Three Things : Outdoor Inspiration


As the summer begins winding down (we have just a month left here before Simon goes back to school and I know there are lots of places around the country that go back sooner) I wanted to share three of my favorite outdoor/nature inspired products:

1. Woodgrain Overlays + Patterned Paper : Overlay from Hambly Studios and patterned paper from Urban Scrapyard (see layout below for an example). The Urban Scrapyard paper is almost the thickness of wallpaper - it would be cool on the outside of a minibook. On the layout below I split both sheets in half and adhered to my background cardstock.

2. 7gypsies Mountain Vacation Cardstock Stickers : This series of word stickers have long been a favorite. I really like the mixture of the cirle word stickers and the strips of words. These are great as accents on a few different layouts or to tell a story within a minibook.

3. Anna Griffin Sierra Collection patterned paper : The muted-colors and kraft-colored background are what I really like about this set of papers.



[ Supplies : Cardstock: Worldwin; Patterned Paper: K&Company, Hambly, Urban Scrapyard; Circle Overlay: new Heidi Swapp; Letter Sticker: Making Memories; Font: AL Messenger; Circle Metal Embellishment: Tim Holtz ]

The Story : Hesitant to go in the water first. Not sure about the little fish you could see swimming around in circles right beneath the surface of the water. Holding on to Grandpa's neck oh so tight. Relaxing your grip as the minutes go by. Becoming more comfortable with the water, the little fishes, the whole situation. "They're not going to eat me." Grandpa walks you to the other side. You check out the bank. Grandma documents the whole thing in photos. Eventually you are back in the water. And then there you go. Playing. Swimming. Kicking. Laughing. Enjoying the moment.

[ Three Things is a weekly product series : check out the archives here. ]


I also wanted to let you know that I did an interview last week with Noell at about my new book Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details With MiniBooks (due out sometime this month). Click here to listen.

26 thoughts shared

  1. Amy

    2008-08-04 22:29:45 -0700

    Very cool layout, unusual looking with the two different woodgrains. I really like that! I heard your interview yesterday, can't wait to get the new book from Cocoa Daisy!! :)

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  2. Amy K in FL

    2008-08-04 23:13:53 -0700

    Ali- didn't get a chance to post the other day when I read your great news. Funny that I was thinking a couple weeks ago as I was looking at some of your Simon layouts..."I wonder if they're going to have other kids?" happy for you and your guys. Love the wood perfect with these pics. Thanks for your continued inspiration and get some rest!
    Amy K in FL

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  3. tamilamb

    2008-08-04 23:39:06 -0700

    Listened to your interview on Paperclipping. I'm drawn to the clean look of your layouts and mini books. Looking forward to your new book.

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  4. Beatrice

    2008-08-04 23:42:05 -0700

    Hello Baby Edwards. Well it's amazing to me the things we have in common.
    1. I also have a wonderful 6 year old kid with autism.
    2. We are also expecting a new baby early next year.
    3. I love to scrapbook.
    Your stories give me so much inspiration, I love it, Can't wait to see your future pages when the new baby arrives. Congratulations!!!

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  5. Linn

    2008-08-05 00:34:37 -0700

    Oh, that would be so much fun to swim in a river with tiny fish! I'm glad he enjoyed it.

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  6. Alecia Angell

    2008-08-05 00:46:13 -0700

    Adorable. I check out the blog, just to check up on your family, but the more I read/products I see, the closer you are to convincing me to take all this up. However, the real reason for my comment is to ask you why you are up posting at 5:00am when you should be sleeping, Mama!!!!!

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  7. Tammie

    2008-08-05 01:16:12 -0700

    I really love the way you put these together. Also, congratulations on the new baby.

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  8. Tona

    2008-08-05 01:30:32 -0700

    Love the layout. What a great life moment to capture!

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  9. Margaret C

    2008-08-05 01:37:11 -0700

    Oh wow oh wow oh wow!!!! Just got back from hols to hear your lovely news - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  10. Agnes

    2008-08-05 02:25:35 -0700

    Love the paper from Urban Scrapyard. I have used it for a cover of a mini book & a layout. And I haven't seen anything else like it anywhere!!!

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  11. Autumn

    2008-08-05 02:53:17 -0700

    Ali - Congrats on the new addition to your family. Just listened to your interview + am really looking forward to your new book. Can't wait to take your class at CKU this Friday.

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  12. Julia in MI

    2008-08-05 03:17:09 -0700

    Love these products. You always pick some really good ones. You have an eye for that. Also, just read a few posts down. Congraulations to you and your family on expecting a new little one!

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  13. Patti Hoelzle

    2008-08-05 03:36:13 -0700

    Hey Ali! I just wanted to let you know that you have totally inspired me to start playing with different products over the last couple of months! Lately, I have been obsessed with acetate and alcohol inks. I made my own polka dot mini and this guy: Even with the 7 gypsies stickers you talked about today! Small world....
    AND congrats on your wonderful news to you and your sweet family!

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  14. alexandra

    2008-08-05 04:01:14 -0700

    I sat with my afternoon tea and listened to your interview - thanks, Ali - always so good to hear you talk about your work, your life and Simon! Can't wait to get my copy of the book from Cocoa Daisy!!

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  15. noell

    2008-08-05 05:13:30 -0700

    Alexandra, that sounds like such a relaxing way to listen to the interview! I haven't listened to it all the way through since we did it...maybe I'll sit down with a cup of tea, myself!
    BTW, I'm really excited to get my hands on that book, too!!!

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  16. Susan W

    2008-08-05 05:51:30 -0700

    Do you have any back to school traditions that you would be willing to share?? Would love some ideas.
    Congrats on the baby! Wish you all the best.

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  17. Kimberly

    2008-08-05 05:56:03 -0700

    That wood grain is starting to grow on me, maybe because I get sucked into all those hot trends and also because both you and Elizabeth Kartchner have it on your blogs!!

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  18. Michelle B

    2008-08-05 06:49:08 -0700

    Love the woodgrain look! I also wanted to tell you that I loved the interview. Especially when Simon came to ask you to look at his train and if he could use the computer! That is so very much my house with 2 boys. And I could just barley hear his sweet little voice. so cute. I look very forward to your new book coming out - I got my on pre-order! ;)

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  19. Cathy D.

    2008-08-05 06:49:10 -0700

    OH NO! I'm not ready for summer to end!
    Cute story and great interview. You always inspire!

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  20. Heidi Sonboul

    2008-08-05 07:35:59 -0700

    I'm on that Anna Griffin DT and I must say... "that line is my fav" it a fun one to pick!

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  21. Debbie McIntyre

    2008-08-05 12:18:52 -0700

    So happy to come back from vacation to see the wonderful news!! Congrats to you and your family.
    Was reading your last book before going away and took your advice...brought along a blank book and did journaling each day of the vacation. I knew what I wanted to say, knew the pics to take, and didn't forget the stories. Did some of Kal Barteski's pencil crayons and created some backgrounds...what fun. Just waiting for my pics to arrive and I think it will take about an hour to complete my entire book. YOU ARE BRILLIANT!! Thanks...Debbie Mac

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  22. Michelle

    2008-08-05 13:30:20 -0700

    Great layout. I love the woodgrain paper. Thanks for introducing me to Urban Scrapyard. I've heard it mentioned a few places. Congratulations on the exciting news.

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  23. Helen

    2008-08-05 17:06:19 -0700

    thses layouts are awesome, the woodgrain papers definitely give a special look to it!! I love it! my wishlist is getting longer everydayLOL :):)

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  24. Dawn McVey (dawnsing)

    2008-08-05 23:34:56 -0700

    LOVE wood grain these days and I love that Anna Griffin paper too! Thanks for pointing it out!
    Have a goodie!

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  25. Kate

    2008-08-08 11:12:04 -0700

    Hey Ali, check out the eco-friendly wooden cards at - I think the blank ones would be so cool to customize for a layout like this.
    Also - Congratulations!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:59AM
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