Thursday, October 10, 2013

Technique Tuesday: October Studio AE Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Technique Tuesday's October Studio AE Blog Hop!

This month's stamp set is all about December. It's perfect for December Daily, cards and layouts about the Christmas. But not just that! I created this layout about my family's trip to Maui last December. Totally not holiday related, but the stamps were perfect for it.

I love using a grid for layouts. It keeps the layouts looking clean, and it takes the guesswork out of photo placement. This is specially good for photos that are sized the same. The photos for the layout were taken and edited with my phone. I posted them initially on Instagram, so it was very easy to pull them out of the phone, and create a quick grid in Photoshop. I then printed the grid on matte photo paper (#1). Because why cut and paste a bunch of little square photos one by one if you don't have to?

I stamped the banner stamps with colored ink (Colorbox Pigment Ink) on smooth white card stock, and the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black (#2). I cut those out as strips, but later on I changed my mind, and ended up notching the ends. I used pop-up adhesive to attach them to the layout.

To create the title, I printed it on regular printer paper, and used it to pierce the holes onto the photo paper (#3).

I used a single strand of yellow embroidery thread to stitch the title (#4). When I was done, I thought it needed a bit more color. So I trimmed off a little off each side of the photo paper, and added the yellow cardstock to the background.

Do leave me a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Technique Tuesday store. The winner will be announced October 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog. And don't forget to visit the other blogs on the hop for more chances to win. Thanks for coming by!

you are here -- Linda -- you are here


Unknown October 10, 2013 at 5:20 AM  

Wow Linda what a cool use of the stamps. Beautiful page.

Unknown October 10, 2013 at 5:21 AM

Love your page.

valeriemolinier October 10, 2013 at 5:59 AM  

Your layout is really beautiful. I love how you put the phoitos on the page.

Sandra October 10, 2013 at 6:46 AM  

Just loving those banners you have made with the border stamps.

Ashley Harris October 10, 2013 at 6:57 AM  

I love that you didn't make this a Christmas theme! FABULOUS!! Love ya!

LauraEva October 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM  

Beautiful page!!!

Eniko October 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM  

The grid idea is brilliant! Love the stitching & your use of the stamps. Great page with gorgeous photos!

Kathy October 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM  

Awesome, clean page! Love how you used these basically Christmas stamps in another way, and they fit your Hawaiian page beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda E October 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM  

Great layout! Love how you used the stamps!

Unknown October 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM  

Great vacation page

Miss Kathy October 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM  

Great layout. Love the banners and the stitching. Great stamp set this month.

cinback October 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM  

Love how you notched the ends of the stamped strips! Your use of the stamps gives an entirely different look than Ali's. Love it. Love the white space.

And I took note of your technique for doing embroidery...I have been drawing on the paper then following the line but I like this idea of doing it on another paper just to get the placement for holes without the messy line showing beneath the stitching. Thank you!

joyce October 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM  

Love it! Especially love the stitching!

Linda October 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM  

SHUT.UP,! This Is fabulous!!

Ruth G October 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM  

Wonderful how you created banners from the starry strips! The stitched title is fabulous, especially since you just used simple things like a printout (that's how I've done it!)

NanW October 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM  

The grid design is perfect here.

brenda October 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM  

I love how you made the rectangle stamp into banners and used these stamps on a non-holiday page! Thanks for sharing it!

young October 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM  

Beautiful layout! Thanks for taking us through the process as well - love hearing about it!

Deb October 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM  

beautiful page, great use of the stamps!

Janice October 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM  

What a fun layout. The vacation looks memorable, awesome job!

Anonymous October 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM  

And again.
You rock my socks.
LOVE it.

Michele H. October 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM  

oh...this speaks to my grid lovin' heart:) wonderful use of the stamps and i totally love your stitched title. definitely a fave layout that I have seen in a long time.

Tove Hansen October 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM  

Love the grid layout. Thanks for sharing new ideas.

Miriam Prantner October 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM  

Love your CAS layouts! This is clean and bright and airy and I love the stitching title!

Unknown October 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM  

This layout appeals to me so much because I also love to use grids on my layouts. It keeps them simple and clean.

Indy's Designs October 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM  

Fabulous layout!

ScrappinGrammie October 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM  

Love this layout ... thanks for showing us other uses for the stamps. I saw it & just kept thinking Christmas. It is perfect here ... love the grid layout!
Anita J

Cynthia Baldwin October 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM  

Great grid design, and I totally love how you've used this "holiday" stamp set in non-holiday fashion!

Kyle4143 October 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM  

Love the layout, wish I was there!

WhoMom October 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM  

Nice layout. the and use of the stamps. The yellow border and the hand stitching make the page outstanding. It's very clean.

lohersh October 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM  

Wow! This layout is so versatile!

Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 6:01 AM  

Love these stamps, very useful!

Paula October 11, 2013 at 6:24 AM  

Thanks for showing how versatile Ali's stamp is this month, another reason I really want it! Your trip to Maui looks like it was fantastic, it's definitely on my bucket list to go some day!

Jen at A Heart Full of Love October 11, 2013 at 6:44 AM  

I love that you used this on a layout that isn't Christmas themed. I am always trying to get more usage out of the stamps I own. I love the simplicity of this page that allows the photos to really shine!

Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 7:38 AM  

A good idea to use the grid system. I try to step my cards and it often doesn't work - there's not enough room for many cards. I get tired of trying to adjust them and finally just give up. thanks for the tip. I'll be trying it out.

Unknown October 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM  

Great idea for the stamps. I like that layout - clean and beautiful. Oh - and Maui sounds nice too. :-)

Cristina October 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM  

Fabulous design, I love how you used the stamps!

Iris October 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM  

Using the grid is such a clever and efficient way to do a layout.
isoscia at aol dot com

Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM  

Love the clean lines of your layout so pretty
Sandy R. MN

Marianne October 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM  

Fabulous layout. Love the clean lines and the perfect mixe of photographs, colours, stamps and white space!

Mary in IL October 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM  

thought I didn't need these stamps till I saw your page...oops, wrong!

newbie October 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM  

love the stamps and how you used them on this layoout

maria f. October 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM  

What a fun and surprising LO - sunset on the beach in December!

Beverly October 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM  

I like this grid, Linda, and all the detail!

Scrappin' Diva October 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM  

What a great LO - love the clean lines!

Sue D October 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM  

the stamps were perfect for this layout.

susy October 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM  

Love the fresh clean lines.

Unknown October 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM  

Love the clean look of your layout as well as the way you used the stamps.

{VICKI} October 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM  

wonderful layout
love the design

Yun Kelly October 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM  

I love your layout!

Unknown October 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM  

Wonderful page! I love how simple it is but stands out on it's own.

Janis October 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM  

Hey...who wouldn't be ready for a trip to Hawaii when it is all cold and snowy at home?!! Love your stitching!
<3 J

Denise Bryant October 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM  

Great page! Delightful colors and love the stamps!!!

Wendy October 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM  

Simple but fabulous layout!

Kari V. October 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM  

I love that you made banner flags with the stamps. And I love that stitching!!

gleestormont October 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM  

great capture of fun memories.

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