Monday Layout.


[ supplies: kraft cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper: Luxe; inks: Color Box; stamps: Educational Insights; number sticker: Papier Valise; pen: American Crafts ]

I've got a couple things on my mind this week as I create a layout a day.

The first is to try to incorporate at least one piece of paper per day from my collection of papers and junk that have come in the mail or I have picked up while out and about. Here's a peek at those in their glass planter:


The one I picked out for this page is a piece of vellum which came off a mailer from Oregon State University:


"This amazing place" seemed a fitting title for a peek at what Simon is "into" these days.

In starting to create this page I browsed through my recent photos and came up with two that related to what he is into this month. I like the idea of picking a single word + coming up with content revolving around that theme. The journaling is simple: handwritten statements similar to what you would see in a list. For this sort of page I like to give myself enough room to write, but not too much that it becomes more than it needs to be.

When I am handwriting like I did above, I simply begin and keep coming up with statements about what Simon is into until I get to the end and then I stop. No pressure that I will forget something...if I do I can always do another page or add that memory into a different story.

This layout is a very simple design. Four, 4 inch x 4 inch squares. One for the title, two for photos, and the fourth is home to the journaling. I stitched around the outside to add some texture. There are lots of things I could have done along the bottom of the page (added stamping or patterned paper, or any number of embellishments) but I decided to be happy with it how it was and call it a night.

Into the page protector it goes & on to another layout tomorrow.

49 thoughts

  1. ChanelD

    2008-05-19 05:24:32 -0400

    good job! I like that you didn't add any additional embellishment to the bottom. At times we as scrappers can get a little embelish CRAZY!

  2. Tonya

    2008-05-19 05:31:02 -0400

    What a fabulous idea. Your handwriting is just perfect.
    You are truly inspiring.

  3. sue Treiber

    2008-05-19 05:31:41 -0400

    you get way better junk mail than I do!
    Great page. So this moment...

  4. Jeannette P

    2008-05-19 05:56:02 -0400

    What a simple, yet so meaningful page. I really like the way it turned out. I may try that except, perhaps with a pic of each of my 3 children for the squares, and then the last square for journaling. Can't wait to see the rest of the week's pages.

  5. elizabeth

    2008-05-19 05:56:21 -0400

    LOVE IT! I really need to figure out my sewing machine :(

  6. Carrie

    2008-05-19 06:36:43 -0400

    So much to like about this.

  7. Jamie Y.

    2008-05-19 07:06:02 -0400

    I hope my son (almost 4) loves being with me as much as yours obviously loves being with you!

  8. Kerry

    2008-05-19 07:50:48 -0400

    so cool. You're awesome!

  9. Emily J

    2008-05-19 07:54:22 -0400

    Ali -
    I have never incorporated anything that I receive in the mail...very good "green" idea, not sure that I could "make it work" for me, but this is why I enjoy your blog - lot's of thinking "outside the box"...

  10. Kristin

    2008-05-19 08:05:29 -0400

    Nice layout! I especially like how your container of junk mail is sitting next to the typewriter in the picture with Simon...a nice little reminder for you, the designer, that you used something from it on the layout. :)

  11. Neen

    2008-05-19 08:39:04 -0400

    Such a good idea... I need to find me another ile just for that stuff... why don't I think of these things ;)

  12. paula harrington

    2008-05-19 09:49:33 -0400

    Love the simplicity, Ali!
    Paula in Phx

  13. Haylee

    2008-05-19 10:23:20 -0400

    Beautiful layout! I love it! Can't wait to see tomorrow's layout.

  14. andrea

    2008-05-19 13:20:59 -0400

    I like the idea of putting those found papers in a glass container so you can see them. I also like using those found papers too. I was at MOMA this weekend and picked up a notebook called the Rescued Paper Notebook. It's from a company called Sukie. You can see it at but also check out the rest of their site. I think you might like them. I found them pretty inspiring. I'm thinking of making a few myself. Cheers.

  15. Shanie

    2008-05-19 13:44:52 -0400

    Ali...this is very simple, very neat, and tells Simon's story perfectly. Shanie ;)

  16. LisaZ

    2008-05-19 14:12:02 -0400

    Love this. TFS, as always!

  17. rani Shah

    2008-05-19 16:30:30 -0400

    i love the idea to take pieces from everyday mail and incorporating them into designs!! As always, wonderful inspirations!!

  18. debby

    2008-05-19 17:00:45 -0400

    Very cool and motivational for me to use my "scraps."

  19. Joy Buss

    2008-05-19 17:26:01 -0400

    That's why I connect with your style so much Ali! I love saving little things that I can incorporate into scrapping. Great idea to use vellum from mail. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Joy in Bonney Lake

  20. Jen

    2008-05-19 23:13:44 -0400

    awesome idea!

  21. Maureen

    2008-05-20 09:14:50 -0400

    Ali, I hadn't considered scrapbooking because so much of it looks too frou-frou and cutesy to me, but your way of seeing things has helped me with collage making. I think I will try some of your techniques for vacation scrapping.
    I love and appreciate your take on life.

  22. Diana

    2008-05-20 10:34:08 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    What type of sewing machine do you use/recommend for paper? Are there certain things I should look for? And you use normal thread right?
    Thanks! Love your blog!

  23. melanie louette

    2008-05-20 11:57:48 -0400

    This is so simple, yet so effective. I LOVE that about your pages. Please, please come to Montreal one day to teach a class!

  24. Patti

    2008-05-20 15:19:58 -0400

    Love this LO. I think I will have to make a similar one. I think it is important to remember the little things that they are doing each month so this would be great. It is funny how "into" things they are and then how quickly they change to something else - well except for pirates at our house they have been around for about 2 years now LOL.

  25. Sue

    2008-05-22 01:10:04 -0400

    I'm running way behind this week. Love this layout and your step-by-step of how you created it. Thanks.

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