I love books. I love reading. I always have and probably always will. I like stories that take me away and I like stories that teach me about other cultures & places and I like stories that make me turn the pages one after the other. I make time to read for both enjoyment and enrichment and often choose it ove... Read More
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:
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.
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.
I believe that telling the stories of our lives can actually change our lives for the better.
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).
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.
I took some time this past weekend to get back on track with Project Life®. First up is Week 08 - the week that Aaron and I spent in Mexico. You can read all about that adventure here (I simply copied and pasted that blog post for my journaling in this spread). This will likely be the extent to which I document this experienc... Read More
Today I'm excited to introduce you to the next story theme: Eat. Eating is a huge part of our lives. We eat for nourishment and health, for fun, for pleasure, to celebrate, to comfort, and on and on. So many stories from yesterday and today about the role food and eating play in our lives. This month we are telling stories... Read More
Participate in a Project
Join me as I embark on one of my favorite projects.
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.
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.
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.