Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 10, 2007

And a little…

daily something for today.

There were a couple comments on the post yesterday regarding the acid-free issue. For these envelopes and the bits and pieces of stuff I am adding on I am spraying them with Archival Mist (check out the FAQ’s at the bottom of that link for more information). Quick and easy. I also came across this tutorial on Two Peas by Laura Kurz regarding preservation that I thought was full of great information.

In general the acid-free issue is not my main concern while scrapbooking. I am more interested in the creative process, telling the story, experimenting, playing, etc. Some stuff is going to last and some stuff isn’t and that is ok with me.

On another note: loved this post from Cathy where she talks about the school album she made for her son (it appeared in this book). I think I am going to go that route for Simon as well. The album and additional page protectors are on their way.   


  • 1.

    Beautiful photo, Ali! I love how you never seem to run out of ideas! and I love how your creative mind works :) I can’t wait for your new book to come out!!!

  • 2.
    mandy dake said…

    Ohhhhhh I have Cathy’s book and love it!!

  • 3.
    Jess said…

    I will have to check out Cathy’s book.
    Is there something special about these page protectors?
    Congrats on Simon finishing up with EEP!
    Enjoying your blog, Jess

  • 4.
    Michelle Klomp said…

    I am more into the creative process then archival issues too.

  • 5.
    Jeanne said…

    Thank you so much for the link to purchase the box album. I am starting to organize my daughter’s kindergarten year and I haven’t “LOVED” any of the albums I have seen. I have ordered the album (with extra page protectors) and can hardly wait for it to arrive. I read your blog religiously and will check out cathy’s now also.
    Thanks Ali,

  • 6.
    Elizabeth Jones said…

    Along the lines of paper… I have been meaning to ask you if you are aware of any reputable, quality paper companies that offer a line of recycled papers and cardstocks (acid free or not)? I’ve been looking for awhile, but all of the info is so cryptic that I’ve had a little trouble weeding out the facts. I was hoping you’d maybe had a little more luck. Thanks in advance.

  • 7.
    Alli said…

    I always see these types of things as permission to go to town and put anything and everything on the page…if it lasts that’s great, if it doesn’t … that is ok with me too :)

  • 8.
    Amanda said…

    I am doing something a bit similar to your “Daily something”. A group of us in Australia have started a 365 Day Photo Challenge About Me. The idea is to take a photo of or about yourself every day for a whole year. I print mine out 4 x 3 size, mat them, journal on the back, and drop them into a wooden box I decorated. The whole challenge is a really cool way to get some more info about me, recorded and preserved for my kids. I am tempted to do something similar for the boys and hubby, but maybe smaller, like 50 Days, or a month. Will have to think about it.

  • 9.

    I love this. Its so organic and non-consumer like. I love how beautiful every day objects can be with organized creatively. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 10.
    Sue said…

    Another great inspiration!

  • 11.
    Debby said…

    Thank you for making me excited about my junk mail! I started opening envelopes for bills and then went on to junk mail and even went through my trash can near my desk to see what envelopes I could find there! I love how each one has a different pattern on the inside and the window makes an interesting display for a section of a photo. Love this idea…I think I might do a “Glimpses” book into who we are as a family right now.

  • 12.
    Katie J said…

    this is a neat idea. Loving the envelopes

  • 13.
    Bobbie said…

    Thanks for the reminder of doing ‘something’ daily. I used to be really good at keeping up my gratitude journal but the busy-ness of working full time and keeping up with my house etc has gotten me away from that habit. I now work in small segments of time to be in my craft room, even if it is only separating a few pictures for the next time I am ready to L/O a page. I have one question..a while back you talked about using a 12×12 three ring binder so that it allowed you to use any size page to scrap. I looked for a link or a company and couldn’t find it again. What company was it that made those albums?

  • 14.
    Krista said…

    Archival, schmarcival. People get too tied up in that, I think, and lose sight of the creative process because of it. Half the fun of doing this is just that… having fun, playing, creating without care. It reminded me of this post at one of my fave blogs, Journal Revolution:
    Your past few posts have really been inspiring me. And the inside-out envelope? Genius.

  • 15.
    Christie Ellis said…

    I have been using the Scrapworks albums and page protectors now for a few years. Love them. They were really hard to find there for a while, but now they are back. Love that I can mix a traditional scrapbook page with a page of just snapshots. You will love them if you haven’t tried them before!

  • 16.
    leslie said…

    i’m loving the envelopes. great ideas you have.

  • 17.
    tara said…

    ali bally, can you email me? in seattle, have question, dont have your email. :)

  • 18.
    Peterlina said…

    OH! So nice to see someone else more interested in the creative process than the whole acidfree-preserve-every-single-second-of-our-life thing… :D

  • 19.
    Pammc said…

    I just noticed your quote from Dawna Markova and it really struck a cord with me. I have printed it out so it fills a letter sized piece of paper and will frame it and hang it in my craft room. Thank you.

  • 20.
    Joy said…

    Congrats on Simon’s graduation! These special ed teachers are so giving – I admire them tremendously. Love your envelope idea – I get a little tired of the whole acid-free hysteria – it is so limiting and not fun. Thanks for your blog and your postings – they are always interesting and thought provoking. You rock, Ali!

  • 21.
    Mechiel said…

    I have added photos of my daily something. Scroll down a tiny bit, if you please!!

  • 22.
    Casey Moore said…

    Hi Ali!
    Do you remember the Everyday Stories System at the I Remember When Convention in March? Just thought I’d mention it. Those albums and page protectors are awesome to get the job done fast, but still looks great. Congrats to Simon (and you and Chris) for finishing the EEP! Hope you had a great weekend!

  • 23.
    Juliana said…

    Thanks for this great idea! I have a ton of changes coming into my life over the next few weeks and months and I am looking at this as a quick and fun way to record some of those moments. I started with today and hopefully I can continue on a somewhat daily basis! Here’s a link (if you’re interested) in my first day…
    Side 1:
    Side 2:
    Thanks again!

  • 24.
    Angela said…

    Thank you so much for the daily something idea. I have been in a creativity rut for a few months now and for the first time in awhile I feel motivated to be creative. I love that this is something little and manageable and not perfect. It doesn’t have to fit a mold that I often create for my projects….it can just be whatever inspires me that day…and I love the idea of making myself find something everyday to write about. I’ve been wandering in a desert lately, not able to work, plan, travel, or do so many of the things I love because of some serious health issues. To be honest, I’ve been down in the dumps, wandering in the desert, just trying to figure out what God is trying to teach me RIGHT NOW…How does HE want me to use this time of waiting? What am I supposed to learn from it? And I realize that LIFE isn’t just about the big moments, the planned vacations, holidays, big events, adopting a baby someday…it’s about all of the little stuff that I all too frequently consider to be boring and purposeless. I’ve scrapped for years, I know this stuff, but when you’re in a rut it’s hard to get out of it…but your daily something challenge is perfect for me…it’s a small step, but a step that will make me reflect on and examine my days for the little thing that mattered. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep the creativity goodness coming!

  • 25.
    Debbie said…

    Bravo! I agree with you some stuff is going to last and some stuff isn’t. My favorite christmas ornament is from my husband when he was 8. It’s construction paper bird. It’s falling apart & frail. But that adds to it. Keep on creating!!

  • 26.
    Jill said…

    Ali, can the bind-it-all binds be cut down easily to fit smaller albums. Trying to decide if I should just buy a large quantity of the longest ones and cut them down when I’m doing smaller projects. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 27.
    Jennifer said…

    Thanks for the Daily Something idea. I decided to turn it into a daily picture. I’ll take and post a picture everyday. Just something from my day. No rules, just a picture. I think it’ll help me to get more of the everyday in my scrapbooks. Force me to take pictures that aren’t the normal, birthday, scenery, holidays, etc. Should be a fun project. :) Thanks!

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