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December 28, 2010

AE Inspirations | 12.28.2010

Recently saved. On my mind. Enjoyed. Something I think you might like:

Inside The God Box | via Real Simple

Becoming Minimalist

The Nine Series | via Liz Lamoreux
I’m also currently reading Liz’s new book Inner Excavation: Exploring Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media. The poetry part scares me a bit and that’s probably why I should be reading it.

A Little Hut

How To Study Your Favorite Scrapbook Pages By Others To Get Ideas For Your Own Pages | via Get It Scrapped

Be More With Less

Krafty Gift Bag Tutorial | via Roben Marie

A new One Little Word post for 2011 is coming soon. Don’t forget to check out my new class at Big Picture (called One Little Word) as a way to make your own word more visible in 2011. We’ve got a good number of people signing up. Looking forward to the awesome community that will likely develop around that concept.

Who’s Who, Studio Calico’s January kit, is filled with beautiful My Mind’s Eye, Basic Grey, October Afternoon, and more gorgeous products to help you add a personal touch on your scrapbook layouts.  It also includes an SC exclusive stamp and patterned papers that you won’t want to miss.  Visit then use the promo code to subscribe or purchase the January kit and all four amazing Add-ons.


  • 1.
    nicole said…

    I love Studio Calico!
    I can’t wait for your one little word post!

  • 2.
    Lee said…

    Thank you so much for the link to the God Box article – I think. I’m now a mess of tears! Have a great day, Ali :)

    • ….
      mary e said…

      i too am a mess of tears. thank you for this ali.

    • ….
      Stephanie said…

      I also am in tears after reading The God Box – thank you Ali for sharing.

    • ….
      jes said…

      you can add me to the hot-mess group! thank you for sharing Ali! it makes me glad that i keep a journal for my daughter to look back on one day.

    • ….
      MichelleC said…

      I probably shouldn’t have read The God Box article, but I am glad I did. It just hit too close to home for me having just lost my mom from breast/brain cancer 2 1/2 weeks ago.

    • ….
      Lindsay said…

      Add another to the crier list. I have tears in my eyes after reading the God box. I am thinking in my head about what I could use for my first one. Thanks for sharing Ali.

    • ….
      Debbie said…

      Pass the tissue! I love the link to the God Box. Think I’ll start a prayer box of my own. Thank you!

  • 3.
    Kris said…

    Looks great. Happy New Year

  • 4.
    Ann said…

    Wonderful collection of thoughts! Thank you.

  • 5.
    Arrica said…

    I usually don’t participate in link parties… I did visit all of yours today. Bookmarked a few to read thoroughly this week.
    But wow, your Real Simple link to “The God Box” was so touching and inspirational as a mother & a daughter.

    I also enjoyed “Be more with less”.

    Thank you for sharing these articles!

    Perfect timing for a bit of reflection… blessings for the New Year ahead!

    • ….
      Megan said…

      link party. That was funny. :)

  • 6.
    Debbie S. said…

    Thank you for the inspiration! Heading to my closet this morning to sort clothes into boxes. :)

  • 7.
    Carrie Rosalind said…

    Ooh – yay for new reading material! I will definitely check those links out!

  • 8.
    pidge said…

    I read the “How to Study Layouts” article … WOW! That is EXACTLY what I was needing … seriously. I love how she broke it down and made it step-by-step. I even signed up for the class she offered! Thanks for the link!

  • 9.
    Holly S said…

    Oh Ali…thanks for these links…Inside the God Box was a wonderful and heart warming article. It’s nice every now and again to ‘travel’ to sites that are inspiring you right now. Thank You

  • 10.
    Faith said…


    Thanks for sharing yourself with us. You will never know how much my daily visits to your site mean to me. I always seem to find something there that speaks to me and makes a difference in my day. Blessings to you and your family in 2011.


  • 11.
    Courtney Carver said…

    Ali, Thanks so much for including me in this great round up. I look forward to looking through your blog. Have a great week.


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for leaving a comment Courtney – I’ve been very inspired by your site this past weekend. Really enjoying going back through the archives.

  • 12.
    Christine H said…

    There is so much to find on the internet. Thanks for sharing these gems.

  • 13.
    Karen said…

    So many great sources of inspiration out there. Thanks for sharing your with us, Ali! :>

  • 14.
    Melissa said…

    Very moving article on the God box. Couldnt have come at a better time for me. Thank you for sharing.

  • 15.
    dawn said…

    Thanks for sharing all your cool thoughts. Will check these all out tonight when kids go to bed. Can’t wait to see your one word post.

  • 16.
    Debra said…

    You have no idea how I appreciate you always sharing things with us. After reading your blog today and reading the links…I feel inspired. Really inspired. I have been wanting to SIMPLIFY for the last couple of years and you are helping me without even realizing it! By the time I got to the paper bag video, I was like…OMG…quit overthinking everything and just DO IT!!!! Thanks Ali…God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • 17.
    kelly said…

    don’t be afraid of the poetry ali! if i did it, you can definitely do it!

  • 18.
    patricia said…

    Oh Ali! First of all thank you so much for including me in your list (so flattered). Secondly… That God box article was excellent—thank you for sharing that. Now to find a tissue…

  • 19.
    Julie L. said…

    Totally crying from the God Box story! What a wonderful collection of stories from one woman’s life!

  • 20.
    Roben-Marie said…

    Thanks so much for mentioning my Krafty Gift Bags video on your blog! I am glad you were inspired, Ali! Happy New Year!! :)

  • 21.
    Dona B said…

    I love how you so often read about simplicity as the year turns. Me, too. Here’s to more life, less stuff!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      One of these years it’s totally going to sink in :) . I’m actually really good with the getting rid, it’s the bringing in less that I seem to be challenged with.

  • 22.
    Rachel said…

    Hi Ali! I love your site despite not being a scrapbooker yet…I have a 2,3 and 4 year old so I should be recording but I still find it overwhelming:) Anyway, I usually get on to your site to reread your favorite quotes, which I can’t find today. I wanted to print some out. Can you help me ge to them or are they gone? Thanks for the help. And my word for the year is “plant” as we too just moved. Thanks so much! Rachel

  • 23.
    Sharon C. said…

    Every link was a treasure, Ali. It was spiritually moving to read the God Box article. And, coincidentally, after reading Bio pages, two of the other authors live very near me! Stalking is a bad thing, right? :) Enjoy your new year and, thank you, as always for sharing your talents and yourself with us.

  • 24.
    Alyssa said…

    Starting the God Box today!

  • 25.
    neuroist said…

    Thanks for the links to the minimalist blogs. Enjoying them! Thinking about my “word” for 2011. Thanks for the food for thought.

  • 26.
    Karen said…

    Ali, thanks for posting the link to the God box article. While I am in tears after reading it, I have a newfound sense of purpose and message that I want to leave my daughter with someday. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 27.
    Cherie said…

    Thank you so much for sharing the God box link. What an amazing thing to have!

  • 28.

    Thanks so much for posting my God Box article from Real Simple. I loved reading what your readers had to say about it and just want to say how grateful I feel to have had a mom who helped so many people, even after she was gone. Wishing you a beautiful new year and congratulations on a truly lovely site. Mary Lou

  • 29.
    rani said…

    Inside the God Box is a wonderful read! I cried and contemplated and just loved it!

  • 30.

    So funny, was just scrolling through Twitter and saw your picture yesterday and today was checking for God Box references to my article first published in Real Simple. I’ve ‘grown’ it into a book coming out just before Mother’s Day, “The God Box, Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go”. Check out for the whole story of a one woman play, short films, an app and more. My Mom would be amazed that her little box has gone so far! I would love to send you a copy of the book when it’s off the press. May I? Where? Thanks so much and congrats on your fantastic blog! Mary Lou Quinlan

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