3 Fun Techniques from Studio A

by Ali Edwards

Create a Circle-Themed Page

I'm still a big fan of circles. For this page, I wanted to go all out with the circle theme-using dot patterned paper, circle-shaped photos and circle-shaped accents.


Edwards & McDougall layout by Ali Edwards

Edwards & McDougall by Ali Edwards. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned felt paper: Creative Café, Creative Imaginations; Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Making Memories; Heart accent, ampersand pin and pen: American Crafts; Chipboard flower: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Circle transparency: Ali Edwards for DesignerDigitals.com; Ink: Stampin' Up!; Circle template: Creative Memories; Metal circle, arrow and brads: Tim Holtz for Advantus.

 

Create your own today! Here's how:

1. Begin with a sheet of 12" x 12" white cardstock.

 


cardstock

2. Trim 1/2" from each side of the felt patterned paper to create a border with the background cardstock. Center and adhere it to the background cardstock.

 


3. Choose three photos and cut them into circles. (I use a Creative Memories circle template that comes with great little cutting tools that allow you to cut a variety of different circle sizes with each template.)

 


4. Decide where on your layout you want to place your photos. Using the same circle template, cut three circles from both the white cardstock and the felt paper. Cut them so they line up with each other. This takes a bit of maneuvering and placement work. I used a ruler to align the bottom of the blade with the circle template. Be sure to hold down the felt as it tends to move around a bit. Note: Depending on how you place your photos, this may cut your paper into two pieces if you have an entire row of circles like I do.

 


5. Choose a piece of 12" x 12" patterned paper for the background. Adhere the white cardstock and felt paper together, and then adhere them to your background patterned paper. Adhere the outer two photos to the page and trim off the excess that goes off the edges.


7. Print a transparency (or use a premade transparency) and crop it into a circle. Adhere to your center photo using brads. Then, attach it to the page using dimensional adhesive.

 



8. Punch or cut three circles from patterned paper to be used as homes for the accents. Ink the edges of each piece.


9. Stamp a circle on the first cutout circle, and then place a small button in the center. Layer several small accents on the second cutout circle; here, I layered a sanded heart with a metal clock piece and a spinner. Use a brad to attach a chipboard flower to the third cutout circle.

10. Journal around the outer edge of the cardstock background and ink all the edges. Adhere the circles to the layout.


Some Notes:

* For this layout, I could have easily just cut out circles and laid them on top of the felt paper, but I wanted to place the photos down inside the page rather than on top. This is one of those things that's sometimes hard to see in the magazine but looks cool on the actual layout.

* If you don't have a circle template or circle-cutting tool, you can always use small bowls to draw the circles, and then cut them out with a craft knife or scissors.


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