Bloom & Grow : World Autism Awareness Day


Today is World Autism Awareness Day.

As you may have read in the giveaway post yesterday, I teamed up with the designers at Songbird Ave to create a digital kit in honor of Autism Awareness month. All proceeds from the sale of this kit benefit Autism Speaks.

My son was diagnosed with autism right around the time he turned three. It has been quite a journey; many stories have been documented here along the way. We celebrate his successes both small & big, and diligently work through the challenges. We embrace him for the awesome, tender, hilarious, sweet kid that he is. 

You can read past posts about our journey here.

To learn more, including the signs of autism, go here. There is also  a pretty good FAQ here.

Below are two more examples using elements and templates from the Songbird Ave Bloom & Grow kit:


How about a layout where the entire background is a photo? I have done a few of these in the past with enlargements and am planning to do some more for Anna's book. I love working off one big image background - it poses a whole new set of design challenges.


Loving scalloped edges right now. Either digitally, or with the Threading Water punch, I have been wanting a scalloped edge on just about everything I have put together recently. 

For information on working with digital layered templates check out my Hybrid/Digital Scrapbooking series of posts.



I also wanted to take this opportunity to say Happy Birthday the Hero Arts blog. They do such a great job of showcasing stamping tips and providing inspiration for all levels of crafters. You may also be interested in their contests and videos. Happy Birthday!

60 thoughts

  1. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:09:17 -0400

    I was actually just thinking about this today Maggie. I agree, his voice is missing. Need to rectify that.

  2. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:12:52 -0400

    Hi Alicia - you can definitely change the color. In Photoshop make sure you have the layer selected and then go to Edit and click Fill. It will change the border/overlay to whatever color you have chosen in the color palette.

  3. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:13:58 -0400

    Hi - that came from the Hero site. I am sure they would be happy to tell you what it is over there :).

  4. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:15:15 -0400

    Read it and definitely enjoyed it.

  5. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:15:45 -0400

    Wish I could be there again!

  6. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 13:16:43 -0400

    Thanks for letting me know :).

  7. telisj

    2009-04-02 14:37:01 -0400

    Love your new digi-kit. I went to the site and am I reading it correctly? Only $8 for all of it? Can you only use the digi kit once? I'm new to digi-scrapping (bought just your product so far b/c I love it!)so the $8 for all those digi elements and templates seem like such a deal!
    Love your stuff! Can't wait to take your BPS class this fall!

  8. TracyM

    2009-04-02 15:23:49 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    Your kit is so beautiful!
    Just ordered a couple of ToysRUs giftcards for Easter and they are also accepting donations to Autism Speaks.

  9. Evelyn

    2009-04-02 16:18:58 -0400

    Love the songbird ave kit I just purchased. Thank you; it's lovely.

  10. Giorgi

    2009-04-02 16:23:55 -0400

    Hi Ali Could you please tell me what the blue paper is you have used and also where you got the scallops from (are they digita?)

  11. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 16:31:13 -0400

    Yep - $8 for everything and you can use it as many times as you want for personal scrapbooking.

  12. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-02 16:32:26 -0400

    Hi Giorgi - today's layouts are all digital and the elements all come with the special Bloom + Grow kit available at

  13. Giorgi

    2009-04-02 17:03:38 -0400

    Thanks Ali,
    I just purchased it. Hope you raise a lot for Autism.

  14. kris

    2009-04-02 19:38:46 -0400

    The layouts are really beautiful. Love the use of the scallops and especially the full sized pic of your baby girl. Adorable.

  15. hennyLee

    2009-04-02 22:56:28 -0400

    The Lord bless you, Simon.
    Thanks, Ali, for sharing about him with us all these years.

  16. kerry

    2009-04-03 02:32:34 -0400

    I have two sons on the autistic spectrum. One of them has classic autism and the other has aspergers.
    It is a struggle every day but we get through it. Love for your child can conquer anything.

  17. Rebecca

    2009-04-03 04:15:47 -0400

    We at RootsAndWingsCo have also been affected by Autism. You should see the things we made for Autism Day.

  18. Maureen

    2009-04-03 09:45:45 -0400

    That photo of Simon just melts my heart. I hope to have fun with the kit. So many goodies for the price. Thank you for doing it.

  19. Michelle

    2009-04-03 16:23:12 -0400

    Your pages are beautiful. I especially love the full photo page. I just purchased the kit. Thanks so much for all you do for Autism!

  20. Giulia

    2009-04-04 07:20:43 -0400

    Great LOS! I love you style so much! You're a very good scrapper. :D Bye from Italy.
    I read more time your book "Life artist".

  21. Sarah Williams

    2009-04-05 07:24:04 -0400

    Ali, I have two kiddos w/ autism and a 3rd being evaluated in May. I appreciate your continued work to support and in finding more information about this disorder. I have to tell you, I saw that someone else recommended the book "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" and I very much disliked that book. I found it discouraging and depressing, just my .02 cents. Anyway, I appreciate you efforts to help us in our quest with our autism super heroes. :) XOXOXOXOXO

  22. dawn

    2009-04-05 10:03:52 -0400

    what an amazing kit! thank you!

  23. Danielle in TN

    2009-04-27 05:11:59 -0400

    Hi Ally
    I have always wanted to start digi scrapbooking and think this is the perfect oportunity to do so! Two of my neices and one nephew have autism, as well as our friends' son. Thanks for supporting such a wonderful cause.

  24. April Dawn

    2009-04-27 09:45:08 -0400

    Oh, I so wish I could have been in on helping with this kit! My sons were just diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome...your kit means the WORLD to me and so many others like you and me!! THANK YOU to you and to Jessica for matching this! And thank you for your tender hearts!

  25. Greeting Card Printing

    2009-04-28 15:35:35 -0400

    Wonderful, inspiring photos and artwork. I have a brother who has autism and it really is an experience. Every day is a celebration.

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