Hello Age Four | Traditional Scrapbook Layout For Scrapbook Soup & Free Download

I had the awesome pleasure of traveling to Cleveland, Ohio earlier this week to tape a couple segments for a scrapbook TV show - Scrapbook Soup - that airs on PBS. You can check your local listings here or view segments on the web here. I'll let you know when my segments air later this year.

One of the hosts of Scrapbook Soup is my friend and awesome artist/memory keeper Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Other guests taping on the same day as me included Kelly Purkey, Ronda Palazarri, Nancy Nally and Kim Hupke (from Spellbinders).

For the show I did one traditional layout that I'm sharing today and one Project Life spread that I'll share next week.

Here's my layout:

Square punched grid layouts have long been a favorite way for me to bring words, photos and embellishments together. This layout features 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares. Each square includes either a photo, a pattern paper/embellishment combination, or a hand-drawn element cut with a Silhouette.

I started out by gathering my photos together into two Photoshop pages and then punched them using Marvy's 2.5 inch punch. I have gotten so much mileage out of that punch over the years.

When choosing my photos I looked for some that were up close and some that were farther away.

Letter sticker + wood arrow + a bit of embroidery floss.

Love those wood circles. I also added hand-drawn borders to a couple of my photos using a Precision Pen.

Patterned paper + Good Day Stamp + white ink + a couple sequin/mini-brad combos.

For the photos I adhered some with rolling adhesive and others with foam squares to pop them up a bit off the page.

My journaling goes around the outside of the page in the form of a letter to Anna about how awesome she is and I also added a bit of white ink all the way around the outer edge of the page.

FREEBIE | I've included the hand-drawn files for hello age 4, love you and sweet girl for you as well. Download the PNG files here.

Click here for a tutorial on tracing these PNG files and cutting them with the Silhouette.


Click on the images to link to the products.

PS | Want more layout inspiration? Don't forget to register for my new 12-week online workshop Hello Story. Get all the details and sign up here.

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38 thoughts

  1. Angela says…

    I'm a 100% project life girl...but I seriously LOVE this layout so much! You are so stinkin talented!

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  2. Christine says…

    Loving this, so cute! Love the grid design with all our elements!

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  4. Natalie (QSOgirl) says…

    Thank you again for the .png files, Ali. The "love you" image was the perfect solution for how I was going to make the title for an altered board book I made for my daughter.

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    1. SarahG says…

      Those board books - what an amazing idea!!! So cute!!!

      Ali, I love this. My A is four too so extra special. See you next week. X

  5. bunnyfreak says…

    Love the layout. Thanks for the free files.

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  6. j says…

    ty for the files - love your layout!

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  9. StudioM says…

    Yes, my Marvy 2.5 inch punch gets tons of mileage. Great post.

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