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December 6, 2007

December Daily : Day Six

I was sitting out on the couch working on my laptop earlier this afternoon when Simon announced, “Mommy, it not working.” It ended up being the Elf dvd. Some minor accident had occurred and Elf was no  longer his cherry self. Fortunately the box we purchased included two dvd’s (a widescreen and a fullscreen version – because we all need both, right?) of this movie that has quickly become one of his favorites.

A great little story to tell today.

And a chance to create a pocket page by stitching the transparency directly onto a sheet of photos.

Here’s a look at the back with just a tiny bit of journaling along the bottom celebrating four good little things around the house from today:

Stamps featured on the front are from a company called Educational Insights and can be found here (uppercase) and here (lowercase). I found my sets at a local teacher store – The Learning Palace if you are here locally (they also have some locations in the Portland area). To stamp onto the transparency I used black Staz-On ink.

The cream lace strip along the bottom, just above the journaling, is a cool new product from Narratives: Self Adhesive Paper Lace. Just peel off the backing and stick it down.


  • 1.
    Nena said…

    you know I have always wondered about Why 2 dvd’s? Why do I need them? your post tells all … It’s because I’ll need another one someday.
    I love that movie, every year I pull it out and watch it at lease twice! It make me laugh!

  • 2.
    Amy Tangerine said…

    love the sewing!! this whole book concept is sooo soo cool. thanks for always inspiring!

  • 3.
    Tran My Quach said…

    What happen to the dvd?

  • 4.
    Lisa Hall said…

    OH Ali
    LOVE LOVE paper whites as well they are all over the house 7 plants the house will smell good in a couple weeks.i can’t wait.
    i am glad that you do this.
    I am a stocker now.
    Lisa Hall

  • 5.
    Karen said…

    This is such a great album, Ali. I look forward to seeing each new page every day. We have a lot of DVD casualties in our home too thanks to a very enthusiastic 3 year old DVD watcher (and sometimes thrower). Our son is very capable and happily loads and changes his DVDs by himself on his little portable player but because they have to click onto the spindle, it can be hard on them. I know what’s coming when I see the beginnings of what I call a fatal crack and if he happens to fling one onto the kitchen floor at exactly the right angle it splits cleanly in half which of course elicits a horrified reaction from me but I keep an eye out for good discounts on his favourites when I notice they are on their way out and stash a few in the cupboard for emergency replacements. Of course I make it clear that throwing his DVDs is not on but he gets so much pleasure and high delight from them that I can live with a few breakages along the way. I can just imagine your relief at having a second Elf DVD at hand!

  • 6.
    Anne Alley said…

    Hi Ali :)
    I’ve used the two DVD option, when I found how difficult it is to clean peanut butter off a DVD!
    Thank you for the inspiration! My kids and I are doing something special every day for the holidays, and we’re having a great time. It’s nice to have a holiday season we’re enjoying, rather than stressing about projects, shopping, cookies, etc, etc….
    Anne Alley

  • 7.
    casey boyd said…

    Ali………I am cracking up right now, I have had that Narratives lace for a while now and using it a fair amount, but have disliked putting adhesive on it……..guess I missed that part about being SELF ADHESIVE….Blonde moment!
    Love day six…isn’t cool when different things like that come along to work with!!

  • 8.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    that is such an endearing memory, Ali! Thanks for sharing!

  • 9.
    shabbyVTchic said…

    I have to confess that Elf is also one of my favorite movies… I saw it in the theatre when it first came out and immediately had to have it. And yes, thankfully the TWO dvd’s because we too, have broken one! Super job… love it so much!

  • 10.
    Molly said…

    I LOVE that you put the broken dvd into the pocket. That is priceless! I just made a pocket page myself to keep a disk in one of my albums, too.

  • 11.
    sue said…

    This album is just wonderful! Good thing you had a ‘back up’ DVD for Simon.

  • 12.
    alyssa said…

    Oohhh! Transparency pockets good. Christmas is the one time of year that I *love* gold. So pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  • 13.
    Maureen said…

    Elf is one of my favorites also – I am going to be watching it this weekend when I put my tree up !! beautiful album

  • 14.
    Cary said…

    Ali,thanks for the reminder about the paperwhites. Love your post today!

  • 15.
    noell said…

    Ali, I have been wondering how challenging it is to work with a book you’ve already put together; where the journaling areas and sizes were determined before knowing what you would want to document for the day.
    In a way I can see how it would be challenging to make something fit…but the more I think about it, the more I can see how the pre-set constraints might make it easier because you don’t have so much abundance to choose from (the never-ending supply of product possibilities). Also, I have found that with a little thought and creativity, I can make anything work for me. For example, you just added a page of photos earlier on in the book where there wasn’t room for the photos you wanted to use.
    Wow…by talking this through I just answered my own question. But I would still love to hear from you. Do you find it a difficult challenge or a fun one?

  • 16.
    Jackie Hughes said…

    Hi Ali! Those pretzel sticks look yummy :) Did you make them yourself? If so, what type of chocolate do you use? ~~Jackie

  • 17.
    Krista said…

    We had a similar situation with our SHREK DVD. But we got 2 discs with our movie as well, so the day was saved! “I want Shrek” is a sentence I hear a lot.

  • 18.
    janna said…

    hey ali,
    i’ve always wondered about the two discs! and i love those paperwhites, i grew some myself this year… only i had no idea how BAD they smell!!
    thanks for the inspiration, as always! beautiful work!
    merry christmas,

  • 19.
    suetreiber said…

    a creative solution for a moment that could have been a nightmare! awesome book!

  • 20.
    Karen said…

    Oh no!! We have had a couple of DVD “accidents” at our house too. My little guy usually is the reason why… I am loving this mini album!!
    Do you like making the ablums ahead of time and then filling them in? I was thinking about doing something similar with a class of second graders for them to record their Christmas break.

  • 21.
    Kirsten said…

    Elf is well-loved in our house (and car), as well. One which I never really get tired of, even if I’m just listening as I drive…

  • 22.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Elf is well loved at our house – we watched it on the 1st of December and I am sure will watch it again….Even got my mom , who is 75 to watch it – she loves it too !!!
    The pretzels look good – maybe I should make some for the neighbors !!

  • 23.
    Holly T said…

    Enjoying this album so much…thanks for the daily art inpiration.

  • 24.
    Penny said…

    Love the story. And the art. :-)

  • 25.
    alexandra said…

    Hey Ali,
    Love the new Flickr photo of you with the red scarf and the cool tops – fabulous!!

  • 26.
    melissa deakin said…

    i love how you included the DVD and i LOVE that you made a pocket.
    the four photos on the back are just lovely!

  • 27.
    ELLIE said…

    Love the sewing idea….great use of it!!!
    So glad that Elf lives on for Simon….who would have thought you needed two CD’s of the same movie…lol
    Thanks for sharing it all!!

  • 28.
    EmmaJ said…

    I love the transparency pocket idea! Glad there were 2 DVDs too. Back in the day my little sister would wear out VHS tapes… I think some movies my parents bought at least 3 times.

  • 29.
    Renee Richins said…

    Your album is great. It will be so fun for your family to look back on the Holiday. One question, I see chocolate covered pretzels. Please tell me you made them and can post how to make those. :)

  • 30.
    LaurenC said…

    I always figured the two discs was so it didn’t matter what type of TV you had (wide or standard). But now I know better…twice the value when one disc dies. There is another to take its place.
    Loving your album Ali. I must go find my creative urge again….it has been AWOL for months now.

  • 31.
    Ida said…

    We just watched that movie last night.
    And love how u used the dvd into work of art.

  • 32.
    Jude said…

    Ali! Great elf story! I love your book! LOVE IT!

  • 33.
    Yuko said…

    The exact same thing happened to us. My son broke Elf’s movie and we were so glad that it came with 2 DVD’s.
    It is amazing how parents everywhere are going through same experiences. Great idea to incorporate the DVD into album!!

  • 34.
    Debbie said…

    Thanks for the ideas!
    Merry Christmas!

  • 35.
    Dawn Scruggs said…

    Great sitching! Love the way you will remner the eld dvd. Love reading your blog!

  • 36.

    I am so loving this album! You are so awesome!

  • 37.
    Kara said…

    I check in on your blog periodically and am a subscriber to your e-zine, I’m a big fan, love the December Daily album! So inspiring! Elf is one of my favorite movies, also. Check out It’s fun to play around with, my nephew definitely got a kick out of it!

  • 38.
    Heather said…

    Thank goodness for two CD’s! Love what you did! Thanks for sharing. I love checking in to see what you have been up to.

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