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June 10, 2014

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.


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.


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.


  • 1.
    Sue P, said…

    I really liked this layout. Yes, it a little old school-traditional” and that what drew me too it. Nothing wrong with using our tried and true methods! Your layouts always make me smile (oh I wish I had your talent!) Thanks Ali!!

  • 2.
    laura g. said…

    I like to mix in traditional pages with my Project Life, just to give it a different twist now and then…liking the new stamps!! got some ideas on what I’m going to do with them!!

  • 3.
    Rhonda said…

    I like the flow of this lo, and your mixture of cursive and printed journaling to emphasize certain words-love it!

  • 4.
    MK said…

    Like the extra details. It is hard to get that just right.

  • 5.
    J Allen said…

    Good stuff! ;)

  • 6.
    Jenell said…

    I like the simplicity of the layout, and the addition of the little embellishments. I can’t believe the pic with Aaron & Anna – I had to read the wording to realize that was Anna with your glasses on – she looks SOOOOO grown up! Nice layout, Ali!

  • 7.
    Dionne said…

    Great layout!

  • 8.
    michelle t said…

    Really like this stamp set, another one for the wish list (that makes 4). I love layouts that document the fun daily parts of life. I was happy to see an example with more then 2 photos. Thanks for a chance to win. Michelle t

  • 9.
    Laura said…

    I like this LO because it can be simple or dressed up. It’s also a great example of how to use pocket-style elements on a LO, since I don’t do PL but do buy PL and other smaller, pocket-style scrapbook products.

  • 10.
    Patti L said…

    Nice LO, it does seem “different” for you… but I think it is sorta old school in the way of combining different events on one page, whereas, generally in PL separate stories have their own pocket. I love the details strip! I challenge myself to not just simply title LOs with broad subjects like “swimming” or “at the beach”, i want to tell the details too, because usually it has nothing to do with the overall event.

  • 11.
    {vicki} said…

    love it!

  • 12.
    Cheryl T. said…

    I love the pink dymo tape! I have to get some. I have the old school black and red. Thanks for the inspiration to use my dymo label maker!

  • 13.
    christi in ma said…

    I’m such a fan of grid layouts! Love how you used all little bits around the layout without it feeling cluttered or overembellished. I especially like the little striped patterned paper with the big polka dot background. It reminds me of vintage KI Memories patterns.

  • 14.
    Lindsey said…

    I got the old school feel immediately. And thought Ali’s back!! Made me feel like I could do it too. Something about the mixture of florals and stripes/polkas with lil bits of embellies.

  • 15.
    Gidget said…

    Old school maybe but still very pretty. Sometimes simple is best.

  • 16.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Loved the colours in this layout, and I think the detail strip is awesome! Love what you do Ali!

  • 17.
    Claire said…

    The detail strip is a great idea. I think for a quick review of the page (like other people looking at it) it is a great alternative to full blown detailed journaling.

  • 18.
    Cassie said…

    i love the Polaroid feel of the chipboard photo frames! :)

  • 19.
    Kelly O. said…

    Fun layout. Like the use of the frames around the photos.

  • 20.
    Kari V. said…

    I totally love it! And it’s such a great idea to put in lines using a soft colored marker. Beautiful!

  • 21.
    Carla Hundley said…

    Wonderful looking
    layout, love all
    the layers on it.
    Carla from Utah

  • 22.
    Miriam Prantner said…

    Wonderful layout – love the photo of you two with the painted faces! Great new stamp set too!

  • 23.
    Ruth Tacoma said…

    Great layout and stamp set! I’m loving the Yesterday and Today class….would HIGHLY recommend everyone taking it. Fab photo of your family at the beach too!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Ruth!

  • 24.
    Paula said…

    Sweet summer time layout!

  • 25.
    Laura T. said…

    I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to so many people. LOVE all of your work.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Laura – that was nice ;) .

  • 26.
    Patt H. said…

    Great layout! I really like the mix of cursive & printing plus the frames around the pics. Really cute pics, too!!

  • 27.
    Heather Thompson said…

    great layout. love the journaling.

  • 28.
    karen c said…

    There’s nothing wrong with old school. This page looks fresh and spring-like. It has multiple photos and great journaling. It’s a great page! Thanks!

  • 29.
    Karen W said…

    Love the grid layout, and the great frames and stickers!

  • 30.
    Felicia young said…

    Love the layout!!

  • 31.
    Celeste Goff said…

    Love your pretty layout!! The colors are great!

  • 32.
    Cynthia Baldwin said…

    I really like the softness of this page, and as always – great stamps to document everyday life!

  • 33.
    brandi said…

    super cute!

  • 34.
    Jan Castle said…

    Great project…love the layout!

  • 35.
    Nina Chow said…

    always love your work Ali.

  • 36.
    angela said…

    Like this one a lot!

  • 37.
    Iris Soscia said…

    Cute layout and cute stamp set.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  • 38.
    Linda E said…

    Love this fantastic layout!

  • 39.
    bernicie said…

    Crate Paper’s chipboard frames are a lot of fun, aren’t they!

  • 40.
    Carol Watson said…

    Great page, love your stuff.

  • 41.
    Mary in IL said…

    I still use many of your “older” layouts from your books as inspiration right along with the most recent. Love them all because I love your photos and stories as much as the layouts themselves. Love this stamp set too!

  • 42.
    Laurie Newbigging said…

    Love the layout!!

  • 43.
    eva said…

    Really beautiful and sweet LO. Love it!

  • 44.

    looks fabulous! love the journaling on the side <3

  • 45.
    Stehanie Bonin said…

    Love this layout. I like combining different sets of photos.

  • 46.

    Your layouts are inspirational – I haven’t scrapbooked yet but I love what you do!! Thanks so much!

  • 47.
    Kathy R said…

    I love this style of layout, a simple grid but updated with lots of extras added. Love the number tabs, the details strip, the bright stripes that draw your eye to the details. Great layout.

  • 48.
    Deborah Rikard said…

    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.

  • 49.
    Bonnie Jean said…

    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.

  • 50.
    Janet said…

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

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