Hello Age Four | Traditional Scrapbook Layout For Scrapbook Soup & Free Download

I had the awesome pleasure of traveling to Cleveland, Ohio earlier this week to tape a couple segments for a scrapbook TV show - Scrapbook Soup - that airs on PBS. You can check your local listings here or view segments on the web here. I'll let you know when my segments air later this year.

One of the hosts of Scrapbook Soup is my friend and awesome artist/memory keeper Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Other guests taping on the same day as me included Kelly Purkey, Ronda Palazarri, Nancy Nally and Kim Hupke (from Spellbinders).

For the show I did one traditional layout that I'm sharing today and one Project Life spread that I'll share next week.

Here's my layout:

Square punched grid layouts have long been a favorite way for me to bring words, photos and embellishments together. This layout features 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares. Each square includes either a photo, a pattern paper/embellishment combination, or a hand-drawn element cut with a Silhouette.

I started out by gathering my photos together into two Photoshop pages and then punched them using Marvy's 2.5 inch punch. I have gotten so much mileage out of that punch over the years.

When choosing my photos I looked for some that were up close and some that were farther away.

Letter sticker + wood arrow + a bit of embroidery floss.

Love those wood circles. I also added hand-drawn borders to a couple of my photos using a Precision Pen.

Patterned paper + Good Day Stamp + white ink + a couple sequin/mini-brad combos.

For the photos I adhered some with rolling adhesive and others with foam squares to pop them up a bit off the page.

My journaling goes around the outside of the page in the form of a letter to Anna about how awesome she is and I also added a bit of white ink all the way around the outer edge of the page.

FREEBIE | I've included the hand-drawn files for hello age 4, love you and sweet girl for you as well. Download the PNG files here.

Click here for a tutorial on tracing these PNG files and cutting them with the Silhouette.


Click on the images to link to the products.

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.

34 thoughts

  1. Cindy

    2013-06-07 12:51:57 -0400

    Love the your layout! Thanks for the freebies!

  2. Patti L

    2013-06-07 13:01:28 -0400

    Cool. I like this as a way to get some random photos on a layout.

  3. Kate

    2013-06-07 13:11:48 -0400

    Thank you soo much for the freebie!!! My little girl is turning 4 at the end of this month!!! YIPPIE!!!

  4. MelissaShim

    2013-06-07 13:12:17 -0400

    Love this ali! Would be a great way to use scraps

  5. Stephanie

    2013-06-07 13:21:30 -0400

    Love your layout Ali!! So awesome! And love the freebies! I have an Anna too who just turned four. Couldn't be more perfect!! :)

  6. Karen d.

    2013-06-07 13:55:52 -0400

    Love your layout! Hope you enjoyed your time in my hometown.

  7. Sylvia

    2013-06-07 14:50:52 -0400

    Love this layout!!! Thanks a lot for the great freebie!!!

  8. Elise

    2013-06-07 15:21:37 -0400

    This is unbelievably gorgeous.

  9. Sue K

    2013-06-07 22:19:50 -0400

    love your traditional layouts - this one is gorgeous! and your journalling around the border is beautiful.

  10. Paula

    2013-06-07 22:20:54 -0400

    Anna is such a cutie pie!

  11. Julie

    2013-06-08 04:21:51 -0400

    What a fantastic layout- love the photo of Anna with the cylinder blocks, my 3 year old maisy is at a Montessori preschool in new zealand and enjoyes these blocks. They look quite similar !
    Thanks for sharing Julie

  12. Laura

    2013-06-08 06:30:00 -0400

    LOVE this page, so simple, understated, graphic. I remember this technique, either from one of your books or CK articles. Thanks for the reminded. I am planning on signing up for your class, will be working on my son's wedding albulm as well as my project life. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  13. Laura

    2013-06-08 06:39:02 -0400

    P.S. BOO, Scrapbook Soup not carried by local PBS :(

  14. yin

    2013-06-09 04:33:54 -0400

    what an awesome little four year old! And what an awesome layout!

  15. J3SS1C4

    2013-06-09 06:22:37 -0400

    Such an awesome layout! I love the photo grid and the combination of up close and far away photos! :)

  16. lori

    2013-06-09 09:14:14 -0400

    Cute layout! Is the good day stamp going to be in a digital version? I checked dd, but didn't find it. Love the stamp. I checked and scrapbook soup isn't carried on my pbs station either-so will watch it online when available. Will you post when it is to view? Planning to sign up for your newest class.

  17. Angela

    2013-06-09 11:25:51 -0400

    I'm a 100% project life girl...but I seriously LOVE this layout so much! You are so stinkin talented!

  18. Christine

    2013-06-10 10:47:50 -0400

    Loving this, so cute! Love the grid design with all our elements!

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  20. Natalie (QSOgirl)

    2013-06-10 18:37:16 -0400

    Thank you again for the .png files, Ali. The "love you" image was the perfect solution for how I was going to make the title for an altered board book I made for my daughter.

  21. bunnyfreak

    2013-06-10 20:10:21 -0400

    Love the layout. Thanks for the free files.

  22. j

    2013-06-14 07:57:39 -0400

    ty for the files - love your layout!

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  25. StudioM

    2015-05-29 14:51:57 -0400

    Yes, my Marvy 2.5 inch punch gets tons of mileage. Great post.

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