Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 31, 2012

Everyday Eclectic Blog Hop & Giveaway

I was super excited to get an email from Allison Kreft inviting me to play along in a blog hop & giveaway celebrating her new line Everyday Eclectic from Echo Park Papers.

Allison’s new line is fun and happy – perfect for documenting a wide variety of stories. You can check out the full collection here.

Here’s a look at how I used some of the papers and stickers to create a 2-page, 8.5×11 layout:

A closer look at each page:

I printed my photo 8.5×11 (using my Epson R2000) and added a couple of stickers from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic 12X12 Alpha Stickers. A bit of stitching was added to repeat the stitching on the second page.

And the second page:

I started with a blank sheet of 8.5×11 paper and then I printed this brush onto the background via Photoshop: Thick Journal Lines Brushes & Stamps.

Then I used some great old stamps from Studio Calico (the script one – I have heard from a very reliable source that this stamp set will make an appearance again in the coming months) and some letter stencils (that I think are from Fiskars) along with some chalk ink.

The pattern papers I used include Half Circle 12X12 and Kraft Wood 12X12. I cut the pattern papers to fit inside the printed lines and then stitched them in place with my sewing machine.

Here’s a closer look at the stitching on pattern paper:

Love how this page turned out!


Click on the images to link to the products.

Be sure to check out all the blogs on the list to see creative ways to use the collection.

Check out how other people are using Allison’s new line:

Check out the new collection available at Two Peas.

GIVEAWAY | One winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper Everyday Eclectic collection kit. To qualify for the giveaway, post a comment by midnight EST, Wednesday, September 5th. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog and check back there to see if you’ve won. Each blog will announce its own winner. Please leave comments for this blog’s giveaway in the comments section below! (open to U.S. AND international residents)

UPDATE WITH THE WINNER | Congrats to #83 Angel. We’ll send you an email.


  • 1.
    JeanD said…

    Lovely page, she is so cute, and the papers look fantastic too.

  • 2.
    Cindy Hayes said…

    This page and the supplies used are so full of life. I love it

  • 3.
    Karen said…

    Beautiful page!

  • 4.
    tape said…

    Great double pager! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 5.
    Isabel said…

    Love your style Ali! Great layout, simple and stylish. Awesome way to embrace imperfection!

  • 6.
    Dellie said…

    Wow – I love how that page turned out too – Great collection too, cant wait to purchase it

  • 7.
    Ruth Tacoma said…

    I love this line! And such a gorgeous photo!!!

  • 8.
    jamie said…

    Adore the idea of printing the journal brush large like that on the facing page. turned out very lovely.

  • 9.
    Jennifer McNeely said…

    OMG – I totally love this layout. It is absolutely beautiful.

  • 10.
    Kimberly Loxtercamp said…

    That page looked great!

  • 11.
    Sandi M said…

    Great LO – what MOJO! Your thoughts are heartfelt and her smile draws you in. I love how you breakdown everything that should be remembered during this time of her life. I SO need to do that. Thanks for sharing and I love the new line.

  • 12.
    Meaghen said…

    Great giveaway, thanks. And I love that photo of Anna, it’s just precious!

  • 13.
    theresa said…

    great giveaway…beautiful layout.

  • 14.
    Catriona said…

    Great layouts, Anna is such a cutie and a great giveaway to boot.

  • 15.
    Jane Overby said…

    Really fun collection, especially the stickers and doily papers – so much texture!

  • 16.
    Sue said…

    Beautiful. What a great give away. Thanks, Ali,

  • 17.
    Kate said…

    Look’s so cute. I like your style.

  • 18.
    Dori said…

    Love the thick journal lines brushes! Adorable layout. :-)

  • 19.
    Graviela said…

    Love the giveaway!

  • 20.
    angela g a said…

    Love this new line.

  • 21.
    Tiffani said…

    Love EP and this looks like a great new line!

  • 22.
    Jenny A said…

    Love the big picture of Anna! This EP line looks fab!

  • 23.
    Cristina said…

    I love the stickers and the stitching! What a gorgeous collection!

  • 24.
    Lida said…

    Very cute! love the layouts.

  • 25.
    Alida said…

    Beautiful! I suppose you keep a seperate album for these Lay-outs?

  • 26.
    Cindy said…

    Beautiful (both Anna and your layout). I always enjoy the way you put your pages together.
    Have a wonderful weekend and holiday!

  • 27.
    ErinK. said…

    I always love how you use word stickers on your photos! Such an awesome way to accent without so much “stuff”

  • 28.
    Dawn said…

    Great layout Ali! Thanks for all the inspiration and the opportunity to win this great kit:)

  • 29.
    Tammy Davis said…

    Beautiful page, Ali! Such a cute picture! Thanks so much for the chance to win this gorgeous collection!

  • 30.
    Monica said…

    Amazing page, as always! :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • 31.
    Robin W. said…

    I always like to see your layouts, and I love Echo Park! What a great combo–thank you for the inspiration!!

  • 32.
    Cyndee K. said…

    Such a sweet layout! Thanks for the chance.

  • 33.
    Laura BC said…

    Love how you used the pattern papers.

  • 34.
    ShellyJ said…

    fabulous page… love how you used those journaling lines :)

  • 35.
    Dogmatix said…

    Love the journalling lines and how you have done the title :)

  • 36.
    Tara B said…

    I love these pages. I want to try those journaling lines. Great giveaway, too!

  • 37.
    char said…

    Gorgeous page Ali!

  • 38.
    jung a said…

    awesome page ali! love that chevron wood grain!

  • 39.
    Hanna said…

    love your LO and thanks for the giveaway

  • 40.
    Allison M. said…

    Cute layout – love the photo of Anna! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 41.
    Tracey said…

    I love the large photo! What a fabulous 2-pager!

  • 42.
    HeidiY said…

    Beautiful pix of daughter + beautiful products = Awesome layout!!

  • 43.
    JillT said…

    Love your journaling brush and fitting the pattern paper between the lines.

  • 44.
    Leslie said…

    Absolutely adorable!

  • 45.
    Therese said…

    Love this collection of papers! So bright and energetic. Of course I love your take on the collection too.

    I would love a chance to play with it too. Thanks.

  • 46.
    laura g. said…

    love the layout!! full of good ideas! i want to call in and take a sick day…stay home and make one….sigh….

  • 47.
    Shereen said…

    Your layouts always make me think, “they’re going to love this when they’re all grown up!” Though I’m sure they love them now too!

  • 48.
    {vicki} said…

    I TOTALLY love this layout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your greatness with us out here in blogland!

  • 49.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Love that picture of Anna, just makes you smile. Love the stiching too. I need to figure out how to do more of that. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the chance.

  • 50.
    Kate said…

    I marvel at your resilience. I admire your courage each time I read your posts thru these last several months. And I love the way you journal your way through each day of life. You are such an inspiration! Thank you.