little “cat’s eye” shapes). I place the stamp on the clear block, lay it down on my work surface, put the ink on top, and then use it to stamp onto my project.

  • 11.
    Tammy Davis said…

    Beautiful page, Ali – as usual! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 12.
    Alida said…

    Awesome lay-out again, and a great idea for journaling cards!

  • 13.
    Gwen said…

    Really GREAT pages! I love every single thing about them.

  • 14.
    Flo said…

    I love those stamps especially embossed. Looks great on your page and those journal tags. Thanks.

  • 15.
    EK said…

    I always love your layouts. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 16.
    Bev W. said…

    Love the memory circles. I wondered how they would be used!

  • 17.
    Paula said…

    Lovin’ this sweet layout of Ana and I can’t wait for this month’s Studio AE set to come (I know I feel that way every month, ha!)

  • 18.
    Linda E said…

    Beautiful layout! And, great stamps for everyday life! I love that!

  • 19.
    Keli said…

    The the circles. Can you use most or all of your digital downloads on the silhouette?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I would say most – not layered template PSD files, but any of the PNG files can be opened and traced.

  • 20.

    Lindo layout, adorei conhecer um pouco dessa brincadeira e ainda aprender novas técnicas, conhecer novos materiais.
    Retratar nosso cotidiano é a melhor parte do scrap.
    Vou procurar conhecer um pouco mais para poder participar.

  • 21.
    Cheryl Leong said…

    wow… love this!!!

    cheryl131091 at yahoo dot com

  • 22.
    Julie Ebersole said…

    Coming briefly out of lurkdom to say this is just so lovely… I don’t scrap, but so love your style and am always inspired by it, Ali. Thank you for all that you share. :)

  • 23.
    Autumn said…

    Love your new stamp set. The layout is so sweet. Can’t wait to play with my silhouette too!

  • 24.
    Pidgen said…

    I really love this layout!! It is inspiring me to do something similar — which is always so great when looking at others layouts! And your journaling cards are awesome!

  • 25.
    Jennifer D. said…

    Love the new stamp set, and that picture of Anna is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 26.
    Alison said…

    Great layout Ali, love the repeated circles.

  • 27.
    Amy said…

    Beautiful as always. I am loving the transparency.

  • 28.
    Jodi Bagnato said…

    great idea, too many times I find myself forgetting to scrap the simple things but with this stamp set I won’t. Thanks for the chance to win a prize.

  • 29.
    Sandra said…

    What a great layout and the stamp set has so many uses. The transparency sure stands out as a must have item!

  • 30.
    Carolyn HP said…

    I love that you made project life cards at the same time with your stamps out… so productive Ali, love this layout, Anna is adorable!

  • 31.
    Leigh Hannan said…

    Awesome layout! Love all of the elements and a chance to win some stamps!

  • 32.
    Allison M. said…

    Great Layout! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • 33.
    Pam K said…

    Great layout & I love your new stamp set, “Hello Routine” … that’s life!

  • 34.
    Kimberly Stevens said…

    As always such great inspiration- love the blog hops!!

  • 35.
    tammy g said…

    Thanks for always sharing the process. It’s fun to see how your mind assembles things. And I love the skirt under the dress.

  • 36.
    DeeAnn Cummins said…

    Beautiful layout! I love how you used that Hambly Herringbone overlay and embossed your stamps. Thanks.

  • 37.
    Stacy K said…

    Wow! Your layouts are serious eye candy. Not only do I love looking at them, but I love learning about your process. Thanks Ali!

  • 38.
    Etta said…

    Great layout and I LOVE the Project Life Journaling cards!!!!

  • 39.
    angela g a said…

    I just adore this layout. Thanks so much.

  • 40.
    Judi said…

    Love these stamps – just ordered – thanks Judi

  • 41.
    Jackie O. said…

    My has she grown your “little” girl! What a lovely layout! Your “Hello Routine” stamps are just perfect for Project Life. So I am crossing my fingers…..

  • 42.
    Mandy Szeto said…

    awesome stamps! Thanks for sharing!

  • 43.
    borcherding said…

    HOLY FREAKIN’ MOLY! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this layout! The simplicity of it is absolutely GORGEOUS! Seriously. one of my all time favs!! Thinking that stamp set is gonna be a MUST have. :-) Thank you Ali!

  • 44.
    Teri said…

    Love your layout, Ali! And love that idea for making PL cards!

  • 45.
    Miriam Prantner said…

    Such a sweet layout! Love the balance and the soft, cool colors. These stamps are perfect for scrapbooking!

  • 46.
    Celine Navarro said…

    I’m in love with your layout. You’re such an inspiration.

  • 47.
    Susan said…

    love the layout and especially the journaling cards – really love journaling cards lately.

  • 48.
    Joan-Anne said…

    Beautiful layout!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • 49.
    Michelle Kent said…

    Just gorgeous as usual!! The more I see 8X10 layouts the more I LOVE them!! I’m going to commit to trying a few in my PL album this year…

  • 50.
    Leanne in CA said…

    I love this. I have some Hambly overlays and am not really sure what to do with them, so this gives me a great idea. Thanks for sharing! Love the new stamp set also (as usual).

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