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June 7, 2013

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.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Ali, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!! Have always loved your grid pages, still have the old ones of just Simon. So nice to see a pretty girlie one, this is precious and beautiful!

    So cool to see the close-ups and especially the faraway ones, seems I don’t do these kind as much now. Looks great having the mix of the two.

    Your writing is beautiful around the edges and writing on photos is a favorite always for me.

    Was so excited to see on your IG that you were finally in my neck of the woods. I live about half hour away and couldn’t believe all you amazing ladies were in town. Would be so cool to meet you and the others. Maybe you could come back one day for a class?? HINT HINT!

    Thanks for the freebie too, so nice to put that there for us!

    Can’t wait to sign up for your class, still saving up and hope to have enough just in time. The new PL kits are at my Archivers this weekend though and I’m so tempted to go but some mini kits, will see how strong my willpower is, ha!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing this awesome page. Oh and congrats on being a guest on the show, so cool and hope to see it!

  • 2.
    Bambou Orchidee said…

    Totally love your layout, it is awesome! And I will enrol to Hello Story, that’s for sure (can’t wait!). Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 3.
    SherriS. said…

    I love the square punch layout! Makes me one to go buy that punch. Thanks for the freebie. I started Digital PL last week. I’ve appreciated your tutorials so much to help me get started.

  • 4.

    Hurray for grids! The layout looks fabulous. (I always love the way you put together traditional layouts. It’s so fun to see you making more of them these days) I like the idea of hand-drawing borders onto photos. I will have to remember that for the future. Thank you also for the png files. I know I will get great use out of them!

  • 5.
    Kendra said…

    Holy Crap! You were in my state!! Been a bit chilly – sorry about that:)

    Glad to know what size the squares are. I did something similar and it just wasn’t working. Have to try a different punch size

  • 6.
    Ruth G said…

    Super cute! I love the grid design and all the fun pictures to help tell Anna’s story!
    Thanks so much for the PNGs. Now that I have a Silhouette, I’ll have to take a look at that video! I love all the amazing things I can do!!!

  • 7.
    cindy b said…

    AWESOME! enough said! :)

  • 8.
    Julie said…

    Your daughter is such a cutie. Thanks for sharing her(both of them) with us.
    Thanks for the png files.
    I don’t have a daughter but I call my dog ‘sweet girl’ all the time ;)

  • 9.
    Gina said…

    Ali thanks so much for this awesome download and inspiration! i was wondering if you could make on that said sweet boy! i have 2 sons!;)
    thanks for being awesome!:)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Gina – I’ve got it on my list to create as a product that will be available at Designer Digitals.

  • 10.
    Cindy said…

    Love the your layout! Thanks for the freebies!

  • 11.
    Patti L said…

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

  • 12.
    Kate said…

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

  • 13.
    MelissaShim said…

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

  • 14.
    Stephanie said…

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

  • 15.
    Karen d. said…

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

  • 16.
    Sylvia said…

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

  • 17.
    Elise said…

    This is unbelievably gorgeous.

  • 18.
    Sue K said…

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

  • 19.
    Paula said…

    Anna is such a cutie pie!

  • 20.
    Julie said…

    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

  • 21.
    Laura said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Laura said…

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

  • 23.
    yin said…

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

  • 24.
    J3SS1C4 said…

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

  • 25.
    lori said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Angela said…

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

  • 27.
    Christine said…

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

  • 28.

    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.

    • ….
      SarahG said…

      Those board books – what an amazing idea!!! So cute!!!

      Ali, I love this. My A is four too so extra special. See you next week. X

  • 29.
    bunnyfreak said…

    Love the layout. Thanks for the free files.

  • 30.
    j said…

    ty for the files – love your layout!

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