Reconnecting with the joy of scrapbooking.

All products from the September Cocoa Daisy Kit. Click to view larger.

This past weekend I attended a local crop where I actually got to just sit there and scrapbook (and then raise a little money in the evening for one of my favorite local charities called The Heart Gallery of Lane County that is dedicated to making words + photos work for some very special kids).

Sitting there, cutting + pasting + documenting, I reconnected with some joy that has been dormant for awhile. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.

AE_e2 copy All products from the September Cocoa Daisy Kit. Click to view larger.

I love that I just took the contents of a kit with me and my basic supplies (trimmer, square punch, adhesive, scissors, tiny metal brads, etc). Simplify the process.

The night before I printed out the photos you see used in these layouts. I didn't have the layout design planned in advance but had some initial thoughts in my head for general photo sizes so I just went with it and knew I could make it work when I was actually putting it together. Go with the flow & embrace imperfection.

All products from the September Cocoa Daisy Kit + add-on kits. Click to view larger.

even enjoyed creating with other people around. I get so used to
being by myself while I work here that having the interaction with other
women at my table and surrounding tables was a welcome change. It was fun to see what they
were working on and share tools, ideas, laughter, photos and stories. Play.

Feeling very thankful for scrapbooking today.

61 thoughts

  1. Charmaine

    2009-09-02 05:28:46 -0400

    You're so adept at making something simple pop! Love the colors of the kit!

  2. anna

    2009-09-02 05:40:13 -0400

    very cool. thanks for always inspiring us!!!

  3. Kate

    2009-09-02 05:40:42 -0400

    So fun to hear that you went out to a crop with others and enjoyed yourself. I do both scrapping by myself and with others. I have to say, for me, it is much more interesting to do my projects around other people also scrapping. Thanks for sharing your layouts.

  4. Ronda Palazzari

    2009-09-02 05:56:18 -0400

    such a beautiful post
    such beautiful layouts
    such a beautiful kit...loved playing with it!

  5. Melissa Mann

    2009-09-02 05:59:43 -0400

    love these layouts so much!

  6. salogris

    2009-09-02 06:08:45 -0400

    good words to remember. thanks! I'm new to the kit club thing myself and i'm LOVING it!! LOL. just grab my box, my tool caddy and i'm on the go. In the back of my mind there's a little voice saying "what if you need something from your supply stash" but I beat it down and shove it back in the closet with my supplies! LOL

  7. Nikki M

    2009-09-02 06:19:28 -0400

    Really lovely stuff! What a great challenge to just take the photos and basic supplies + photos. Might have to try that some time. Constant inspiration girl, in art and in life. Thanks!

  8. Jenni H

    2009-09-02 06:26:52 -0400

    These ROCK! the pictures capture amazing interaction between simon and anna- what a treasure. The design and colors are so delightful. Thank you so much for sharing- you always give me such inspiration!

  9. Rebekah

    2009-09-02 06:55:06 -0400

    Glad you had some time to play. Your layouts--so pretty--how do you do it?!! :)

  10. Nicky from Canada

    2009-09-02 09:02:24 -0400

    I also wanted to add that I love they way you added the kids initials to your third layout. That is pretty cool.

  11. Linn

    2009-09-02 09:22:36 -0400

    I like the idea of only bringing one kit and your pictures...I have come to avoid crops just because of the packing. Then I took some scrap supplies on vacation and realized that the process was easier and more fun when I only had the few supplies I could pack. Maybe I should brave a crop again soon to rediscover the joy myself.

  12. Karen

    2009-09-02 09:54:31 -0400

    Ali, thank you for always being an inspiration to us. You are one of the reasons I have become more productive in the last 6 months. I have created more in those 6 mos. than in the last 6 years. I thought long and hard one day about what was impeding me from scrapbooking as the result of one of your posts. I have since embraced imperfection and learned to simplify. I did not realize how much I MISSED being creative until I was doing it again. I am a far more happier and calmer person now. Thank you.

  13. breeoxd

    2009-09-02 12:31:39 -0400

    Hey Ali,
    do you post in any online galleries? I have your books for an inspirational pick me up but I would love to scraplift some of your pages :O)

  14. Amy Bailey

    2009-09-02 15:00:41 -0400

    Love your pages, Ali! I just wanted to tell you that I too have begun to simplify my scrap supplies by planning ahead. I have a lot of stuff. A lot is even an understatement. I had become so overwhelmed with my cool supplies that I couldn't even comprehend scrapping a page. Just thinking about it made my head ache. I now grab a small stack of photos and sort them out into 5 groups. I don't even worry about when or where they were taken. I then go through my perfectly organized (NOT!) supplies, and choose papers that match, stickers, titles, embellishments, etc.. that would go with the paper and theme, and then put them all in 5 different plastic enclosed file folders (mine are from Creative Memories). Then I put them in a wire file basket, so whenever I feel like scrapbooking, I just take out a file, and work only with the stuff in the folder. I have a small basket that I keep staples like my Kokuyo adhesive, corner punch, square punch, scissors, and Sakura pens in. I'm now always ready for a crop, or a night of scrapping at home.

  15. Renee

    2009-09-02 15:03:04 -0400

    'So glad that you were able to have so much fun. Your layouts are great. Oh, I, too, really enjoyed all that you shared in the October issue of CK. Thank, Ali!!

  16. Anthea

    2009-09-02 23:27:38 -0400

    Love your layouts Ali. I love what I call "Organic" scrapbooking. I love getting my fingers gluey and paintey and I love going to crops for a cause and munching on brainfood (lollies) and chitchatting.voe

  17. brooke

    2009-09-03 01:10:50 -0400

    Just wanted to let you know your recent pages have been so beautiful! I have always really loved your work, but this post, and the recent layouts in your regular CK column, and the sewing article were especially colorful and beautiful! Maybe its that sweet baby girl! Your use of color lately just seems so fresh and vibrant. Like I said, I have always enjoyed your style, but I think you have grown some creatively just recently--really inspiring to see your talent evolve!

  18. Marcie L

    2009-09-03 03:37:19 -0400

    What gorgeous pages, just love the boys and girls photo...

  19. Ana

    2009-09-03 04:29:04 -0400

    I LOVE your pages too. Those are all going to my "lift" folder, for sure! Thank you for sharing and great work on the kit!

  20. Andrea

    2009-09-03 15:56:36 -0400

    I love that last layout. I have a [icture si ilar to that one from when I was a baby (me and my other 2 cousins were born the same year after our older siblings were all born the same year). Definately made me think about scrapping those relationships.
    Go with the flow & embrace imperfection.
    Def. good advice and something I've been trying to keep in mind. Awesome and inspiring pages!

  21. Mandi

    2009-09-05 13:49:25 -0400

    These are by far my favorite layouts you've done in quite a long time! Love them!

  22. amanda

    2009-09-09 07:33:37 -0400

    so precious!

  23. Samara Link

    2009-09-12 07:21:41 -0400

    Three awesome layouts, Ali! I love them! The first one is darling and sweet. As is the photo of Simon and Anna sitting on the floor of what looks like one of their bedrooms together. I love the colors and everything actually about the third one, too! So cute!! You are one talented woman. Good stuff!

  24. Amy

    2009-09-12 13:31:14 -0400

    Ali, these are beautiful pages! Love your work!

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