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

SUPPLIES:
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!

Comments

  • 51.
    Deanna said…

    that’s definitely a creative way to pick a winner. Great pictures. I hope the numbers keep going up and up. You’re doing such an amazing amount of good!

  • 52.
    Heidi said…

    Thank you for the extra project. I posted on a yahoo group I’m in (BALS, which is Bay Area Ladies Social), hoping my girlfriends will step up to the plate and donate to your cause. If this keeps up, you’ll run out of paper and ink with the drawings you’re doing…I’ll keep my blabber to a minimum for the comments that will go into the drawing :) . I’m so happy for you and Autism Speak Inc.

  • 53.
    Renee said…

    Man oh man! I can’t believe all the stuff you’ve been doing for us! YOU ROCK, always and forever!
    I’ll see what I can do to drum up some more numbers…I just love what you’re doing (saw a bumper sticker today for Autism Awareness and thought of you!). Thanks Ali!

  • 54.
    Michelle said…

    That class is almost as good as winning the draw! Thanks Ali!

  • 55.
    krisfred said…

    Cool pics…YOU think of everything!! Love that poochie is watching you with that “what in the world…??” expression! THANK YOU, Ali!

  • 56.
    Jane said…

    Ali I have been reading your blog for sometime now and am in awe, you have a wonderful son and husband and you do so much not only for Autism but for all us scrappers. THANK YOU.

  • 57.
    Lezlie said…

    Big congrats to Jennifer!
    Ali, you are just amazing! Thank you so sharing sixdegrees.org with us and Autism Speaks. I’m going to donate and share it with all my friends.
    You’ve inspired me to start my own sixdegrees for my son, Jaden, who just recently beat cancer at 3yrs old. I want to be able to make a difference, just as you have with Autism Speaks.
    Thank you for continuing to inspire us, everyday. God bless!

  • 58.
    Liz Ness said…

    Ooops…was doing some blog work and forgot to change my address to me (and wrote a comment as Renee…sorry about that)!
    Here it is again…
    Man oh man! I can’t believe all the stuff you’ve been doing for us! YOU ROCK, always and forever!
    I’ll see what I can do to drum up some more numbers…I just love what you’re doing (saw a bumper sticker today for Autism Awareness and thought of you!). Thanks Ali!

  • 59.
    Christie Farley said…

    I donated because it Will make a difference.
    I posted the badge because someone else will give and that money will make a difference too.
    I comment because I love that you give yourself to everything and because I am hopeful that will these funds a cause/cure will be found.

  • 60.
    Jery said…

    I am just amazed (in a good way!) – anyone who thinks they can’t make a difference in the world because they are just one person is completely proved wrong by you! Not only are you a talented artist but such an inspiring person. I added just a bit to the badge total and sent it on to the whole extended family – hope that every little bit will help!
    PS. I have an idea that maybe will help others find the money in their budgets to donate and help too – I am skipping my monthly scrap kit this month and using that money to donate instead, and would challenge other scrappers to do that too :)

  • 61.
    Andrea said…

    I have always loved the way you integrate texture and patterns into your scrap-work especially those that one normally would not put together. I also love the simplicity of it all, active simplicity.
    And simple idea, simple actions are those that are most effective. It is quite easy to donate $10 or to reach out to someone who needs support. And that is my challenge to others!

  • 62.
    Tam said…

    The drawing gift was sweet but I am LOVING the free class Ali! Thanks so MUCH! Dennis and I donated this morning, my sisters this afternoon. Not rich people but I really felt like I made a difference today, and that my friend, is cool.
    Thank you again for the free class, I feel like a winner too.
    Tam

  • 63.
    Sara said…

    LOVE the perspective stuff! You are truly a great and inspired mother/artist/woman. Glad to see the numbers of donations go up everyday! Keep up the amazing work!

  • 64.
    Colleen E said…

    I keep checking your badge each evening as I wind down….it’s a wonderful way to get ready for bed and think about the next day ((big grin)). So as of 10:00 pm PST it says:
    I’ve Raised:
    $31220
    Rock On!

  • 65.
    Wilna said…

    GO ALI!!! I am sure you will hit $40 000!
    And I firmly believe that the scrapbook communities are rocking the world!!

  • 66.
    michelle78968400 said…

    Congrats Jennifer!

  • 67.
    Nicole said…

    You’re not giving yourself enough credit.. dont forget about he $10,000 grant from Kevin Bacon!!!

  • 68.
    beth j said…

    your self portraits are great! on the to do list for tomorrow…tell someone again about this.

  • 69.
    corinne delis said…

    I mentioned it as well on my blog yesterday and at least one person from japan wanted to make a donation and I hope others did the same by contacting a friend.
    I hope your badge gets more and more and that we shall win this race! Maybe you will meet the man himself….Kevin, wouldn’t that be the coolest!!
    Corinnexxx

  • 70.
    beth j said…

    p.s. thanks for giving us another class. it’s awesome.

  • 71.
    Brenda said…

    Ali – I love your method of picking a winning name, lol! Your cute doggy looked like he (she?) wanted to get in on the action! We have a german shepherd who always wants to be wherever we are too! I was finally able to donate to the autism badge…it really felt good. I hope you reach your goal. I visit your blog just about daily…it’s my “before bedtime” routine most nights.
    One quick note about the classes your’re offering free downloads for…I am having trouble getting them to download. I get an error message that says, “file is corrupted”. I’m not too computer saavy, but will try and have my husband help me figure out what’s wrong. If anyone out there knows what that error message means, I’d appreciate any info! I’d love to be able to “take” a class (or two) of Ali’s!! I’m keeping a binder of all your columns in Creating Keepsakes, from the very first one that came out last January. I love your style…it “speaks” to me!
    Brenda

  • 72.
    Lisa said…

    Ali, thank you so much for sharing such wonderful insight on everyday things. I have been struggling with “finding” myself right now, creatively and mindfully. This project is going to be an awesome jump start to regrouping and starting fresh!

  • 73.
    Lisa M said…

    How amazing to watch the power of the moms/artists! I am glad you’ve been so successful with this. Hugs to you to share with Chris and Simon!

  • 74.
    Dawn M. said…

    Hey Al. Can you even believe how BIG this has become? People are feeding off of your generosity and kindness and now look where you are? AMAZING! We should all be such champions!
    So glad to see that your badge is doing so well. Thanks for the class download. Can’t wait to work on it! Hope to see you again soon!
    Dawn

  • 75.
    Trudie said…

    Ali – thanks for letting me be a part of this. I have both of your books so I knew about Simon. Glad Mellie posted this on her site. You are an amazing woman!
    And WOW over $30,000 is great!

  • 76.
    Janine said…

    WOW!! Another $4000 in less than 24 hours! Just Amazing! :-) Thank you for the project, you didn’t have but we are sure glad you did :-)

  • 77.
    scrappysue said…

    Congrats Jennifer! How fun that you took photos of the drawing Ali, and thanks once more for the cool project.

  • 78.
    Margie said…

    I was inspired to visit your blog today and leave a comment. Now I see there was a contest! How fun. I will be sure to visit tomorrow and enter.
    It is amazing to watch the mothers I know who have children with Autism. They take maternal devotion and commitment to the next level. It has touched me deeply.
    I have had the privilege of learning more about the journey through my children’s friends and classmates. It seems to take so much patience, commitment and drive. And it seems to make a remarkable difference. My decision to support this cause is because I know it could have just as easily affected one of my three sons.
    It seems the need to intervene with children of Autism is very intensive and the daily demands relentless. I also imagine the need for outside help and support is dire when a family is faced with this additional challenge.
    I admire you and your family for taking on this challenge with enthusiasm. I wish for your family tremendous joy in this adventure.

  • 79.
    Margie said…

    I was inspired to visit your blog today and leave a comment. Now I see there was a contest! How fun. I will be sure to visit tomorrow and enter.
    It is amazing to watch the mothers I know who have children with Autism. They take maternal devotion and commitment to the next level. It has touched me deeply.
    I have had the privilege of learning more about the journey through my children’s friends and classmates. It seems to take so much patience, commitment and drive. And it seems to make a remarkable difference. My decision to support this cause is because I know it could have just as easily affected one of my three sons.
    It seems the need to intervene with children of Autism is very intensive and the daily demands relentless. I also imagine the need for outside help and support is dire when a family is faced with this additional challenge.
    I admire you and your family for taking on this challenge with enthusiasm. I wish for your family tremendous joy in this adventure.
    Margie

  • 80.
    tammy said…

    Can I just say THANK YOU!Thank you for joining so many people together, striving to acheive something, raising awareness of Autism. Parents with Autistic children, grandparents, friends and those who suffer the condition all need our support and acceptance. Autism speaks is a fantastic cause & it is so very empowering to know that as a group us lil’ ol’ scrapbookers and life artists are going to make a difference. So to You Ali and to all those that have donated and asked another donate Thank you for teaching me about true people power,staying passionate & acceptance.

  • 81.
    Anniek said…

    Wow, this is all so cool and inspiring! Thank you Ali for your good work and thank you all the people that are so generous for this cause.
    We really should be doing something like this over here in the Netherlands!
    I’m going to ask my neighbour if she would be willing to ask her friends in the USA to donate to Autism Speaks in my and maybe her behalf!

  • 82.
    donna said…

    What you do never ceases to amaze me, you selflessly give your time to such good courses and spend so much time giving to other people ie aezine, run a job and look after a family , you inspire me when i think times are hard it makes me realise thet sometimes they are not what they seem. ill be donating, your efforts have not gone unoticed! bless you and thanks.

  • 83.
    Sharma said…

    I am a long time lurker here and wanted to say you are totally amazing! You are one of the most selfless people and i really admire all you do. Thanks for a wonderful blog, the amazing inspiration and the awesome projects.

  • 84.

    Bonjour Ali,
    Merci beaucoup for the gifts you’re offering.
    I’m so sorry not being able to help you as I would like.
    I put your badge on my blog.
    As an unemployed person, I have unfortunately no money at all to offer.
    I think to you & to Simon everyday, and I sincerely hope everything will become better for you very soon.
    I send you très gros bisous from Normandie.
    ;o*
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}
    http://prolix.typepad.fr

  • 85.
    Erica said…

    Ali – This is absolutely amazing! I think you are doing an incredible thing here! So happy for you!!!

  • 86.
    gudrun said…

    Just wanted to say Thank you, Ali!
    You are a really generous woman, and even if I doesn’t use to leave a comment I’m often here at your site to get inspiration…
    And you are allways giving so much of your self both trough your books and trough your site and the AEZine. Thanks again!
    And I believe that those who give will get ..
    So, Good luck on your fundraising contest, you can do it!
    G

  • 87.
    Hester said…

    Love your work, and admire the inspiration you give to others.
    As I see you can also do that with fundraising…!

  • 88.
    Shellz said…

    Love all your projects! Exciting to see how much people care.

  • 89.
    Ann said…

    I did that project with you at CC 06, it was my favourite class.

  • 90.
    Melissa said…

    Thanks Ali! I have passed this one to all my friends, encouraging them to pass it on. We can do this..

  • 91.
    Cassie Hunter said…

    Hi Ali,
    I am not able to contribute financially to your drive, living in Australia, but I just wanted to say whet you are doing is AMAZING!!! ANd so are all the wonderful people who have dontaed. ALl the best, I know you guys will top the list!
    Cassie H

  • 92.
    Vianna said…

    Ali,
    I loved your article (Transitions) in the April issue of CK. And this project, in its combination of artistic expression and diary entries is therapy and legacy all in one place. Words do, indeed, have the power to change reality. Thank you for a wonderful concept and best wishes,
    Vianna (somewhere on the west coast of Florida)

  • 93.
    Amy said…

    Still watching sixdegrees in awe, Ali – still amazed – what a way to usher in Spring – a season of renewal and color and hope – beauuuuuutiful, girl !!
    Amy

  • 94.
    Michelle said…

    Thanks for the extra project and for being someone who inspires me because of more than your scrapbooking gift. Many thanks.

  • 95.
    TriciaH said…

    You are so kind. You always manage to impress me, and the best part, you make me think!!! Thank you again for the kind gift. –TriciaH

  • 96.
    Kelli Lee said…

    My nephew has been diagnosed with early signs of Autism and your blog reminds me everyday that there is hope a lot of it that this can be handled. You do amazing job. If I could have credit cards in different names I would donate on every single one.

  • 97.
    Pam said…

    Thank You :)

  • 98.
    Kim said…

    Wow I can’t believe it’s over 30,000. As I said the first time I donated, I think what you are doing is amazing! Can’t wait to see what the total is when the contest ends! Thanks for the really great project downloads as well!
    kim
    st augustine, florida

  • 99.
    Tracey McNamara said…

    30,000 steps towards unpuzzling autism.
    Amazing.

  • 100.
    Laura Reaux said…

    This is so exciting! I know I will be checking the badge all day. You are so sweet to offer another “class”… I’m still working on getting the supplies for the first one. I LOVE the first one.

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