Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 2, 2007

Welcome to April.


from 2007 Life Art Wall Calendar

Welcome to April. Hoping that where ever it is you live is beginning to warm up a bit and that the flowers are beginning to bloom (or continuing to as they have been here).

April is Autism Awareness month. My plan is to bring you some additional infomation on autism throughout the month. Currently I have 13 links over to the left to various sites addressing issues related to autism.
In addition, there are a couple awesome stamp companies I want to highlight that have put together stamp sets with proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. Check them out here:

Gina K Designs : Stamps for a cause
Technique Tuesday
Scrap Outside the Box has put together a digital kit: Spectrum of Love  benefiting the Helping Hand Program (National Autism Association)

In other news…


Creating Keepsakes is starting to offer a limited edition Kit of the Month program. I put together/designed products for the first album kit: Everyday Beauty. Click on the More Images Idea Gallery to see pages created with the kit and listen to a short audio (look for additional sampels from the artists listed later this month). Preorders begin April 23rd. Cost is $24.95. The May issue of CK will also showcase pages from the kit – it's all about celebrating everyday beauty in honor of Mother's Day.

• And speaking of my Mom – she started a blog about peace: Peace Everyday. We share the same one little word this year and this is her way of keeping her focus on her word. Go Mom.

• Make sure to check and see if you were a winner from the drawings last weekend. Email me (see the link over on the left side of the page towards the bottom) and I will get you in touch with your sponsor.


  • 1.
    jenn said…

    I’m so excited to see Gina K’s stamp set talked about here, and other companies getting behind a great cause. Rock on!

  • 2.
    Jen said…

    Marking my calendar for such a cool kit!

  • 3.
    Erin said…

    Super cool about the kits, Ali!!

  • 4.
    Regina Ponce said…

    Sounds like fun..! Awesome kit…

  • 5.
    Carrie said…

    I LOVE the kit! I’m marking my calendar to pre-order on the 23rd. Great concept that CK is putting forth.

  • 6.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Just thinking about all of the projects that you have going simultaneously makes me tired! The kits looks great, and I have been playing with the idea of adopting your “today you” book that you did for Simon(4) as a piece for my mother, who only takes on more (more volunteering, more creative work, more friendships, more sharing of herself) as she grows older. So it’s great to see the words, ‘today’ and ‘beaufiful’ included in the kit. Hmmmm, might just want to shift my approach here. Looks just great and I know if I don’t pre-order, it will be sold out. Have a great day! Molly

  • 7.
    Linda said…

    I have “post-it noted” April 23rd so I can be one of the first to preorder your kit! It looks awesome. I am also excited for your mom on her new blog. I already posted a note on it! Hope you’re having a good day with Simon. He is so adorable!
    I am enjoying a day of vacation, after a busy weekend of having a living estate sale at my mom’s house. Unfortunately she has Alheimer’s and we recently had to move her to a retirement community. It was an emotional weekend, but also good because my siblings and I were able to be there for each other. And the best thing? We got an offer in writing on the house, even though we hadn’t even put it on the market! GOD IS GOOD!

  • 8.

    I read the calendar page and the first thing I thought of was how appropriate it was for you to include “create good” on that page. You are an expert at creating good in people. Just look at what has happened over the last month, and especially this past week. Thousands of people all helping to raise thousands of dollars for a good cause. Thank you for your inspiration and for showing us that it really does start with just one person reaching out to help others.
    On another note I saw the other night on my local news that the local tv station was doing a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. I thought of you and Simon and made a mental note to check out the site later and see what it was about so I could tell you. Of course, I forgot, and now I can’t find it.
    Best wishes and thank you for providing such inspirational reading material.
    Jennifer Lavender

  • 9.
    Maria said…

    How very cool of your mom to start her own blog! What a privilege for us to be able to “visit” with your mom now too! :) You guys are a beautiful family!

  • 10.
    Christa said…

    Ali, what cant you do?!?! It seems you do it all! Your creative juices must never stop flowing! You make us jealous! :) When do you sleep?

  • 11.
    kristin said…

    that kit looks awesome.
    and how cool that your
    mom is blogging too.
    and i will be checking out
    those stamps sets for sure.
    thanks for all the links today.

  • 12.
    suetreiber said…

    love the kit!
    love your LO’s in May CK.
    think of you all the time when I look at your calendar :)
    can’t believe i get to see you again in 2 weeks!!!

  • 13.

    Thank you SO much for featuring GinaK’s set in your blog today, Ali. I am overwhelmingly blessed to have had such an intimate part in the birth of this set and the cause is near and dear to my heart, as my son, Zach, is autistic.
    I appreciate all the work you do, the passion you have for your family and the awareness you are bringing to autism.

  • 14.
    Tracey McNamara said…

    My thoughts:
    -COOL! Ali’s mom is blogging!
    -Been wondering what she has to say…
    -totally can’t wait to check in

  • 15.
    Heidi said…

    Thank you for the heads up on the kit. Love the color combo…

  • 16.
    Heather H. said…

    The album you created with the kit of Simon and your mom is beautiful. I have so enjoyed watching the relationship between my son and my mom blossom and grow. Grandma’s are very special people.

  • 17.
    Ksea said…


  • 18.
    noell said…

    How perfect! In a 2peas thread about your Cocoa Daisy kit I commented today about how I would love for you to design another kit. And you did!

  • 19.
    beth j said…

    oh my word…that kit looks awesome. can’t wait to get it.

  • 20.
    Carol said…

    The kit looks awesome! Can you tell us more about the online crop they mention? Will that be through CKU Home Study?
    : )

  • 21.
    Jennifer said…

    SERIOUSLY though, how do you do it all?!? You always have new projects popping up. You MUST be one focused and organized woman! Way to go…can’t wait for the kit.

  • 22.
    Alexandra DeVellis said…

    Loving the kit – can’t wait to order it.
    I was happy to read about your Mom’s blog and have visited it already. I have often thought of your Mom and have thought that she must be something else. I so frequently think about the prayer she wrote (you included it in your first book)… Dear God, Help me to be kind to my children… so so perfect. Wonderful that she is putting her message out into the world.

  • 23.
    Marty said…

    wow! now that is one kit I won’t be able to pass by. Thanks so much for the heads up! Glad to know about it! have a terrific week!
    God bless…. :)

  • 24.
    Juli said…

    L L L L LOVE this kit! Can’t wait!

  • 25.
    Mary Rogers said…

    LOve the album and samples Ali! just my style!! and yep April is a great month! my birthday, Easter, Spring Flowers and CKU!!

  • 26.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    Great-looking kit, Ali!
    Cool! Your mom has a blog!
    Can’t wait to check out those stamps!

  • 27.
    Gina K. said…

    Thank you for letting others know what we are doing to raise moeny for autism. I am such a hug fan of everything you do and I appreciate your willingness to continue to make it priority to help autistic children in every way that is available. I hope our stamp set, “Love you to pieces”, raises huge amounts of money for Autism Speaks. Although there is no profit in this stamp set for us, the reward comes from the help that we know this great organization will provide to those who are in need.
    You are an angel.
    Gina K.
    Gina K. Designs- Stamps for a cause

  • 28.
    julie clark said…

    Ali, I absolutely love that kit! Actually I love everything you do! Way 2 Go!

  • 29.
    Suzanne said…

    Thanks so much for mentioning our Autism Chartiy Kit at Scrap Outside the Box. All the designers are so proud to be a part of this to help in just a little way.
    You are so inspiring, thanks for everything you do!

  • 30.
    Diana said…

    OMG! How glorious! I seriously cannot wait for this to arrive on my doorstep. I can’t tell you how stoked I am!!! I made the Father’s Day kit you designed for my father for Christmas ’06 and it brought tears to his eyes. I didn’t want to leave my mother out so this is the perfect opportunity to blow her away! I’m so pumped, thanks ALI!!! You truly are so inspiring. Seriously I think you are superwoman sometimes with all the wonderful things you do. Keep smiling :)

  • 31.
    kjerstie said…

    I do love the kit, and I’ve marked my calendar, but is there any chance the stickers and stamps will be available seperately in case I miss out on the kit?

  • 32.
    Amber said…

    Love the kit! Wish I could order it today! Will you remind us when we can preorder? I hope they don’t sell out too fast for me to get one!

  • 33.
    Laura Reaux said…

    LOVE that kit! So happy that April’s word is Create!

  • 34.
    Theresa V said…

    You are so awesome!! The kit is great. I saw it on Lisa’s site and I am so glad to see it here. It looks even better than I thought. I definitely want it.
    Glad to see your Mom is blogging. It will be great to hear from her.
    See you at CKU-Detroit!

  • 35.

    I sent you an e-mail yesterday eve,
    did you receive it?
    I know how you’re busy.
    It’s about what you do for Simon.
    I’d like to help you.
    Gros bisous*
    Bonne journée!!!
    See you soon maybe!
    My artist’s name is : “Prolix”
    Ze Frenchie
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}

  • 36.
    Jane said…

    23rd is a date in my diary – loving the kit!!

  • 37.
    marlo said…

    Thank you for pointing those awesome stamps out to us. I seen, I bought and now I’m anxiously waiting their arrival. Thank you for speaking out about ASD. This is something dear to my heart, I do not have a child with ASD, but I’m a one-on-one instructor for an ASD child. Each day is a learning experience and each day I return home with a full and joyful heart. The more we learn about ASD and the more we do, the more hope there is in finding the cause and a cure. Thanks again for all you do and continue to do. I visit your blog everyday and enjoy seeing Simon’s daily journey through life. God Bless and Much Love!!

  • 38.
    Genevieve said…

    Hi Ali – Here is an article on Autism I saw on the newstands this month in Discover magazine. Just thought I’d pass it along. Peace.

  • 39.
    briohny said…

    Ali, as ususal the things you are inspired to do and inspire others to do goes far deeper than the words in a comment box. Is there anyway of purchasing some of these stamps in Australia?

  • 40.
    Christine H said…

    The kit looks really great, Ali! :)

  • 41.
    tomzgrrl said…

    Wondering what the circle stamp says around its border (it looks like words) — in your Everyday Beauty kit — just curious. I clicked on the links and couldn’t find any “picture” of the stamped image. Not that I won’t buy one ANYWAY; just wanted to know ahead of time what it will be.

  • 42.
    Lynn said…

    you know I used to visit your blog and read the latest updates and going ons on scrapbooking but now I find myself looking at the badge first, awesome to see the numbers going up. thanks for letting me be a part of something “good”

  • 43.
    Laura said…

    You’ve probably already seen it, but I went to this morning and saw that your badge is #1!!! How exciting!!
    Can’t wait to buy your kit! And definitely checking out the stamp set.

  • 44.
    Kathi K. said…

    Wow! Can’t wait to purchase this kit. It looks fabulous and is just in time for Mother’s Day.

  • 45.
    Jackie Stone said…

    Cannont wait to order the kit! Glad to know someone has blooming flowers…we are getting 6 inches or more of snow today in North Dakota…ughh!!

  • 46.
    Karmen said…

    You are just magnificent! I can’t even explain the joy in seeing one person start something soooooooooooooooo big … with the Autism thing. What a great way to share your love of life, love of Simon, love of “everyday” life. Thanks for sharing with us and inspiring us!

  • 47.
    ikuko said…

    Ali, the kit looks so cool.
    I’d love to get that, only thing is time difference…
    Hope I’ll be in front of my computer
    when they start selling the kit… :(
    Love ya!

  • 48.
    Patti said…

    Wow this kit looks amazing. I missed your last kit – so bummed so I am going to make sure and get this one.
    You really are an inspiration with all that you do.

  • 49.
    Jaymie said…

    the kit is beautiful!

  • 50.
    emilymomto3boys said…

    Thank you so much for sharing the information about Ginak’s stamp set. It is a wonderful thing that she put together entirely to raise money for charity.

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