Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 12, 2009

Eight Months & New Layered Template

Click for a larger view. Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Naturally KraftyNotebook Paper Pack, Beige Paper Alpha Caps; Michelle Martin Colbie Solids, Ethan Solids; Anna Aspnes: Stitched By Anna White No 1; Ali Edwards Remember Good Times Template; Circle Month Overlays; Patti Knox DIY Acrylic Alphabet.

Here's the journaling

Eight months. Eight months of life. Everyone always talks about how fast it all goes by, this thing called life, and boy does that manifest itself right in front of your eyes with an infant. I have said it before and I know I will say it again, Anna, we are so glad you are a part of our family. Not a day goes by that one of the three of us doesn’t remark on how cute you are or how cool it is that you are with us. It’s hard to explain just exactly what the impact you have made on each one of us really is and maybe it just can’t be defined. You are here and you are joy. Living and breathing and crying and laughing and watching and eating and swimming joy. 

At the eight month mark you are still sitting absolutely straight and tall with an inkling for moving forward out of that position. You are most enamored with your brother. He can make you laugh consistently and your eyes are always watching to see just what he is going to do next. You are still a tiny little thing at just 5% for weight, weighing in at 14 pounds, 10 ounces last week. You are definitely wanting to be a part of everything happening around here my little wide-eyed sprite.


AE_RememberGoodTimes_LAYEREDTEMPLATE_PREV  AE_CircleMonthsOverlays_PREV 

Remember Good Times Template and Circle Month Overlays


  • 1.
    Teresa Victor said…

    Gorgeous layout, Ali. :) We’re going through so many of the same emotions here with our just turned 7 month old little Ella. Life sure is AMAZING. Anna is beautiful! Have a great week!

  • 2.
    Jennifer said…

    Not only does the time go so fast but she will advance so quickly having Simon as a role model. I am constantly blown away by some of the things that my 19 mo. old daughter does b/c she has a big brother (whom she idolizes). Enjoy, as I know you do! :)

  • 3.
    lisa said…

    My guy is 18, a Senior, preparing for college, moving out, going forward. Oh, how fast it goes. I could have sworn he was 8 months old just yesterday. So glad you inspired me to capture everyday moments with him, Ali. We both sat down and looked at some of his scrapbooks last week…and I was struck by how different our memories were of some of the moments, and by how grateful we were to relive the moments together, as adults.
    Also, really enjoying Yesterday & Today!

  • 4.
    Maureen said…

    (wrong box at first…)
    I love seeing the progression with your little love. Amazing how infectious that joy is. Enjoy!

  • 5.
    Leora Henkin said…

    How beautiful. And, I can’t beleive that she is 8 months old already. How did that happen!
    Thanks for sharing, Leora

  • 6.
    Katie said…

    So precious. She is adorable!

  • 7.
    Cynthia said…

    The journaling. Oh she will treasure this so much:) life goes by so quick and to take the time to document. You rule.
    Ali,I see you have been doing so much more digital. What do you prefer more? traditional or digital? Cynthia

  • 8.
    Kathleen D said…

    I don’t know how you do it all! Blogging and running your Y&T class at the same time, and not to mention taking care of your lovely family. Just wanted to post here how much I love your Y&T class! The amount of input you give is amazing and makes the class so “totally worth it”. It feels like we have one on one contact with you. I took a few of your workshops years ago when you went to Va. I flew in from FL to meet a girlfriend and that weekend it “snowed”. Being from FL. I was ecstatic to get to scrap “snow pictures.” Doing the Y&T class has brought back these fond memories and many more. Just lovin’ it! Thanks!
    (aka Katemac)

  • 9.
    Kathy W said…

    Wow, wow, wow. I can’t tell you how much I wish that I had this kind of album for my “baby” (now 21). Not just the pictures (I actually have those) but the wonderful, detailed journaling. Maybe it’s not to late if I take those photos and dig deep for memories….I also look at this and think what a treasure this would be if those photos and thoughts were about me, looking at myself as a baby with my mom’s thoughts at a time I couldn’t remember. This is such a gift for Anna; thanks for sharing.

  • 10.
    Gen said…

    Hi Ali,
    Do I have to have photoshop in order to use the layered templates and overlays? I really would like to use them but I am not sure how they work.

  • 11.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Sweet sweet girl! Love the different angles on that circle BrushSet

  • 12.
    Vanessa Rae said…

    Ali, thank you so much for sharing your life with us. You are such a great mom, artist and writer. And doesn’t time just seem to fly while witnessing the lives of those you love?!

  • 13.
    Melanie K. said…

    Oh my gosh! She IS tiny! She is so adorable though … I was studying your layouts (that is what I do with your layouts) in CK this month … you are truly a wonderful artist. Simple (but deceptively so!) … you always are able to infuse your layouts with such MEANING. Not just embellishments. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  • 14.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Gen – you do need to have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to use the layered templates. Many of the other elements (like the circle overlays used here) can be opened in Word and printed. Here’s a link to some more information on both: /hybriddigital-scrapbookin.html

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Cynthia – I like both of them equally well. At different times I feel like using one or the other (or a hybrid combination) for the different stories I am telling. I don’t feel like it needs to be one or the other. It might seem like I have been doing more digital based on what you have seen here on my blog recently, but most of my layouts for Creating Keepsakes are all paper as well as the pages I did for my Yesterday & Today class. I still do more paper overall ;) .

  • 16.
    angie said…

    I feel so much of what you wrote. We have two boys, 6 and 4 and our girie is 7 mos; born two weeks after your Anna on the 26th of Feb. Life is so perfect for us with three but even more so having the experience of a daughter. WOW, life is so sweet. And oh my your Anna girl is lovely and so petite and tiny!! Our Lauren is a bit more chunky! She is the other side of the curve at 95%!! Thanks for sharing the page of her, it is great!

  • 17.
    Melanie J said…

    That is a wonderful LO, Ali. I love the progressive photos and the sweet journaling that you included–not just where she is at developmentally, but where you are all at emotionally. She is a little one! My 11-month-old is topping the scales at 27 lbs. right now. Fun how they are all different :)
    Congrats to the winners!

  • 18.
    Angela W said…

    Beautiful! Your creations are always so gorgeous!

  • 19.
    liz said…

    Oh Ali, you really are so good at what you do. I LOVE Anna. She deserves every layout you dedicate to her, as does Mr. Simon.

  • 20.
    Annette said…

    love the layout Ali. I too have a tiny one he is now 9 and finally weighs in at 52lbs…. Had to do a lyout when he hit 50…. The best part about that is that they stay little longer (LOL) he is in the 10% since birth on heigh and weight… Someday he will be tall and slender and I will wonder where did the time go…
    Enjoy them both. Thanks for all of the inspiration and for the Y&T Class just amazing, looking forward to Thursday.

  • 21.
    Hajira said…

    Love the layouts! and want to use the templates. Do you have any tips for converting 12×12 templates to 8.5×11? Thanks!

  • 22.
    Anita G. said…

    Oh she is just adorable…I can see Simon in her face! I soo enjoy following your blog and looking at your work…just love it! Enjoy this first year…as you already know…it will go by soo fast.

  • 23.
    alexa said…

    Beautifully designed and crafted layout :) I love your work … Just purchased the overlays! How did you do the writing round the circles?

  • 24.
    lynne moore said…

    just love the nickname “sprite.” I tried to get my daughter to “pick” that name this year. She is stuck on trixiie tho. (Spelling intentional).

  • 25.

    Hi Ali! I love this layout!! And I see you in Annas little face on month 7! Gorgeous! and so precious!! :)

  • 26.
    laura said…

    excuse me for my bad english!your baby is beatyful and sweet.un bacio dall’Italia Laura

  • 27.
    Deirdre said…

    Thanks so much for sharing these. I love the circle overlays.
    My son is 18 months and I know it will be a long time before I really scrapbook his baby photos, but I’d like to make a layout of the monthly photos we took (in the same spot, with the same toy)to frame for all of us to enjoy while he is still a toddler.
    So I have 12 photos I’d like to get on one page. I’ve been looking around Designer Digitals for a template or something that will make placement easier. I’ve seen so many of these kinds of photos/layouts that I think there must be something digital out there to make it easier.
    Anything come to mind that you could recommend?? Thanks.

  • 28.
    Sarah George said…

    Ali you’ve sucked me in again with your awesome templates & brushes!! (ha,ha)
    I’m off to buy these two tonight because I love them and can’t wait to use them for my girls.
    Thanks for sharing and it is totally crazy how time flies by sooo fast, especially with your second. Mine is 17 months right now and wow….
    enjoy every minute.

  • 29.
    Susan said…

    What beautiful work! So timely, too!!! My girlfriend is doing a month by month book for her grandaughter. I told her I would help with the designer digitals and promptly downloaded them—-but I can’t find the circular month notations on either kit. Have I really lost it??? If they are in another kit would you please let us know as they really set it off!! Thanks again for all your beautiful ideas.

  • 30.
    Chelsey said…

    Oh, how sweet… I can’t wait till January (my due date) I have so many scrapbooking ideas. I’m so excited. I definitely will remember this idea!

  • 31.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thank you Melanie.

  • 32.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Alexa – I created those in Illustrator. Looks like their is some interest in those. I will make up a package and add it to the Designer Digitals store this weekend. They were an after-thought when creating the page.

  • 33.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Susan – you have not lost it. Those actual month/year circles were an afterthought that I added last night. I will make up some and add them to the Designer Digitals store this weekend. 2009/2010/and then just the months.

  • 34.
    alexa said…

    Thank-you, Ali, for your reply about the writing round the outside of the photos, and for your thoughtfulness in providing us with another lovely feature! I am looking forward to persuing Designer Digitals at the weekend. Keep those after-thoughts coming!

  • 35.
    Melissa said…

    I’ve really been enjoying checking out your digital LO templates since you’ve started working with DD. I am not a digi-scrapper, but someday I’d like to be and your templates are really pushing me toward that! ;->
    On another note: The coupon that is in your ad for House of 3 (R-hand column) expired 8/21. CERTAINLY NOT a big deal but I didn’t know if it’d caught your eye.
    Thanks for the faithful blog posts and, yes, even the ads. I do enjoy supporting those who sponsor your blog.

  • 36.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thanks for noticing that Melissa – I will send them a note :)

  • 37.
    Andrea Ford said…

    Hi Ali, as usual when I stop by your blog I get soooo much inspiration. Now where is the blog that gives away time??? I did find time last week-it was our school hols here, equivalent to your Spring break I guess, and I booked the boys (12,11 and 4yrs) into a scrapbook class that got cancelled so had to run one myself at home. We used the idea of your pink journal you made, ours had odd sized papers in them, with tissue and modpodge covers-goregeous! and the boys loved that I did that with them. Since then I have used your ’10 things’ page idea as I had such am amazing month in Sept that I had to capture it. Am about to start a journal based on your ‘Week in my life’ concept but won’t have time to take photos and scrapbook it so will be just writing in the new journal to capture it all. I’d love to show you how my journal and page came out so might put it on flickr on the weekend!

  • 38.
    Sue said…

    Love the layouts. I truly cannot believe that 8 months has rushed by already! Time does fly!

  • 39.
    Emilyt said…

    That little Anna is precious and this was a wonderful page! btw, my Megan was not even on the charts for weight and she is healthy and happy. She’s just petite! She didn’t get to 20 lbs until 19 months. ;)
    Thank you for sharing again and again. Your blog is a simple joy for me.

  • 40.
    Samara Link said…

    Oh, Ali. What a beautiful page!! Nicely done. You are so talented!

  • 41.
    Tara Donley said…

    I love, love, love the new digital designs. I can’t wait to use them for my baby due in January :) Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

  • 42.
    scrapbusy said…

    Precious baby precious life. Love your photos and your template.

  • 43.
    shelby said…

    the weight thing must be something with little ones named Anna! My little Anna (who is now almost 3) is in the 1%ile and I think she is only there because it doesnt go to 0% and her doctor said she is fine because she is continuously growing just just isnt a huge kid :)

  • 44.
    Maria said…

    What a beautiful page!

  • 45.
    Tiffany Harper said…

    Man Anna sure is cute! And she is tiny! My Sean is 3 months old (almost 4) and he was 12 lbs at his 2 month appointment. I have no idea why I have such large children. My daughter was the same way. Ha! Sweet layout. Thanks for sharing!

  • 46.
    paula said…

    wow – I feel like my boy, at 10 weeks is a giant – he’s hit 14lbs already and he’s the smallest of my lot! And only at the 75% percentile according to Plunket.
    As always, such inspirational layouts. thanks again!

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