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. Karina

    2012-05-11 00:01:51 -0500

    Thanks for sharing !!!

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  2. Sheri E.

    2012-05-11 00:46:51 -0500

    Ali, I have been working on a scrapbook for my friend's daughter who survived being hit by an SUV. I'm using a lot of your AE stamps as they seem to fit in so many places as I document her progress and God's miracle of her life. Thanks!

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  3. Pat N

    2012-05-11 06:15:47 -0500

    Love the stamp set. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. J Allen

    2012-05-11 08:16:58 -0500

    Ali, this off topic, but the last newsletter I received was on April 20. Do I need to renter my info? I don't want to receive more than one if you haven't put one out since April 20.

    Thanks for you help, J

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  5. Megan B

    2012-05-11 09:07:40 -0500

    I love how you cut out the phrases and outlined them. Can't wait to try that on my next layout... :)

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  6. Mimi

    2012-05-11 09:45:37 -0500

    I really like the project life idea and I want to make a project summer with my grand daughter this summer. I am going to ask her parents for pics and we will make her a project summer in my room from http://roomstogrowusa.web12.hubspot.com/hobbyrooom/,and who knows we might continue on throughout the year.

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  7. Linda E

    2012-05-11 10:04:35 -0500

    Another great stamp set, Ali!

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  8. Chris Wenzel

    2012-05-11 10:44:04 -0500

    OK, Now that they fixed this shipping...a new SUB...YEAH!!!! THANK YOU!!!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
  9. Pat Rex

    2012-05-11 11:22:51 -0500

    Your Mom must be really proud of you! Happy Mother's day to you both.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
  10. JKnepper

    2012-05-11 13:20:38 -0500

    I have to say that I haven't found a AE Stamp that I don't love and use for everything! Can't wait to play with May's set. I love your word boxes.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
  11. Paula

    2012-05-11 13:37:05 -0500

    I'd be so happy to win this month's blog hop - there are some studio AE sets from before I joined that I can choose from :)

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
  12. karenladd

    2012-05-11 15:03:33 -0500

    These sentiments stamps are just fabulous!! Love how versatile they are, and how sweet they look with those black boxes drawn around them!

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  13. Julie S.

    2012-05-11 18:24:19 -0500

    Thanks for sharing your PL album! I love how you printed the stamps in color and drew the boxes, great idea!

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  14. Emily h

    2012-05-11 19:02:23 -0500

    Your blog is so fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Caroline

    2012-05-11 21:40:26 -0500

    Thanks for yet more PL ideas for this idea-hungry PL-er! :)

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
  16. Memoriesbymanda

    2012-05-11 23:51:19 -0500

    Awesome stamp set! I so want to get my hands on a set of my own.

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  17. Ruth Tacoma

    2012-05-12 03:37:50 -0500

    I love these!!! Great price on the shipping!!

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  18. Sue

    2012-05-12 04:31:04 -0500

    So love your stamps and the creative ways you use them. Thanks!

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  19. Cheri C.

    2012-05-12 07:18:46 -0500

    Thanks so much for the links to the tutorials as well as sharing how you used these lovely stamps.

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  20. Tawnda Andrews

    2012-05-12 08:27:44 -0500

    beautiful as always!!

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  21. Cynthia H

    2012-05-12 10:40:14 -0500

    I love how the stamp looks on your week in the life layout!! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  22. Marilyn Nimmo

    2012-05-12 12:19:42 -0500

    LOVE how you stamped these and drew boxes around them--perfect little elements for your pages!

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  23. Lynda

    2012-05-12 17:43:30 -0500

    Love your stamps. It must be cool to see your own handwriting on other people's projects!

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  24. Anita J

    2012-05-12 23:56:56 -0500

    Awesome stamp set ... perfect to use w/Project Life. Thanks Ali for sharing, you are such an inspiration!

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  25. benessi

    2012-05-13 01:29:54 -0500

    Thanks for sharing, love these stamps!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:45AM
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