December Daily : Day Six


Today I am celebrating a great little tradition around here that Simon really loves: a Russian nesting doll. Here's the full view (just one page today):


I started off with a 4x6 photo (includes a Holiday Title + Journal Photo Overlay added in Photoshop) that was printed here at home (for more information on working with digital overlays check out this link). I trimmed the page around the photo down to 6 inches x 9 inches because I knew I wanted the entire page to end up that size and I wanted that photo placed in the top right corner.


I temporarily removed the circle #6 card (gently) and adhered the red felt piece on top of the printed photo (lining up the scalloped ribbon edge with the line on the overlay). I turned the entire thing over and trimmed off the excess red felt with a craft knife.


I cut a piece of American Crafts patterned paper to size and adhered it in the bottom right corner. I added new foam squares to the back of the circle card and adhered it in place.


I typed up and printed out my journaling onto white paper and cut into strips.


Strips are adhered with Therm-O-Web's SuperTape.


And here's a look at the before page:


[ Creative Cafe Dark Red Polka Dot Felt; vintage circle 6 card; American Crafts Ribbon #57604 ]


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.

29 thoughts

  1. Valerie

    2008-12-07 08:09:29 -0500

    Love ya!! You are so talented....and your son...beautiful! Look at those eyes!
    God Bless,

  2. Viki

    2008-12-07 08:10:21 -0500

    I am so glad I found your blog and started this project. It is helping me to slow down and savor the moment this season. It also gave me the opportunity to do something special to commemorate our 25th anniversary.
    I probably would not have even thought to have one of my daughters take our picture to put in my album. Before I 'met' you I might have thought I should/could do something, but I wouldn't have. Thanks Ali.

  3. Emily

    2008-12-07 08:20:09 -0500

    That is a beautiful photo of your son and a great page for day no. 6.

  4. Dana Nichols

    2008-12-07 08:31:42 -0500

    I haven't yet commented on this series because I would be saying the same thing every day--Love it!! I do so love this project every year and I am so glad that you do it! I am grateful for the inspiration I get from your blog. Thanks so much for doing it for us!

  5. Annie

    2008-12-07 08:35:25 -0500

    Ali--thanks for the detailed step-by-step instructions and photos of how you took the original page format and converted it to the final result. It really helped me to understand the transformation from 'before' to 'after'.

  6. june

    2008-12-07 09:13:26 -0500

    Cute page. I'll have to try and incorporate felt into my pages, too.
    I laugh whenever I see those nesting dolls. My husband was terrified of them when he was little. There is some residual effects of that fear left, I think, because I always see him shudder at the thought of them. LOL! Good thing Simon is not scared of them :P

  7. Carrie

    2008-12-07 09:37:30 -0500

    Love this one. :) So fun seeing these each day, chica.

  8. Sara

    2008-12-07 10:11:28 -0500

    Love the Russian Nesting dolls. My dad just came back from Russia and brought back one for my son. He loves them too.

  9. brooke

    2008-12-07 10:21:17 -0500

    Thanks for all the inspiration. Having your regular updates of your pages has really helped me to keep up my own project! Love your book, and am loving what mine is becoming.

  10. Kathy F. **MT**

    2008-12-07 11:00:53 -0500

    Thanks so much for doing this. :) I love your ideas! :)

  11. susan

    2008-12-07 11:43:03 -0500

    I'm having just so much fun with this project. It has coincided with me finally buying a copy of life artist and its changing the way i scrap, I love love love the whole process, even the mess on the kitchen bench as i create, coming back to it every so often for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours, thankfully I have a very understanding partner.

  12. Jennifer

    2008-12-07 11:45:38 -0500

    Gosh, he is getting so big! Your album is really coming out nicely....good stuff. Enjoy.

  13. Hannah

    2008-12-07 11:45:42 -0500

    your photos of Simon are so fun.
    I find it challenging somethings because we have a dog. Me, my hubby and our dog. He is our kid....but, it's still hard to capture some of the fun Christmas things that everyone else can photograph! but, I suppose that is what makes our lives so different from each other, right! I am having so much fun with this project either way, and appreciate your inspiration daily!
    Thanks again, Ali!

  14. Nilla - Live it Scrap it!

    2008-12-07 12:24:01 -0500

    Thanks for sharing. Some very nice ideas, love the details like the red felt pocket!
    Merry Christmas!

  15. jonipossin

    2008-12-07 12:59:43 -0500

    Having just finished Jessica Sprague's class 'Stories-in-Hand' I'm adding 'memories' that were sparked during the making of this album. I just use my Dymo to print it out. Quick and easy and not-to-be-forgotten.
    It's snowing... so pretty. Inspiring!

  16. rachel carlson

    2008-12-07 14:56:10 -0500

    looks like a great tradition. cheers to TOW super tape *wink* - have a great week, rachel

  17. molly

    2008-12-07 15:29:13 -0500

    this is a beautiful page.
    I'm struggling today with a ton of events/photos from the weekend; striving edit/get to the core of things. the daily part is motivating me to push on and just get it done, rather than wait for tomorrow. that can be a good thing for me.
    I'm so glad I'm doing this project and posting daily IS a huge motivator. Thank you, Ali.

  18. Andrea

    2008-12-07 20:06:12 -0500

    I just wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration to me. Your day "5" page with the divided page protector really inspried me to play around with one that I had on hand. I've nevr worked with anything transparent, but I'm qickly learning how much fun it is! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  19. juliette78

    2008-12-07 23:55:34 -0500

    so many ideas !! THANKS TO SHARE !
    like the felt pocket !! i'm beginning; i maked the album, and i take one photo a fun !

  20. Jamie Rex

    2008-12-08 00:31:09 -0500

    Ali, your book is turning out so beautiful!

  21. Kris with a K

    2008-12-08 00:49:20 -0500

    Ali, I just love the way that you are flexible in the pages you create; I love that you have a starting point for the page but are not afraid to alter the design to fit the photo you decide to use and the vision you have at that time.
    I'm not doing a December album as I had planned this year (was going to use the Fa La La collection from MM) as I am recovering from surgery, but I think I might do the same thing at a different time of year...Maybe in May, for the end of school, or in August as we gear up again for school.

  22. HeatherC

    2008-12-08 01:07:26 -0500

    Great perspecitve on that photo. Also -- that card (#6) is so cool!

  23. Heather

    2008-12-08 03:30:59 -0500

    I am doing the daily album adn mixing it with Shimelle's christmas journal. I am loving being able to do both. I have uploaded up t o day six on my blog.
    And Ali I am loving your pages.I love all the different sizes and shapes of them.

  24. JeanFB

    2008-12-08 09:36:54 -0500

    Ali, I'm having so much fun watching you make your album as I am making my own. Thank you for this post especially - I found myself tweaking things right off the bat and thought, Hmmmm, do I have the wrong idea here? I'm glad to see you do it, too!!

  25. Natalia B

    2008-12-08 13:13:29 -0500

    love your ideas Ali! thank you for the inspirations :)

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