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December 1, 2009

December Daily 2009 : Day One



Here's to keeping it simple: a photo, a few words, and a mini flash card from Kari Craft all tucked into the pocket of my album.

I may add something from later today on the back of this photo or I will use the back as part of Day Two. I am thinking about stitching along the top after I make something for the back. 


25 Days of December Photo Overlays (made it larger and moved the line in Photoshop); Magic Flash Card from Kari Craft; Garamond

Here's what the page looked like before adding the content: 

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


SCRAPBOOKING FOR GOOD : I recently donated signed copies of my books Life Artist, A Designer's Eye for Scrapbooking 2, Sharing Your Story, and an original canvas from my Life Artist book to Becca Sutton who is raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. These items are all available for bidding through an auction she is hosting here. 


  • 1.
    scrapchick said…

    Love it! I can’t wait to play with the overlays!

  • 2.
    alexa said…

    Love the title and journalling at right angles to each other!

  • 3.
    Susan said…

    Ali, *love* your December Daily~ thanks for taking the time to post all of the details!

  • 4.
    Lori said…

    Love the simplicity! I have a 2 pictures from this morning and plan to journal tonight and call it done for day 1. Thanks Ali for inspiring me w/ this album – I have wanted to document our family’s very fun and meaningful time of year!

  • 5.
    Melissa L said…

    Love the photo… My son was doing the same thing this morning. He has been dying to open the advent calendar to get the little lego man out!

  • 6.
    Melanie said…

    Is it wrong that I was just as excited as my son (4 1/2) was to open Door #1? I managed to keep the whole thing a secret for the last 1 1/2 months.

  • 7.
    Fifi-T said…

    I have that advent calendar, such fun. Love the little man with his snowballs. Such a great way to document the first of december.

  • 8.
    Meg said…

    So great, Ali! Emma opened her Lego Advent door this morning, too, what a fun idea! Can’t wait to see what the rest of your month brings!

  • 9.
    amy said…

    yeah i’m all for simplicity i can’t wait to get home and work on this later tonight! my kids love the advent calendar too.

  • 10.
    Bethany said…

    its awesome Ali!! i am so upset that i didnt get my album started much less ready to start for today — which means i wont get it done again this year :( makes me all sad & pouty to think about it {sigh} sick babies & husband & me & every other life problem just got thrown in the way *grrrrrr*
    LOL!!! can you HEAR me whining all the way in oregon??? sorry!!! lil pitty party there :) oops!!!
    i totally love what u did with ur first day! its awesome!!! cant wait to see what the rest of the month holds!!!

  • 11.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Oh Simon will love to hear that Emma has it too. He is really loving playing with her :) .

  • 12.
    Ronnell Karoski said…

    Thanks for donating to a great cause! My son is type 1 and your support is awesome!

  • 13.
    Chris said…

    It looks awesome. I think its hilarious I have the EXACT same picture of my six year old today for December 1st. Same advent, same direction of photo. Very cute :)

  • 14.
    Carol Ann said…

    I’m so stoked to begin the picture taking today! I just got the last page completed the day before yesterday.
    I wish there was some place we could all put our pictures from our December Dailies. It would be fun to see what everyone is doing!
    Happy December 1!

  • 15.
    Terri said…

    simple. lovely. I’m Skyping my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter tonight to read a Christmas story & begin December. Thanks for sharing

  • 16.
    Becca said…

    Ronnell–contact me please!
    : )
    or check out my CURE blog

  • 17.
    Becca said…

    THANK YOU Ali!
    Thank you for your support.
    Thank you for your awesome donations.
    And thank you for linking it here.
    Thank you for making a difference in MY life and the lives of people I love!

  • 18.
    Nitasha said…

    Thank you for the daily postings…this is my first year to do one, and I’m a little rough around the edges, but I’m excited! Thank you.

  • 19.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Carol Ann – there is a Flickr gallery set up for sharing here:

  • 20.
    Tanya Gilmartin said…

    Hi Ali- thanks so much for the inspiration (as always!) check out my blog for my version- i painted on the cover just as i would a wall canvas. i love how it turned out!

  • 21.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Bethany – you can always just use your blog as a way to document the month + create later (or not). You can do it!!!!

  • 22.
    ReNi said…

    Nice start :)
    You print all those photos by yourself? Doesn’t the color fade after time? That’s always happening to my pictures :/

  • 23.
    Heldy said…

    Nice! You are amazing:) Ali, I was wondering if you have considered creating a December Daily template for a Shutterfly digital album? Or maybe you have already and I’ve been living under a rock?

  • 24.
    HeatherC said…

    Looks great — took my photo this morning and going to put it together tonight — are you going to set up a Flickr gallery like last year?

  • 25.
    Christi P said…

    I had to also thank you for your support of JDRF. I’m a Type 1 diabetic, and so appreciate your generosity!

  • 26.
    Carrie said…

    I’m ready to go on Day 1 – we’re also have the Lego Advent. It’s still a surprise in our house. Can’t wait to see my little man’s face. And for my little girl – the new Xmas Fancy Nancy book. I couldn’t wait until Christmas to give it to her. Should make for a good day 1 photo!

  • 27.
    Brooke said…

    I must be channeling my inner Ali as last night (before seeing this post) I worked on a little tag to put on the corner of my photo, similar to what you have done. Mine says “Remember the simple joys”. I’ll be getting my photos printed later this week, when I have a car and can get to the store.
    I’ve never seen the Lego advent before. Super cool for boys.

  • 28.
    Rebecca Harper said…

    YEAH!!! December Daily has started…

  • 29.
    Michelle W. said…

    Can’t wait to see more! I have one question ~ how do you change the color of the of the December overlay? I have those but I’m still figuring out photoshop!

  • 30.
    Michele May said…

    I am so glad I finally finished my foundation pages. Now the real fun begins. I am so happy too that you are a proponent of simplicity…I need that in my life right now. Todays page with Simon is just perfect.

  • 31.
    Jen said…

    The fun begins. Yeah! Question for you (kind of a long one)- last year I jumped right into the whole scrapbooking process with the December Daily and had a great time.
    One thing though that I did not do last year was incorporate digital elements with the paper scrapbooking. I bought the 25 days photo overlays and just printed them out and used them as journaling cards. But I would love to be able to use it in photoshop as an overlay as you did for today’s picture. Do you know of a quick tutorial that I could access to learn how to do this? Thanks for any help.

  • 32.
    Charlene Griffith said…

    There is a great article on designer digitals on how to do this..
    I can’t wait to get started on my album tonight.

  • 33.
    Brooke M said…

    I have been so excited for today to come. I can’t wait to get home from work and work on my dec 1st page! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 34.
    Annette said…

    Anticipated this day !!!!!!!!!!! YEAH December Daily Bring it on…. Putting up our advent tree tonight will document that. Love the page.

  • 35.
    Kelli said…

    I’m going to try and work on my album daily. Whew! Day one down! So far, so good!

  • 36.
    Bethany said…

    i had totally not thot of that!! hmmmmmm
    that could totally work!!! ok! YAY!!! yeah!!! i think that is a fabulous idear :)
    thank you!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! thanks for all the inspiration! & for this album idea & thank you for taking the time to read ur blog comments & responding to my whimpering (lol) & giving me such a great idea! i know it seems like such a logical & easy idea — but it totally didnt even occur to me!! :)
    so YAY!! i am totally excited about doing this again!!! woohoo!!! & maybe i can find time to do the whole album this weekend or something like that… yep
    this is great! YAY!!! thanks Ali!! for getting me excited bout this again & fer getting my mojo going again :) Woot!!!!
    have a great night!! :)

  • 37.
    justjane said…

    Guess what MY Dec 1 photo is of? My son opening his first window on his Lego Pirate advent set !! We come from places so far apart, from all over the world yet really we are all the same – that’s comforting somehow – lol.

  • 38.
    Sierra said…

    Is Life Artist in print again or did you just have extra copies from before? I know you had mentioned that you were working on getting a different publisher.
    This is my first year doing this album though I am calling it a Holiday Daily as I started with Thanksgiving and will go through New Year’s. I am having a great time with it (all digi) and have really appreciated the journaling prompts from Jessica Sprague’s “Holidays In Hand” class. I got so excited I pre-made a few day’s pages so that I would have completed pages on those days during the month where scrapping just wasn’t going to happen. If none of those days pop up then I will just have extra journaling to include. The stories were definitely worth telling no matter where their final home is.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  • 39.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Taking my photo tonight of us putting up our tree – wahoo !!!

  • 40.
    Jayne said…

    Hi Ali,
    How did you change the color of the overlay? I managed to change the words to white, but the box and line under the words is still black. Thanks.

  • 41.
    Amy Bailey said…

    What a coincidence, or probably not so much, since we both have boys, but my two boys did the exact same thing today, opening their new Lego Advent Calendar “Day 1″ which was the (Lego boy with the snowballs). This is also my day one for my Dec. Daily book. Although I must add that your Simon looks so much better in the photo than my 2 boys do in their boxer shorts and no shirt, opening theirs.

  • 42.
    Jen said…

    Thank you for this link – I will check it out this evening. Very excited about the idea, just didn’t know how to get started. Scrappers are the best.

  • 43.
    Judith said…

    Hi Ali,
    You say simple, but the whole digital thing still freaks me out. I can see how it will work once it is set up. I just have to take the plunge I guess.
    Judith (Adelaide)

  • 44.
    Marianne said…

    Yeah! Can’t wait to start! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 45.
    Neusinha Fusco said…

    I love your work here in BRASI you have a hardcore fan….For the second year I am doing with you this album that I Love. Thank you for your affection.

  • 46.
    Amy said…

    Ali, I just completed page one of my very first DD album and I just want to thank you. I already feel like I’m approaching the holidays differently this year. Rather than getting all stressed out about the shopping and baking and running around like a crazy woman, I’m looking forward to finding a bit of magic in each day…and capturing it along the way. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • 47.
    Emily said…

    I have a printer question for you… It looks like you print most of your photos at home; what kind of printer do you have? We are looking for a new one and I’d love one that will print great looking prints as well as everything else. Thanks!

  • 48.
    Shereen said…

    YEA the fun has begun! I sooo enjoy your December Daily.

  • 49.
    tchrtiff said…

    So exciting to see your first page! I’ve taken my photo, will journal tonight and will order a week’s worth of photos this weekend. I’m so excited to be joining along with you this year.
    I have a couple of questions about PSE and your overlay–You mentioned that you moved the line, how did you do that? Can you color the ‘december’ one color and the number/circle a second color? Can you share how to do that?

  • 50.
    Marsha said…

    I’ve got my Dec. Daily base complete & made my photo today. No time to journal or print photo tonight, hope I can “catch up” tomorrow. This is my first year to try this, very excited about it!! Thanks for all your inspiration!
    How do you move the line on your digital overlays?? Can it be done with PSE? Is there a tutorial that you know of? I was trying to use one of your overlays on a photo the other day & the line kept going across a person’s face & I wished to myself that there was an easy way to move it.

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