June 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.

This month's stamp set: Pure Magic


DIGITAL MEMORY KEEPER? | Similar sets of digital word art is available here: Hello You Sentiment Boxes, No Day Like Today Sentiment Boxes, This Is Magic Sentiment Boxes.

Here's a look at my layout:


For this layout I started by looking through some of my current photos. I wanted to do an "early June" layout that included a few photos I could place behind those great chipboard frames from Crate Paper.

The "totally" love stamp (love the shape) was a great way to start my journaling for this page in the area next to the photos.

Brown stamping ink is Doc Brown. Background pattern paper is from Carta Bella (and was included in the Ni Hao add-on this month at Studio Calico).


It's hard to see in this image but I did draw lines for my journaling using a Tim Holtz Distress Marker (Spun Sugar).

The journaling pen I used this time was a Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent pen. I wanted to try it after hearing Wilna talk about it on a recent Paperclipping episode. It's a little thicker than I've been using lately but I liked it for sure - really nice for when you want a thicker, bolder journaling pen (this was the Fine point).

The wood veneer "June" is from Studio Calico's Project Life® kit this month.


On top of the Crate Paper frames (and on a couple photos) I added white/clear stickers from Simple Stories, navy blue numbers from Pink Paislee to number each photo and pink and black label word phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket.


One of the biggest things for me as I worked through this page was the decision to add the details strip along the bottom. I want to make sure I'm including some of those basic details (I could have added more). Sometimes it's too easy to write in general terms and skip over the details (and vice versa) - I like when there's a mixture of both.

This layout felt really old school to me when I was done. Not sure exactly how I feel about that, it is what it is in the end. Something about the placement of all the elements - probably especially the strips along the bottom reminded me of layouts I've made in the past.


  • Add more details. I couldn't let this page get away from me without adding that detail strip along the bottom of the images/journaling. Yes, I could have included those in my journal block, but I liked having that space for more general thoughts and then getting a little more specific down below.

  • Use chipboard frames to create homes for your photos. There are a bunch of sizes included in this Crate Paper set.

  • Add more stuff. Now usually you hear me talking about keeping things simple, but sometimes it's really fun to layer things on top of each other (it can still be simple). Here I layered different kinds of stickers on top of those chipboard frames and photos.


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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 TechniqueTuesday.com 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.


Looking to reconnect with why you are a memory keeper? Check out my self-paced workshop Yesterday & Today (a re-release of a 12-week workshop that ran at Big Picture Classes in 2009 and 2011). Workshop includes a private Facebook group for support and interaction with others who are embarking on this workshop. Full details and registration here.

73 thoughts

  1. Deborah Rikard

    2014-06-11 10:01:40 -0400

    Don't worry about the layout being "old school." It is a wonderful layout and not every layout has to be an elaborate work of art. The important thing is getting the memory down for your children.

  2. Bonnie Jean

    2014-06-11 10:31:17 -0400

    I would love to win a gift card to Technique Tuesday. I like your simpler layouts... more traditional style... more pictures... more journaling. Some "whitespace" draw me to your work years ago.

  3. Janet

    2014-06-11 10:51:35 -0400

    Adorable! Thanks for all the details!
    ~God bless~

  4. Amy Cooley

    2014-06-11 11:29:48 -0400

    Great ideas on your layout! These stamps are so versatile!

  5. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B

    2014-06-11 11:56:24 -0400

    Wonderful layout! Like the chipboard frames!

  6. Kathy A.

    2014-06-11 12:28:42 -0400

    Lovely layout and I really like your new stamp set, especially the "Favorite Story" and "Totally Love" tab-shaped stamps. I can see a lot of uses for those stamps! Thanks for the chance to win Ali.

  7. Amelia N.

    2014-06-11 12:58:52 -0400

    Such a neat layout!

  8. Denise Bryant

    2014-06-11 13:50:06 -0400

    Great page! Love the fun pics and the journaling!

  9. Amante del Papel

    2014-06-11 16:49:10 -0400

    wonderful layout, is so beautiful!

  10. Pam T.

    2014-06-11 20:05:28 -0400

    Love the layout!!!

  11. Sue Alg

    2014-06-12 06:22:48 -0400

    Love all the great ideas. You inspire me to step up my PL pages

  12. Donna Whitten

    2014-06-12 13:40:30 -0400

    Love your layout! To me, this is what scrapbooking is all about, pictures and journaling! Too much icing is overkill! Your is just right!

  13. Pat M

    2014-06-12 13:46:48 -0400

    Great layout and awesome stamp set!!

  14. Amy Marshall

    2014-06-12 15:56:31 -0400

    Great layout. Love the detail strip at the bottom of the page. I need to try that.

  15. Sarita

    2014-06-12 18:34:04 -0400

    Love it, Great page!

  16. Marsha j

    2014-06-12 19:58:08 -0400

    Love the layout. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Kris Budreau

    2014-06-12 20:10:30 -0400

    Fantastic layout! I love old school layouts! More focus on the pictures not all the extras!

  18. Lyn Kaufmann

    2014-06-12 22:23:44 -0400

    Great page. Such a big difference between all the pictures and the journaling is wonderful.

  19. Ria Montefalcon

    2014-06-14 15:53:55 -0400

    Beautiful layout, I love all the details you used and definitely the stamps

  20. Donna Lewis

    2014-06-14 17:05:13 -0400

    Great job. I love the detail strip.

  21. Kelly F.

    2014-06-15 00:14:49 -0400

    Thanks for the great ideas on how to use the new stamps

  22. sheri

    2014-06-16 01:52:51 -0400

    I really love your traditional style layouts. I have been following your work for years, and by far, these are my favourites.

  23. dawn

    2014-06-16 19:04:20 -0400

    I love this, such a cute idea!

  24. Angelia

    2014-06-17 07:58:35 -0400

    Love this. I really like the details strip at the bottom of the layout and well of course your stamps. I really like the layering effect too. So many things about this layout are awesome. Thanks Ali!

  25. glee

    2014-06-23 20:22:42 -0400

    love the mom & daughter mud masks!

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