4x8 MiniBook : I Love You Today Because (Includes Free Download + Video Tutorial)


Yesterday I introduced you to a new minibook I had in progress. Here's a look at the finished project and a quick video tutorial on working with these mini line stack word art pieces (supplies are listed at the bottom of the post):

Inside cover :


Throughout this minibook I used some of my mini line stack products from Designer Digitals.


Here's a short video that will show you how to place a variety of .png files on one canvas for easy printing. Click through to Vimeo to view larger :

Ali Edwards' Mini Line Stacks Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Ali Edwards' Mini Line Stacks Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Intro photo :


Section One :


The embellishments I used next to each printed element were from a collection of miscellaneous products that had lost their original packaging. This is a great project for giving products like that a home.


For the page opposite each photo I created a series of journaling strips that talk about each person.

Here's a look at the page when it was first printed:


FREE DOWNLOAD : You can download the journal strips here (8.5x11): AEdwards_ILoveYouTodayBecauseJournalStrips


I completed each sentence and then used my trimmer to cut out strips.


Section Two:


Love any chance I can get to incorporate some of his writing. This one I
scanned in and printed on the same cream cardstock I used for the word


Section Three :



Section Four :



Section Five :



Last Page :



Pink Paislee 4x8 Natural Artisan Canvas Album :  Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Jenni Bowlin Large Rub On Butterfly : Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Ali Edwards Mini Line Stacks : Life | You | Memory | Love | Baby
Basic Grey Fabric Brad : Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Hamby Transparency : Mod Circles | Grandma's Wallpaper/Cream Pattern | White Butterfly
American Crafts Chipboard Letters Plain
Pattern Papers: American Crafts Adobe Crestview Court (yellow dots) : Two Peas; October Afternoon Sunday Dishes (grey dots) : Two Peas; other specialty paper from Paper Source
7gypsies Naked Color Mini Label Stickets : Two Peas | Scrapbook.com

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  1. cher

    2010-07-15 14:14:51 -0400

    wow Ali...I just love this ...your style...awesome..helps to have cutie patooootie kids lol...but really like the album and your stamps!

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  2. Kristi

    2010-07-15 14:50:26 -0400

    THANK YOU so much, Ali! I was able to see the video and it was very helpful :-) Off to Designer Digitals now...

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  3. jamsandwich

    2010-07-15 16:00:25 -0400

    Love it Ali, maybe this will help bring my scrapbooking mojo back.
    And we have the same sandals me here in Australia and you in the USA, how cool is that!

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  4. Nadine B.

    2010-07-15 18:18:43 -0400

    Awesome! Thank you so much for inspiration!!!!!

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  5. Jenny Johns

    2010-07-15 20:04:18 -0400

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial and freebie d/l Ali! I love how your album came out and I'm going to have to go look for those mini line stacks....so cute!

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  6. Kristin

    2010-07-15 20:19:33 -0400

    it's a lovely book and a great idea, but isn't one member of your family missing? you are a part of the whole, and maybe in ten or twenty or more years when simon or anna or someone else flips through this, they'll be wondering what _you_ were loving, eating, enjoying, thinking today ... just wondering where the "I love myself today because ..." page is. :)

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  7. GrannyCharlotte

    2010-07-16 00:47:51 -0400

    Wonderful album. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Stef SEM

    2010-07-16 08:12:08 -0400

    Waouhhh ! J'adore !!!

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  9. Teresa

    2010-07-16 08:41:02 -0400

    Oh that is so good to know. It always seems like you are super mom and women and do all the things at home plus AE designs at one day. lol :)

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  10. Abby Rena

    2010-07-16 09:26:24 -0400

    I just moved to St. Thomas, USVI...which means no scrapbooking stores anywhere!! ugh. I wish you could put together a who mini book kit all in one and I could just order it. Now, that would be awesome.

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  11. Abby Rena

    2010-07-16 09:27:25 -0400

    ps - this mini book is the best.

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  12. heidi y

    2010-07-16 09:41:23 -0400

    Love this mini-book! I'm going to attempt a similar one. Thanks again for your inspiration, Ali!! I look forward to your mini-books!

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  13. [email protected]

    2010-07-16 19:53:54 -0400

    What a gorgeous book! I love looking at your designs they are always so beautiful.

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  14. Susan

    2010-07-17 00:50:05 -0400

    Thanks for the tutorial. Up until I saw it every time I wanted to change a color on small items - like the numbers on your 10 Things Right Now digital page - I zoomed in and used the paint bucket tool. I've been changing colors like crazy now that I can Edit, Fill Layer trick.

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  15. AnnieB

    2010-07-17 08:05:59 -0400

    Love this 'I Love You Today' album, and am attempting to make one, too. But I am have a problem that I hope you can help me with. In PSE8 (where I am a novice) I resize the mini-stacks, but when I drag and drop them, they drop in too big, like they weren't resized. What am I doing wrong. I've watched your video over and over, but I can't figure it out. HELP!

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  16. elliemook

    2010-07-18 00:56:52 -0400

    Beautiful album. Such a great subject and thanks for the free download

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  17. Theresa Merkling

    2010-07-18 05:25:32 -0400

    As usual, I'm late on reading my emails, but just wanted to say thanks for sharing this marvelous project. Are the word blocks something I buy separately?

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  18. Elisa

    2010-07-19 07:38:41 -0400

    Hermoso y delicado. Felicidades!!!!!

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  19. liz a

    2010-07-21 13:30:57 -0400

    I love this album, it totally inspired me. I do haave one qstion though about the size of thee pictures? Did you print them larger and then cut them down? Thanks for the tip.

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  20. Lynn Dunton

    2010-07-29 11:29:18 -0400

    What can I say other than "Wow" I love it. Lynn

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  21. coley

    2010-11-15 12:34:46 -0500

    oh what a lovely album.

    just found your blog (i think i wandered over from kind over matter).

    happy monday. :)

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  22. Angie

    2012-02-03 21:45:17 -0500

    Oh, Ali... I love you today because you reminded me to do this, and gave me perfect way to express it to my family. Thank you.

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  23. Rebecca

    2012-02-03 21:48:18 -0500

    Love it! Thanks for the download and the ideas. Now on my pintrest scrap board with the hopes that I'll someday (soon I hope) be able to do a play on it.

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  24. Minibou

    2012-02-04 07:40:36 -0500

    Love it !!

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  25. Roberta

    2012-02-05 19:55:51 -0500

    This is so sweet and you've inspired me to do a mini album with all my left-over bits for hubby for VD. Thanks for the download ;} Call me crazy but I just pinned the last page with the paisley print papers for doodling inspiration as well...lol

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