December Daily : Day Nine


Sometimes during December Daily the things I capture don't really have much to do with holiday decorations, traditions, or events. Sometimes they are wonderful, little, everyday moments that I happen upon just because the camera was out and accessible.

Simon and Chris doing homework together - part of our evening ritual either before or after dinner. Having a conversation about what Simon had just read out loud. Making a connection between reading and life.

Behind the camera I am thinking about our role as parents. Watching life unfold. Holding hands. Thinking about the past and the future and all those little moments in between. Considering how lucky we are to have this person in our lives.




[ 7gyspies Memories Twill, Ali Edwards Remember Word Art, 7gypsies Flocked Savannah Floral, American Crafts Precision Pen, K&Company Santa Paper, American Crafts White Subway Foam Thickers ]


This page begins on the back of yesterday's with a photo covering the same photo location, a strip of printed twill, and a bit of hand-drawn journaling on top of the printed out strips.


Journaling was hand-written on the printed December Daily Photo + Journal Overlays and backed with Santa paper. I will do something on top of that Santa paper - just not sure quite yet.


Photo was printed with the digital Remember Word Art and stitched to the 7gypsies flocked pattern paper.

I just love that photo. Definitely one to enlarge and frame for here at home.

And the before:


[ Heidi Swapp Overlay Dots; Ali Edwards December Daily Photo + Journal Overlays ]


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.

46 thoughts

  1. Christene

    2008-12-10 04:11:52 -0500

    Ali, how lucky you were able to capture that beautiful moment on film!
    I was wondering if you have any tips for painting or stamping on transparencies? I have not tried this, but I am going to guess that something like a staz-on ink would work? Any other suggestions for paints, etc.?
    Thank you,

  2. Carrie H.

    2008-12-10 04:24:39 -0500

    That photo is just an amazing lucky to have caught it!!!

  3. Expat

    2008-12-10 05:13:03 -0500

    Lovely black and white photo. Do you just 'desaturate'? Do you change the contrast or brightness? As you can tell, I'm still learning, but 2009 is my year to master Photoshop!

  4. Ali

    2008-12-10 05:24:00 -0500

    Expat - this was shot in really low-light (trying to use the AV setting with the ISO at 1600 - that causes the graininess). Other than that I just changed it to black + white and used curves to adjust the lightness.

  5. Katie

    2008-12-10 05:43:38 -0500

    Love the sweet intimacy of this photo.

  6. cinback

    2008-12-10 06:37:34 -0500

    Ali, I appreciate your simplicity. The idea of capturing our everyday lives ( I also participated in your "Week in the Life" album recently) is so attractive. It is the everyday that shows who we truly are, not just the "special" moments. I like it. What a great self-pic yesterday! I was wondering how far along you are now - you look great! Stay healthy & strong in this busy season. Blessings to your family!

  7. Chung Nguyen

    2008-12-10 06:39:44 -0500

    This is looking more and more amazing everyday....

  8. Angie

    2008-12-10 06:41:18 -0500

    Love the warmth of all your photos. Do you have any tips?

  9. Nicky Anderson

    2008-12-10 06:48:51 -0500

    Love it Ali - think I will have to invest in that digi template. Still not knowledgeable enough to get these done myself (take me too long) Have managed to use my Wacom tablet to write on photo's like that - but love your words.
    Thanks for sharing

  10. Leonie - Australia

    2008-12-10 07:21:52 -0500

    I LOVE, LOVE that photo, it should be up on the wall in your home, it captures something special!

  11. Yvonne Stehle

    2008-12-10 08:17:50 -0500

    sitting here teary eyed. yes, yes and yes!

  12. EvelynB

    2008-12-10 08:26:15 -0500

    Love the photo. Did you do anything special to it? It has a *textured* look to it. If not, what settings did you use on your camera (iso, shutter speed, etc)?

  13. Brooke

    2008-12-10 08:41:54 -0500

    What a great photo....and a great moment. Isn't that what it's all about?
    I am never really sure whether to call my husband by his name or call him "Daddy" in my layouts. Nice to know that you use your hubby's name.

  14. Jane P

    2008-12-10 08:52:03 -0500

    Absolutely beautiful Ali!! Thanks for your inspiration - i catch up with your "yesterday" pages each morning (we are a day ahead of you here in Australia) a truly magical photo.
    PS I just Luuuuuuuuuvvvvvvvvvvv your handwriting, is it possible to get it as a font. dont like my own at all, cant cursive...yours is gorgeous and "flowy" (dont think that is a real word)
    Jane P


    2008-12-10 10:52:46 -0500

    WOW - one of those moments we all want to capture in our lives! I agree with you that this is definitely one to enlarge and frame for the house. I hope to become as talented a photographer as you someday. You do inspire me to snap away since practice does make us better! Thanks again, for sharing and inspiring.

  16. Rachel C

    2008-12-10 11:23:28 -0500

    Love the photo! What a great moment to capture.

  17. Dori

    2008-12-10 11:53:57 -0500

    Once again, I am totally inspired! I just downloaded the remember word art at DD and can't wait to use them. So lovely! I have several of your digital products and love them all. Please keep the overlays coming. :) Thanks, Ali.

  18. Carrie

    2008-12-10 12:10:20 -0500

    I'm in love with the secondary photo... the one with the table reflection. Wow. Awesome capture.

  19. Cherie

    2008-12-10 12:37:58 -0500

    So love this page!

  20. jen

    2008-12-10 13:31:07 -0500

    That sort of picture is the entire reason I started to scrap--truly. I absolute love when I capture a pic like that!! Nice job, like you need to hear that from a stranger :-))

  21. Franziska

    2008-12-10 19:47:59 -0500

    The photos of Simon and his dad warm my heart. They're so wonderful - a really wonderful memory. I think you're happy that you were able to record it photographically. Many Greetings from Germany.

  22. Linda

    2008-12-11 02:32:06 -0500

    ? How do you manage to punch holes in the acrylic overlay you used on Day 1 in order to slip it into your album?

  23. Ali

    2008-12-11 03:14:33 -0500

    Linda - I use a tool called a crop-a-dile.

  24. Karen

    2008-12-11 05:57:25 -0500

    That photo and those words make the most beautiful page I've EVER seen!
    Stunning - very moving!

  25. Amy Lighthall

    2008-12-12 02:13:08 -0500

    You rock with your whole december book! Thanks for being so inspiring!

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