Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

July 14, 2010

4×8 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.

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 (8.5×11): 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 4×8 Natural Artisan Canvas Album :  Two Peas |
Jenni Bowlin Large Rub On Butterfly : Two Peas |
Ali Edwards Mini Line Stacks : Life | You | Memory | Love | Baby
Basic Grey Fabric Brad : Two Peas |
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 |


  • 1.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Classic Ali! Love it.

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    This is so precious. Love the colors you chose and the pictures are priceless. Anna looks so big all of a sudden. Thanks for the download I will be doing this for sure.

  • 3.
    Maica said…

    thanks for this beautiful wednesday moment.

  • 4.
    Jacky S said…


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    marune said…


  • 6.
    Judith said…

    this is just lovely Ali. I love your style.

  • 7.
    whattheharry said…

    Lovely! very inspiring! thank you for sharing! = )

  • 8.
    Jodi J. said…

    Incredibly amazing and inspiring Ali. Thank You.

  • 9.
    kybarb said…

    Thanks so much for the video tutorial–I’m still learning to use photoshop and seeing your work process step by step is so helpful! If you wanted to print say 8 copies of the same tag I suppose there is a way to duplicate the first one once you get it resized and colored the way you want it??? I’m off to work on that!
    Love mini albums and yours are always so clean and simple and beautiful!

  • 10.
    Debbie Mercer said…

    Great album Ali. The tutorial was very helpful. Thanks.

  • 11.
    MichelleK said…

    Thank you so much for sharing….
    You have inspired me to dig out my camera and do one of these.

  • 12.
    Sandi M said…

    This is gorgeous Ali! I love the set-up and design of the album. Thanks for the freebie. I think I’ll make a similar type album for our family :)

  • 13.
    Jenn said…

    lovely album! thanks for the download as well as the tutorial. have a happy hump day!

  • 14.
    ginny said…

    Beautiful album, Ali! Thanks for the free download, too. I was just thinking about making a template myself before I got to the free link. :)

  • 15.
    Leslie said…

    This album is fabulous!! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip too!

  • 16.
    Lisa J said…

    What an incredible album! Thank you for sharing Ali. As always, you are an inspiration. Cheers,
    Lisa :)

  • 17.
    Lisa J said…

    What an incredible album! Thank you for sharing Ali. As always, you are an inspiration. Cheers,
    Lisa :)

  • 18.
    Lisa J said…

    What an incredible album! Thank you for sharing Ali. As always, you are an inspiration. Cheers,
    Lisa :)

  • 19.
    Lisa J said…

    What an incredible album! Thank you for sharing Ali. As always, you are an inspiration. Cheers,
    Lisa :)

  • 20.
    elisa said…

    i really like this!!!! perfect!

  • 21.
    Kelly Massman said…

    It’s shameful, I know, but I usually lurk on your site! I just had to stop in and say hi and to tell you that I love this mini!!!!! :-)

  • 22.
    Kristyn G said…

    Such a beautiful way to capture your love for your family! I am looking forward to starting on one for me :)
    QUESTION: Is there a way to create a brush or png file of my own handwriting? I want to write out our kids names in my handwriting and wasn’t sure how to go about it (paper type, pen type, scan settings, steps in Photoshop, etc). I don’t have a tablet. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

  • 23.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Very cool Ali! Thanks for always sharing your very personal albums…Your style goes to show that it doesn’t take a whole lot of STUFF to tell your story!

  • 24.
    Huyen said…

    Awesome album. I love it!

  • 25.
    Allison M. said…

    Beautiful album!

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I use a tablet but you can also handwrite on a piece of white paper, scan it into your computer and use Photoshop to extract the areas you want (with the words). I scan at 300dpi – you can do it higher if you want and then use the brightness/contrast to get the black really black and the white really white. I usually use a sharpie marker and plain computer paper.

  • 27.
    Amanda said…

    thank you for sharing this and the download! such lovely meaningful eye candy to cherish-this is totally going on my list of projects!

  • 28.
    cindy b. said…

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Thank you so much for sharing and the tutorial. Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

  • 29.
    Gracie said…

    This is simply delightful and always inspirational. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and thoughts on memory keeping, it truly means so much to me!

  • 30.
    Steff said…

    Question: did you show us each page in the album, or is there more? I think my problem with finishing things is sometimes I try to put in too much (I have always found it hard to edit, whether it’s writing or pictures or whatever, I love it all!). I need to remember it’s ok for an album to only have a few, important things in it, rather than 25-50 pages ;-) I started to learn this lesson with your day in the life project last time – I was shocked that one week was all you’d put in a BIG ALBUM!

  • 31.

    The setup of this album is so clever. I love how you used the binder for a landscape format. Thinking of a lil’ album as a birthday present for my dh … thanks for the inspirtation (and free download)!

  • 32.
    Mary Rogers said…

    love this ali!!!

  • 33.
    Meghann said…

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the photo of Anna & your husband. =)

  • 34.
    Dori said…

    Such a sweet album, Ali! Thank you for the video tutorial and for the journal strip download. SOOOOOOO sweet of you!

  • 35.
    Hayley said…

    Just LOVE this album-well done

  • 36.
    Ali Edwards said…

    This is it :) .

  • 37.
    Samantha L said…

    Hi – Great album. I love the pictures you take. Do you have any recommendations on online classes or books for DSLR’s? I just got one and there is so much to learn, I don’t know where to start! I was looking for something that is technical AND creative. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  • 38.
    tchrtiff said…

    Love it!

  • 39.
    Karen G said…

    Love the simplicity of the whole album, the transparent dividers, and unity & flow as you flipped through for us. What a perfectly sweet mini album! :>

  • 40.
    Susan Bowers said…

    Amazing! as usual your work, and thoughts, and creations are fantastic. Thanks for the inspiring mini-book. I see another project forming…

  • 41.
    Jen D said…

    Awww this minibook makes my heart melt! Super sweet! And I love the color scheme. =)

  • 42.
    Kelly said…

    Love your mini and thanks for the download and for sharing especially after a long trip home!!!

  • 43.
    tara pakosta said…

    adorable, I just LOVe the yellow!!!
    anna reminds me so much of my 9 year old ava,
    when she was that age….same hair/coloring/happy face!

  • 44.
    Cheryl said…

    A beautiful album! I love it! I definitely want to make my own album. I love your journaling. I love all the photos but especially the family shot. It was a great moment shot and your legs look so long (you can’t beat that).
    Question: When there are two photos back to back…do you adhere only the two photos or do you adhere it to cardstock first? or something firmer like chipboard?

  • 45.
    Wendy said…

    It’s beautiful and inspiring. You make me want to stretch my scrapbooking wings and do more outside of my box. Thank you for sharing.

  • 46.
    Rosemary said…

    Your best project to date! I Love it! Thank you for reminding us to say “I love you” more often.

  • 47.
    Ali Edwards said…

    This album includes chipboard pages so the papers and photos are adhered to the chipboard. I have done quite a few minibooks in the past where I have simply adhered photos back to back – works either way.

  • 48.
    Michele H. said…

    beautiful album and family photo at the end of the book! love how Anna’s hands are up in the air and Simon’s hands are on his face:)

  • 49.
    Amanda Sevall said…

    Love this!!! What a great mini album. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!! :)

  • 50.
    goshery said…

    What a treasure for you and your family. Love the style (of course!) and the pureness of the message. Thanks for sharing.

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