December Daily 2009 : Day 18, Day 19



One of Simon's favorite days at school happened last Friday: PJ's and a movie. I tucked the handout inside the page protector for Day 18.

On the back I adhered a piece of left-over wrapping paper I am using this year and the inside of a card that Simon brought home from school. Machine stitching goes around the outside edge. Letter stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle.

The back of the day before (Day 17) looks like this:

Here's the original for Day 18:




On Saturday we finally got our tree. It was a great little adventure. The biggest memory of the day is that Simon picked out the tree all by himself, insisting this was it

For this day I wanted to include a few more photos so I created a fold-out section and added it on to the original background. Here's the spread open to the inside (each panel holds a 5.5 inch x 8 inch photo):

Here's a few scans of the inside panels: 

19_DD_closeup1 19_DD_closeup2  
And to the other side (missing the last photo because my printer ran out of ink):

19_DD_2 19_DD_closeup3  
The journaling documents our adventure selecting the tree and then the process of decorating. The cute little red accent is from Pixie Petals. The word stickers are old Wordfetti from Making Memories. 

Here's the original for Day 19:

Day19 Dottedline

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64 thoughts

  1. Holly S

    2009-12-23 01:01:38 -0500

    I love that you have included pictures of yourself-just as you are and not 'posed'! I have not included any of me-I still have a few days to catch up on and the upcoming days so I will plant my camera and use the timer and try and get an ok picture of myself.
    Again, thank you for sharing your album with us! Love it!

  2. ichie

    2009-12-23 01:19:33 -0500

    Thank you very much for how you made this awsome Fold-Out Page!! I was also wondering how you did it.
    I recently found this your blog and started cardmaking with my sister-in-low so I wasnt ready to do this December Project but THIS IS GREAT IDEA and I would LOVE to do this next year!!!!
    Thanks for Dana too, asking about this Fold-Out Page! ;-)

  3. Tarin Clanuwat

    2009-12-23 02:55:57 -0500

    such a beautiful book. I really love your blog. ^^

  4. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:51:54 -0500

    Hi Rebecca - we did not use the timer here - Chris was taking the photos :). I've never tried the continuous timer either...sounds like something I need to try!

  5. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:52:36 -0500

    It really is a commitment :).

  6. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:53:16 -0500

    I love the title "December Stories" - maybe that would help people get that there really does not need to be/should not be stress :).

  7. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:54:13 -0500

    Hi Beth - it's a transparency from Teresa Collins. I cut it in half (too small to go all the way across) and placed a piece on each edge. The adhesive is hidden by the photo-fold-out.

  8. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:54:50 -0500

    Hi Diane - I ordered that from Crate & Barrel :).

  9. Monika Wright

    2009-12-23 04:55:36 -0500

    I found 3" rings at Office Depot, but mine is getting so full. I wonder if they make 4"? Ha, ha. Have fun.

  10. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:56:31 -0500

    Hi Debbie - I use a HP Photosmart printer that was right around $100. It's been a great workhorse.

  11. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:56:52 -0500

    It is something I come back to all the time :).

  12. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:57:25 -0500

    Hi Brooke - I am still a huge fan of using my square punch. Might just do that for a day coming up :).

  13. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:59:19 -0500

    Hi Laura - "life is glorious when you take the time to look at it." Yes. Yes. Yes. This is why I do these sorts of projects - for me it's in the slowing down and paying attention that we see how really special life is...

  14. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 04:59:46 -0500

    Hi Arrica - it's a HP Photosmart B8550.

  15. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 05:00:13 -0500

    Hi Linda - thanks for the note. I did not make one for 2010. Just didn't have the chance this year.

  16. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 05:00:30 -0500

    Do it Holly!

  17. Michele H.

    2009-12-23 05:28:12 -0500

    Beautiful photos Ali! Love the one of Anna sitting next to the tree! And oh yea...that drink looks mighty tasty!! Care to share?!

  18. Ali Edwards

    2009-12-23 05:45:25 -0500

    It was a bloody mary :).

  19. Michele H.

    2009-12-23 09:15:48 -0500

    Yum! A drink and tree decorating! Perfect:)

  20. justlisa

    2009-12-23 10:37:08 -0500

    just beautiful inspiration Ali!! Merry Christmas!!

  21. young c

    2009-12-23 10:38:35 -0500

    Ali, Merry Christmas to you and yours! I'm always heartened by your posts and the lovely comments and questions you respond to - thank you!

  22. Laura Sawyer

    2009-12-23 10:48:08 -0500

    Thanks for responding, Monica.
    Unfortunately, We don't have an Office Depot around here (nearest is 70 miles round trip), but they do have them on their website (which didn't show up when I googled them. But, they have a $9.95 small handling fee and shipping is not inexpensive.
    It never occurred to me that they might be difficult to find! Live and learn.

  23. Laurie J.M.

    2009-12-23 23:30:52 -0500

    Utterly stunning. You tell us how you did it, but I still don't know how you did it (the creative genius part, I mean). :-)

  24. Sandra

    2012-10-02 19:23:50 -0400

    Ali, I really like the square format pages. Where did you find page protectors in this size? And did you have to cut your own cardstock to make the pages? Thank you!

  25. Sandra

    2012-10-04 18:07:43 -0400

    Ali, thank you very much! I appreciate your getting back to me so quickly.

    I think I will join in the fun this year.

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