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December 29, 2008

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.


  • 1.
    Deborah P said…

    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!

  • 2.
    Susan Brennan said…

    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.

  • 3.
    Jennifer.T said…

    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

  • 4.
    Wendy Goodman said…

    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!

  • 5.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    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

  • 6.
    Terri Porter said…

    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.

  • 7.
    Kim Brown said…

    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.

  • 8.
    Lynne said…

    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.

  • 9.
    Emilie Ahern said…

    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.

  • 10.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    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 !!

  • 11.
    molly said…

    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 ;)

  • 12.
    Kelly said…

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

  • 13.

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

  • 14.
    Barb F said…

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

  • 15.
    Kelly B said…

    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.

  • 16.
    Renata Moni said…

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

  • 17.
    Angela M. said…

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

  • 18.
    Laura M. said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Michele said…

    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!!! :)

  • 20.
    Cherie said…

    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!

  • 21.
    Tina said…

    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!

  • 22.
    Susan Hessler said…

    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”.

  • 23.
    Christina said…

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

  • 24.
    Jeni said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Suzzi said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Amy L said…

    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!

  • 27.
    Carol said…

    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.

  • 28.
    René said…

    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.

  • 29.
    Viki said…

    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.

  • 30.
    poopsicle said…

    Hi Ali, Thank U so much for sharing this.

  • 31.
    Kelly Boettcher said…

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

  • 32.
    Lisa said…

    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.

  • 33.
    Kathy F. **MT** said…

    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

  • 34.
    mitchmac said…

    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?!

  • 35.
    Heather said…

    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…

  • 36.
    ToneF said…

    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!!!

  • 37.
    Theresa B said…

    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!

  • 38.
    sue alexander said…

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

  • 39.
    Heather said…

    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

  • 40.
    allison said…

    I just finished that book too…so 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:)

  • 41.
    sue said…

    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!

  • 42.
    Amanda S. said…

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

  • 43.
    beth (20birds) said…

    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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