Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 11, 2011

Thankful Thought | No.1

I love that when my parents come to visit my kids only want Grandma to put them to bed.

“Grandma do it.” says Anna.

“Grandma!” calls Simon as he rounds the corner to go upstairs to his bedroom.

I’m so thankful for that relationship.

I’m starting a new occasional series called Thankful Thoughts and you’re invited to join me.

Each time I post a Thankful Thought (a photo + a few words) I’ll include a free numbered overlay download for you to add to your own photo. I’m also included a rounded-corner photo mask in this first download for those of you who’d like to have rounded-corners on your photo.

Download Thankful Thought | 001 here.

Also for this first download I put together a video tutorial on how to use the overlay and the rounded-corner photo mask.

Ali Edwards | Thankful Thoughts Overlay + Photo Mask Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.



  • 1.
    Vera said…

    Thanks for sharing, Ali! I love how Anna and Simon have a great relationship with their grandparents. It reminds me of the relationship I had with my grandparents!

  • 2.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Wow Ali what a great template. Thanks so much. You are so lucky to have your parents close to your kiddly winks. My Mum and Dad are over 1500miles away from my little poppet and I really get sad that they are missing out on her growing up. Thanks for the files they are great. Happy day to you – I am about to go to bed here in Australia.

  • 3.
    Margaret C said…

    Thank- you for the freebie – I love overlays. I grew up without grandpaprents and only realised my loss when I grew into my DH family – complete with 3 living grandpaprents ( all still going strong in their mid-90s…!) I too am SOOOO grateful that my DD is growing up with grandparents – they bring her such joy …and vice-versa !!

  • 4.
    dawn said…

    This is so sweet and love the thankful idea. Thank you Ali for always inspiring us and helping us. My kids are lucky to have their grandparents around the corner. My dad even drops in unannounced and surprises them with pizza, movies, toys, dessert, and just hanging out. I always take his picture on those days and tell him he’s my POTD for Project Life. Have a happy Friday and weekend with your family.

  • 5.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks Ali!

  • 6.
    Sylvia said…

    Thanks so much! Love the overlay!!!

  • 7.
    MichelleGB said…

    Lovely idea! Thank you for the templates and tutorial!

  • 8.
    KathleenB said…

    Thanks for sharing these overlays and mask and the tutorial on how to use them. I’m in! Love this idea!

  • 9.
    Maud said…

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 10.
    Naomi said…

    Loving it Ali – I’m reasonably new to Mac so love the control G.

  • 11.
    HeatherC said…

    very cool — thank you

  • 12.
    Carrie O said…

    Thank you for being so generous. I total understand how you feel about your parent relationship with your children. I feel so lucky that my parents have a great relationship with my kids too. My dd is nine now and she doesn’t hesitate to call her grandparents on the phone just to tell them how her day went. It’s nice to know they have someone to go to besides my husband and I.

  • 13.
    MonicaB said…

    Thanks for the wonderful overlay. It’s great that your kids get to enjoy their grandparents so often. I only saw my grandparents twice since they lived overseas, but they are great memories! Have a great weekend.

  • 14.
    Amy Albert said…

    HI! So I really want to get into digital scrapbooking, but until we get a new computer and printer (ours are ancient) I am a bit nervous! Also because I’ve never done this before….here is where I’m out of the loop…how does this work? I get that I down load this cute template, but what kind of paper do I print it on to? Thanks, Amy

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Amy – you can print it if you like. I’d print it on photo paper if you are putting the overlay on top of the photo. If you are using the overlay as a journaling block (another great option) I’d print it on cardstock.

  • 15.
    Pat Rex said…

    Ali, thank you. I am in the process ofr learning hopw to use PSE9. I want to use your overlays but I need to practice downloading – Finding where it went and then how to use it. Your tutorials and videos help a lot. Thanks again

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Pat! I almost always download onto my desktop and then move it to an external hard-drive. I like to know where it goes initially :) .

  • 16.
    traceyp. said…

    thank you for the thankful thought ali ! ;)

  • 17.
    Celeste said…

    Thanks so much for the free download! Because of you I’m dabbling more in digital scrapbooking!

  • 18.
    Sherry G said…

    Thanks for the overlay! You have the greatest ideas for recording memories. I appreciate the video too. I have troouble getting the hang of overlays. I love them, but need guidance–thanks for that.

  • 19.
    abbie said…

    Love the idea of focusing in on one moment. Cultivating thankfulness.
    Also, I love the overlay– gracias!

  • 20.
    Dori said…

    I am SO thankful for your kindness, Ali. :-)

  • 21.
    LynneB said…

    Thank you! Love it!

  • 22.
    Heather Tarrant said…

    Ali, this is great! I love it! Thank you so much for not only sharing your products/creations with us, but also your creative process and how-to’s! You are truly one of a kind; there are not that many people out there as talented as you who like to share so much…so thank you!!

  • 23.
    heidig said…

    Thanks Ali – for the download and the tutorial! Have a great weekend!

  • 24.
    Wendy said…

    This is lovely! Thank you and have a great weekend.

  • 25.
    Kerry said…

    What a fantastic idea thanks for the template that is great thanks you xx

  • 26.
    Jill B said…

    Thank you, and it is so thoughtful of you to share so much with us. Your videos are always so helpful. Have a great weekend.

  • 27.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Thank you Ali – how wonderful.
    I also love that Grandma is loved the same way in our house.
    So very lucky!!!

  • 28.
    linda said…


  • 29.
    tara pollard pakosta said…

    that is awesome Ali!
    thank YOu for sharing! you are
    so kind!! I want to go look through my photos
    right now and find my first
    “thankful thought” photo! you are amazing!
    and how GREAT the kids have a great relationship with your beautiful and amazing mom!!! love that!

  • 30.
    Rosa said…

    I can see that I’m going to love this little series!
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas (and free downloads) :)
    My grandparents lived in Korea so I didn’t get to see them that often… so I make sure my kids get to see their grandparents as much as possible (even though they are 8 hours away). It is a special bond.

    Looking forward to checking in often!


  • 31.
    Sheila said…

    Thanks Ali! You inspire me to scrapbook the great things in life!

  • 32.
    tara pollard pakosta said…

    hey ali, sorry to bother you, but do you know what the command + ? letter is for cs5??! thank you!! tara

    • ….
      tara pollard pakosta said…

      p.s. I tried command g and it didn’t work!

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      I use PSE but if you are on a PC try Cntrl G, making sure you are on the photo and the mask is on the layer below.

      If that doesn’t work, use the hover between the two layers and use the Alt(mac) or Opt(pc) button and click between the two layers when you see the two overlapping circles. hth!

    • ….
      MelissaL88 said…

      In CS2 for the PC, the clipping layer command is Ctrl-Alt-g


    • ….
      tara pollard pakosta said…

      thanks maureen & melissa, but I have a mac! it just didn’t work for me using command g….not sure what i did wrong and the mac is pretty new to me! but it just didn’t do ANYTHING!!! I am using cs5, so it may be different?! anybody know what to do?! thank YOU! tara

  • 33.
    Peg said…

    What a lovely gift to your readers and groupies. I”m definitely one of the latter. I had to laugh I was in a LSS this week and she mentioned something she attributed to you on the Ranger site (I haven’t gone to look yet) but I said “She didn’t do that on her blog, I never miss a beat!” You’re my first stop every time I open my reader! Love the pic, the sentiment and the freebie. I sometimes get bogged down in the ‘where to put it’ aspect of something like these layouts. Can you share what you are going to ultimately do with these or are they simply going to be recorded in your blog? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Peg – I don’t have plans other than just having these on my blog for now. They would make a nice little minibook too – but for now, I’m just doing it as a series here on my blog.

  • 34.
    Jennifer Levin said…

    Thanks Ali! I love the overlay and the whole “thankful thoughts” idea! I also always appreciate your video tutorials. They’re so helpful. ~Jen

  • 35.
    Gaye said…

    Thanks Ali, you inspire us all so much. Have great weekend :-)

  • 36.
    Kristyn G said…

    love this! thanks for the download!

  • 37.
    Michelle L said…

    Thanks, Ali! This is great!

  • 38.
    Jenell said…

    Ali, I love the fact that your kids love it when your parents visit and how they want them to read the stories. I am now on the other side – as a grandma – and my granddaughter now wants me to read the story and put her to bed. I cherish every single one of those moments that she’s asking for me. Thanks for the overlay. Looking forward to more Thankful Thought posts.

  • 39.
    Linda Binder said…

    Grandparents are great! My son is 15 and LOVES being around his grandparents, as sometimes I think that is their mission in life. To see Nick, and FEED HIM! His nana and papa love to watch him eat(an dplay baseball) for some reason. Maybe because I was such a picky child. He has ALWAYS been extremely close with them especially his papa! Every kid in my neighborhood calls them “nana and papa” too, and they love it. Especially his best friend, Lizzy. My dad says that she is is only grandaughter, since he only has grandsons.

    We are so thankful to have such wonderful parents/grandparents and I know my son and nephews are too. Enjoy your time with them!

  • 40.
    Suz said…

    This is great Ali! Thanks so much!

  • 41.
    Maureen said…

    Thanks so much Ali. I think I may keep that rounded corner mask right on my desktop, it’s so useful!

    • ….
      Shelly said…

      I totally agree! I plan to do the same.

  • 42.
    Shelly said…

    Thank you, Ali, for sharing this. You inspire me.

  • 43.
    Pedroza said…

    Thank you so much for the overlay.

  • 44.
    Angie Hall said…

    Thank you for this.I’m gonna do a page using this overlay with my kids’ grandparents who live only 5 miles from us. Thanks so much!

  • 45.
    MelissaL88 said…

    Thanks for the overlay and the clipping mask. I am forever having to recreate the clipping mask for my layouts and I always think “I should really save this.”

  • 46.
    Jan B said…

    Oh, love this idea, Ali. And I’m so happy I can start with you from #1! Sounds like a mini-album to me! :)

  • 47.
    marsha said…

    thank you ali. for sharing. also for the helpful video.

  • 48.
    Ruth said…

    Thank you so much for this. I am new to PSE and am now very proud of myself for actually working out how to get the frame over the photo! You can see it on my blog:

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome Ruth!

  • 49.
    Debbie S. said…

    Oh my GOSH, Ali! I am so touched by this…you are so generous and thoughtful…what a gift! THANK YOU!!!

  • 50.
    barb in Edmonton said…

    Adding my thanks for the clipping mask, overlay AND tutorial. I’m new to photoshop and digital scrapbooking, so really appreciate these tools.

    Can I ask, on an overlay such as this one, can a person change the text or is it permanent?


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