Ali Edwards design team · Family · Memory keeping · Storybooks

Happy 40th Birthday Darrin!

My husband gives so much to me and our boys and all those around him. It seemed only appropriate to use Ali’s newest story kit give to celebrate him on his 40th birthday!

Happy birthday D!

Memory keeping

December Daily – my story

2013 was my first time documenting in December Daily!  I chose a box craft store kit and wrote down my story for the day along with a photo.  It was simple and I love it still.  I loved the simplicity of it.  I love how it recorded the traditions (that have now changed), and it was completed.

The heart behind my December Daily album was to begin recording our life and to bring joy back to my heart at Christmas time.  The year before my bother had passed away and I was left with a deep wound on my soul.  He is my only sibling and having only two children myself, I knew I wanted a way to record their memories.  What December Daily gave back to me was the ability to see the joy in every day and to embrace my inner story teller.  I was the documenter of my life and narrator for my family memories.

I am grateful that that mindset has carried me through 2014 – 2017 of project life style documenting our lives.  As a mother to two young and active boys, having those memories recorded are priceless to me!

I will be sharing my December Daily pages here on the blog (as much as I can keep up 🙂 as well as my Instagram account at Cultivating Casie.



Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping

Story Camp photo walk

Welcome to a little snapshot from Story Camp!  Ali gave us the above photo prompt sheet and we spent some time walking around the area surrounding the Inn on 5th.  When we returned to the classroom, we shared our photos via instagram using the hashtag #aephotowalk

What I loved about this assignment was seeing what would catch my eye and how I would photograph that.  The colors in Oregon during the fall are vibrant and gorgeous!  During the photo walk, it was raining which allowed for that perfect overcast outdoor photo atmosphere.

I used Ali’s November digital kit to document the walk.  The half circle “love this” half circle to pop the bottom of my patterned card.

I showcased my favorite photos from the walk in a 2×2 page protector.  These are housed behind the BEST of food & drink at Story Camp layout.  I didn’t embellish the photos because I wanted them to stand alone.  To document what I was thinking with each photograph, I used the give thanks journal card resized to 3×8 to write my perspective.

Here is the layout completed! (and a huge thank you to Leslie Norgren sharing her photos and inspiring the sidewalk photo – you can see her photo here on Instagram

Thanks for joining me for a story camp photo walk experience!

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping · Project life · Tutorials

Digital layouts with Ali’s products 

Today I want to share a quick and easy way to make digital layouts using Ali Edwards products.  I use this work flow often for project life and will utilize it for December daily as well.  The apps I use are project life and letterglow. 

Here is the finished layout:

I start in the project life app using the 6×8 templates. The finished product on these layouts is 6×8 which allows me to slip it right into a page protector. (I’ll share a more hybrid approach tomorrow). 

Within the 6×8 template, I add the photos and edit them directly in there using the pic tap go shortcut within the app. 

I also add filler cards directly from my Dropbox. 

Finally I created a journal card within letterglow along with Ali’s digital stamp that I recolored to match the photos. 

I place that into the template and it is complete!

Hope this helps digital scrapbooking easy and fun!

Family · Memory keeping · Project life · Storybooks

Disneyland 2017

This past week we visited Disneyland in an early celebration of my husband’s 40th birthday.  Here is how I documented the trip.

I used various Ali Edwards story kit journal cards and pieces to document our trip in 1 and 1/2 project life design A pages. 

My favorite pieces of the layout are the little bits that I saved like the hotel key and park tickets.


And always telling the story one journal card at a time!        

Bible Journaling · Faith walk

new Documented Faith goodies

When I met Stephanie, the creator of Documented Faith at an Illustrated Faith retreat in 2015, I remember her talking about creating her own products.  Products in her signature style of handwriting that would provide jumping off points for women to document their faith in a creative way.  These new products, available from Adorn It, are in my favorite black and white and super versatile.

I am sharing one simple layout that I created as the title page of my November Documented Gratitude notebook.  The note to self is from the new stamp sets and a great jumping off point of all the things I want to tell myself.  The title Note to Self … it’s time to cultivate a heart of gratitude.

For documenting in my bible, I used the new sticky notes and cut out the fun design along the border.  I love using these to document within my bible since I can mess up on the sticky note before pasting it into my bible.  For the layout within my bible, I wrote a prayer along Psalms 139.  I used the starburst stamp to showcase the word stripe sticker truth.

The prayer reads:

Dear Lord,

I am grateful that you know me fully and completely.  You know the plans you have for me.  You walk before me and behind me.  You lead me in the darkness and guide me in your light.  Thank you for knowing me.

I finished the layout with a washi border and the date stamped at the bottom.
Thanks for following along on my documented faith journey!  I will be sharing more on my instagram account at CultivatingCasie.

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping

Story Camp

Does it sound cliché to say Story Camp was life changing?!  It definitely changed how I look at documenting life and a deeper sense of my reason why as a memory keeper.  As a member of Ali Edwards Crestive team, I was given the opportunity to attend story camp and experience an amazing journey into the mind of a memory keeper. 

The start of my memory keeping began in 2013 with December Daily and quickly became a quest to document everything!  As you can imagine that quickly overwhelmed me.  I have experimented with many different formats and styles.  What story camp taught me is, while the formats and products are fun to play with, the ultimate goal is to tell my story! (And not to be afraid of practice. Below is a layout we created using circles and the story spark of someone we love. I chose the dog.)

The story –  live the story, capture the story and write the story.  Simple and yet so profound!

Meeting like minded, memory keeping focused women from all over the USA and Canada and even Guatemala was a piece of story camp that I didn’t think too much about.  But WOW these ladies we so amazing to get to know.  We had dinner and drinks together and shared our stories.  Big stories of life changes, losses and transitions but also the little, funny stories about our kids or pets.  Because at the heart of the matter, we are story tellers!  In real life and on paper, we tell the stories about us, our family and the world around us.

For the people that I told what I was going to, they didn’t get that part.  They thought “oh cute a little scrapbook of cut out cute things”.  For those of us who get it Story Camp is so much more!!! We all left the experience changed for the better!