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December 4, 2009

December Daily 2009 : Day Three

Last year on Day Seven I used the envelope to write a note to Simon. It’s definitely a tradition I want to continue from year to year. 

Of course now I get to write two notes. 

To Anna I wrote about it being her first Christmas and how excited we are to share our family traditions with her. To Simon I wrote about his current interests (legos) and how much we love him and love how excited he gets about the holidays. They are simple notes of love and affection. 

Here’s a look at the two letters: 

SUPPLIES : pattern paper: Art Warehouse (from 2008); small file tabs: unknown;

Here’s the before image: 

DAY THREE : Red envelope from Paper SourceRed Circle Number from Every Jot & Tittle. Scalloped edge along the top of the envelope created with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch

Giveaways coming tomorrow. I will update my days 4, 5, and 6 on Sunday evening. Have a wonderful weekend!

DottedlineThis 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


  • 1.
    LollyChops said…

    I simply love how you are putting these together!

  • 2.
    hannahk said…

    what a great idea – i love the presentation in the envelope. thanks for the inspiration.

  • 3.
    Polka Dot Robot said…

    This is sooo lovely!

  • 4.
    Stephanie R said…

    I included an envelope too so that I can also start this tradition. I’m thinking of having my husband write a note to our son, also. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • 5.
    Ali said…

    I should have Chris do it too – thanks for mentioning that Stephanie.

  • 6.
    Molly Irwin said…

    sweet + pretty :)

  • 7.
    Tina said…

    Ali, you are fantastic! I so love the things you do! Yours is the first site I read every day. Thanks so much for all of the glimpses of your life you share and for the inspiration! I am finally committed to actually doing the DD album I started two years ago and love getting ideas from your pages.

  • 8.
    Sarah said…

    Brilliant idea!!! Mind if I copy?

  • 9.
    Michele H. said…

    love this idea!

  • 10.
    Leanne said…

    So fantastic, Ali! LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You are inspiring beyond words and I am so grateful to be able to steal these little peeks into your creative magic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 11.
    hedwig said…

    Hi Ali
    always a joy to see what you’ve made and willing to share.

  • 12.
    cinback said…

    Always inspiring! I am loving completing my own DD album, thanks to you!

  • 13.
    Loretta Artful Yogi said…


  • 14.
    Lori said…

    I really like the journaling to your kids – what a treasure for them to read during christmas’ in the future :)

  • 15.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Love the idea of a journal note to your kids – great idea

  • 16.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    Lookin’ so good!

  • 17.
    Angela Thompson said…

    Thanks for sharing. You’ve inspired me to write notes to both of my sons. Even though they are teenagers I think it is important for them to read about my feelings of them during this holiday season.

  • 18.
    Loydene said…

    I’m thinking those notes will be the “longest cherished” memories!

  • 19.
    Sylvia said…

    Awesome idea – love it!!! BTW what are you planning to do with the backsides of your photos of day 2? Are you going to leave them blank? Thanks again for so much wonderful inspiration here!

  • 20.
    Ali said…

    Definitely won’t leave them blank – most likely I will just add some more photos from around the house.

  • 21.
    Angie F said…

    LOVING your December Daily!! I think this is the first year I have followed along day by day!! I want to do this. Hopefully I’ll be ready for next year or maybe I will adapt it and do it now. Thanks for sharing! LOVE the red envelope punched at the top!! Looking forward to seeing the next three days!! WOW!!

  • 22.
    Carrie P said…

    Thanks for all the sharing!
    Were you at the Beaver/Ducks game, thought I saw you in the stands. Great game~

  • 23.
    Teri Lynn said…

    Thank you for sharing! I’m having so much fun with my project along the way! :)

  • 24.
    Ali said…

    Nope – watched it from the comfort of my couch ;) .

  • 25.
    Amy W. said…

    This is such a great idea! I want to do this next year. Definitely not organized enough this year! Can you do a workshop on this in the summer?

  • 26.
    Terri Q said…

    Great idea. I wish I had all the Christmas notes I wrote to my son over the years but didn’t save. I won’t make that mistake with my granddaughter!

  • 27.
    Angie Delarie said…

    Wow this looks amazing!

  • 28.
    Lori said…

    I’ve got 2 questions for you -
    1. The December Daily template vol. 2 that you posted – can that be resized as I am doing an 8×8 album – using the same instructions you explained in the Yesterday Today tutorial? I plan to purchase this template if so :)
    2. On the dec 1, 2, 3, etc overlay/brush I am having difficulty moving it around once I resize it and move it my document – i can’t move it around once I let go of my initial move to the doc (i hope that makes sense!). Is there something I am missing, because it worked for you in the tutorial you posted a couple days ago? I checked the layers palette and I am on the correct panel. Any thoughts would be great ! I am loving doing the dd album

  • 29.
    Kris said…

    What a wonderful idea! I really need to get cracking on mine…I have the photos, i gotta work on the words!

  • 30.
    Yolanda said…

    I love this idea. Definitely an advantage to working with paper/physical objects over digital in this case. Maybe next year I’ll have enough scrapbooking under my belt to feel comfortable leaving my computer screen. Or perhaps I’ll find some way to work this in.

  • 31.
    Sarah Karlsen said…

    beautiful as usual…
    So sad about your work not being a regular in CK. I was a regular follower…hope to see you work elsewhere.

  • 32.
    Jacqueline said…

    thank you for the idea…i didn’t mangage to take a picture on the third, and i was wondering what to do. a letter to my daughters is perfect! thank you for always inspiring!

  • 33.
    Lisa Dickinson said…

    Love the simplicity of letters for Day 3, Ali!

  • 34. said…

    Love your giveaways! Workin on my dec. daily- Thanks for such a great idea :)

  • 35.
    Lori said…

    I had 2 questions 6 comments above this one. I got both of them answered – so never mind! I’m good to go – busy working on my dd album :)

  • 36.
    Jennifer said…

    Hi, Ali, a couple questions about journaling…
    When you print text from your printer, what type of paper do you use so that it doesn’t smear? Another related quesiton, when you handwrite your journaling, what type of paper/pen do you use? I have tried so many different pens, but they all seem to bleed and skip when I write…I would like to handwrite most of my journaling, but have yet to find a good paper to pen match…

  • 37.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hey Lori – sorry I missed those! Glad you got them answered and are on your way! Enjoy :) .

  • 38.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Jennifer – I print on a variety of different papers: photo paper, canvas, cardstock, etc. Are you having issues with smearing? Usually I will set the paper settings to reflect whatever surface it is that I am printing on (heavyweight, photo, etc). I handwrite on just about everything also and most of the time use Precision Pens from American Crafts (either those or Slick Writers). I have used these pens for quite a few years now and continue to be happy with them.

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