Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

May 26, 2011

I Love You | Scrapbook Layout

LAYOUT IDEA | Incorporate a child’s drawing or other handwritten note into a layout.

There’s nothing better than being able to include a little something that Simon or Anna has drawn by hand. In this case I got lucky – this one showcases a little something from both of them (that would be Anna’s red crayon on top of Simon’s drawing).

The bottom three sections of this layout (the photo, the journaling, and the drawing) were all stitched using my sewing machine.

I love tags. Always have and probably always will. Having a cluster of three or so with accents attached is a nice way to add decoration to page.

The red LOVE stamp on the manila tag is from my Love Always Wins set.

I still have a small stash of Making Memories metal rimmed rectangle tags. For this layout I used Tim Holtz scissors to cut the tag in half so I can use the other half on another pages.

THE STORY | This is it. This is the good stuff. This is the stuff I want to remember. This is the stuff I want to celebrate. Love made visible through those wonderful little hands and hearts. A simple drawing and a simple sentiment…now preserved and saved and treasured. Love. Love. No matter how crazy life gets…no matter the challenges faced, it’s relationships like this that matter. One of the best gifts in life. Journaled 10/6/10.

CARDSTOCK | Bazzill Basics Criss Cross Cream Puff
PATTERN PAPER | My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup Boy Ledger
STAMP | Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday Love Always Wins
INK | Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder
LETTER STICKER | Pink Paislee Hometown Summer Expressions Alphabet
“LOVING” WORD STICKER | GCD Soul Food Collection Chipboard
MINI KRAFT TAG | Maya Road Kraft Shipping Tags
OTHER | old Making Memories metal rimmed rectangle tag, manila shipping tag, staple, machine stitching


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I love all of this Ali. The tags are great and a favorite of mine too.

  • 2.
    audra said…

    Simply perfect Ali! The drawings & art are wonderful keepsakes! I too have a cllection of tags, some are classic “oldies” I’ve hung on to. Do the Tim Holtz scissors cut through the metal fairly easy?

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      Ali said…


  • 3.
    Lisanna said…

    Wow!!! this layout is fantastic!!!!
    Can I scraplift it???

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      Ali said…


  • 4.
    Heather said…

    Oh! Seriously fantastic. May I ask where you get all your tags. I really love them and have been on the hunt for them but would love some ideas.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Heather – the kraft tags are listed in the supply list and link to Two Peas (an online store). The plain manila tag is from an office supply store like Office Max. The metal rimmed tag is one I’ve had for years – it was from Making Memories.

  • 5.
    Dori said…

    Wow, Ali, this layout is perfect and precious and your journaling made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

  • 6.
    Cynthia said…

    Great layout Ali! The artwork is so great and I love the use of tags…I use tags and have been purchasing more to have on hand, but I need to be more creative with them (A quick question. The small white tags you have used in your PL – where did you get them?).

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      Ali said…

      Not sure exactly which ones you mean, but I often look at Office Supply stores like Office Max or Staples to find small shipping or price marking tags. Those work great!

  • 7.
    christen said…

    i love tags too! and i love that you stitched around the photo = great drawing…

  • 8.
    tetcy said…

    Wow that layout gives me a great idea for a card! See?! that’s why I stop in here every day :) :)

  • 9.
    Lindsey said…

    Ali – This layout is fantastic. Tons of great ideas and motivation for the memories I want to record! Thanks for sharing.

  • 10.
    Sarah said…

    Question: The journaling is from 7 months ago, so did you jot your thoughts down about the drawing when it was created and clip it to the little drawing so that when this page came to life you’d have them together? Just wondering about your process.
    I’ve always enjoyed your approach to scrapbooking and am very curious about the process.

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      Ali said…

      In this case I actually started this layout on that date. It looked a lot different when I began and I didn’t like it so I set it aside. Last week I came back to it again, reworked it and ended up with something simpler – something I liked better.

  • 11.
    laila said…

    that was so amazing , and artistic good job

  • 12.
    AbbyS said…

    Love this, Ali! I love how Simon draws eyeglasses on his Mama… My 5 yr.old drew the two of us in my Mother’s Day card and what I loved most is how he drew my hair really, really long. :)


  • 13.
    {vicki} said…


    this layout
    the journaling is Right on!
    What a sweet drawing from Simon and a great photo to boot!

  • 14.
    Debbie S. said…

    What a special picture. So cool that he draws himself so happy and that he says I love you with a period. :) Really a treasure!

    That tag cluster is great, too.

  • 15.
    Gina said…

    Great layout! (as always) your ideas and use of materials are always impressive. However, what I love most about this layout (and all of your layouts)is your journaling. You write w/ such honesty and heart. Years from now, this is what your grown children will treasure the most.

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      Ali said…

      That’s my hope Gina :) .

  • 16.
    Mary R said…

    fabulous Ali! almost makes me want to get out my paper, glue and scissors…

    : )

  • 17.
    Michele H. said…

    everything about this layout is wonderful. love your heartfelt journaling too.

    one of my favorite elements is the staple on the chipboard “s” & tag. I just recently bought Tim Holtz’s tiny attacher and now i want to staple everything:) lol

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s definitely one of my favorite tools too :)

  • 18.
    Lisa W. said…

    Love this!!!!!!!! This is the GOOD stuff!!! Go Simon:)

  • 19.
    Jessica B said…

    Love it, so!!

  • 20.
    Meghan said…

    What a wonderful layout, that MME paper is my favorite of all time, I may or may not have about 15 sheets of it :)

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      Ali said…

      LOL – I love it too.

  • 21.
    cinback said…

    Love the tags tucked behind the cream paper! You have the best ideas.

  • 22.
    Stacey K said…

    I love how your journalling paper has been folded to match the drawing. I have an older drawing of my daughters I found when cleaning out the busy box & I was going to put it in my project life but now I will devote a bit of time & do a layout. Won’t take long now I am all inspired & have a great layout to start out with.

  • 23.
    deb said…

    I too love this layout. I’ve been doing pages like this for a long time but without journalling. Now I get to do this with my grandchildren.

  • 24.
    glee said…

    Alil, My 20 yr old son just came home from college and this morning I found a post it on my bathroom mirror: “I love you mom. -Will”

    These are the moments we will always remember. (and scrap just to make sure!!)

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      glee said…

      oops, that was supposed to be a comma after Ali not another l

  • 25.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    How utterly perfect!!

  • 26.
    Heldy said…

    That is perfect Ali! I love it. If only I could sew….if only I had a sewing machine:(

  • 27.
    Brenda in Sunny SoCal said…

    This is such a lovely LO, was the drawing made on a small piece of paper or is it scanned in?

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      Ali said…

      The drawing was made on that paper – not scanned.

  • 28.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    Wow. I can’t believe this incredible layout starts with “This is it.” That is my motto right now. Every day with my 10 year old, I am trying to remember, “This is it.” This is what her childhood is made of. This is what we will always remember. This is IT! I actually got that phrase from Gretchen Ruben, author of “The Happiness Project” – check it out if you want a great read! Love your layout – as always!

  • 29.
    Bea said…

    Hi Ali,

    Love your layout. I have been hanging on to carefully chosen drawings from my 5 year old twin boys. I’m glad I did because even if I haven’t gotten around to scrapping them artistically YET :) at least I’ll have them when I find the time to. Your layout just inspired me to get to it.

    Can I ask you about 12×12 photo printing? Do you know of any place that does that or any printers that can print 12×12 photos?

    Thanks, Ali for always being so generous with yourself and your time. :)

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      Ali said…

      Hi Bea – my printer (HP Photosmart B8550) prints up to 13 inches x 19 inches. There are others out there as well – Epson tends to get high marks. For printing via a service I like or Costco or Color Inc or Persnickety. Lots of good options out there for over-sized printing.

  • 30.
    jendcnguyen said…

    Hi Ali!

    I want to share with you a different way of doing memory keeping. I’m not sure if you’ve seen the Google Chrome commercial where this dad sends his daughter emails from the day she was born till she got older. It made me teary. =) I’ve started on my children’s emails and my goal is to do at least a weekly email to them with just a letter, photo or a video of them. I just love this! I also plan on giving their email addresses to family members so they can receive memories from them to cherish. Enjoy!

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      Ali said…

      I saw that too and loved it – such a wonderful idea.

  • 31.
    Kerry said…

    Love this idea and loving the complete look xx

  • 32.
    Blog Larson said…

    Ali, I have read a post from Maggie and you were featured there. Now I was wondering who is this person that made Maggie to mentioned his name in a comment. And when I bumped into your site yesterday I just can’t get enough of it! Your works are inspiration to other scrapbook enthusiasts. Keep it up!

    And by the way, I love the tags!Please check my site too, I have other scrapbooking ideas enumerated there. Thanks!


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