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December Daily : Days 23, 24, and 25

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So happy to be finishing this up. It's a project that I definitely look forward to but man it is tough to finish up during those last few days leading up to Christmas.


In looking through the entire album for this year, one of the things I really love is that it is simple and the emphasis is really on the photos and the words. The more time goes by the more I really find that to be what I want to see most. Sometimes it is so easy to get swept up in all the extras (because there are so many cool things to use) but what I really care about are the pictures and the story.


I know that I talk about the simplicity of words and photos often, partly it is a reminder to myself and partly because I just get so excited about it.


Day Twenty-Three:


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And a close-up:


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Photos printed on photo paper with a bit of text in the middle.


And the backside:


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7gypsies Flocked Paper with a little bit of baker's twine.


And the before:


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[ Heidi Swapp Overlay Dots; Tree: Art Warehouse Noel Epoxy Sticker; American Crafts White Moma Remarks Letter Sticker Book ]


Day Twenty-Four:


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I love this photo of Chris, his Dad, and Simon - probably my favorite of the season. Patterned paper is Love, Elsie from 2007. Foam stickers from American Crafts.


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And the before:


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[ Making Memories Artisan Solid Die Cut Paper; Scenic Route Berkley Red Letter Stickers ]


Day Twenty-Five:


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A simple photo collage. I think I will also do a layout with photos from Christmas Day.
 


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And the before:


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[ Art Warehouse Dear Santa Hollyberry Paper; Scenic Route Berkley Red Letter Stickers ]


All December Daily pages for 2008 can be found here. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Flickr group and who played along on your own. I so hope you enjoyed the experience.

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  1. Deborah P says…
    12/29/2008

    Thanks, Ali, for sharing your month and memories with us and also for reminding us that memories come from the pictures and the words - not from the latest embellishment. Even though I LOVE embellishments!
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2009!

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  2. Susan Brennan says…
    12/29/2008

    I'm so glad I participated this year. My goal was to put in something about Christmas every day, December 1-25. I wrote about my day, about past Christmases, anything that had to do with Christmas. I included photos and art when I had them. Making this book kept my Christmas spirit alive and energized throughout the season. Thank you for all your creative input. I'm considering an All About Me Daily as a countdown to my birthday in February.

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  3. Jennifer.T says…
    12/29/2008

    Hi Ali,
    I've really enjoyed watching your December Daily grow before my eyes I'll definitely have to try one next year.
    I'm sure I've probably overlooked this somewhere along the way but I was wondering when your new baby is due?
    I'm thinking 21st January, only cause that's my DD's birthday LOL

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  4. Wendy Goodman says…
    12/29/2008

    I just finished my album this weekend. I love it. It is full of different size pages, different textures, and the magic of the season. I can't imagine going through the holidays again without capturing it all in an album like this. I'm already planning next year's album!

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  5. Nicky from Canada says…
    12/29/2008

    Thanks Ali - loved participating this year - but trying to play catchup - we had 7 extra staying with us for the better part of the week - so house if almost empty of company, and hoping the new years weekend will give me the needed time to finish.
    Absolutely love it.
    Thanks for sharing and helping along the way

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  6. Terri Porter says…
    12/29/2008

    Ali, I have absolutely LOVED doing this project. I hope you continue to do it every year. Yes, it's hard to keep up during the crazy pace of the holidays, but oh, so rewarding when you make the effort. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  7. Kim Brown says…
    12/29/2008

    Love that Santa paper. I have that piece and the coordinating notebook style piece. I'm going to use those for my main Christmas scrapbook page in my son's book. I'm a little behind in my daily album, but have the pictures on the camera ready to print. Almost there....I will get it done before 1.1.09 :)
    I would love to see how the baby's room is coming along....and the studio. What are your plans for the little one's arrival? Less blogging? I know you will be doing less travels.

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  8. Lynne says…
    12/29/2008

    I've really enjoyed watching your album unfold this month, and I so enjoyed making my own! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing your Christmas with us on your blog. I am sure that my family will always treasure this album.
    Best wishes to you and your family as you prepare for the new little one.

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  9. Emilie Ahern says…
    12/29/2008

    It turned out so beautifully, Ali!
    I am always amazed at how you get it done.
    Thanks for sharing it step by step.
    The finished product is creative, gorgeous and inspiring.

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  10. Carole Hepburn says…
    12/29/2008

    ALi - Greetings from Puerta Vallarta - our family Christmas gift....we are sharing a house with family in the warm sunshine! My 25 days of December book is complete , this year with white Christmas photos! I thought of you when I created a mini album(stuck inside while home due to snow) for a daily book of our vacation! Brought a printer with me and so far have two days completed in the album - it will be so fun to share when I get home next week !!
    Merry Christmas , thank you for sharing with us the 25 days of your Christmas. Enjoyed the inspiration ~
    Happy New Year - from PV Mexico !!

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  11. molly says…
    12/29/2008

    your book is wonderful. I really love the shaped pages.
    I get what you mean about wanting to wrap it up. I love having done this, but now I just want to sequester myself upstairs with my photos and finish. That might be rude to my houseguests though ;)

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  12. Kelly says…
    12/29/2008

    Hi Ali,
    Very nice album!
    Question: What computer program/software do you create your photo collages from?

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  13. Michelle Jacquemet says…
    12/29/2008

    I really loved seeing your process through the season. I hope to post mine in the pool soon. Thanks!

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  14. Barb F says…
    12/29/2008

    This is just heartwarming... I love the simplicity and the 'actual' handwriting (my favorite). It truly is a lovely album.

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  15. Kelly B says…
    12/29/2008

    Thank you so much for doing this!! I am almost done and it has been so much fun. I am so happy to have a record of the days leading up to Christmas...a tradition I plan on carrying on year after year. Happy New Years.

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  16. Renata Moni says…
    12/29/2008

    I really loved seeing your album process !
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a great week and wonderful 2009!

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  17. Angela M. says…
    12/29/2008

    Thanks for your inspiration! Your album is beautiful! I am looking forward to finishing mine.

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  18. Laura M. says…
    12/29/2008

    Thanks for sharing. I love this idea, since we don't do a lot in December, I've decided to use the same concept to make an album for 2009. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Michele says…
    12/29/2008

    Ali-love,love,love your daily album! I have truly enjoyed seeing your daily album evolve as much as I have enjoyed creating my own. I only have a few more pages to go. I can't wait to do this again!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

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  20. Cherie says…
    12/29/2008

    Love it. Turned out so cool! I wanted to make one, got the album started, but ended up documenting on my blog! But now I'm a bit ahead for next year!! LOL
    Thanks for all the awesome ideas!

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  21. Tina says…
    12/29/2008

    Ali,
    Thank you for the inspiration...I think your December Daily is just a brilliant idea...I'm not finished yet but I'm hoping to finish over the next few days! Happy New Year!

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  22. Susan Hessler says…
    12/29/2008

    Beautiful!! My word for 2009 is going to be "Joy" - I am inviting joy into my life and opening my eyes to notice it. Also, my eighteen year old daughter is going to play - her word will be "Balance".
    Susan

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  23. Christina says…
    12/29/2008

    Great job, Ali! I envy you. I still have 6 more pages to do for mine.
    But, hey, it's been fun so far. (:

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  24. Jeni says…
    12/29/2008

    It is such a treat to visit your blog everyday Ali. Thanks. I am very inspired. My December Daily is my very first album. I am not quite done yet but I am pretty proud of it and I am loving the process.

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  25. Suzzi says…
    12/29/2008

    I agree with everyone above - I looked forward to seeing your and everyone's version.
    My questions is the pages you had taken out, are you storing them for next year? How do you store them, grouped in a file?
    Thanks again.

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