Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

September 10, 2010

2E Hybrid Scrapbook Layout & Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale

One of my favorite recent photos of the two kids is this one.

One of my favorite new products I created for Designer Digitals is the strip along the middle with the ruler + numbers called a Story Strip.

A product I’ve been meaning to play with are these cool Handmade Adhesive Photo Frames from K&Company.

Here’s a look at how I brought the three of them together to tell a story:

The Story Strip is a new release this week and is one of those products that lends itself really well to hybrid scrapbooking. I did a test print of this one on both a sheet of white cardstock and a sheet of photo paper. My preference when printed is for the photo paper (which is what you see on my layout). For this page I opened the .png file, resized the element to 7.5 inches (same width as my photo) and hit print. It’s adhered onto the page using foam squares.

A favorite go-to design for me is one where I get all my content on an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock and then adhere it to a background 12×12. It’s another way to use up some of those pretty sheets of 12×12 pattern paper and limit your content to a specific area. After all the elements were in place I adhered it down onto the background pattern paper.

For the inside of each of the white adhesive photo frame squares I chose a little something that went with the color scheme (white, yellow, cream, and black). Little pieces of paper paired with a large black number 2, a black star transparency, and a small yellow label were all adhered under the photo strip.

After I got all the elements in place under the frame I decided to take inspiration from the pattern paper and use some embroidery thread to add texture and a couple more little hits of yellow.

A close up of my handwritten journaling.

THE STORY | Yes indeed, life is tremendously good. It’s also full of challenges and ups and downs and sadness. One of my hopes is that the two of you will continue to give each other hugs through it all. Hug in the good times and in the tough times. Maybe even hug when don’t really feel like hugging the other one. There’s a special bond between the two of you. Celebrate and cherish that connection. It’s a very special thing.

Ali Edwards Story Strips: Designer Digitals
K&Company Handmade Adhesive Photo Frames: | Two Peas
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Charming Collin Pattern Paper: | Two Peas
Sassafras Tailored Sweetly Mix & Mend Pattern Paper: Two Peas
Teresa Collins Star Transparency:
Basic Grey Origins Micro Mono Letter Stickers
K&Company Handmade Fabric Swatches: Two Peas
Bazzil White Cardstock: | Two Peas
3L Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares:
Yellow Embroidery Floss, Large Metal 2

It’s Quarterly sale time at Designer Digitals. All products are 30% off through early Tuesday morning. Here’s a few of my newest products just uploaded to the store:

Story Strips

Kids Are Cool Brushes & Stamps

Little Bit Of Messy Photos

The Story Title Brushes & Stamps Vol. 2

Above is a photo printed on photo paper here at home with one of the Story Titles Vol2 added along the top. These would be great for 365 Photo projects or Project Life.

Quarterly sales are also a great time to stock up on Week In The Life, December Daily and hybrid-holiday items. Click here to check out my Week In The Life products. Click here to take a look at my products having to do with December and the holidays. NOTE: I’ll be coming out with a new template set in October or November that will be great for digital or hybrid albums.

There’s a full day of chats on Saturday happening at Designer Digitals with feebies in the chat room every hour. I’ll be there hosting a words + photos chat at 4pm Pacific. Pop in and say hi if you get a chance.


  • 1.
    Jeni said…

    I JUST bought a few of your products over at Designer Digitals. I think I need to go back and get The Story Titles. Love the layout. PS – One of your pictures (the last one) doesn’t show up.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jeni – I fixed that.

  • 2.
    Marie Tere said…

    Very nice. Quick question Ali, do you then put your layout in a plastic sleeve in a scrapbook?
    p.s.s. I don’t see the last pic either, it shows up as a ?

  • 3.
    Clouds said…

    amazing layout of your two kiddies, real cute! Really like yer digital elements!

    C :D

  • 4.
    dawn said…

    I love this sweet picture and the journaling is so perfect, I tell my kids that sometimes too. We are big huggers in this family. Thank you for showing the process it really helps. The photo frame is a cool idea think I have one in black will have to check. I love love the number strips the best. Looks great!!

    Questions….do I have to have photoshop to buy these now or can I buy and save them somehow on my computer? Not sure how all that works.

    You do so many layouts/inspiring posts daily do you have a schedule you use everyweek of what your going to do or do you wake up and just go with the flow?
    My kids have been in school 3 weeks and I’m cleaning, errands, babysitting, walking but can’t seem to find time to scrap and I have along list of pages to do? What’s your secret???

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Dawn – the Story Strips can be opened and printed from Word. When you purchase them you download a zip file to your computer. Double-click to unzip and then inside the folder you will be able to view each individual element. In Word you would add them just like inserting an image into a document.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Dawn – these days I’m working about 8-5pm weekdays on business related stuff. That includes designing products, blogging, creating layouts, answering emails, handling the financial end of my business, etc. I’m a full time working Mom and lucky to have a really great team of people to help.

      I am starting to schedule a bit more…and giving creating pages a bit more priority too.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thanks for the help Ali. I will give it a try. I’m really leaning towards starting digital and I love love all your items. I will have to make my scrapping a higher priorty too and maybe let some of the housework go more often. Have fun at your fair tomorrow. Please post photos of any goodies you get.

  • 5.
    Jen said…


    Loved the above layout so much so that I went to DD and purchased the Story Strips. FYI, the green ruler/favorite memory strip does not download as a png file, just a jpg. Emailed DD, and sure they will fix.

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jen – that’s been fixed. These files could be either PNG or JPG and work just fine. Normally I would have saved them as JPG rather than PNG…not sure what I was thinking!

  • 6.
    Gale said…

    Thanks for the “step-by-step” on how you put together your layout. It is so helpful & interesting!

  • 7.
    christen said…

    great layout!

  • 8.
    Sylvia said…

    Wonderful photo and awesome layout!!! Thanks so much for the great how-to, love it!!!

  • 9.
    LetyD said…


  • 10.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Love this layout and your new story strips. I snatched them up, along with several of your other goodies, at DD last night. Can’t wait to use them. Have a great weekend.

  • 11.
    Rita Timmons said…

    thanks for the step by step instructions… i love this layout and learning how to pit the little bits and pieces together for that special touch. Thanks for sharing!

  • 12.
    cat123 said…

    wonderful layout !! love it. I have just bought this news products !!Can’t wait to use them !!!!

  • 13.
    Julie said…

    I love those strips–I noticed them at DD yesterday and picking them up today for sure!! Thanks Ali.

  • 14.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    i adore this layout ali- everything about it. the design, colors, texture… but most of all the story. something your children will truly treasure.

  • 15.
    Jennifer Wilson said…

    I am so loving the renewed focus on behind-the-scenes looks into your scrapbooking process. Looking forward to more!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jennifer – it’s been a long time coming. I’m really excited to be back creating more. We’ve been in a state of transition for quite awhile around here – lots of good settling into our lives again happening now.

  • 16.
    jamie said…

    i just gotta say i love your digital elements…esp anything with words…i may just NEED all of these. thanks for the inspiration as well as the tools for great life art.

  • 17.
    Jenink said…

    Beautiful! What a great way to combine the letter size and 12 inch paper. Your style is always inspirational Ali.

  • 18.
    dawn said…

    I went to dd and loved so many things and actually ordered a few to try, thanks for the help. Just realized we are out of color ink so will have to wait to use.

  • 19.
    Lori said…

    Since you’ve been planning/possibly shopping for your Daily December – have you decided on which album you are going to use? I have been shopping online for scrapbook products and just thought I would ask if you had a favorite before I finish my order :) Can’t wait to use my digital products you just released that I bought yesterday!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lori – I haven’t made a decision yet. I ordered a couple and am waiting on one more before making a firm choice. It will be after October 1 that I choose for sure…

  • 20.
    sharon d said…

    Love your layout, can’t wait to try it. I’ve ordered a bunch of your downloads & they always make the layout special. I just love the style of your layouts. Thanks for the inspiration as well as the products that add a special touch to our layouts!!

  • 21.
    Melissa Mann said…

    Love these new digi products!

  • 22.

    awesome giveaway! love the kids are cool set!

  • 23.
    ale said…

    awww… this is so sweet!!!
    love your digital products!

  • 24.
    Robyn Cummings said…

    My puppy and I love your designs.. I do more pages and he gets his picture taken more and more…

  • 25.
    Tracy said…

    Hi Ali. I love your layout information! It is fantastic to see all of the supplies you used. Since I am a new photo junkie, and the photo above is so fantastic, it would be great to know the camera/lens you used in your ‘supply list’. Just a thought. You take such amazing photographs and I learn so much from you through your view, but camera info would be fantabulous! :) You could just add it in at the end. You have a gift….share it!

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