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December 8, 2008

December Daily : Day Seven


A little letter to Simon.

Tonight Simon will be writing his letter to Santa so I thought it would be appropriate to write a letter to Simon. I think this will be a nice tradition to add in to my December Daily books in the future.

I started off with a bit of thinking. What did I want to tell him about this past year? I wondered what things he will remember (he has a crazy good memory) and what things will just remain in the past? What did I want to say about how much he has grown and matured in so many different ways?

I ended up writing about how proud we are of him and all the ways he has grown this past year. Little things and big things. Things like independently getting on the bus, dressing himself, doing his homework without too much drama, and being excited about being a big brother, etc. He is such an amazing kid.

If you don’t have kids (or kids at home) consider writing a letter to your spouse, partner, or maybe even to yourself. You letter could focus on this past year, how you feel about the season, or something about your life at this moment in time. Adding in some content such as a letter gives added depth and meaning to your album as a whole.

Here’s a look at how it came together:



[ American Crafts Precision Pen .03, Making Memories Fa La La Trims, Scenic Route Grey Grid Patterned Paper, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch ]

I cut a sheet of grey grid patterned paper to fit inside the envelope and used the Threading Water Punch to create a decorative edge along the top. I stitched the top in place and covered the back side with a second sheet of grey grid paper. The seam is covered with ribbon.


The envelope is from Paper Source and they offer great templates for creating envelope liners. I cut my liner using one of those templates and patterned paper from American Crafts (The Weather Outside).


And just a simple paper clip to keep the envelope closed for now. I am still decided what to do on the page opposite (the back of day 6). I am thinking of creating a tag similar to the one that Tim showcased today and adding that as a decoration.

The before image:


[ Paper Source Red Envelope; American Crafts White Subway Foam Thickers ]


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.

    Oh I just love this idea!!!!! I’m going to borrow it and try to laminate the letter(s)… just in case one of us has sticky hands, sheds too many tears, or too many repeated folds.. to help preserve the letter… Thanks for a super duper idea!!!

  • 2.
    Valerie said…

    What a great idea! I am so going to do this…ummmm I am the first person to post….maybe I should be doing something productive like everyone else must be?
    Hug Simon tight…he’ll grow up fast!

  • 3.
    Jen said…

    I agree…this is a great idea. My son’s almost 2 years old so it’ll be nice to remind him of things he did at this age and for his 2nd Christmas of his life. =)

  • 4.
    Tina said…

    I ADORE the letter idea! Great!

  • 5.
    Loretta said…

    A gorgeous thoughtful addition.

  • 6.
    jonipossin said…

    The letter idea is a real winner! I love Tim Holts’ tags… but, I can just picture a photo of you and Simon together to go with the letter. Just a thought… which you’ve probably had already.
    I just took a picture of my husband blowing our snow for my album (and blog) and I think adding a letter to him about how much I appreciate all that he does for me/us. Thank you for sparking that ‘perfect’ idea.
    We have a major storm starting this afternoon going into tomorrow afternoon. As a retired teacher… I still get up to watch the school closings go across the TV screen. Tomorrow’s album pages may be about just that.
    Ali… this is such fun! Can’t say thank you enough.
    From snowy Wisconsin,

  • 7.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    What a great idea – I have little notes in the advent calendar ( made the box one that you did last year but adhered them to a canvas ) that I may put together in the envelope or make a page with the baseball card plastic holder to show them ~ will probably do both to see which works best in my book….you are an inspiration – thank you again for all of your time !

  • 8.
    Susi from Germany said…

    I opened two saving accounts for my kids today at the bank. To write a letter on the back of the picture that goes with today is an awesome idea!

  • 9.
    Kathy F. **MT** said…

    I just loved your letter to Simon. :) What a wonderful idea! :)

  • 10.
    agnieszka said…

    Ali you do amaze me all the time , what a clever idea about writting a letter to Simon :) you sure are inspiration to me, way to go girl!!!!!!!!!!

  • 11.
    Shannon said…

    this is a fabulous idea! Will you be writing to your little bun as well?

  • 12.
    Nicole said…

    Simon is blessed to have such a thought-full mom. What a treasure you are creating! THANK YOU for the inspiration to create something this Christmas. My kids are getting older too quickly (they’re 12 and 9) and I want to caputure some of their childhood this season.

  • 13.
    sue said…

    What a lovely idea! Someday Simon will look back at your letter and be proud of the strides he has made and know that it is because you and your husband care so much about him and every step he takes.

  • 14.
    Linda Beeson said…

    Adding an envelope to a mini album is such a cute accent and could work on so many levels!

  • 15.
    gudrun said…

    Oh, I love this idea of writing a letter to the kids or maybe just a letter to whoever read my decemberalbum in the future. Thanks for sharing, Ali! I’m allways blown away by your creativity, and all the beautiful things you make. Thanks again!

  • 16.
    kelly said…

    I love the idea of adding in a little note to your son, very sweet!

  • 17.
    mandeem said…

    You never cease to amaze me. I love this idea. I think that I will write a few letters and include them in my book, one for my son, one for my hubby, and one for myself. I think it will be wonderful to look back over the years and see what I wrote to all of us. I am going to try to get my hubby to write a letter too. Great idea!

  • 18.
    Carrie Romero said…

    Lovely idea! Your journal & look at Christmas is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • 19.
    kellyvincanada said…

    Hi Ali,
    I really love the idea of including a letter; I also love your idea of including one of ‘Tim’s tags’ as a decoration. I have included the fourth and fifth tags in my album because I just didn’t want to have to part with them. I can’t give them away if they are glued down!
    As always, thank you for sharing.

  • 20.

    LOVE IT!
    i write a letter to my daughters every year on their birthday, my oldest is turning 9 on Christmas Eve, so this is the time I start thinking about what I want to say to sum her year up. my husband also writes them a letter on their birthday, though he seems to skip every other year. i hope he keeps it up through adult years as well.
    will you include simon’s letter to santa too somewhere? i am having a hard time keeping up with this and Christmas is coming way too FAST for me! LOVE yours though!tara

  • 21.
    HeatherC said…

    What a great idea — something to cherish.

  • 22.
    Heathyr said…

    Ali, I love the idea of writing a letter. I only have a fiance to write to but I think it is really important to to slip aside a little letter to him this holiday season – talk about the new traditions we have already established in the 2 years we have been together, how we will be married next Christmas, etc. This may be my favorite thing to do during the December daily!
    Also, thanks for the envelope tutorial! I have always wanted to do that and now I can!!

  • 23.
    Natalia B said…

    ooh oh.. how lovely..:) such a lovely idea.. it’ll be such a treasure.. one day in the future, opening that letter again.. oh wow!

  • 24.
    sandy fisher said…

    I agree the letter idea is very lovely. I sure hope the posts on this album will be up for a long time because I am soooo behind. Ali love your style.

  • 25.
    Traci Smith said…

    I *heart* this idea! Thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  • 26.
    Bec said…

    Wow! I can’t believe Simon is almost 7 years old. How did that happen :) ? I am always tickled to read about how well he is doing.

  • 27.
    Michelle McGuire said…

    Love this! Can’t wait to add one to my book!

  • 28.
    hedwig said…

    the letter and the enveloppe are just gorgeous, Thanks for let me peak into your life and for sharing this crafty pre christmas time!

  • 29.
    Julie Howard said…

    Ali, I love the letter and envelope idea! I have not been able to keep up with this project this year, but plan on doing it for next year.

  • 30.
    Nancy said…

    Love that idea!! And because I no longer have children at home, I have decided to write about how much the Christmas season was made special for me through my children. I think they will be quite surprised by what I write. Thank-you so much Ali, and thanks for all the info of the products you are using. I have sent for a few already!!

  • 31.
    kosenrufu mama said…

    i love this idea!!!! thank you!!!!

  • 32.
    Krystal said…

    This is a great idea. I am really enjoying your blog posts about your daily december album.
    How will you share this letter with Simon (beyond keeping it in the album)? Just curious if you have special plans for that.
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • 33.
    Irene Dunne said…

    A letter would definitely give that album a personal touch. I will have to think about this though cause I am not very good at writing down my feelings.

  • 34.
    .kat. said…

    I LOVE the whole concept of this book.
    My little girl is 18 months old and my
    husband and I were trying to think of
    some new traditions to bring into our
    family for the Holidays. THIS is one I
    MUST get started! Love it!

  • 35.
    Deb Jones said…

    This is such a great idea. I don’t have kids but my 80 year old mother lives with me and is such a sweetie that I will put a letter to her into my album.

  • 36.

    I just want to tell you how much I love looking at your mini-books. I have always been more of a 12×12 lo kind of girl, but I like how your little books go together (esp. the Christmas one!). It must be like finding little treasures for your loved ones who go through the books later. They never know what they’ll find.
    So I’m thinking of getting my feet wet on this when we’re off on break for 2 weeks. I’ll do a Christmas Vacation book to document each day of our time off.
    Thank you for all of the time and detail you put into your tutorials! It must take up a ton of your time ;)

  • 37.
    kimberlee said…

    *Sigh* You are just amazing. :D

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