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Scrapbooking Q & A : Events, Teaching, Internet, Creating Keepsakes, Misc.


With the new baby, is there any travel in your future? Have you thought about doing online classes?
Posted by: Amanda Susan

I have decided to stick close to home for the rest of my pregnancy this year as well as all of next year. Taking a break from traveling is the best decision for myself and my family at this time. Read below for information on online classes.

Thanks for this opportunity to pick your brain and congrats to you and your family on your new addition. I have heard that you are no longer doing CKU for now which I was bummed about, but completely understand. I loved your album track at CKU Orlando last year. Do you foresee yourself doing any online classes?
Posted by: Jilly

Yes, definitely. This is something I am in the process of working on right now. I had three-four classes planned for scrapbook stores next year that will most likely become online classes/downloads. Still working on the details and will post more information on my blog down the road. Most likely these projects will not include kits but links to products and complete supply lists.

Have you ever thought of doing a retreat
yourself, similar to Donna Downey's inspired event? I would so fly
anywhere in the US for that!!!

Posted by: Heather Prins

This is not something I plan on doing at this time or in the near future.



What are your favorite scrapbook sites to visit???
Posted by: Kelli

The ones I visit most often are Two Peas in a Bucket and

Will you ever do a page of Simon singing for us at CKC Portland? There has to be someone who took photos and sent them to you. One of those little recording boxes with his voice would be incredible. I'll never forget that moment.
Posted by: Michelle D Oregon


That was such a great experience. I have done a page on that called The Power of Song (appears in Life Artist pg. 121) and someone else did one for me as well with photos they had taken.

My question maybe sounds silly but... In Spain scrapbooking is unknown, but I suppose that in USA sometimes you meet someone that doesn't know about it, never heard about it, never heard the word scrapbooking. How do you explain it in a few words ? What do you exactly say to show how wonderful is it ?
Posted by: Maica

This definitely comes up in the US - I am often in conversations where people have either never heard of scrapbooking or have an immediate image come to mind of what "scrapbooking" is all about. These days I explain that what I am really doing is telling stories with words and photos and that for me it has become less about the products and more about the documentation of our daily lives.

This is not so much a question, but a request. I love seeing your layouts and generally enjoy all the photos you post. I am wondering if you could post them so that when you click on them, they open in a larger size. I believe you can do this when you attach the photos with Typepad. I would love to see your layouts in more detail, they are so awesome!
Posted by: scrappinseminole

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to remember to make this adjustment in the future.

Do you ever let Simon help you while you create?
Posted by: Kerry

Every once in awhile he gets interested in playing with some stamps, but most of the time if he is in my office he wants to play on the computer or watch a movie on the computer.

Any more KOTM that you are designing for CK, if so when?
Posted by: scrapfin

I don't have any plans to design more KOTM's. Right now I am focusing on Designer Digitals products, my Studio A/CK column, and working on some online projects for next year.

I wonder if you ever feel you show too much personal info when you submit your layouts in different magazines, blogs and forums? I'm thinking about Simon mostly as he isn't old enogh to understand or approve of it? Don't get me wrong, I think the sharing of this stuff makes your layouts unique and inspiering and that you have spred lots of information about autism but still. I have a four year old son, adopted from China and of course, I mostly scrapbook about him. But sometimes I wonder if I have the right to submit my pages about him, to tell the world all about him and what he will think about it one day when he is old enogh to understand that lots and lots of scrapping girls all over the country know about all the crazy stuff he did as a child. I do not submit any pages about his adoption or background, it feels too private. What are your thoughts about this?
Posted by: Maria in Sweden

This is a good question. I think my hope through everything is that Simon will be able to recognize that the work I do is all about celebrating him. In many ways, through sharing his story, he has been lifted up by so many more people than we could ever have imagined. A community of people cheering him on through his growth and development. My guess is, as he gets older there will be ups and downs related to how he feels about my work and we will deal with those things as they come up.

I also don't share all our stories. There are certain ones that are just for us or that don't need to exist in out in public. In addition none of my pages poke fun at him, intend to embarrass (such as naked photos or inappropriate stories), or put him down in any way. Most are simply celebrating the life he is living from day to day.

What did you do "for a living" before you got started on Scrapbooking?
Posted by: Johanna

I worked as a graphic designer right up until the day Simon was born.

Will you continue to write your Studio A-column for CK during the pregnancy and after? Your column is the reason why I subscribe to the magazine!
Posted by: Maria in Sweden


Could you post your crop playlist again...or hint as to where its located on this blog?
Posted by: heather mccollom

Here you go: CKU/Week In The Life/Evolution Class Music.

Not a question, just a comment. I have noticed Creating Keepsakes has used stock photos including on the cover (if I read it right) from Corbis and Getty. Ths is a dealbreaker with me with CK. There is enough talent in the crafters world of good photography to not rely on stock photos just to make a glossy magazine. Your 2 cents if you are interested in offering it.
Posted by: Mary Kate

To be honest, I hadn't given much thought to this at all. Over the years I have been more annoyed with the "journaling" they put on the cover layout rather than paying much attention to the photo. I emailed Brian Tippetts, CK Editor in Chief, to get more information on the cover photos because I was thinking that they have been using more non-stock photos on the cover than in the past.

Brian wrote me back at let me know that out of the last ten issues, only two have used stock photography on the cover.

He also included the following information, "We love photos sent in by our readers and would prefer to use those. Unfortunately, even though we have made the request, we receive very few submissions and mostly from the same people. Also, because our covers are very theme specific, we may receive pictures of kids at the park during summer, but really need a winter picture. We would love to see more photos from our readers and they can send them to with “cover photo submission” in the subject line."

One thing to keep in mind if you are submitting photos for the cover is that the magazine works about six-months ahead - during the summer we are working on fall and holiday issues and would need those sorts of photos at that time.


Q & A posts :
MiniBooks/Sharing Your Story/Supplies
Design/Inspiration/Finding Your Style
Events/Teaching/Internet/Creating Keepsakes/Misc.
Hybrid/Digital Scrapbooking/Photoshop
Excess/Feeling Behind/Overwhelmed/Purging/Donating Supplies
Organization + Storage/Work + Life + Finding Time
Scrapbooking Baby/Getting Started + Design Teams/Telling Your Story
Techniques/Photography + Printing

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17 thoughts

  1. Erin says…

    I have to agree with CK's covers- I KNOW there are lots of great submissions, and to see those kind of photographs with the kind of journaling on the cover really is a turn off! Thanks for answering the continued questions, Ali!

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  2. Jessica Chastain says…

    Love the Q & A answers as usual. thanks for the info about the cover pictures, I had NO idea where to submit for this. always helpful!!

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  3. Linn says…

    Ha! I've always hated the (sorry) lame journaling that is on most scrapbooking magazine covers!
    I look forward to hearing about your online classes, and hope that you'll have lots more time at home to snuggle your little ones!

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  4. noell says…

    Ali, thank you for admitting your annoyance at the journaling on the covers! Since you work for the mag, I wouldn't have thought you'd actually say that.
    I know they want a clean look for their covers, but the journaling is...well...
    I also miss larger layouts where we could actually read the journaling. Looking through the mag's don't have quite the same emotional effect for me that it used to.

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  5. O says…

    Hi Ali--I just wanted to comment to say thanks for this great Q&A! :)

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  6. Johanna says…

    Thank you for answering as it seems each and every question – I thought mine might be a bit too "off-topic" but as I am a graphic design student myself, it was a question true from my heart. Again, thank you!

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  7. Molly says…

    Wow! this is a lot of work. Thank you, Ali, for putting such a great effort toward this. Even though I didn't ask anything I still benefit from the collected answers.

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  8. cheryl says…

    Hi Ali. Just heard you will not be the keynote speaker at CPR. I'm bummed we won't be seeing you but I think everyone can understand at all costs one does what is right for one's family. Take great care of yourself and I look forward to future online classes.

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  9. KRS says…

    CK does by stock photos from Corbis most of the time. I worked in sales and always saw requests from CK for content.

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  10. Carrie says…

    I enjoyed the q & a ...& can't wait to hear details about the online classes. I have also LOVED all of your designer digital designs!!! Thanks for making them available....Love them!!!
    I have one quick question....My son is a few months younger than Simon...I'm curious as to what books/stories Simon is loving right now??

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  11. Corie in Indy says…

    If we're not too late to add a question...
    I have a blog and love to post scrapbook layouts, but I often wonder about sharing my kids' names online. (It's linked to my business Web site, where my last name is easily found.) I actually remove my kids' first names from my layouts before posting. Do you ever worry about sharing too much information about Simon online? Do you wonder what kind of crazy people might be viewing your site and blog? I imagine, with you being famous in a large community of scrappers, your husband being in a public position, and all of your full names (first and last) easily accessible online, that it would be relatively easy to track you down if the wrong person stumbled across your blog. Do you ever worry about that? Am I just being too paranoid about sharing info about my kids? (I think about my blog and realize I have shared my kids' ages, photos galore, sports team names and numbers, pictures of my house, talk of my hometown, etc. That's a lot of personal info!) Your thoughts? I've always been curious about all of you scrappers. Thanks!

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  12. Tina J. says…

    I'm so selfish... and happy that I got to play with you in Provo! My cousin and I were totally hoping that you would take some travel time off and really enjoy the moment with the new baby! I hope you enjoy this time! Cherish it... I think if anyone is equipped to know how, you are! So happy for you and Chris and Simon!
    Tina J.

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  13. Tracy M. Smith says…

    Somehow I missed the post a while ago saying that you are pregnant - how the heck did I miss that?! After my older son was diagnosed with Autism, my husband and I really debated on having another child because we were afraid that any other child we had might be Autistic, too (you know, the whole genetic thing). Finally, we decided that it didn't matter - if we could handle one, we could handle two, and it didn't change out desire to raise another little person as part of our family.
    I wish you the best, but I wonder... did you and Chris go through that, too?

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  14. mary says…

    This is great! Thanks for doing this. Do you have your Creating Keepsakes Studio A columns archived on your blog? I thought they were there but I currently am unable to locate them.

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  15. Anna says…

    I love the Q&A...I wish you would do it more often. Are you considering a basic photoshop online class among your offerings? I want to learn it so badly -- to learn how to use layers etc...I've bookmarked some of your notes in my RSS feeder, but it'd be nice to find a good comprehensive class.

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  16. Tamekia says…

    Hi Ali,
    Congratultions on your pregnancy. I am hoping for the best for you and your family. Thanks for taking the time to post this. I can't wait to hear more about your online courses.
    (the one that almost froze to death in your album track at CKU Houston - green sweater, and occassionally a white one too. Thanks again)

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  17. asksmommy says…

    Just wanted to send some love! :)
    You brighten my day with your take on life and your spakling creativity. Enjoy number two!!

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