Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 27, 2011

Request for Memory Keeping Q & A

It’s been awhile since I did a big round of memory keeping Q & A here – August 2008 to be exact (you can check out that series here) – and I’d like to take some time over the next week to do that again.

Feel free to ask anything related to scrapbooking, supplies, creative process, words + photos, organization, techniques, minibooks, paper, digital, classes, etc.

I’ll leave the comment section open until Friday at noon Pacific with the first-round of answers posted Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

PLEASE NOTE | Some basic FAQ questions (such as what equipment I use) are covered on my FAQ page.


  • 1.
    Kris said…

    Have you used your Espon photo printer lately and like it any better?

  • 2.
    heidi said…

    How do you organize your digital photos?

    • ….
      Taraleigh Gray said…

      This is definitely what I would ask too! Do you do it by calendar day or do you organize by event? What photo organizing software do you use, if any? How often do you back-up your photos and what methods do you use?

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      Tiffany Welk said…


    • ….
      Sarah said…

      Yes, I struggle with this as well… feeling as if I am fumbling blindly through iPhoto on my mac.

    • ….
      Henriettae said…

      I want to know this to! I just downloaded Lightroom 3 to try it out, but it seems like there is so much to learn on it! Don’t want to use iPhoto though, I’d like more controls over my photos than that. :)

  • 3.
    Michelle said…

    I’d love to see some kind of video tutorial as to how you create collages in Photoshop (or whatever program you use) to allow multiple photos to be resized and printed in standard photo sizes such as 8×10, 5×7, or 4×6 for use in scrapbooking. I don’t have my own photo printer and have to rely on having photos printed from an outside source. Thank you for any help you might be able to provide, Ali!

    • ….
      Pam S. said…

      Ditto, would love to find a simple way to do that. Thanks in advance!

    • ….
      Michelle F said…

      Oh me too me too!!! I recently purchased photoshop elements and am struggling. Would love to see a video tutorial on collages.

    • ….
      Meshell H. said…

      I’m joining this crowd…..I get so frustrated trying to resize pics. for strip type pics. Please help!

    • ….
      Mandi said…

      Jessica Sprague has a relly great + easy to follow Photoshop Friday Tutorial available in her shop. I did it a few months ago and it opened all kinds of doors for me. It’s episode 23 if you’re interested. I just checked to be sure. On her website it’s under the classes menu and photoshop friday from there.

    • ….
      Jessica B said…

      Ditto! Would love to know this.

    • ….
      Maria said…

      Ladies, check out Google Picasa. It’s a free download, and is a pretty good photo editing/organization program. One of my favourite features is the collage feature, in which you can combine two or more photos into all different sizes (e.g. 2 2×3 photos onto 4×6 size) standard and non-standard. I don’t print my own photos, so am also limited to standard sizes, and I’ve found it works great.

    • ….
      Michelle Elaine said…

      Me too!

    • ….
      Camille said…

      I am Photshop challenged and have found that I can drag photos into a blank Word Document. I can resize them there very easily and print them all on photo paper without much waste. It is not always perfect but I am not to persnickety about it.

    • ….
      Pam said…

      Count me in, too.

  • 4.
    Christine said…

    I am looking for a digital photo backup service. Any recomendations? I current have my photos on a second computer and a portable hard drive but I am looking into an outside service. Thanks.

    • ….
      Kim brown said…

      Backblze. $5 mo unlimited. Can backup externals too

    • ….
      Mary said…

      Check out They offer FREE unlimited storage, plus you can easily share pictures/albums with family/friends AND great prices for digital scrapbook prints!

    • ….
      Sarah B R said…

      All for backblaze too as opposed to carbonite bcz it will back up EHD.

    • ….
      Lisel Hilson said…

      Hi Ali. I would also like to know if you have an update/any recommendations regarding an off-site backup solution (I read your blog post on Mozy from a while back). I looked into Carbonite, but they restrict bandwidth speeds after 35GB. I decided to try CrashPlan, but after I downloaded the free trial and they analyzed my data, they said it would take more than 1 year to backup my files (sheesh!). I have an EHD, but would like my files to be backed up somewhere other than home… just in case. Thanks! :)

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      I use Phanfare- I paid a one time lifetime subscription and can load photo and videos to store as backup plus share with others. I also use Shutterfly to print pictures, and my pics are stored and organized on their site. Shutterfly has NEVER deleted any nor charged me for the service (maybe they don’t know :)

    • ….
      Jennifer said…

      Shutterfly is excellent and free

  • 5.
    Jennifer said…

    I see your photo of Anna(?) playing in the stamps. What crafting activities/techniques have you found that she can do as a toddler? (Stamping, lacing, painting, stickering, crayons, pencils, chalk, embellishments etc.) What was she most interested in? I’m, of course, thinking of this with the idea of keeping the final work in a scrapbook or frame.

    • ….
      Laura Gedeon said…

      I would also love some toddler craft tips!

    • ….

      I do a lot of crafts with my daughter and write about them frequently. I have had her “help” scrapbook by drawing pictures of her grandparents while I’m scrapping photos of them. Then I add those drawings to the layout. A favorite of ours is making a collage with paper and fabric scraps and acrylic paint on cardstock. The finished product is frameable. Sorry to hijack – I just thought I’d throw out a couple of ideas.

    • ….

      I’m very interested in this too. Is a 14-month-old too young to get into crafts?? If not, where can I start with her?

      Deanna, I’m going to be checking out your site — thanks. :)

    • ….
      Jenny S said…

      Ditto on the toddler crafts. Also, what crafty projects do you recommend for boys? I have a little boy and am nervous he won’t be interested in crafty stuff like Mom. :)

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    Ali, thanks for giving us this chance to ask questions. I’m going to think on it and make a list if needed so I will only have to post one time. I have to say though you are pretty good at answering our daily questions and explaining all your techniques to us already.

  • 7.
    Christine said…

    Where do you buy your different sized page protectors? Thanks so much and I am loving your project life album this year, you do a beautiful job.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      here’s some brands – most available at
      We R Memory Keepers
      Pink Paisley
      American Craft [I think]

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Thanks so much!

  • 8.
    slmnontec said…

    I take so many photos each week/month/year. I am having a bit of a hard time deciding which stories to tell. They all seem important because they are happening in my life! Any suggestions?

    • ….
      Brooke said…

      This is what I’m using Project Life for. I already take heaps of photos each year and found myself a little sad that I was losing the stories.

      Each day (or every couple of days) I journal the story behind the photos I’ve taken (just the ones that document a story I want to tell) and slip the journal cards into my Project Life album. I get the photos printed later and then add them to the album too.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Project Life info is on The kits are sold out until the fall but the components are still available – and many people have created their own kits. Becky has a section on her site for all things Project Life and there is a community at Big Picture Classes, as well as numerous blogs with info.

  • 9.
    Alicia said…

    How often do you print your pictures? Do you print them all or just the ones you’re about to scrap? Do you have a system to stay on top of it?

  • 10.
    Ali said…

    You seem very in charge of your life and purposeful and on the ball!

    What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with mothering, responsibilities, behind on house, organization, behind on memory keeping, etc?

    Do you ever feel that way? How do you get back to feeling in charge?

    I’m great at taking lots of pics of my kids but, I’m not good at Memory Making. My kids are now 7, 4, 2 and I want to start but, don’t know where to start. I have tons and tons of digital pics on 2 external hard drives ( one is a back up drive) but, don’t know where to start! What would you suggest?

    ~ Ali

    • ….
      Pauline said…

      This is very familiar!

    • ….
      An said…

      same for me, photos enough and stuff too (in boxes), but I can’t seem to get the journaling started…

  • 11.
    Noelle said…

    Where do you get your inspiration for all the different projects you come up with?

  • 12.
    audra said…

    I have a question I that I ALWAYS have wanted to ask. I do NOT scrapbook layouts in chronological order. I always do a layout or project when I’m inspired or perhaps have a new batch of photos to work with. Which leads me to my question – I’m always SO inspired by your journaling,”your story” or your details in your layouts. When I look back at photos that are from say 5 plus yrs. ago I’d like to create a layout however, find myself totally STUCK because, I may not have a particular story or memory to go with it. What is the best way to create a GREAT looking layout if I feel something like this is missing? I’d LOVE any advice or examples. I have some great photos of when my kids were SO much younger that I’d love to make into layouts. Thanks for you time & doing this Ali!

    • ….
      Beth Ann said…

      This is a great question and one that I have as well – and I couldn’t have worded it better!

    • ….
      Kim brown said…

      Start with the story, then find pictures to support that story. I’m not chronological either.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Sometimes I’ve just imagined dialog – whatever the photos bring to mind. It’s often silly and fun, especially when I’m ‘talking’ for an infant!

      Other times, I go with whatever the photo(s) bring to mind. A photo. A story. There’s no rule that the story must absolutely represent what was happening when the photos were taken!

      I want to gather similar events*** and scrap them – I’m thinking the stories will be more about the growth and changes than the particular day.
      *** all Christmas, all Easter, all Kid #1′s birthdays

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      Tiffany Welk said…

      Great questions, would like to know this too! Also, if you have pictures of your childhood, siblings, etc, how to scrap them when you don’t know the stories? And make it look good :)

  • 13.
    Suz said…

    I would love to know your work flow for resizing pics to post on your blog or on various galleries online. Some have size requirements and it’s frustrating at times to have to keep resizing them just to post them. I have quit shooting in RAW so that the pic size isn’t so large AND tried to save at medium rather than high quality setting. It would just be so nice to simply upload a pic without having to resize. SO inefficient with time usage, KWIM? TIA.

    • ….
      Kim brown said…

      Adobe elements and photoshop have a save for web feature. You can save to a specific file size.

  • 14.
    Davean said…

    Hi Ali! How do you stay so inspired to create such awesome layouts? Do you ever “scraplift” from other scrapbook blogs, magazines, etc? I feel like I always have to scraplift and sometimes by the time I have looked through magazines and blogs to find a page, I am too tired to actually scrapbook!

    • ….
      Laraine said…

      Oh, can totally relate to that, suppose we are concerned our layouts won’t look good?

  • 15.
    wendy said…

    I’d love to see more detailed pictures of what’s on your desk at the moment (ex. products you reach for most often and or your most recent go to favourites). thanks

  • 16.
    Pauline said…

    I’d really like to know if you have any tips on the best way to take photos of your layouts/projects in order to put them on your blog. Yours are always so clear whereas mine are generally fuzzy and slightly squint!

    • ….
      Lindsay said…

      Oh – I’d love to hear tips on this too!

  • 17.
    Maureen said…

    How is your office/studio coming along?

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      Martha Thomas said…

      I’d LOVE to see photos, etc. of your office as you go about organizing it. I’m just about to move all my craft stuff into another room and would love to know more about the thought process that goes into putting what where. Thanks Ali!!

  • 18.
    betsy said…

    Who is inspiring you right now? Are these the same people/blogs/publications that have inspired you through the years? (I don’t mean to sound like you are old so please don’t take it that way).

    • ….
      Lee said…

      Hey Ali, I’m curious about what inspires you, too :) Are there any non-traditional publications (non-scrappy, non-photo based) or unexpected artists or writers who bring out different perspectives?

  • 19.
    Kate said…

    Do you use a tablet or digital pen? I’m looking at the Bamboo Craft tablet and was wondering what you use to create your digital products. LOVE your blog and all your work. You are such an inspiration!

  • 20.
    annette said…

    Hi Ali,

    I dabble a bit in digi and wondered when you print your digi pages where do you print them (12×12) and what type of paper you have them printed on??? I have printed a few with my Epson printer, but the colors seem to muted… Thanks


  • 21.
    Lee said…

    I have all of my digital elements in my iPhoto program and it works pretty well but I’m sure I can make it better. I was wondering how you store your elements – by date? by kit? by element? by artist? How do you store them in order to find them again? I’ve only just started digi and I’m already overwhelmed with the options!

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Oh, I really need help with this. Great question.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Tags are my bestest friend.
      I’ve pulled my digi stash into PSE. I’m tagging away – color, season, hearts/stars/etc. Any way that pops to mind is becoming a tag. Then I can choose to see only the bits with blue and heart tags, for example.

      Doing this was really really difficult when I started with my photos. I wanted to name folders for events, to change every file name…. Tags. Love my tags. I can actually tolerate leaving my image files with the image number file name in folders by date!

      With PSE I can create a folder/file type structure with tags – so at the highest level I have people, places, events, house and more. Within people, one ‘folder’ is immediate family, and within that are tags for each of the five of us.

  • 22.
    Janne said…

    Once I read you had a list of layouts to do in the future. Is it a mental list or a actual list on paper? And how do you handle this list? How often do you go through it and add topics?


  • 23.
    Samantha said…

    Hi Ali:
    I love when you use your typewriter for layouts and am interested in getting one. Does yours work well, does it ever need repairs, and do you have to replace your ribbon often?

    • ….
      sheila said…

      Yes, I’ve been meaning to ask about the typwriter too. My mom has a suitcase style 1960s typewriter that she has kept for sentimental reasons and is just sitting in her basement. You’ve inspired me to see if I can store/use it but am wondering where you get ribbon these days. Do you have a source you’d recommend?

    • ….
      Jo E said…

      I have a typewriter I was bought as a child and I was wondering the same thing about ribbons. I’d love to use it for journalling and let my daughter play with it too but need a ribbon to do that.

  • 24.
    Samantha said…

    Hi Again:
    I have another burning question! How do you store page protectors before you use them? I just bought a bunch, and they are so big and floppy. I don’t have a good place to keep them.

    • ….
      Elizabeth H. said…

      I open mine from the package and store them in a binder. Then when I need one, I can just flip through it and find the size I’m looking for.

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      Hi – I do the exact same thing… currently I store all of my different layout configured 12×12 page protectors (like the ones used for project life) in a we r memory keepers album. Having them easily accessible is great because I can easily flip through and see the different page configurations and decide quickly and easily which one will work best with the photos I intend to print. This system also eliminates printing too many photos that wont get used.

  • 25.
    Melissa said…

    Will you be sharing any layouts from your Yesterday + Today class on your blog? Love the snippets you’ve already shared…would love to see more. Also, any plans for another book? Hope so! Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  • 26.
    AbbyS said…

    Hi Ali,

    How do you know “what you have”? I guess this would be an organization question. I purge every now & then and find “something new” when it has been in a certain container or basket for a while and I’ve completely forgotten about it. I keep all of my supplies, embellies, etc in open type baskets and on open shelves so I can see them but I still find myself forgetting about certain products.

    Thanks Ali!!

  • 27.
    Christina said…

    I just want to say Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for all of the great scrapbooking inspiration lately. My oldest is graduating from high school this year and I have to admit that I have scraplifted several of your layouts for her graduation album. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration!

  • 28.
    Kristyn G said…

    Have you started gathering your thoughts for this years Week in the Life format? Can you share any previews or information about your digital elements for this year and what types of products we can look forward too?

  • 29.
    summer82 said…


    great idea for questions. When making mini albums with rings – where do you put the rings – top side. Always concerned that I will get a critical part of a picture. Plus, need a lessons on hole punching. Thanks…

  • 30.
    Teal said…

    If you had to choose one small way to keep the most important memories in the simplest, quickest way – what would you recommend?

    • ….
      Kim Brownn said…

      Oh, Teal. Love this question. I personally keep a spiral bound index card book, then use file folder tabs with my family member’s name on them. So, example, I have a tab for me, my husband, and my son.

    • ….
      wendy, NJ said…

      Teal, great question…Kim, I love that idea!

    • ….
      Stacy said…

      This is a great question! I’m looking forward to Ali’s reply. For me, I am finding that Project Life is the simplest way for me to memory keep. PL really motivates me because it’s so simple to do. It allows me to keep up. Photo box storage and CD-Rom storage is also quite simple and gets the photos off of the hard drive.

  • 31.
    Marisa said…

    I would love to know about your process on dealing with different projects/layouts at the same time.
    When do you decide to start a new project? Do keep layouts/projects open until you feel inspired to finish them? How many layouts/projects do you currently work on at the same time? How do you store unfinished layouts/projects? How do you make sure that you finish them eventually?

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      I hope there’s a magic answer!

      I have two 3″ x 12 x 12 boxes; one holds all things Disney World, the other all things Hawaii. I’m talking photos, papers, embellies, journal notes…. We went to Disney World in 2000 and Hawaii in 2003.

      I have several bags or small boxes or folders, each with similar items for short trips.

      And they all sit patiently waiting for me to pay attention!

  • 32.
    Jennie said…

    i know you wanted the whole family to be involved in project life. any other plans for getting simon and anna involved in memory keeping? and a big thank you for being one of my favorite bloggers for so long!

  • 33.
    Lindsay said…

    I’ve always been a traditional scrapbooker and have been thinking about getting into digital scrapbooking – how do you recommend I get started?

    Thanks so much Ali!

    • ….
      Debbie C said…

      Me too! I just don’t know how and where to start. Debbie C.

    • ….
      Elizabeth H. said…

      I took her Yesterday & Today class and each week had a very detailed (but simple) tutorial on a lot of basic/beginner’s digi and digi/traditional combo layouts. It was a fantastic intro for me to start dipping into digi.

  • 34.
    Celia Smith said…

    Are you writing more books? If so, what will your next book be about? (Can you turn your Storyology class into a book? The class helped me SO much; It would make a great book). You are so collected, creative and poised; do you ever feel pressured about always coming with the next great idea? Also, I’ve always wondered if you went back and scrapbooked your wedding photo’s? I don’t remember seeing any pages, but I’m very curious how you would scrap your wedding album if you did today. Thanks for the chance to ask questions & for the continued inspiration you provide in my life and art. You are awesome.

    • ….
      Kim Brownn said…

      Great question. Would love some wedding answers. I have yet to scrap mine.

    • ….
      Jessica B said…

      I think I am scared of my wedding photos. LOL!

    • ….
      Martha Thomas said…

      I havent’ done anything with my wedding photos either! It’s been 18.5 years and I’m scared of them too! Great question!!

  • 35.
    Janet said…

    Ali, Thanks for all the daily inspiration you provide on your blog. Do you have a list of all the stories you want to tell? I seem to have lists all over the place but am interested in hearing how you organize all the projects you want to do along with all your stories.

  • 36.
    Toni said…

    Hi Ali
    Thanks so much for your inspiring site. I have only recently got into scrapbooking and thankfully found your site – I love the advice you give, the ‘keeping it simple’ ideas. So much of it speaks to exactly where I am at.

    I have decided to do digital scrapbooking having made an ‘ordinary’ photo album online. Although I would love to be more hands on, I thought that long term this would work better for me with limited space/storage etc. However the one frustration I have with this is that I have to wait for an album to be complete before I/my family get to enjoy any finished pages. (Any ideas/suggestions – or just work faster :)

    Also, I would like to make albums for my children – perhaps starting with the early years 0-5 or even a first year. We have just had our fourth and I thought that if I followed along her first year and also did one for the boys at the same time I would be more likely to complete them. However we only got a digital camera when my eldest was over a year and I would like to scan some of the photos from his first year to use in his album. Do you know of a good scanner/s that will scan the photos at a good quality for reproduction. And/or do you know what resolution/size/dpi (I don’t know/understand all this) I would need to look for in a scanner assuming this affects the quality of the scanned photo. Also do the photos need to be a certain size (kb/mb) to have enough detail in them for printing. I once had a printing shop scan some wedding photos for me and they came back at 300-400kb and the online album site suggested they were too low a resolution to be reproduced any bigger than a 5×7 which was disappointing as I wanted to make some of the photos fill an 8×11 inch page in the album.

    Have heaps more questions but will leave it at that. Thanks again!

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      resolution is similar to dpi
      dpi is dots per inch. If something has 300 dpi, it has three times the dots as another thing with 100 dpi.

      In order to stuff more dots, each dot is smaller. The smaller the dots, the more variations in color are possible.

      Think of creating a 10″ high E, with thin stripes, using solid color paper.
      1) use 0.5″ diameter circles, several colors
      2) use 0.125″ {1/8 inch} circles, several colors
      Which will give you smaller stripes?

      Typically, 300 dpi is considered the lowest resolution for clear images. The higher the dpi, the higher the resolution.

      hope that helps a bit.

    • ….
      Julie Rae said…

      Just a suggestion, but don’t get tricked into thinking digital scrapbooking is just for those who have books printed with their layouts. Try printing individual layouts and keeping them in a traditional album. You can print just a few at a time and enjoy them without the wait. My friends and I stockpile layouts and notify each other when one of our favorite printing companies is running a special and upload several pages to save a little $$. I was also a strict chronological scrapper when I was strickly paper but for some reason digital is so freeing that I scrap what I want, when I want! LOVE IT!

  • 37.
    Tara said…

    I was wondering if you are still liking your fuji cameras and which one you find yourself using more….the vertical or horizontal one…I am leaning towards getting the one that takes the vertical pics but I am still not sure

  • 38.
    Christine Harrison said…

    I’m not good with words or journal-ling i need help in that area.can you make some suggestions Just want to say thank you being an inspiration to me i have learnt heaps and love to read your stories it starting point for me .

  • 39.
    Toni said…

    Hi Ali A technique question – I use photoshop elements and have recently been given a basic tablet YAY! I like the way you put thin borders around your photos with a word encased in the border. Using the above tools is it possible for me to create borders like you. I like the rounded corners you make and would like to do similar things on my photos but sometimes with my own writing to make it more personal for my kids (though I do love yours!!!).


    • ….
      Kim Brownn said…

      would love to know how to do this too.

    • ….
      Andi R said…

      I like this question too, would love to know that answer. Good question!

  • 40.
    Iris said…

    How do you decide whether a photo is good or not for a specific layout?

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Does this photo tell or add to the story I want to tell? Is it the best of any/all similar photos? Two yeses – I use it. Which means I use blurry or otherwise less than stellar – way less than stellar – photos quite often.

  • 41.
    Kim M said…

    How do you keep from being inundated with supplies? I have favs, but so many punches, stamps, etc that I’ve spent $s on and it doesn’t make sense to get rid of it all.

  • 42.
    Alicia Koh said…

    I bought the See and Stamp Jumbo upper and lowercase set because I really like the font and how you use them in your LOs. But I realise they seem pretty big and in some of your LOs they dont seem so big at all. Did you use the See and Stamp Upper and Lower case ( not the jumbo ones?)
    Perhaps I can let my 2 sons play and stamp all they want with the jumbo ones LoL!

  • 43.
    Jessica S. said…

    Thank you for giving us a chance to ask questions. We were given two large bags of old family photos. Some of these photos are from the early 1900s. There are so many that it would be overwhelming to scan them myself. Can you recommend where to send these photos for high quality scanning or even an idea of how to start the search for a local business that could do this?

  • 44.
    Melissa said…

    How do you get yourself out of a non-photo-taking rut? In other words, how do you make yourself pick up the camera again and shoot? I only have one child and he’s 13. He doesn’t participate in a ton of activities (band at school and church youth group) and I find it very difficult to find new things to take photos of. I work full time (but only for another month as the Army has decided to move us yet again) and I find it difficult to pick up the camera and shoot day in and day out. (Get up, breakfast, make lunches, put son on bus, clean up from breakfast, take shower, go to work, come home, make dinner, clean up, do some housework and/or laundry, sit down, watch TV, read blogs, sort photos on computer from the weekend, go to bed). It blows my mind (in a good way) that you take photos every day. But I don’t know how to get myself excited about taking photos day after day. And take pictures of what?????

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Creating Keepsakes has a list of 365 things to photograph. There are several sites dedicated to a photo a day; they usually have lists or some other triggers for people to use.

  • 45.
    Debbie C. said…

    I know you moved recently and was wondering what you used to pack your albums in? We are moving soon and I am concerned about my albums being ‘safe’. Should they be packed standing up like on my shelf? That is what I’m thinking, but worried that the boxes will end up on the bottom of a ton of other boxes in the moving truck and get damaged. I am wanting to pack them myself (rather that the movers)..they are all different sizes. What do you suggest?

    • ….
      COEngrGirl said…

      Hi Debbie – This is a bit of a hijack, but when I moved 5 years ago, I too was worried about my albums, so I didn’t let the movers take them. They were one of the items that went into the car with me, standing upright in a crate.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      hi Debbie,
      You DO NOT want to pack any items. Items & boxes marked “packed by owner” are not covered by the moving company’s insurance if anything is damaged or lost while in the custody of the company.

      We moved 11 months after getting married. Plenty of my things were still boxed from my apt to house move. The guy doing inventory wrote “owner packed”. I told him that was unacceptable. He had two options – repack the boxes OR mark as ‘company packed’.
      Since the estimators had grossly underestimated our house contents, the packers were struggling to finish up in one day. When the guy realized that I wasn’t budging, he marked everything as ‘company packed’.
      (We had packed the boxes well, anticipating that we’d move in the near future. So I wasn’t worried about a lousy packing job.)

  • 46.
    katie said…

    I want to know more about journaling, you writing is so inspiring, vivid/descriptive, and you can feel your heart/emotion in the writing. I love to read your journaling because I can see the story unfolding in me eyes, and I can feel the emotion you have for the subject/topic. Very inspiring! Thank you!
    How do you do it? How do you approach your journaling? Does it take a long time? Did you take classes or have a natural talent for writing?
    Any insight would be much appreciated.

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      Birgit said…

      I am curious, too how you organize your journaling? Do you have categories (Around the house, Around the yard, the weekend lens, everyday, Anna, Simon …) Do you type it on your computer or jot it down in a journal and how do you match it with your photos? I don’t print at home, don’t like Costco that much (too dark and the colors are not as bright) so most of the time I order at shutterfly and have to wait for a week for the photos to come. By then something new has come up. I LOVE your “today you”, “right now” etc approach to document the every day routines – I wish I had done that when our children were little (they are 10 and 7 now) how do you decide which school stuff and other memorabilia to include with those “snapshots” of their lives? Thank you for all your inspiration and tips to make it not too complicated

  • 47.
    Piek said…

    Hi Ali,

    Do you ever use your Silhouette in your projects?

    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • 48.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    I am really curious not so much about anything specifically scrapbook related but more as to how on earth you manage to do everything you do on a daily basis. I don’t think I could manage half of it!

  • 49.
    Andi R said…

    I know Anna is 2 now but I was wondering if you ever did a baby book for her, you talked about it. I know that she will have her own set of books like Simon but I remember you saying that you didn’t like the “pre-made” ones that you find at the store. I didn’t buy one of those either and I was wondering what you scrapped and how you did it. Also, do you plan to complete last year’s Project Life or are you not going to bother?

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      Anja said…

      This is what i also would love to know! I remember that you started a First Year Book for Anna. The American Crafts Courdory Blush one… would love to know if you ever finished it!?
      Thanks for taking your time Ali!

    • ….
      Allison M. said…

      I have been wondering about that as well. I remember you saved a onesie to incorporate into her book and wondered if you had figured out how to include it. I Would love to see more layout ideas for baby pages.

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      Jessica B said…

      Great question!

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      Birgit said…

      I am curious, too. I filled 5 8,5×11 ring binders for our son but never started for our daughter, now 7 and would love to see how Anna’s book developed. Thanks

  • 50.
    Melissa Darnall said…

    I am DYING to know what kind of black pen you have been using in your Project Life for the larger writing (see example here :

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      Birgit said…

      I would like to know, too. I have several in my stash but they are too thick or too think (sharpie fine point too thick and pen too thin/ Faber-Castell S,F,M/ American Crafts F,M,B/signo uniball 0.7 and 0.5/ZIG Ball .05) Thanks.