Finishing up December Daily

Day 22 (a little card inside the envelope talks about the tulips):

Day 23:

Day 24 (includes my blog post from the 27th that talks about everything that happened over the last few days leading up to Christmas):

And Day 25:

And the back, which features this cool idea from Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas :

So, wow. I did it.

I will definitely be going this route again next year: setting up an album before December to record daily things + photographs over the course of the month leading up to Christmas day. I love that I now have something I can hold in my hands that shows the progression, that documents the moments (mainly in photos), that has a beginning and an end. My structural format may be different next year (part of the fun of coming up with a foundation), but the overall daily process will be the same.

Thanks for cheering me on along the way.

Making the Squares
A couple questions in the comments yesterday regarding the collage (or mosaic) of inspiring photos. If you use Flickr you can easily create these mosaics using Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker. You specify the number of photos across and down and where they come from (mine usually come from my favorites).

I also often make photo gatherings in Photoshop to use in my projects. Or sometimes I just use a square punch. You can read how I go about creating these groupings in Photoshop in a past issue of my newsletter here (scroll down to "Creating Photo Gatherings in Photoshop").

67 thoughts

  1. Karen Geckler

    2007-12-30 11:56:44 -0500

    great project!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Karen Geckler

  2. Kristy

    2007-12-30 11:57:48 -0500

    Ali, I don't think I've ever commented here, but I have been a regular reader for awhile now (linked through Aby Garvey). I couldn't pass the opportunity to thank you for allowing (me) your readers to follow along on your December journey. I love the way this book was created at the present so as not to miss any important moments. At times I think I was more excited about your next adventure than some of my own! :) You are such an inspiring person! Keep up the great spirit! Happy 2008 to you and your lovely family.

  3. Malin Tvedt

    2007-12-30 12:06:52 -0500

    I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas.
    Congratulations on finishing your beautiful December album! I have followed it every day along the way and it surely has inspired me to think outside the box. Thanks, Ali!
    Thanks also for the info on how to create the mosaic. I couldn't get it to work at first, but when I tried it in Firefox rather than Safari it was a breeze.

  4. Tammy

    2007-12-30 12:36:53 -0500

    I love your blog and have been reading it for probably more than a year now but I just about never post a comment. Totally inspired by what you've done capturing your Christmas memories. I am looking to buy a digital SLR and wondering what camera you use. I am pretty sure you have mentioned it before but I can't find it. Really like the quality of your photos and am hoping to get some good quality ones of my family too.
    Enjoy the New Year.

  5. Amy

    2007-12-30 14:06:42 -0500

    Ali, I have reading your blog for sometime now and love the idea of your album. Happy New Year!

  6. Kim

    2007-12-30 15:19:25 -0500

    Beautiful... absolutely beautiful! ~ kim

  7. Ashley

    2007-12-30 16:12:31 -0500

    Also, thanks for the how-to for the flickr mosaics. I had never been to flickr before today. I checked it out and I LOVE it. I made a mosaic and put it on my blog. I even included some of your pictures that I love. Thanks!

  8. Denise

    2007-12-30 20:14:27 -0500

    I just love your work.great job

  9. Jenny

    2007-12-31 00:53:27 -0500

    Do you have a 2008 Life Artist Calendar?
    I just finished your book, Life Artist, pretty sure I will be reading it over and over. Loved it.

  10. sue

    2007-12-31 00:54:02 -0500

    Thanks for sharing your 25 days of Christmas journal/album with us. It's a great idea for any occasion. Happy New Year.

  11. Taylor

    2007-12-31 01:30:41 -0500

    Ali, this album is so creative! Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration. I just finished my december album and I love it.
    Happy New Year!

  12. Cheri

    2007-12-31 01:40:29 -0500

    Ali, some time back you posted a picture and link for a long table basket where you stored your mini books. I can't seem to find it in the archives. Can you possibly point me in the right direction? Thanks so much and have a healthy, happy, blessed 2008.

  13. Sandi

    2007-12-31 01:57:56 -0500

    Love it so much. Congratulations!

  14. ANA

    2007-12-31 03:00:06 -0500

    A little cuckoo betting!
    Just to tell you that I love your work;
    I wish you the best for 2008
    Google translation

  15. Molly

    2007-12-31 05:25:44 -0500

    Ali: Happy new Year! This daily project has been inspiring on so many levels and it's been a pleasure to see it progress. It simply eminates happiness! Thank you for sharing of yourself thoughout the year, through your books, your articles, your blog, your projects, your photography and your heart. You're an amazing person, doing things that lift people ... regularly. Know this ... you make an impact. God bless you and your clan. - Molly

  16. Angie

    2007-12-31 06:24:10 -0500

    Thank you for sharing your progress on your album- such an inspiration. Wishing you a wonderful 2008!

  17. Amanda Mankin

    2007-12-31 15:06:42 -0500

    Great Job!! It's wonderful. Congratulations on completing it and having inspired so many while doing it! I am looking forward next years...Thank you again.

  18. Angelique

    2007-12-31 16:20:14 -0500

    I really love this book! I made a similar book this year but it is not a daily journal. Just a journal capturing each and every tradition and there are a lot of them. I used a lot of similar products as you did but mine was a lot smaller. My pages were 6x6.
    I just love you mind and love watching what you create! I will have to keep this project in mind for next December.
    I hope you had a Most Merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  19. Tracy Anderson

    2008-01-01 06:39:27 -0500

    Ali, I think I am going to try this idea and do a "14 Days of Love" album from Feb 1st to the 14th... I'll do like you did and include a photo or info about each day and something I love each day. I think I want to try the clear album format, too. It will be a stretch for me, since I've never worked in a clear album before... but, I think you've inspired me to try it. So, thanks!! :) Happy New Year - Tracy

  20. Beni

    2008-01-01 19:48:39 -0500

    Fabulous post..look Soooo beautiful generally i like to shop gift items for my loved ones from Jackson&Perkins store through

  21. laura

    2008-01-02 07:20:40 -0500

    LOVE the entire album, Ali! Definitely going to do one of my own next Christmas! =)
    Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

  22. Kristi

    2008-01-02 14:33:08 -0500

    What an amazing book and memory for your family! Love love it! I definitely want to do this next year :)

  23. Cris

    2008-01-03 01:57:18 -0500

    You really did it!!!
    I'm just astonished with all the beauty things i saw here... Jeeeeeeesus!!!!!!!
    The most beautiful los ever!!!!!!
    Wonderful pictures, wonderful albuns, wonderful everything!!!!!!!! Wow... I'm really shocked!!! loooooooved :)
    you'll be my inspiration!!!!!!!

  24. LobotoME

    2008-01-04 02:39:57 -0500

    just discovered your website and I'm in luv! Love your binder idea & advent ideas...and thanks for the reminder about getting our skin checked...I just made my bi-annual appt. with my skin see if I need anymore taken off.
    Thanks for sharing & for the inspiration!
    J :)

  25. Jen

    2008-01-10 01:34:22 -0500

    Ali, that is such a gorgeous album! I have tried to do a daily book in December for 3 years running, and I'm still only up to Day 5 LOL. Just wanted to post, because you mention one of my all-time fave books, the Tolkien one, that I got from my grandmother one Christmas when I was old enough to appreciate it. It has her handwriting on the inside first page, and it is truly somethign to treasure, 30 years after she passed away.

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