Joy Notes and being inspired by yourself


Ali Brown is a wife, mother, teacher, intercessor, singer, musician, photographer, filmographer and artist. She is a life scribe who has kept a journal for as long as she can remember. Ali’s passion is to encourage people to see the beauty in their life and to write it down in a creative and artistic way.


  1. Maura Flood

    Wonderful! I will definitely start my own Joy Notes scrapbook. So often, I forget just what it was I loved about something I did. Now, I’ll have this little book to refer to.Thanks so much!

    • Ali Brown

      I’m so happy that you are going to start one!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Kimberly Jones

    Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing this Ali! I am all about capturing little moments of joy and beauty and this will be such a fun way to do that!

    • Ali Brown

      I’m so happy it helped you! <3

  3. Clare Etheridge

    This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing and I must say how inspiring your faces are with the watercolour and gesso colour. So gorgeous!

    • Ali Brown

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Clare! I am grateful for the discoveries I have made pressing on with portraiture. My next journey will be figures. πŸ™‚

  4. Jenny Sehlstedt

    This is super inspiring Ali! I went ahead and got myself a binder and some plastic pockets to be prepared for this post beforehand. I laughed my head off while watching the video when I realized that I had bought the exact same binder as you, even the colour πŸ™‚ !

    • Ali Brown

      Oh that is too funny, Jenny!!! Joy Note Twinkies! haha! I’m so excited for you to start taking your own Joy Notes! xoxo

  5. Tiffany Julia

    This idea is genius! I think I need to keep a separate notebook now, esp. for all the bits that other artists do that I like. Cause I often find myself admiring someone else’s work/style, but forgetting exactly why or what it was I liked about it. I think this is a great way to keep all those little bits we “steal” from others (and ourselves) to use at a later time. Thanks for sharing your Joy Notes with us Ali!

    • Ali Brown

      That’s absolutely right, Tiffany! I have a mini class coming out from a couple older videos that were on Patreon and it’s about finding that ONE thing that you love about the people you admire…and then making a recipe for your own art. After I made that video I knew I needed to do that for myself too. I love the way your brain thinks! πŸ™‚

  6. Christina Cloud

    I know I’m a bit late to this but I just watched the video and oh my gosh this is a perfect idea! I will often find some little thing like testing colors together or doing a cool doodle on the corner of a piece of paper and discover some amazing little thing that I love! I have tons of papers and cut out bits everywhere! You’ve just given me the best idea on how to consolidate them! Thank you!

  7. Talita Chaves

    What a wonderful idea! I’ll start my Joy Notes too πŸ™‚ Your work is amazing! I’m new here and I just came across with your video and Instagram gallery – it’s such an inspiration for me! Thanks a lot!