December Daily : Day Five


Today's December Daily focuses on some shots I took around the house. The foundation for the page is a baseball card page protector that I cut to size to fit in my album.

A couple people mentioned in the comments yesterday that they were happy to see that I was not strictly adhering to content that happened on that particular day (re: seeing Santa in November and including it yesterday). My goal with this project is to capture and document the season. The photos I am using for today's entry were taken on all goes together just fine and in the end will be a look at the entire season of celebration.

One of the requests I often receive is asking for directions on how to put together a gathering of photos in Photoshop. This gathering can be printed out and used all together on a project or printed out & cut up before adhering (saving paper by printing them all on one sheet).


1. Open a new canvas/document in Photoshop. I usually do 8x10 inches at 300 dpi.

2. Open your first photo. Resize + crop each photo. For me (in Photoshop CS3) this entails going to Image/Image Size where I change the resolution to 300 dpi and, for these pockets, I set the height to 3.5 inches. Setting the height first allows me to get the most content from my original image rather than cropping first. From there I use the crop tool to select an area of the photo that is 2.5 inches wide (use the rulers as a guide) and then move it around on the photo (in this case to the left or to the right) to select the area I want to feature and hit enter to crop.

3. Move the photo to a new canvas (300 dpi, 8x10 inches) that can accommodate all six photos (or more). I simply drag and drop the photo onto the new canvas using the move tool.

4. Repeat #2 and #3 for the other photos you want to include.

5. Print. 


I cropped my photos using my Fiskars trimmer and adhered them back to back so I ended up with three glued back to back to slip into the pockets (see completed image below). 


[ See & Stamp Jumbo Uppercase Alphabet Stamps
(large alphabet stamps), Hero Arts Basic Uppercase (small alphabet stamps), Fontwerks Dotted Arrow Stamp, Art Warehouse Dear Santa patterned paper ]


Here's the before photo:


[ Baseball card page protector cut to size - look for these at a local office supply store; Every Jot + Title Red Circle Numbers ]


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.

30 thoughts

  1. Caryl Hope

    2008-12-06 04:11:48 -0500

    I'm glad you didn't just "stick" to what is happening on a day-to-day basis for this album. I also included the story of getting our tree which happened the weekend before Thanksgiving, which others might consider "cheating". :-) I was thinking... how can I make this album without documenting how we got our 1st live Christmas tree?! Thanks Ali, as always you are amazing! Can't wait for tomorrow's post... take care!

  2. Loretta

    2008-12-06 04:13:10 -0500


  3. Suzzi

    2008-12-06 05:17:38 -0500

    We had the flu since the day after Thanksgivng (keeping up on blogs during breaks and laying in bed during my flu)
    should I do each day on that? There is a different tale on each ( I did keep notes.) I thought maybe doing it on who was down at the given day and what Christmas special was going on that night.)
    I appreciate your take on that. We are still down today, but hope tomorrow will finally be tree day.
    Thanks for the creativity again.

  4. Marilyn

    2008-12-06 05:18:54 -0500

    Being flexible is important. Today there are a TON of things I would like to document: my daughter's birthday, making gingerbread houses with her friends, and putting up the tree later this evening. Since I did not attach my numbers ahead of time I think I will just add an extra couple of pages for Dec 6.

  5. Chelle

    2008-12-06 05:43:15 -0500

    fabulous! thank you for the lesson! i am so inept at photoshop, it is so frustrating...appreciate the tips!
    the album is coming along wonderfully!
    thank you!

  6. Amber Filkins

    2008-12-06 05:53:29 -0500

    That's beautiful! I love how your mind works, Ali. I loved the flourish in the Dear Santa paper, so I made that sheet extra tall. I never thought to flip it around and use it like you did. Beautiful!
    Your pictures look lovely too.

  7. Dawn

    2008-12-06 06:26:57 -0500

    Very creative, Ali. I love it! Would you mind telling me where you got your Christmasy door mat, please?
    Thank you!

  8. Mandy

    2008-12-06 06:42:08 -0500

    Your basket of books reminded me of a tradition we do that you might like. You are always sharing great ideas with your readers. I wrap 24 of our holiday books up in tissue paper with a version of The Night Before Christmas that my mother read to me in special paper for the 24. Each night my girls take turns unwrapping one book for the bedtime story. It's an easy advent calendar and the surprise is fun. We have more holiday books than 24 so each year it's a bit different which ones I wrap.

  9. Cherie

    2008-12-06 07:24:52 -0500

    very cool!

  10. Lauren

    2008-12-06 07:25:50 -0500

    Lovin the arrow stamp and the design of the page and leaving the fourth pocket "empty."

  11. Tina

    2008-12-06 07:50:23 -0500

    I have PSE 6 and for me to do a gathering like this (using full sized images instead of cropping down to what I want, or if I have already cropped and edited...) there is an option for printing multiple photos on the drop down bar (where you choose 'print.' All of the images that have been placed in the editor are then loaded and you can choose what size by doing a photo package (on the right side of the screen.) There may be more to it, but this is how I do it :)

  12. SannaF

    2008-12-06 09:28:27 -0500

    Everything you make looks so sweet and stylish!!!

  13. Carole Hepburn

    2008-12-06 10:52:52 -0500


  14. Alyssa

    2008-12-06 12:23:24 -0500

    looks gorgeous :D

  15. Michele Holcomb

    2008-12-06 13:09:31 -0500

    Oh Ali! I am truly enjoying documenting my december. I'll be sure to upload them to the flickr gallery. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Love how your journal is turning out! Gorgeous photos too!

  16. Debbie McIntyre

    2008-12-06 13:42:39 -0500

    Love this project. Love that you took time out of your weekend to spend with your "peeps". Love that I don't let the day go by without journaling. Love a day that includes me learning how to do something with Photoshop.
    Thanks, Mac

  17. Kay Gregory-Clark

    2008-12-06 14:42:35 -0500

    Ali, I thought of you today when I was indulging my passion at my favorite used book store. They had all Christmas books half-price and when I saw one called "Santa Remembered," an old Leisure Arts book, I said, "Ali would love this!" My next thought was I had to scan a couple of the wonderful color illustrations to put into my December Days book. I could not resist another bargain--for 50 cents I got a paperback by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." Definitely something to document today, along with a photo (not done yet). These will go in MY book basket. And, I am definitely having fun with my December book--although I fear I'm spending too much time on it.Adding that I was on the same wave link re: small photos around the house (mine are decorations) in baseball card protectors. Have a great weekend and I'll tune in tomorrow.

  18. Amanda S.

    2008-12-06 17:36:55 -0500

    Beautiful pics! Hope you are enjoying the weekend! :)

  19. Peg Graham

    2008-12-06 18:16:45 -0500

    You WON a Fabulous Blogger Award...see my blog for details:

  20. jonipossin

    2008-12-07 02:58:17 -0500

    Thank you for sharing your Photoshop tip. I will certainly try that one of these December days. Your album is taking so many interesting twists and turns this year. I love opening your blog each day!
    This project is so much fun! I look so forward to working on it each day. It's become a "Daily Essential" (great class).
    Thank you for all you give us. I hope I can do something for you someday... or at least pay-it-forward in some way.

  21. Deb Jones

    2008-12-07 03:22:08 -0500

    What a super idea to put the small pictures in a cut down baseball card protector. You just gave me the answer to how to put more pictures on a day. I love this.

  22. Nicky Anderson

    2008-12-07 04:24:16 -0500

    Like it a lot - need to learn this in photo shop.
    Thanks for posting

  23. kilismom

    2008-12-07 05:38:34 -0500

    Bless your heart for ALWAYS giving such detailed descriptions on how your create things and what you've used! You are such a lovely woman to be kind enough to take the time to share your God-given talents!! Merry Christmas!!! And thank you!!

  24. Crazy Daisy

    2008-12-07 15:29:18 -0500

    I love the page! Plus the circle #6 card is terrific!

  25. bentley

    2008-12-13 02:44:52 -0500

    hi ali, hope you're well. congratulations on your pregnancy! im prego too, only 3 months... your decorations are beautiful. where did you get your doormat? feel good!

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