Friday, July 26, 2013


We are on week 3 of Ali Edwards's Hello Story class. This week the cue is to tell directional stories and use arrows to tell your story. As usual the inspiration is mind blowing. Not only the philosophical content and her thought process in creating the layout is amazing but also the techniques she uses to create her layouts are so fun. In the end all her layouts are so meaningful, intelligent and tell such a beautiful story.
For this week I decided to create a layout with a giant photo of Arjun and Surya .. my boys. I love this photo and have been saving it for quite a while. This is actually an iPhone photo ... not bad at all huh? The two of them were wearing clothes with such clashing colors that I decided to make it black and white.
For the first time ever I added some digital elements to my photo. Both are designed by Ali Edwards. The GO LOVE GO was given to us in our class and I actually bought the saying that says .... A brother is a friend given by nature... I love this saying. I brought back a little color into this layout with the background paper, enamel dots, stitched arrows and stamped number circles.
I love how Ali does not hesitate to cut into the photos, so I decided to use that technique on this photo. I designed arrows with my silhouette and created a cut file that cuts partial arrows into the photo. I then cut out a single arrow out of a scrap and poked holes in it and used that as a template for stitching the arrows. I then used these arrows to document when the boys were born, their relationship, activities, behavior and what I would like them to be in the future - for some past, current and future elements in this layout.

For the first time, I created a silhouette tutorial and provided the .studio file for download here:

I also haven't loaded up on punches, so for the stamped numbers, I first cut out the 0.9" circles with the silhouette and then stamped them with colorful ink.
I also decided to journal along the border of the page just repeating .... I love you to the stars and back. I used silver stars repeatedly to fill in for the word star.

Here is my layout:

And here are some close ups of the layout:

Materials used:
Cardstock: From Studio Calico Valley High, Jennifer and Roundabout scrapbook kits
Number it Stamps: Elle's studio
Enamel Dots: MME
Silver Stars: Basic Grey, came as part of Roundabout scrapbook kit
Three gold triangles: Came as part of Jennifer scrapbook kit
Sewing: The threads are actually from a cross stitch kit that I bought at Michaels. I never completed it and I don't think I ever plan on finishing it. So I just plundered the threads from there. I also used the mat and tool to poke the holes that come with the Amy Tangerine stitching kits.

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