Seeing Things


[ Supplies: AE Baby Girl Tags; AE Baby Pink Patterns & Solids; AE Baby No. 1 Word Art; Andrea Victoria Faux Bois Spring Paper Pack; Anna Aspnes CurvyCorner Stitched Blocks No. 1; Katie Pertiet Library Card Collection Basics; KP Curled Notebook Paper; KP Botanist Overlay No. 4; KP Clock Part Elements ]

I have been finding a nice rhythm between my digital and paper scrapbooking lately. Some days I feel like just working on the computer and other days I want to cut & paste (and then of course there are the days when I do both). I don't have any set rules for why one story would be told digitally
and another with paper. It's really more how I feel at the moment. These days this is often dictated by the new little person in my world.

Sketch Something I hope you see, whether I post a digital or a paper layout (or one that includes a bit of both), is that they are both open for translation (read more about the idea of translation from a post last November here). The digital layout above could easily be replicated with paper elements (see sketch to the left).

So much of creativity is about how you see things; and more often than not how you allow yourself to be open to seeing things in new ways. 

It's been my experience that many of us tend to pass by things in our surroundings with a nonchalant "this doesn't apply to me" thought as we rush on to the next thing on our list. We move too quickly to whatever is next: the next image, the next page, the next person, the next job, the next thought, without really looking or giving something the chance to inspire us.

Today I challenge you to take a closer look at something you initially pass by. Slow down. Do a double-take. Take a deep breath. Let yourself be inspired by something you would normally skip. This could be an image online or a conversation or a new person or something you read in the newspaper. 

There are so many gems hidden in our world if we just slow down enough to experience them.


Today is the last day of Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale: 30% off everything in the store. Here are a couple shopping suggestions from the layout above:


Baby Girl Tags: these would work great printed on cardstock and used on a paper layout. There's also a Baby Boy version. 


Katie Pertiet's Library Card Collection


Anna Aspnes CurvyCorner Stitched Blocks No.1


Katie Pertiet's Clock Parts


Curious about digital scrapbooking? Wondering where to begin? Check out the links here for more information.

31 thoughts

  1. lillian

    2009-04-27 02:01:10 -0400

    Hi Ali:
    I've been really working on my proportions. So often my pages look just a little off - and I think it is a proportion issue. If it's not too much trouble, could you tell me the size of each of the elements on your 12x12 page? Thank you!

  2. Heather Crawford

    2009-04-27 02:04:45 -0400

    Hi Ali..such a sweet, soft it..I play around with digital and tend to be more hybrid..I have bought SO many of your brushes..just can't resist them! Wondering how you round the corners of your pictures? Is there a quick and easy way to do it with a clipping mask or something?

  3. Jill

    2009-04-27 02:32:11 -0400

    It is so refreshing to read about another artist that doesn't have any rhyme or reason as to which pages/projects are fully paper, digital or hybrid. I just do it as I get the urge and it is all good recorded memories!
    Anna is so adorable!

  4. Laurel

    2009-04-27 02:36:41 -0400

    OMG what a gorgeous layout!

  5. Joy Buss

    2009-04-27 02:49:25 -0400

    I LOVE your challenge for the day. Been trying to slow down more lately and cherish the little things. I feel life is moving to quickly right now. My daughter has been wanting to look at scrapbooks at night before bed so we have been going through all of them. Wow..seems like that baby stage was just yesterday and now my oldest son is going to Highschool next year. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder!

  6. Dori

    2009-04-27 02:55:53 -0400

    Absolutely lovely.

  7. Sarah in Iowa

    2009-04-27 03:14:34 -0400

    I love it! (If only I could get out of this NESTING MODE and start srapbooking; although, I know that there are too many things to do before this baby arrives.... especially now that we're told he's measuring 1wk5days too big! That means, he could be here any time now! YIKES!)
    Best to walk away from the computer.... things to do!
    Thanks for sharing another INCREDIBLE page with us!

  8. Jill

    2009-04-27 03:21:58 -0400

    Great advice, as always! You get enough attention for your creativity, but I hope people are also aware of your "notice life" "appreciate today" philosophies. Even if I stopped scrapping tomorrow, I would still follow your blog. Thank you.

  9. jamie

    2009-04-27 03:34:13 -0400

    great post. incredible layout. i had to 'look' again to see it was digital. it looks so 'natural'.
    your words are right on. i have been on the couch sick for the past day. while down i found myself looking deep into my children's faces as they were in the room. listening to them talk. their facial expressions. trying to connect with what makes them 'them'. it resonates with your challenge to slow down and take things in more. yikes...these kids are growing so quickly, and they will never be this age again.

  10. Kristin Rutten

    2009-04-27 03:41:18 -0400

    Beautiful LO, Ali ... I have to admit, I love when you do digital. Love your paper stuff, too, but since I'm about 99% a digi-gal, love to see what you do on your computer. Which is why your post was great, too... I'm one of those that tends to breeze by the paper (not in the store, unfortunately, but in the "how-to's"). Enjoyed your chat, yesterday, too. I don't know how you squeeze it all in, but I'm sure glad you do!

  11. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-27 03:46:20 -0400

    I count nesting as a wonderful form of creativity! Enjoy it :).

  12. Jenny

    2009-04-27 03:57:41 -0400

    Ali, this is a gorgeous page! A quick question for you - what font did you use for the words "mama" and "sweet baby Anna"?
    Thank you!

  13. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-27 04:03:13 -0400

    Sure - the photo is 7.5 inches x 5 inches. The notebook paper is 8.25 x 10.5. The library card is 3 x 4.75. The other patterned area is 4.25 x 4.75.

  14. Aubrey Ervin

    2009-04-27 04:03:36 -0400

    You are so right!!
    I appreciate your constant inspiration!
    I actually was struck by one of your posts of your Anna's room a few months ago and was inspired to make an alphabet print of my own!
    I posted about it below if you want to see it.

  15. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-27 04:04:02 -0400

    Edwardian Script :)

  16. Andrea

    2009-04-27 04:42:14 -0400

    Beautiful layout, Ali. I didn't even realize it was digital until I read your post. Digital is becomeong more and more appealing as it looks more traditional, but I just feel like I am so computer-skill lacking sometimes and I always talk myself out of trying.

  17. Tammy

    2009-04-27 06:12:09 -0400

    I'm so glad that more "traditional" scrappers are joining in the freedom of digital and/or hybrid scrapping! I personally love my paper and adhesive, but being a hybrid scrapper has opened up my creativity and productivity SO much! Thanks for sharing your amazing skills with us everyday! :)

  18. Kathy F

    2009-04-27 07:26:12 -0400

    I made it a point to go to DD this morning after reading your blog! :) Such cute stuff over there and I did get the baby boy and girl tags... :)
    Oh, Dedra, tagged me and I am tagging you for blog tag! :) If you would like to are the details:

  19. anna

    2009-04-27 08:55:14 -0400

    that layout is sooo inspiring as well as your thoughts on how you've been scrapping lately. whatever you feel like is a great way to scrap! :)
    also, it was fun viewing your blog after a week (gasp) of not being able to!
    thanks for sharing with us ali!

  20. Sarah

    2009-04-27 11:44:55 -0400

    What a sweet page and I love how you've challenged all of us today. I love reading your blog and it's always inspiring to me.
    So not scrapbook related but I'm thinking about switching to cloth diapers with my little one. What brand did you go with and are you pleased with them so far? My friends are loving them right now and have them in fun bright colors.

  21. Ali Edwards

    2009-04-27 12:50:35 -0400

    Hi Sarah - I am planning to do post about this soon with some of my favorites :).

  22. Moody

    2009-04-27 18:34:56 -0400

    very beautiful

  23. Sarah

    2009-04-28 05:11:35 -0400

    Oh good I can't wait to see.

  24. Susan Slinkard

    2009-04-28 10:31:07 -0400

    Will you please share (again) the name of the company or website you use for printing digital layouts? Thanks in advance!
    p.s. I've been incredibly inspired by several of your most recent layouts, which I've totally scrap lifted. Hope you don't mind...

  25. Odetta Donners

    2009-04-29 18:35:51 -0400

    This is so sweet! I'm melting away, sigh!

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