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May Studio AE Blog Hop & Project Life 2012 | Week Eighteen

Welcome to Project Life 2012 | Week 18 and the May Technique Tuesday Studio AE Blog Hop.

I'm combining the two today in order to (1) catch up and (2) because they go really nicely together and (3) the 10th is the day we do the Blog Hop each month.

First up I want to share the a wesome news for those of you who are subscribers or who have been thinking about subscribing to Studio AE. Technique Tuesday has changed their shipping method and it's resulting in some savings for you. Learn more about the changes here.

The May Studio AE stamp set is called Simple Joy:

WANT THE DIGITAL VERSION? You can grab the digital version of this stamp set here: Everyday Sentiment Strips.

I thought these stamps would make great strips added to my photos in Project Life. I decided to stamp them on Cream Puff cardstock (that I pulled from my box of scraps) using Colorbox Chalk Cat's Eye Inks.

And then I drew black boxes around each one and cut them out:

Here's a look at Week Eighteen:

The left side:

Insert number one (which came from this post about Simon's first time at gymnastics):

I used my 6x12 Layered Template Set to add the photo and words in Photoshop.

I turned the canvas into a 12x12 and printed it here at home using a Epson R2000 and 13x19 photo paper:

If you'd like to learn more about working with these 6x12 layered templates I've got a free video tutorial for that here.

I added one of the sentiment strips on top of the printed words and photo.

And as you can see below I added another photo below the text on the back side and another stamped sentiment strip.

Insert number two includes my Dad's margarita recipe sent via email and some of Anna's drawings on the front:

The back includes words from my Baking And Bread And Blooms post:

On the right side:

The big #3 is from Pink Paislee London Market Jumbo Numbers and the cute little red strip below is from Basic Grey What's Up Die Cuts & Transparencies (love this set).

I used the Silhouette to cut one of the Circles of Life digital files. I've got a tutorial for how to work with the PNG files in the Silhouette software available here.

I'm also using this stamp set in my Week In The Life album. Here's a peek at that (using Staz-On to stamp on the photo paper):


SUPPLIES | 2012 | WEEK 18


Click on the images to link to the products.





There's lots of cool stuff to check out for this month's Studio AE blog hop - take a look:


In addition, Technique Tuesday is giving away a $20 gift certificate to someone who comments on any of the blogs during the hop. The winner will be announced on the TT blog on May 13th.


Project Life is a product and a system created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The pieces used in my album are available here. If you live outside the US check Becky’s site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life (including all the spreads from my completed 2011 album) here.

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  1. audra says…
    05/10/2012

    LOVE IT!! Cannot wait for my stamps to arrive! Question - I'd love to purchase your Circles of Life, However, I do NOT have a Silhouette. Is it possible - not sure what they would look like??I'd appreciate any feedback.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/10/2012

      You can print those out directly onto cardstock or add them to photos just like any of my other PNG brushes.

  2. shannon j says…
    05/10/2012

    Thanks for the chance to win the $20.00 certificate. Can't wait to see more of your Week in the Life album...still working on mine, too! Off to look at the other blogs.

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  3. {vicki} says…
    05/10/2012

    As always Ali----you are such an inspiration!

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  4. Jacque says…
    05/10/2012

    You are ALWAYS such an inspiration! I can't wait to see your work and ideas each week. Thanks!

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  5. melissa says…
    05/10/2012

    Sweet. I love this stamp set. Simply beautiful.

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  6. Sandi M says…
    05/10/2012

    Can't wait to get my stamps. Always love me some HAPPY mail. Your glimpses are wonderful and using stamps directly on photos is a favorite for me. Thank you!

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  7. Graviela says…
    05/10/2012

    Love the giveaway!

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  8. Ilona says…
    05/10/2012

    Love your week 18, all the photos from outside, just beautiful! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Ali, what kind of cleaner do you use for your clearstamps when using Staz-On ink?

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    1. Ali says…
      05/10/2012

      To be honest I don't clean them - well, I do often "stamp off" - meaning that I stamp it on a piece of paper a few more times. The staz-on is not my first choice in general - but for the slick photo paper it's what I needed.

  9. Marcia Scantlin says…
    05/10/2012

    I like how you simply put the black box around the phrases and cut out - it really sets it off. Plus using the Stazon to put a phrase right on the photos looks cool, too.

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  10. Kathy R says…
    05/10/2012

    I have been waiting for this month's stamp set since I got a peak at it on a CHA video. Love it!

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  11. Janet says…
    05/10/2012

    Another perfect stamp set for SO many projects. Another HOME RUN!
    Thanks for the continual inspiration.

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  12. Gail J says…
    05/10/2012

    A beautiful stamps set Ali!

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  13. Regina says…
    05/10/2012

    Hi Ali. One of the highlights of my month is getting your stamps in the mail. Plus, I use them. I actually use them. Thanks for a cool set. Love it.

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  14. Jan says…
    05/10/2012

    Okay, I cannot read the margarita recipe. No fair! Give us the scoop, please. I love the pictures that go over two pockets.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/10/2012

      Here you go Jan (posted it on Facebook last week): http://www.facebook.com/ali.m.edwards/posts/10150704021041082

  15. Ellie A. says…
    05/10/2012

    OH how FUN is this! I always am on the lookout for stamps that are small but say just what I want to say especially when it comes when I am doing PL. This is just perfect!

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  16. laura g. says…
    05/10/2012

    aww...the life is good, life is hard stamp really speaks to me...so very true.

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  17. Erin B says…
    05/10/2012

    Love Week 18 and the Circle sentiment you created on your Cameo! Can't wait to see the WitL album post!

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  18. Tammy Davis says…
    05/10/2012

    Your pages are wonderful, Ali! I am going to try to do this from here on out. I can always document Jan through now with regular scrapbook pages. This looks like so much fun! Next year I WILL do WitL. Thanks for all your inspiration!

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  19. Theresa says…
    05/10/2012

    Wow...what a great set of stamps!! I love what you did..and the other ladies came up with some really awesome projects. I really liked the bookmark Tanis came up with!

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  20. Carmen Denovan says…
    05/10/2012

    I so enjoy your stamps.

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  21. cindy b says…
    05/10/2012

    ANother fantastic layout. I have been thinking about signing up for TT stamps and this might be the perfect time. Thanks for the chance to win Ali. I love all of her layouts!

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  22. Elaine Allen says…
    05/10/2012

    Ali -

    Love how this looks. I really like the drawn box around the sentiments, makes them really stand out.

    Elaine Allen

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  23. Shirley K. says…
    05/10/2012

    Love the look of your handwritten stamps!

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  24. Katie says…
    05/10/2012

    I love seeing your Project Life album. I am starting mine on Monday (instead of doing the year 2012, I will be starting with my 25th birthday). It is wonderful to be able to be inspired by everyone's albums, since most people are a quarter of the way into it already!

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  25. Jennifer says…
    05/10/2012

    So fun! I love all your stamps and how they are going so well with Project Life!

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