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May 10, 2013

May Studio AE Blog Hop from Technique Tuesday

Welcome to the May Studio AE Blog Hop from Technique Tuesday!

Technique Tuesday offers a monthly stamp club that features a limited edition stamp set designed by me each month. You can check out past stamp sets (some are still available) here.

Say hello to this month’s stamp set: Heartfelt >>

DIGITAL MEMORY KEEPER? Similar designs are included in the following sets: Hello Heart 4×6 Sentiment Boxes and Hello Heart 3×4 Sentiment Boxes and Card Sentiment Boxes.

Here’s a look at my 8.5×11 layout:

And here’s a look at the process:

I started this page with a sheet of 8.5×11 white cardstock. I knew that I wanted to use this photo of Simon, do some sort of a grid collage, and that I wanted to use the largest stamp multiple times as a spaces for journaling.

From there I played around with a few different pattern papers settling on some of the smaller patterns that were included in the Studio Calico Card Kit 6×6 paper pad (each month comes with a great mix of patterns from other manufactures + Studio Calico), a piece of red + white star pattern from Dear Lizzy, and a little sliver of chevron from Fancy Pants.

I ended up with four main journal blocks using red, navy and silver inks. The one that looks pink was a mistake (didn’t clean off well enough before adding new ink) and I considered covering it up with pattern paper and in the end decided to leave it. I also used the Just Awesome stamp set again as a title for each of the blocks .

In each of those journal blocks I added a little piece of advice/words of love for Simon. Scrapbooking is a great opportunity to document that kind of stuff.

Those great little blue glitter stars are from Freckled Fawn and were included in the Studio Calico Planetarium Card Kit.

The letter “s” on the red pattern paper is a customizable Thicker from American Crafts (currently on clearance at You peel off the top layer to access the adhesive. On top of that I put some Silver Zing and melted it with the heat gun. I did it right onto the background pattern paper and I liked the little-bit-of-mess result (embossing powder sprinkles melted onto the pattern paper).

Originally I planned to incorporate more of the smaller box stamps but ended up with just the one “you are my heart” along the top.

Those glitter numbers are from American Crafts that I picked up at Michaels.

The silver ink I used is from the Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliance set (includes gold, bronze, platinum, and silver) and seriously my new favorite thing.

A gold one came in the Kelly Purkey kit from Simon Says Stamp and I had to find more of them!

The navy is Outdoor Denim from Close To My Heart and the red is from Color Box. Red Staz On was used to stamp the date on the photo.


Click on the images to link to the products.

Check out what the Studio AE team did with this month’s stamp set:

GIVEAWAY | One person will win a $25 gift certificate to someone who comments on any of the above blogs during the hop. The winner will be announced on the 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog.

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


  • 1.
    Debbi G. said…

    THanks for always showing me new ways to think of stamps!

  • 2.
    Christen said…

    I love this!

  • 3.
    melissa said…

    As always — you rock your stamps.

  • 4.
    Regina said…

    Hi Ali. Love this pic of Simon. I get your stamps every month and still get very excited about it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Love the Blog Hops.

  • 5.
    Jenny A said…

    Love this Ali!

  • 6.
    Lisa said…

    Hi, Ali!

    I love your Project Life posts, and I’ve been playing along for three years now. :) Been a subscriber to your stamp club since inception and I do adore my AE stamps. But as a long-time AE fan, can I just say how much I am enjoying your traditional layouts again?!! Welcome back!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Lisa!

  • 7.
    annette allen said…

    your layout is amazing.. love the new stamp set and loving those fun ink colors.. thanks for sharing..

  • 8.
    Lida said…

    Love the stamps!

  • 9.
    Nicky from Okotoks said…

    Love the stamps and the layout

  • 10.
    christi in ma said…

    Love the mix of pattern and sparkle on your page. I love the Brillance ink pads too. I have full sized pads I bought in the late 90s when they were brand new items and they still work great. Love that the ink dries on vellum and glossy surfaces.

  • 11.
    Leigh said…

    I rarely use stamps in my projects, but this layout makes me want to try more!

  • 12.
    Ruth G said…

    This is a great idea to create all the little journaling spots for writing messages to the star of the page! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  • 13.
    Darla said…

    This is one of my favorites of all your stamps!!!

  • 14.
    Emily Muto said…

    Wow love how you used those stamps in your layout!!

  • 15.
    alida said…

    This lay-out totally rocks, so original. (I was just a little dissapointed when the title said something about PL, and there wasn’t any. But you amaze me with what you do in a day, so no problem at all.)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Sorry about that! I fixed that mistake – I’d originally intended to use this stamp set on one of my PL spreads but ended up making a layout instead. Hoping to share some weeks next week.

    • ….
      alida said…

      It happens! Looking forward to your always inspiring pages.

  • 16.
    {vicki} said…

    absolutely love this layout!!!!!!!
    Great advice and loving words to your son!

  • 17.
    dawn said…

    I LOOOOOOVE this layout!!! Love the journal spots!!

  • 18.
    jackie p said…

    i just love how you scrap the every day. it has really inspired me to do the same. love your style. thanks!!!

  • 19.
    Marsha F said…

    Beautiful layout! I love the new stamp set!

  • 20.
    stacyk said…

    I love this layout, and I love the stamped look. Thanks for sharing Ali!

  • 21.
    Dana D. said…

    Terrific stamp set. Love your layout. So creative.

  • 22.
    Jill said…

    You’re a great source on inspiration!

  • 23.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I am loving all the layouts this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 24.
    LinhC said…

    I think this layout is a great way to recap the end-of-school-year memories! Thanks for sharing.

  • 25.
    Kathy A. said…

    What a great layout! And one that will make Simon feel so special when he reads it. I love how powerful scrapbooking can be.

  • 26.
    Pam K said…

    Beautiful ~ love the stamp set! I like how you stamped one of the images sideways; I never would have thought of doing that.

  • 27.
    Teri said…

    Super creative, super cool way to use this set. I LOVE IT, Ali!

  • 28.
    Janet said…

    Awesome page! Thanks so much for inspiring me! ~God bless~

  • 29.
    Cynthia H said…

    love the color combo!

  • 30.
    Paula said…

    What a great stamp set you’ve designed Ali, and your layout featuring Simon is awesome!

  • 31.
    Susanne said…

    What a nice layout! Love all your layouts and traditional crafted stuff! Thanks again for sharing your things with us.

  • 32.
    Kathy R said…

    Very creative. I wouldn’t have thought to repeat the journal stamp. Will be trying this.

  • 33.
    Patti L said…

    Like the nice, clean cut look. I’ve had those Brilliance inks for a while now, and they are great. I especially love to use them to create a gilt-edged look.

  • 34.
    Keri said…

    I love the soft look of that silver brilliance ink, definitely need to check that out! Love the grid design of this, especially with one stamp used sideways next to the photo…great design!

  • 35.
    Yolanda said…

    Great ideas,thanks.

  • 36.
    Nancy said…

    Love these stamps!

  • 37.
    tape said…

    Lovely stampy goodness! TFS.

  • 38.

    It is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for this amazing design!

  • 39.
    Bernice J said…

    Once again, a beautiful layout with a beautiful stamp set!

  • 40.
    Cynthia B. said…

    Love this grid design – you’ve made great use of the new stamp set!

  • 41.
    Nina Chow said…

    Love the layout. I too miss your traditional layouts. Always love your ideas.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Make sure you check out the rest of the posts from this week – this was the fourth one I shared this week :) .

  • 42.
    Kristie said…

    Love the stamps and your layout!

  • 43.
    Christine Newman-Aumiller said…

    Love these stamps because of the versatility!

  • 44.
    Lisa Anderson said…

    Love the new stamp. definitely looks like something i would use often

  • 45.
    Laura S said…

    Love the grid collage! TFS!!

  • 46.
    Miriam Prantner said…

    Such a versatile set, love how you created a grid with it!

  • 47.
    Sue D said…

    Great use of these stamps in your layout.

  • 48.

    Great lo and stamp Ali, you rock!!!

  • 49.
    Denise Bryant said…

    Beautiful page! Love the format!

  • 50.
    Pjay said…

    Awesome Stamps LOVE, LOVE . Thank you

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