December Daily : Day Fifteen


Here's how I used the story and photo from the earlier post today.


So often all you really need is the photo and the words.

To achieve this look I did a bit of measuring to figure out the width of the circle and the width of the second page. From that point I was able to open the photo in Photoshop, resize it to 10 inches x 9 inches tall, copy and paste the text onto the left-hand side, and then print the text side and the right side of Simon separately (to be able to fit onto an 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper). A bit of sanding around the outside edges hides a few cutting imperfections.

Here's the before - you will notice that I ended up removing the patterned paper and just going with a photo spread over both pages. I have been really inspired by the way in which Molly's December Daily is coming together.


[ American Crafts Bushels of Fun; Jenni Bowlin Studio Boy Icons Printed Journal Ticket; American Crafts Black MOMA Remarks Letter Sticker Book ]

We have a special surprise planned for Simon tomorrow so my posts may be delayed. Say a little prayer for "decent enough" weather for safe travel on the roads. 


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.

33 thoughts

  1. Heather

    2008-12-16 11:36:18 -0500

    What a great idea!! How come I didn't think of a two page spread photo????? LOVE IT!!

  2. Vanessa

    2008-12-16 12:55:09 -0500

    Your December daily book is so beautiful! I am more amazed with each blog post:)

  3. abby

    2008-12-16 13:55:05 -0500

    Hi Ali -
    I am thoroughly enjoying the December Daily :)
    Quick question - what paper do you use to print your photos on at home?
    All the best, Abby

  4. michelleinfantino

    2008-12-16 14:02:06 -0500

    As a mother of a little 3 year old girlie with PDD I pray that one day we will have a day like this--a day she plays outside and is interested and playing appropriately with other children. She is doing well but socialization will be tough for a long time. It's nice to see someone moving forward. Thanks for sharing.

  5. molly

    2008-12-16 14:17:02 -0500

    thank you very much, friend. it's reciprocal.

  6. Shauna

    2008-12-16 15:13:52 -0500

    You are amazing and inspiring...I love looking at all of your beautiful work and look forward to each day.

  7. Michele H.

    2008-12-16 17:10:00 -0500

    love this picture of simon and the snow!!! i am truly enjoying your daily entries. thanks for the links to Molly's blog. so inspiring.

  8. Susi from Germany

    2008-12-16 20:54:29 -0500

    Wow, love the spread idea!!!

  9. musesof

    2008-12-16 21:34:17 -0500

    whaoo !
    great page : great snow, a maxium of snow..
    in france no snow for the moment !
    superbe page : super neige, un maximum...
    de neige, ici pas de neige pour le moment!

  10. Pascale

    2008-12-17 00:43:58 -0500

    Coming to see your blog everyday is a delight...

  11. HeatherC

    2008-12-17 00:50:23 -0500

    Love to see how the photo one day turns into a great page the next day!

  12. Deb Jones

    2008-12-17 02:17:09 -0500

    I really like the way you did this. It's great. Hope the day goes well so Simon can get his surprise.

  13. carole hepburn

    2008-12-17 07:12:21 -0500

    Your blog is a daily delight- prayers are with you !

  14. tonya

    2008-12-17 08:03:46 -0500

    Just wanted to let you know there is a great little group of photographers doing a little project to help with autism awareness over on Flickr:

  15. sue

    2008-12-17 10:02:04 -0500

    You made me smile again today! I'm so happy that Simon is out and about with the neighborhood kids and enjoying that snow!

  16. Kathryn Martin

    2008-12-17 10:47:46 -0500

    Awesome! A snow day! We are wishing for a snow day soon! Guess what? I saw a photo of a beautiful wreath in the Seventh Generation newsletter today and was surprised to see your name on the credits for the photo. Great company, Seventh Generation! :) Kathy

  17. gudrun

    2008-12-17 12:44:14 -0500

    Ali, you amaze me every day with your beautiful work of art. It is all so inspiering! Thanks for sharing. :)

  18. Jung A

    2008-12-18 04:11:27 -0500

    what was the surprise, and how did it go? the album is going along beautifully!

  19. s a n s k u :)

    2008-12-18 05:18:56 -0500

    Love the way you're doing this album.

  20. Nicky Anderson

    2008-12-18 05:58:58 -0500

    Hope your travel was safe and Simon's surprise was so good!!!
    Nicky from Canada

  21. Amanda

    2008-12-18 06:44:36 -0500

    Hi Ali!
    I just bought a couple of your templates at designer digitals and I loved using them! So simple!

  22. Rebecca Vavic

    2008-12-18 16:35:11 -0500

    Dear Ali...
    I am loving this and have created a photo album here of my pages so far:
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always!!!

  23. Nicky Anderson

    2008-12-19 01:26:54 -0500

    Hope your travels were safe and you are all ok!! Worried haven't heard from you.

  24. Kathy (kathyb)

    2008-12-19 09:40:50 -0500

    SO happy that you all had such a fun time! Merry Christmas to you all :)

  25. Crystal

    2008-12-30 16:02:11 -0500

    So cute, I love the polar express trip. I can't wait to take my little guy one day.
    His hat is so cute, where did you get it? I have been itching to knit something like this.

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