Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 18, 2008



One of the things I am focusing on in 2008 is how to bring more creativity into my everyday in different ways. I am broadening my scope, checking out new things, finding different ways of seeing the world around me. I also want to work on including my family in some of these creative activities so that we can all grow in this area.

Here’s the plan: Each Friday I will post a new prompt/thought/project to think about/do/add to you list for the weekend. Sometimes they will be really simple and other times a bit more involved. Sometimes you won’t have to do anything other than consider a concept and other times, such as this weekend, there will be the potential for you to add a little project to plans you may already have in place. Some will be scrapbook-related and others will focus on different areas of crafts, photography, and creativity.


Last November I got to spend some time with girlfriends down in Southern California. There was lots of laughing and sharing and shopping and eating – all those good things to do when getting together with friends. On one of our outings I grabbed these three letters that were sitting on Emily’s fireplace and decided to take them along as a creative project for the day. (Tara had picked these up for Emily at Timeless Treasures in San Francisco.)


Our creative plan was simple: bring the letters + photograph them in different environments throughout the day. And that is exactly what we did.




This is a project in seeing. A project where you place something into a new context. As I was placing the letters here and there I was especially looking for textures and contrast. It brought a different twist to our shopping + eating + chatting adventure.

Here’s something to consider: your word for the year.

What if this weekend you gathered up some letters (could be ABC blocks, alphabet magnets, metal letters (check your supply stash for letters), typeset letters, etc) and took them along with you as you go about your weekend adventures. What interesting, creative photos could you take? Remember, this is an exercise in seeing, in becoming aware of the environment we are in at the moment.






If you really get into this it could become a something of a series that you work on throughout the year in relation to your word. Consider choosing letters that are small enough to keep in your purse/bag and then photograph them at interesting times and in interesting environments.

Maybe your kids or spouse will want to get involved. Or maybe this will be something just for you.

Whatever you decide, have a great weekend.

PS: Don’t forget to come by Scrapbook Attack in Portland tomorrow from 1pm-2:30pm for a book signing (I will be bringing some albums along that you can check out). Hope to see you there! And then afterwards…Ikea here I come!


  • 1.
    alexandra said…

    Absolutely love this idea, Ali!!
    I’m off to find my letters now!

  • 2.
    Michelle Shuman said…

    Oh, I think this is such a cool idea! I’m going to a wedding this weekend at this cool old hotel (it’s a historical site) about an hour up the road…I’ll definitely have to find some letters to take with me. It would be a great place to look for those juxtapositions of textures and colors and old and new! I’m thinking maybe just some typewriter keys that I could fit into a change pocket inside my purse, since I like the idea of doing this as an on-going series. {love it!}
    Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!
    ~Michelle :o )

  • 3.
    Marilyn Tan said…

    this is awesome! Thanks, Ali for inspiring me again!

  • 4.
    Angie said…

    What a great idea, thank you!

  • 5.
    scrappysue said…

    Cool idea Ali! And since my word is focus, I could practice focusing on the word, or on the items all around it, oh this could be so much fun (and maybe, just maybe I will learn how to use my camera properly, LOL!). Sue

  • 6.
    Jennier said…

    What an awesome idea! I think I may try to do this as well. Sounds like a great, creative challenge!

  • 7.
    Colleen said…

    LOVE this idea and those letters in the different colours are great too!

  • 8.
    Karen said…

    The ABC blocks that my husband gave me for Christmas are ready for action! What a fun idea. I think my word for the year is going to be FUN.

  • 9.
    Shalini said…

    Sounds like a very fun idea…I am in

  • 10.
    Mary said…

    Since its late to start the 365 project, I think this will be a good substitute for that. Now, I just have to think of a word and also I can use the pictures for my one word of the month project similar to the calendar that you just did. Great thinking Ali! Have a good weekend!

  • 11.
    Lauren Z said…

    Awesome Idea! My word is on the long side- so I may need to find some smaller letters than those- but I love the idea. Thanks :)

  • 12.
    Erin said…

    Hey Ali – What is that font you used for Weekend??? It’s cute!

  • 13.
    melissa deakin said…

    love this idea so much.
    i love the idea of keeping them in my purse.
    how fun is that!
    thanks for the continuous inspiration!

  • 14.
    Ingrid said…

    Hahaha! I’m doing the same sort of thing with “Flat Stanley” right now- the taking pics in random places part not the creative/artistic part(from the book- my niece sent him to me and I’m supposed to document his week with me) so far we have brought him to Disneyland, the beach and the Farmer’s Market and took pictures of him at all of these places. I’ll bet you got the same looks with your letters as I got with Flat Stanley! It sure is a conversation starter! :)

  • 15.
    Lydia said…

    Love this idea! Sounds like so much fun. I’d like to make it part of an art journal about my word for 2008. Mary, it’s never too late to start any project, just make it 365 days from today!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 16.
    Amanda said…

    what an awesome idea! i already fiund my letters out of ny son’s wooden blocks. They are all ready for the next timeI go out. thanks for the inspiration!

  • 17.
    Holly De Nike said…

    Can’t tell you how great an idea this is! Thank you for including us in it.

  • 18.
    beth said…

    what a cool idea!

  • 19.
    Tryshia said…

    What a good idea!
    Your ideas are so fresh and motivating, I love it.

  • 20.
    MelissaL88 said…

    What a totally cool idea, Ali! I can’t wait to try this out over the weekend :)

  • 21.
    ChristineMM said…

    Love this idea. What interesting places you found to photograph. Great job!

  • 22.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Fun – Fun – Fun!!!
    Love the idea.
    Let’s see what we can come up with.
    Have a great weekend.
    Have fun at your book signing – wish I lived in the area!!

  • 23.
    vera said…

    Great idea! I’ve already gotten started! :-)

  • 24.
    Natalea said…

    thank you for this inspiring idea! I love it! My word for this year is “Acceptance”.
    xo natalea

  • 25.
    VICKI DALTON said…

    will totally do this!!!!!!!!

  • 26.
    Patricia said…

    Ingenious ~ that’s what you are woman!!
    Love this idea. Love, love, love it!!
    Blessings, p.

  • 27.
    Karen said…

    Thanks Ali – another reason to look forward to the weekend!

  • 28.
    Lisa Cohen said…

    I love this idea and looking at thing differently.. from a different perspective and including creativity to mean *all* sorts of creativity. I look forward to your weekend creative prompts. I still am working on narrowing down my word for the year. So many seem fitting. I’ve given myself the deadline of Sunday. Hope you have a great (and wonderfully creative) weekend!

  • 29.
    Jenn said…

    Very cool! Love the letters!
    Last time my hubby and I took a trip to the mountains I took a little jelly frog and photographed him in different places we visited…

  • 30.
    CrabbyAmy said…

    ohh ohh love the idea! getting busy already….and I just got home from IKEA. what fun!

  • 31.
    Annie said…

    what a fantastic idea…thanks for the inspiration!

  • 32.
    Daphne said…

    Super cool idea :-)

  • 33.
    Talia said…

    Oh, so stinkin’ cool, Ali…I have these huge wooden letters (my family’s first letter in our names) and this would be fun to take pictures of my kids with their letter, in an unexpected environment. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  • 34.
    suetreiber said…

    that is just plain cool. Love it!

  • 35.
    Linda Smith said…

    why does “Mr Bill” come into mind while looking at all of your pics? Ha Ha

  • 36.
    Haylee said…

    What a great project! I will look forward to it each week! Can’t wait to see what places I find to put my word!

  • 37.
    Sarah van Wijck said…

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with ‘us’.

  • 38.
    tara Whitney said…

    loved it then, love it now!

  • 39.
    Jaime Benavides said…

    What a fabulous idea! I cannot wait to find my letters and get started…Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  • 40.
    theresa said…

    Ah yes! Saw that gorgeous new Ikea when we were over there for the holidays. Have fun!
    And… meant to mention: have you been to Beppe and Gianni’s on 19th near the University? If not, GO! The BEST Italian food I’ve had on either of the coasts!
    Great art idea. I might just have to try it. Happy Weekend!

  • 41.
    Tona said…

    What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 42.
    O said…

    Brilliant idea…thanks for the jumping off point. Now…to only find small enough letters to make up my word for the year, which is a long word: ‘possibilities’. lol Maybe I’ll pick a secondary word…hmmm. Anyhoo, have a great weekend!

  • 43.
    Patty said…

    Hey Ali –
    Great idea. Sounds like fun. I see someone else has the word FOCUS. I think this will be very fun to experiment with.
    On another note — I am a subscriber to a mail order catalog called Chinaberry. They also have a web site I just received their Spring catalog and saw something I just have to share with you Ali, and your readers. On page 7 of the catalog is a beautiful framed pewter heart. It is made to look like puzzle pieces fitted together with one piece missing, and has an inscription on the back that reads “The pieces of the puzzle are Connected by Love”. The artist who created this is Cynthia Webb. Apparently, she has a nephew who has autism and is making a donation to Autism support charities for each heart sold. Again, I am in no way affilitated with either of these, but know that autism is an issue close to your heart, Ali. Just thought you would like to know about this –if you don’t already.
    Take care and have a great evening.

  • 44.
    margaret said…

    Interesting visions I’m having right now. We’re going to the Everglades this weekend. Visions of sugar plums? No. Alligators and wooden letters? Maybe. I’ll have to see what the weekend brings. Thanks for, ah, interesting inspiration.

  • 45.

    love your brain!

  • 46.
    Lisa Pate said…

    Ohhhhh – very cool.
    My take on this is going to be to take my fave photo of my kiddies with me and photograph that in interesting places we visit!

  • 47.
    Taylor said…

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • 48.

    I RAN OUT OF MY HOUSE and did this right away only I didn’t use a word. Please see my vlog I include my photos.
    Love you You are a guru of inspiration.

  • 49.
    Mary Rogers said…

    oh my goodness Ali! what an amazing and creative idea….cool beans for sure!!!

  • 50.
    Charity said…

    thanx for an inspiring weekend!

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