3 Fun Techniques from Studio A

by Ali Edwards


In the June 2009 issue, I showed three layouts using three different techniques--scalloped photo edges, acrylic shapes as photo templates, and circle-themed pages--to illustrate that experimentation is one of the hallmarks of creativity. It's always fun to try something that differs from your usual process. If you want to tryt hese techniques yourself, read on.


Scalloped Photo Edges

One of my favorite things to do in documenting stories with photos is to enlarge them. That's likely why my favorite new products are scallop border punches (the one I'm using is from Fiskars). Bringing these two elements together to create one large photo with a scalloped edge was one of the things I wanted to achieve with this layout.


Three layout by Ali Edwards

Three by Ali Edwards. Photos by Pati McDougall. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and WorldWin; Patterned paper and ticket: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Scallop punch: Fiskars Americas; Fabric brad: K&Company; Ink: StazOn, Tsukineko; Word art: Pregnancy Word Art by Ali Edwards; Fonts: Avenir and Garamond.


Here's how to create it yourself:

1. Begin with two sheets of 81/2" x 11" paper.

2. Print one photo as close as you can to 8" x 11". Mine ended up being just a bit smaller, giving me a white border all around the images and content. I was able to do this on my printer by choosing borderless printing (HP Photosmart D7360). You can also have your photo developer get as close as you can to this size-an 8" x10" photo would work just as well.



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3. Use a scallop punch to create the decorative edge along the right side of the photo.


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4. Add text directly to your photo (use rub-ons or a pen made for nonporous surfaces; or you can add it to your photo before printing by using a photo-editing program like Photoshop). After printing, stamp a circle using StazOn ink and place a decorative fabric brad in the center of the circle.

5. Print a second photo at 10" x 5" (or so). I wanted this photo to stretch all the way across the right-hand page and then tuck under the photo on the left-hand page. Adhere this photo first to your background cardstock.

6. Cut and adhere a 10" x 51/2" piece of patterned paper to fit above the bottom photo. Trim the photo and paper that span the spread at the seam so the left-hand and right-hand pages are no longer connected.


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7. Adhere your 8" x 11" photo with the scalloped edge to left side of the spread so that it overlaps the other photo and the patterned paper.


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8. Create journaling strips on your computer (or handwrite or stamp them). Trim and adhere to your page. I used dimensional adhesive for three sentences to help them stand out just a bit more.

9. Stamp the date onto a ticket accent and staple it over the seam of the smaller photo and the patterned paper.


A Note
Find your own "sweet spot" for taking photos in your home. For the photos on this layout, we turned the couch around so that it was facing the front window. This tends to be an area in our home with great natural light.



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