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January 4, 2007

one little word®

The AEzine is back up and running for 2007.

For those of you that may be new to the site, the AEzine is a weekly newsletter that I started last fall. I try to incorporate bits and pieces of creative information and inspiration – geared towards scrapbooking and life (and the concept of life art). You can check out the past issues here. You can subscribe by entering your email address in the box up on the top right of this blog.

To celebrate the new year I wanted to share the one little word® concept which is also featured in this weeks newsletter:

one little word®

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

Last fall in issue two of this newsletter I wrote about the power of words and gave my top ten tips for getting those words down when you are scrapbooking. Today I want to introduce you to the idea that a single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life as well as your scrapbook layouts.

Last year I began a tradition of chosing one word for myself each January – a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. Last year my word was something I wanted to bring into my life in a more tangible way. My word was play.

I thought a lot about play and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear – about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word play found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2007?

It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother’s word or your spouse’s word or your child’s word – this is YOUR word.

One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here’s one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren’t ready for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities.

You may be wondering, what in the heck does this all have to do with scrapbooking? For me, words are at the heart of what I do. The photos are a huge part, but the words bring it all home. Often times I will begin a layout with a single word. That word becomes my guide as I create my page. It helps me focus the story I am trying to tell and gives me an instant, easy graphic title approach. How often has a word directed your creativity when working on layouts?

Take some time this week to think about your own word for 2007 and read on for a related
weekly challenge.

And in case you were wondering, my word for 2007 is peace.

weekly challenge

This week your challenge is to create something, anything, that celebrates your chosen word for 2007. Maybe a layout. Maybe a blog posting or a journal entry or a simple post-it note that you put somewhere you can see it each day. Make sure to journal about why you chose your word and what it
means for you – the more you let yourself explore the more benefit you will receive in the end.

Come by my blog and post your response to the challenge on Monday, January 8, 2007. Looking forward to seeing your creations and reading your

I hope everyone has a great day today. And thanks for all the super nice comments on the kit yesterday.


  • 1.

    Off to do the challenge! I really missed the newsletter. Glad it’s back and here to stay, I hope.

  • 2.
    melissa said…

    Oh Ali!!! you are challenging me and I love it. I am thinking long and hard on this one. Because not only is there a word I probably need to hear – I am sure there is a paragraph out there screaming my name.
    Thanks for what you do.

  • 3.
    Jenny A. said…

    Ali, you have such an insight on how to live! Your words in AEzine came at just the right moment for me. Seriously, you are like the Oprah of scrapbooking. I totally took your advice about thinking about a word and just waiting for it to come to me. And it did. My word is ENJOY. I have so much going on in my hectic life (who doesn’t) but yesterday was almost in tears with just trying to catch up with it all. I will ENJOY my life as it is. I do plan on trying to do a layout on this. Again, you and your inspiring words have made me look at my life at a different angle. I will ENJOY the process. Have a wonderful day!

  • 4.
    Tina J. said…

    Immediatley knew my word would be “Health”. I’m so excited to get started on something! Thanks, Ali!
    Tina J.

  • 5.
    Mary Rogers said…

    so, I am thinking of my word right now!

  • 6.
    Lynne said…

    Freedom. That’s my word. Freedom from unrealistic expectations (of myself and others). Freedom from worry. Freedom to let go of old concepts of who I am and what I should be doing with my life. Freedom to embrace the life I am meant to live.
    This is awesome. You are awesome. Thank you.

  • 7.
    maria said…

    Great new challenge! Thanks! Looking forward to post my word next Monday! I think I have just what I want, but I’ll give it some more thought.

  • 8.
    JUDE :) said…

    So I did already pick a word… and posted it here
    I am planning on doing a LO of this as well, but thought I would let you know that your idea was so good, it was like that word/concept was in my head, but without the AEZine prompt, it would’ve never made it out… so thanks!

  • 9.
    diana said…

    ACTION….that’s my word.

  • 10.
    jenn said…

    Very cool. I blogged back on jan1 or 2nd that my word for this year is “believe”!

  • 11.
    Frances M said…

    And I had been thinking about my word too for the past week and it’s ORGANIZE. And so bizarre the 3191 visual blog. I’ve guessed that one of these women in is the NY or east coast area and one in the UK and I just couldn’t believe it because my dearest friend who I talk to via email at least 4 times a day is is 3358 miles away in London and I’m here in CT. Too funny! Great AEZine this week!

  • 12.
    Kimberly White said…

    Thanks for this weeks ezine! I’ve been looking forward to it all week! Mulling over words in my head .. leaning towards LOVE. Have a great day Ali! Kim

  • 13.
    Trish D said…

    Loved, loved this issue!! My word for 2007 is FREEDOM. I am currently at work so unable to create a LO immediately, so I have posted on my blog my reasons for this word this year. Thank you, Ali, for all your inspiration!!!

  • 14.
    Molly Irwin said…

    simplicity. It was my theme for 2007 starting with my note to family at Christmas. This challenge is a great launching point for me, as I have felt creatively stuck for a bit. Thanks for the nudge. All the Best, from a new reader – Molly

  • 15.
    reen said…

    “HAPPY”….It’s a feeling, a state of being…it’s what I want for 2007. Thanks Ali,

  • 16.
    Jerrie said…

    Thanks for this challenge. On my morning walk I thought a lot about what my word should be. The word that kept coming back was believe…I’m excited to now do my layout!

  • 17.
    Beth Wollweber said…

    Hi ALi:
    Happy New Year !! Trying to stay on track with my creative side, today your challenge is for me. I would have to say that my word would be CALM, opposite of Chaos. Hoping to live 2007 closer to calm and further from chaos. Thanks, your the best !!!!
    Beth in NY

  • 18.
    noell said…

    It was a great newsletter and a wonderful surprise this morning!!! I can’t wait to work on the challenge. I”m thinking about paint, brushes, my easel, and my giant painter’s notebook…

  • 19.
    melanie said…

    begin…thats my word.
    thanks for such a cool idea. i cant wait to begin with my word.

  • 20.
    Diane said…

    My word for 2007 is reinvent. My only child just went to college and I started an Empty Nesters group and want to try new things, meet new people (mostly nice women but a good man would be great, too!), and do other fun things in addition to being a mom.
    Great idea!

  • 21.

    Love the diversity already! Isn’t it amazing how the same prompt can evoke so many different words – each one specific and personal to each individual! So cool – Can’t wait to see the results on Monday!
    As for me, I’ve got my word, no question about it, it came effortlessly – I’m going to ponder it some more, let it work in my soul a bit and then bare my soul on Monday!
    Love your process, girl! Time and time again!

  • 22.
    Paula said…

    Happy New Year to you, Ali.
    I signed up for your newsletter & my sister bought your new book designing using patterned papers for my Christmas gift.
    I got my first Aezine this morning & am so excited. You have fired me up with your enthusiasm. I have done a blog post about my choice of word & plan a layout as an expansion on this.
    Thank You for your Style & wisdom. I am in awe of you!!

  • 23.
    Suzelle Kasaian said…

    Love this Ali… word is balance :)

  • 24.
    Janine said…

    I loved getting your newsletter and that issue spoke to me. My word is Balance and already I have done a blog entry on this and painted the word dream for my scrap room. I have much more planned!! Thank You Ali.

  • 25.
    Kristine said…

    SO BUMMED–the kit already sold out. I hope my name on the wait list comes up.

  • 26.
    Laura Z said…

    Ali, You are so inspiring. I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I just want to let you know I am happy and thankful for the effort into your craft and putting your message “out there” for everyone to enjoy, be inspired by, and to learn and grow from. “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart!

  • 27.
    Jann Saulsberry said…

    This is a great challenge. The word my heart spoke was WIFE. After being a single gal for 45 years, by best friend and the dearest man to my heart asked me to be his WIFE. I know this year will be full of challenges…most of them centered around combining our lives into one…and learning how to be a good WIFE! I am definitely doing a layout or perhaps a mini-book on this topic…and may even leave space for a few of my friends that I have watched be good WIVES to give me some advice. I know you are a strong creative woman…but I also see you being so interdependent and unified with your husband as you raise Simon and as each of your pursue your individual passions and careers. Thanks for the challenge…AND the good example! Blessings and my you find PEACE this year.

  • 28.
    Kelly Libby said…

    My word is “well-being”. My main resolutions are about caring more about my friends and families well-being. Basically to be more considerate and less criticial. Then, to care more for my personal/mental health. And, lastly to save more which will in effect care for the well-being of my finanances. Fun. I think i’m going to do a layout of this idea. Hope you and your family are doing well. Looking forward to a great new year. Also, hoping to meet up with you for a class or CKU.

  • 29.

    Excellent inspiration today Ali! Love the idea of a word to focus on in 2007. I have chosen EVOKE. I am going to work to evoke the childlike sense of freedom and happiness into my life in 2007. Peace.

  • 30.
    Michelle Clarke said…

    So this year I have decided to take your weekly challenge every week and post my results. Will get me back to being creative as I haven’t been for a while. I read your newsletter and thought one word was easy but there are several words in my head. Will have to settle on one and get started I already know how I am going to celebrate it!! Will post the results on Monday. Happy new year Ali – thanks for being such an inspiration!!

  • 31.
    jan said…

    thanks you so much for this truly was just what i needed and i decided to share my decision on my own blog. thanks so much.

  • 32.
    nikki said…

    My word is more like words – ROCK STAR!

  • 33.
    suetreiber said…

    I knew right away what my word would be, then I read the others. I have too many good ones to chose from!

  • 34.
    Sandra said…

    What a great idea. This year I’m going to do it. My word is Accept.

  • 35.
    Rebecca said…

    patience. 7 months pregnant and a 1 1/2 year old running around, i will endure patience on daily basis.
    Will you be talking about this in any of your sessions in Tracy, CA? i am thinking about going, but I need motivation…

  • 36.
    sue said…

    What a great challenge! I will be thinking about a word for this year and make sure to post on Monday. Thanks.

  • 37.
    Jennifer said…

    Thank you so much for these thoughts. They couldn’t have come at a better time for me. As I was reading I immediately thought of my word. ORGANIZE. Hopefully keeping this one word at the top of my thoughts will help me to accomplish my goals of organizing more than just the stuff in my life. I’m also trying to work on setting and sticking with priorities so I can accomplish more in my day. Wish me luck!

  • 38.
    Lolly said…

    This was an amazingly inspiring thing Ali, thank you. It’s such a joy to read other people’s words on here too :) Really lovely, I feel like the whole world is filled with positivity right now :)

  • 39.
    shirley said…

    i got my word almost as soon as i started reading. this is somthing that i have decided on for awhile now. i want to be able to share with others friends family and all. thanks for the challenge here is the link to my page

  • 40.
    Linda said…

    PATIENCE…that is my word for this year. With 3 children (two of them teenagers) and starting construction on a new house PATIENCE is what I am striving for in this new year. Wish me luck :)

  • 41.
    Angel said…

    I love your newsletter – I find it very inspiring. My word for the year is BLISS.

  • 42.
    kraftyscraps said…

    I’m so excited that your newsletter is back! I finally figured out my word . . . be back on the 8th with it. :)

  • 43.
    Hashi said…

    The first word that popped into my head was “LEARN”. At first I protested — after all, this is the first semester in six years that I haven’t enrolled in any college classes. But then I realised that it fits me and where I’m at perfectly! Thanks, Ali!

  • 44.
    stephanie said…

    What a great challenge..thank you for being so inspiring, so natural, such a great source of everythig! my word is FAITH….I will be back on the 8th to share my Journal!

  • 45.
    millicentB said…

    Oh Ali, thanks for the inspiration. I will post my “one little word” on Monday. btw – is the AEzine published once a month, once a week, or whenever inspiration hits?

  • 46.
    Tracy Whitney said…

    got my word, blogged about it: CONTENTMENT.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 47.
    Marty said…

    I am torn between two words – contentment and challenge….be content with who I am and what I am, but yet challenge myself to be more, for my husband, my children, my world…and myself.
    Thanks for the inspiration you are, Ali! I love your art!

  • 48.
    Daphne said…

    I was thinking of a word as I was reading your paragraph; and it was: PEACE, seriously. Then, I got to the end thinking you wouldnt post untill Monday and saw it was PEACE so, I have been thinking of my very own word, and I am thinking of JOY, DISCIPLINE, or EXPERIENCE/STEPPING OUT. Hmmm … I have the whole weekend to pray about it … I will let you know on Monday. LOVE IT!!! Can I use this at work, home, …

  • 49.
    Melissa said…

    My word is TIME, instead of complaining I don’t have enough TIME, I’m going to make TIME!

  • 50.
    michelle said…

    my word for 2007 is HUMANITARIAN. I am excited and have started crocheting baby hats to send overseas. I can’t wait to see what this year brings. I also quit smoking so wish me luck!

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