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.


  • 51.
    Renee said…

    ‘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!!

  • 52.
    Anthea said…

    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

  • 53.
    brooke said…

    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!

  • 54.
    Marcie L said…

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

  • 55.
    Ana said…

    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!

  • 56.
    Andrea said…

    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!

  • 57.
    Mandi said…

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

  • 58.
    amanda said…

    so precious!

  • 59.
    Samara Link said…

    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!

  • 60.
    Amy said…

    Ali, these are beautiful pages! Love your work!

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