Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

September 15, 2005


Man, I love words. Always been a lover of quotes. Of how words come together, evoke emotions, etc.

When I was in high school I made a book of quotes for my boyfriend. All handwritten words that resonated with me at the time. Stuff about love and hope and friendship. All that good stuff that speaks to young love. I gave it to him and off it went into the world. My Mom, bless her heart, was so mad that I did not make copies of it at the time. She knew that someday down the road I would love to see it again (and she also thought I could have sold it LOL). And of course, because she is so smart, I would love to see it again. Who knows if it is still out there…it lives in my memory and maybe in the memory of that sweet boy I gave it to way back when.

Fast forward to 2005. My art has become a bit more sophisticated. Add in type and a bit of computer knowledge. And patterned paper. And a few accents here and there. And a new vision. A book just for me. Of quotes that speak to me in 2005. Quotes of art and creativity and simple living and growth. And a pair of wings…


Edited to add a supply list:

MiniBook: 7gypsies

Patterned Paper:

  • exterior = Chatterbox, Mystic Press
  • interior = Scissor Sisters, Rhonna Farrer Digital Paper for Two Peas in a Bucket (green)


  • wings & tags = Foofala by Autumn Leaves
  • rub ons = KI Memories
  • rub on numbers = Lil' Davis, KI Memories, Autumn Leaves
  • large square on cover = MOD for Autumn Leaves


  • butterfly = Paper Angel
  • script = Hero Arts
  • No. 1 = 7gypsies

Metal Tag: Magic Scraps

Ink: Color Box

Fonts: Avant Garde, Baskerville


  • 1.
    Crystal said…

    That is too stinkin’ cool! So beautiful too. I might have to do something similar with all the quotes I have collected. It would sure be better than having them just sit in boxes. :)
    By the way, where did you find your butterfly stamp? I’ve been looking for something similar for awhile.
    ~c :)

  • 2.
    Candice said…

    It’s beautiful.

  • 3.
    Molly said…

    Seriously, way to cool! What an awesome idea!

  • 4.
    AmyG said…

    such a beautiful book!

  • 5.
    Denise said…

    Ali, that is so very cool!
    I just may have to copy your idea!

  • 6.
    Lisa S. said…

    Very Very cool Ali! I love it! Hey by the way go see my blog for photos of YOU in there under CKU….you can feel free to swipe any that you may want to have and scrap! Loved your class and meeting you!

  • 7.
    katherine said…

    Man, I wish I could do something like that.

  • 8.
    Rhonna said…

    ME LOVEY! :)

  • 9.
    Missy_G said…

    Very cool! Love the look of the tabs!

  • 10.
    jess said…

    The new book is beautiful — and, if i may say so, way cooler than the original!
    I still remember the exact book. (It was a binder, wasn’t it?!)
    I remember how amazing it was, and how much work you put into it.
    I often think of the special things that I made for boyfriends and friends of the past — wishing I could have the art back that I made for them! (Or I hope at least they’re taking care of it!)
    The wings on your new creation are the coolest part of the book. It’s a symbol to me of how your ideas and creativity have now flown all over the world. If Colin knew better–he would read this, and send it to you…you never know!

  • 11.
    Raven said…

    Very, very cool.

  • 12.
    Natalie Tran said…

    OH MY GOSH!! This is absolutely AWESOME!! You are such an inspiration!!

  • 13.
    cindy said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Can you give more details about it? Did you buy the journal blank and then decorate? What about supplies?!! By the way, you DEFINITELY could sell these!! LOL!!

  • 14.
    Chris said…

    You always surprise me and I love to be surprised! Very nice.

  • 15.
    Becca said…

    What a great use for that tiny little book! It is 7Gs, isn’t it? And yes, I think you could sell these!
    I’m going to have to copy this awesome idea–I love quotes and the written word, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • 16.
    Rachel said…

    SO cool Ali :)

  • 17.
    Joy U said…

    Ali, this is incredible. I love it. The wings on the cover are my favorite part. :)

  • 18.
    Jen G said…

    i love it. so amazing, as are you. this reaches new levels of coolness!

  • 19.
    Jenny said…

    Oh what a wonderful book! A fantastic idea. I love that you have a Miles Davis quote in there!

  • 20.
    stacey s said…

    Ali, this is beautiful.
    So inspiring.
    Love the color palette.

  • 21.
    traci said…

    Oh wow, Ali! That is so cool! Must also jump on the bandwagon and ask what brand the album is–love how it’s just bound at the top. Very very cool! You rock!

  • 22.
    May said…

    This is so fantastic! What a great idea for everyone to do! =) Thanks for sharing.

  • 23.
    Loni said…

    SUCH a good idea, Ali! I collect quotes so I love the idea you’re going with. Brillant.
    The design of this just makes me happy! SO COOL.

  • 24.
    Michelle said…

    Love the quote book. So fun to do other stuff and more artsy stuff.
    Loved your ABC class in Kansas City . Thanks so much ! You are such a nice, sweet person.

  • 25.
    Melissa said…

    i am left wondering just where do you find the time?! it’s beautiful.

  • 26.
    Jen said…

    YUMMY!!!! Love the wings, love the tabs. Just love it.

  • 27.

    Phat A! I love that book.

  • 28.
    Kelli Walsh said…

    A closet fan here – this is great work. I have stacks of quotes everywhere – this may just inspire me to put them together. What line is the “Word Wisdom” sticker on the front from? -Kelli

  • 29.
    sarah said…

    oh yes.
    This is the stuff
    of my dreams.
    Your mom was right.
    I’ll bet she wants you to
    keep this one too!!! :)

  • 30.
    cathy said…

    So cool, Ali.
    And just so you know, another quote from dan, this evening:
    “Did you tell Ali that i think she is quite possibly the most photogenic person ever? That it doesn’t seem like she takes a bad shot?”

  • 31.
    Kay Clore said…

    lovin this Ali! you truly are a talented gal! remember me??? you sat and chatted with me at the TwoPeas crop. i was the one crazy enough to fly in from Albany, NY. i’d love to see what you do with those different albums that were for sale at the crop. ex. the envelope book. :-)

  • 32.
    jeffrey said…

    The book was not a loss, it served as an instructional guide for the masterpiece you have just created.

  • 33.
    Dee said…

    this is fab!! I have one of those cute little 7g books too, and have been wondering what I would do with it!! I have covered it thou…….hmmm
    you are full of wonderful ideas!

  • 34.
    Melissa said…

    Rockin’ cool.
    And brilliant.

  • 35.
    Steph said…


  • 36.
    Wanda E. Santiago said…

    Hey beautiful looks like an awesome book you have there!! Hugs Wanda

  • 37.
    melanie said…

    what a cool skinny book… and a great idea. i have many quotes that really speak to my soul, and i have been making an effort recently to make better use of them. such as letting them inspire more of my art. using them more in my journals. creating mini books full of quotes.

  • 38.
    Katie said…

    I have an old composition book just full of quotes, this is a much better idea!

  • 39.
    Alette said…

    Oh Wow Ali this is just wonderful. I hope you will see your first book again in the future. It would be so nice seeing it all back wouldn’t it?
    But I so love the way you made this book. It looks so nice and warm. Thank for sharing
    Have a nice day

  • 40.
    tracy said…

    “Who knows if it is still out there…it lives in my memory and maybe in the memory of that sweet boy I gave it to way back when.” -AE …sigh… -t

  • 41.
    jenny vorwaller said…

    i love your latest creation ever so much.
    words are my favorite too.

  • 42.
    Nikki said…

    AMAZING Alie!!

  • 43.
    Cami said…

    Groovy, groovy, groovy!
    And on a happy note: my HS boyfriend of several years gave me everything I had ever given him, made him, wrote to him…in a big cardboard box when he broke up with me. He was kind enough to return all the letters I wrote to him his first year of college (I was a senior in HS) to me. The letters he wrote to me were missing in action… He gave me back the envelopes though… JERK! ;)
    Thanks for letting me bare my soul on your blog groovy Ali!

  • 44.
    sara said…

    love this, ali. i’ve got quotes all over my b-board, tucked inside of books being used as bookmarks, and appearing on many a journal page. what a fabulous idea — a book of quotes *just for you*. it’s gorgeous!

  • 45.
    Mom said…

    Boy do I remember that book. And I remember saying “Ali, you need to make a copy of that. I’m sure you could sell that book.” I still think you can do the same thing with many of the books you are creating now. Not only selling the ideas, for all these great scrappers you are inspiring to make their own books, but having the actual books published for people who don’t have the creativity or time to make their own books. You have a great talent Ali and I am so proud to see you share your ideas with women (and men) all over the world!
    Love, Mom

  • 46.
    elizabeth said…

    I love this, and I’m now inspired to put my collection of quotes in something prettier than my ratty old notebook…
    Words – absolutely worth collecting, worth treasuring (in the end, after all the pretty paper and product, words are why I do this “scrapbooking thing.”)
    I wanted you to know that your words, shared so eloquently here, are what inspired me to try keeping my own blog. Now if I could just gather the courage to share it with someone other than my husband…!

  • 47.
    Lu said…

    OOOOOOH! I also love quotes. Collect them, email them, put them on my blog. Only the ones that really speak to me and my spirit. This is a lovely little project.

  • 48.
    ali said…

    AWESOME! You just plain ROCK Ali!

  • 49.
    Tina said…

    This is awesome! I wish I could read all the quotes. :) Why doesn’t it surprise me that you made something similar in HS. Lucky boy. I hope he kept it!

  • 50.
    kajira hill said…

    Publish it, girlfriend! People would BUY BUY BUY!!! :D

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