An advocate for not making things more complicated than they need to be & embracing imperfection, Ali shares cool concepts, design, and project ideas in her idea books: A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking, A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking with Patterned Paper, Life Artist, and Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books.
"I started scrapbooking in 2002 as a way to organize all the stuff I collected after the birth of my son. It has become so much more than an organizational process for me - it has let me find my own personal passion and voice. It has become all about the process of capturing life and creating art."
Read a post about why she scrapbooks here.
Well known for her signature style of everyday-life scrapbooking, Ali is a highly sought-after workshop instructor. Currently she offers online workshops through Big Picture Scrapbooking.
For workshop scheduling, keynote speaking, press, or blog sponsorship information, please contact her by email.
Ali lives in Eugene, Oregon. She enjoys travel, reading, politics from the sidelines, and spending time with her husband and two children.
How did you get started in the scrapbooking industry?
Scrapbooking began for me as a hobby. When my son was 11 months old I got the urge to create a baby book for him that would include all the photos and stuff we had been accumulating since his birth. My quest for a modern-style baby book was unsuccessful and through a series of online clicks I came across Two Peas In A Bucket. It was there that I really learned about scrapbooking.
I became immediately hooked on the creative combination of words + photos. I started uploading my layouts into a gallery and began meeting so many really cool people who shared this same love. If you go to my gallery on Two Peas you can see my evolution as a storyteller.
In 2003 I entered Creating Keepsakes Magazine Hall of Fame contest and was one of the winners that year. That was really the beginning of my working relationship with Creating Keepsakes and the start of so many crazy things. Since that time I have written four books about scrapbooking, traveled and taught in some of the most amazing places, and in so many ways I have really gotten to know myself better.
What is your educational background?
I have a BA in American Studies (history, literature, & political science) and an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. Scrapbooking is the perfect blend of my passions.
What camera, computer, scanner, printer, software + other
equipment do you use?
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Lens: Canon 28-105, Canon 50mm 1.4
Scanner: Epson Perfection 2480
Printer: HP Photosmart D7360
Software: Adobe Photoshop, iPhoto, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator
How can we get you to come teach at our store/event?
Email me for more information.
Where can I buy your books?
AE Book Shop
How can I become a sponsor on your blog?
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A career, a husband, a child and a hobby? How do you keep up with
it all? Do you schedule time(s) for things?
It's a constant work in progress with lots of dreams about balance. When Chris is not in session (Oregon Legislature - he is a State Representative) we both work from home - this gives us quite a bit of flexibility. I try to do most of my work during the hours that Simon is in school and leave the late afternoon/evening for family time. It's not unusual for both Chris and me to do computer work after Simon goes to bed.
What is the main concept of Life
Artist, your most recent book release?
The main concept is this: capturing life through words and photos and doing something creative with that documentation. For me it also extends beyond scrapbooking - I want to live my life in a creative manner. I believe that our own personal "art" can be the way in which we choose to live our lives.
What made you decide to write Life
Artist? Like, what was your goal for the scrapbooker; inspiration,
Life Artist is a collection of my thoughts on scrapbooking. It is the book I have always wanted to write. It is more focused on my philosophy of capturing life in a creative manner: embracing imperfection, going with the flow, not making it more complicated than it needs to be, and celebrating the everyday. They are all things I try to live by as well as mantras I use while creating.
What I really wanted to create with that book was something that I would want to read. I wanted it to be a nice balance between words and images, between philosophy and projects. When someone picks up that book I want them to have the opportunity to really reflect on what scrapbooking means to them in their life. I want the reader to get excited about documenting their stories and stop worrying about trying to make everything perfect.
What is the best part of it all?
Doing what I love. Working from home. Focusing on my family.
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