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March 17, 2014

March Studio AE Blog Hop from Technique Tuesday


Welcome to the February 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 the stamp set I designed for this month: Wow


DIGITAL MEMORY KEEPERS | A similar set of digital word art is available here: Oh Yes Sentiment Boxes

Here’s a look at the layout I created this month:


I like to use stamps to create background patterns. Sometimes, as was the case here, they become a very subtle texture under the star vellum.

Here’s a step by step:


1. I used Momento Luxe ink in Pear Tart and the Wow stamp set to create a background. I  added three of the stamps that come with this set to a block and then stamped them over and over again to create a background pattern. I wanted it to not be too dark so I stamped onto another piece of paper first and then stamped onto this backgound cardstock about three times in a row before adding more ink.


2. Cut star vellum to 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and adhere with just a bit of rolling adhesive to keep it in place.


3. Add a 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch piece of white cardstock to the top.


4. Add a 4×6 photo. I printed mine here at home using an Epson PictureMate printer. I used RadLab to create the color effect.


5. Cut “thank you for trying” using green vellum (included in this Lemon Lush vellum pack from Studio Calico) and the Silhouette.


6. Run the title through a sewing machine.

7. Add a vellum phrase sticker to the left edge of the photo.


8. Use a 1.5 inch circle punch to cut out the “son” circle from this set of journal cards: Family Cards By Paislee Press.


9. Stitch around the outer edge with a sewing machine.

10. Add a label sticker.

11. Add three wood grain stars.

11. Use a rolling date stamp to add the date.


12. Add journaling to the label sticker.


One of the things I played around with on this layout was creating an animated gif to show the steps of building this page. It’s not exactly one step at a time but I thought it might be fun for you to get a peek at the order in which I tend to add things to my layouts.

Click on the image below to go to a new window and watch the gif:



Click on the images to jump to the products.

Check out what our Creative Team is doing with the stamps this month:

GIVEAWAY | We are going to give away one $25 e-Gift Card to to someone who comments during the hop. To be eligible to win, all you need to do is comment on any of our blog posts! The lucky winner will be announced on the 21st on the Technique Tuesday blog.


  • 1.
    marynbtol said…

    Love your page, Ali, and your stamps! Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  • 2.
    Robin Gibson said…

    I love how you repeat things. I’ve seen the stamped background technique before, and never tried it. Now I’m inspired to just go and do it. Super cool layout! And good for Simon! He’s so grown up now!

  • 3.
    {vicki} said…

    Great layout!
    Love those stars!

  • 4.
    Dori said…

    I especially love the hand-drawn star/heart stamps. I frequently use stamps like that to go around an entire mini-book page or layout. I can imagine them becoming part of my basket of “use-’em-all-the-time” stamps. :-)

    I have several of your stamp sets, Ali. I use them frequently and can testify that they are really superior quality!

  • 5.
    Kim said…

    I really enjoyed the gif. Thanks for all the great inspiration and the chance to win.

  • 6.
    Nancy Sue said…

    Thanks for all the neat ideas.

  • 7.
    MK said…

    The gif was fun. Cute idea! I always love how “simple” your layouts are. Clean, creative… It doesn’t ever look like you just (excuse the term) barfed embellishments on the page, and just so happen to have a design degree so they are arranged in a nice but meaningless way.

  • 8.
    justasiam said…

    What a beautiful, soft and subtle treatment on your scrapbook page. Just lovely!

  • 9.
    Debbie V said…

    Love that star vellum over the stamped background! Beautiful!

  • 10.
    Jo-Anne said…

    lovely page Ali! Love what you did with the stamps and vellum:-)

  • 11.
    Susan said…

    Love the layering of the stamped paper with the star vellum on top and the green vellum lettering on the starred vellum!

  • 12.
    LauraM said…

    Really nice page – and I liked the gif, too! Quick question – how do you get the same width in different font sizes so they line up perfectly? It looks like you used the same font for your title in 3 different sizes. How did you get them the same width? Thanks!

    • ….
      dawny dee said…

      i was wondering the same thing!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just adjust the type size until each word is the same width (and sometimes adjust the spacing between the letters – called kerning). I also use rulers in Illustrator (the program I use to design word art) which helps line it all up.

  • 13.
    Annette Allen said…

    wow of course this is SO FABULOUS.. totally love it and the layout is just perfect.. thanks for inspiring me..

  • 14.
    Kathy R said…

    Wow, love this layout. Great stamp set this month.

  • 15.
    michelle t said…

    Your layout is so nice and shows how supportive you are of your kids. That’s a neat idea to stamp a layout background. The gif was a cool idea. Awesome new set too. Thank you for a chance to win. Michelle t

  • 16.
    Karen said…

    What a great page with an awesome saying. How many times should we thank our kids for trying? I get caught up in the day to day and forget how hard it can be for them. Thanks for the reminder to thank them for trying! Thanks for the giveaway also.

  • 17.
    Dana Nichols said…

    I’ve been on a hiatus from scrapbooking for quite a while now, but I feel the mojo coming back. Including the gif is really neat. I look forward to seeing more of the process “in action”. I love this layout.

  • 18.
    MaryLouH said…

    The stamping in the subtle background is very nice.
    Great layout.

  • 19.
    Peg said…

    I really like how you layered the cut title under the vellum. Gives it a stamped feel…so much so I expected to see that phrase in the stamp set! LOL Nice layout as always and….he’s so tall!!!!

  • 20.
    teri said…

    cool technique, Ali!

  • 21.
    Melissa said…

    Anytime that I whittle down my SB supplies, I don’t even CONSIDER getting rid of the AE/TT stamps. They’re classic and great quality.

    In this layout I’m loving the subtle masculine feel with the blue & green, as well as the (you’re a) STAR vellum. TFS!

  • 22.
    Jennifer Greer said…

    This is a beautiful layout!

  • 23.
    Lisa aka Myran said…

    Really gorgeous layout Ali! I love how you used the stamps as a background, really clever!

  • 24.
    Amy C. said…

    So cute! I love what you did with the paper!

  • 25.
    Sarita said…

    Love your layout!

  • 26.
    Fluty said…

    Thank you for the step-by-step details! I like the star velum! I love your layout!

  • 27.
    Mary in IL said…

    I love the idea of the vellum over the stamoing! Thank you for the idea!

    • ….
      Mary in IL said…


  • 28.
    Miriam Prantner said…

    Love the patterned paper you created and I also love the stamp you used for the ‘O’.

  • 29.
    Sue D said…

    Great background for this layout.

  • 30.
    Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B said…

    Lovely page! Love the subtle background behind the overlay.

  • 31.
    Heather Thompson said…

    Very neat layout. Love the stars!

  • 32.
    Sarah said…

    I love the background!

  • 33.
    Marilyn Cotter said…

    great stamps!

  • 34.
    Toni C said…

    Love the vellum, it almost looks like fabric. And the animated gif is genius!

  • 35.
    Cheryl said…


  • 36.
    StampinCathy said…

    Fabulous page. I just love how you did the background.

  • 37.
    Vicki Smith said…

    I love this stamp collection.
    You can do SO MANY things with it.
    The page is wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • 38.
    Janet Sisk said…

    Love your layout! I like how you used the stamp set for the background. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  • 39.
    Cynthia Baldwin said…

    Love the subtle texture you created under the vellum, and I think your new stamp set is awesome! :)

  • 40.
    Kirsten B in MN said…

    Love all the layers and the softness-nice boy page!

  • 41.
    Lisa Young said…

    Lovely layout design!!!! I love the new stamp set!!

  • 42.
    laura g. said…

    awww…love this page!!! I was inspired so a did a little online shopping…love the Studio Calico labels…so I ordered those and some cork stars…and some cork hearts…and some gold hearts..and some cork cameras…they are SO cute. had surgery and am on a 10 lb. weight limit…soooo luckily NOTHING in my scraproom weighs 10 lbs!!! lucky me!!

  • 43.
    Janis in ID said…

    Fun stamps and fabulous LO!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • 44.
    Sabrina Radican said…

    What a great layout!!

  • 45.
    Jan Castle said…

    Cute card and layout! TFS and for a chance to win!!!

  • 46.
    Angie said…

    Love this layout!! Great ideas!

  • 47.
    Sue FitzGerald said…

    Love the softness of this layout while still keeping a masculine feel to it.

  • 48.
    Claire said…

    Beautiful layout! I love the stars.

  • 49.
    Carla Hundley said…

    How fun your layout
    is. Enjoyed seeing
    all the steps to
    make it.
    Carla from Utah

  • 50.
    cara m. said…

    love the layout!
    love the stars!
    love the step-by-step!
    love the gif! fancy!!

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