3 Fun Techniques from Studio A

by Ali Edwards


Play with Acrylic Shapes

Acrylic shapes are so popular these days--especially in packages for mini books. Rather than using those pieces for a mini book, how about using them as elements on a layout? Follow the steps below to create this layout:


Decorating 4 U layout by Ali Edwards

Decorating 4 U by Ali Edwards. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basic Papers; Patterned paper: Anna Griffin and Narratives, Creative Imaginations; Acrylic scallop triangles: Clear Scraps; Ribbons: Making Memories and Narratives, Creative Imaginations; Stamps: Educational Insights; Ink: Stampin' Up! and ColorBox, Clearsnap; Pens: American Crafts and Copic Markers; Pearl brads: Creative Café, Creative Imaginations; Chipboard: Technique Tuesday; Metal circle: Tim Holtz for Advantus.


Here's how to create your own:

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1. Grab two sheets of patterned paper for your background. I used 81/2" x 11".


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2. Collect three photos that are as tall (or nearly as tall) as the acrylic shapes. I used flags. Use the acrylic flags as a template for cropping the photos.

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3. Select a patterned paper to place behind one acrylic flag and a collage of elements to adhere on top of it. I painted a piece of chipboard, stamped the word "blessing" on it, then added a phrase sticker and a metal circle with a glue dot.

4. Tear cream cardstock and two strips of pink patterned paper. Adhere them along the bottom of the spread before adhering the photos. For additional texture and color, stitch the pink strips to the layout with red thread.

5. Adhere the photos and patterned paper to the background patterned paper. Notice that mine overlap just a bit.

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6. Use red line tape (or another strong adhesive) to create a line across the top of each photo or patterned paper and adhere the acrylic flags on top. Add a second strip of adhesive on top of the acrylic flags and place trim or ribbon on top to hide the adhesive.

7. Add brads in the circles along the top of the banners. (These brads are simply decorative and aren't holding anything in place.)

8. Stamp your title above the flags.

9. Handwrite your journaling along the edges of the torn patterned paper. Write until you have said what you need to say. In whatever space is left, use a marker to create a second title or sentiment in between the bottom strips and the journaling.

A Note

If you're worried about handwriting your journaling, title or sentiment, just practice! Write it first with a pencil, and then trace over it with a pen. After letting the ink dry completely, erase the pencil marks.

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