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words + photos : friday + weekend creative

The project this weekend is to create a layout using only words + photos. Maybe one other embellishment? That part is completely up to you.

What is a story you have been wanting to tell?

Remember this photo from earlier in the week?


That photo + words printed out on textured cardstock + a bit of ruler ribbon (and a smidge of ink) =


[ cardstock: Bazzill; font: Avenir; ruler ribbon: Papier Valise; ink: Stampin Up; date stamp: Staples ]

Here's a couple things that ran through my mind as I was putting this page together:

1. Use journaling as a chance to speak to your audience. In my case my audience is often Simon. I write as if I was talking with him, telling him the story. This is real language and more personal.

2. Remember that there are lots of different ways to get words onto a page: handwriting, type, stamping, letter stickers, typewriter, etc.

3. Don't forget a date. Man, this is such an easy thing to forget. I scanned this layout in before realizing it was missing the date. Depending on the story I am telling I may include that date I wrote the jouranling as well as the dates for the photos (in this case they were the same).

4. Maybe my next ten layouts will be as simple as this and maybe not. Bringing yourself back to these basics for a bit and then moving forward gives you perspective once again. So worth the effort.


Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments this week. It has been cool to delve deeper into the real heart of scrapbooking. Going through the process of gathering all the content has solidified my belief in the power of words + photos. They are what truly matter to me in the long run.

There is also something very powerful about the process of creativity. I was reminded this week that there are so many different ways to be creative.

Focusing energy on words + photos is a creative act. My creativity comes into play big time when I take photos (setting up the shot, following the emotion, capturing moments that otherwise go by in an instant) and when I sit down to write the story.

Again, thanks you for your interest and time this week!


[ The full words + photos series can be found here: monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday. ]

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85 thoughts

  1. Patty says…

    Thanks so much for this series, it's great! Here's my question- I have a RebelXT1 and am looking into lenses- I notice some of your photos (like Simon, Chris and the tie) have that nice blur in the background which is usually attributed to AV/fstop/DOF. But you say you shoot in auto. Why do you think you get this nice effect- is it the lens you use, or do you go into AV sometimes? I have the lens that came with my camera, which is fine, but even in auto portrait and even if I go in and change AV/fstop, etc. I don't get that blur. Can you shed any light on this? Lenses are expensive- help would be appreciated!

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  2. noell says…

    I wanted to come back and let you know how much I enjoyed your blog this week. Most articles in the scrapbooking industry are so shallow (in terms of the content, not the value) and it was great to spend a week with you going much more in-depth on on topic.
    I also loved getting to see some classic Ali Edwards layouts, so many of my favorites from different time periods. That was a real joy for me.
    I hope you repeat this, the more often the better. =)
    Happy Mother's Day.

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  3. Wendy Kwok says…

    Amazing inspiration... I am also a "words' girls.. I see words, love words, dream of words all the time in my already overcrowded brain... loving it! thanks

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  4. Tiffany says…

    Thank you for all the great ideas but please please post your layouts in bigger resolution so that we can get inspiration from your journaling! It's so hard to read the way you post it.
    Thank Ali

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  5. Stacey from Two Writing Teachers says…

    It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed it... even my Friday post, which was ridiculous! http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/words-pictures-day-5/

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  6. Dana Nichols says…

    I have enjoyed this so much, Ali. Thanks for taking the time to put this series on your blog for us. I plan to keep it and refer back to it from time to time. I need the reminder :) I totally agree with noell's comments above. Good stuff!

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  7. Jeanette says…

    I really enjoyed this and it inspied me. Here is the layout that I made

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  8. Laura M says…

    Ali, thanks for sharing all these great ideas. I have taken this challenge and have posted it to my blog at http://lmelohn.blogspot.com/2008/05/happy-mothers-day-bit-late.html.

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  9. Rina_AbbottJard says…

    Seriously after all these years this series is awesome. Fundamentals hey, beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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