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Siblings Layout

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Click the image to view larger. Two-page, 8.5x11 digital layout.

We spent this past weekend on the coast with my parents ringing in the new year. 

One of the things I love about digital scrapbooking is that stories can get told from anywhere you have access to a computer. Some of you may remember this photo from Thanksgiving 2007. The evenings this time visit looked pretty much much the same (everyone sitting around the living room with their laptop). The only difference is that Chris now has a Mac too. 

It's been a long time since I scrapbooked layouts just for the sake of scrapbooking (vs. writing a column, fulfilling an assignment, or most recently creating pages for my online class). I loved sitting there on my parent's couch in the evening, computer in my lap, chit-chatting about what each of us was working on and looking at online. 

This digital layout came together fairly quickly. It's a simple celebration to kick off the new year. I was inspired by Laura Kurz' use of full page photos (and before her I have always loved how Karen Russell has used enlargements). I love the idea of seeing more of these sorts of full page photos in my albums. 

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Here's a look at the printed version of this digital layout. I recently got a new oversized printer that I have been enjoying and using the last couple of months. It's an HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
(picked it up at OfficeMax when my old HP Photosmart stopped working). The layout was printed on Office Max brand 13x19 photo paper and then trimmed to size and slipped into two, 8.5x11 page protectors. 


JOURNALING
January One : We celebrated New Year’s weekend on the Oregon coast with Grandma Pati & Grandpa Al. Out to the tall grass we headed to make sure to capture a little of the sunshine that was peeking through the clouds (and attempt to get a photo of both of you looking at the camera at the same time). In 2010 one of you will turn one and the other will turn eight. One will learn to walk; the other to read longer & longer chapter books. You will both continue to get to know each other as your personalities continue to develop. Here’s to the two of you.


SUPPLIES
Pattern Paper
Spot Dots No.18 Paper Pack


Word Art: My Family Genealogy Definitons
StitchingStitched Layered Template No.2

2010 Bracket
AEdwards 2010-2012 Brackets
Circle AccentAEdwards Love Epoxy
Gold HeartPKnox Puttin On The Glitz Fabric Hearts
White CardstockMMartin Alana Solids
Fonts: Garamond, Aja

Today I will be pulling out my paper supplies to do some more layouts. 

The last few days of my December Daily are coming later this week. 

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For more information on getting started digital scrapbooking I have a list of recommended resources here

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  1. Kelly Rodgers says…
    01/04/2010

    This is gorgeous Ali xxx

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  2. Sue says…
    01/04/2010

    I agree. What a sweet way to ring in the new year.

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  3. cathy says…
    01/04/2010

    LOVE this page, Ali. Love.

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  4. jannawilson says…
    01/04/2010

    Simply perfect. :) Happy New Year!

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  5. Heather says…
    01/04/2010

    Haven't made the leap to digital yet, but will scraplift this one using paper. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Beth Holmes says…
    01/04/2010

    Love the layout too. I'm glad you took the time to do a layout just because and not for anything. I love the photo especially because it shows the wonderful relationship between you kids. Photos showing relationships are some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing

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  7. laura says…
    01/04/2010

    I love this page, Ali...My favorite mail is an envelope from scrapbook pictures with my enlargements in it. :)
    Hope your family had a wonderful holiday season and all is well.

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  8. Denise Laborde says…
    01/04/2010

    LOVE. The colors + photo are pure tenderness. I too am a fan of large format photos in layouts, reminds me of beautiful catalogs and magazine spreads.
    Nice banner.
    Happy new year to the Edwards family.

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  9. kate says…
    01/04/2010

    Lovely page! I like how you make pink and red work together!

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  10. Tiffany N says…
    01/04/2010

    Great page. Thanks for sharing. I am scraplifting it today.

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  11. Lisa says…
    01/04/2010

    I love this, Ali. I'll be scrap-lifting it, for sure! ;)
    I've also been trying to scrap "just for me" in between deadlines, and digi-scrapping is great for that. Sometimes I scrapbook on the streetcar on the way to work-- I find I choose stories that I want to document, but that might not make the paper scrapping priority list.

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  12. Heather says…
    01/04/2010

    Quick question for Ali, or anyone else who can help out; I'm starting to love digital pages. I was never into digital embellishments so I didn't go there, but while doing my DD I fell in love with adding words to pictures and have bought a few brushes and such at Designer Digitals. My question is; before I get too much going on, how do I organize them? I'm working on a Mac. Would you suggest storing them all in one place? By designer? By theme? Help!!! Please. :D

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  13. Allie says…
    01/04/2010

    Love this full-picture magazine look. So great! Maybe a stupid question, but why print on the larger paper instead of 8-1/2 x 11? Happy 2010! Here's to 'just for me-ing.'

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  14. Liz Ness says…
    01/04/2010

    I love my B8550! Awesome photos come from it (it's great for making art prints, too)! Also, LOVE your layout!

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  15. Ali Edwards says…
    01/04/2010

    Mainly because I created it as a 17 inch x 11 inch canvas in Photoshop. I definitely could have printed it borderless on 8.5x11.

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  16. Cynthia Friese-Hassanein says…
    01/04/2010

    this so awesome Ali!!!!!!

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  17. Allie says…
    01/04/2010

    Ohhh! Hadn't even thought about that. Good idea.

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  18. Ricka says…
    01/04/2010

    Hi Ali, I am your huge fan. Now, I am very interested digital scrapbooking. I have a few question. Do I need to print it out or just work it out in the computer???
    thanks

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  19. Deb J says…
    01/04/2010

    What a beautiful layout. I love to see pictures of your kids together. I hope that the closeness they share right now will continue throughout their lives.

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  20. Holly S says…
    01/04/2010

    Hi Ali,
    I have been digital scrapbooking a lot lately and would love for you to have a post about your digital scrapbooking if you have the time and energy!
    Here are some questions I have
    What program do you use for your pictures?
    How do you categorize them?
    What program do you use to photo edit? scrapbook?
    What program do you use to organize your digital papers, elements, ect. (I am having trouble getting organized) -by color, by season, and how do you keep track of who the designer is of them?
    do you keep the kits together?
    How do you back-up your digital stuff (including pics)
    I see you have a new large format HP (I have an epson) but when you do send your digital pages out for printing, where do they go?
    Same for your regular photos?
    Do you use a Waacom? Which one?
    Do you ever add elements/handwriting after you've printed out your digital page?
    I really appreciate your help. You are a great source of information and I love how you share your knowledge and truly want us to succeed at getting our memories down on paper.

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  21. Ali Edwards says…
    01/04/2010

    Hi Ricka - I create the layout on my computer and then print it out. Some people print all their pages out at once in a bound book (such as once a year or once they have a bunch of pages ready to go). Because I do both digital and paper scrapbooking I print my layouts and add them to my 12x12 albums.

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  22. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY says…
    01/04/2010

    This is so pretty. Very elegant, clean lines and super sweet photos.
    Happy New Year!

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  23. Andrea Devisser says…
    01/04/2010

    Love the layout Ali, i have one quick question. Which album will this be going in? The family, Simon's, or Anna's? Or since it's digital and easily printable, will it be going in all three? Thanks in advance, :)

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  24. Molly Irwin says…
    01/04/2010

    Beautiful! HNY Ali!

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  25. Ali Edwards says…
    01/04/2010

    Hi Holly - these are all great questions. Let me do a separate post on this either later this week or next :).

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