Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 8, 2007

daily something



In yesterday’s newsletter (click here to read) I introduced a project I am working on called daily something.

Here’s the short version: the idea is to develop a daily creative habit of some sort focused on everyday stories. Each day of our lives presents us with hundreds of different stories to tell – pick just one and make something quick and easy that keeps the focus on the story. Some days will have really long stories and others will be super short (just like some days you will have lots of time and other days it will be a struggle to fit it in). Check out the newsletter for more information + tips + related ideas.

The idea here is not to strive for a scrapbook masterpiece. Simply tell one story about your day.

I started a daily something Flickr group – check it out here and add your own creations to the group. 

In addition I created a digital brush to use in Photoshop if you are interested (see a sample of it on my photo here): Download the daily something brush here.

This project is one of those learn as you go sorts of things. I hope to be adding tips and ideas from people  (and from my own lessons learned) participating as we go along – such as different sizes for your foundation (love the idea of using notecards for your daily creations – thanks Kristi), or storing your creations in manilla folders by month – thanks Jen, or using a Bind-it-all to put them all together – thanks Violet).

Consider yourself invited to play.


  • 1.
    Shelly said…

    Thanks for the invite to play along! :) I love this idea and I’m off to get started!

  • 2.
    kel said…

    totally refreshing and inspiring!
    you rock Ali :)

  • 3.
    Shanie said…

    Ali…I love that you used an envelope! Go green! :) Way to use things from everyday life as well as document everyday life! Thanks also for the reminder of why I like board games so much.

  • 4.
    Brittany said…

    I’m really excited about this project! My birthday is in two days (I’ll be 23), so starting then, I’m going to do this project and make one big huge mini album until my next b-day. It will be so much fun to look back and see my life in the course of a year. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • 5.
    Sara-Jane (NZ) said…

    Totally love this, I’m in for sure. Thanks so much for your continuing inspiration :)

  • 6.
    tara said…

    you are an effing genius.
    great idea.

  • 7.
    Kim H. said…

    This is JUST what I needed. Thank you!
    I’ve done two quick LO’s already and I LOVE THEM!! See you on Flicker.

  • 8.
    kimkt said…

    Thanks for the challenge, Ali… I’ve been trying to work on an art journal since I read the book “Visual Chronicles” and this fits right in with my plan!

  • 9.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Don’t worry, consonants are SOOOOOOOO overrated!!! :D

  • 10.
    Lori said…

    I have downloaded the brush, but now I can’t open it. Any suggestions?
    Thank you

  • 11.
    Annie said…

    thanks for the brush…..the inspiration….the awesome links!!!!

  • 12.
    Tina said…

    I have too many things going on in my mind daily, its totally messy in my head. maybe if i see the daily things i can clear my mind up… hehe…
    sorry cant open the brush too!
    Have a nice day!

  • 13.
    Maria said…

    Thanks, thanks, and thanks again for this, Ali. It´s totally inspiring, relaxing and motivating, brilliant! I´m very excited about this project…love it!

  • 14.
    kath said…

    What a great idea! First it’s A Week In The Life and now this! Your so inspiring. Thanks Ali :)

  • 15.
    Julie said…

    Thanks so much for the brush! All loaded up and ready to play! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

  • 16.
    susie c said…

    Help! I just can’t figure out how to “stamp” a brush after I download it! I’m really struggling with Photoshop! Could you possibly walk me through it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you so much and keep up your wonderful, inspirational blog! I love it!

  • 17.
    Dawn Sela said…

    just downloaded!!
    LOVE it!
    I don’t think ANYONE inspires me more !

  • 18.
    Lara said…

    This idea has really struck a chord with me. I usually find it so difficult to sit and do a layout for fear it won’t be perfect; this concept has liberated me!! I have even completed something for yesterday and today, which is a record for me. Something about it being just for me and there being no right or wrong and so organic has opened up the floodgates. I love the concept of capturing some part of each day. Thanks for the inspiration Ali, it’s just what I needed!

  • 19.
    shelley said…

    hey girl… hope this finds you and the ol thyroid feeling well!
    you DO realize that post for the bind-it-all probably just increasing their profits by about 300%…. i am certainly buying one!
    and thanks for the suggestion of daily somethings… i have been thinking about this.. now i just need to create about this!
    thanks for being you! ciao!

  • 20.
    mandy dake said…

    toatlly love that you are freeing yourself to scrap on wherever with whatever!! TFS!

  • 21.
    Kathy C. said…

    Hey Ali — If you like crossword puzzles, you guys need to check out the documentary “Word Play”
    We had a friend recommend it and is a totally fascinating look at the the world of competative crossword puzzlers! You’ll get to slow down for 90 minutes and just enjoy!

  • 22.
    scrappinkay said…

    Wow, I love this. You are such an inspiration, I’d give an arm and a leg to just have one ounce of your brain waves girl. I check your blog a few times a week, just love your perspective on life. You just seem to have it together. When I grow up I want to be like you, LOL.
    I’m gonna try this and passing it on to some family and friends.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  • 23.
    Deirdre said…

    Love this idea. Great to break out of ruts and toss “rules”. I’m gonna with 4×6 and just play on photos so THANK YOU for the brush.
    I’d also love to know the font or stamps you used for “Mommy I feel laughing”—thanks!

  • 24.
    lovely cee said…

    wow!!! how cool. what a great idea: envelope? wow.
    thanks for sharing

  • 25.
    misti said…

    Hi Ali. I’ve been a reader for awhile, but today I decided to delve into your archives and see how it all began. I’m not quite sure when I began reading, but I know I missed some good stuff. Everything you write is amazing and inspirational and I think the biggest thing is that you can see how things have changed from the beginning to now. Seeing how you’ve progressed has been awesome and I am enjoying it. Anyway, I just wanted to say that and to thank you for the new Flickr group and for just trying for a new challenge.

  • 26.
    jes said…

    i can’t wait to start playing, thanks for the great brush download! :D

  • 27.
    Jana said…

    Great photo & story about Scrabble—last time I played with my husband & daughter we each had a book to read in between our turn! Made those long pauses each player took while trying to figure out their word way more tolerable :) and way less pressure to hurry up when it was your turn :) .

  • 28.
    Lawren said…

    Love the “daily something” idea and can’t wait to join in, but I’m having the same trouble as others — I’ve downloaded the brush but can’t seem to figure out how to use in it PSE 5.0. Could you post a quick “how to” for us?

  • 29.
    Malissa said…

    Can you share how to share your photo in the group after you uplaod it in your own “folder”? It’s my first photo on Flickr.

  • 30.
    GiGi said…

    Ali, what can I say? You totally RAWK! What a great challenge. I’m so ready to start this challenge and look for the daily “stories.” How cool!!! I do have one question for you – are you printing your photos on a photo printer or are you getting them professionally printed each day? And, if you are printing your own, what printer do you use? I’m considering buying a printer and have no idea which ones to look at. Any input would be appreciated. Keep up the amazing ideas!! I so look forward to reading your blogs and AEzines. You inspire me in so many ways! Thank you! :) GiGi

  • 31.
    Renee Richins said…

    I LOVE this brush. Thank you so much. You have the coolest handwriting. Can’t wait to start thinking about the daily things in my life. Very neat project.

  • 32.
    Dee said…

    Ali, what size are they? they look like they might be a great size for a mini travel journal.
    Off to Cambodia and Thailand in a month for 3 weeks.

  • 33.
    Sue said…

    You are so inspiring with all of your ideas. I finished a book today and will be making an entry in my book journal and probably using that entry on a layout at some point. Thanks.

  • 34.
    jeanne baj said…

    You are just so incredibly inspiring. I got the newsletter yesterday and thought OMG another thing to do or try to. Then I sat down and opened a word document and typed. Great idea. DOn’t know what form it’ll eventually take but we’ll see as time passes. Thanks Ali and {{HUGS}} for sharing so much with us.

  • 35.
    Shari said…

    I love this idea, especially using the bits and pieces that come into my life to help tell the stories – sometimes I just can’t believe the amount of paper that goes into the recycling bin each day (even though I’m glad our city recycles), now I can find a use for a little of it!
    I decided to reuse envelopes for the pages, too – I throw away half a dozen of those each day, so there’s plenty to use.
    Thanks for being such a positive source of inspiration!

  • 36.
    Kathy W said…

    When I read the newsletter, I started thinking that for me, the daily something could also blend into a “person showcase”. I’ve got that song from Seasame Street running through my head “Who are the people in your neighborhood?” And maybe this all stems from knowing that we will be relocating in the next six months, but there are every day people who make a major impact in my life and the lives of others here in Eugene. They probably don’t even know it. But I don’t want to let that go…some of my daily something will be to capture a piece of them and get those details down of how they affect me…or how I witness them affecting somebody else. This may not make any sense, but I just did this with the person who always cuts my hair at SuperCuts…there’s no one like her. She let me take her photo, added memories, feelings, through words and art…now wherever I go, I can look back and have her still be a part of my life…not a big deal, but still an important one to me.

  • 37.

    Love to see your daily somethings.
    Lately I heard an interview with a medical doctor about stress. And the interesting thing was: also if you have not a lot of things to do, you can feel stressed. The point is, that you have to feel a certain flow, that things are going forward, to feel balanced. And I think your “daily something” project can help to get some flow. I think I will give it a try.

  • 38.
    Ramie said…

    LOVE this project! Thanks for the inspiration, the digital brush and the links to Bind It All…I think I need one…..;-)

  • 39.
    Mary Rogers said…

    love the digital brush Ali – thanks for sharing!!

  • 40.
    Kira said…

    I was wandering through TypePad land and found your blog. Not only do I love the idea of your newsletter, but your daily photos here on envelopes has inspired me. In fact, how odd, since I saw one ready to be thrown out that caught my eye, and it’s sitting right next to me….

  • 41.
    mimi said…

    I had not had time to visit your blog in the last few weeks !! so much to cacht up on !
    you are just so so inspiring,
    thank you
    ps kiss to Simon

  • 42.
    Daniela Dobson said…

    Love this project and the idea. Thanks for the inspiration. I started on mine this week.

  • 43.
    Crystal said…

    Thanks so much for the photoshop brush!

  • 44.
    Krista said…

    I am wondering what version of Photoshop you have? I tried to open the brush in 7.0 with no luck-rats!

  • 45.
    danielle tolar said…

    thankyou for the original yet so simple idea of capturing our daily somethings in our lives! It is a great no-pressure way to remember with a more clear vision our little moments inside our little worlds that make our lives worth living!

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