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May 31, 2012

The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Stencil Hop | Stars & Circles

Welcome to The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Stencil Hop.

This month features the very cool Stars And Circles stencil.

I’m a big fan of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She’s got a great blog that’s filled with educational creative content (check out her recent post about her experience with Project Life six-months in) and her stencil designs are awesome so I was even more excited to play. Check out the list of other people participating in this month’s blog hop at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a look at my completed layout:

Here’s a closer look at my process:

Print a 12×12 photo. I’m not tired of creating layouts on a 12×12 photo background. In fact, I want to do more. I print these here at home using my Epson R2000 printer onto Epson 13×19 photo paper.

I knew I wanted to do a series of circles (most of them from the stencil) going down the left side of the photo.

Once I had the stencil in place I used white paint (gesso would work too) applied liberally on top of the circle/star combo. I wanted it to be thick – it means a little extra drying time but looks cool due to the additional dimension.

Love that.

Next I used the Silhouette to cut “love this” (actually it’s the center of this design that’s been hanging out on my table waiting for a home – from the Circles Of Life set) and used a really big circle punch and some cute Amy Tangerine Sketchbook pattern paper (from the 6×6 pad).

The Xyron Creative Station comes in handy with the Silhoutte cut files. You can see a video of how I use it here.

I didn’t adhere that circle right away because I wanted to get the others in place first and add a bit of paint around the edge as you’ll see below.

For the next circle I used Versamark Embossing Ink + Green Metallic Zing Powder + a heat gun. Lay the stencil down, press the embossing ink pad down into the stencil, remove the stencil, pour on some powder, remove the excess, and then melt with a heat gun. Be careful when “cooking” the ink + powder on top of a photo – if you leave the heat gun pointed on one place for too long it might bubble. Mine did just a bit and then it laid back down.

For the last circle I repeated the white paint and stencil.

I added some of the white paint around the edge of the circle before adhering it down with foam dots.

Here’s what it looked like before I added the journaling around the outside edges.

I used glossy accents to adhere the wood veneer stars and added white paint around the outside edge of the photo. I also added a great “the story” white rub on from Hambly in the upper right corner.

Once the paint was dry I added journaling with a black pen, beginning right after “the story” rub on.

Found this button in my stash from October Afternoon’s 5 & Dime.

Here’s another look at the completed page:


Click on the images to link to the products.

Check out the other people participating in this month’s blog hop:

Check out all the spring stencil hops here using Julie’s different designs.


  • 1.
    Marie said…

    Completely love your layout!

  • 2.
    Dori said…

    Love the layout. Love, love, love the photo of Simon. :)

  • 3.
    Linda J said…

    Wonderful page! I was anxious to see what you would do with that terrific photo. Thanks so much for sharing – and posting your entire process of putting this layout together.

  • 4.
    adrienne said…

    Love the photo and the page! I’ve been wanting a wide format printer for a while now….maybe for my birthday at the end of the summer. I just love the photos as the background for the page. Great job!

  • 5.
    Becky said…

    Love this page! Might be scraplifting that one ;)

  • 6.
    Anne Brooks said…

    What a great idea! The wheels are turning…need to get off the computer and into my craft room.

  • 7.
    diana trout said…

    Hey, what a great way to use those stencils. The comp is really fab on this page. It is all overshadowed, naturally, by the cuteness of your son ;)

  • 8.
    Margie Visnick said…

    Gorgeous page-pinned it!

  • 9.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    love it

  • 10.
    laura g. said…

    awesome picture!! great layout! makes me want to play too! think i can call in a ‘sick’ day??? i have the tag stencil and am anxious to play with it ….got several ideas..thanks ali for the inspiration!!

  • 11.
    Ellie A. said…

    Is there anything else but to LOVE this! Made me smile :)

  • 12.
    Johanne L. said…

    Very beautiful layout. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • 13.
    Tammy Davis said…

    Love this! Great use of the stencil!

  • 14.

    Love the page you created! Great job with the thick white paint.

  • 15.
    Sara Andrews said…

    This is fabulous Ali! I just love everything from the 12×12 picture to your embellishments. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • 16.
    Mandy Szeto said…

    wow, ali, I love the full page photo layout. Thanks for inspiring. It is just super expensive for me to print a full page as a photo.

  • 17.
    Eva said…

    Totally love it!

  • 18.
    borcherding said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! So simply and gorgeous at the same time!! I didn’t see it listed but what kind of black pen do you use to journal? Is this paper glossy? Thanks Ali!

  • 19.
    Tina J. said…

    Wow, that is really cool! Love it – everything about this layout is great! Thanks for sharing, Ali!

  • 20.
    Miriam Prantner said…

    Just wonderful! I’d be nervous to use this on photos, but I LOVE how it turned out!

  • 21.
    Kelly said…

    I love when you share your traditional scrapbooking!
    I love this picture of Simon!
    I love the way you used the stencils!
    I love your creativity!
    Thank you for you!

  • 22.
    Terri said…

    Love this!!!

  • 23.
    clippergirl said…

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful techniques!

  • 24.
    HeatherB said…

    Love it! I’ve been wanting to pick up some of those wood veneer items but I am worried about putting them on photos (or even on layouts) – they aren’t acid free, right? Ali, is that even a factor for you? Or do you just think that they will be attached to a digital pic which could be reprinted if necessary??

  • 25.
    Flo said…

    Great page. I’m loving these stencil hops, it makes me go and buy each and every one in both sizes.

  • 26.
    jennifer olson said…

    Jennifer Olson

    when are you doing project life

  • 27.
    cinback said…

    Simply brilliant!

  • 28.
    rhonda nickol said…

    I always the little details or the big details that make your layouts so outstanding! Thanks Ali for the chance to win!

  • 29.
    Farley Cross said…

    Wow, really like the looks of the stenciling right on a photo. That white just pops right out!

  • 30.
    jen said…

    love the JOY on Simon’s face … such a awesome capture. Thanks for sharing!

  • 31.
    KimMJ said…

    Love the look of the stencil right on the photo! What a great photo. Thanx for sharing and for the inspiration. :)

  • 32.
    Tracy said…

    love love love the full size picture. i just clicked on the link to amazon and picked up the printer and paper and ink! a special treat for me today. thanks so much. i love your blog.

  • 33.
    Christie said…

    I love this layout. I have a question on your journaling. How do you get it spaced correctly? Do you do a test journal first before you write on the photo? I always want to try this, but am afraid I will mess it up!

  • 34.
    dawn said…

    I love everything about this layout Ali, he is soooo happy in this photo. Great job on all of it, what a cool stencil to play with.

  • 35.
    Dawn S said…

    Simply fabulous…from top to bottom…love love love this!!

  • 36.
    Ruth G said…

    I absolutely love all the green and how you used the thick paint with the stencil! TFS!!!

    P.S. Your picture reminds me about the weather. It was 46 here today, about 50 degrees cooler than on Monday and raining (which was good and bad because some 5th graders I know had a cold wet scavenger hunt in Chicago today! Mine thankfully opted not to go! He’s so smart:-)

  • 37.
    Lauren said…

    Love this. Love how versatile these templates are.

  • 38.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I love your layout, Ali! A couple of questions though… What pens do you use to write on your photos? Also, what printer do you use? I’m contemplating getting a wide format printer, but I’m unsure about what to try, and you seem to really like yours. Thanks Ali!

  • 39.
    Bethany Becker said…

    I love this layout!

  • 40.
    Carol Mc said…

    Great layout, love the way you put the stencil to use.

  • 41.
    Anita said…

    Just when I’m ready to give up scrapping you go and make a wonderfully inspiring layout like this one, and I’m hooked again. Thanks for the illumination.

  • 42.
    nirupama said…

    Looks so so cool. I regret all the time not getting a bigger printer last year. I have a question…how do glossy accents differe from regular liquid adhesive? Just wondering what the difference is?

  • 43.
    Teri said…

    What a cool picture, Ali! And a totally coolio page, too!

  • 44.
    Kerry said…

    I love this page it looks really amazing and so simple xx

  • 45.
    kdan said…

    Ok I really love the look of the letters being punched out. Is there another way to get this look if I do not own a silhoute.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can hand-cut them with a craft knife.

  • 46.
    milkcan said…

    Love how you used just a small portion of the stencil! Great layout! Thank you for being a part of the hop, Ali!

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