Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 2, 2009

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!


  • 51.
    kerry said…

    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.

  • 52.
    Rebecca said…

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

  • 53.
    Maureen said…

    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.

  • 54.
    Michelle said…

    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!

  • 55.
    Giulia said…

    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”.

  • 56.
    Sarah Williams said…

    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

  • 57.
    dawn said…

    what an amazing kit! thank you!

  • 58.
    Danielle in TN said…

    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.

  • 59.
    April Dawn said…

    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!

  • 60.

    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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