Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

December 10, 2008

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.


  • 1.
    Susi from Germany said…

    Oh my! How do you do that! Your work always amazes me … . You told us not to compare each others albums … well … I still think your’s probably the best one of all :-)

  • 2.
    Jamie Rex said…

    Oh, this page is just beautiful. What a great way to start out my day! I’m sure to capture some great memories of my own now. :)
    Thanks as always, Ali!

  • 3.
    jenny said…

    LOVE this page. great photo. very sweet words.

  • 4.
    HeatherC said…

    How beautiful — the page and the memory. I love the way you capture the emotion of the memory.

  • 5.
    christen said…

    i wish i had your creative brain :)

  • 6.
    Lisa Westphal said…

    i LOVE the photo. . .you can SEE the ‘TRUST’ they share. . .absolutely BEAUTIFUL. : )

  • 7.
    Isabel said…

    I absolutely LOVE that photograph.

  • 8.
    julie said…

    that is an absolutely gorgeous picture

  • 9.
    Debbie said…

    What a great photo. Love it in black and white. Was wondering if you have any tips for converting photos to B/W mine usually end up looking more grey and washed out so I end up using the colour version. The depth of the black and white is very striking in yours.

  • 10.
    Lesley said…

    Ali, you make me proud to be a mom, like you. Thank you for your daily dose of warmth.

  • 11.
    Mary Rogers said…


  • 12.
    Annie said…

    What a wonderful picture. It truly is one of those pictures that is worth a thousand words–it completely captures the essence of their relationship.
    As always, thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration!

  • 13.
    Deb Jones said…

    What a wonderful picture of your men. Special.

  • 14.
    Emily said…

    WOW, that picture put tears in my eyes. Incredible, what a moment. I love your use of black and white photos in the album and the mix of black and white with color pages or embellishments is really nice.

  • 15.
    alexandra said…

    so beautiful!

  • 16.
    Anne Alley said…

    What a great photo! You’ve really captured what’s truly important about the holiday season.

  • 17.
    Sara said…

    That is the sweetest photo. Warms my heart.

  • 18.
    Maria said…

    SO endearing and beautiful! I have been working on daily photos and capturing my memories, but I haven’t been back to the book since day 3! I hope to get back to it soon! Thank you Ali for your constant source of inspiration. :D

  • 19.
    Lisa Stinnette said…

    I’m really loving your posts – as always. You inspire us in so many ways. Thanks for being so open and generous. You make a difference.

  • 20.
    lori p said…

    what a precious moment to capture. thanks for sharing you inspiration to inspire us…

  • 21.
    kreativekate said…

    Oh, Ali. I see why you love that photo. It is beautiful! The lighting and everything-just perfect!

  • 22.
    Christene said…

    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,

  • 23.
    Carrie H. said…

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

  • 24.
    Expat said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Ali said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Katie said…

    Love the sweet intimacy of this photo.

  • 27.
    cinback said…

    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!

  • 28.
    Chung Nguyen said…

    This is looking more and more amazing everyday….

  • 29.
    Angie said…

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

  • 30.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    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

  • 31.
    Leonie - Australia said…

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

  • 32.
    Yvonne Stehle said…

    sitting here teary eyed. yes, yes and yes!

  • 33.
    EvelynB said…

    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)?

  • 34.
    Brooke said…

    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.

  • 35.
    Jane P said…

    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

  • 36.

    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.

  • 37.
    Rachel C said…

    Love the photo! What a great moment to capture.

  • 38.
    Dori said…

    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.

  • 39.
    Carrie said…

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

  • 40.
    Cherie said…

    So love this page!

  • 41.
    jen said…

    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 :-) )

  • 42.
    Franziska said…

    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.

  • 43.
    Linda said…

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

  • 44.
    Ali said…

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

  • 45.
    Karen said…

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

  • 46.
    Amy Lighthall said…

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

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