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December 22, 2009

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

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 
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  • 1.
    krystyn said…

    Great page again…i’m realizing that this DD thing just doesn’t work for me…failed last year and am failing again this year. Boo! I so want to finish it but just never have the time, energy or pictures…

  • 2.
    TracyBzz said…

    My girls’ favourite day is pajama day at school too. They did that on Friday and the whole school watched the Grinch movie in the gym. (whole school = just over 100 kids). They also went skating as a couple of big groups – the arena is right close to the school.
    Ahhh happy times.

  • 3.
    Michele May said…

    I gave up on my DD, too. I’ve taken photos each day and jotted notes but nothing actually got in the album after the first week. And to top it off, this week’s blizzard had a major effect on my priorities. Hoping to scrap it all up after the holidays.

  • 4.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Nothing wrong with putting it together later on – definitely not something you have to work on “daily.” It should not be a stress :) .

  • 5.
    amy said…

    this layout is my favorite so far. it is just beautiful how you did the fold out, so much story to tell in one family tradition. how fun. it’s really precious.

  • 6.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Have you considered just jotting down thoughts at the end of the day vs. feeling like you have to make something or take photos every day? What about using your blog? The posts you have on their could be printed and put into a book that talks about your life during this time of year…

  • 7.

    Wow. What a treasure!!!!!! I was reading all the posts above and couldn’t help agree with you more. I plan on doing my little book after Christmas. I have been keeping notes and using my blog. I do hope others don’t give up. It is such a wonderful project!!! And I am so ok with waiting until after the hustle and bustle:)

  • 8.
    Gale said…

    So enjoy seeing your pages. I’ll miss the posts once the album is complete.

  • 9.
    Lani said…

    Wow. Simon’s school handouts are pretty classy! Lovely book so far.

  • 10.
    Rebecca said…

    Did you put your camera on a continuous timer to capture the photos for this day? Do you have any tips for doing this? I’ve never used the continuous timer on my Nikon D40 for anything other that a sitting family portrait. Do you have any tips?

  • 11.
    Dana said…

    Merry Christmas Ali! I’ve been keeping up with your DD pages and am keeping up with mine as well although I am a couple of days behind with the layouts….I do have the photos and the stories, just not all in one place yet! But no stress….it will all be done by the end of the year and I’m loving the process! I do have a question for you though…although it may be simple, it just does not seem obvious to me how you created the fold-out section. Is it one piece of cardstock that is just folded? or is it smaller pieces “hinged” together somehow? I love the look and definitely would like to incorporate a similar section in my album….Thanks in advance for your help!

  • 12.
    Jane said…

    love it!

  • 13.
    Suzette L said…

    I have been looking forward to your new page updates. Thanks for sharing.

  • 14.
    Kim Brown said…

    I have been writing things down on post-its at the end of the day. If I happen to take a picture, then I have been using digital templates to help take the design pressure off. So far, I have printed and added my journal. The ONLY embellishment I have on my pages are your December numbers. HA!

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Dana – I took two 8.5×11 sheets of cardstock and fold each in half. Then I used some of the 7gypsies gaffer tape to tape the one end of each page together (so you have one long continuous piece). Next I trimmed the whole thing to be the correct height (8 inches vs. 8.5).

  • 16.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…

    The bigger sized pics look great. I tend to print just 4 x6 or 2 x 3, but am rethinking about some enlargements. Hooray for you getting yourself in the pics this time!

  • 17.
    Susan Reidy said…

    I’ve been a few days behind since the beginning, but I vow to finish (unlike last year). I’m traveling now, so I’m just trying to keep notes. It heartens me to know I’m not the only one behind (even Ali this year!). I have a 7 and nearly 4-year-old, and I’m seven months pregnant, so I’m just plain old pooped!
    Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  • 18.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yep – it’s real life :) .

  • 19.
    Jamie Fisher said…

    Ali…I’ve never really made such a comment but I just feel very moved to thank you for your generous spirit! I took you YT class (um…which I’m still working on…) & you were present & patient & generous with your posts, you replies, your explanations… And here you are being the same way with today’s comments. I so wanted to ask about the pull-out for your extra photos & you’ve already answered that in a previous post. Again, I know to some extent “this” is what you do–in a sense part of your “job” but really your spirit just comes through! With all the busy things happening I just wanna thank you for taking the time to explain that fold out for the photos! I appreciate your kindness & generosity! :)

  • 20.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Thank you Jamie – that was really nice :) .

  • 21.
    Monika Wright said…

    Keeping up with your DD album can be tedious. All fun and joy, but sometimes, in the moment, I feel pressure. But, once I sit down and start playing, and creating, and remembering I seem to feel a calm come over me. I say that I’m doing this for my family, but I”m doing it for me, too. I love telling stories and taking the photos. And, with three kids, and the baking, and the housework, and the other stuff that comes with the season…I make a commitment to do this. And, I have to say that since I’ve learned to post to the flickr group this year, the awesome comments from other creative people fuels my fire. It’s one thing for family to like it, but for another crafty soul to like it, too…now that’s an accomplishment. SO, HAVE FUN AND DON’T FEEL THE PRESSURE…THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR. You could even pick a random month and do a “March” Daily and document that. You’d be surprised about all the wonderful things that happen in your family during other months of the year…and they might not be as busy for you.

  • 22.
    Cindy said…

    No stress allowed! Last year I didn’t even have my supplies until January, and I may not have had a picture from every day on THAT day, but it still documented the season and was beautiful, and I enjoyed the process and the end result _immensely_. Hands down the favorite album I’ve ever made – THANK YOU for the inspiration! This year I got the base done, and then immediately got sidetracked by life, but I am looking forward to working on things in Jan again when it’s a little calmer. Maybe not a December Daily, exactly, but still fun! Winter’s Tales? December Stories? =] Happy holidays, for sure. Thanks for taking the time from your holidays to share your album – it’s lovely and makes me feel happy and warm to see it and the fun your family is having with their December.

  • 23.
    Tanya W said…

    I love the fold out bit with the photos what a great idea…..loving seeing you daily december come together, me my sister Ali and out mum are all doing a daily december album

  • 24.
    beth lo. said…

    hi ali! i’m kinda liking that you are only posting pages every couple days: i actually manage to get mostly caught up with you that way! have a quick question: is the background red swirl on page 19 a tranparency, stamp, patterned paper? it looks great, but not sure what type of medium you used. love the idea of a fold out. i’ve had a day or where just including one photo didnt’ seem to be telling enough of the story of that day. love this idea!
    merry christmas!

  • 25.
    dianereeves said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love your pompom garland, did you make it? if so, can you share the how to and where you found enough red, white and green pompoms?
    Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  • 26.
    Debbie S said…

    Always beautiful stuff, Ali. Some day. Of course, I think having a high quality printer at home with which to print your photos would make all the difference.

  • 27.
    Amy said…

    This book is so cute! I want to do this next year when I am not doing Project 365. I couldn’t consider trying both! Love your work!

  • 28.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…

    Thank you, Ali, for your #1 rule listed in CK Dec issue:
    “I will not make things more complicated then they need to be.” That mantra got me through last night as i plowed through scrapping old Christmas photos from before I made Dailies. And it is a nice reminder as i create this one.

  • 29.
    Brooke said…

    I love the pull out idea. I have alot of photos from the day that my family exchanged gifts. The pull out is just a perfect way to get more then one photo on a page. Any more ideas to include more photos on a single day?

  • 30.
    Amybug said…

    ooh I love the foldy-outey page! That rocks.

  • 31.
    sharna said…

    Simon did GOOD!!!! What a perfect tree!!! My kids took over this year and did nearly all the decorating. It was so fun to watch!

  • 32.
    Judith said…

    Hi Ali,
    I want to thank you for doing this album again this year. I am trying to do mine, I have a couple of pages printed out, but not yet finished. I am taking lots of notes and hoping to finish it off in my break between Christmas and New Year. I think you are amazing that you can fit all this in as well as look so happy and look after the kids. I just wanted to say thanks and Merry Christmas.
    Judith (Adelaide)

  • 33.
    Christina T said…

    Hi Ali! The fold-out page is an AWESOME idea-I may need to scraplift this idea! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  • 34.
    Allison M. said…

    Hi Ali! Love this fold out page. Especially love the photos – they are great. I’ve fallen behind in my DD, however have been jotting down notes each day and hope to get all caught up in the week after Christmas.

  • 35.
    Deb J said…

    I so like that pullout idea. Life has been so crazy that I haven’t been able to actually put anything into my Dec. Daily album yet. But that’s okay because I am getting some ideas from you that will make it even better. Thanks. I so enjoy you and your family.

  • 36.
    jenn said…

    I have my book made (from last year) I started well with taking pictures, but life got crazy :( I haven’t even blogged in a week :( sigh. Maybe next year! Love the idea of it though.

  • 37.
    Laura Sawyer said…

    Ali, I heard about this on Noell Hyman’s paperclipping site and was very excited to try it. I had a few days before December to assemble an album, and I couldn’t wait to start.
    This has been fascinating. Each day I’ve been able to find something to use – makes me pay attention. Even just realized this morning that my African Grey parrot, Pepper, is 20 years old today, so he gets to take front and center when he might ordinarily be passed over in the Christmas rush. Quirky stuff like that suddenly shows up. (When your children are grown, you don’t necessarily have obvious photo ops and stories if you don’t look for them.) Off to hunt up baby (chick) photos of Pepper to compare with today!
    Life is glorious when you take the time to look at it, and this has encouraged me to do so. Thanks for this great idea.
    My 8×8 album is getting very thick though – where do I find something larger than 2.5″ binder rings?

  • 38.
    arrica said…

    I love being able to peek into your creative window. Thanks for the view. It has been such an inspiration to watch your DD come together.
    Congrats on getting the tree. ;o)
    Merry Christmas to you all.
    Quick ?- What printer do you use for printing your pix?

  • 39.
    Linda G. said…

    HI Ali,
    I love your blog!! I also have loved having your calendar this year. Did you do one for 2010? I have searched Cafe Press, but I can’t find it. I don’t think my scrap book room will be the same without it. :)

  • 40.
    Holly S said…

    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!

  • 41.
    ichie said…

    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! ;-)

  • 42.
    Tarin Clanuwat said…

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

  • 43.
    Ali Edwards said…

    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!

  • 44.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It really is a commitment :) .

  • 45.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

  • 46.
    Ali Edwards said…

    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.

  • 47.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

  • 48.
    Monika Wright said…

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

  • 49.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

  • 50.
    Ali Edwards said…

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

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