December Daily 2009 : Day 16


Can anyone else believe how fast this holiday season is moving along? Simon and I were laying on his bed the other night, looking at his tree lights and talking about how there are only 8 more days until Santa comes...and only two more days of school. Man I remember how exciting that was as a kid. Nothing better

The last couple of nights we have been reading some of the short stories from this book: Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury. It is such a fantastic book with amazing illustrations. I ordered it in 2007 after reading a recommendation from Amanda at Soule Mama. She has a great, timeless list of winter reading favorites here. Having these books that only come out once a year (along with the holiday movies) makes them that much more special. 

Here's a look at Day 16: 


The transparent clock (old Heidi Swapp product - not sure it is available anymore) page is one that I have done for the last three years. This is a good example of one of those products that I do stock-up on - when I have the desire to use it more than once and it is generic enough, I will buy a few to be able to use them in the future. I think this is the last one I have in my stash. I love the contrast of the curve with the rest of the straight edge pages. This year I took a shot of Simon's room and am using that for my story on Day 16. 

On the back of the clock I included an image of the Playmobil Nativity Set
that is sitting on his bookshelf: 


Here's a close-up look at the image which includes a couple digital products from Designer Digitals: AE Handdrawn Holiday, Katie's Word Strip Labels No.2 (coming soon), and Holiday Twill (coming this weekend to the shop).  


On the image of Simon's room I added the word stack from my Handdrawn Holiday collection. 

Look for some fun new giveaways to be posted tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful weekend!


This post is part of a series documenting the month of December 2009. You find out more information and view all the completed pages of my album here. Share your work in the Flickr gallery here

35 thoughts

  1. marlis

    2009-12-18 02:07:20 -0500

    I just wanted to thank you for all the endless inspiration, for sharing with us and letting us into your lives..
    These day pages have been a great push to get something done.. I'm catching up this weekend!

  2. Sarah

    2009-12-18 02:24:05 -0500

    Thank you for great and inspiring pages. I have a Dec. Daily question....
    How do you stay on top of uploading/editing/printing pictures each day? That's what I'm finding to be the hardest...even though I'm all digital....My base pages are done, and I'm changing them very little. And I have a page in my planner/calendar where I have written each date and planned out what is going on each day (at least the ones I know in advance) and I'll jot down journaling ideas/prompts on that planner page. So I end up doing 2 or 3 pages at a time, but I feel like that's not "Daily" Any ideas?

  3. Tanya

    2009-12-18 03:18:51 -0500

    I love Simon's little tree and the christmas bedding. So festive and magical looking.
    I just purchased your December digital brushes.
    This is my first attempt at doing a digital thing so if I get stuck I'm coming to you for help Ali..LOL.

  4. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-18 04:04:15 -0500

    With the Santa letters I have been keeping two copies - the one I add to the album and the "real" one. The real ones are stored in a special safe-keeping place. In reality I could probably let those go...but will likely hang onto them and maybe make something with them all together down the road.
    If Simon's were done in pencil I would definitely scan them in just because pencils definitely fade over time (I have some handwritten stuff from my grandma that is really hard to see).

  5. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-18 04:09:21 -0500

    Hi Sarah - in past years I have actually been better about "keeping up" each day. This year, things are busier so I have just been getting to it when I can - that means doing a couple days at once. My "perspective" is that no one will know the difference down the road - and it's so not a big deal if you aren't actually doing them "daily." The idea is to capture the season - the organizational format is daily (vs. something like an organizational format of traditions) but it definitely does not mean you must do it everyday ;). It's all good :).

  6. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-18 04:10:18 -0500

    Cool - happy to help! Here's a link that might help you get started: /2008/07/hybriddigital-s.html

  7. Nicky Hurt

    2009-12-18 04:29:41 -0500

    My 4th grader just told me about Jan Brett last night. At her website (, click on "videos" and there are lots of videos of her talking about her books, teaching you how to draw a polar bear, and making a gingerbread baby for her book "Gingerbread Baby". Awesome!

  8. melanie

    2009-12-18 05:03:27 -0500

    I love all of these entries. And I second Molly- yay for the twill!

  9. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-18 05:15:56 -0500

    Great link - thank you Nicky!

  10. tracey p.

    2009-12-18 05:25:41 -0500

    3rd yah! for twill.
    i'm inspired by the christmas tree in the room .......and laurenkay's comment on memories as well ........
    where did you get that tree for simon? i would love to put one up in my son's room
    thanks ali!!

  11. tara pakosta

    2009-12-18 05:55:19 -0500

    This is totally my fave of yours so far! Just LOVE IT!!! I have once again, FAILED big time in getting a book together. I got the flu and Ava got strep and it has set us back by over a week. I am so mad at myself! I hope to put one big Christmas album together of all through the years of traditions though!
    thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  12. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-18 05:57:09 -0500

    Hi Tracey - I found it at Target. It's just perfect for his room.

  13. elisa

    2009-12-18 06:03:40 -0500

    i so love this process! thanks so much ali for putting it together

  14. Loretta Artful Yogi

    2009-12-18 06:23:06 -0500

    Looks so great. I just used one of these Heidi Swapp pages in my Dec daily as well. I love the idea of the next page being the same curved shape. Great photos, Ali.

  15. Terri Q

    2009-12-18 06:59:59 -0500

    Fabulous. Love the clock and shape.

  16. Michelle

    2009-12-18 07:42:24 -0500

    It's a gorgeous page! Kind regards from Poland!

  17. Nitasha

    2009-12-18 11:31:09 -0500

    Seriously love your album...this is my first year to do one and I am having so much fun...I'm amazed at how many people participate and share thier ideas on their blogs and message boards-- you are making the world a much more creative place and helping so many people document their daily lives, Ali! Thanks so much!

  18. M

    2009-12-18 13:35:44 -0500

    Nativity? You are Christian!!!? Who knew!?!

  19. Mary L

    2009-12-18 14:46:06 -0500

    What pen do you use to write on your photos? Are you still using a white Sharpie? Thanks Ali.
    Happy Holidays!

  20. SueB

    2009-12-20 05:28:14 -0500

    love checking out the December dailies - TFS!

  21. Laura

    2009-12-21 00:25:14 -0500

    Hi Ali - love and trying to replicate the word stack you used on day 16 but am finding it impossible to find on designer digitals. When I click on the link from your website it takes me to what appears to be a different set of words. The set you used is at the bottom and it makes it look like it's part of a set of 3. But when I downloaded the file it didn't contain the work stack and unfortunately was the same as one I had downloaded previously :o{ . Can you help me find the file with the word stack in it?! Thanks so much.

  22. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-21 04:11:46 -0500

    Hi Laura - it is part of the Handdrawn Holiday set. It is called "AEdwards_HolidayWordStack.png. Let me know if that is not included in your package (it should be :)).

  23. Laura

    2009-12-21 06:04:55 -0500

    My bad. I had opened up Holiday Hand-Drawn Brushes in error (several times if you can believe it). LOVE the new set. And thank you for getting back to me!

  24. Nicky Hurt

    2009-12-22 15:58:31 -0500

    You are very welcome!

  25. maile

    2010-10-27 17:15:33 -0400

    You are so inspiring. That's all. :)

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