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December 2, 2009

December Daily 2009 : Day Two (+ Photo Overlay Video Tutorial)


SUPPLIES : #2: Tim Holtz; Basic Uppercase Stamps: Hero Arts; Joy Letters: Little Yellow Bicycle; Ink: StazOn Black Cherry; Journal Card: Jenni Bowlin

Today I worked with a baseball card page protector that was cut down to fit inside the 8×8 page protector that came with the album I am using. I really like keeping a couple of them "open" to the pages that follow. 

Here's a look at the page inside the album:  


Here's the before image: 

And here's a look at what the photo I put on the back of Day One: 

SUPPLIES : Holiday Outline Word Art: Ali Edwards

I was thinking this morning about the process of building my December Daily. I was thinking how I don't always love the individual pages but what I do love is the totality of the project, the end result. Don't let a lack of love for any one page keep you from moving forward and don't let a quest to make it all perfect stop you from documenting the goodness of the season. 

As I begin opening up my Christmas tubs and transforming our home into a den of twinkle lights I am reminded how much I love to savor this season. 

Bring on the twinkle. 

I also have a few new holiday things available at Designer Digitals 


second volume of December Daily templates to go along with the first


If you need some simple gift tags I created a new set that are now available at Designer Digitals. The downloadable file includes PDF files that are all set up and ready to be printed (in red & green). These were all punched with a Marvy 2-Inch circle punch


If you are still looking for fun digital or printable numbers to add to your December Daily these Half-Circle Number Embellishments I released back in July would also work really well. 


I posted a video tutorial on how to work with these elements here.

In addition I put together a short tutorial on working with the 25 Days of December overlays that I used on my photo in Day One. You can click on the link below to see a larger version. 

25 Days of December Photo Overlay Tutorial from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

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 


  • 1.
    Michele H. said…

    Ali– I totally love what you said at the end of your post about not always liking the individual pages but lovin’ the end result of the whole project. I was there yesterday when creating my day 1 page and I had to let it go. Because in the end…i’m going to love the whole process and album. Thanks so much for that reminder!
    The tags are beautiful! And thanks for the tutorial!!

  • 2.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Thanks for the video! That was really helpful.

  • 3.
    Avital said…

    Command in MAC is Ctrl in a PC.
    Option is Alt. :)
    Great (totally an understatement) layout, as always!!!

  • 4.
    ReNi said…

    I think you’re right. The hole ensemble is what makes it great. The problem is if I work too long on one (scrapbook) side I start to like it less and less. But perhaps I have to try some material mixing to overcome this dilemma.. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 5.
    April said…

    This is the first time attempting to scrapbook digitally. I got the 25 Days of December overlays and I’m trying to follow your video, however, whenI go to file to open up the file in Photoshop Element I get an error message stating it cannot open it is the wrong type of file. Did I do something wrong when I downloaded it. Please help me.

  • 6.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    Have I told you…..YOU ROCK GIRL!
    Love watchin’ what you’re doing…so inspiring!

  • 7.
    Nancy said…

    The video was so helpful and you make it so easy to understand. Thank-you so much!. I just adore the December Daily album, it helps me appreciate the joys of Christmas. You are great to share this with us.

  • 8.
    Pam said…

    So helpful this makes things so easy. Sometime I don’t purchase digital stuff because I am not sure how to use them. Thank you for showing use how to use the 25 days overlays.

  • 9.
    Nikki M said…

    Wow! That tutorial really helped! Thank you! Ever considered teaching an online class on Photoshop! Thanks again!

  • 10.
    Sandi Keene said…

    I did not realize that you could move a line that way. Thanks for the new skill! I hope you will do more videos!

  • 11.
    Laura Melohn said…

    Another great page! Love the idea of using the baseball card holder within another page. I’m going to have to try that!

  • 12.
    Jen said…

    Thank you so much for the videos explaining the digital elements. You make it easy to follow along in this project.

  • 13.
    Sylvia said…

    Love your album and want to thank you a lot for this great tutorial!!!!

  • 14.
    Stephanie said…

    It’s Day 3 today – is it too late to start? I love this idea!

  • 15.
    Stephanie said…

    I just buy your Half-circle numbers and I love it!!! Your DD is just my “open-mind-needed”, you know? And because I am French, I say to you “Merci beaucoup Ali pour ton enthousiasme et ton talent”. I love so much this album and ’cause my husband is very ill and hospitalized from the 1st of December, I think this album save my family and my mind. Thanks a lot.

  • 16.
    Monika Wright said…

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE PAGES YOU DON’T LOVE EITHER! Yes, I meant to type that in caps. I started Nov 26th and like all pages except Dec 1, so far. A whole page of handwritten words, but no pictures, which bummed me out. The back of the page has a spot, but I’m not inpsired. So, decided to move on and let it go. And, then I read your post. Thanks.

  • 17.
    Merel said…

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    I’m loving working on mine and I so agree with what you said about not liking all the individual pages..
    xx Merel

  • 18.
    Camila Savoi said…

    Thanks for the video, it’s easier than it looks!

  • 19.
    Loydene said…

    I really enjoy seeing how your project comes together!

  • 20.
    Susan said…

    Ali, I’m doing a December Daily album — it’s all done…just adding the pictures and journaling. Would you mind sharing where you found that big white grid pad where your Dec. 2 page is resting on? Need one for my desk. Thanks!

  • 21.
    Lynn said…

    I so needed that tutorial. Can’t wait to try it tonight at home. I was trying my Dec 1 photo and just couldn’t get it

  • 22.
    Charlene Griffith said…

    Great tutorial! Thanks so much.

  • 23.
    Deirdre - Irl said…

    Ali, Thanks so much for the tutorial. Bought the overlays and have been using them… LOVE them….

  • 24.
    Molly Irwin said…

    I do love how you work the clear pockets! Once into the new year I’d like and give ‘em a try. Also, thanks for the reminder to remain focused on the overall finished project. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeking Christmas through my lens again this year.

  • 25.
    Terri Q said…

    How right you are in recognizing that you don’t have to love each individual page in order to love the entire project. Thanks for sharing.

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Not at all! Go for it!

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    My guess is that someday that page full of handwritten words will be someone’s most favorite of your entire album.

  • 28.
    Katie said…

    Such lovely wreaths! Today is my day to get all that stuff out, after a sick day yesterday. Bring on the twinkle indeed. :)

  • 29.
    Penny Miles said…

    So enjoy your insight on scrapbooking. You remind me that my pages don’t have to be “perfect” they just have to tell a story–I need to be reminded of that. Thanks for sharing your book. :)

  • 30.
    elisa said…

    oh my gosh! i love this page. i think one of my favorite things about this book is that the page sizes are different and/or see thru so when the pages are on top of each other, the whole thing changes! i loved this so much last year, my whole 2009 album (8×8) incorporates the same concept.

  • 31.
    Tina said…

    Thank you so much for the tutorial…I had no idea it was that easy!!!!! I just recently purchased Photoshop Elements and I’m so excited to start playing with those overlays!!!!!

  • 32.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Susan – I ordered that from

  • 33.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi April – make sure the file begins with “AEdwards” and not an underscore (“_”).

  • 34.
    Michelle W. said…

    Thank you SO much! That was very helpful. Now, is there a way to change the color of just part of the overlay? Maybe with the rect marquee tool??

  • 35.
    Betsy said…

    Beautiful! Thanks Ali!

  • 36.
    Juanita said…

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I purchased the overlays but had no idea how to use them!

  • 37.
    Fletch said…

    Thank you Ali – very helpful. You make it look so easy.

  • 38.
    Tracey said…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tutorial!!! I can figure things out SO much better when I can actually see someone using the program right along with me. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do that!!! AWESOME layout too! LOVE how you keep some of the pockets open…YOU ROCK!

  • 39.
    Emily said…

    You are the best I was going to ask you if you could post some type of tutorial on how you worked with the digial overlay that you used on Day 1. Thank you – I’m loving this project this year because I’m actually do it!
    Have a great holiday season.

  • 40.
    Erin said…

    cool wreaths! i’d love to know what your journaling says….care to share?

  • 41.
    Kim said…

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have just started to learn how to do this and was on Designer Digitals looking for your overlays for a general holiday. I popped over to your blog and delightfully saw your post. It was so easy to watch and made perfect sense even though I am on a PC. Thank you so so much for this. I can’t wait to try it out now.
    Thank you, thank you!

  • 42.
    Bluebelle said…

    Thanks for the encouragement. I didn’t totally love my page 1 and I’m not sure what to do for page 2. I am inspired to keep going though!

  • 43.
    beth lo. said…

    so glad day 2 is a “pockets” day. i got a bunch of really cute snaps yesterday when we got the polar express and christmas thomas train sets out and was wondering how i was going to just choose 1 or 2-now i won’t have to!

  • 44.
    Cynthia H said…

    I really like the photo of the Christmas boxes on the back of day 2. A nice way to document the details and something I would normally overlook! But my Christmas box is what I see more often than the decorations (since it is in my laundry closet and I see it every time I do laundry, which is way more than 31 days/year!)

  • 45.
    heidig said…

    Thanks, Ali, for the tutorials. I can always use a refresher course.

  • 46.
    Michelle W. said…

    I’ve had that problem before if I don’t unzip the file first.

  • 47.
    Sarah said…

    I’m glad you said what you did about not liking the individual pages b/c I’m worried about today. Nothing exciting….just a normal day…taught music class, did laundry and dishes, and about to pick up my son from school. I’m finding it doesn’t matter that today wasn’t “spectacular” I can celebrate what’s the same about today, just as much as I can celebrate what’s “different and special” about another day.

  • 48.
    Lori said…

    Great tutorial – I bought the 25 day overlays from dd – am i correct in seeing that they can a brush too? i used the december 2nd as a brush and didn’t realize they could be adjusted in size by doing the overlay after seeing your tutorial! sooo cool!

  • 49.
    Ali said…

    Yes – absolutely (the brush file is included).

  • 50.
    Ali said…

    Yes :) .

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