Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

December 6, 2007

December Daily : Day Five (+ a drawing)

No photo for Day Five – just a bit of journaling, receipts inside the envelope, and a tag from Simon’s jeans on the outside. You can see all the pages here.

And answering a couple questions from yesterday’s post:
What transparent pages I am using for this album? Most of the pages are either from Hambly (which are super thick) or from Narratives (Karen Russell for Creative Imaginations). For this album the cover (from D Reeves) comes separate from all the interior pages – which works perfect when you are planning on mixing it up by adding in lots of random sizes/shapes.

Do I crop my photos into squares? I use either a square punch or I use Photoshop to crop my photos into squares to use on my projects.

Any chance you can tell us what kind of Album track you’ll be teaching at CKU ’08? My album track is going to be a version of the Evolution project seen in my new book (updated and expanded for the workshop). There should be more info on the CKU website today (and a post from me with more info coming soon). 

In other news:
A new issue of the AEzine went out yesterday. If you are not getting it in your in-box you can check it out online here (this week is about working through creative fears).

And as a special treat today:
Diane from D Reeves Design House has offered to give away an 8×8 clear album to three people (the same one I am using for my December Daily project). Leave a comment today and I will draw tonight at 8pm Pacific.


  • 1.
    k8scraps said…

    Am loving your Christmas album, Ali!
    {Pick me}

  • 2.
    karin ms said…

    Wow, I can’t believe Simon is into size 6 jeans already! How funny that’s the first thing I noticed on this awesome page:).
    Love how real this is in a Dec. album.

  • 3.
    Susan said…

    Love the transparent album and have been lurking on the DReeves site, planning on buying one for myself. I have been using transparencies on some of my stuff lately, thank you for the inspiration. Have a wonderful holiday!

  • 4.
    Beverly said…

    Hi Ali -
    Love the concept of this album. I’m taking photos almost daily, and trying to incorporate more of a creative “challenge” to use my products for my Christmas journal. Such a great season filled with so much to remember – new and old!

  • 5.
    Fran said…

    pick me!

  • 6.
    Marie said…

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • 7.
    Heidi Y said…

    I would LOVE to get this cute album!!! Thanks for sharing yours :)

  • 8.
    Kristin Huntley said…

    love all your holiday projects, Ali. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us!
    P.S. Need. This. Album.

  • 9.
    Jody Grimmer said…

    Love your work and albums. You are so very creative and you make me think outside the box everytime I sit down to create. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 10.
    Heather (bowserbrood) said…

    What a fun giveaway. I have been enjoying your album so much. I have been writing things down everyday but haven’t started an album yet.

  • 11.
    Teresa said…

    Wow, a chance to make my own Christmas album? What a treat!

  • 12.
    Launa said…

    Hi, Ali, I’ve recently found your blog, though I’ve been following your work in your publications for some time. I just now signed up for your AEzine, too. Thank you for sharing so much–you are a generous spirit with a teacher’s heart.
    I’m a Kindermusik teacher, writer, mother, and paper arts lover, and I’ll definitely continue to check your blog! Thank you!

  • 13.
    PJ said…

    Hi Ali,
    I would’ve never thought about leaving a jeans label in a Christmasalbum, but it looks great! Actually, the whole album does… love to see the ‘dailyness’ in it!!!

  • 14.
    Debbie said…

    I would love this album! Thank you for this drawing!

  • 15.
    Judy Grubbs said…

    Hi Ali,
    As always, your work is beautiful and inspiring!

  • 16.
    Nicole said…

    Your December Daily album is coming along beautifully! What a little treasure it’ll be!

  • 17.
    Leanne Dietlin said…

    Love the clear album look and red for the holiday season. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and creativity! Happy holidays.

  • 18.
    jamie K said…

    I might sound a little clueless, but how do you crop your pictures to a square (or any other size) using photoshop? I don’t know all the ins and outs of PS yet…and I’m afraid to even try.
    thanks for sharing your holiday book too!

  • 19.
    Laura Bruynell said…

    I am loving this album. Makes me want to get started on an acrylic album today. Is this an 8×8 that you are working on?

  • 20.
    Tee said…

    Thanks for the link to Diane’s blog, definitely bookmarked now!

  • 21.
    Brittany said…

    I have been wanting/drooling over the D Reeves albums ever since I discovered them. I promise promise promise it will be put to good use!
    BTW, I am enjoying your album… so much inspiration everyday!

  • 22.
    Cammy said…

    Love how your album is coming together. Look forward to checking it out each day. Thanks for sharing the details of how you do things and taking the time to answer the questions.

  • 23.
    Angie said…

    I love this idea for a Christmas album! Such a cute idea!!

  • 24.
    Kim said…

    Your album is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing it! Kim

  • 25.
    chris said…

    This is the best idea. I think I will incorporate this into a summer vacation album!

  • 26.
    Roxanne said…

    Hi Ali,
    I’m really enjoying how your Christmas album is unfolding, and especially enjoying how working with transparencies affects the look! Thanks for a wonderful new inspiration!

  • 27.
    Gioconda said…

    I love seeing your pages everyday. You truly inspire me. I am making a christmas journal in shimelle’s class and i love that it really brings me back to the heart of this season, even when stress is all around me. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • 28.
    Angie said…

    I’d love this album!

  • 29.
    Adelina said…

    I’ve loved seeing your album updates! BTW, I was so honored to have met you at CK Seattle. I would love a clear album for myself! PICK ME! PICK ME!

  • 30.
    Cara said…

    Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE you new book! I have started reading it for the second time this past weekend. So many ideas brewing in this brain of mine now!!!! Just have to get cracking on them LOL! Love the transparent album that you are using for your December album. I love the idea if this project. I have been snapping photos since December 1st. Would love a new album to put them in!! Have a great day.

  • 31.
    cheryle said…

    Daily,I look forward to lunch and reading your blog…thanks for sharing. You inspire me! cheryle

  • 32.
    Jamie said…

    I was inspired by your site and made an advent calandar yesterday. It felt so good to be crafty again, I love it! Will be doing many more of your projects in the near future.

  • 33.
    krisfred said…

    HI Ali,
    THANK YOU for ALL of the holiday ideas and inspiration! Love the seeing the album each day…SO COOL.

  • 34.
    Sandra Matsuba said…

    Luv the album Ali! Can’t wait to see future pages … totally inspiring!

  • 35.
    Laura M said…

    I am new to your blog, and I wanted to thank you for the inspiration…I have found several really wonderful projects that I have modified for my own family…Thank You !!! Thank You !!! Merry Christmas.

  • 36.
    ruth said…

    I’ve been playing along, blogging my daily smoethings (but I’ve yet to get an album). It’s been much fun! Loving the inspiration of your blog. :)

  • 37.
    Betsy said…

    Ali, I love each and every page that you do! Such a source of inspiration. Not only artistically, but in terms of life lessons as well. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  • 38.
    RahelG said…

    Oh how I’d love to take your class at CKU, but alas, I won’t be able to make it this time around. I love your work Ali…you are so inspiring in much more then just your art. Thanks for sharing.

  • 39.
    Kristine Wildung said…

    I made one of these albums too and I’m having such a great time recording the important daily moments during this busy season. Would love to make another one celebrating my ordinary everyday.

  • 40.
    Amy said…

    well you know I just made my reservation for Provo! yippee! I would so love one of those albums, they are hard to come by!

  • 41.
    Jessica said…

    I love love love your album! You are so inspiring and thanks for sharing all your details with us.

  • 42.
    Miranda said…

    I’m working up the courage to delve into the world of transparencies. Wish me luck!!

  • 43.
    Anna McConnell said…

    I always love getting a peek at the projects you are working on!

  • 44.
    Shanna Everts said…

    I just love all you do. This christmas album is so creative… I would have never though of it. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I love reading your blog.

  • 45.
    Emily said…

    Ali–you are truly an inspiration to me. Loved the discussion of scrapbooking for multiple children. And I’m not just saying these things so you’ll pick me! :)

  • 46.
    Candi Tardio said…

    i would love to win one of those clear 8 x 8 albums!!!!!
    i love work….so inspiring!!!

  • 47.
    Angie said…

    My scrappin’ buddies are doing a “picture-a-day” challenge, inspired by you of course, for the month of Dec. and plan to put together a mini book when we meet again in January…how fun would it be to get a clear album for this project?!

  • 48.

    It is just delicious! TFS :)

  • 49.
    Sandy said…

    Also trying to do a Christmas album, but I was behind before I started. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • 50.
    Laura said…

    Loving this album. Pick me!