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May 7, 2013

Hello Time | Michaels Make Every Moment Count Traditional Scrapbook Layout

Last week Katie and I took a little field trip over to Michael’s to pick up some products to participate in their Make Every Moment Count Challenge.

This month they are offering a variety of sales and discounts on memory keeping products in celebration of Scrapbook Month. You can grab a coupon packet in the store.

Here’s what I came home with:

Of course I found lots of fun things I wanted to play with – it’s not hard. I was especially excited about those Brilliance inks. They are awesome little ink pads. I also got pretty excited about those giant MAMBI silver glitter alphabet stickers.

I got stuck for awhile in the specialty paper section – specifically the gold and silver – and ended up using the silver sequin paper on my layout.

Here’s a look at the page I put together:

I started with a white 12 inch x 12 inch background piece of cardstock and printed my two photos to 5 inch x 5 inch.

And man, can I tell you that I spent way too much time today trying to get the color right on the photograph of my layout above? No matter what I did it kept turning out with that gray-ish/green-ish tint. Color-correction master I am not but I think you get the idea.

After that I cut some of the specialty paper (cork, burlap, and silver glitter) to 5 inch x 5 inch to start creating my accent blocks. From there I played around with placement.

I trimmed the cork paper after adhering the silver glitter Thickers from American Crafts. I used the Smash label maker to create the “then and now” and “yesterday” and “today” labels. I adhered the burlap with some Scotch rolling adhesive and then ran the whole thing through my sewing machine.

In the center of my page I added a Martha Stewart kraft oval sticker + one of the cork letter stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle + two silver mini brads. That whole piece got popped up with some foam sqaures.

On the bottom left square I hand-cut out the word love from the silver sequin paper (probably my favorite thing here). On top of the “o” I added a red star embellishment. Along the top of the cork paper I added “so much” using the Little Yellow Bicycle letter stickers. I love how it looks like it was cut with a Silhouette.

Around the edge of the layout I added my journaling and use ColorBox Cranberry ink to stamp two of my stamps from Technique Tuesday: Super Fantastic and All My Love.

Big thanks to Michael’s for including me in their challenge!

PS | Don’t forget to register for my new 12-week online workshop Hello Story. Get all the details and sign up here.


  • 1.
    alida said…

    This is beautiful. Reminds me of your earlier Simon layouts, yet it is totally new.

  • 2.
    Kelly said…

    You are an amazing and talented woman! Michael’s should sponsor you as I am sure everyone will be running to the specialty section now! I know I am just waiting for them to open! :)

  • 3.
    Carla said…

    I think I would just die if I walked into my Michael’s and found you there!

    Love what you did with all those goodies.

    Truly inspired, once again.

  • 4.
    laura g. said…

    awesome layout! i have been making layouts now and again because i miss the creativity of making them while doing PL…i put them in my PL album…there’s nothing like a blank piece of 12×12 cardstock to make me smile..

  • 5.
    Amy said…

    This layout is absolutely beautiful, Ali. You did a great job with all of those elements. I have some of those papers, but just haven’t figured out a good way to use them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 6.
    Michelle L said…

    OH man that sequins paper! Makes me want to leave work right now and go get me some! =)

    Can’t wait for your class! It looks amazing!

  • 7.
    Gina said…

    All right Ali. I have been having terrible trouble with my Epsom printer as well. My pictures come out super red and pinkish, almost neon! Can you help me.? I have no idea what to do! And have tried everything I know to do. Thanks.
    By the way I LOVE. the layout. The texture is awesome and I am totally into gold and silver too! Love that we can use that on boy layouts!:). Thanks for all the inspiration! Heading to Michael’s soon!!:)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      In general my photos come out fine – even these look fine in person. It was after I took a picture of the layout that I couldn’t get the color right. Go figure.

  • 8.
    Jean Marmo said…

    Love this!

  • 9.
    Karin Podolski said…

    I needed this inspiration to get “back to basics” and create some good old fashioned layouts!

  • 10.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Crazy about the sequin paper too!!!

    Your page looks FAB:-)

  • 11.
    Michelle said…

    Love it! So inspiring :o )

  • 12.
    Laura said…

    Love the cork and all the dimension and texture overall on the layout. I just used a piece of cork on a layout over the weekend to simulate a school bulletin board with enamel dots to emulate push pins. It made me happy. :-) Happy Tuesday!

  • 13.
    Patti L said…

    Love this! Didn’t know Michaels carried those specialty papers, great find! I love the simplicity of your process, yet it comes out looking so “designed”.

  • 14.
    Melissa Shim said…

    Awesome! Love the corka and love love love that sequin paper! Hope mine has it

  • 15.
    Leslie said…

    Wow, that is a fantastic layout!

  • 16.
    Jessica said…

    So cute! I’m loving the cork!

  • 17.
    Christine said…

    So cute, love seeing your layouts! I myself can get stuck in the paper section at Michael’s too, such a good selection!!

  • 18.
    Hillary said…

    Love the layout. Love that Michael’s has really upped its game in terms of scrapbooking supplies too!

  • 19.
    Linda said…

    This is gorgeous! Did you use the silhouette to cut the sequin paper or did you do that by hand? I would worry about the silhouette getting caught on all the texture so I’m always scared to use very textured papers in it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      By hand. I wouldn’t put that paper in the Silhouette.

  • 20.
    Alishia said…

    I want to go shopping with you… and then you can come over to my house and play! Thanks Ali. I am headed to Michael’s.

  • 21.
    Carrie Alexander said…

    I totally thought the cork WAS cut with your silhouette, how funny!!! I saw that and was totally thinking about ways to use the PL 4×6 cards I’ve gotten off of the silhouette store that have the words on top like that. I don’t like using them for journaling, they always look too blah to me, so adding that big sequin word onto it really got me inspired!

  • 22.
    Liz said…

    fun to see the sparkles in action – would never pick those up and yet they look so dang cute! Always fun to see what you come up with!

  • 23.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Looks awesome! So fun to handcut elements for pages like that! Looks like you got an awesome haul from there too, and the papers really are awesome!

  • 24.
    Lisa W. said…

    I’m with Alishia, I want to come over and play…just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine, I would pee my pants if I ran into you at Michaels,,,LOVE Michaels:)

  • 25.
    dawn said…

    I’m with Lisa and Alishia above, would love to run into you there. How awesome that you came home with all these goodies and made a COOL layout. Oh man is Simon growing up, no more little boy face. I love Michaels too, could spend hours in there and come home with a cart full.

    LOVE LOVE the layout and the photo looks good to me. Thanks for the inspiration!

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