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A very special thank you.

I have been thinking over the past few weeks about what I could do as a thank you to all of you for the awesome support you have shown to Autism Speaks (and to me and my family) over the last few months.  No matter whether we end up with the number one spot (the top 6 receive a matching donation up to $10,000), we as a group of people have done something awesome.

Of course, number one is a good place to be. Love watching the power of the people.

Sitting here today, getting ready for classes this weekend in Vancouver, BC at ARTistry, I thought of an idea: I can share a class with you - instructions & supply list. I was going to wait until the end of the contest to post this, but I am just feeling really inspired and excited today and want to share this with you NOW.

This is a fun mini-book: filled with different textures and goodies that help you celebrate the life of someone you love yesterday, today, tomorrow - always. This is an updated version of a class I have taught a few times over the last year. Enjoy it.

Click to download the instructions (2.7MB file) : Download ytta_HowTo
(You will need Adobe Reader to view this file: go here to download this program if you don't already have it.)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Always Supply List
(know that I totally encourage you to use your stash at home to adapt this project to what you have on hand - otherwise a Google search will help you find the supplies listed below at online retailers or check out your local scrapbook store)

Maya Road 4x4 Binder Book

7gypsies A La Card Stickers Love (#17405)

7gypsies Etchings Life Rub On Sheet (#17060)

Chatterbox Patterned Paper, Loft Flowering Vine (#24408) and Loft (#20824)

SEI Paisley & Petals Cardstock Tabs (#7-8452)

My Mind's Eye Bohemia Patterned Paper ("You & Me" Swirl/Brown #BH1111)

Scenic Route Patterned Paper Rockland Sweetland Street (#SR584)

Creative Imaginations Narratives Antique Love Patterned Paper (#14814)

Heidi Swapp Mask Daisy (#HS63368)

Hambly Chic Circles Screen Print (#HO543)

Embossing Ink (clear)

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (clear) (also known as UTEE)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Weathered Wood (#TIM20257)

Heat gun for embossing the cover

4, 4x6 photos that can be cropped to 4x4

4, 2x2 photos

Again, thank you. Have fun!

Also - check this out: Technique Tuesday is making a difference. That is so awesome, so cool, so wonderful.

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  1. Kla says…
    03/21/2007

    You rule.

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  2. Beth D says…
    03/21/2007

    I was checking the donations number - made one myself today :-) - and hit refresh...and there was a new post from you! Thanks for inspiring me. God's blessings to you, Chris and Simon.

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  3. chantille says…
    03/21/2007

    Looks exciting, thank you for sharing. Is there any chance of you doing more classes on-line for those of us who don't live in the US and can't make it to your real life classes? Have been waiting to use that Maya Rd album, what perfect timing.
    Thanks again

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  4. Kellie T says…
    03/21/2007

    Thanks for the instructions and the class list Ali, very very kind of you! I made my donations today on two seperate credit cards (counts as two seperate donations :) and I am encouraging everyone I know to contribute and get Simon's badge to NUMBER 1!! Thanks again for all you do!

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  5. Carol says…
    03/21/2007

    Wow!
    Thanks for the instructions, Ali! YOU ROCK!

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  6. Stephanie Homburg says…
    03/21/2007

    I had a dream last night that Kevin decided to match exactly what we had raised-- and Autism Speaks wound up receiving 50 thousand dollars!
    You are so sweet to share the class info. I think I'm going to make one for Jack for his birthday in June. Now to figure out a way to make it durable enough for him to carry it around everywhere.

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  7. Wendy says…
    03/21/2007

    THANK YOU! You are the BEST!!

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  8. Cari says…
    03/21/2007

    SO AWESOME ALI!!! Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your life with us. You inspire me to be a better person every day.
    I can't wait to get to work on this project!

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  9. Cathy Walters says…
    03/21/2007

    Golly, Ali, thanks so much! I have never done a mini album (I'm pretty much the only person out there that hasn't I think!), so I just need to get over my fear of doing one. :) Thanks again!

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  10. Michelle M says…
    03/21/2007

    Thank you for sharing your talent and for your inspiration. I hope that your goal will be achieved. m

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  11. Jen says…
    03/21/2007

    You are so sweet to do that.
    But for me, just what you are doing is thank you enough. Reading your blogs for the past several months has really helped me,personally, through my ds's diagnosis.
    I admit, that even though I knew since he was under 1 y/o, that he did have autsim, I did not take the words well.
    Frustration, anger, every emotion imaginable, I felt.
    I don't know remember how or what drew me to your blog, but your openness and willingness to share Simon as been really truly mind saving.
    My ds is 3 and you can see it in eyes his brain is working.:) Just not the words.
    Today I got the news that he can start this school yr for preschool. I cried. I know I will cry when he starts but I am really really excited for what he will learn and experience.
    Thank you. :)

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  12. Marty says…
    03/21/2007

    oh my gosh! Thank you so much for sharing. It has been such a privilege to get to know you and your family through your blog and your books and articles! I can't wait to do this mini album...never done one yet but what a way to start. God bless you and yours.

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  13. Stacey says…
    03/21/2007

    Wow, thanks, Ali! That's so sweet of you. I feel honored to be able to take a class of yours. I've never been close to any of your face-to-face classes.

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  14. diana says…
    03/21/2007

    Thanks Ali, that's awesome.

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  15. Anita says…
    03/21/2007

    Thank you so much being and sharing!

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  16. krisfred says…
    03/21/2007

    Heartfelt thanks, Ali!! THIS IS SO SWEET!

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  17. Barb says…
    03/21/2007

    Have been following your donations carefully, Ali. But, didn't give until tonight. . .
    I teach middle school. We got word yesterday that one of our teachers who works specifically with students with behaviors on the severe end of the autism spectrum died unexpectedly. She gave so generously of herself to all of our students and staff members. Giving to Autism Speaks is a great tribute to her.

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  18. Megan H. says…
    03/21/2007

    This is really so sweet of you. Thank you so much. You honestly have already done so much for the people who read your blog. Before I started checking it daily, I knew almost nothing about autism. You've educated me (and everyone else) about the day-to-day joys and struggles. You are such an inspiration to us and a testament to what a difference one person can make.

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  19. Katie the Scrapbook Lady says…
    03/21/2007

    Thank you for the wonderful gift :) and I can't thank you enough for all you are doing for autism awareness! I'm thrilled to see the response you have gotten!

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  20. Kim Hacking says…
    03/21/2007

    This is so cool of you! I have always wanted to take this class from you. Thank you.

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  21. Beth says…
    03/21/2007

    Ali - thank you for posting the mini album class. Also, thank you for your willingness to share your life with us. In reading your blog daily, I am repeatedly awed by your spirit. Your heart is full of love...for your family, friends, strangers and the world around you. Thank you for being "you".
    I agree with Cari's post:
    You inspire me to be a better person every day.

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  22. Cate says…
    03/21/2007

    You are the bestest Ali!!
    I'm SO excited to see you on Friday at ARTistry! Hugs!!

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  23. Colby says…
    03/21/2007

    So excited for your progress! It is SO COOL that one person can do so much!!! Congrats. And thanks for sharing a class with us--I would have donated regardless. Thanks for being so inspiring to so many!

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  24. Nicole says…
    03/21/2007

    Thank you so much for sharing this project with us Ali...so sweet of you. I can't wait to gather my stuff and create!

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  25. Deirdre says…
    03/21/2007

    Sweet:-)
    I just came to post a request/beg that you attend CKC in Phoenix next September. My best friend (who lives oh so far away) and I are going to meet there, and we'd both LOVE to take a class of yours.
    And now we can, via your blog. I have an 8x8 Maya binder that had me feeling clueless on how to begin. Now I know where I'll start!
    I wasn't able to give much, but I gave the first day and have enjoyed watching the numbers climb. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to contribute, and lifting us all with your spirit and your generosity.
    Of course, I'm STILL hoping you'll want to go to Phoenix in September!

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