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Hello Life.

Hellolife

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (link to bulk option); Patterned Paper: Making Memories, Basic Grey; Circle Accents: Tim Holtz, Making Memories, K&Company; Trimmer Edging: Fiskars Pinking Blade; Pen: American Crafts; Date Stamp: Office Depot

The Story : Hello life. Hello outdoor fun. Hello Oregon Coast and the freedom to run and roam. Hello wind. Hello waves. Hello grass. Hello sand between your toes. Hello fresh air. Hello exploration. Hello cold July breeze. Hello family. Hello dogs on the beach running in the water. Hello fireworks. Hello trail. Hello snacks after a long journey on the beach. Hello clams. Hello sand in your socks. Hello silliness. Hello summer. Hello early to bed and early to rise. Hello good times and  great memories.


A couple of my favorite things occur on this layout :

(1)
handwriting directly on the photo using a Precision Pen from American Crafts - this photo was enlarged and printed here at home. Slick Writers also work great for writing on photos. I am always on the lookout for photos with spaces just waiting for stories.

(2) Repeating the same word for the beginning of each phrase in the journaling. This is a very stream-of-consciousness style writing that does not include complete senctences. By choosing one word to begin each phrase it helps me focus on what I want to say and leads my journaling in different ways than if I was just trying to write out each of the memories.


Dottedline


Dotnroller
I was looking around on Scrapbook.com this morning and found that my most favorite adhesive - the permanent Dot N Roller from Kokuyo - is now available in a 6-pack.


I first learned about this adhesive when I taught at CKU-Japan a few years back. At that time it was only available in Japan and I have a friend (hi, Ikuko) who would send me some in bulk because it quickly became my favorite.


So happy to have it easily available in the US now.

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  1. EmmaJ says…
    08/06/2008

    I love that page and how you used the pinking blade!
    I also love the dot-n-roller. thanks for turning me onto it about a year ago. I buy it in the 6-pack and am so grateful that Scrapbook.com sells it at that discount.

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  2. Amy says…
    08/06/2008

    Very cute layout, it really is the words that make it so special!
    I was at CKC this past weekend in Valley Forge and I guess they used this adhesive in one of the classes because I was on line to buy some myself, I've also used it for a while, and all the ladies were saying the best part of the class was learning about this adhesive! lol So they were all on line to buy some. And the line was VERY LONG!

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  3. Kimberly says…
    08/06/2008

    Thanks Ali, I will certainly give it a try!! I think the owner of my local scrapbook store mention that this was her favorite too!
    I was using the Tombo runner, but noticed that some projects (that required folding) would come undone after time...which is not very reasurring.
    Right now I am using the Scotch ATG 714 which is pretty fun, it looks intimidating because it is so large but it is really easy to work....but man if you need to pull something back apart...forget it, it is stuck forever. Has anyone used this tape? likes/dislikes? would like to hear about your fave adhesives!!

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  4. Linda J says…
    08/06/2008

    Terrific way to journal, you have described the background and set the scene for your photo in a few words. You can almost feel the cool sea breeze.......and I live in the middle of Texas!

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  5. JENN R. says…
    08/06/2008

    BEAUTIFUL LAYOUT !!! I am always so scared to write on my photo's, but after seeing how beautiful your turn out, I just might give it a try !!!! Thanks for the insperation !!!

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  6. Houston says…
    08/06/2008

    Ah yes, it's my favorite too. Six packs are great for the adhesive hoarder in me:)
    Great layout!

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  7. andrea says…
    08/06/2008

    I've been trying to go green with art supplies. The various
    adhesives use to much plastic; to produce and in the product (including the packaging). I've gone back to using whatever is
    just tape and UHU sticks. Requires more time to use but less
    quilt.

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  8. Kim K says…
    08/06/2008

    Beautiful! Reminds me of Goodnight Moon! Will have to try this!

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  9. noell says…
    08/06/2008

    I love the simplicity of this layout. It's so gorgeous. I love how the amazing photo takes center stage, but I still get to enjoy some yummy goodness underneath.
    That bottom paper strip is just perfect--the colors compliment the photo so wonderfully. It could be a wild pattern, but by using just a small amount, and pairing it with that more subtle pattern on top, it's a perfect compliment instead.
    I don't know how you are able to get so much neat handwriting on a photo like that! My handwriting gets messy when I'm under that much pressure. And with that much writing, I'm bound to make a big ugly mistake!

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  10. noell says…
    08/06/2008

    Me again--Do you use any kind of technique or tool to keep your handwriting from going on an incline?
    Also--reassure me here--did this much handwriting work out on the first attempt? Or did you have to try a couple of times? ;)

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  11. Amy B. says…
    08/06/2008

    What a beautiful layout, Ali! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    I am a huge fan of the Dot n'Roller too! I've almost switched everyone at my LSS over to them. There are a few hold outs though. If only they knew what they were missing!

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  12. Dawn McVey (dawnsing) says…
    08/06/2008

    Cool page, Ali.....love the handwriting directly on the photo!

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  13. Erin says…
    08/06/2008

    What a beautiful photo and layout on you blog this morning. LOVE the handwriting directly on the picture as well. What size did you enlarge it to? Congrats on your pregancy-I too, am expecting, but much sooner-I'm 31 weeks along with our 3rd boy! I'm of course looking forward to seeing all your baby creations and layouts as well as big brother ideas! Congratulations, Erin :)

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  14. Laura says…
    08/06/2008

    I really love this layout.
    Laura

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    1. Lenna says…
      02/18/2014

      The pucasrhes I make are entirely based on these articles.

  15. Irene says…
    08/06/2008

    I love your handwriting. it's so nice! love your layout as usual

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  16. Tammie says…
    08/06/2008

    The lay out is awesome. I am too scared to write on a photo. I hate my handwriting! Did you use a guide to keep the sentences straight?

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  17. Jennifer Miles says…
    08/06/2008

    What a great layout. I love that you totally break from what is considered "traditional scrapbooking" and make it more of an art form. Kudos to you on showing us all that there are several different ways to document our stories and preserve them for our families.

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  18. Melissa says…
    08/06/2008

    Ali, for a newbie like me, how do you use the dot and roller? Is it like glue or is it more like tape? I'll have to check it out.

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  19. Laura Reaux says…
    08/06/2008

    I love the look of handwriting on a photo, but I have rarely done it (I haven't actually scrapped in so long!). I love your LO. :)
    Very cool about the 6-pack of the Dot n Roller! I first bought it a year ago at a local store here & they tried talking me out of it. :-\ I've been using that one ever since. Love it!

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  20. Linn says…
    08/06/2008

    I love writing in the blank space, too, and I also journal like that often. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Artful Yogi says…
    08/06/2008

    Fabulous layout, Ali. I'll try this with your handwriting font first before I give it a try with my (often crooked) handwriting! I sometimes place a sheer page over my photo to practice. This way I know how big to make my letters or how much journaling to include.

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  22. Vicky says…
    08/06/2008

    Ali:
    I love this photo! It makes me want to go on an outdoore adventure. I've always been afraid to journal directly onto my photos, but after seeing this I can't wait to try it. Thanks for always inspiring me!!

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  23. caryl says…
    08/06/2008

    HELLO Ali!...love that...
    tell us all how you are getting prepared(scrapbook-wise) for baby...are you in a rush to get Simon 'caught up'? or are you doing pages and books now with photos later?
    would love to hear how someone organized does this sort of thing !

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  24. Sharna says…
    08/06/2008

    The journaling here sounds like a fun baby book-the kind with chunky pages... I LOVE LOVE LOVE this page, thanks so much for sharing it....

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  25. Nikki says…
    08/06/2008

    I LOVE this! You took a beautiful photo and somehow gave it more "life" with your writing.

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