Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

February 2, 2010

I Just Like Scrapbooking : Two New Layouts

I've been playing.

There will be more about his birthday in layouts to come, but this photo deserved it's own page. Click layout to view larger.

I used two pieces of acrylic that came in a 12×12 package from Fancy Pants to designate the shape of each side (product is a couple years old). I cut around the shapes using a fingertip craft knife from Fiskars. The photo and the cardstock with journaling are underneath the acrylic pieces. Those pieces are kept in place by three small pieces of embroidery floss that I stitched in place.

The faint lines on top of the white cardstock are actually some clear embossed stamps that show up much better in person. There was a bit of glitter mixed in with my UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) which made for a bit of festive embossing.

American Crafts (Testing it out and it's really nice. For those of you who've been around awhile you may notice that I have ventured out of my self-imposed five cardstock colors. And yes, it feels good.)
JOURNALING : my typewriter
ALPHABET STAMPS : See And Stamp Alphabet & Numbers Set

THE MOST WONDERFUL STORY STAMP : coming soon from Technique Tuesday or available now digitally at Designer Digitals
8 : Sassafras Numerical Chipboard
INKS : Technique Tuesday, Close To My Heart


My friend Kim took these photos of Anna in December. She's got great light at her house. Click layout to view larger.

Both these layouts today are stories of celebration. One celebrates a specific moment and the other is celebrating the simple blessings of everyday life. I want my layouts to be a balance of these sorts of celebratory pages and others that tell longer stories with more words.

I will be sad when my stash of classic Making Memories wordfetti is finally all gone.

Bazzill Dotted Swiss
PATTERN PAPER : Sassafras Candied Double Sided Sweet Marmalade, SEI Pearl Paper Poppy
WORD STICKERS : old Making Memories Wordfetti, 7gypsies
CLICK CLICK CLICK STICKER : 7gypsies Photo ATC Cardstock Stickers
PINK LABEL STICKER : Jenni Bowlin Studio
I LOVE YOU STAMP : Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesdaycoming soon
LETTER STAMPS : Hero Arts Basic Uppercase
SCALLOP RIBBON : Studio Calico January kit
BORDER PUNCH : Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
PEN : American Crafts Precision Pen

I've even got another layout in progress on my table right now.


  • 1.
    Lori said…

    I absolutely love the title to this blogpost. It’s not for any other reason than a love of scrapbooking that sometimes compells me to create a layout. I create for others, I create to document certain things, I create because I feel like I should and sometimes I create a layout just because I love scrapbooking and it feels good to my soul.
    I’m so glad to know that you have those moments too, Ali. Thanks for always sharing your amazing work, no matter the reason you’ve created it!

  • 2.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    scrapbooking rocks!!

  • 3.

    Beautiful layouts!

  • 4.
    Christina said…

    I love the layouts! Thanks so much for the scrapbooking inspiration this year-I have been totally inspired to create and tell stories along with you. Thanks again!

  • 5.
    Sue said…

    Beautiful layouts for your beautiful children! Thanks for sharing.

  • 6.
    TaraM said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them :)
    Thanks for always sharing and inspiring.

  • 7.
    Tappin' Tamara said…

    Love your new LO’s! It does feel so good to scrapbook just because you want to and not because you feel you “have” to…
    Happy Scrapping!

  • 8.
    ReNi said…

    just too cute :)

  • 9.
    Molly Irwin said…

    I love that you are more free to share what you’re doing WHILE you’re doing it. Both are lovely, but the one of simon makes me want to make something.

  • 10.
    christen said…

    i love both of them! that photo of simon’s birthday is so precious.

  • 11.
    kim bolyard said…

    love the layouts…and FYI I sometimes fine the wordfetti from making memories at Michaels Craft store…check it out…in the sticker isle.

  • 12.
    Samara said…

    Ali, my favorite posts on your blog are ones that share scrapbook pages like these. They’re so simple, sweet and inspiring. These two pages of your kiddos are no exception. You do great work!

  • 13.
    Tobey Saniuk said…

    Love that you can see Anna’s tooth poking out! Great layouts as usual, Ali!

  • 14.
    sarabeth said…

    what wonderful layouts! thanks for sharing-those pics alone tell a beautiful story-you have the cutest children!

  • 15.
    amy said…

    they are both really cute. simple and sweet.

  • 16.
    Linn said…

    Both of these are so great. Simple, with the focus on the pictures. It’s been a long time since I’ve just “played” at scrapbooking. It’s good to be reminded why we chose this hobby in the first place.

  • 17.

    ditto on the word fetti! I love that stuff too. beautiful layouts.

  • 18.
    AmberCA said…

    Ali, I was so excited to look at your blog today and see your good ole traditional paper scrapbooking! I mean I think digital is cool and all, but it’s just not my thing, and I love your style when you work with paper stuff! Awesome layouts!
    Amber Osburn

  • 19.
    Angel said…

    Ali, I love them both! BTw what were your fav 5 cardstock colours??

  • 20.
    Katie said…

    Oh, I love these layouts – and I love that once in a while, even though this is your job, you just get to play.

  • 21.
    Meghann said…

    Both of these are great, Ali! I especially liked how you used some of your old stash in a cool, new way!

  • 22.

    I am loving these “everyday” layouts today and they are reminding me just why I fell in love with your style and the way you present your story. Thank you for always sharing your creativity and your heart.

  • 23.
    Deb J said…

    What great pages. I’d never thought of the acrylic pieces like that. I really like that idea. You have such beautiful children.

  • 24.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Scrap on, Sistah!
    Hey, are you going to CKC-Portland this year? Little Miss Audrey would like to meet Little Miss Anna if you guys are going. :)

  • 25.
    Amanda S. said…

    Love both these layouts!! I was the lucky winner of your Love Ali stamp set at Technique Tuesday’s class at CHA last week…. just dying to play with them. They are fabulous!! :)

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Cool Amanda – I really like them :)

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I wish we were going but we have other plans -

  • 28.
    Therese said…

    Scrapbooking for the sheer joy of it is the most wonderful experience!
    I just finished a layout of my daughter over the years and I can’t stop looking at it.
    It feels sooooo good. Glad you got to play too!

  • 29.
    Libbi M. said…

    love, love, love. wonderful eye candy and i can’t wait to see more. i have been successful at locating making memories “word fetti” on ebay. check it out.

  • 30.

    So adorable and definitely inspiring!

  • 31.
    Diane said…

    Hi Ali! Love these layouts.
    Being a newbie scrapbooker, I have a really stupid question…you mentioned in Simon’s layout that you used two pieces of acrylic and that the journaling and image were behind them. I’m seeing the brown card stock…is that right? Aren’t “acrylics” plastic pieces?

  • 32.
    Dori said…

    Your layouts really put a smile on my face. The photo of Simon is priceless! What a special memory! Thanks, Ali.

  • 33.
    Nicole said…

    always love seeing your layouts, Ali…always keeping it real! thanks for sharing them with us!

  • 34.
    Kelly in Canada said…

    Hi Ali,
    I guess there is a bit of an echo running through the comments today but, wow!, I really love what you made and I love the fact that you made them just because. I am tripping over to my craft table as soon as I am finished writing because now I have itchy fingers, too.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 35.
    Annette said…

    Love these…..Your style is still my all time favorite to scraplift.

  • 36.
    Afusomax said…

    I also scraplift you ALL THE TIME. I LOVE how you allow the eye to rest, then focus on the important. On the story. on the image.
    I enjoy looking at other scrapbookers cool embellishment layers, but it never speaks to me. Simplicity speaks to me.
    I need to schedule a little fun for myself.

  • 37.
    sarbear said…

    Ali, these are fabulous layouts – I especially love that photo of Simon, you can just imagine how good his wish is by his expression. I’m wondering though, you mention that these layouts are both about celebration, if you ever scrapbook the really hard stuff. As another mom with a little boy with autism, I’m going through a particularly heartbreaking time watching him be ejected by his peers. I kind of want to scrap about how hard it is, but it feels particularly vulnerable to do so. Just wondering if you ever touch on things like this in your work. Thanks.

  • 38.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Fabulous – thank you for sharing

  • 39.
    ciacchina said…

    bellissimi LO!!!

  • 40.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    You don’t have to be sad — didn’t they just come out with some new Wordfetti? I treasure those sticker sheets too… they’re just SO handy.
    Great layouts! So inspiring!

  • 41.
    Cynthia H said…

    I really like the Make a Wish layout, especially how you framed the picture and journaling with the bracketed shape. It just looks so cool, especially with the dark paper overlaid on top. Thank you for sharing!

  • 42.
    Linda Beeson said…

    Oh how I love how you cut the photo and journaling piece on the first layout. Gonna try that for sure!

  • 43.
    Carrie P said…

    What a great way to look at our kids!

  • 44.
    Kate said…

    I love the cut out shape on the birthday layout! The shape idea is definitely going on on my “try soon” list! Thanks for always having such inspiring design!

  • 45.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Hi Ali
    Great layouts love them both. The expression on Simon’s face is just gorgeous. Just a question… in Anna’s layout, the bottom scallop seems to be an inward scallop not an outward scallop. How did you do this? Curious….
    Thanks for sharing
    Cheers Paula

  • 46.
    Rosa said…

    your style is just so clean and cool, love it!!! waiting patiently for the other layout on progress :)

  • 47.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Paula – that one is a ribbon (the blue one right?).

  • 48.
    Laura Bruynell said…

    Great layouts Ali! I love my word fetti too. Think we can convince MM to revive it? LOL!

  • 49.
    Shannon said…

    Holy Cow, does she look like Simon in the vertical picture! Love them both. I especially love the way your communicate your love for both of them.

  • 50.
    Sara B. said…

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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