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December 4, 2005

Christmas Art Journal Day 4


One of my favorite products of the season are the Christmas ornaments from Basic Grey. You punch out a bunch of circles (that are already scored), glue them together, and you have these fabulous little ornaments. I put some together yesterday and got them up on our tree. So cool.

So as I was punching out the circles I was thinking…this packaging would be cool to use for something in this Christmas art journal. I put it aside and hoped that I would be able to make it work with the prompt for today. And yep, it worked. 

I took photos around the house yesterday and when we went to get the tree. Uploaded them, resized to 2×2, and adhered behind the Basic Grey packaging. Added on an "e" from a KI Memories alphabet soup can + my daily tree and I was good to go. And I can’t forget the peace on earth stamp (also from Memory Box – I get my Memory Box stamps from Art House in Portland, Oregon).

There was a question in the comments yesterday about my other 2005 Christmas album. The circles I used for that book were punched out and simply adhered right onto the cardstock.

Other than playing and doing the tree thing yesterday we watched a great movie/documentary called Murderball last night. Don’t be freaked by the title – it is totally worth a watch. Hoping to watch Born Into Brothels tonight.

Gotta get back to work on classes for next weekend in Indiana. Hoping to run into some snow there.


  • 1.
    jenn said…

    ** doing the happy dance** i’m the first to post ( dont know why that thrills me so much!!
    i have to get my butt in gear and post all the pages ive done for the christmas journal.. loving this project!!
    love your inspiration ali as always!

  • 2.
    Jerrica said…

    Why can’t turkey leftovers turn out as scrummy as this? What a great way of using the ornaments!

  • 3.
    Dana Smith said…

    Ali……..where did you get the Memory Box stamp? Their site is wholesale only and I’m having a hell of a time online finding anyone that carries them.
    I’m also doing the Shimelle/sp Christmas journal….lovin’ it!

  • 4.
    Nancy said…

    Ah, if only I was as quick as you are… doing the ornaments one day, using the ‘left-overs’ the next… I’m just not that fast! Guess I will have to dedicate another drawer to ‘left-overs’ ;)
    So starting my xmas traditions book tomorrow! Although that probably means 2 minutes before midnight ;) crazy day tomorrow!
    Love your handwriting, btw! Do you plan your journaling or do you (like I do) just start to right and see where it has to end? Love to hear how you tackle that part!
    Hugs, Nancy
    The Netherlands

  • 5.
    Chris said…

    Hi Ali: Another question regarding your 1st Christmas album. Can you list the manufacturers of the various pattern papers? Thanks Chris

  • 6.
    Rachel said…

    that is freaking cool :)

  • 7.
    amber Lee said…

    Love today’s art. Added Murderball to my NetFlix queue, and they just sent me Born in to Brothels so I’ll be watching it tonight too!

  • 8.
    Kelli S. said…

    Thanks for taking time to post these pages, even though you’re extra-busy with preparing classes on top of the regular holiday craziness! :)

  • 9.
    Krista said…

    We’ll, we have gotten some snow here in Indiana…and I will also be at your class at Xanadu. Getting all 40 photos together tomorrow night.
    See ya soon!

  • 10.
    adrianne said…

    it is so awesome you are sharing this journal with us, ali – thank you, i just love it!

  • 11.
    Pam Prussel said…

    Ali-thanks for the inspiration! I was so stumped for ideas for our Christmas card and now I have so many great ideas,thanks ot your amazing talent that you share with us! Thank you!

  • 12.
    melissa deakin (momteacherwriter) said…

    lovin’ those wonderful
    photos and to use
    the BG packaging–ingenious!

  • 13.
    Tammy said…

    Hey Ali,
    What an inspiration you are to me! I have been reading your blog and finding myself being drawn back to my scraproom. Thank you for helping me remember that this is a hobby that I truly love. I get to see Karen next weekend and her expanding belly. :-) Take Care
    *thinking snow in the burg*

  • 14.
    jillian said…

    We just watched Murderball on Friday and loved it. Born into Brothels is on our list too. Oh, and today’s page is totally beautiful! Thanks, as usual, for the inspiration.

  • 15.
    Nora said…

    Just had to tell you I am enjoying the chance to see this album SO very much. Funny, I was just on the phone with my mother-in-law this morning plotting my necessary trip to the Art House when we’ll be up visiting in a couple weeks. I got to go there the last time we were in Oregon a couple of years ago…such an awesome store!

  • 16.
    margie said…

    Dammage! LOVE it!
    kiss kiss
    ps E-mail me your new address…Your E-mail’s not going through???

  • 17.
    Kristen said…

    Hey Allie,
    I am a huge fan of your work. One thing I have been noticing lately is how you work off the page. I love how you have tabs and things sticking off of your pages. I also loved your round scrapbook page, and the recent one in CK that was cut across the top.
    I was just wondering how you store/display these kinds of pages since they would not really fit well into a page protector in a scrapbook.

  • 18.
    Sara said…

    I’ve been wanting to see Born into Brothels for a long time now. Need to put that on my list of movies to get from the store. Let us know what you thought of it.

  • 19.
    Waynette said…

    Hey Ali,
    I tried emailing you and it wouldn’t go through. It may be a problem on my end though, not nessicarily yours. Anyway, I just wanted to know if you got your card. Looks like you had a good weekend. Lots of love, Waynette

  • 20.
    Kate said…

    Gorgeous Ali- wow your Christmas book is going to be fantastic when it’s all done- what a tresure!!!

  • 21.
    Helen said…

    Wow Ali…just gorgeous! I love the circles. I’m BIG on circles at the moment!
    Thanks for the inspiration. =)

  • 22.
    Melane said…

    This is awesome Ali…
    You are so creative !
    I really love your work ! ;-)

  • 23.
    Erin said…

    Hi Ali..
    I’m LOVIN’ every page thus far…so fun to see what you’ve come up with next. Thanks for inspiring me and for sharing this with us. Cool.

  • 24.
    Rachel said…

    Super cool post today! Luv that you used the packaging from the BG ornaments….so frugally chic!!! OK, so you’ve inspired me to start a Christmas journal, found a brand new American crafts 8×11 landscape album (that had been tucked away in my studio shelf)in green and just got the front decorated with a Heidi Swapp holly mask….way too fun!
    Anyway….just wanted you to know that Indiana definately has SNOW! I hope it hangs around for you til Friday! I’ll be at both of your classes on Friday! Can’t wait to meet ya!
    I still have a bit of homework to finish!!

  • 25.
    Angi B said…

    cool stuff, Ali. i love the randomness your photos.
    … and simple,yes that’s what i wish for, too

  • 26.
    Melissa in SC said…

    Ali, as always you blow me away with your work. Simple as it may be–it is simply mahvelous and inspired. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  • 27.
    Maureen said…

    I am totally loving all of your pages…..I so want to do this!

  • 28.
    267 said…

    I just signed up for the art journal class. Thanks, Ali, for the inspiration!

  • 29.
    Loni said…

    Dude. When I grow up I want to be just like YOU. I can’t believe how fast you are, woman!
    I love this.

  • 30.
    Valerie said…

    i’m with Loni…when i grow up i wanna be just HALF as good as you!!
    drop me a note when you get a minute…the email address isn’t working & i have Simon’s Mr. Potato Head stuff i wanna send!!!]
    Happy Sunday! valerie

  • 31.
    Kelly Miller said…

    Ali! What a fun idea!! I still need to get mine out of the package and put together and will try to do something similar! TFS!

  • 32.
    Andrea W. said…

    Love your art journal, all the circles are awesome!

  • 33.
    Sandra said…

    Love it Ali, what a great idea. You are so creative, how do you come up with all your ideas?

  • 34.
    Wendi Richert said…

    I gotta put my BG circle ornaments together tomorrow! You are such an inspiration for me. Because of your posts, I’ve begun keeping my own Christmas jouranal. Thank you!!!!! I’ve loved your work forever, and am so thankful that you’re so willing to share here with us. Thank you!!!!!

  • 35.
    Jenn N said…

    Great page entry Ali! Yes, aren’t the Blitzen ornaments awesome?!? There’s just so much you can do with them besides just make the ornament and now I have one more idea – thank you.
    As always, looking forward to tomorrow’s entry.

  • 36.
    stephanie said…

    Love the idea of using the BG leftovers. You are a genius!
    Thanks again for letting us take a peek at your journal.
    It definitely has scraplift potential. :)

  • 37.
    Cori Kindred said…

    Yay Murderball! I’ve been raving about this amazing movie for months, and actually got to see Mark Zupan in person. Someone asked if he ever wished that he still had the use of his legs and arms and he said no, that he had done more, seen more and gone more places then he ever would’ve able-bodied. So uplifting.
    Your latest project has me so excited to check your blog, every day there’s something inspiring and innovative. Thank You for your art, and for sharing your life with us!
    ~ Cori

  • 38.
    Donna said…

    Brilliant, just brilliant AGAIN!!! And thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question from yesterday. And especially for sharing this album – its so inspirational!

  • 39.
    Annie said…

    Your X-mas journal is adorable! I’m just blogging my Christmas pics so far (and that’s a miracle in itself), but now I’m sooo tempted to put together a little album. How fun! Love the BG packaging idea!

  • 40.
    cathy said…

    this is so amazing it’s physically painful….
    you rock.

  • 41.
    Alexandra DeVellis said…

    Hi Ali,
    Hope this finds you well.
    I tried to send you an e-mail regarding left-over class kits but it was returned ‘undeliverable’.
    Drop me a line if you get a minute.
    Thanks so much,
    P.S. Loving your holiday art journal – so fabulous – so inspirational!!

  • 42.
    Kim Bolyard said…

    Don’t feel bad about the snow Ali, There is no hope of me ever getting any…I live in Sunny Florida. I do love the cold weather and no humidity. I love Enrty #4. Thanks for turning me on to this Christmas Journal. I am really enjoying it.

  • 43.
    K said…

    your art journal is beautiful Ali. i love it. totally you. totally cool. very inspiring. smooches. K

  • 44.
    Cindy said…

    Love is not a big enough word for how much I LOVE your journal! I am so obsessed with circles right now! It’s like you are reading my mind! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  • 45.
    KimP said…

    Hey Ali -
    Love Day 4! Nice use of the Blitzen leftovers :)
    Murderball rocks! It was one of the few movies we actually saw at the theater last summer & I’ve been raving about it ever since – totally inspiring in terms of living to your potential.

  • 46.
    Shawna (aka litlscrapr) said…

    so, after seeing your creation with the “leftovers” I had to call my store- knowing that they were not open- and leave a message for them to set a package aside for me till I can make it into town. I’m sure you’ve set off a whole wild fire with that one! Thanks! And I know that BG doesn’t really need more selling points, but hey, you did it lady!

  • 47.
    Shawna (aka litlscrapr) said…

    so, after seeing your creation with the “leftovers” I had to call my store- knowing that they were not open- and leave a message for them to set a package aside for me till I can make it into town. I’m sure you’ve set off a whole wild fire with that one! Thanks! And I know that BG doesn’t really need more selling points, but hey, you did it lady!

  • 48.
    Kelly Bryan said…

    Absolutely beautiful! I just bought the Memory Box stamp on Ebay – Lots of great holiday stamps up for auction. Love how you used the BG leftovers – you are such an inspiration!

  • 49.
    t said…

    DUDE you are on fire right now. i just put those ornaments together myself. they are so adorable. i am so digging the packaging out of the trash now!!!!!

  • 50.
    Lin said…

    Ali, you totally inspire me to look at things with new, fresh eyes… you are a treasure! :)

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