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January 4, 2010

Siblings Layout

Click the image to view larger. Two-page, 8.5×11 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. 

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 13×19 photo paper and then trimmed to size and slipped into two, 8.5×11 page protectors. 

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.

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. 

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


  • 1.
    Kelly Rodgers said…

    This is gorgeous Ali xxx

  • 2.
    Sue said…

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

  • 3.
    cathy said…

    LOVE this page, Ali. Love.

  • 4.
    jannawilson said…

    Simply perfect. :) Happy New Year!

  • 5.
    Heather said…

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

  • 6.
    Beth Holmes said…

    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

  • 7.
    laura said…

    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.

  • 8.
    Denise Laborde said…

    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.

  • 9.
    kate said…

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

  • 10.
    Tiffany N said…

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

  • 11.
    Lisa said…

    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.

  • 12.
    Heather said…

    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

  • 13.
    Allie said…

    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.’

  • 14.
    Liz Ness said…

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

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

  • 16.

    this so awesome Ali!!!!!!

  • 17.
    Allie said…

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

  • 18.
    Ricka said…

    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???

  • 19.
    Deb J said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Holly S said…

    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.

  • 21.
    Ali Edwards said…

    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 12×12 albums.

  • 22.

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

  • 23.
    Andrea Devisser said…

    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, :)

  • 24.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Beautiful! HNY Ali!

  • 25.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

  • 26.
    Melissa C. said…

    Love your layout!! Your kids are so cute!!!
    How often do you replace the ink in your new printer? Is it worth the price of ink versus using or another vendor?
    Thanks. Happy New Year.

  • 27.
    D said…

    ok, ok i “think” i am getting motivated to check out digi scrapbooking….when i was in college I used a real typewriter and onion skin paper, so this will be a GIANT learning curve.
    my word for this year is DISCOVER. it reflects all of us in the family and especially me at this time in my career, my creative goals, and my health. I like it too because it sounds action oriented and for me is likely to keep giving me some motivation to discover what a GREAT year is in store for me! ;)
    thanks for providing me a creative boost every day!

  • 28.
    Yolanda said…

    Oh that large photo is just wonderful. Pure love.
    I’d love it if you’d take on journalling as topic for a future post. Do you always write as though your children are the intended audience? Are there times when you write for a more generic reader? Or to yourself? Do you approach this in any systematic way? Or is it just intuitive and organic.

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I haven’t had it long enough yet to really sense a pattern. For me I appreciate the “have it now” aspect vs. waiting for prints back from – just depends on what’s happening + when it is needed. In this case I printed it out last night because I wanted to show what it looked like in today’s post.

  • 30.
    Diane said…

    Hi Ali!
    What a beautiful layout. You are such an inspiration.
    I’ve been following you and Cathy Z. regularly for a while now. I’m just about to take my first step into scrapbooking. I’m a full-time graphic designer so in the evenings, the thought of going in front of a computer again after meeting deadlines all day just wasn’t too appealing. But after seeing this layout, I think I’m going to go the hybrid/digital route. I’m super crafty so I wanted the hands-on part to be there but it’s so simple & clean to go digital.
    Do you have a preference of one over the other?

  • 31.
    Tona said…

    Love everything about this layout!

  • 32.
    Jamie said…

    Such a sweet layout. I love the colors that you used. Put me in the mood for Valentine’s Day. :)
    I was wondering if you could share some tips and advice on how you organize/store all your digital elements. For example, you mentioned making this layout above while at your parent’s home so I am assuming that you store some (or all) of your digi scrap stuff on your laptop hard drive?
    Jamie ~ Alabama

  • 33.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Diane – I totally understand this sentiment (not wanting to be in-front of the computer any more than necessary). I felt that way for a long time. What I really love is being able to do both – having the choice to tell my story one way or the other depending on time, situation, motivation, etc. Many of the paper pages I have been doing recently have been heavy on text – I definitely use my computer for those (the writing at least) and often print the journaling portion onto cardstock here at home and then add “regular” non-computer embellishments. It’s a nice combination of both.

  • 34.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Sure Jamie – look for a post that addresses that next week ;) .

  • 35.
    Barb M. said…

    A beautifully sweet, simple layout. An amazing photo. Looking forward to your upcoming info.

  • 36.
    tania smith said…

    That photo of Simon and Anna is pure love. What a great photo. You can’t help but be inspired to blow up that one! It is a beautiful LO. I had a good giggle at the laptop thanksgiving, that was funny! Glad you are finding time to scrapbook just beacuse you want too. Good for you!

  • 37.
    Marlies said…

    I love this layout and can relate to your journaling. My youngest is 1 year old and my oldest has just turned 6; it’s so much fun to see them in their different life stages, but also to see them interact.
    Also wanted to share my word for 2010 here, if it’s ok with you. At first I thought it would have to me an active or at least creative word, because I’m trying to start working as a professional photographer. But then I fell quiet……and that’s the thing I need and want the most this year!
    QUIET. a quiet life: free from disturbance or tumult, tranquil and peaceful. Free from disturbing thoughts and emotions: mentally peaceful.
    My first action today is NOT to watch tv and NOT to do stuff on the bus to work, but simply enjoy my music and watch the time slow down!
    Thanks for helping me start of consciously in 2010!

  • 38.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Andrea – this one will go in our family album. You can read more about my organization thoughts now that Anna has joined us here: /2009/09/organizing-scrapbook-albums-an-update.html

  • 39.
    Julie L said…

    What a beautiful layout! Add me to the group of interested in switching to digi/hybrid scrapbooking. I’m looking forward to your post next week addressing Holly S.’ questions. One thing that I’ve been wondering about is the longevity of the photos printed on a home printer v.s. at a photo lab. I love the idea of the convenience of printing at home but I thought I had read somewhere that photos printed on a home printer won’t hold up as well. Also do you notice a difference in quality from your printer? Thanks for any insight in printing at home.

  • 40.

    This is really cute

  • 41.
    Annika said…

    love the layout, and the all-over-the-page pictures!
    Am totally into that! Sometimes more is more ;-) !
    More photo more awww!

  • 42.
    Lori said…

    love the enlarged photo picture and layout (and karen’s inspiration – i’m taking her class right now :) . Your photo printer sounds really great – i think i’ll put that on my wish list – mine is a joke when i try and print out pictures! look forward to seeing your last few completed dd pages. i placed my order last week to scrapbookpictures for the rest of my pages. I look forward to wrapping up the project. thanks again for your inspiration – i loved doing the album for the 1st time.

  • 43.
    Amybug said…

    This is one of the few layouts that I really like that uses a lot of “white space” – I’d like to try more of that this year, I tend to try to cram in too much.
    I love my wide format photo printer! I use a lot of 13×19 photo paper too. It’s nice to be able to design something and then have it a few minutes later. Have fun with it!

    • ….
      Dragon said…

      I’m shekocd that I found this info so easily.

  • 44.
    Jackie S said…

    Love this layout, Ali.

  • 45.
    liz said…

    Sibling ‘layout’, so much better than a sibling ‘fallout’. Just kidding – love you guys! Happy New Year to you and Chris and two of my favorite kidlets.

  • 46.
    Monika Wright said…

    Seems like a lot of us are getting on the digi train, whoo hoo. I won a place in Renee Pearson’s next class from Cathy Z and am so very excited. I have never attempted a fully digital page and just recently learned how to add brushes, etc from a free Jessica Sprague class. I took full advantage of the 25 cent holiday extravaganza at Designer Digitals knowing that I would try to take these new steps in scrapbooking.
    Could you tell me what you thought of the Office Max photo paper? We have an Epson R1900, which is a wide format printer, and always buy the Epson paper thinking that store brands will not produce anything acceptable. Would you buy it again?
    Looking forward to your post next week about all things digital, photo organization, which is getting ridiculous around here (we are on a Mac, use Aperture, and I am learning to do some editing in PSE). Oh, and please answer some of the questions from Holly S, too!
    Thanks again for featuring one of my DD pages on the blog…it’s an honor. Really. It is.

  • 47.
    Ali said…

    I would and will buy that paper again Monika – I have been really satisfied with it.

  • 48.
    Ali said…

    Thanks Amy – I was talking to Cathy Z about that today – how what I really liked is the LARGE photo contrasted with the smaller ones (and being able to use a lot of white space next to that really big photo).

  • 49.
    reyanna said…

    LOVE this spread, Ali! I may just have to scraplift that for the Challenge of Me class! LOVE it. :D As always, thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

  • 50.
    Michele H. said…

    adorable page Ali! i’m really liking the enlarged photo:)

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