Friday, July 1, 2011

Studio AE July Guest Designer

That would be me! So happy! So excited! So honored to be asked. Thanks Teri!

The kind folks at Technique Tuesday sent me this set to work with.

It's called Get Outside, and it's designed by Ali Edwards (of course! This being Studio AE, Ali being the AE... ) You can find out more about Studio AE and how to join here.

I'll be sharing my projects with y'all throughout the month of July. We also have a blog hop coming up soon. I'll keep you posted.

Today's project. When I first got the stamps, I totally fell in love with them because we are a big outdoors kind of family. Well, let me qualify that. We love the outdoors in a hiking, biking, beach sort of way. Not in a camping, roughing it sort of way. Phew. Glad I got that out of the way.

Anyway. We love being outdoors together. But at the same time, my kids despise being thrown out to play outside. They used to love it when they were younger, but now, it's like pulling teeth. Possibly worse. So summers for us have a soundtrack. It's me saying "Go out and play." And them coming in after 15 minutes and whining about a myriad of problems. When I saw these stamps, I knew they would be perfect for both our "happy" outdoors layouts, but they were also perfect for our everyday summer "soundtrack." I did perform some minor surgery on the stamps so I could use them in more than one way.

First, the layout and some close ups.
supplies: patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (small polka dots and multi-stripes), Technique Tuesday (blue circles); stamps: Technique Tuesday; ink: Clearsnap (yellow), Tsukineko (black); markers: Letraset ProMarkers; twill tape: Technique Tuesday; eyelets: We R Memory Keepers; jute: Jillibean Soup; diecut machine: Making Memories; font: p22 Typewriter

To create the speech bubbles, I used my Slice machine with the Fall-Back to School card. Alas, the card is not a new MS+ one, and I had to create the shadows by hand. But it wasn't too bad.

I wanted the bubbles to be bright and summer-y, but alas, I had given away most of colored cardstock. Since I hardly ever use anything other than white, kraft and grey. So I pulled out some Letraset ProMarkers (I'll post about those later), and made my own colorful bubbles. I love the way they turned out with slight shade variations.

To make the sentences, I used a sharp pair of scissors, and carefully cut off the parts of phrases I wasn't going to use. Or parts that I wanted to re-use, like the word "go." There is a stamp of the words "hanging out," I trimmed off the "ing" (saving it for later use), and I stamped it as "go hang out."

I also received some of Technique Tuesday's twill ribbon. I used Technique Tuesday's Passion for Polka to make my own yellow polka dot ribbon. So awesome.

I really love how this turned out. And I got the seal of approval from my kids. Although they scowled at me when I told them to go outside. So typical.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sarah July 1, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

Just love this simple layout and the way you incorporated the new stamps. Love being able to customize words with a quick snip!

Erica July 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

You're so awesome :) I haven't paper scrapped in far too long but you make me wanna try again!

Laura O'Donnell July 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

very fun page! so glad you're joining us this month. can't wait to hear more about the letrasets, too!

Ashley Harris July 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

What a fantastic layout! I love it! You so ROCKED this set!!

Jody July 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Oh Linda, I just love this. lol

JennO July 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM  

a. I can't believe I didn't know about this and b. WOW!! You rocked those stamps. Quit making me want to scrap, please.

laura vegas July 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Love this layout Linda! The speech bubbles are such a cute idea, and I love how you colored them. Creative use of the stamps to "yell" at your kids to go outside and play. Lol! My girls are the same way.

Lynn Ghahary July 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

I have to say that I am so happy to know it's not just my boys that don't like to play outside. I can actually be heard saying "you are boys ... you are supposed to LOVE the outdoors!" Oh yes I did. What a fantastic layout. Your speech bubbles are adorable. And how clever to color them in a pinch. :)

Candy July 1, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

Awesome stuff, Linda! Loving those markers.... brilliant ideas, as usual! :)

Scrapcollectr July 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

Cool layout (here from Ali Edwards tweet about it). So great that you modified the stamps for more versatility. Cute result. *smile*

Jennifer Larson July 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM  

I just love this O! And it made me laugh--I've been saying the same thing to my guys!

Courtney Walsh July 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

dude, I LOVE this!!!! It's sooo colorful and FUN! :) you are amazing!

Wendy Bretz July 8, 2011 at 4:22 AM  

LOVE this layout!

Nancy July 10, 2011 at 6:38 AM  

I just get to know your Blog through the Blog Hop today and I really like the style of your layouts! The new stamps are so awesome!

Sue R July 10, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

What a fun page, great creativity!!! A great idea to customize the stamps. I had not thought of that.

Sandra July 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

What a lovely layout. Love how you created your own bubbles and ribbon. Cute.

Sandra K.

Mary in IL July 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

Thanks for another idea on using Ali's stamps!

elisa July 11, 2011 at 4:42 AM  

love you work! perfect stamp set for the summer

Cynthia Larson July 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

Great page. Love the polka dot ribbon you made. Thanks

Amy July 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

I like how you used Ali's stamps. :)

kojo July 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Love your yummy yellow polka dots!
Love the set too!

Lisa July 12, 2011 at 3:07 AM  

Great layout, so colorful! Makes me wish it was not so hot outside right now! Thanks

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