Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 24, 2009

I Scrapbook

To celebrate relationships.


And everyday moments.

And days gone by.


To remember minutes that pass by in an instant.


And what it was like when it was just three of us.


To capture stuff like this.


And this.


And this.


And this.


And this.


To tell my story.


And his.


And his. 


And hers.


And ours.


To pay closer attention to everyday life.


To create and play and experiment.


To embrace life.

[ The above was adapted from my Keynote presentation at CKU's in 2008 ]


And just a couple quick updates:

(1) I will doing a chat at Cocoa Daisy on Sunday at 3pm as part of their weekend crop.

(2) I signed up for Twitter in June 2008 and am finally in a posting groove. I added the recent update widget over on the left or you can follow me here.

(3) Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale began last night and runs through 6am Eastern Tuesday. 30% off everything in the store plus 16 hours of chats and freebies on Saturday.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  • 1.
    Hannah said…

    I just love your Keynote presentation!
    What a beautiful post!
    Have a great weekend!

  • 2.
    Heidi Gore said…

    The first picture of Anna and Simon looks like pure love and bliss. Adorable.

  • 3.
    Holly T. said…

    Love this. :0)
    Made my morning.

  • 4.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    What a wonderful post – good reminder for all of us.

  • 5.
    Sarah in Iowa said…

    I previewed it off of your Twitter posting earlier and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
    What INCREDIBLE documentation! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!
    Let me just say that I REALLY admire your work and find you to be a complete inspiration!

  • 6.
    Jenna said…

    A great inspiration! I loved your sequece of comments for the pictures, no wonder you are a journaling girl!

  • 7.
    SchoolMommy said…


  • 8.
    Stephanie said…

    That picture of Simon and Anna is just beautiful!!

  • 9.
    Amy Kroeger said…

    I loved your keynote presentation when I saw it at CKU. This one is even better with little peeks at Baby Anna. :) I think I might have to do some scrapping today!

  • 10.
    Jennifer said…

    Awesome post – love the pics – have a great weekend!

  • 11.
    Expat said…

    Inspiring post. Lovely new photos, too.

  • 12.
    Molly Irwin said…

    great way to start my day. totally uplifting and beautiful.

  • 13.
    Rachel Mason said…

    that was absolutely beautiful…and inspiring. thank you ali.

  • 14.
    Rhonda Hestir said…

    Your list in today’s post is an inspiration, a motivator, a reminder of WHY I scrapbook. It’s not about WHAT it looks like, WHAT products you use, but about people, love, connections and life.
    One of my favorite little poems hearkens back to the “soul” of scrapbooking:
    If of thy mortal goods thou are bereft
    And from thy slender store two loaves alone are left,
    Sell one, and with the dole
    By hyacinths to feed the soul.

    Scrapbooking feeds my soul. And that of others, I hope.
    Okay, so I use this to justify spending grocery money on scrap supplies! LOL!
    I also buy the hyacinths.
    LOVE the pics of Simon and Anna. LOVE. Have a great family weekend!

  • 15.
    kelly said…

    Oh Ali, thank you so much for re-affirming what this wonderful hobby really stands for. You brought me to tears!

  • 16.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Thanks Ali! I had tears in my eyes when you presented this at CKU Chicago. And tears again while reading this post. You are so awesome & amazing! Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  • 17.
    LindiGohn said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali!! I am TOTALLY inspired and feeling extra creative now!!

  • 18.
    Dana said…

    Simon looks so much like Chris in that first picture. Loved this, thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • 19.
    Candace R. said…

    Well Said: thanks for the reminder.

  • 20.
    Jen said…

    Simply inspiring!

  • 21.
    Debbie said…

    This made me cry. So wonderful, so real and so moving.
    Thank you for sharing

  • 22.
    Rachel Smith said…

    This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing!

  • 23.
    Jakki said…

    oh my gosh lady…this is exactly why i scrapbook! beautiful.

  • 24.
    Melissa said…

    Ali -
    This is so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. Those are all of the reasons that I want to scrapbook as well. I need to start making the time. I have a beautiful and amazing daughter and a baby on the way. Those memories and mine before are so important to share.
    Thank you for such a beautiful blog. I have been following it since just before Anna’s birth when Aby Garvy’s blog pointed me here for your “One Word” post.
    May you have many more happy and beautiful memories and moments to scrapbook.
    Thanks for sharing …

  • 25.
    gail lindekugel said…

    LOVE this!!

  • 26.
    emily said…

    Yes. We need to remember exactly WHY we do this thing we love. To capture moments of time with those we love. Thx, Ali!

  • 27.
    Karen C said…

    What a beautiful display of what scrapbooking is all about. Wish I could have seen your presentation. You are such an inspiration. Thank you.
    Karen C

  • 28.
    Noell Hyman said…

    I love seeing all these layouts and photos. There are a couple I haven’t seen before and I always love a review of the ones I have. =)

  • 29.
    alexandra said…

    So I’m not the only one with tears in her eyes – so, so lovely Ali.
    How fabulous to document all aspects of your life. You truly are a ‘life artist’ – love that you coined that term – so fitting.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, your creativity and your love of life with all of us.
    P.S. I love that your lay-outs look timeless – even the ones from when Simon was so little have great classic qualities that will never go out of style.

  • 30.
    JustMeAgain said…

    Awesome start for the day! Thanks Ali and happy Friday!

  • 31.
    Bree said…

    What a great and beautiful way to sum it all up.
    The “lead me” layout of Chris and Simon on the beach is one of my all time favorites of yours — I remember saving it years ago and hoping someday I could make layouts as moving as yours are. :-)

  • 32.
    Carrie H. said…

    What a great post to find on the fabulous friday morning. Great way to start my weekend. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!!! Simply Beautiful as always!!!

  • 33.
    Amanda said…

    Your awesome Ali! Love everything you put your “stamp” on… beautiful. Blessings, Amanda

  • 34.
    Tiffany said…

    Thank you for reminding me of the reason I scrapbook.

  • 35.
    Jennifer said…

    Wow! this is why I come to your blog…for the inspiration and daily reminder to not only be thankful for my life, but to capture, relish and document it.
    Thank you for this!

  • 36.
    Lori said…

    Absolutely LOVE this post! A great start to my Friday. Thank you! :)

  • 37.
    Amanda D said…

    Beautiful post, Ali. All wonderful reasons to scrapbook.

  • 38.
    Jamie said…

    Incredible post Ali. I love it.

  • 39.
    erin said…

    oh, ali, what a way to wake up and greet the day!
    thank you for this beautiful share:)
    happy friday!

  • 40.
    annie samuels said…

    your layouts take my breath away…you are amazing.

  • 41.
    Joanna said…

    Thanks for putting into words, what I’ve never been able to…..I needed this moment of clarity.

  • 42.
    tara pakosta said…

    LOve this post Ali!!!
    I am going away to a weekend crop today and I cannot wait to scrapbook! I barely ever do it anymore, but my love for it is still there! I have 400 new photos (from october -present) and can’t wait to get scrapbooking!!!

  • 43.
    Jaime Benavides said…

    That picture of Simon and Anna is simply SWEET. How precious! Your layouts are fabulous as well, to say the least;)

  • 44.
    Stacy M said…

    I’m absolutely speechless…beautiful post…so powerful…as a reminder of why we do what we do…

  • 45.
    Cathie said…

    What a beautiful way to describe what it means to scrapbook. I can’t imagine it’s ever been said any better. I’ll remember your words the next time some one asks me why I scrapbook. Thank you for sharing.

  • 46.
    Lindsay Bateman said…

    omg…this was the most beautiful way to start the day for me! you are amazing, so gifted and are oozing talent beyond words. I feel so honored to have seen this, thank you SO MUCH for sharing it with us and for reminding me about so many things!

  • 47.
    bonnierose said…

    your post is beautiful.
    simple words.. visual impact.
    Ali, u continue to inspire me every day, by just being you and living your life.
    Love u dearly. xo bonnierose in fargo

  • 48.
    joann said…

    Absolutely beautiful thank you for the inspiration. That first picture of Anna is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing good news.

  • 49.
    Heather S. in VT said…

    Wow Ali! Just beautiful! You inspire me so much! Thank you for sharing your work and your family with me! It’s just amazing! Thank you!

  • 50.
    Em said…

    What a wonderful post with such BEAUTIFUL photos and layouts. Love you and your family (from all the way over here). Thanks for the snapshots and insights into your life. Very inspiring.

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