Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 28, 2010

Two Projects : Family Memory Tray Kit for Cocoa Daisy & Rejoice Photobook


I’ve been busy this week. Busy making stuff.

First up is a new project kit available through Cocoa Daisy.

As many of you have seen in the past, one of my favorite projects is the printer’s tray I filled with photos and little found bits & pieces a few years back. I was excited to see 7gypsies come out with a line of trays recently – much easier to put together a project when everyone has access to the same tray.


This new project kit includes everything I used in the sample above, full color instructions (including a “map” I created with the dimensions for each of the spaces on the tray), a one-page PDF of printable elements, and additional supplies that coordinate with the kit for those of you who want to add more.

Kit is now available at Cocoa Daisy.


The second project I worked on earlier this week was a layered template photobook package called Rejoice. This concept has been in my mind and on my heart for awhile and I was really excited to finally get it all together.

Here’s a look at my completed book at Shutterfly:

Click here to view this photo book.

The main thing I wanted with this photobook was for it to be a celebration: a simple celebration of full-page photos that document the love between two kids paired with some of my favorite passages from the bible (many of which include the word “rejoice”).

I went for a super-simple design, including on the cover where I used one word on top of a
cream textured cardstock. You could easily use a photo (or collage of
photos) or another pattern. That’s the beauty of layered templates. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing what other people do with this design as a foundation for their own projects.


The layered template package includes 10, 12×12 pages of my favorite bible passages (+ an opening page) and 10 different grid templates (my favorite simple-grid designs). The package also includes Shutterfly ready pages, cover, back and spine.

Looking forward to the arrival of my photobook this week.

If you are interested in learning more about digital scrapbooking, including working with layered templates like the ones included in this package, check out my series on scrapbooking with your computer.


Around here I’m looking forward to a weekend with absolutely nothing planned except hanging out here at home. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend whatever your plans. A fun giveaway post will be up tomorrow morning.


  • 1.
    hannahk said…

    Wow Ali, your book of rejoice is truly beautiful. It’s wonderful to see how the heart can be so powerful in our creativity. Thank you for sharing.

  • 2.
    dianna said…

    It’s all so precious. A warm hug of creativity and words : )
    LOVE the interview with your Mom on the previous post too!

  • 3.
    Susan said…

    i love that tray project, it’ so sweet! i think we have some yard work planned and our daughter’s dance recital. enjoy your weekend! susan

  • 4.
    Rosslyn Weigelt said…

    Your photobook is beyond words…..invokes awe…for all that God gives. Have a blessed weekend.

  • 5.
    Allison M. said…

    Beautiful photobook Ali!

  • 6.
    Mary said…

    fabulous stuff Ali!! I think I will be staying up past midnight to get that kit at Cocoa Daisy . . . . !!!
    have a safe and happy holiday weekend : )

  • 7.
    christen said…

    i wish i had your creative brain! i love everything.

  • 8.

    What a great idea!

  • 9.
    Lynette said…

    I love how you let your faith shine through in your paper art.

  • 10.
    Anyes said…

    How truly blessed you are to have been able to gather information from your mom in time for you and your children to benefit from her wisdom.
    Looking back, I wish I had asked more questions to my mom…

  • 11.
    Cassie K said…

    Wonderful book and that tray project is great. I’ve been looking to do something like that and this is perfect. Thanks.

  • 12.
    Elaine Allen said…

    Hi Ali -
    I love your book, so beautiful! And I’ve been eying the 7 Gypsies printer trays for a bit in the store, but hesitated purchasing because I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. AND then you posted today – wonderful!
    Elaine Allen

  • 13.
    Einat Kessler said…

    I love the tray. it is so beautiful and inspires me to use an old wooden tray I have and do something like that. Thank you.

  • 14.
    Molly Irwin said…

    i love the look of the typebox collage against the chalkboard (?) wall.

  • 15.
    Debby said…

    My goodness, your book is so lovely and yet powerful it brought tears to my eyes. Love your shadowbox project.

  • 16.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love this idea, you always have such inspirational projects. I love these pictures of Simon with Anna so sweet. I also enjoyed the shadowbox, where will you put it? Have a good weekend with your family.

  • 17.
    Kimberly White said…

    What a wonderful book. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 18.
    Sabine F. said…

    Fantastic idea…I love your rejoice book and the tray is such a great keepsake. Thanks for all the inspiration you bring to our lives.

  • 19.
    michelle said…

    so very precious your little book! love your tray too! have a great weekend. michelle

  • 20.
    Jen Strange said…

    the printer’s tray is really cool! and the book – wow. I’m so touched when I see Simon with Anna. Had he been affectionate with other babies before she was born, or has it been a special case with a sibling? My son (about Simon’s age)has Asperger’s and he can not STAND young children. He won’t even be in the same room with a baby if he can help it. Breaks my heart!!!

  • 21.
    Sarah Mullanix said…

    I love, love, love your wall project!! I’ve been wanting to do one of these and yours is soooo gorgeous that I’m just going to have to dive in immediately and get one created! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 22.
    kelly s said…

    Wow ALi! I am in love with that tray. Would you mind telling me the dimensions on it? (I didnt see them listed on the site)
    I’m curious too…Where will you hang it?

  • 23.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi – it’s 12.25 inches x 10.25 inches.

  • 24.
    Shannonvan said…

    I’d seen the 7 gypsies trays in the store, and loved how they reminded me of some old furniture a friend had, but put off buying one because I didn’t have a plan for using it. I even sketched out the tray in my idea book with the question next to it “How to use this?”. And then yesterday, I found a real printers tray at Goodwill and with a coupon I only paid $5.00 for it. On the front of the drawer it has the #28, which is special to me because I’m the 3rd of 4 generations born on the 28th of a month. Now I have some great ideas!
    Your book is wonderful! Those verses are some of my favorite also. Love how you paired them up with the photos. Another project to add to my list!

  • 25.
    Janet Ang said…

    Ali, love the book and headed to Shutterfly right now! Finally, a spiritual scrapbook! Thank you.

  • 26.
    Sarah said…

    beautiful, brilliant, and inspiring!!! I have 2 more must-do projects!

  • 27.
    deiga said…

    Love the tray idea! And appreciate the ‘rejoice’ book too. A project I would love to create for my grandchildren. Thanks for your continuing inspiration… by the way, just received my week in the life photos from Oh, my! they are awesome. I’m so happy… I can’t wait to finish putting the project together. Thanks for the amazing templates – very fun and easy to work with.

  • 28.
    Kelly said…

    The Bible verses and photos album is one of the nicest project ideas you’ve created yet! Really love the tray too…great job!

  • 29.
    Marie Tere said…

    Thanks for sharing and I thank you for your inspiration!

  • 30.
    summer j said…

    I’m so doing this right now. Had tears in my eyes looking through yours. Thanks Ali!

  • 31.
    Tona said…

    Love what you did with the printers tray!

  • 32.
    Fanny said…

    I love the shutterfly album. Great pictures of Simon and Anna and most of my favorite verses too!! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 33.
    Heidi Wandel said…

    Oh Ali those fotos are adorable. I love the way Simon looks at Anna in all of the pictures. Indeed Rejoice because you have a huge gift and tell Simon he is a wonderful big brother, I can see it in his eyes. Heidi.

  • 34.
    sansku said…

    love these projects!

  • 35.

    The new book is beautiful Ali, absolutely beautiful! And perfect timing too – my summer vacation starts in only one more week!
    Thank you!
    Melle in FL

  • 36.
    Michele H. said…

    beautiful printer tray…i love this one as much as the first one that you made!

  • 37.
    Sue H (Suedio) said…

    How cool is that tray. Funny thing, I just posted this morning about the printer’s tray that I made, inspired by you, a couple of years ago and then was checking out “my blogs” and here was this post!
    Thanks so much Ali for the inspiration. Regards, Sue

  • 38.
    stampin123 said…

    Love the rejoice book! Amazing!

  • 39.
    Christine Harrison said…

    hi Ali, i am completely in awe of the wonderful work you do,i loved the Rejoice book, my heart was so touched. i believe we are all blessed with a talent or two, and blessed are you for sharing with us such simple and beautiful ideas.I’m not sure how this works, but to say I’m thankful words arent always enough bless you in all that you do to inspire us in good your works, i always check in on your site, it blesses my life.many thanks again Christine

  • 40.
    Denise Coulter said…

    Ali, there are no sweeter pictures than an older sibling loving on his new baby brother. We adopted our daughter when she was 1 1/2 and I love when I capture the love between my son (7) and her (now 2 1/2!) It just makes your heart grow two times bigger. I have a big favor to ask. I came across a blog of a grandma who single daughter’s 4 yr old son is going through brain cancer AGAIN. He has it in his brain and spine. He has a 20% to live. I have the info on my blog at He’s really into superheros and loves cards. Can you possible ask for cards for him? I’m giving away a very small RAK for other’s RAK of sending a card. Can you please ask for cards for him. I don’t want or need anyone to see my blog. But I’d love to bring a smile to his sweet face. The picture I have up is not what he looks like now. I am a momma and my heart just hurts so must for his. Can you maybe post about him. You can see his recent pictures at I’m sure you get these requests all the time, so I won’t think anything of it if you don’t respond. But from one mom to another, my heart hurts for this single mom who has been fighting since Lennon has been two. He’s now 4.

  • 41.
    Amy said…

    Hi Ali,
    What a beautiful book! I would love to make one like that for my family. Beautiful verses, beautiful photos. Stunning!

  • 42.
    Nita said…

    Love this book!

  • 43.
    Carrie P said…

    Love both projects, but really enjoy the Rejoice book with the scriptures! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 44.
    Lori said…

    How you incorporated scripture into the shutterfly album is really spectacular. Thank you for sharing :)

  • 45.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Hope you enjoy your long weekend – we are expecting snow here in sunny Alberta Canada – yah, so hoping for some time in the scrapbook room since Brody’s baseball is cancelled tomorrow

  • 46.
    tania smith said…

    That Rejoice book is brilliant! I love it. What a celebration of the simple moments that add up to love in our families and in such a message of gratitude. Great work Ali. I am glad you put what was in heart to paper.

  • 47.
    Lara said…

    Love both projects!!!!

  • 48.
    Rebecca W said…

    Love both of these ideas and am so glad that Cocoa Daisy came out with the tray. Ever since I saw your post about them I’ve been looking for one and have yet to find one. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.

  • 49.
    ChiChi said…

    Absolutely love the layered templates. Actually, I love both projects and will be making them both for a friend who is getting married this summer. I have asked the groom to send me digital pictures of them without telling the bride – I think she will love them!

  • 50.
    alyssa said…

    Love the photo tray! And can’t wait to check out your digital kit – I attended my goddaughter’s (and first niece’s) baptism last weekend and have been planning a mini-book of some sort to honor her day. I’m including favorite Bible verses from her all of grandparents & hope to send off soon to her lovely parents. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. :)

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