Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 21, 2008

Wednesday Layout.


[ supplies: cardstock: Bazzill; photo turn: 7gypsies; trim: Papier Valise; metal clock face: unknown; font: Avenir ]

Today’s layout is a simple combination of memories + sentiment + an enlarged focal photo (10 inches tall and printed at home on my HP Photosmart D7360). Text was added directly to the photo in Photoshop. "This Is" was drawn using my Wacom tablet. Single line journaling says:

thanksgiving 2007 • oregon coast
you and me
on an adventure
cruising through the tall grass
taking photos
checking out the plants
feeling the ocean breeze
appreciating being outside
playing hide & go seek
never wanting to leave
waving to grandma in the kitchen window
watching the seagulls at Irene’s
on the lookout for ships
spending time together

I love photos like this that give me some working space to add text right onto the photo. I also like having the opportunity to tell this sort of story – one that is inspired by the memories that are conjured when I came across the photo. Telling stories does not have to be complicated nor does it always have to be complete. Stop worrying and just get to writing.


There were a few questions in the comments section yesterday that I want to answer:

1. Am I doing anything to my mail scraps to make them acid free? No. If you want to make sure the things you are adding to your projects are acid free you can use a product such as Archival Mist. I simply figure that some of the things I create will last and others will not.

2. The canvas size for yesterday’s photo gathering was about 10 inches x 6.5 inches. After printing I cut the individual photos out and rearranged them on my layout.

3. Do I use a Mac or a PC? Mac.

4. What camera do I use? Canon Digital Rebel XTi.

5. There is a step-by-step for creating photo gatherings in Photoshop listed in issue four of my newsletter.


I am really enjoying reading through all the ways that you come together as a family. Thank you for sharing what is important in your lives.


  • 1.
    J's Pics said…

    Ali, I love the way you keep bringing me back to the ‘basic things’ in life. To look at the everyday. I’m slowly getting it. :)
    Keep up the good work.

  • 2.
    Amy said…

    I love this one Ali! I love the way the title is highlighted being put right on the horizon line and I really need that wacom tablet! :) Great job!
    Also congratulations to Barack in Oregon! I tried to turn on my tv today to see who won there and it let out a loud pop and them smelled like fire. lol I think I’ve been watching to much CNN. Have a great day!

  • 3.
    Molly said…

    this one is full of emotion. reminding me to let paul take some of the pics for me. I’m a camera hog, but i want to have more of myself with my small ones — so i need to change that.

  • 4.
    Jilly said…

    I love the simplicity of these layouts. Writing is my first love so I am all about the stories and that is the biggest reason why I scrapbook, just to tell the story. What type of photo paper do you prefer when you print the pics out? I have had the worst luck with photo paper. Thanks for all the inspiration…

  • 5.
    Erin said…

    Sweet picture…..who took it? Erin :)

  • 6.
    Giulia said…

    Very simple and beautiful LO! I like your style. I bougth your book and I’m reading it. It’s fantastic. Bye from Italy.

  • 7.

    love how you used that photo…makes me want to scrap. :)

  • 8.
    cindy b said…

    Oh man…..this is MY FAV of the week so far. LOVE IT!!!! Thanks Ali! peace and blessings, Cindy B.

  • 9.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Love it so much – simple and effective. Need to get photoshop soon!!

  • 10.
    Anne-Liesse Ankeny said…

    Allie, I love the layouts you’ve been sharing and I love your attitude toward acid-free or not. Sometimes creativity is not archival. Oh well…

  • 11.
    Lauren said…

    OMIWORD!!! ALI!!!! You just continue to blow me away with your amazing layouts! The simplicity yet great design principles… please, teach me how!
    That… and I would need an AWESOME printer to do what you do! :)

  • 12.
    Julie McD said…

    Love the layout, but especially love your answer to #1. I am not fanatical about worrying about acid free and longevity either. If it lasts, great, if not, oh well. Not really sure exactly how long future generations will appreciate or want to hold onto it anyway! Anyway, happy creating and, as always, thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  • 13.
    Wendy said…

    Hi Ali,
    What an awesome layout. The strongest reaction I have had to someone else’s scrapbooking. Loved it…the whole thing!!!

  • 14.
    Christine Drevo said…

    Love the layouts you have been sharing with us such an inspiration since I have a tendency to dwell too long on a page and second guessing myself.
    I do have a question, what type of printer do you use? I have a canon printer and it works great it’s just that I have to change out the ink cartridges often and is photo printer only better?

  • 15.
    Becky in VA said…

    : )
    Thanks for the great exmple of using the Wacom board!! Hoepfully I’ll make time to borrow my boss’ and play with it. My Aunt just gave me one of her sewing machines and I can tell I am on the brink of sensory/creativity overload. But not I have your great articles from last week and this week to help me just start something – anything – and go with it!

  • 16.
    Karina K said…

    I love this layout!!

  • 17.
    young c-m said…

    Really great layout – thanks for sharing!

  • 18.
    AmberCA said…

    This layout is fabulous! I love when the photos are actually the focus and embellishments are just the cherry on top!
    Absolutely beautiful!

  • 19.
    sue Treiber said…

    another fab layout. It really is quite perfect in it’s simplicity.

  • 20.
    Liz Ness said…

    LOOOOOVE the title on the horizon and the typography (title and text)! (I mean it’s all great, heh-heh. Those elements just really caught my eye!)
    PS: The story captured by the photo is perfect, too…really does represent you two!

  • 21.

    hi ali!
    i so love your blog!! since you answered some questions, i hope it’s ok for me to ask one!
    recently, i made the switch to mac. and i do love it… BUT! … my pictures print horribly. the look good on my monitor… and awful once printed. i have an epson r1800.. and never had problems printing with the pc. i also have photoshop cs3… i believe i’m choosing the right printer profiles. do you use any color calibration?? thanks!!

  • 22.
    BethW said…

    I think has got to go in my all time favorites list. Classic-beautiful-simple-heartfelt. You nailed them all.

  • 23.
    maryjo materazo said…


  • 24.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    I have one more question for you – what version of PhotoShop do you use??

  • 25.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Good stuff Ali! I’d do a layout just like this if I wasn’t watching them pack up my house. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  • 26.
    JosieK said…

    Beautiful layout and instantly made me feel dreamy.

  • 27.
    JosieK said…

    Beautiful layout and instantly made me feel dreamy.

  • 28.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Great layout–as always.
    One really doesn’t need a tablet to create this look. If you do not think you’ll use it a lot–which i doubt I would– try the Ali font for the same result. Similarly, I cannot justify spending big bucks on a cricut type cutter–and I don’t think you own one either. Sheets of stickers or my printer work just fine, save money, and save room in my art room. You are so good at encouraging us to not buy needlessly. Use a pen, paper, some photos and get it done. Thank you, Ali. (Also thanks for the link to your interview. I’m happy about another upcoming book, yay.)

  • 29.
    alexandra said…

    I like that you suggest not complicating the story – I like the way you broke down your adventure with Simon into almost point form – gets lots of info across without clouding it with ‘wordiness’.
    Thanks again, Ali – good, good stuff!!

  • 30.
    Wendy said…

    Beautiful layout as always!
    What type of paper do your print your photos on?

  • 31.
    Donna. said…

    WOW your photos always amaze me! They are beautiful!

  • 32.
    Sasha Libby said…

    I am going to confess that I really don’t worry too much about archival quality scrapping… I’ve been scrapping for over twenty years and I used to do my layouts on wallpaper and wrapping paper. I think the yellowing and age add the vintage charm, and really – only a handful of people will be looking at my scrapbooks “when I’m gone”. Does this make me a bad scrapper?

  • 33.
    rhonna farrer said…

    wow….this is fab! love it!

  • 34.
    PJ said…

    Two LO’s done so far (on my blog), and I’m very happy with the results! It’s back to basic scrapping, and that’s almost a treat to me after making so many complicated projects, being a design team member… thanks for this weeks project!

  • 35.
    Michelle said…

    Awesome layout, Ali. I love the phrases directly on the page. Definitely want to give that a try. Thanks for always showing us new ideas & new ways of looking at things.
    Happy Wednesday.

  • 36.
    KazT said…

    Hey Ali,
    I love the simplicity of this layout.
    I notice you use an inkject printer at home sometimes to print your photos. Are you concerned that they’ll fade over time, or is it okay because you’ve put them in an album?

  • 37.
    D'Nese said…

    I love that your doing this daily. Each new day I fall in love more!!

  • 38.
    Jam Sandwich said…

    LOve this layout today Ali, these are the moments to treasure, everyday happenings. I have a question – my printer is bad and I want to get a new one any recommendations?

  • 39.
    MariaM said…

    I really love this one for the simplicity…following along these two weeks has made me take a look at where I get “stuck” in my process. Your examples have helped so much.
    Hope you don’t mind one more question…
    How do I get my handwriting on my photos without a WACOM? I’ve scanned my words in before – that works fine on a plain white background — any easy/good tutorials out there that you or anyone would recommend? I do have photoshop and illustrator CS2 but still trying to figure it all out. thanks!

  • 40.
    Heather Dawn said…

    Ali, thanks sooo much for sharing the answers to those questions! I love what you did with the Wacom tablet…I just might have to get me one of those!

  • 41.
    Tran Quach said…

    Hi Ali… I have a question for you… well more like I am curious. I love to take pictures but majority of the time, I am never in it. I notice that there are a lot of pictures of you with your son or you with your husband or you with your family, who usually take the pictures in those situations?

  • 42.
    Sue said…

    The printing directly on the photo is very nice. I enjoy the completed look of this layout and it might be simple enough for me to accomplish! Thanks.

  • 43.
    Kim Ketusky said…

    Gorgeous layout! I love the clock with the arrow pointing to the photo. Nice touch!

  • 44.
    Anne said…

    This layout just blew me away! I will steal it immediately.

  • 45.
    beth said…

    this is perfect and something I need to try. thanks for sharing the layouts this week.

  • 46.
    Lauren said…

    Your life and your art is always a great source of inspiration to me! I love how you create without ‘rules’, that is very freeing & I am learning to do more of that! Thank you for the design tips…I am a photoshop novice (sad to admit!) so the simple ideas let me explore a little at a time!

  • 47.
    WENDY MYERS said…

    This is absolutely gorgeous. My kinda layout, simple clean lines, just tells the story with no other interference from the page. Great Job!
    can I scrap lift this one? with minor changes of course.

  • 48.
    melanie louette said…

    I’m so enjoying your simple & beautiful daily layouts- this one is amazing too. :)

  • 49.
    Jana said…

    Am slowly catching up on this week of blog entries—I really appreciate your journaling, and love that you write it out for us in your blog entry!!! One of my mini-pet-peeves with some magazine layouts—(and other shared layouts) is that the journaling is too tiny to read! A layout isn’t complete without the story, and when it’s unreadable, it’s almost not worth looking at in my book! Ha :) . So thank you for sharing the words along with the photos & layouts!

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