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December 6, 2009

December Daily 2009 : Days Four, Five, & Six

One of my observations this year is that life seems to be just a tad-bit busier than in the past. Adding another little person into the mix makes things more full, more wonderful, and more complicated all in the same instant. It is so, so fun to see her face in this album. 



Here’s a scan: 

SUPPLIES : AE Handdrawn Holiday Word Art; Prima Glittered Star Vine (I just pulled them off and stapled them to the top of the page protector); Fiskars Scallop Border Punch

Here’s what I did on the back: 


I adhered a sheet from a magazine (I think it was Martha) to the back of the photo. On top of the santas I included a handwritten memory of how when I was a kid during December when we would drive around at night I always looked out the window up in the sky to see if I could see Santa. Even when I knew…

Here’s the before shot: 




AE 25 Days of December Overlay; K&Company Gold Embossed Pattern Paper (I found this at Michael’s a few months ago); Gold foil from a Jenni Bowlin kit

Day Five pretty much talks about how I worked all day on Saturday and how much I am looking forward to transforming our home for the holidays. 

Here’s the original: 




Chris just came in here and looked at this photo and said, “this is so them.”

For the main page I adhered the large photo onto the tabbed kraft page (see the “before” image below) and used a craft knife to trim the excess along the edge. Before printing the enlarged photo I added the word art and cut ups and after printing I added the white line, the #6, and one more word sticker. 

The strip of photos on the opposite page was gathered together in Photoshop using Katie’s Photobooth Frames

Here’s a close-up on the second page:  

DD_6_1SUPPLIES Katie Pertiet Photobooth FramesAE Handdrawn Holiday Word Art; Katie Pertiet Christmas Cut-Ups; Old Making Memories Wordfetti Stickers; American Crafts Foam Letter Stickers; Sharpie Poster Paint White Pen (not sure if this is being made any more)

Here’s the original: 


How’s it going? Did you play catch-up this weekend? Enjoying the process?


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. Share your work in the Flickr gallery here


  • 1.
    Tanya W said…

    I don’t print my photos at home so it takes a few days before i can get pages done, but did some today and i have a note book which i do my journalling in for each day and then just add it to the page when i get photos done but so loving this album and will definally be doing one for next year for sure, might even make one for my daughter to do herself next year….loving seeing your pages Ali, its Monday 8:31pm here in New Zealand so been a long wait to see these pages but so worth the wait, your little girl is growing up so very fast….and boy is she a cutie…..thanks for sharing

  • 2.

    I’ve been jotting down memories of the day and taking photos (on some days), not entirely sure how to get started with putting it together as I didn’t create a base album in advance but oh so glad to be recording this season.

  • 3.
    Brooke said…

    I’m checking your blog for updates every spare second I have, and even when I don’t have a spare one too. Your pages are really inspiring me at the moment.
    I tried to do a photo/digital text combination the other day and I only found out it failed once I got my photos back from the lab. I’m about to attack it again as I feel that incorporating text in my photos as you have is a great skill!
    I missed if you replied to the question the other day about printing your photos at home. Are home printers and ink these days good enough for archiving? Will the photos fade? Is it best to stick to a lab if you want your images to last the test of time?

  • 4.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    Your pages look great!!! I’m enjoying this project so much. I forget to take a picture some days but I’m journaling each night. I am happy with it so far. I also don’t want to print at home due to some printer issues right now so I’m uploading pics once a week and getting them done locally. Thank you, thank you for inspiring me so much. I just finished reading “Life Artist” after buying it at scrapbook store last week. I love it! I made a huge list with tons of ideas for layouts and projects. This December Daily thing is outside my comfort zone so it’s been good for me to think outside the box and PLAY! You rock!

  • 5.
    Petra from NL said…

    Even though I don’t do a DD album myself, I like seeing all this hybrid stuff. I really like that big picture in tab-shape. I wil keep this in mind for when I make my own dayplanner.

  • 6.
    Anneke said…

    I wanted to share my Decemebr daily album with you. First of all, I have never done a mini album or a daily album so all of this is pretty new to me. It sounded like a grand idea and I was slow in deciding whether this is really what I wanted to do. I am in the mids of catching up with a very long holiday with LOTS of photos. I did not want another project, but it also sounded really nice to do something in the moment and recent and not trying to remeber what I did more than a year ago.
    Asd a compromise I decided to do this very low stress, low impact, low work. I used one of these small albums one used to get sometimes when you developed film (in the old days). it fits one photo. And it has 24 pages. My idea is to capture the significant Christmas memories, one photo or one journalling card per page for December. Since I do not have a page for each day, I am not allowed to use more than one page per day (not able to add pages as you are). I also do not have to scrap a day where nothing happens.
    I live in the Southern hemisphere, so for us this time of years is also the end of the year, the end of the school year, with school christmas concerts, last day of school, work end of year party, etc. etc. The album is thus meant to capture all these one of a kind things that make December the busy end of year season as well as Christmas. Some of these happened in November, and I also included them. I also included a ‘To Do’ list for December, and a mini calendar highlighting how busy everything is.
    I love this. It is nice to scrap in the moment and it is nice to have to reduce the school concert to ONE photo. (I tend to use them all).
    For Christmassy things, I included the advent calender, our Carol service and plan to include when we put up the tree (have not done that yet), the memories connected to the Christmas decorations, the gifts, the actual Christmas day and Christmas eve. The rest would pretty much be the end of year stuff.
    And I made real mincemeat christmas pies yesteray (I usually buy the). I took a photo and if I am short a page or two in the end this would also get a page.
    I guess the biggest difference with your album is the lack of space I have. I will thus not include any ‘normal day to day’ things. And since we are so busy with year end things, I definately will have 22 main things happening between November, December and New Years day.
    Thank you for inspiring me. Even if my end product will look soo much different from yours. I will not post pictures, since it is not that pretty (you cannot do that much with one photo only.) The coolness is more in the concept (which I hope I captured, than in the actual look)

  • 7.
    Shanon Gibson said…

    I am working on my album every spare second I have. This year the DD album is extra special because my husband is deployed. Now when he comes home he can look at the album and see what we have done.

  • 8.
    Beate said…

    I’m actually doing great. This is my first DD and I was afraid of not being able to keep up with it since I got CFS. But I found myself looking forward to putting the kids to bed each night and then sit down with the DD. And I’m so happy that a while back I went through you Tuesday Tutorials and came across Cathy Zielske’s awsome videotutorial. After that I’ve looked at her other vidoetutorials and I’ve learnt so much when it comes to using PSE, that I didn’t do before. And I’ve been using what I’ve learnt in this DD and I’m just so happy with the way it looks. So thank you Ali for such an informative, inspiring and fun blog!

  • 9.
    Pascale said…

    Well, I DID play catch-up this weekend, how did you know? However, I’m moving on and as I have all my pictures ready, I might even do three pages (last week’s backlog) tonight!

  • 10.
    paty fontes said…

    Sorry not doing… but I love all your work. I have attended your classes once, have your books. Amazing pictures…. I think I need to start scrapping again to keep my babies memories. You are inspiring….

  • 11.
    Lana said…

    Love how your album is taking shape, Ali! And Anna looks oh-so-cute in that bonnet.
    Yes, I had a catch-up day yesterday and completed days 3-6. Now that there are a few finished pages to leaf through, I can see it coming together and am enjoying the process.
    Like you said earlier, on some days you might not create a great page but that page will still work within the album as a whole so don’t get stressed!

  • 12.
    Lana said…

    Hi Brooke,
    I have used a dedicated photo printer ( at home for the last 1.5 years, and no longer use a photo processing lab.
    Although, it might work out a little more expensive per print, it’s so worth it for the improved quality (the photo paper is nice and thick with a even not-too-shiny finish) and the convenience of being able to print instantly.
    I am able to edit photos to include text or overlays (like Ali’s 25 Days of December) and my little printer copes just fine.
    I haven’t experiences any fading or loss of quality with these prints.
    I would highly recommend one!
    Hope this helps.

  • 13.
    rene Jantzi said…

    I didn’t decide till the Thanksgiving weekend that I would do this and then I decided I would set myself up for failure if I made all the pages from scratch. So I purchased an 8×8 album and am using that. There is something so deeply satisfying about completing a photo and journal page each day. Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  • 14.
    Kathleen said…

    I just took a “taking better pictures” class at our local community center and came away with two points that made a big impression. One was…if it isn’t printed, it doesn’t exist…meaning anything could happen to your camera, computer, disc, etc., so don’t wait to print your pictures. AND…always ask where you print your photos whether they “print” or “process”…only “processed” photos are guaranteed to last more than 50 years. Since we all want our children/grandchildren to enjoy these December Dailies I have decided to opt for processing the photos.

  • 15.
    Lisa said…

    One of the best things I’ve learned from you, Ali, is that it’s okay to go with the ebbs and flows. I’m feeling the goodness, but mostly doing the pages on the weekend. Snapping photos and jotting a few notes to myself and being perfectly okay with that…then putting it all together at the end of the work week. And definitely enjoying the Yesterday/Today class. Have a lovely day!

  • 16.
    Heather said…

    Loving your album, Ali!!
    I have a question though. I’m getting a bit frustrated with the 25 Days Digital Overlays. I watched your tutorial and have tried to drag the overlay off the page before dragging it to make it bigger but try as I might the words look hopelessly warped. What am I doing wrong? Thanks. Heather

  • 17.
    Jan C. said…

    I’m only caught up through Dec. 2. But the wonderful thing about having this project on the back burner all month is that I am remembering to take photos of the things we do. And I’ve made a few layouts. That’s big progress for me!

  • 18.
    Sonja Chandler said…

    I did play catch up this weekend and I am soooo enjoying this album process again this year. I absolutely love it! And my family and I are loving looking at the one from 2008.
    And the pic of Anna in THAT hat…oh my goodness!
    Can’t wait to post about this years DD album. I’m almost ready! (((excited)))

  • 19.
    Leslie said…

    Precious pics of A&S-love your new pages! Tks for the inspiration!

  • 20.
    Gale said…

    This past weekend I bought 3 sheets of 9 pocket & 3 sheets of 6 pocket plastic sheets at a Card/Coin shop in a mall. Michaels suggested I go there. He only charged me $1.00 for the 6 sheets. Can’t wait to try them. I love how you used them in your album.

  • 21.

    Ali,, I seriously in awe that you are getting this done. Life is SOOOO budy in December at best, and with a new little person, just crazy. Love how you’re putting it all together. I attempted to play catch up this weekend, but I am hitting endless hurdles – my camera is broken, I have a herniated disc in my back, husband away so alone with 2 kids…and on and on it goes. I’m tryiung to journal at least everyday, and put the pages together when I can. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 22.
    Noell Hyman said…

    I love your pages, Ali. Great photos.
    I still need to do a little catching up. I’m finding it hard to get around to printing and completing those pages, although I do have some done for the month. I want to take a freeze-frame from my husband’s video camera from the first day and I’m waiting on him to change the shot to a printable version for me, so that first day isn’t quite complete yet.
    I had one evening where we had friends over and I made a beautiful pineapple upside down cake. I waited all day to take an evening photo for that page. And then my friends came and I got all caught up in the moment (which is good) and forgot to shoot a photo. :(
    So, I’m having fun with it, but I’m finding it hard to do.

  • 23.
    Amy said…

    I am a little behind since I don’t print photos at home, but I am loving the process. I still find myself trying to make each page “perfect” but then I remind myself to just go with the flow like you do! Your album looks great!
    One question……If you punch holes in pictures to add in with certain day, do you put those in front of the number page or after it???? I can’t get the photos on my actual number page but I want to make sure it’s clear which day they go with.
    Thank you!

  • 24.
    Holly S said…

    Totally enjoying the process and I am thankful that it does not feel like a ‘chore’-I find myself thinking throughout the day what to write about or taking pictures of my day hoping one will spark a memory or inspire me enough to make it part of my daily december album. Loving seeing your pages!

  • 25.
    Ginny said…

    The pictures of your kids are adorable! Great job catching these memories for your family!

  • 26.
    amy said…

    those pictures are so cute the kids are so sweet. i love those everyday moments. catching up 4, 5, and 6 myself tonight. we had a busy weekend. your pages are looking very nice.

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Heather what program are you using? In Photoshop Elements you grab one of the corners and drag – in all other programs I have worked with (I use Photoshop CS4) you need to hold down the shift key while dragging to maintain the correct proportion.

  • 28.
    Rachel said…

    I definitely played catch-up this weekend and I am really enjoying the process. I love that I am creating in some way (almost) every day! I wish I didn’t have my other responsibilities during this time — just being with the kids and doing Christmas-y things is so much fun.

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I am finding, especially this year, that I trust my intuition as I go through the day and don’t worry if I miss something. On Saturday I did nothing related to the holidays – no photos, no journaling, etc. So when I worked on this last night I thought to myself, “what did I do on Saturday?” I worked. So that’s what I quickly journaled about on Day 5.

  • 30.
    Ali Edwards said…

    In the past I have put the photos after the number page :) .

  • 31.
    Katie said…

    Love these photos, Ali. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling, but haven’t added photos yet. (I can’t print at home.) I’m enjoying the process, though.

  • 32.
    Goodman said…

    I noticed that in your photos the rings of the album are missing. Did you take them out to make it easier? Just curious if they are giving you trouble? I love this canvas album and would love some feedback on it in case I use it down the road.

  • 33.
    Chris said…

    Thanks for all the inspiration Ali.
    For anyone looking for the white Sharpie, I see they are avilable from Rainbow Resources (homeschooling supplies). I have been looking for one for awhile.

  • 34.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Hi Ali! Just wanted to pop in & say that I am enjoying following your December Daily album progress! I decided that I just wouldn’t be able to do it myself this year…but so LOVE the idea!!! Your kiddos are just ADORABLE!

  • 35.
    Ali Edwards said…

    One of them was broken (it was broken when I took the original photos) and I haven’t had time to get replacements yet :) . Found it easier to just take them out for now.

  • 36.
    Elisa said…

    Hi Ali,
    I am absolutely loving following you on your December Daily 2009 journey. Like you, we are a family of four this year, and things at home are considerably busier, but, surprisingly, I am keeping up on my documentation. I made my foundation pages last year, but never documented the season, so I am using that album this year. My scrap style has changed in the past year as I dove into digital, and it’s great to be making a hybrid album. One thing you said recently in a past post was that although you don’t necessarily love all your pages individually, you love the album as a whole. That notion has stuck with me, and even though I don’t love every page I have done so far, I am loving seeing the pages come together as a whole. It’s very motivating, and I see what a great keepsake this will be in the years to come.(Unfortunately, my work on Y&T has taken a back seat…but I’ll worry about that later.)
    As always, Ali, thank you for your inspiration.

  • 37.
    julie macneil said…

    well, i have my cover done…..!!!! sounds like everyone is doing better then me! my husband and i have been super busy helping our 19 year old only child move, she left on friday for Boston (we live in iowa) sniff, sniff. i’ve taken tons of photos and have named my book holiday daily so that i could include the week before she left to have more photos of her in it. everyone who still has children at home, don’t forget how blessed you are…i still can’t imagine our house without our daughter this year. keep up the good work everybody and a comment to Anneke, i personally would LOVE to see your album pages posted!!!! your pages reflex your exciting life that is different then mine and that makes them wonderful! julie

  • 38.
    NikkiFB said…

    Just had to smile at your “Even when I knew….”
    Me too. Thanks for that memory.
    Happy Christmas!

  • 39.
    Shannon Albrecht said…

    Lots of inspiration looking at the DD on Flickr.
    I so wanted to do the DD this year; but we moved into our new and first home at the beginning of November. SO, we’re still trying to unpack, paint, unpack, unpack…just enough to get Christmas decorations up! :)
    So that means the scrapbooking room isn’t ready! I’m hoping to be super motivated to get a lot unpacked and up this week, so maybe a DD could still be done this year?!? Let’s hope…they look like so much fun! :)

  • 40.
    debra s said…

    I am not keeping up at all. I have all that I want for day 1, but I haven’t committed anything down yet. I have all the photos and things I have done on all the rest of the days, but I think today I need to record some things so I don’t lose track. I have a big work project next Monday through Wednesday, and am hoping that I’ll be ready to roll on my December Daily 100% after that. In the mean time, I am so enjoying seeing your pages, although, I have to admit, your work is a little distracting to me. It looks so great, and your ideas for the photos for each day are so cool that what ever I chose for mine doesn’t seem quite as cool or nice. Isn’t that funny? :)

  • 41.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Shannon you could always do something like the 12 days leading up to Christmas :) .

  • 42.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I totally understand your comment about “distracting.” Remember, this is supposed to be a no-stress project – it is supposed to be something to make the holiday experience richer rather than more complicated. It’s hard not to compare what we make with what other people create – the best advice I have is to embrace what you make yourself. We all go through times where we “try on” similar things that other people are doing…that is part of the fun…and part of the process of figuring out what we like best about creating with and keeping our own memories.

  • 43.
    Jennifer D said…

    Oddly enough, I was caught up before the weekend but fell behind on the weekend pages! (Somehow, having my husband around throws off my “schedule.”) Oh, well. I caught up on the journaling last night and will get some pictures printed today!!
    Thanks for the inspiration! Because of you, I took the time to write my 7 month old a Christmas letter.

  • 44.
    Liz M. said…

    I love how your album is turning out Ali! I’m doing mine competely digi. I just couldn’t find what I wanted in time to do hybrid. I have completed Days 1-5 along with a cover. I really love this project and I hoping to use it as a warm up for Project 365 next year. Next year I am definitely doing hybrid!

  • 45.
    Liz Ness said…

    Your two children are just so cute and cute together — love that! Thanks for always sharing as you do; your life, your passion, your art.
    Also, our family is wishing yours the best season ever and a happy new year (can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us)! =)

  • 46.
    Monika Wright said…

    I have an 18-year old that will head off to college in September. So, this is our last holiday as a “we all live at home family.” We have two younger kids that are 4 and 6. It really hit home that he made a comment almost a week ago about this being his last year that he would be home for all the prep, or something like that. To tell you the truth, after I heard “last year at home” I kind of went into my shell and started thinking about all the traditions we had when he was a youngster. This is only my second DD, and I’m so glad I’m doing it. For the stories, for the memories, for the chance to take photos of our everyday life, for being joyful that we can celebrate Christmas. Rejoice in the time you have with your husband and reminisce about your daughter when you’re out on your date nights together. Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Happy Kwanza…whatever it may be, make it a good one.

  • 47.
    Yolanda said…

    This is my first December Daily (first album, ever) and I am so, so, so glad I decided to do this. Each day I have to work through some compulsions to perfect, change, “correct” things. But I’ve mostly succeeded in letting it go, working with my original layout, and moving on.
    On Friday, my plans for a spirited, holiday-themed day were derailed, when my mom called me crying because something happened to her knee, and she was in excruciating pain. But instead of pouting about the images I thought I was going to capture that day, I took my camera with me to the hospital and wound up capturing, and documenting, the day as it actually happened. Not some fantasy, but my, real hardcore life. Years from now, I know I’m going to love having a keepsake of that day, more than I will love a picture of a tree. And I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for this project.
    Coincidentally, i slammed a knife into my finger and managed to chop off half of my finger nail last night. So the season continues to be filled with comfort and joy, and just plain real stuff, too. And I love being present for the journey. For once.

  • 48.
    sandrine said…

    thanks for this project!! i love it!!!

  • 49.
    Teresa said…

    Hi Ali,
    I really love the DD and enjoy the process. The part that I don’t enjoy is that my camera is broken. We are planning to buy a new one in the next couple of days. So for right now…I take cell phone pictures and they only come out if there is enough light :( So that part is kind of frustrating.
    On the days where I had almost nothing out of the ordinary to do, I go and use Jessica S. Holiday workshop DD ideas and journal about that.

  • 50.
    Heather said…

    I am using elements. I think I may have finally gotten it. LOL
    I got it to at least not warp. But it is enlarged. Is that right? What if I wanted it to stay small? Perhaps I’ll try it with the shift key too.

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