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Getting to Know Ali Edwards

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About Ali
Ali Edwards' passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Popular blogger, memory keeping product designer, author of four books, mom to two kids, and navigator of the ups and downs of life, Ali is a frequent instructor at Big Picture Classes. She emphatically believes that telling the stories of our lives can change everything for the better.

Her Favorite Quote

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I've just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width as well." -Diane Ackerman

Ali Answers the Five W's

For extra fun, we included two of each W, plus a couple of H's!
Who are you?
I am in progress. I am re-envisioning my life. I am living day to day. I am working on being open. I am embracing change. I am finding the fun me again. I love my work.
Who has inspired you, personally or professionally, to be who you are? My parents. Teachers. Friends. People I don't know. Life experiences. Books.
What do you believe with all of your heart? That expressing compassionate love, deep and open, even in the hardest of times, is the most important thing because we are all in this together.
What do you teach, write, blog, and talk incessantly about? Capturing and celebrating everyday life. Telling your story. Making it through stuff. Embracing life with an open heart and mind.
When did you get your start? I started scrapbooking in late 2002 and started working with Two Peas in a Bucket and Creating Keepsakes in 2003.
When did you know that this was your path? It's been an evolution. I do remember sitting down to the first day of my Graphic Design program at a local community college (after getting a BA in American History/Literature/Political Science) and knowing I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I loved scrapbooking from the first moment I started, when my son Simon was just about a year old. Bringing together words, photos and design-it's definitely a way of life for me now.
Where is your favorite place on earth? Probably my parents' house on the Oregon Coast. Family history + the ocean = win. Some days it's my backyard. Some days it's my bed or my couch watching movies with my kids, or a dark movie theater, or my offices, or an outdoor swimming pool, or getting on an airplane to embark on an adventure, or at a bar with friends.
Where do you go to be inspired? Pinterest. Home décor magazines. Simple living blogs.
Why are you here at BPC? Because this is a great community and I love what I do. I want to share my life and ideas with others.
Why do you love your life? Freedom. Light. Family. Opportunity. Possibility. Adventure.
How do you do everything you do? I try really hard to work when it's time to work and play when it's time to play. Schedules are my friend.
How can we learn more about you? Visit me at aliedwards.com.


Her Favorite Photo

This is a photo I took while we were on vacation in Hawaii this past January. I love it for lots of reasons-particularly for the scale (how small they are versus the sky and ocean) and for how it showcases a relationship between my two kids.

Her Favorite Layout

I am a real-life storyteller. I love everyday stories that talk about the, who, what, where, when, why, etc. of a situation, event, or moment. This one tells the story of Simon beginning 4th grade.

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