December Daily : Day Eight



So much I am anticipating right now. Christmas morning and all the excitement that Simon is already expressing. The addition of this new little person to our family in less than two months. How things will change and how they will stay the same.



[ Making Memories Flocked Vellum Snowflake Paper, Fancy Pants Brown Trim, Fancy Pants Tis The Season Felt Heart, Tim Holtz Trinket Pin, Sharpie Poster Paint Pen ]

I thought we would be doing the Santa letter last night but other things got in the way (homework and play with Dad who had been away for a couple days). Big plans for tonight. Instead I decided to document a bit about how I am feeling right now (journaling above).

Here's my steps for today's page:


Print/develop photo to 4 inches x 6 inches. Cut Making Memories flocked vellum snowflake paper to 6 inches x 9 inches (the size of my book). I love this snowflake paper - it makes a great crinkle noise. 


Adhere photo to top of snowflake paper and add brown trim. Hand-write "anticipation" with Sharpie Poster Paint pen directly on top of photo.


Attach felt red heart (from a Fancy Pants Tis The Season holiday felt pack) and trinket pin from Tim Holtz with a glue dot. I removed two of the brown trim drops before adhering the heart to give it a bit more room.

Type, print, and adhere journaling strips below photo.


This little snowflake (from Meri Meri Accents - I have had this one in my stash for quite awhile) was added behind the number 8 circle on the back of the transparency that opens this day.

Here's a look at the page with the Art Warehouse Mistletoe Transparency on top:


And open:


And the before:


[ Art Warehouse Mistletoe Transparency; #8: Every Jot + Title Red Circle Numbers ]


And a couple things to keep in mind as you work on this project:

1. There is no "behind" in this process. Sometimes things get in the
way and that's just how it is in life. Don't be discouraged and don't
give up completely. There are still great stories to be told during
this time of year even if you don't get to put something together

2. This process is about sharing and encouraging and telling our own personal stories. It's not a competition. If you find yourself comparing your album to others in the gallery, take a deep breath and remember why you are doing this.


Celebrate the season. Read more about the concept of a December Daily Album and links to all related posts here. See many more examples from participants in the Flickr December Daily Group.

63 thoughts

  1. Jennifer

    2008-12-09 14:08:54 -0500

    your album is lovely and i just have to tell you that i have an almost identical photo of me on new year's day this year, pregnant in front of my christmas tree...that was how i started my 365 photo a day project...looking ahead to all the exciting changes that were coming! i've noticed that we've had other similar shots/ideas and it's always fun to see what you've done! enjoy...

  2. cathy

    2008-12-09 14:34:25 -0500

    Do you have a doula yet? I can fly out. Really. I can.

  3. Emilyt

    2008-12-09 14:35:36 -0500

    Your belly is so incredibly beuatiful and that photo is to be cherished for sure. Lovely! Lovin' your Dec. daily book.

  4. Angie Blom

    2008-12-09 14:45:53 -0500

    I am just loving your album and it has encouraged me to do one for the season as well and I am loving doing it everyday.. What a beautiful photo of you by the tree. Can't wait to see what you do for the rest of the month.
    Angie..Congratulations on your new addition.It took me 10 and a half years to be blessed with another little one and she is now three... time flies.

  5. Michelle

    2008-12-09 14:47:59 -0500

    Hi Ali- Just a curiosity question . . .
    Actually, it's in regard to the letter to Simon. I have done this in the past in my kids' school albums, but I am just curious if you pick a special time to have Simon read your letter (or read it to him) or if you just have it there for later or for whenever he might read it when he's older. Either way obviously is great (!!), but I guess I was curious about your approach.
    Beautiful sentiment. Also love the latest posting. =) Thanks as always.

  6. Michelle

    2008-12-09 14:49:08 -0500

    p.s. Always wish I'd taken more preggo pictures. Love that one w/the tree!! It will be cherished in years to come. =)

  7. Ali

    2008-12-09 14:56:55 -0500

    Michelle - I read it to him last night when he was going to bed :). Whether he remembers it down the road or just comes across will be just fine.

  8. Kathy M. S.

    2008-12-09 15:40:30 -0500

    Just love everything you do! I have used a lot of your ideas and techniques in an expecting mini-album I am making for my oldest daughter. She is due in 2 days and this our first grandchild so I am sharing in the excitement you are feeling now. Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Kathy W

    2008-12-09 15:45:07 -0500

    Great page, thanks for the comment about "not being behind". This is my first scrapbook venture, and I made the book, have been journaling daily, photos daily, but no finished pages. No free time until the week after Christmas, but I am hoping the journaling and date stamped pictures will guide me in page creation. I'm so grateful for this project; already I've captured a lot that I would have missed about the last nine days.

  10. Maria Therese

    2008-12-09 18:57:38 -0500

    love the page with the tummy pic. should really get one of my tummy soon too, allthough I'm only 20weeks it's huge this second time around..Thanx for the inspiration

  11. anne

    2008-12-09 20:22:32 -0500

    Love your babybump!
    :) Congrats and i'm so happy for you guys, i bet the anticipation is so exciting!
    :) Merriest Christmas!

  12. Beck

    2008-12-10 00:05:36 -0500

    I'm totally loving being a part of this Doccumenting December album. It's so relaxing and fun to note daily what's going on in my life this year. I teach a grade of Year 1/2s and they love seeing what I do. In fact, they're making their own (highly modified) version. Too cute!

  13. Mary Rogers

    2008-12-10 01:42:40 -0500

    you look so adorable! I can't wait to meet her!!

  14. Teri M.

    2008-12-10 01:55:28 -0500

    Great page! And thanks for letting me know I am not behind!

  15. Deb Jones

    2008-12-10 02:25:55 -0500

    What a great picture to add to your album. Even before birth the baby is in the picture and will look back at this one day and know the depth of your love and anticipation.

  16. lindsay

    2008-12-10 03:35:46 -0500

    your belly looks so cute in front of the tree! i'm anticipating the arrival of my little one in the next few weeks too!

  17. Sue

    2008-12-10 04:02:52 -0500

    Your album is gorgeous Ali! Thanks so much for the reminders at the end of your post. I am trying not to stress about being two days behind (and catching up on three days yesterday).

  18. CSkrehot

    2008-12-10 06:35:30 -0500

    Ali, I love this photo of you...I love babies. And I love the project, totally! I visit Tim's sight first, then your's second, and can't decide which I like better! So much to digest, and so many wonderful ideas. Keep up the good work, and best of luck to you. It's also fun watching Simon grow up over the years. Thanks for sharing!


    2008-12-10 10:48:49 -0500

    I love the photo - what a wonderful treasure!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and photos with us!

  20. Lara

    2008-12-10 23:03:09 -0500

    This album is absolutely gorgeous!! I love seeing each page of it. Your talent is evident and amazing. What a great treasure! Congrats on the new baby...your pic is beautiful.

  21. saffiertje

    2008-12-11 05:47:07 -0500

    Great album you made Ali!
    Hope you can wait a little before the baby comes good luck!

  22. Tracy W

    2008-12-11 07:48:06 -0500

    I wish I could have an ounce of your creativity.

  23. Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs

    2008-12-12 07:53:06 -0500

    I just got my January CK in the mail and was looking at your lo "Details" and read that you were "17 weeks pregnant" and then that you were looking forward to putting up fall decorations and realized we were probably in the same point in our pregnancies...had to come on here to check it out and now I see the bump to prove it. I have admired your work for a long time and somehow felt it was really special that we were both in this stage of anticipation right now. (I am due 2/2/7/09 with Baby #3). Best to you...thanks for sharing your creative spirit with us all.

  24. Ana Carpinelli

    2008-12-14 09:36:19 -0500

    Nao, sei se sabe porugues!
    Mas sou do Brasil, e fiquei muito feliz quando vi sua barriga de gravida!

  25. naked celebrities

    2009-12-26 20:36:17 -0500

    I love her stomach.

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