Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 8, 2013

Projects In Progress

Looking around my office today I see:

  1. Christmas/December Daily products that need to be put away. My plan is to go through it and weed out things I’ll likely never use and have a nice stack of things ready to go for next season.
  2. Project Life for the last few weeks that needs to be tackled. I’ll be waiting to do my 2013 intro page until I receive the Seafoam kit (hoping that becomes available this weekend). I’ve already started collecting stuff for this week and ordered a new We R Memory Keepers album. I’ve also got a spread in progress for Studio Calico’s Day By Day workshop.
  3. One Little Word project for February in-progress. Registration is still open if you’re interested in joining that journey. Details here.
  4. A layout for Technique Tuesday’s Studio AE blog hop coming up this Thursday. You can check out this month’s stamp set here.
  5. Taxes. Ah, yes, good times.
  6. CHA schedule. Katie and I are heading to Anaheim this weekend to attend the Craft & Hobby show. I’ll be in the Technique Tuesday booth on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1pm-5pm. If you’re attending the show stop by and say hi and check out all the new stamps. Looking forward to checking out all the new stuff and getting the chance to see so many people I care about in one place.
  7. Piles on the floor of products to be put away and looked through and inspired by.

Lots to do. Lots to be thankful for.

Here’s to a great 2013!


  • 1.
    Megan said…

    Love your office area. Would you consider doing a tour?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes! Hoping to do that soon!

    • ….
      Megan said…

      Yay! I’m expanding my craft area into the basement and need layout ideas!

  • 2.
    Ruth said…

    Wow, look at all that space! My office area is also in need of a sort out. My main problem is that I have too much stuff and too little space.

  • 3.
    Monica Lim said…

    Hi Ali,

    I volunteer to take whatever you are not using :) so keep me in mind!! I can even pay shipping :)

  • 4.
    Debbie said…

    Cleaning out is on my list mainly because I plan to save $$ by using my stash. After moving and seeing 12 boxes of scrapbook related stuff I knew it was time to use it or loose it!

    Happy 2013!

  • 5.
    Kelly S. said…

    I did a huge purge of my supplies over a year ago when we were getting ready to move overseas. I wouldn’t let go of things thinking I would use it someday, or I’d be afraid to use it because I thought another project would come along where it would be put to better use. Yeah, right. I felt “free” when I got rid of it! And even though I am down to minimal supplies (don’t get me wrong, I have a studio), I am ready to get rid of more. I’ve switched to Project Life and really don’t have a need for all of the “stuff” anymore!

  • 6.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Sounds like a busy week Ali. I just went through all my Christmas/Holiday crafting stuff and weeded out what I won’t use next year. So I have room for more if you are going to get rid of yours. *wink*

  • 7.
    Marsaille said…

    Glad you posted this. I have been chomping at the bit for more posts on projects. I was afraid that Hawaii made you say “Scrap this! I am moving!” That’s what it does to me every time. I look out the door and say “Nope. No rainbows. No ocean. Going back to bed.” I come home and it takes me a good week to get over it and get back to life.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh I felt like that – but even if I moved over there I’d still be making stuff.

  • 8.
    Leanne said…

    Purging supplies, hmm gotta do that soon

  • 9.
    Pidgen said…

    Thanks for the heads up on your twitter feed about the A protectors. Been waiting!! lol!

  • 10.
    Tere said…

    Oh, you have been missed. Thanks for providing an update, not that I’ve been checking everyday :) Have fun at CHA, Katie, you too!

  • 11.
    audra said…

    “Ditto” the first comment. I would love a tour of your room. In addition to the tour I would love to see how you store and organize supplies/albums photos etc. I’m looking to rearrange purge and just get my space better functioning. thanks!

  • 12.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    Ali – do you ever go to the summer CHA in Chicago? I purged this year as well two 30 gallon plastic containers – donated much to a young girl who’s family is down and out and the balance to a local church that hosts scrapbooking weekends once a month – love the purge!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I have a few times in the past Laura. Not planning to this year.

  • 13.
    Suz said…

    So excited that you will be attending CHA as I will be going! Hope to say hello to you. :) Safe travels to you and Katie.
    Take care you,

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’d love to say hello!

  • 14.
    tracey moore said…

    Wish we had something like the CHA in the UK! Will be looking forward to hearing all about it and the lovely new products.

  • 15.
    laura g. said…

    wow! think i need to make a list of projects to get done! wish i was going to CHA…have a wonderful time!!

  • 16.
    Lisa W. said…

    Have a wonderful time at CHA…must go sometime I am sure I would so be in Ahhhhhhhh, and I keep telling my girlfriends, I’m gonna meet you someday…SOMEDAY!!!!!!!!! Your work inspires me to NO end!!!! Be safe and have a wonderful time…gotta scoot over to see this months stamp…yippee:)

  • 17.
    Karina said…

    Happy 2013, Ali !!! I am just waiting for this coming weekend so I can order my Seafoam kits too !!! :o ) Have you ever thought about making some PL videos ? I would LOVE to watch those !!! Thanks !!!!

  • 18.
    Brooke said…

    Love the ‘inspired by’ in number 7. My fave products to buy are ones that I look at and instantly see a number of things that I want to do with them.

  • 19.
    Candy said…

    I have a realtor friend to help you find a house in Kailua near me!
    Hugs & Aloha.

  • 20.
    Deborah Weiss said…

    I also need to purge. I work for children’ s mental health. One therapist has her kids make scrapbooks to express their feelings so she’ s always looking for free scrapbook paper for them. Great way to use “old” paper.

  • 21.
    dawn said…

    Love this post, lots to do and be thankful for is so true! Keep these office/creative spaces posts coming, LOVE THEM!!

    Have fun at CHA!!

  • 22.
    peggy mahlik said…

    Love your studio Ali. I also have the curved ceiling & just dont like the fact that I cant go more verticle with cabinets etc. I am looking hard @ your photo 2 c how u do it!!! Thanks 4 sharing!

  • 23.
    Paula said…

    Love this post and wishing you a safe and wonderful trip to CHA. Wow, would I ever be thrilled if I could go and meet you..that would be the highlight of my trip because it may sound dumb but I really consider you an online friend even though we’ve never met, and you really put alot of smiles on my face on days that I really need it. (Wouldn’t that be a sappy CHA photo, I’d probably be smiling and crying.)

  • 24.
    jamie said…

    love the list. sounds like a lot. but a list helps to keep one moving forward.
    hope to see you at CHA. I’ll be in Heidi Swapp’s booth but would adore meeting you.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ll definitely be coming by there! See you soon -

  • 25.
    Christine said…

    Can’t wait to see your new year project life layouts you come up with. I love the seafoam edition too and am currently waiting for that one too but I started anyway. Thanks for all your inspiration can’t wait to see what’s to come this year.

  • 26.
    Patti L said…

    Glad to have you back! I’ve been down and out with the flu for a few days, just getting back to life, and nice to see lots of inspiration on your blog as always! Happy 2013!

  • 27.
    Holly S said…

    All the way to the right in your pic, I looked quickly and thought it was a wine fridge and thought “Ali’s a genius and that’s the clue to her creativeness”…then upon closer inspection I realized it was only a paper holder…thanks for the laugh today.

  • 28.
    Nancy said…

    Is CHA open to the public? I have a cousin living in CA and she really, really wants to attend!

  • 29.
    Shelley said…

    HI Ali! Your space is so inspiring and what you do too! I am looking for safe storage for photos and things from the kids that I wont put into scrapbooks such as certificates etc. Do you have any recommendations? I have been looking around and have found quite a few museum quality type boxes etc. But I’m wondering if you have any insight for me? Thanks a bunch!

  • 30.
    Seth said…

    Always so inspiring to see an artist’s space. Thanks for the visual boost!

  • 31.
    Aimee said…

    What do you do when your whole year of Project Life won’t fit in the album???? I really wanted to keep the whole year together in the same book…any suggestions?

  • 32.
    Tiffany said…

    Always love seeing your creative space. Is that a cafeteria tray trolley to the right?! Brilliant. I’m in my studio tonight cleaning/purging/organizing…and was brainstorming a way to organize ‘in progress’ projects and layouts. They always end up in multiple stacks around my drawing table and floor. This is a GENIUS solution. (not that I can run right out to Target or even Ikea and get a tray trolley…:) But it gets me thinking…

  • 33.
    Jane said…

    HA! I love the abundant feeling a cluttered craft room gives you!

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