Anna At 11 Months : Scrapbook Layout & Glass Bead Gel Embellishments


Today I am telling a little story about Anna at 11 months.

This layout is a good example of combining a bunch of different techniques on one page: photo enlargement, hybrid scrapbooking (printing out some of my new twill strips from Designer Digitals and adhering them), playing with Golden Glass Bead Gel and UTEE to create my own heart embellishments. All this while telling a story about what's happening with Anna right now.

Here's a look at my process:

Re-size an image to 12 inches wide in Photoshop (300dpi). Change the canvas size to make it a few inches taller to accommodate the twill strips. Open, drag, and drop the twill strips onto the large canvas. When I can I like to get a couple things onto a page at one time before printing.

If you have an over-size printer you can print at home or upload to your favorite developer. Here at home I am using the HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
and the above image was printed on 13x19 photo paper from Office Max.

Trim your photo and twill strips and grab a 12x12 sheet of cardstock for your background. This cardstock will be completely covered so it doesn't matter what color you choose.

After printing and trimming and cutting a strip of cream heart pattern paper I decided to play around with some of Tim's Grungeboard heart shapes (from the Elements package). 


STEP FIVE : Paint all the hearts. I used Delta in Antique White.

After letting the paint dry I coated three of the hearts with Golden Glass Bead Gel. Above you can see an image of what it looks like inside the container - essentially it's a gel medium (basically an adhesive) mixed with tiny glass beads. I applied it liberally with a paint brush and let it dry.


On the other three medium sized hearts I used a small dot stamp and embossed with clear UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel).


STEP SEVEN : I printed my journaling onto the cream heart pattern paper and after all the hearts were dry and the beads were set (I let them sit overnight) I adhered them with foam dots. 

Here's a look at the scanned image of the layout (scallop ribbon from American Crafts):

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JOURNALING : January 10, 2010 : My dear sweet Anna girl, today you are 11 months old and man how we love you so! Here are some of the things you are doing right now: (1) Crawling super fast, especially when attempting to get into your brother’s bedroom and get your hands on his legos. You are definitely speedy but you also like to stop along the way to see if anyone is watching - this is also a very quick stop + look move. (2) When you aren’t crawling you are standing & cruising along furniture and grabbing at anything and everything. You seem especially fond of magazines, books and computer cords. (3) You got a fun push toy for Christmas and have been having a fun time walking with that around the living room and up and down the hallway. (4) Eating so many things! You pretty much eat what I eat and you drink from a sippy cup (but you definitely want my glass of water instead). (5) You have developed a fondness for a white stuffed cat and a little giraffe-blanket we call your snugglie. (6) You LOVE looking outside and going outside and always seem ready to venture out. (7) And the books. One of my favorite things is your interest in looking at, turning the pages, and being read to anytime. It’s so fun to watch your interests changing and growing and your personality developing. Love you.

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  1. Ali Edwards says…

    Hi Krista - I have not used any 12x12's yet. One of the things I have been trying to do is to add other elements onto the 13x19's before printing.

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  2. NICOLE says…

    I love this :) She is adorable! I can't wait until Little Edward comes next month!!!My very first baby. My hubby and I have waited a long time for this!

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  3. dawn says…

    I've always wanted to email you but I don't know much about the computer,even my husband wasn't sure. We worked on it yesterday though and I think I've got it. I've been reading your blog for over a year and love your style of scrapbooking so clean and simple. Your family is beautiful, love hearing aobut Simon who is like my son Sam and my daughters & I love watching Anna growing up. My one daughter will be 13 the day before Anna turns one. Time sure does go by fast. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and especially all your ideas.

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  4. dawn says…

    Ok it's Dawn again, just had to say yes it worked. It may seem like nothing to other people but this has been bothering me for a year. Just had to express my happiness when I see your work. I will be posting more often now that I know how too. Have a good week.

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  5. Ali Edwards says…

    Hi Dawn - welcome to the world of commenting and thank you for the kind words above :).

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  6. Susan says…

    this is darling! Anna is beautiful! I love the glass bead gel. I was wondering do you upload via the internet to Office Max or do you just save to a disk? Your home printer, does that print a 12 x 12 page? I'm thinking I may get one at some point. Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. Jo says…

    Hi Ali. I loved your layout so much that I took the inspiration and made my own version in a 8.5 x 11 using a lovely photo of myself and my two young sons. I love the finished layout, it currently sits on display in our kitchen. Thanks Ali. (You can see it on my blog; )

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