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January 20, 2009

Three Things : just a little more love


I couldn’t help it. One more week of love-related products here on Three Things. Maybe it’s because this baby’s due date is February 14th or maybe it’s because of all the pink stuff that has been making it’s way into our home. Regardless, I am loving anything with pink and hearts right now and that is really not normal for me. Here’s a look at a couple things that caught my attention this week.


Teresa Collins Pink Dot Transparency (8×8) : I have this one in my cart at It’s 8×8 and work great in this little album I am considering using for the baby’s first few days/weeks. Still considering exactly what I want to do for that documentation. I am pretty sure that this is just clear with pink dots (rather than grey with pink dots).


Love Clear Transparency pages (5×7) from Heidi Swapp : These fit into her 5×7 mirror album or you could add it to one of Tim Holtz’s 5×7 Tabbed Grungeboard books or a minibook of your own construction or just use one on top of a photo on a layout. Definitely love the idea of these.


Jenni Bowlin Mini Valentine Bingo Cards : These little guys (2.5 x 3.5) would be fun to use for Valentine cards or for a little minibook with photos on the other side.

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



Now that the holidays are over you may be looking for another fun project
to occupy some of your creative energy (and you may have considered this project last fall). Don’t forget that my Family Gratitude Photo Spinner class is still available for download through Big Picture Scrapbooking. This is a downloadable class that is all done on your own time and at your own pace.

Cost for the workshop is $12 and includes: color handouts
with step by step instructions, downloadable PDF templates (for
transparencies and titles), full supply list with links to products, an
audio message from me, a private gallery for sharing your projects with
others in the class, and access to a message board for sharing thoughts
and ideas as you work through the project.

Kits are also available for this workshop once again through Cocoa
. This kit is not required but meant as a way for you to gather
all the supplies together from one place.


  • 1.
    Sarah Mullanix said…

    Loving the pink polka dot transparency…and photo spinner is a great idea…I may use that for my photo a day for 2009. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and inspiration.

  • 2.
    Viewhunter said…

    I love this pinky dotted pattern.

  • 3.
    Courtney Newton said…

    Due on Valentine’s Day…how sweet. My parents were married on Valentines day in 1981…I don’t know if it was just because it was a Saturday or so my dad would have one last date to remember!

  • 4.
    MelissaL88 said…

    Very fun stuff, Ali! I just had to get those Bingo Cards…I’ve got quite a collection of them now :) I like your idea of using them as a Valentine’s Day card. My boys don’t like “frou-frou” stuff, so this will work out perfectly!

  • 5.
    SusanD said…

    I love all the girly items you are sharing. My grand daughter will be here any day, so I am all into pink!

  • 6.
    Yvette McKenzie said…

    We have a good friend with a 14th of February birthday! He really enjoys having that date as his birthday. Thanks for all that you share! You inspire me daily.

  • 7.
    Vicky said…

    Feb. 14th due date, how sweet! Love all the pink stuff and cant wait to see the new baby. By the way, are you registered anywhere? Would love to send the baby a gift once she arrives.

  • 8.
    Cathy K. said…

    I love those valentine bingo cards too – they are just fun!

  • 9.
    emily said…

    I refused to wear or own anything pink (comes from being a farm girl who’d rather work cows than do “wifey” stuff) Then I got married and decided I wanted a little pink. Now, I say, embrace the pink, go all in! I made a grand statement once before I had any kids that I wasn’t doing the “princess” or pink thing with my little girl. And now? We are hip deep in princesses and pink is all over the place. I’m a displaced farm girl who operates power tools and does the “wifey” stuff. It works for me.

  • 10.
    beverly said…

    Loved reading your entry this morning. Ice and snow in WNC so get to stay home and watch the inauguration! Mainly interested in Obama’s address, hearing Maya Angelou’s poem and the others who will speak. Need to be active today so will probably try to do some early spring cleaning.
    Also wanted to share that my “big” girl (she’s five feet tall) will be 24 on Feb 20 and her due date was Valentine’s Day. She and her 19 year old sister (also 5′ tall) are such blessings in our life. Will continue lifting up your birth and delivery in my prayers. Enjoy your day.

  • 11.
    Brittany said…

    A technical question: how did you add the cool menu bar at the top of your blog?

  • 12.
    Linn said…

    Ali, what has happened to you?! It’s funny seeing your pink love…ahh, the things that babies do to us! Very cute stuff.

  • 13.
    Heather said…

    Ali, how could you do this to me? A mirror album? Am I not obsessed enough with clear albums? lol Thanks for the transparencies too– love the 5x7s!!
    Happy Inauguration Day!
    (PS: How funny! My cousin is due Feb 15th!)

  • 14.
    gail lindekugel said…

    ^^^Its’s A BEAUTIFUL DAY!****

  • 15.
    katie scott said…

    cute – I think grey is making a come back.

  • 16.
    Beth said…

    Love, love, love it all! Thanks for sharing!

  • 17.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Brittany – it’s one of the features that typepad offers. I just got added to the “new” platform and it is an option under the design/content section.

  • 18.
    Amelia said…

    Just turned on the tv to watch the inauguration and think I saw Chris! Wish I was there!!

  • 19.
    Carlotta Baird said…

    Ali, thank you so much for your blog. Your writing has such a peaceful vibe for me. I’m not a scrapper. I am a very, very new blogger. Thank you for giving the great instruction that makes every project you present seem really do-able. Your ideas bleed into my formatting and design tasks at work and now there are percolating thoughts about projects that I would like to do someday. I check your site daily for inspiration and am already anticipating (selfishly) withdrawals when your daughter arrives. :) I love that her due date is Feb. 14. How fantastic and lovely. I’ll be praying for her safe arrival and a great transition home for the whole family. Take care.

  • 20.
    jkhenson said…

    Happy Inauguration Day! :)

  • 21.
    Rachel Paci said…

    I’m sitting in front of my computer right now watching with NPR on the radio. My kids are watching Dora. And I am so grateful for my life right now. And so hopeful! My Mom gave me the Cocoa Daisy kit for Christmas. And I just bought some stamps for the project yesterday. I can’t wait to get started!

  • 22.
    Kathy M. S. said…

    Feb 14! My oldest was due on that date 30 years ago. (Her name is Alli)But she didn’t arrive until March 4. 18 days late. Doctors won’t let anyone go that late anymore. She just had her first baby Dec 17 and they induced after only 4 days late.
    Good luck to you. No matter when she arrives, she will be beautiful!

  • 23.
    jamie ko said…

    looks like we’re both on baby watch! I’m due a week before you, on the 7th, so my time is coming soon as well!
    hang in there!

  • 24.
    Linda said…

    Thanks for all of the love related things that you are highlighting. I am making a book sort of like the December Daily to document all of the fun plans we will be doing as my oldest will be married next Feb. I bought a sheet of that polka dot transparency and the one with hearts too!
    I am also working on a spinner. I am doing a Names of God challenge this year and besides putting fun pictures of my family one section will be the 4×6 pages I do for the challenge. Thanks for such fun projects and ones that can be adapted to almost anything!~

  • 25.
    Suzie Q said…

    Hope you’re having a great day! WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT! I’m enjoying my new niece and those papers would be perfect in her album! Thank you for sharing them.

  • 26.
    Natalie said…

    Happy Inauguration Day, Ali! Yes. We. Did.

  • 27.
    Kristin Mulvey said…

    I’ve been off from my job at a community college because of snow so I’ve been playing in my scrapbook room. I turned my oldest child’s bedroom (she’s 26 now and about to get married) into a beautiful blue creative scrapbook room. My own space – finally after 30 years of marriage and raising three chilren. I love your blog and all your great ideas. Gotta love the Valentine’s stuff you have shown everyone. Thanks and good luck delivering that baby. Prayers are with you.

  • 28.
    Michelle said…

    Our little girl is due about a month after yours, and I wanted to share that I’m modifying your “December Daily” idea to capture the first 30 days of her life…Just putting together a place to store a photo a day and some memorabilia from that first month. Having fun with the “girly” colors!

  • 29.
    Jung A said…

    ali, what a perfect due date for a little girl! i gotta say, i’m loving all the pink and hearts for vday too. like you, i wasn’t into the girlie frillie stuff, and the pink, etc., but after having a girl, that’s what i now gravitate towards! have a great day

  • 30.
    Heather said…

    Ali, or anyone else reading ;) , unless I’m imagining it I saw a post somewhere on how you created the canvases for the start of each chapter of Life Artist. I can’t find it now, despite rabid searching.
    I want to play with some canvas + paint + collage and loved how you did those canvases.

  • 31.
    Heather said…

    Ali, or anyone else reading ;) , unless I’m imagining it I saw a post somewhere on how you created the canvases for the start of each chapter of Life Artist. I can’t find it now, despite rabid searching.
    I want to play with some canvas + paint + collage and loved how you did those canvases.

  • 32.
    Heather said…


  • 33.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Love the bingo cards – soooo cute ~~~ healthy and pink and due on Valentines Day -totally cool birthday !!!

  • 34.
    Melissa said…

    Happy Inauguration Day! And good luck with that new one coming on the 14th (or sooner?) You’re a wonderful inspiration for me, even though I don’t have time in my life right now to scrapbook. I have used mini-books to help my son who is on the autism spectrum. Simon’s progress gives me so much hope for the future. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  • 35.
    Casey said…

    I just downloaded the spinner class last week, and it looks fabulous! My daughter was a Feb. 17 baby, and my husband swore we wouldn’t do the stereotypical “pink” thing. Then she got a pile of pink clothes, and blankets, and she loves princesses. She is a purple girl, but the number two color is pink. She’s even gotten me to wear pink now, and I haven’t worn pink since I was a kid!

  • 36.
    andrea h said…

    Hi Ali!
    I know pink and hearts are not usually your thing but they’re a nice change of pace. Especially when you’re welcoming a little baby girl into your lives. I hope you are feeling good!
    Happy Inaugeration Day!

  • 37.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    What a day to remember! And great things you’ve shared…LOVE those transparencies!

  • 38.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Happy Inauguration Day. Woo-hoo!

  • 39.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Is this a new stamps digital element around your three things? Love it! Love the drop shadow.

  • 40.
    Lauren said…

    My brother was a valentine’s baby… how sweet!

  • 41.

    Ali – my little girl was born on Feb 17! It’s a beautiful time for a baby girl. I too was suddently drawn to pink and all things girly when I knew I was going to have a little girl!!! It’s all good.
    I’m very excited to see what you’ll do. I’m sure you’ll have some pretty awesome photos and projects in the works… if you can find the time between diaper changes and lack of sleep!!
    Keep well.

  • 42.
    Erika M said…

    I’m really loving all the things about love. My birthday is Feb. 10 which is very close to the official “love” day!

  • 43.
    Bonnie said…

    Oh, how little girls bring the pink out in us. I never ever liked pink until my little girl came along. My first is a boy so the change of colors was welcomed for sure.
    Love the Bingo cards, the are so cute!

  • 44.
    Bonnie said…

    Oh, how the girls bring out the pink in us. I never ever liked pink before having a girl. I had a boy first so the color changes were a a wonderful change. Pink is so soft and girly.
    Love the Bingo cards!

  • 45.
    Lisa Westphal said…

    Happy Day! Go Obama! Hope you enjoyed the day’s events as much as I did. I will admit to being a little (o.k. a lot) teary-eyed throughout the inauguration and all of the following events. Our country has so much to look forward to. . .it’s all very exciting. : )
    Anyway, I especially LOVE the polka dot transparency. . .great find for polka dot lovers like myself. : )
    And, I’m glad you mentioned your family gratitude spinner class @ BPS. . .I signed up last weekend and am sooooo excited about getting started. I hope lots of others join in the fun. : )
    Best Wishes!

  • 46.
    Elise B. said…

    I hadn’t picked up on the due date, perhaps in my own world of just delivering our third baby…….. Our daughter was born Feb 15 and it made me happy that she wasn’t Feb 14, however… by her first birthday I was well in love with the pink and red and hearts and it lends itself so beautifully to little girls and birthdays and love, love, loving that new baby girl. Congrats and we will keep you in our prayers as your baby girl plans her arrival!

  • 47.
    Megan P said…

    Hi Ali!
    i think i read somewhere that you used to be a graphic designer? i cant remember where i saw this because i couldn’t find again, anyway i am 16 years old and i’ve been looking into different careers and being a graphic designer interested me, but i was wondering if you could give me some information on what you did, what skils you had before you started, for example, were you good at drawing? or is it more computer things?
    Any information would be awesome!
    Thank you so much for your time!

  • 48.
    Janna Davis said…

    LOVE, love it. We have 3 February birthdays at my house, so it is all about the hearts! LOVE JBS and of COURSE Heidi.

  • 49.
    sarah said…

    those bingo cards gave me an inspiration for my project 365 scrapbook layouts – I could do a “bingo card” shaped layout – a title across the top – one word that summarizes the week and then use the squares to fill up photo and journaling space.
    I read a quote that has inspired me all week “Service to others is the rent we pay for living” It was in the book “Souls of Steel” by Pat Williams in the chapter on showing unconditional love.
    I know there are lots of other things you could do besides encouraging us to live the best and most creatively that we can. Thanks for paying your rent.

  • 50.
    Crystal said…

    Valentine’s day is the day I was due with my oldest son–and he was born that day too! Enjoy your newfound love of pink and the upcoming birth of your baby girl! :)

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