Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

September 2, 2009

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.


  • 1.
    Kristin R said…

    Really love these layouts Ali and can’t wait for the kit to arrive!
    I also really enjoyed your October column in CK! I found some much inspiration from it.

  • 2.
    Heids in South Africa said…

    Girlo, for a mamma of two you are up waaaay too early if the time-stamp is correct!
    Thanks for reminding me about the KISS philosophy. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the fullness of SB & all that’s available.
    Also the goodness of girlfriends who share the passion … need to do that more often w/ my gals!
    And as always, sharing your lovely family, ideas, and life with us!

  • 3.

    love it all.

  • 4.
    Robyn said…

    Those are beautiful! I love the first one. That number paper is great.
    I often find it frustrating that creativity comes in waves with peaks and valleys. I don’t like the valleys, for sure, but I sometimes find the peaks stressful too because I just know a valley is coming! I have hit a good groove in the last few weeks and I am trying to just ride the wave while I can and not worry about the valley. But, it’s tough!
    Glad you enjoyed the process!

  • 5.
    Michelle said…

    Way to go Ali…..a little Momma time to be creative and have adult conversation.

  • 6.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    How wonderful! Love the philosophy – your right somedays it gets completely out of wack. Back to basics!!
    Love the pages and of course, the pictures are great.

  • 7.
    Elise Blaha said…

    love the colors in this kit ali. looks so fun.

  • 8.

    wow Ali! you’re just awesome.
    love everything you do.
    you have a beautiful family.
    p.s. Simon always has the best jammies on! love it.

  • 9.
    Trisha Harrison said…

    love the new pages ali !! beautiful !! simon and anna are so cute, awesome stuff all around !!

  • 10.
    ShellyJ said…

    fabulous layouts! … sounds like you had a lot of fun! I have joined a scrapbook kit club and absolutely love the process of just grabbing a kit and running with it. so simplified for me! love it!

  • 11.
    christen said…

    great layouts! i need that reminder right now as i am trying to get back in the groove after the busy-ness of summer and getting back into the routine of school and trying to find some time for the things i enjoy. thanks.

  • 12.
    Molly Irwin said…

    These layouts are so happy, Ali. Timeless really.
    The only kit I have purchased was from Cocoa Daisy, with you as the designer. I can’t always afford a lot of product, but have happily turned to those elements over time in small portions. They always seem fresh and I feel a luxurious using them. If someone else is like me on a tight budget, just getting an add-on can be a great way to ignite a spark to your projects.

  • 13.
    sharna said…

    I absolutely love your lo’s in the new CK issue!!! These too make me want to immediately drop everything and go scrap! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 14.
    Mari Correia said…

    Fantastic! I’ll try to use your tips to see if I can scrapbook again! Specially “simplify”!!! Love the idea of using everything from a kit! Maybe this is the most important idea of buying kits – making the proccess simpler, isn’t it? XOXOX from Brazil!

  • 15.
    JustMeAgain said…

    Fabulous pages Ali. I’m with Molly, some times just an add-on can completely spark your creativity! I don’t get a lot of product these days either, but a little thing here, or a little thing there, can sometimes be enough to make me want to play! Even the left over candy wrappers can sometimes be a fun add-on to a project. And, of course, seeing inspiring work out there (such as what is always shared in your blog or Molly’s) always helps! :D

  • 16.
    Carlotta said…

    So beautiful. The photo of the cousins is awesome. Love the green letter border on top and the yellow column paper on the bottom. Had to laugh at the way Simon was grabbing Anna’s head. We’re in a constant battle here with my two boys (5 yrs and 22 months). Clark grabs Deacon head or neck as a sign of affection, excitement, interaction, direction, you name it. I think it’s the age and the heights of both. Be gentle, softly… are words heard a lot around here. :)

  • 17.
    Christene said…

    Ali, I love these layouts – so much love in your home and can’t wait to receive my Cocoa Daisy kit. Thank you for all of your hard work.
    On another note, I just heard that Kokuyo will no longer make adhesives! (trying not to panic ;-) I know that you use them, too. Any thoughts on alternatives? A friend is trying to convert our scrap group to ATG; seems like we’ve tried all of the others out there.

  • 18.

    Great LOs!!!!!

  • 19.
    Kelly in Canada said…

    Hi Ali,
    I like what Molly said about your layouts looking timeless. I was thinking the very same thing as I browsed through your first book last evening…the layouts, to my eye, don’t look dated and they aren’t all about the product. And, I love the fact that your handwriting (which is one of the true treasures I think) is a part of every one of the layouts.
    Thanks for sharing.
    ps…is that the 2.5 inch square punch?

  • 20.
    Rebekah said…

    These layouts are brilliant.

  • 21.
    Molly Peckham said…

    loving all of the layouts, ali! they are just wonderful! :)

  • 22.
    Lisa Jackson said…

    Wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you today. You mean so much to so many people, sweet love.

  • 23.
    Elisa said…

    Absolutely love all three of these layouts, Ali. I’m starting to think it’s time to pull out the traditional supplies again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 24.
    Elise Wisner said…

    WOW! What great ideas! I can’t wait for my kit to arrive! This is the first time I have ordered from them and I am so ready to play! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • 25.
    tara pakosta said…

    I just had my friend becky (novacek) in town and we scrapped together 3 different times and it was so enjoyable, no ideas planned, no dt work, no deadlines, just for us and it was so much fuN! I love scrapbooking and thankfully have never lost my JOY for it! I am however getting sick of having all these pages sitting around and not in books! I need to get some more AC albums, but have to buy a few at a time! i need about 20 more!!! seriouslY!
    I love your first layout!!! awesome pix! your little girl is so adorable!!!

  • 26.
    Erin said…

    I wish my scrapbook fever would come out of dormancy. I’m ready to give up the whole hobby.

  • 27.
    AmberCA said…

    I feel the same way about scrapbooking right now, I don’t know if it’s the changing of the seasons or that my life is back on a schedule…but all I want to do is create!
    Love your layouts! I can’t wait to get my September Kit.
    Amber Osburn

  • 28.
    Jeni said…

    Love the layouts Ali and the inspiration. Thanks

  • 29.
    Nicky Hurt said…

    Those are beautiful. You’re always so inspiring. I wanted to say that you remind me of the days when I went to crops. I had my crop bag with all the basics, and all I had to do was grab photos and I was good. I’d always make it work. Now it would require a laptop and nearby outlet, so I haven’t been to a crop in ages. :(
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 30.
    Joy Buss said…

    We all need to do this more. Good for you! My challenge to myself this Fall is to make 1 layout a week…this will give me permission to play!

  • 31.
    Michelle said…

    …and these are my very favorite types of posts. I am missing these types of gatherings as well. I’ve been so much digital lately on my own, but I miss the inspiration and enjoyment that comes from others and the tactile fun of paper. Thanks for sharing these. I love your “2″ LO. I have a boy and a girl and I love how you’ve combined their interactions onto that page. Inspiring indeed. =)

  • 32.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…

    Great post.
    So inspiring.
    As ususal.
    Thanks, Ali

  • 33.
    Jingle said…

    Ali, these are great pages and I am so happy that you found that joy, again! I know sometimes it’s easy to get into scrapbooking just because it’s what we do and then we forget why we actually do it! That joy is what drives me, so I know how great it is to find it again!

  • 34.
    Kirsten H said…

    You nailed it about what scrapbooking is supposed to be about. It’s not having “all” the stuff, or tons of it. It’s about taking small elements, adding it to a page with your photos and journalling your memories. Beautiful pages as always, thanks for the continued inspiration.

  • 35.
    Katya said…

    I really liked it … Beautiful!

  • 36.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    I’m thankful that you scrapbook. Each time I see your layouts I learn something about design. I’m also reminded to keep it simple and that the story needs to be told whether ordinary or special. I love your style for my scrapbooks, and now keep my wild and messy side to the art journals and canvas.

  • 37.
    Charmaine said…

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

  • 38.
    anna said…

    very cool. thanks for always inspiring us!!!

  • 39.
    Kate said…

    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.

  • 40.
    Ronda Palazzari said…

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

  • 41.
    Melissa Mann said…

    love these layouts so much!

  • 42.
    salogris said…

    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

  • 43.
    Nikki M said…

    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!

  • 44.
    Jenni H said…

    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!

  • 45.
    Rebekah said…

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

  • 46.
    Nicky from Canada said…

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

  • 47.
    Linn said…

    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.

  • 48.
    Karen said…

    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.

  • 49.
    breeoxd said…

    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)

  • 50.
    Amy Bailey said…

    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.

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