Three Things : Back To Basics

As I was working on my Studio A column for the May issue of Creating Keepsakes I was thinking about my basic supplies - those things I turn to again and again and like to have in bulk. I have highlighted some of my usual favorites (pens, albums, & adhesives) in Three Things in the past.


1. Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares : I have found myself using these over and over the past few years. Great for adding dimension to photos and accents. I used them to pop-up the journaling blocks on the first layout below (as well as a couple of the half-circles in the third layout).
2. White Cardstock : most of the time I stick with Bazzill in both 12x12 and 8.5x11. Lily white is my favorite white but really anything with a bit of texture is what I work with most.
3. Circle Mini Brads : I tend towards silver most often with antique copper a close second.

I was also thinking a lot about the kind of layouts I want to create this year. SIMPLE + focused + creative more in their storytelling/concepts/documentation and photography rather than their craftiness.

And speaking of simple, here are three of my favorite creations from this past year:

From Creating Keepsakes Studio A in July:


Also from July Studio A (CK):


And from October Studio A (CK):


Also, a quick note of thanks for all the thoughts and prayers and well-wishes on my post yesterday. They were really appreciated.

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

45 thoughts

  1. TracyBzz

    2009-01-06 02:54:32 -0500

    Love the 02 04 06 08 layout. I feel the exact same way "SIMPLE + focused + creative more in their storytelling/concepts/documentation and photography rather than their craftiness"
    I do love pretty pages and all the pretty embellishments. But the photos and the story are THE most important thing. And if I quickly throw down a few flowers or some bling, after the story is done, then it will just add to the pretty-ness. I'm really not into one photo + one word (like lovely, carefee etc) this tells NOTHING about the person, their personality or the event taking place.
    So I looke forward to more posts on photos + story from you :)

  2. TracyBzz

    2009-01-06 02:58:07 -0500

    I hear yo on the "take an hour to read a book" Last year my daughter was in grade 1 and would read and I would ask my 5 year old if she was listening and she would reply "I can't understand what she is saying" All the sounding out is just alot of stuttering and muttering, doesn't make for good story comprehesion. I would often read the story back to my grade 1-er just so she could hear it. And of course I would read it in 4 mintues and it took her 40! Now her younger sister will sit with her while she reads, she's pretty smooth now.
    What a difference a year makes.
    Hey, I should copy my post onto a layout - in the spirit of more stories.

  3. Leslie

    2009-01-06 03:04:08 -0500

    So many people have grown to love you and your family. We feel like we know you! I have no doubt there are thousands of women whose lives you touch daily that are praying for included!!:)

  4. Sarah Mullanix

    2009-01-06 03:08:21 -0500

    THINK is one of my favs too!
    Thanks for all the inspiration...
    creative and thought provoking.

  5. Jill

    2009-01-06 03:37:09 -0500

    Oh, I am so using that middle layout over and over and over again. I take mostly vertical photos and just returned from Ireland with much to document. Absolutely love it. Absolutely. Thanks Ali. Best hopes to you with the melanoma diagnosis. Peace.

  6. Nikki Love

    2009-01-06 03:39:07 -0500

    gorgeous LOs Ali!!!love them all :)

  7. Dana Nichols

    2009-01-06 03:39:19 -0500

    I'm so glad you posted about "back to basics". This is exactly where I am right now, getting back to the basics and getting our stories documented. Thanks!
    Dana in TN

  8. Theresa

    2009-01-06 03:48:32 -0500

    I especially love the 2nd layout, but all three are fantastic. Just read your last post about your health and you are in my thoughts and I wish you a healthy 2009.

  9. Leanne

    2009-01-06 03:51:08 -0500

    Positive energy. Positive energy. Positive energy.

  10. Susan Hessler

    2009-01-06 03:52:34 -0500

    Your layouts are gorgeous! As always, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest a little before your wee one arrives.
    Peace. Susan

  11. Kimmie

    2009-01-06 04:51:29 -0500

    I've been meaning to leave a comment, but I've been too shy. But, I am stepping up to the plate. This year is definitely going to be different for me. I'm taking on many challenges. A couple of them, I'm getting help from you, which I am so thankful that you share so much with us. I'm looking forward to this new year, and being able to take on these creative challenges. Much love to you and your family, as always!

  12. Lora B

    2009-01-06 06:13:17 -0500

    Ali... I love you! I seriously love you!! I have been so "Craftiness" driven that I have lost my love for preserving memories.. I also resolved to get back to basics this year and focus more on the story and pictures than the "art" of it all. thank you for helping me resolve that is the right path.

  13. Johanna

    2009-01-06 06:17:05 -0500

    I reeeally want to get into the "swing of things" with scrapbooking looking at your layouts. They are just so very inspiring to me!

  14. Wendy Bretz

    2009-01-06 08:39:09 -0500

    I loved these layouts Ali :)

  15. sansku :)

    2009-01-06 09:07:37 -0500

    Love the "BACK THEN" layout!
    I hope all turns out ok with the mole situation. We all need reminders not to take life for granted.

  16. Kari

    2009-01-06 09:40:17 -0500

    Ali- it's funny you picked those three b/c I have those tagged as my favorites of yours from last year. LOVED them.
    Thinking of you!

  17. Jamie

    2009-01-06 10:07:11 -0500

    Hi Ali, I just stumbled across your blog, beautiful! Good energies coming from here! Can I add the word nutmeg to your list? Is just so exotic and I'm still craving egg nog even though they've already removed it from the shelves!
    I'm currently working on a dancing cats childrens book and have just recently started a blog of my own, glad to have found you and will definitely continue to follow your inspiring posts!

  18. Candy M

    2009-01-06 10:22:16 -0500

    July Studio A - I scraplifted this design for my son, who was born in '02. It's one of my most favorite layouts, to see my little guy growing up across a 2 page spread! You are such an inspiration. Love your stuff.

  19. Gabi

    2009-01-06 13:13:05 -0500

    Thank you for all your inspiration and creativity you are showing us every day, Ali.
    You've totally changed my point of view on the whole scrapbook thing. NOW I'm able to document those everyday little moments. THANK YOU!!!
    I wanted to buy some of your books, but everything is sold out! I ordered your last mini album book, I can't wait to get it. LOVE your Life artist so much!
    I think you and your art has changed a lot of us. :)
    I'm wishing you good luck with your baby, as a mom of 2 children I know how it changes your life. :)

  20. Barb Wong

    2009-01-06 13:52:42 -0500

    Ali, I love the three pages you chose, and yes, those are my favourite kinds of pages to create too. Not every page I create tells a great story like those, but I too aspire to do more like those, in 2009 and hopefully for many years to come.

  21. Susan M.

    2009-01-06 15:31:45 -0500

    Ali, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these trying times. I can only imagine your stress. May all your prayers be answered!
    Susan M.

  22. Carolyn

    2009-01-06 16:16:06 -0500

    I'd also like to add that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have a strong feeling that you will be fine.

  23. Casey

    2009-01-06 17:03:20 -0500

    Love the idea of the through the years pictures, and I'm sorry, but I must scrap lift the last LO. It is brilliant.

  24. Jude

    2009-01-06 18:34:51 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I'm really enjoying reading your blog again. I have been reading through December and always love your December Daily stuff.
    Hope you will be okay with the skin thing. I have had lots of moles of too and am very conscious of time in the sun here in Australia.
    Thinking of you,

  25. Jude

    2009-01-06 18:35:31 -0500

    *off not of

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