Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

February 19, 2010

Welcoming Other Voices In Your Scrapbooks & Designer Digitals Sale


When was the last time you included a different "voice," other than your own, when telling your stories?

Emails, letters, conversations, or simply asking/letting your kids or other family members contribute to your stories is a great way to make your layouts and albums even richer. It's totally possible you have an email or a note that could be used on your next layout. 

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The layout above includes an email sent to me by one of our babysitters about Anna. It's a great snapshot of what she sees about Anna right now. Little notes like this are treasures – not only does it express how much she cares about Anna but it captures a whole other piece of her life today.

PATTERN PAPER : Sassafras Serendipity Wintermint
BUTTON : Jenni Bowlin Vintage Sew On
LACE : Making Memories
LOVE LOVE LOVE : Ali Edwards Love Mini Line Stacks
EDGE PUNCH : EK Success Dotted Scallop Edger Punch



Designer Digital's first quarter sale started yesterday and runs through Tuesday, February 23rd at 6am Eastern: 30% off everything in the store. Here's a few recent additions and a few favorites from my product line that you might consider adding to your cart (you can always view my latest releases by clicking here):


All About Me Handdrawn Brushes & Stamps


Love Mini Line Stacks


Life Is Crayon Brushes And Stamps


Happiness Handdrawn Brushes And Stamps


The Story: Days & Months Extra Large Label Tape


2010-2012 Bracket Stamps


Life Mini Line Stacks

There's so much more over there to check out. Have a wonderful weekend and look for new giveaways tomorrow. 


  • 1.
    lynne said…

    That Anna is such a doll! I just love how she’ll look right into the camera and give you that beautiful smile!

  • 2.
    Jill said…

    Hey Ali – great post! I actually did this very thing on one of my Y&T stories. I chose a picture of myself when I was two or so, opening a gift. Don’t really know the story behind the photo. . . but I paired the photo with words my mom wrote on a thank you card to me for giving her a surprise b-day party when she turned 70. I love it! Enjoy time with your sister. . . those moments and memories are the best :)

  • 3.
    Kate said…

    Loved the photos of Anna you have been sharing lately. Nice job!
    Aloha, Kate

  • 4.
    Robyn said…

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  • 5.
    Deb J said…

    What a great picture & layout. Great idea too. I need to get more input on my albums than mine. thanks for the reminder.

  • 6.
    Samantha L said…

    I was just wondering what you use to adhere the lace to the paper? Great picture!

  • 7.
    Michelle said…

    That baby of yours is just gorgeous!

  • 8.
    Jana said…

    Such a cute smile – her face just lights up! What a fabulous photo of darling Anna! Sweet note from your babysitter too!!

  • 9.

    Such a wonderful idea to get another perspective and maybe even journal words directly from your child cute!

  • 10.
    Nancy said…

    Ali, just a curiosity question. Do you use a pen tablet to create your word brushes or do you write on real paper and then scan or photograph to create your brushes? Having a hard time with my pen tablet and totally thinking about forgetting the whole and doing the real paper/scan thing.

  • 11.
    Dixie said…

    Love the layout. What a beautiful little girl.

  • 12.
    Michele H. said…

    beautiful photo and layout. love the greens:)

  • 13.
    Aubrey Ervin said…

    Just plain adorable.

  • 14.
    Tamara Nicole said…

    Cute cute!
    Have a lovely weekend as well:-)

  • 15.
    Natalie said…

    I love it when my husband is willing to give me a few words for a page about him– I found a place online where I could even make a font out of his handwriting for free!!), so even if he can’t (or doesn’t want) to write the caption itself, I can still have his handwriting on “record”

  • 16.
    christy a said…

    Love that green paper and the simplicity with how you put the layout together. She is adorable and as always, I am inspired by your work! Thanks for sharing!

  • 17.
    Jessica B said…

    You must be in head!!! I am actually scrapbooking some of my childhood photos right now and I have asked my mom to do the journaling. I asked that she write it out in her own hand so that I not only have her memories but her handwriting as well.

  • 18.
    s a n s k u :) said…

    she’s so cute! and i love that green paper! and the lined love stuff. i’m still learning how to do all the digital stuff. i feel like my head is so thick. i’m just not getting it yet. :( i need a tutor! where oh where to find one that would work for plain gratitude. :D

  • 19.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Gorgeous layout. Love the green. Great idea for journaling.

  • 20.
    Kelly M. said…

    Love the GREEN layout! It’s so cool that you save the email about Anna to include in your work.

  • 21.

    Those cheeks are so gosh-darn adorable! Love the picture of the teeth stickin’ out.
    I just wanted to mention how inspired I have been by your line stacked journaling. It adds a great design impact to journaling. I am totallly hooked on that idea right now and am planning to use it on a page very soon. Thanks for the much-needed inspiration.

  • 22.
    Angela said…

    I love, LOVE, <3, LOVEEE this LO. TFS!

  • 23.
    Linda said…

    What a great layout and photo!
    Today’s post hit close to home for me. My Father died January 3rd, after two months in and out of intensive care. Eight weeks onboard a rollercoaster. After Dad died, I wanted to put together a scrapbook for Mom…but…and it’s a big BUT…the problem was how to make a complete picture of life during November and December…if mine was the only voice that was heard.
    Ultimately, I used photos taken by at least a dozen differnt family members, caring bridge posts as well as comments left in the guestbook, my daughter’s eulogy for her Grandpa, a number of Mom’s recipes that Dad loved…in other words, I strove to hear as many voices as possible. The only way, I could find to effectively do that was in a shutterfly book form.
    I think it worked.

  • 24.
    Ali said…

    Hi Nancy – I do both. For single words I usually use the tablet and for sentences/stacks/etc I use pen & paper & scan.

  • 25.
    ereive said…

    The greens are stunning… that Anna looks so cute in green. :) Love the post.

  • 26.
    Annette said…

    Ali, she is certainly growing up fast and what a cutie! Your kids are so strong and that is due to you and your husband’s love and guidance. Great to see. Love the idea of using other people’s words in layouts. Thanks for the idea. Love love the hand drawn sets. I’m learning my pen tablet, but I have a long way to go. So I guess it’s off to DD today! Best to you and yours.

  • 27.
    Andie from Canada said…

    wow so touching – my heart goes out to you – what a wonderful way to start the healing process

  • 28.
    Marti said…

    Great idea on the LO- it is a good reminder to me to let other voices contribute to the scrapbook!
    And that picture of Anna is gorgoeus! I cannot believe how fast she is growing! Such a beauty!

  • 29.
    Amy vanderkooi said…

    I just have to say – you have one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen!

  • 30.
    Danna Jones said…

    Ali, i just bought the journaling brush set you featured on Anna’s pcs here, i dont suppose you could tell me how you colored them and made them appear as a solid on the pic, not just an outline? Thanks, love your design style!

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