Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 14, 2006

Studio Friday : My Working Hands


I love Studio Friday.

I love that I can look on there, see the topic, take some photos, and then translate that directly into a layout. Taking these photos this morning took a matter of minutes. There, in those few little moments, I captured four big pieces of my story. Of the things I do everyday. The things I touch everyday. Parts of my own personal whole.

This is a layout we all need to do. A story we all need to tell.

Time to create.


  • 1.
    jennifer said…

    time to create! I better get busy… love your photos.

  • 2.
    I S A Y said…

    i should get going now and create more! great photos!

  • 3.
    patty said…

    L*O*V*E reading your blog. you are very inspiring in many different ways. coo chick :) ! i do have a question i have been meaning to ask you-i need a name of a good white ink pen. do you have one you love ?

  • 4.
    Lynne said…

    This is great! What a terrific ideal… although I am sort of wondering how good I will be at taking pictures with my left hand! :-)

  • 5.
    Becky said…

    Great idea for a Studio Friday topic and a layout idea. It always amazes me all the things we do with our hands every day…most of which we never think about.

  • 6.
    Glenna said…

    ok skip the obvious please and explain Studio Friday, kinda new to checking out your blog, weird this was your topic, I am working on a hand layout currently, more about my youngest son’s; he’s at that stage where he’s about to lose that last baby pudginess of his hands and I just want to hold tight to them, cherish them in mine.

  • 7.
    Vee said…

    i love SF too
    this will make a wonderful lo!

  • 8.
    Mrs. Fun said…

    Love this!! our hands do so much.

  • 9.
    vegasandvenice said…

    These pictures are beautiful! They could be framed and hung in your studio they are just that wonderful!

  • 10.
    Angi B said…


  • 11.
    Jewels said…

    ooo… good one! I like this idea! :o )

  • 12.
    Mom2Nick said…

    LOVE this idea. I’m definetely getting out my camera with weekend to take some shots of my hands in action. The picture of Simon’s hand in yours is so precious.

  • 13.
    Carrie said…

    Great representation. Love the idea.

  • 14.
    Klala said…

    Page. Stat.

  • 15.
    jenniferpebbles said…

    I signed up for illustration friday, but never participated…I think that this might be more of my speed…focusing on photography instead. Now, if only I can get my pictures to look as crisp as yours…

  • 16.
    katie said…

    what a great concept–love it!

  • 17.
    brianna said…

    In all the things I’ve taken pictures of, it’s never occured to me to take pictures of my hands. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 18.
    Sharyn (Torm) said…

    okay…i’m craving coffee now. thanks. lol and hey…congrats on your new position!!! ’tis awesome.

  • 19.
    Sarah Scott said…

    Wonderful photos! I do believe we have the same coffee cups! Mine are from a red set of dishes from Target.

  • 20.

    I love SF, too! I look forward to it every week. I really enjoying going to everyone’s blog and checking out their interpretation of the theme. Yours is great! I LOVE your blog.

  • 21.
    Katie said…

    Love the topic this week for Studio Friday… love your entry for this week… and love the red coffee cup. :)

  • 22.
    Revlie said…

    Cool idea!! Let’s get creative!

  • 23.
    Linda J said…

    Such simple photos — and they say so much. Thank you!

  • 24.
    joy said…

    oh my gosh….your hands are so pretty!!!

  • 25.
    ~michelle~ said…

    Lovely story of your hands. LOVE the picture of you holding your son’s hand!

  • 26.
    island jen said…

    wow…this is so cool…are you going to share the final product!

  • 27.
    sharon wisely said…

    I love the challenge of Studio Friday-super everyday photos!

  • 28.
    Shelley said…

    Your yesterday’s post about the Japanese dotliner….I have seen similar thing in Stampin’ Up. It’s called snail something. Works wonders!!!!
    Congrats on being promoted to Creative Editor. Looking forward to seeing the paths you take with your creations.

  • 29.
    Whimspiration said…

    Simple elegance. Your images speak so clearly to my heart.

  • 30.
    Chrissy Amport said…

    Just wondering why you picked the name Simon. I have a Simon(3) and haven’t come across any other than yours.

  • 31.
    nancy in ks said…

    BEAUTIful photos…gorgeous!…so ali…(here come the questions)
    - did you take these yourself with your left hand?
    - what kind of camera do you use?
    - what kind of photography training do you have? self taught?
    tutor? classes?
    - digital?
    - what editing program do you use?
    - in those photos of hands, natural light or flash?
    - ok, not 21, but this is enough…could you answer photography
    questions in a future blog?

  • 32.
    Barbara Zea said…

    Ali, *thanks* for being a life artist. You’ve motivated ME to become one. Instead of admiring everyone’s work – I’m actually *doing* it. I’m participating. I am becoming a life artist. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 33.
    corinne delis said…

    ok I might get into those challenges because this is such a great idea, I just can see the lo you are going to make from it.

  • 34.
    Tongue in Cheek said…

    holding of hands taht I like best, and this image is tender and sweet! Thanks for your comments to my blog and leading me here! I’ll be back!

  • 35.
    Gabi said…

    your photos are beautiful. They are of framing quality! They tell a story by themselves!
    All too often we forget to appreciate our most precious tools; our hands! We so SO MUCH with them yet give them little or no thought. I think today’s entry for Studio Friday is a great tribute to recognise that which enables us to create! Have a great weekend! I look forward to next Friday’s journey!!
    ~ Gabi

  • 36.
    Barb said…

    Another great idea. Thanks, Ali. Can’t wait for next week’s Dare!!!!!

  • 37.
    justjohanna said…

    great photos that definitely tell a story – even before you scrap them.

  • 38.
    Ann(i)e said…

    I could just gush on and on about how inspiring you are….love your emphasis on scrapbooking real life, right now…..really I could gush but I won’t….I know you answered all those questions from a few days ago and now I really want to throw another one in….
    What I am DIEING to know is…what kind of printer do you use?? I read in Studio A last month about your photo groups….so wonder what kind of printer you feel comfortable printing your photos on (I am so scared that my computer printed photos will fade and deteriorate….too scared to scrap with them.)

  • 39.
    Kate said…

    Love your STUDIO @ this month — and especially love the journaling stamp you used in the TOTALLY HAPPY layout. I spent 45 minutes trying to find one online with no luck. Do you know where I can purchase a Wendi Speciale Design journaling stamp like yours? It’s not available on her website.

  • 40.
    Hanna said…

    that is just so very true, a layout we all need to do. i will do mine later on, when easter is over perhaps. love your photos, they are beautiful

  • 41.
    Karin said…

    Cool pictures of your working hands.
    { Karin }

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