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Welcome to aliedwards.com.

My passion is memory keeping that's rooted in stories, photos and intentional embellishments.

The projects I embark on generally fall into the category of everyday life documentation. I'm a champion of daily moments: glances, conversations, blinks. I attempt to tell the stories of both the highs and lows with humility and compassion and truth. I'm no stranger to challenges and use memory keeping as a way to connect all the dots in my own life.

Please know, without a doubt, that imperfections are acknowledged and celebrated in this space.

P.S. You are welcome here whether you are embarking on your one and only memory keeping project or your shelves are lined with albums. There's no judgment and a belief that there's no right or wrong way to approach telling your story.

Here's five things you should know about the the way Ali approaches memory keeping:

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I believe that there are an infinite number of ways to tell any story: 12×12, 8.5×11, 4×6, 2×2, paper, digital, layouts, minibooks, divided page protectors, etc. There is no right or wrong way to document memories.

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I have no intention of "keeping up" with my scrapbooking. I tell stories as I feel moved to tell them and don't feel bound to chronology. Some days I'm creating a layout that tells a story from 1980 and other days I'm focused on a story from 5 minutes ago.

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I believe that telling the stories of our lives can actually change our lives for the better.

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My daily mantra in memory keeping & in life: don't make things more complicated than they need to be (which ironically should just be shortened to simplify).

5.

The best way to begin scrapbooking is to simply begin. Start writing. Start photographing. Start bringing them together on your computer or with paper and glue. There is no better time than right now.

Tell Your Story

Read My Stories

Check out my blog for memory keeping inspiration and real-life storytelling.

  1. Week In The Life™ 2016 | Wednesday In Album

    Week In The Life™ 2016 | Wednesday In Album

    One of the reasons I've loved this project and continue to invest time and energy into it is because we really never know when something in our lives will change. Big change, little change, easy change, hard change, change for the better, etc. I have no clue what my life will look like at this time next year. It may look very... Read More

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  2. Week In The Life™ 2016 | Tuesday In Album

    Week In The Life™ 2016 | Tuesday In Album

    Welcome back to my series of posts detailing how I finished up my Week In The Life™ album earlier this week. I had meant to share the photo below in my post yesterday so you could see what my desktop looked like as I was wrapping up this project: You can see the pieces I cut up from the journal cards, the... Read More

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  3. Week In The Life™ 2016 | Monday In Album

    Week In The Life™ 2016 | Monday In Album

    Yesterday I took time to wrap up my 2016 Week In The Life™ album and I'm excited to share it with you over the next few days. One of the things I want you to remember as you look through my album is that these projects come together one step at a time. You can read my other posts I've shared for my 2016 album ... Read More

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Participate in a Project

Join me as I embark on one of my favorite projects.

December daily

December Daily®

A December mini-album project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of the season.

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One little word

One Little Word®

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

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Day in the life

Day in the Life

If you are looking for a shorter duration memory keeping project or a way to connect to the rhythm of your day, you might be interested in this one-day documentary project.

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Week in the life

Week in the Life

A seven-day documentary project, Week In The Life™ began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of your life with photos and words.

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