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December 11, 2007

December Daily : Day 11 + CKU Chicago

Merry Tuesday.

There have been a couple questions in the comments the last few days about how I set up this album in the beginning. Here’s a look at my December 2007 Studio A column from Creating Keepsakes where the original was first shown:

Essentially I started out with the acrylic front and back cover (from D Reeves Design House) and then added in a bunch of different sized pages that I cut down (mostly thick transparencies from Hambly and Narratives and a Heidi Swapp clock) and envelopes. I numbered each from 1 through 25 using a combination of chipboard, stickers, and circle accents.

Here’s my entry for today:

For today’s entry I printed out a photo of Simon checking out his Thomas Christmas set and adhered it to the back of a lined card (which fits right into the envelope).

As I was figuring out what I wanted to put on the photo I was excited to see that Designer Digitals has Photoshop brushes from Art Warehouse – especially this Christmas one and this one. I also loved Katie Pertiet’s Christmas postage stamps. Red circle number tags are from Every Jot And Tittle. Envelopes from Paper Source.

In other news…
Registration for CKU-Chicago starts tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern. Check out all the details here: CKU-Chicago. Look for a bunch of cool changes including three full days of classes, a meet & greet on Wednesday night, boxed lunches on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, and all new album tracks/classes.

My new album track, Evolution, is based on an album concept presented in Life Artist on page 116-117. For this project you can choose to document your own story,  or that of a child, parent, spouse, friend, etc. – pretty much anyone you choose (even a group of people). My album tells the story of my family unit over three different time periods: 1970′s, 1980′s-90′s, and today.

If you can’t make it to Chicago, the class will also be offered at the other two CKU events: Houston or Provo.


  • 1.
    Tracy B (in Canada) said…

    Ali, i’ve enjoyed checking in everyday to see what you’ve added to your December album. What a great idea. I LOVE the fact that the album was premade and you just had to add the photos and journalling. Because I’m sure that everyone out there (including myself)would never get this accomplished if you had to make the whole page each day.

  • 2.
    Joanne R said…

    Hi Ali, what adhesive do you use for this album and what does the back side of each page look like?

  • 3.
    christina said…

    thanks ali for the tutorial, i have your book on my christmas list so i haven’t even looked at it yet in anticipation! hopefully it will be under the tree and i will be able to make a book like this next year!

  • 4.
    paolo said…

    Need an assistant in Chicago?!? :)
    And um, have I ever told you how freaking cool your art is?!

  • 5.
    Marlies said…

    Hi Ali,
    Love how you keep inspiring me. Not in duplicating your style, but giving room for my own creations and feeling good about them!!
    Just wondering about the studio A columns. I love how you’ve uploaded them until september. Any chance you will upload the latest editions?
    Thanks and have a great holiday,

  • 6.
    Jane Logan said…

    Hi Ali
    Just wanted to say that I LOVE this album, also there is only about 3 weeks till I get to enjoy your new book – you see I bought it for my mother to give me for Christmas along with Becky’s new sketches book and because I love Christmas so much I gave both books to her without having even one peek. So now it is killing me and to top it all off I wont be celebrating Christmas in Sydney with my family this year, we are off to NZ to see my husbands family. Sooooo I will not be in possession of your book again till 1st January!!!!!! But I will be sure to check out pages 116-117!!LOL
    Anyway thanks as always for the AE inspiration!

  • 7.
    Lydia said…

    Thanks for the info on the album- can’t wait to give it a try

  • 8.
    sue said…

    Wish I could come to Chicago for CKU. I don’t live very far away but have to work. So bummed.

  • 9.
    EmmaJ said…

    Ali, I was just wondering about a 2008 calendar… are you going to make one? I thought you said you would, but this year is almost up and I didn’t see a new one in your Cafe Press shop.

  • 10.
    Mary Rogers said…

    I don’t think I can convince my husband that I need to go to another CKU event this year….too much going on, but I love you new album track concept.

  • 11.
    Frances M said…

    Fantastic documentation on this album. So great to come and check it out. Just watching your “evolution” w/ being creative is amazing! This album is fine art!

  • 12.
    emily powers said…

    ali!!!! thanks so much for sharing the original article. i missed that and i love hearing how you put it together because i’ve been enjoying each post so much. i haven’t gotten to the album track concept in your book yet, but i can’t wait!!! thank you for all the inspiration.

  • 13.
    Holly T said…

    Love that album…I will so have to do that next year.
    Every day (as you share more) I get more and more into the idea!
    Blessings, Holly

  • 14.
    Brittany said…

    I will be at CKU-Houston. Pleeeeaaassse say the class will be there. lol

  • 15.
    Sandi said…

    The more I see, the more I love it. I sure hope that there will be acrylic albums – pages and all released at the Winter HIA 08. I am dying for one!

  • 16.
    Olga said…

    WOW! Totally Awesome. Looks like I am going to take a class in digital scrapbooking. The Photoshop brushes is a great idea! They are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful gift of inspiration. I look forward to your pages each day and It is making my Christmas Brighter! xoxo, Olga

  • 17.
    Teresa said…

    I would love to go..directly in Houston??? Awesome…but $445 is soooo much money…I would do it for $50 :)

  • 18.

    I sooo love this mini album!

  • 19.
    Kim said…

    Sadly no CKU’s close to my home next year. I’m in Florida and I missed the one last year :(
    On a brighter note though, thank you so much for showing us your December album daily and for always inspring!

  • 20.
    DonnaC said…

    Hi Ali
    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy seeing how your album is evolving each day. You are so inspiring as always!
    p.s. though I don’t do digital pages, I love how you incorporate hybrid elements sometimes. I will definitely have to give that a try.

  • 21.
    Angi said…

    Love, love following your album this month! Fabulous. I haven’t been making an album but have been blogging Advent this year, with the possibility of creating a scrapbook from the entries eventually.
    Stop by if you have a moment!
    Merry CHRISTmas, Ali!
    (no longer living in Hawaii, but now in COOOOLD Illinois!)

  • 22.
    Lorrie M. said…

    So enjoying your December Daily album. I’m doing one myself, and really enjoying the “play” aspect that it brings to me. So cool. I have been wondering where you have came up with the grid transparencies. I haven’t been able to find them anywhere, and was wondering if you create it, or if it perhaps was a stamp?
    Also, I’m eagerly anticipating CKU-Houston to take your class. Are you planning on teaching there too? There will be no new little babies to keep me from going! ha.
    Again, truckloads of thanks for all the inspiration on the acrylic album. Never would have ventured out on my own to do it, but SO enjoying it!!!
    Merry Christmas!!! Lorrie

  • 23.
    sally said…

    Hi Ali,
    It’s been so wonderful to get so much christmas ideas from you – I have a question, how do you display your christmas cards??
    Thank you.

  • 24.
    Lorrie M. said…

    Ali – two posts up I asked about the grid pattern. Complete Mommy moment I guess – just found them on Hembly’s website. I had been looking at other storefronts, but forgot to check them & their great selection!
    Thanks! Lorrie

  • 25.
    suetreiber said…

    so lovin’ it. I need to make one.

  • 26.
    Lisa M said…

    Love your work Ali, just love it. Thank You!!

  • 27.
    Carrie said…

    I’m loving this album and wishing I had done one…This inspired me to create a 52 page album similar to be fill in 2008 & if I had a blog I could share it. Guess I need to get with the times. I also wish your album track classes were available outside of CKU…since I can’t seem to make them, but sadly I understand why not.

  • 28.
    Steph H said…

    so excited to tell you that I’m officially registered for your album at CKU!!! With my mom.
    Can’t wait :)

  • 29.
    Dawn said…

    Hi Ali,
    I’m a CKU virgin and I was lucky enough to get in on the registration and I will be taking your class in Chicago… I have a question though… I will be going alone, do lots of people go alon? and I will be driving home each day, does this present any problems? just don’t want to feel like the “odd man out” or “woman” in this case…
    Thanks !!!

  • 30.
    Megan said…

    I love the scallopy detail on the ceiling in you tree shot…is that
    crown molding-esque; did you add it…I want to see another photo!!

  • 31.
    abra said…

    Love everything you do. Love the album, love Simon, LOVE seeing how much extra work you out into parenting. I have one like that too. My question…tell me more about the ceiling above the tree!!?? What a cool affect, is it paint or trim??? Can you show another more detailed picture? Thanks!

  • 32.
    Cheri said…

    Yeah….registered tonight for CKU Chicago!
    I made it into your class and can’t wait. Can’t believe I am excited to get homework. It just has to be the right kind of homework!

  • 33.
    kelly said…

    fun fun!
    i’d love to TA for your class in chicago ;)

  • 34.
    Jennifer said…

    Just registered for CKU! Can’t wait for your class on Friday! :)

  • 35.
    Lorrie M. said…

    Hey Ali~
    Just received a cool link to print out a letter to the kids from Santa – with postage stamps as well – from AAA. Thought Simon might enjoy it too.
    Happy Holidays!

  • 36.
    Kim said…

    Hi Ali, this is a bit unrelated, but … I know you’re trying to enjoy the season more than the STUFF this year (me too!) and I know you love movies, so I thought I’d mention … Have you seen the “Arctic Tale” movie yet? It is a wonderful movie with a great message about global warming and how it affects the animals in the arctic (and all of us). It is rated G and it’s very well done. It addresses issues of survival for the animals, but in a way that’s not too scary or upsetting (there are a few sad parts, but they’re not too bad on the kids). I laughed AND cried – my definition of a good movie. I watched it with my 3 and 5 year old boys and they loved it. I loved it too. Just thought you’d like to know. :)
    Happy holidays!

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