Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 19, 2008

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.


  • 1.
    Anilu Magloire said…

    Always perfect! I too collect bits and pieces of paper and I will use them today.
    Thanks for the inspiration, everyday :)

  • 2.
    Carolyne said…

    what a great start to my week – i’ve been waiting all day for this hence we are one day ahead of you…..been a loonnnngg wait. but i love how you share so much with all of us and we are truly grateful. looking forward to what the week brings us. hugs.

  • 3.
    caro said…

    hey Ali, guess what???
    I have that exact vase/planter. Gonna give it an extra purpose just like you have!
    Super idea for all the cool recycling bits.

  • 4.
    Tracy in NC said…

    Could you tell me if your journaling is on a premade journaling card or did you make it? It appears to have dotted lines for you to write on. Thanks, I just love your work and blog.

  • 5.
    Tracy in NC said…

    Okay, Ali. I think I discovered that the journaling was done on the patterned paper! Thanks!

  • 6.
    Erin said…

    Such a simple, memorable page for Simon at this age. It states what’s important to him, and that’s what makes it so classic and simple. Perfect.

  • 7.
    Molly said…


  • 8.
    jenn said…

    awesome Ali!!! So inspiring!!! love it!

  • 9.

    So simple it’s brilliant! Your work always grounds me! Great way to start a Monday! Thank you!

  • 10.
    Ginger said…

    Love this simple, yet very eye-catching layout. Perfect for documenting those ever changing phases that kids go through. I’ll have to try this, one page for each of my boys (ages 2 and 5).
    Just one question: I also like to collect bits of this and that from the mail or wherever and incorporate them in to art journals or altered books, but for using it in a scrapbook layout do you spray it with that stuff to make it acid-free? Or don’t you worry about it?

  • 11.
    Angi Smith said…

    How did the baby shower go? Was your SIL tickled with all her presents? Would love to see what was in your basket! And does your neice have a name yet?

  • 12.
    Ann(i)e said…

    love the simplicity of the layout, love the incorporation of “found” paper….really love it all!
    i have also LOVED trying to focus on just WORDS + PHOTOS the last week!!!
    Just posted one of my layouts inspired by your words + photos

  • 13.
    Angie said…

    I love the simplicity of this layout… thank you for the inspiration!! My whole theme for the summer is simplify… everything!
    Happy Monday! Angie

  • 14.
    Jenni said…

    Beautiful layout & concepts! I have a glass planter collecting dust in my garage, what a great idea you had for yours! I think I might use it for my paper scraps, I still never know what to do with those. My scrap space needs a makeover, big time! Yours is an inspiration, that is my next project. I liked Elizabeth Kartchners space in the new CK, too. Have fun today!

  • 15.
    Sally said…

    Ah – I just absolutely love your layouts – you never ever fail to impress me and most of all I love the simplicity of the pages, they truly speak to me. I’m so going to love this week. Thanks Ali.

  • 16.
    tara pakosta said…

    this is so fun ali!
    love that little bin of goodies!
    i also am in love with bits of paper! i get overwhelmed by my scraps though every so often> but i have one little bin called my travel bin, that i take outside or in my bed to scrap…it’s so fUN!

  • 17.

    Perfect. Seems so ‘easy’ and real! I mean, no hours spent with lots of doo dads…
    I have to do this also.. For ‘May’. What happens at our place..
    I also need a ‘use this stuff’ box! Like the active In-Box so things don’t get forgotten (new goodies, old faves, etc.)
    Thanks for a great kick start to the week…

  • 18.

    I love the simpleness of this page. You have inspired me to create one today. Often I think I do not have time to make a page but if I were to try to get it simple I think I would get a lot more done. Enjoy your week!!

  • 19.
    mary said…

    I have been cranking out layout after layout since I began reading your posts on words + photos! Each layout gets more inspiring as the weight of “needing to get photos scrapped” lifts. This process is liberating and fun – it’s a paradox as I feel as though I’m getting more creative!

  • 20.
    Emily said…

    Simple and a nice snapshot of Simon right now. I like the graphic block design. Also, the idea of doing a layout a day this week. I may do the same – and try to keep the journaling just that – “everyday”. Thanks!

  • 21.

    Really pretty ! I so appreciate how you explain the construction of your work ;-) A good pleasure ! thanks for sharing ! Smooches from Belgium !

  • 22.
    Sasha Farina said…

    really loving your ‘found’ papers planter… the layout is simple but oh so meaningful!

  • 23.
    Michelle Shuman said…

    Love it, Ali! And I love that you left the negative space at the bottom. Definitely doesn’t need anything extra. I, too, have a ‘found papers’ file (some with scraps ripped from my art and architecture design schools pamphlets when I was applying to colleges…um…12 years ago…those definitely need to be used!)
    Thanks for the inspiration! See you tomorrow ;o)

  • 24.
    Amy Poole said…

    Ali, you are seriously so cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 25.
    ChanelD said…

    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!

  • 26.
    Tonya said…

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

  • 27.
    sue Treiber said…

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

  • 28.
    Jeannette P said…

    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.

  • 29.
    elizabeth said…

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

  • 30.
    Carrie said…

    So much to like about this.

  • 31.
    Jamie Y. said…

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

  • 32.
    Kerry said…

    so cool. You’re awesome!

  • 33.
    Emily J said…

    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”…

  • 34.
    Kristin said…

    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. :)

  • 35.
    Neen said…

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

  • 36.
    paula harrington said…

    Love the simplicity, Ali! :o )
    Paula in Phx

  • 37.
    Haylee said…

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

  • 38.
    andrea said…

    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.

  • 39.
    Shanie said…

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

  • 40.
    LisaZ said…

    Love this. TFS, as always!

  • 41.
    rani Shah said…

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

  • 42.
    debby said…

    Very cool and motivational for me to use my “scraps.”

  • 43.
    Joy Buss said…

    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

  • 44.
    Jen said…

    awesome idea!

  • 45.
    Maureen said…

    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.

  • 46.
    Diana said…

    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!

  • 47.
    melanie louette said…

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

  • 48.
    Patti said…

    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.

  • 49.
    Sue said…

    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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