Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 29, 2007

And the winner is…

Jennifer Davis. Email me Jennifer and I will mail the kit out to you.

How in the heck did I pick the winner? Rather than going through and cutting them all up, I took them all (on 8.5×11 pages) and threw them up in the air and then, with my eyes closed…picked one up off the floor and the response closest to my finger was the winner. Very scientific. Very fun. I was hoping that Chris would be here to help me, but alas, he hasn’t made it home yet…instead I got out my trusty tri-pod and took the pictures myself.

And now, here is what I have been thinking about today : if each one of you who left a comment today could tell one other person (maybe someone who does not scrapbook or someone who knows no one with autism or your mom or dad or brother or sister or grandma or neighbor or best friend or grocery checker or nice old lady down the street) about the contest and encourage them to donate $10 to the badge…could you imagine the total we could end up with?

If you live outside of the US, pick up the phone or email one person you know in the US that could make a donation on your behalf.

All along with this contest I have been saying “we.” It is “we” because there is no way I could do this alone. I am one person: a mama, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a person who works from their home, a life artist – just an everyday person trying to do something positive with what I have been given. It takes all of us reaching out, all of us putting out the effort to achieve this goal. We are a bunch of  individuals working together for the greater good.

Holy cow – we have raised over $30,000.

And because I seriously can’t believe the number of comments and I am so over-the-top excited about this whole thing, here’s a download for another class:

PERSPECTIVE DESCRIPTION: What do you see in your world right now? Record your thoughts, your photos – your very own “perspective.”

PERSPECTIVE homework : Download perspectivehomework

PERSPECTIVE how to : perspectiveHOWTO-boxbook

Box Book: Junkitz
8 sheets of patterned paper
letter stickers or stamps (you will need quite a few “i’s”)
a couple accents -  I used epoxy circles and rub ons from Autumn Leaves

Tomorrow morning I will post another give away…can’t wait to show you what I have next!


  • 1.
    StephF said…

    Thanks for the extra project!!!!

  • 2.
    Jamie K said…

    holy moly Ali.
    the room you’re in is so cool looking. and I love that picture of Simon and Chris on the wall. love it.

  • 3.
    Candice said…

    Love the pictures, Ali! Thanks for the new freebie! I read your blog everyday now, and I just love it!

  • 4.
    Gioconda said…

    OK, this was totally exciting. Congratulations Jennifer! Looking forward to tomorrow.

  • 5.
    Erin Wells said…

    over $30,000…truly amazing…mind blowing…empowering. so proud to be part of this. thanks ali, and congrats to you, Chris, Simon, and all those touched by autism. so cool to make a difference…

  • 6.
    Barbara said…

    The picture of Simon made by your Mom is wonderful. He is a beautiful boy. You can see the love in his eyes.

  • 7.
    Debbie L. said…

    Thank you, again, for a great project. Your generosity is always appreciated!

  • 8.
    Emma said…

    Congratulations to Jennifer.
    Ali this is such an amazing thing to be a part of. Thank you.

  • 9.
    Nicole said…

    Congrats Jennifer! Ali, sooooo very cool on over $30,000…you are so right, it’s everyone working together and helping out. Every little bit helps. Thanks for the freebie :)

  • 10.
    Gina said…

    Thanks for the freebie. LOVE this album. I am off to link to Simon’s badge now in an e-mail to all of my friends and family.

  • 11.
    Leah said…

    Wow Ali!
    Beautiful class!
    And I am SO happy you are being a driving force for autism research and awareness! I have so many friends with kids on the spectrum, and we have loved ones on both sides of our family who live with autism.
    Way to go!

  • 12.
    Marty said…

    Congrats to Jennifer!
    Thank you so much for the new download. LOVE the pic of Simon and Chris on the back wall. Love the numbers on your badge. God bless…

  • 13.
    beth said…

    Just spread the word to a couple of girlfriends. Thank you for sharing the “perspective” class. So very generous of you.
    Beth L

  • 14.
    Petals said…

    Your pictures are GREAT–it really did look like fun!

  • 15.
    Leah said…

    oh- and btw- how cool is this- I have the skirt you are wearing in that pic :-) lol!

  • 16.
    Megan H. said…

    Thank you Ali. You rock!

  • 17.
    Deirdre said…

    Thanks for the freebie, Ali, and the challenge.
    Makes me even more in awe of what you’ve done, because while I appreciate the opportunity to give but I abhor asking other people. I don’t know why that is. But I’m up for the challenge…I’m sure most people are happy to be part of the solution too.
    Thanks again, DK

  • 18.
    Leigh said…

    Ali, this is so insane! It’s been incredible to watch this all unfold…you are a force, girl…have been since you since you stepped onto the scrapbooking scene…a FORCE. So happy to see all the good that you do coming back to you and the things that are important to you.

  • 19.
    Kal Barteski said…

    Ali – you rock. congrats on the badge – that is change-the-world-stuff. SO cool. So cool. I have a great picture of you that I’m posting tomorrow – hope it’s okay. it just turned out really sweet. Again, you rock. YOU are changing the world.
    And we thank you.

  • 20.
    kari said…

    What a delight you are–living with such joy, such passion.
    Thank you.

  • 21.
    Pam McClung said…

    Thanks for your amazing support of Autism Awareness! We have been fighting the battle since 1994. We participate in the CAN Walk in Houston every year-last year we even wore your “Autism – Enough is Enough” t-shirts!Our son Kyle has made great progress since 1992, and we continue to get the word out and advocate for our son. I had never scrapbooked about Kyle’s Autism until last year – when I read some of your journaling on Simon. Thank-you for your inspiration!

  • 22.
    Jen said…

    Congratulations Jennifer! :)

  • 23.
    Jen said…

    Thanks so much! Love this project. And I love your method of picking a name. Awesome!

  • 24.
    Cheryl said…

    You are seriously amazing. Seriously.

  • 25.
    Colleen said…

    Off to post this on my mum’s group board where one of the women just had her son diagnosed with ASD! Wish a continued success!

  • 26.
    Barb Stewart said…

    I know that anyone who does this project will absolutely love it! I had the extreme pleasure of taking this very same class with Ali at the University of Tampa. I enjoyed it so much that I think I will create another one of these for my best friend!
    Congratulations on that badge, Ali! You’ve done an amazing thing!

  • 27.
    Ashley Stevens said…

    Ali- I can’t tell you how cool this is, people from all over getting together to help. You are such an awesome leader to head the way. We need more people in this world like good. God bless!

  • 28.
    Kirsten said…

    I don’t know why it took me so long to get off my duff and donate – such exciting stuff! And so cool to see that number go up when I refreshed your page. God bless you, Ali you are amazing!

  • 29.
    Sara Berry said…

    Ali, you are truly inspirational. Thank you for choosing to make a difference…and bringing us along with you.

  • 30.
    Donna said…

    Congratulations Jennifer!
    Congratulations Ali! Great job with the badge. I’m going to jump off and see if my daughter has sent a donation yet. I’ve been following your blog since Split Rock, PA and taking the great class with you there. Thanks for the extra projects – LOVE THEM!!

  • 31.
    keltie said…

    This mini book is great. I look forward to getting of shift so that I can go home and try it out. THANKS SO MUCH.

  • 32.
    Corey said…

    I am just blown away right now. The amazing effort everyone has put into this, especially you, Ali. You have become such a wonerful example of how to be an advocate for what you believe in and what you are passionate about. You’ve shown us that one person can do it, and another example of how we really are all connected in one way or another. Thank you, thank you, thank you for inspiring me once again. And thank you for helping to enlighten people around the world about autisim and how important it is we find a cure.
    And thank you again for the free class!

  • 33.
    Sarah Fawcett said…

    Congrats on raising so much money for a wonderful cause… Scrappers are so very generous… Thanks again for your wonderful inspiration and projects…
    Sarah F

  • 34.
    LawrenBC said…

    Ali, I am so amazed at the work you do, for furthering the cause of Autism Speaks AND for inspiring scrapbookers/papercrafters/artists to create every day. I just added a post to my blog to inspire others to help the Autism Speaks cause
    I really hope it helps!

  • 35.
    melita said…

    Thanks for another project! How generous of you! Can’t wait to get started on them! =)

  • 36.
    Cate said…

    Very scientific! Love it!!! Congrats Jennifer!! Enjoy!
    I agree whole heartedly with Kal. YOU are changing the world. And we thank you.

  • 37.
    kerry : k8tykat said…

    oh my lord. 1200+ comments is amazing! think of all the lives that you have touched with this fundraiser. kudos and mad props!! xo.

  • 38.
    Jen said…

    Congratulations Jennifer! Ali, your method of choosing the name was hilarious — something I would do too — and I love that you took pictures of it. I can’t make a donation because I live outside the US, but I have been tracking your progress and it is so cool to see others do something to help make a difference. You’re changing lives, and so is everyone who donates.

  • 39.
    Karissa Liloc said…

    Wow! Amazing! $30,000!

  • 40.
    kathleen said…

    Heck! I would have left a comment and made a donation for one of your downloads alone!! :) Thank you so much for doing that and congrats to Autism Speaks!

  • 41.

    I don’t have a lot of readers on my blog, but I posted the info for Autism Speaks. Hopefully it will help out in some small way. Congratulations on how many donations you’ve gotten!!

  • 42.
    Connie said…

    Spreading the word. Passed on your newsletter to 6 non-scrapbooking friends!

  • 43.
    cindy b. said…

    This post made me smile. What a fun way to pick the winner! And you caught it on camera…too fun!! Congrats to the winner and I’m so proud to be a part of this!! GO SIMON GO!!!!!!!!!!!! Peace and blessings, Cindy B.

  • 44.
    Therese Bradley said…

    My three year old son and I were driving today and listening to “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” I kept thinking of you and this huge fundraising effort we’re all participating in. So cool. Therese

  • 45.
    Elisabeth C said…

    Thanks SO much for the project!! You are very generous with your talents..thanks for that. Have missed reading your blog this week after being gone on vacation (disney..can’t wait for the new book in Sept to help me complete the album!!) Good luck this weekend. Will pass along the info to some friends who live in the US (wish I could donate, live in Canada)

  • 46.
    Michelle said…

    Ali, you are such an inspiration! What an incredible thing you are doing here. I have been lurking, just watching for some time now, but tonight, I absolutely needed to click on the donate button to join! You go girl!!

  • 47.
    Ashley Schultz said…

    Thanks Ali! You’re awesome!

  • 48.
    Di said…

    This is so totaly amazing! It certainly renforces the theory – it only takes a spark to get a fire going. Being Canadian – I have emailed several people in the US that are NOT scrapbookers. I hope they fan the flame…. AMAZING A.

  • 49.
    BrendaEien said…

    I am so excited so many people are donating! It is so excited and I am a little obsessed with the badge. I get on my puter check my email and immediately check the badge! :) It is so exciting!

  • 50.
    Birute said…

    YOU ARE AWESOME ALI!!! This is so amazing. I love watching those numbers go up! I have a son with Aspergers and my biggest wish is that research will help him one day. What you are doing here…well, it grabs at my heartstrings. Thanks so much for the classes as well. I can’t wait to do them!

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