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March 11, 2011

A Conversation With Simon | Scrapbook Layout

Cathy released this great layered template a few weeks ago at Designer Digitals: Story Guide Layered Template No.1. I’ve been wanting to do it with Simon since I saw it and finally had a chance last night.

You can read her post about the template and see her hybrid version here.

This is going right into our Project Life album for this week.

My favorite one?

The coolest person on Earth is: Me.


  • 1.
    Paula in Australia said…

    He is pretty cool.. and it is so so cute that he thinks that! Hope he keeps thinking that because confidence in yourself is so important.

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    oh my goodness ali this is so cute and funny and heartwarming. I love that he said to be a “father” Chris must be so proud of that one. The spaghetti is what my son would say and the running part too. I love the photos you included especially the outside one it’s always a favorite of mine. He is getting so tall and older looking and more handsome.
    I loved it when Cathy showed us this template and told her I wish our parents knew about doing this when we were young. Are you putting this in your PL for the week? Thanks for sharing with us he is awesome!!

  • 3.
    MichelleGB said…

    Awesome interview!

  • 4.
    Linda L said…

    Oh Ali that is so special. His answers must bring tears to your eyes I’m guessing. I love his 3 describing words for himself….and the food that makes him want to puke. Lots of fun for sure.

  • 5.
    Lee said…

    Wonderful! I did the same thing with each of my four and their answers were fabulous. Definitely something to treasure – a little moment in time. (And just one more reason I should have done Project Life!)

  • 6.
    HeatherC said…

    very cool — I did something like this for my girls — I think it was an old Becky Higgins interview — anyway did it in January — I thought I would do it mid-year (probably on their birthdays since they are in May) and then again at the end of the year — put in my PL too — here is the link to mine:

  • 7.
    Maureen said…

    I like that he wants to be a father. That says a lot about both of you as parents.

  • 8.
    heidig said…

    Oh my goodness – I was thinking the same thing. The coolest person on earth is: Me. You can’t beat that! Thanks for sharing.

  • 9.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love it!!

  • 10.
    Dori said…

    One thing is for sure… Simon is a really amazing guy! :-)

  • 11.
    Cindy Welch said…

    Love it. says so much with so few words.

  • 12.
    Cathy said…

    My favorite answer? Henry the Octopus. Love that boy!

  • 13.
    Michelle L said…

    lol! That’s hilarious! I hope he knows that the rest of his life! Every kid should think they are the coolest!

    I think I found a project for my boys this weekend! This is great, Ali! Thanks for sharing!

  • 14.
    Charity said…

    Love his answers. What a great idea. I’ve done something like this with my three-year-old, asking questions off the top of my head, but I really like the prompts they give you. The template is great. I think I might have to do this for my niece and nephew (12 and 8). Thanks for the great inspiration.

  • 15.
    LouAnn Volkmann said…

    Love this. I did an interview type layout with my oldest several years ago. I think I want to repeat the questions and see how they’ve changed over the years.

  • 16.
    Debbi G. said…

    Love how quick and simple it is…so doable!

  • 17.
    Sally said…

    I love this. What a great idea & what great questions!!! I LOVE it that the coolest person on earth is HIM. Wish all kids could have that self-confidence!

  • 18.
    Ellie A. said…

    Oh I love this!! thank you for sharing.. I think I shall do this for my youngest son he’ll be turning 8 later this mth & this would be the perfect Bday Layout to use for my Project Life album :) Happy Friday.. Simon made me giggle about the Spaghetti.

  • 19.
    Carrie said…

    :) )) heartwarming.

  • 20.
    Libbi M. said…

    this is so precious. i will have to do this with my 2 children. thank you for sharing

  • 21.
    Gaele said…

    I did too the “conversation with my son” the minute I saw it on Cathy’s blog, and I must say that I was quite surprised at some of the answers like my son telling me he wants to be a cook so that he gets to eat good food. This is sure going to be a very precious page in a few years!

  • 22.
    annette said…

    I’ve been wanting to do this wiht my son too… Love’d the template thanks for the freebie too…. Have a great weekend.

  • 23.
    Kimmie said…

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Ali. My favorite answer was about being a father when he grows up. It must be such a testament to both you and Chris as parents of this wonderful little boy.

  • 24.
    Sherrie said…

    Me too!! You beat me to it!! Love yours, I hope to do mine this week on Spring break!!

  • 25.
    Nicol said…

    Where did you get the cool textured background paper, Ali? Is it one of yours?

  • 26.
    Julie B said…

    This is so cute. The response that got me was when he said “tall” for one of the three words to describe himself. Not so funny for Simon (because maybe he’s taller than the other kids his age), but it immediately reminded me of the movie “Return to Me” when the male lead has gotten spiffed up thinking he might see a special someone and he asks the kid who walks his dog how he looks….”tall.” Cracks me up every time. :)

  • 27.
    Amykins said…

    This is awesome! Just yesterday, my boyfriend walked by my computer and said, “Who’s that?” I told him it was Anna. He couldn’t believe she was so big. Then he asked, “What’s the latest with Simon?” I updated him like Simon is one of our family members. I just read him Simon’s answers here and he got a big chuckle out of the “Henry the Octopus” answer.

    Thanks so much for sharing your kids with us. You were merely a teacher of mine at CKU-Anaheim (A Week In The Life) but I feel like you are so much more. I love keeping up with the goings-on of the Edwards clan.

  • 28.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    what a cool kid :)

  • 29.
    Christie Weiss said…

    Hi Ali, I really enjoyed seeing this and loved the similarities between Simon’s answers, and my son Nicholas (me and spaghetti in particular!). I did this page a couple of weeks ago after his 9th birthday.

    Thanks for always being an inspiration!


  • 30.
    Stefanie said…

    Love this and I am going to try this.

  • 31.
    Lawrenbc said…

    It’s Ripley’s 7th birthday today and I just did my “interview with a 7-year-old” at dinner tonight before reading your post! Now I definitely need to go back and ask her some additional questions, like food that makes her puke and who the coolest person in the world is!

  • 32.
    Beth said…

    Great post. I tried this with my twins girls (age 3) I said “What do you want to be when you grow up” Avery said “A Mom” (so sweet right?) I asked her sister “Do you want to be a Mom too?” She said “Nah…I want to be a Dad!” Gotta love it!

  • 33.
    Maggie said…

    The sweetest thing:
    What do I want to be when I grow up: A Father.
    That is so precious!

  • 34.
    Sarah said…

    When I was little, I remember that I wanted to be a princess who was married to Prince Charming.

    Thanks for the nostalgic memories!

    As for wanting to be a father when he grows up, now THAT is priceless. (He obviously has a great role model of a father to be inspired to be one at such a young age. WAY TO GO!)

  • 35.
    Raylene said…

    I cracked up with “HENRY THE OCTOPUS” that’s a new one on me! Too funny!

  • 36.
    Tracy said…

    I love this! A few years ago I did a survey with my son similar to this. It is one of my favorite pages to look at!

  • 37.
    Marie-Pierre said…

    “If I could change my name” is not bad either!!! lol So so cute!!!

  • 38.
    Jo said…

    I bought this template too, loved the idea and have already done one for each of my boys. My eldest son who is 7 said exactly the same thing for the coolest person on earth!

  • 39.
    HeidiY said…

    Love his answers!! And great questions – I’ll definitely have to use some ;) Can I ask how you asked him all these questions? Did you do it all at once, or in pieces? I’d love my kids to be so honest in their answers, too…

  • 40.
    Jen Demmon said…

    This is great! I’ve done this for years with my step-daughter. she and her friends love to look back and see what they liked and what they said even a few years back. My SD is 15 so, added things like favorite store for clothes shopping and favorite place to go. I now do pages for her BFFs since she is rarely without them.

  • 41.
    Heather H said…

    That’s awesome! I had my 8yo daughter answer the questions a couple of weeks ago when Cathy showcased her layout on her blog, but I haven’t gotten around to making my own layout yet. I love Simon’s answer to who the coolest person on Earth is… :D Go Simon! :)

  • 42.
    Terri said…

    For anyone who has used this template — can you alter the questions? I emailed the quiz to my 8-year old but he changed some of the questions so that they better fit him.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes, you can alter the questions. The questions are on a text layer.

  • 43.
    Nathalie said…

    I LOVE this … it inspired me to buy my first digital thing (see I don’t even know the lingo) and try to figure it out – I’m SO close but can’t quite get how to size my pictures so they don’t look all stretched out. Can someone help me?

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