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December Daily 2009 : Day 23, Day 24, Day 25 & Reflections On The Process

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This is another one of those projects that I love to finish. I love to start it and I love to be done with it (another reason I just do the 25 days). There is no doubt that I will do it all over again next year. 

One of the big things you will notice is that I ended up going with a thick ribbon/twine (from my stash) rather than the metal rings to hold it all together. It just wasn't working. I don't love what I ended up using but it will be fine (not ideal because it's hard to turn & would not be easy for little hands to look through). Read below for more observations from the process.

DAY TWENTY-THREE

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A shopping list paired with a circle glitter paper from Making Memories. Two circle epoxy and one button accent were added on top of three circles (one from Love, Elsie, one from K&Company, and the button from American Crafts).

Here's the original:

Day23 

DAY TWENTY-FOUR

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I ended up moving the pocket page to the back (see original below) because I wanted to the photos and the words to be front and center (vs. inside the pocket).

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The journaling talks about our day: where we went, what we ate, and how over-the-top excited Simon was about Santa visiting and it finally being Christmas. Word art is from my Hand Drawn Holiday collection at Designer Digitals.

And probably my favorite photo of the season:

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Nothing better than matching PJ's on Christmas Eve. Scallop punch along the edge is the Threading Water Punch Fiskars. Attached the little card that came with the PJ's to the top of the page.

Here's the original:

Day24 

DAY TWENTY-FIVE

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I backed that enlarged photo from Christmas Eve with another from Christmas morning (before doing the border punch). I traditionally don't take too many photos on Christmas morning just because there are so many other things to be paying attention to and celebrating, but I did get a couple this year.

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Word stickers along the edge are a few seasons back from Making Memories. The little Santa ticket is from Jenni Bowlin. 

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I typed up (literally with my old typewriter) two little notes: one for Simon and one for Anna talking a bit about their experience Christmas morning. The handwritten "Dinner Info" card talks about what we cooked this year (prime rib and pommes Anna). The punch along the top of the notes is the Apron Lace punch from Fiskars.

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For the final page I moved the canvas pocket (originally Day 24) and added a little strip and used rub-ons to add the word "bits." I collected a few things and tucked them inside.

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On the spine I added key, a metal circle with the word "believe," and a small manila tag (I added the E09 with Jenni Bowlin rub ons).

WHAT I LEARNED

I am reminded once again that if I don't jot down notes to myself or document something specific for a particular day I will not remember it. The details or even something that would have been a great little note is gone if not written down. I do use the photos as jumping off points, but without the written words it's a lot harder to remember details even just a couple weeks later.

In looking back through my previous year's albums I think I will go back to the simple 2 or 3-ring approach with a front and back cover next year (vs. an album). I liked the adventure of doing something new and trying something different this year, but I think my preference is for the other format. I also think I like the smaller sizes better.

I liked creating those stitched-pocket pages but didn't really like having more than one of them in the album. I did end up with one on the last page (after the 25th) that worked well as a place to store extra bits from this holiday season. I ended up wanting to just see a photo or paper instead.

I really liked using the eyelets to secure the holes on each page.

I wish I would have kept more of the packaging from some of the gifts to include in the album (fun way to remember some of those gifts).

I am planning to create another layout about the holidays for our family album that will include more photos from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I like that my December Daily becomes more of a highlight (or a favorite photo selection) rather than holding everything.

In the end, as I gave this album a little hug and packed it away until next December, I said a prayer of thanksgiving. Thanks for the opportunity, thanks for the awareness of the blessing of our everyday lives, thanks for another season of magic and joy. 



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post is the last of a series documenting the month of December 2009. You
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  1. Grace Hester says…
    01/04/2010

    Beautiful work Ali! I am going to join you on the Dec Daily journey next year!

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  2. Nicole Beltane says…
    01/04/2010

    just beautiful.

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  3. D says…
    01/04/2010

    I am jealous of your sense of accomplishment! Thanks for the what i have learned commentary. It's the best part. I think I have tags in the recycling bin!

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  4. Stephanie Howell says…
    01/05/2010

    you are awesomely creative. and ridiculously talented. hoping one year i'll go for it, never done one of these before...they intimidate me!! xoxo

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  5. Amy says…
    01/05/2010

    It's a beautiful album, Ali, with beautiful memories.
    I was wondering if you use glossy or matte photos in your albums.
    Happy New Year!

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  6. Steph says…
    01/05/2010

    Love the book! I "attempted" to put one together - I'm still working on the second half of it :o) I was insanely inspired whenever I would see one of your posts. I need to let go of the "perfectionism" problem.
    What brand/make of printer do you use for printing everything?

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  7. Loretta Artful Yogi says…
    01/05/2010

    Great. Love the PJs picture.
    I used the front and back cover format and the largest binder clips i could find and may still go to twine like you did! I guess I like bulky items. haha. I completed through Dec 26, although my extended family gathered on Dec 27 and 28. I'll add two more highlight pages today and, like you, will be happy to say goodbye for the year. Thank you so much for keeping us all motivated. Ten years from now, we'll be very happy we have these.

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  8. Allison M. says…
    01/05/2010

    Beautiful shots Ali - love the album. I am just over 1/2 way through mine. Not being able to print photos at home has put me behind. My next purchase will be a good photo printer. Love the idea of matching jammies for Xmas day. I have been browsing online to purchase some on clearance for next year!
    Can't wait to see your holiday layouts for your family album.

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  9. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    Hi Steph - I am using a HP Photosmart B8550.

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  10. sue says…
    01/05/2010

    i have loved loved loved every entry that you've made in your december daily.. thanks so much ali..

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  11. ellie and abbie says…
    01/05/2010

    Ali, this is my third year of enjoying your December Daily posts. I just love how they turn out. Thank you for sharing. One of these days I'm going to do one for our family.
    I smiled at those cute pjs. Our children (ages 5&7) had the exact same jammies this year. They are so comfy--they usually don't resist when I say it's time to get dressed. But when they're wearing hannas, they say, "ohhh, can I just stay in my pajamas a little bit longer??"...Of course, at Christmas time, the only answer to that question is YES! :-)
    Bravo to you on a beautiful album that holds treasured memories!
    -abbie

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  12. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    The paper I am using is called Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl. I just started using it recently and am really happy with the quality. It feels like matte.

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  13. Allie says…
    01/05/2010

    Ali -
    Thank you so much for sharing your process, project and, of course, the details of your everyday life. Your album is amazing, as usual! I've just completed my second December Daily and have come away with some key learnings myself. One of which is that November is always so busy and I find it takes me forever to get inspired and put together my album in advance. I was thinking that I might try to put my 2010 skeleton album together now while I'm still jazzed about the project and remember the details of things I want to repeat and things that I don't. Do you have any thoughts - good or bad - about approaching it this way?

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  14. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    I think if you are feeling jazzed up and motivated now is as good a time as any! The other thing you could do is write up a list of the lessons you learned and store it with your holiday supplies - when you open them up next year your list will be a nice reminder of what you liked/didn't like and want to do different next time! I vote for doing it when you feel most motivated - if that is right now then go for it!

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  15. Jen says…
    01/05/2010

    Thanks again for the inspiration Ali! Amazing album! I have one question: where oh where did you get those jammies - they are too cute for words! (and I love that they come in sizes to fit both your kids!)

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  16. Katie Johnson says…
    01/05/2010

    I feel the same way as you Ali...I need to write it all down because even just 4 or 5 days later I forget the little details. I used the same album you did, and I felt the same way about the pocket pages. Initially I thought they'd be GREAT for mememtos, but in the end I wasn't excited to use them and I only kept one.
    Also, I think what I leared this year is that I ended up wanting to make so many changes that I won't fully assemble my album ahead of time next year. I realize the point is to have it all together and ready to just insert your pictures and journaling, but I decided I need the flexibility. I do like your idea of having one container for all the supplies, so I will just get everything together and that alone will be a big time-saver.
    Again, thanks for the inspiration...you are truly amazing. :D

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  17. ScrapMomOf2 says…
    01/05/2010

    I too felt a huge sense of accomplishment finishing up my album! For the 2nd year in a row, I made one, kept up with it, and the finished product makes me smile! The best thing I did this year was to start a Word document, and then every night, I typed up a paragraph about our day. This was supposed to be for me to remember what we did, help me journal, etc., but instead, I actually ended up printing it all, and putting the little paragraphs on the backs of my pages! Genius for me! Worked for me! Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  18. Linda Barutha says…
    01/05/2010

    I think your project turned out great! One of the reasons I like it is that it isn't like any other:D

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  19. Heather says…
    01/05/2010

    Love those Hanna jammies! We had the same ones for my daughter and the green with red trim for my son. They are too cute.
    I did the December Daily album in 2008, but since I was doing a 365 project this (last?) year, no December daily. Sorta missed it, will do again in 2010. I am taking a week off from taking photos (after 400 days of daily photos), need to catch up on the journaling...sigh. Fresh is best, I'm learning that one the hard way.
    For 2010, I plan to document using a variation of your Day in the Life concept. I'm going to document the details on every 10th of the month. Some will probably be similar, while others will change with the day of the week, the season, and what that particular day brings. I'm looking forward to having a dozen layouts celebrating our story of daily life in 2010.
    :) Heather

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  20. Sharon in TX says…
    01/05/2010

    Another wonderful December album, Ali. Can you picture your grandchildren sitting with you to look through it in years to come?

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  21. Monika Wright says…
    01/05/2010

    I just need to finish up December 24th and 25th, post on flickr and I'll be finished with my DD. Next year I will gather my supplies and have pages cut and maybe some sketches, but will wait for embellishments and final plans until the photos are ready for me to print (thank goodness I can do this at home). I found this year that I had to try to move some things around to make my photos fit on the pages. I don't think I will go from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day either. Just too much for one book. I will use activities that occur before and after Dec 1-25 for a "reflections" sort of page, or even to use on a day that I forgot to take pictures/notes. And since I am trying to be more digitally savvy and have begun a blog for our family, I will probably try to post on there since my oldest will be at college next year. He has certainly enjoyed looking at what the Mom has put in the album, which kind of surprised me (since he's a boy, especially). And top of the list is to do what so many have recommended, but I always neglect to do. Write down notes every day, right then, don't wait. I can remember the overall feelings, but those specific, take your breath away words, and moments, and stories are forgotten very quickly...especially now that I'm 45 (where did my mind go?). I did a Daily album in March last year and it turned out so nicely, because it wasn't a hectic time of year, and got to include real, everyday type of things, not just holiday memories. I am going to choose May this year, since my son will be graduating from High School (can you hand me Puffs tissue, please?).

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  22. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    They are from Hannah Anderson: http://www.hannaandersson.com/home

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  23. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    I know what you mean about making the pages in advance. I think it makes it easier for some people are more challenging for others. I like that it gives me a basic foundation to work from, and that I can move things around. Having everything together is one of the best parts for me!!!

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  24. Ali Edwards says…
    01/05/2010

    I love that - thank you Sharon.

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  25. Monika Wright says…
    01/05/2010

    Love your Day in the Life idea. I had thought about doing a Daily album in May when my son graduates from High School, but think I will try this idea, too. I would love to have something like this from my family life, so I think my kids would love this, too. Are you using a digital template or going all paper? Any reason you chose the 10th, is it a special day or just an ordinary day?

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