December Daily : Days 23, 24, and 25


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:


And a close-up:


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

And the backside:


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

And the before:


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

Day Twenty-Four:




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.


And the before:


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

Day Twenty-Five:


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


And the before:


[ 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.

43 thoughts

  1. Michele

    2008-12-29 13:43:29 -0500

    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!!! :)

  2. Cherie

    2008-12-29 14:32:55 -0500

    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!

  3. Tina

    2008-12-29 14:57:30 -0500

    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!

  4. Susan Hessler

    2008-12-29 15:29:45 -0500

    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".

  5. Christina

    2008-12-29 16:49:11 -0500

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

  6. Jeni

    2008-12-29 17:08:24 -0500

    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.

  7. Suzzi

    2008-12-29 22:55:17 -0500

    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.

  8. Amy L

    2008-12-29 23:22:28 -0500

    I want to officially thank you for your inspiration for this project. I love mine, and I wouldn't have made it if not for you!

  9. Carol

    2008-12-30 00:26:13 -0500

    You are truly inspiring and have brought out the best in the creative me this holiday season. Thank you. I love to read about your awesome little family.

  10. René

    2008-12-30 00:32:01 -0500

    I loved doing this project. I finished up my book yesterday and have put it where I can admire it often. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us. I very much look forward to doing this again next year!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  11. Viki

    2008-12-30 00:39:28 -0500

    Thank you Ali for introducing me to this type of Art Journal. I have so enjoyed the "rush" of it all. I will miss doing it.
    So I may have to do some other mini type of thing this year. Even if it is just to record what art and knitting I do.
    Now to wind handspun for socks.

  12. poopsicle

    2008-12-30 02:12:29 -0500

    Hi Ali, Thank U so much for sharing this.

  13. Kelly Boettcher

    2008-12-30 02:34:19 -0500

    Thank you for shring this with us. I did not participate this year, but am planning on it for next year!

  14. Lisa

    2008-12-30 05:41:18 -0500

    Happy New Year Ali:
    Just a quick Thank You for sharing your time and talent with us! YOU INSPIRE ME! I am fairly new to your blog and I can't believe all the inspiration that flows from your page. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
    All the best in 2009.

  15. Kathy F. **MT**

    2008-12-30 06:11:35 -0500

    Beautiful! I loved everyday in your Dec. Daily book! :) I am totally inspired with it and hope to work on a "complete" one next year! :) Thanks so much for your ideas and inspiration! :)---Kathy

  16. mitchmac

    2008-12-30 09:29:34 -0500

    You album is georgous - Ali!
    I have one question if you don't mind - how did you get the words in/onto the photo collage on the last day - that is so cool?!

  17. Heather

    2008-12-30 10:07:18 -0500

    I read about your pie (cranberry pear) two things that I love but I did not see the recipe on the website referenced... Can you post it...
    I love the idea of the word for 2009... I have thought and thought and have the perfect word... Now I am figuring out how to honor it and make it my life... Thank you for the inspiration...

  18. ToneF

    2008-12-30 11:06:45 -0500

    This album is just gorgeous!!! I love it! Thank you for sharing, and hank you do much for this idea!
    I didn't have the time to do the Decembar Daily, but I have started making a similar one for the holidays - like Our Christmas.
    I looove the concept of keeping it simple and focusing on photos and words :o)
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!!!

  19. Theresa B

    2008-12-30 11:14:16 -0500

    So excited to see your completed album, Ali. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you give to all of us each year. I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful New Year!

  20. sue alexander

    2008-12-30 14:52:25 -0500

    dear ali
    adore your album ...just so cool... wishing you and your family a joyful 2009 full of everything that makes your heart happy

  21. Heather

    2008-12-30 20:05:12 -0500

    Merry Christmas (we're still in the Season) and Happy New Year, Ali! I've enjoyed reading your column in CK for years, but this year I've spent more time here on your blog and you've really changed the way I feel about scrapbooking. You've shown me how to let go of perfection, have fun telling my story, and to play with technique. Thank you for the gifts you share with all of us. Again, Happy New Year! -Heather

  22. allison

    2008-12-31 00:08:41 -0500

    I just finished that book depressing, but in a good way? Wally Lamb always makes his point, but not in a pretty way, lots to think about.. If you haven't read I Know This Much Is True, put it on your list. It is one of the best books I've ever read. I think a bit better than the latest one...I did get a bit bored with the Quirk history stuff...
    Hope you have a good new year:)

  23. sue

    2008-12-31 00:11:03 -0500

    Your family Christmas looks amazing and the fact that Simon slept though a sheet change is amazing! Wow! I also love your Christmas album and am already collecting things so that I can do that this coming year!
    I will finish my 'Joy' journal (my 2008 word) today! I can't believe the year has flown by so quickly but I have a post from each day of the year and many pictures, news articles and other 'momentos' included in this journal.
    Not sure if I'm going to have a word for 2009. Am planning to do a photo a day album and will probably include some words in that.
    Happy, healthy 2009 to you and your expanding family!

  24. Amanda S.

    2009-01-01 04:33:41 -0500

    Amazing! I loved watching your journal evolve - thank you for sharing your creative process. Happy new year!

  25. beth (20birds)

    2009-01-05 04:24:25 -0500

    I did this this year and am so happy i did... i posted a few pages online, but mostly i didnt, i gave myself freedom just to do, and if i made a mistake in my journaling i simply pasted something over it.... my 11 yo cut the pages for me and no one page looked like another, but now there is this record... i added recipes i discovered and tried and true ones... i added a list of songs that made it christmas.... every day had a photo, i am so in love with this little book. thanks

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