Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 22, 2006

Thanks. Ramblings. Cafe Press.


I put this layout together a couple weeks ago as an example of a way to play with Technique Tuesday's super awesome Functuation stamp set. They generously donated a set to each person in my Backstage Party at the Portland convention. Thanks again guys.

And yep, as you can see, I am all about the circles right now…and the Creative Memories Circle Cutter. I picked one up when I was in Virginia and I am seriously in love with it – I got to put away the bowls I was tracing to make circle shapes. Watch for more layouts with circle cut photos in the magazine in the coming months.

Simon and I had a great time at lunch with friends yesterday. We met up for pizza…felt so good to just relax while the kids ran and went crazy in the play area. I miss that part of not working so much…the daytime get togethers with other moms and kids. That connection. Loved it – thanks guys – excited to do it again.

And, I opened up a little shop at Cafe Press with some feel-good, Life Artist products. Check out the AE Manifesto line of stuff: includes a graphic with all those things I find myself saying in classes over and over. Cool little reminders to keep it all in perspective. My plan is to add new things in there periodically – as the inspiraiton strikes. Sign up for the newsletter and I will let you know when new things are added.

Back to work today…lots of things on my list.


  • 1.
    tina bazala said…

    hey Ali, it was so much fun meeting you in Virginia and taking the pictures. I totally remember you buying the CM circle cutter. You were excited then!! The layout looks great! I love checking in on your blog to see your awesome layouts and REAL attitude on living and enjoying life! Keep it going!

  • 2.
    Amy W. aka Scooter Girl said…

    Just checked out the AE Manifesto line….WAY TOO COOL. Love the color choices of the ringer tees. Love the line! So fantastic. Congratulations!

  • 3.
    Nicol said…

    I love that LO and I am definately going to check out your new line!

  • 4.
    toya said…

    This a great layout, the cycles gives me a feeling like the layout refers to time, like as a clock and your line at cafepress is very inspirational, as always.

  • 5.
    karen said…

    great, great LO!!
    Those shirts and goodies are sooooo cool!!!!

  • 6.
    Beth said…

    Oh my gosh – I want one of everything at Cafe Press! This is going to be trouble. Thanks for sharing your art with all of us.

  • 7.
    em said…

    you are so awesome :)

  • 8.
    ~michelle~ said…

    Holy SCRAP your Life Artist stuff is so cool! Your designs are just so aesthetically pleasing. Love it!

  • 9.
    corinne5 said…

    do you want to get my broke, aaargh! I also wanted to tell you that I love thilo and I was again blown away by the last CK your article and lo’s were AMAZING!! thanks for keeping me inspired…………and I bought my own embossingheather and ink and stuff, yeah!

  • 10.
    Denise said…

    How awesome!! Love the simplicity of all your designs at
    Cafe Press. Cool, cool, cool!!

  • 11.
    Tina J. said…

    Do you ever make an ugly layout? This is absolutely beautiful! Love the circles and wouldn’t you know it, I gave away my Creative Memories circle cutters last year, knowing I’d never like that look again… Geesh! I signed up for the Cafe Press newsletter. Very cool stuff. Great idea!
    Tina J.

  • 12.
    Rachel said…

    you blow me away girl. that layout is just STUNNING. wow. and the cafe press stuff…COOL!! Way to go. so awesome to see this. Congrats :)

  • 13.
    Michelle said…

    So cool.

  • 14.
    Gudrun said…

    You must be a wonderful person, Ali! so inspiering and you seems to be so full of enegy. I’m impressed!
    Love your products at the cafe press! really cool.
    And thanks for sharing this wonderful LO of Simon. It’s really stunning!
    Thanks again!

  • 15.
    michelle hill said…

    crimany…..more stuff to buy… looks awesome….i am off to get the coffee cup…take ali and have a great day…

  • 16.
    Rhonna said…

    awesome, girlfriend!
    so so happy for you!

  • 17.
    cindy said…

    OH DEAR GOD!! I want EVERYTHING!!!!!! Awesome and inspiring stuff. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! LOVE IT ALL!

  • 18.
    jen said…

    Okay, could you just stop being so dang cool? Everytime I pull up your blog and see a new beautiful “something something” I just want to rip my hair out! Everything you create is just gorgeous…I am always inspired to create after I see what you’ve been up to. But seriously, my self-esteem can’t take anymore…could you just tone it down a little bit…not be quite so incredible?! :) Ali rocks.

  • 19.
    Laura T. said…

    I love your products on that site. Everything is cool – especially the Manifesto line. My sister-in-law is an artist and this gives me some cool gift ideas for birthday/christmas/just because. I definitely will be getting some stuff for me too.
    As always – thanks for all the inspiration you send our way.

  • 20.
    misti said…

    I love the Cafe Press stuff! I think next month I’ll be buying a few items, especially the mousepad! Great things to think about while working.

  • 21.
    Lori said…

    Love the Cafe Press stuff you designed. I am going to have to get a mug for work with Life Artist! Very cool.
    Also, love the LO as usual.

  • 22.
    Jessica said…

    I love the Cafe Press line — especially the Manifesto line. I think what you have stated is integral for every life artist to remember. As always, thanks.

  • 23.
    h2okatcher said…

    Hi Ali!
    I’m new to scrapbooking … and haven’t even started a single real page yet! So I’m just wondering where do I start? What adhesives are best to use? I currently have a 12×12 scrapbook album, some 12×12 stock paper, and a bunch of photos. That’s it! What else do I need to start? Would love some advice!

  • 24.
    AJ said…

    Ali, that is a GREAT LO. I love those TT stamps…looks like I am going to need to run off and get some! You inspire me to scrapbook…and shop! :/

  • 25.
    Christian said…

    I love the words you use to describe the scrapbooker-”Life Artist”. What a great way of putting it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 26.
    May said…

    HOW COOL IS THAT??? WOW. That’s such a fantastic layout, and oh how I LOVE those stamps!!! =)
    As for your goodies up on cafe press- awesome! Now I have to decide what I want… ;-)

  • 27.
    Emine said…

    Ow Ali, this is soooooooooo Amazing!! Gorgeous!! Wonderfull…
    I’m in love with your style and work…
    With love,

  • 28.
    Emine said…

    Ow Ali, this is soooooooooo Amazing!! Gorgeous!! Wonderfull…
    I’m in love with your style and work…
    With love,

  • 29.
    Suzanne said…

    Oooooh Ali! All your stuff is amazing! I want to buy it all! LOL!

  • 30.
    t said…

    too cool for school. yep. :)

  • 31.
    vegasandvenice said…

    Oh my goodness. I love the circles and adore your new shop! Best wishes with all your new ventures!!!

  • 32.
    Natalie Tran said…

    Hey woman!!
    Okay I just ordered some stuff from your New Line!! SO AWESOME!! Can’t wait to start sportin my “Capture Life, Create Art” pink raglan shirt!! That AE Manifesto Journal has found a new home here as well…. You ROCK girl!! Love it all and you too!! Can’t wait till you come back in January 07!!
    Natalie Tran

  • 33.
    Bonnie K said…

    wow Ali. that layout is simply gorgeous.. love that pic, and the stamps are pretty cool too.
    You rock gf!
    Love the shirts and stuff. why not? You are selling your handwriting with the font cd.. might as well put it on tshirts.. way too fun!
    lovin it!
    love bonnie in anoka MN

  • 34.
    Revlie said…

    OMG, this is fabulous. Ever think about us people having to buy it all ;) )). Your layout rocks, as ever. Love the circles to! Thanx for all the great inspiration!

  • 35.
    Klala said…

    Are you really gonna make me buy all that AE stuff?? Come on now!!!!
    I thought my groupie days were over!!!

  • 36.
    steph said…

    Amazing as always, Ali!! Simon is just getting cuter by the second!! Off to check out the Cafe Press stuff now… you enabler you! :) -Jenn’s friend Steph-

  • 37.
    Becky said…

    What a great idea for a line of products! Kudos! You know what would also be cool–selling those sayings as digital image downloads (word art) for scrapbooking, like at 2Peas.

  • 38.
    Jen G said…

    delightful, ali, as always.
    have a great day!

  • 39.
    Annie said…

    Well, you need to make a shirt that says “starving life artist” because that’s what we’ll all be after visiting cafe press. I’m broke now, but I can’t wait to get my new cool stuff. Thanks Ali, you enabler! Love ya’!

  • 40.
    Jeanette said…

    Love your quotes, Ali. And I just ordered a hoodie with my favorite one.

  • 41.
    Rolana said…

    I want everything that’s there! Ali, you are such an inspiration! I hope I get to meet you one day! Your quotes are awesome. I too am a believer in the power of words.

  • 42.
    Sarah said…

    I just checked out the site and I must buy one of those shirts and mugs. The circles are very cool. Love your work.

  • 43.
    Katie said…

    These are great! I love your stuff!

  • 44.
    Cari said…

    Just when I thought you couldn’t get any cooler…dang, Girl!!!!!!
    I’m gonna make tees that say…”I want to be Ali Edwards when I grow up!”

  • 45.
    Erin said…

    Hey Girl.. All the AE stuff rocks! Cant decide what to buy first! Thanks for constantly inspiring me.

  • 46.
    jill s said…

    thanks for being willing to share your talent! i just ordered the art poster…i’m in the middle of repainting/decorating my scrapbook room…just found the focal point…thanks again…

  • 47.
    Susan said…

    Do you ever run out of cool ideas? Love your stuff, ideas and design and thanks for the inspiration.

  • 48.
    Bek said…

    Wowsers….those tops are so KEWL !!!
    You are amazing Ali, totally inspiring.
    Cant wait to meet you in August when you come over to Australia.

  • 49.
    ArtsyMama said…

    Wow, love the layouts. Love your manifesto products. AMAZING, as always:) You rock, girl!!! You should come do Rhonna’s 21 day challenge with the gang. It’s lots of fun:)

  • 50.
    angela said…

    oh lovely… your shop.
    but i keep looking at the art you do for little big simon. and i can’t help to think what one day, the treasure chest of memories he has from mom is going to be like. the most precious, lucky, wonderful, cherished boy… and show that in so many amazing ways.
    let life always overflow like this for you ali… always.

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