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December 23, 2008

December Daily : Catching Up Days 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Feeling a bit better today and had a chance to do some big-time catching up today and last night.


Day 16 : wrapping day with a long photo of the tree on the other side. I used my Holiday Word Art on the top of the tree and my 31 Days Circle Numbers on the package page.


The journaling card is on the back of the package photo. Stamps are See and Stamp Jumbo Uppercase Alphabet Stamps
from Educational Insights and word art Technique Tuesday.


Here’s the before image. I removed this page completely in order to use the photo of the wrapped package:


[ Paper Source  Pocket Envelope; Scenic Route Berkley Red Letter Stickers; Tree: Art Warehouse Noel Epoxy Sticker ]

I decided to combine Days 17 and 18 as that was our trip to Hood River for the Polar Express. I used the same journaling as you saw on this post. This one covers a few pages to fit the photos and words (and I removed the original 17 and 18 pages).



Letter stickers are MOMA from American Crafts. Patterned paper is The Weather Outside from American Crafts.




Added in my ticket. Simon’s is still on his bedside table. I will probably grab it and add it in after Christmas.


I also added in the song sheet from the train ride.


Day 19 : documenting more snow. 


I added the Making Memories White Snowflakes (they come with the brads) – two on the front side and one on the back with the photo. You can see a close-up on one of the snowflakes below.



Day 20 : you can see the front above (I removed the previous Jenni Bowlin bingo card and added in one of her holiday versions). The back is missing it’s photo because I ran out of black ink (it’s a black + white photo). Planning to add that in later today.

Day 21 : another “around the house” series similar to Day Five.



Cork star is from


Day 22 : grocery shopping and hanging out around the house.



Cardstock strip sticker is from Art Warehouse.

Added the grocery list to the back.


I really worked on keeping these pretty simple with the emphasis on just the photos and the words. This works especially well when I am feeling under the weather and not super creative. I like relying on the photos and the words to do the work.

Only a couple more days to go :) .

Doing some cooking today. Chex mix this morning and thinking about now going and baking the pear crandberry pie for Thursday’s dessert. For dinner this year we are going to try Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Crown Pork Roast (along with the other recipes he featured on this episode). I have been watching a little too much Food Network over the last couple of days of not feeling great.

Hope you are having fun preparing for your upcoming celebrations and thanks for your patience on posting these December Daily pages.


  • 1.
    Steph H said…

    Can I share a secret? Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Mashed Potatoes might be the best food I have ever tasted. Granted, the potatoes are boiled in milk and cream, so how could they be bad, right?
    We’re food network addicts too. We’re doing Rachel Ray’s beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. With Tylers Mashed Potatoes of course :)

  • 2.
    Becky in VA said…

    Hope you continue to feel better! These pages are great Ali! Merry Christmas!

  • 3.
    robyn said…

    love the embellishments you’ve used on these pages. am heading out now to flag them in my various scrapbook wishlists!
    love the pages as well. as someone who is a big fan of photo album scrapbooking, i love that the simple (words plus photo simplicity) tells the story better sometimes than all the “drama” of a full-blown page!

  • 4.
    christen said…

    amazing pages…you’ve been a catching up fool :)

  • 5.
    Kathryn said…

    Glad you’re feeling better. Thanks so much for sharing your stories and talents. Have a Merry Christmas.

  • 6.
    Embarassed Lisa said…

    Oh Ali…don’t post this. I just wanted to send you a note about a typo in your day 17 and 18 journaling. One of those computer gliches repeated your first line (I only know this because I read EVERYTHING you do…)The book is to beautiful to have it be anything but perfect…but then again, it shows it’s homemade I guess. Just wanted to let you know. Feel better!

  • 7.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Great that you are feeling better.
    Numbers, pictures, words. That’s all you need. Just completing two days myself.

  • 8.
    Ali said…

    Thanks Lisa – no worries. Definitely not the first or the last time I will have a typo :) .

  • 9.
    Lou said…

    Wishing youthe best for a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for being so giving with your inspiration – I love coming back each day to see your beautiful creations.
    Catch you in the new year!

  • 10.
    mandeem said…

    Glad to see that you are feeling better. I am loving the album this year. I have even contemplated making a trip to the polar express when my little one gets older. What a great memory.

  • 11.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Hope you feel better – these pages are wonderful – thank you for sharing ! I am hooked on the Food Network channel – trying a few new dishes for Christmas too !
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

  • 12.
    Jennifer said…

    Ali, Have a fantastic holiday and enjoy this last Christmas as a family of three…the year ahead will bring so much joy! Peace -

  • 13.
    Sara said…

    Wow… that was a lot of catch up work. Good for you! Glad you are feeling better. Merry Christmas.

  • 14.
    Linda F said…

    I had seen on your website where you had started a photo a day project. I am going to attempt this for 2009 but now I can’t find where it is on your site. Can you help direct me?
    Love the December Daily. Maybe next year for me.

  • 15.
    tammy s. said…

    Hi Ali!
    Loving your December Daily pages!! I have a question about the day 19 page. Who makes the red and white polka dotted paper? (been trying to find a small dotted paper like that!) as well as the “Merry and Bright” addition to it? Is that a cut-out of some sort?
    I also loved hearing about your Polar Express train ride—that’s so cool! We just watched the movie last night, and I never tire of it!
    Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!
    tammy suliguin

  • 16.
    Melissa Blair said…

    Ali, I am glad to see you feeling better!! The December Daily album is gorgeous!! **Hugs and Merry Christmas Wishes**

  • 17.
    Linnea Paulina said…

    Ali, your pages are wonderful. I feel so inspired to collect memories and make something of them…. I’m good at just keeping things in boxes… but I do think it would be nice to find a way to display them. I hope you are feeling better by the minute and staying warm and cozy with your family.

  • 18.
    Jeni said…

    Glad to read that you are feeling better Ali. Wow! You have been productive. Love the pages. I am secretly happy (not sure that’s the right word) to see that you can get behind and do several pages in one day. Makes me feel much better about my own very slow progress. Hope you have a great Christmas with Chris and Simon.

  • 19.
    Kirsten said…

    Girl, you continue to amaze…I’ve been feeling punk the last few days and was not up to this. How do you do it?

  • 20.
    Kelly said…

    Would love some thoughts in the new year how you find the ability to create so frequently. It’s pretty amazing. I get in so many creative funks. Really liking the album. Have a great holiday.

  • 21.
    Kelly said…

    Hi again… if you have a moment… can you tell me:
    where is the rectangular, white card with the rounded corners that has the circle date and the journaling from? I’ve seen it on a few of your pages in the December daily. Thanks.

  • 22.
    hedwig said…

    Hi Ali
    FABULOUS work, really love it!

  • 23.
    Angie said…

    So glad you are feeling better. your pages are great. Hope you have a great Christmas Eve and Christmas day. looking forward to the finished diary.

  • 24.
    Robyn deWeerd said…

    If you have received this little post, it means that you are a part of my daily life. Thank you for bringing me joy, one post at a time and for always being here for me, whenever I need you. Merry Christmas and God bless you,
    Robyn (Hicks) de Weerd

  • 25.
    karen lee said…

    love your pages ali!
    thanks for sharing so much…
    where did you find the vintagey santa claus is coming to town print?
    so cute!
    hope you have a lovely holiday.
    karen lee

  • 26.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for a year’s worth of inspiration!

  • 27.
    kimberlee said…

    Hope you and your family have an utterly fabulous Christmas. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration you provide to us on a regular basis. You are wonderful!

  • 28.
    Krystina said…

    Merry Christmas Ali to you and your family! Thank you for all of your inspiration. Now take it easy and enjoy the holidays :)

  • 29.
    Mary L said…

    Hi Ali,
    Your December Daily album is so inspirational. Mine is still a work in progress but I was wondering what kind of stamps you used for the writing “around the house again?”
    Happy holidays to you and your family and thanks again for being such an inspiration to all of us!

  • 30.
    Susan Raihala said…

    Just wanted you to know that I read your blog regularly and always find inspiration not only for my art but for my life. Thank you for taking the time to share your art and life with all of us!
    Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

  • 31.

    This is really a wonderful looking mini album. I love the Polar Express photos too.
    Each page has a really nice way of flowing into the other. You have a bit of everthing here, but it still looks beautifully coordinated. A pleasure to browse.
    Happy holidays.

  • 32.
    Michelle said…

    I love your style, it’s always “clean” and just looks like it all “belongs together”, great journal!

  • 33.
    gudrun said…

    Oh, your december daily is so beautiful and inspiering. Thank you ali, for sharing! Hope you had a wonderful christmas holiday.

  • 34.
    Heather said…

    Love your book so far Ali. I was wondering what ink you used on the “Around the House Again” stamped onto day 21? I love it! Thanks. Hope you had a great holiday with your family!

  • 35.
    Laura Lee said…

    Love the album Ali…hope you feel better.
    Are we doing another word this year, I’m already thinking of what it should be and my mind is so different from what it was last year.

  • 36.
    Amy said…

    Oh my gosh!!! You have totally inspired me tonight! Wow!!! What a neat Christmas album you created! I LOVE the “around the house” idea! In 2 seconds I am going to run around my house taking photos of anything Christmas still standing. Thanks so much for you inspiration! Have a great new year!

  • 37.
    Jamie said…

    This may have been answered, but Ali (or anyone) can you tell me if page protectors are being used? Is each page in a clear acyclic page?

  • 38.
    Alecia Sharp said…

    Ali, I don’t know how you do it! As I sit here finishing my day up at what I thought would be my dream job (graphic designer at a magazine), I have tears welling in my eyes at the beautiful work you do. How do you find the time?! I don’t have kids yet (desperately want them) nor do I have many after-work commitments and yet I cannot find the time to actually get some beautiful work churned out! You are an inspiration…Thank you.

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