I love it when a plan comes together. One that you didn’t really have any intention of starting out with, but that somehow serendipitously turns into something else or a new way of doing something….as what happened with Layle’s page making story here:

Have you seen Kerri’s new XO stamps? Holy cow.  Sold out in 4 days.  WHAT?!  Since I didn’t have a chance to snatch up a set before they sold out, I thought I’d use the next best thing – the XO Digital Stamps.  And you know what?  I’m glad they were sold out.  Glad because it forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and try something on this layout that I might not have done otherwise!

all you need is love

I loved the ‘all you need is love’ stamp and thought it would be great as a title to go along with a selfie my husband and I took while in England for our 20th anniversary last year.  So I opened the digital stamp file, figured out how to trace it, cut it and….  wah, wah.  It didn’t quite work the way I expected when it cut – there was this weird double cut line thing going on – basically everywhere you see grey here it was also cutting.


After a quick Google search I figured out why and how to fix it, something to do with the automatic ‘high pass filter’ default setting.  It was super easy to fix and I was off & running – hooray!

Disclaimer – my son took one look at this layout and asked why I mixed up the words.  Do you see it?!  Completely escaped me.  I think the reason is because ‘you need’ is hooked together, so in my mind ‘you need’ came before ‘is’.  Ha ha!  It’s glued down and that’s how it’s going to stay.  Call it taking a creative liberty… :)

all you need is love - title

After the title, I was off & running and used 3 more digital stamps from the set.

all you need is love - flowers2

I cut one of the hearts from the set out of gold glitter paper – in my book, a little gold is always a good thing.  I added a bit of gold Stickles to the flowers to tie the gold in a bit more.

all you need is love - xoxo

I also cut XOXO out in the same gold paper.  One of the greatest things about using the digital stamps is that you can make them any size you want – just love that!

all you need is love - photo stamp

The sentiments in the stamps are fabulous!  I thought it would be fun to ‘stamp’ one on my photo, so I pulled it into Photoshop, changed it to the same red in the flowers so it would stand out, and then added it to the photo before printing.  Again, because it was a ‘digital’ stamp, I could easily make it the size, and color, I needed.

I always say things happen for a reason.  In this case, those stamps sold out for a reason, so I would step outside of my comfort zone and get a little more comfortable with using digital stamps.  And now I’m hooked!  And hey, don’t be sad because those stamps are sold out, you can now pre-order them here.  Because Kerri’s awesome like that…  :)


I love all the various uses of the digital stamps! Each one is unique and lovely. And when I first read the title, my mind said it like it should be anyway. It wasn’t until a second look that I went ohhhhh. ;) And that little grouping of cheerful flowers and glitter heart? Oh yeah.

Also I think the Trace encounter Layle had  is an excellent tip she pointed out. Turning off High Pass Filter is my number one thing I do when using Trace. I always start with the Threshold and no High or Low Pass checked. 90% of the time, that’s all you need.

Gorgeous page, my friend!

Oh, and one other note, the reorder of the XO has shipped (yay!) and should be here by the weekend. Our quantities are getting low again, so if you were wanting these sooner rather than later… :) And if your on the preorder list, start looking for your stamps early next week!