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October 1, 2010

This & That | Updates

Coming home means lots of things to share that have been piling up.

Here’s a few things that might be of interest to you:

December Daily 2010 | I’m in the final stages of picking an album and plan to work on my December Daily foundation over the next few days. Look for a full post at the end of next week.

ScrapMap Event in Italy 2011 | The next event I’m scheduled to participate in is a Tour of Tuscany with ScrapMap in October 2011. I’ll be teaching two classes in addition to touring around Tuscany. ScrapMap offers a payment plan and full refund up until final payment date. Check out the itinerary and more details here.

Elsie’s Photo Journals | Elsie’s offering a new instant e-course of 14 super cute, fun minibooks. The workshop includes photos, tips & tricks, technique tutorials and tons of visual inspiration. See more preview images and get more information here.

Layout A Day with Lain Ehmann | I recently had a great phone conversation/interview with Lain Ehmann for her October Layout A Day series. Here’s what Lain has to say about this 31-day challenge: “Layout A Day (LOAD) is a month-long scrapbooking challenge that will give you new inspiration, daily challenges, whiter teeth, and minty-fresh breath! October’s theme is “Story,” and we’ll be exploring how to incorporate our personal stories into our scrapbook pages (no, it’s not all about journaling!). Participants will be treated to a daily inspiration e-mail, audio interviews with fantastic storytellers like Ali Edwards, Celeste Smith, Noell Hyman, and Katrina Kennedy, an online gallery and message board, and a chance to win fabuloust prizes.” Sign up and more info here.

The Daily Digi | The Daily Digi has a brand new subscription service called The Digi Game available for their monthly collaboration kits (The Digi Files) and Playbooks. Check out all the details and options on this new service here.

AE Freebie | Don’t miss the Love You digital scrapbook freebie over on my Projects blog.


  • 1.
    Jolande said…

    I just started working on my December Daily foundation for this year, it will be my third year and I love this project!

    Greetings from Jolande

  • 2.
    Jennifer said…

    Ah – December Daily. Can’t wait to play along again this year. changed my whole holiday last year!

  • 3.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    So excited to do December DAily for the first time this year! Every year I look at yours and think how cool that would be.

  • 4.
    katie t said…

    I cannot wait for December Daily. It has made me change the way I think about the Christmas holiday

  • 5.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Oh my! The tour of Tuscany with you sounds like heaven! I have to think about whether I could possibly make that happen. On another note, I can’t believe we are talking about December already. Where does time fly. Welcome home and back to the busy life!

  • 6.
    Ingvild said…

    I am so looking forward to see what your December Daily is going to look like this year. The hunt and gathering is on!
    Have a great weekend.

  • 7.
    Lisa W said…

    December Daily sound like a great idea. I will for sure have to check more into this. I’m loving the LOAD, I’ve not had a lot of inspiration lately. FYI, my scrap studio looks like that always, thanks to my DD! :)

  • 8.
    Danielle Taylor said…

    Starting Layout a Day today and can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about December Daily!!

  • 9.
    Susan said…

    Any ideas for the December Daily for those who will be travelling during the holidays and not decorating or doing the ‘normal’ stuff of the holidays and how to incorporate a ‘holiday spirit’ into the december daily.

  • 10.
    Lain said…

    Thanks, Ali!
    It’s going to be a great month. :)

  • 11.
    dawn said…

    Love all this info your giving us. Can’t wait to see what you’ve planned for your December Daily, it will be my first and I’m so excited. So far I purchased a little christmas theme journal to keep all my notes and ideas in. Your studio looks like my scraparea right now, hoping to get it organzied soon. Have a great fall weekend home with your family.

  • 12.
    Stacy said…

    Looking forward to your December Daily posts. Perhaps this year I’ll finally give it a go!

  • 13.
    Charmi said…

    Hey Ali I had a quick question..I remember you posting sometime back that you were in the process of digitizing all your family photos..I wanted to know if you used any particular website or photo program?? At what dpi did you scan all the photos ?? And how you organised them?? I’m going back home (india) for few months and i would like to digitize my parents’ & in-laws photos. Any inputs would help..Thanks :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Charmi – I used Scan Digital ( to have a bunch of my older photos digitized. It was not inexpensive, but it’s done. In general if you scan them you’ll want to do it at at least 300dpi – many people would suggest higher. I cover more about this in my class at Big Picture called Yesterday + Today (coming again in January 2011). My cousin took a bunch of our grandparents heritage photos to Kinko’s and had them scanned in there. scanCafe ( is another service I’ve heard good things about.

  • 14.
    Joanna H. said…

    OOOh, man, the daily digi is giving away the new ‘Story of My Life’ digi kit. I’ve been wanting to do your week in the life and this new kit looks like a great way to take on the challange.
    My fingers are crossed :)

  • 15.
    Eileen said…

    Welcome back home! Your Greece photos were gorgeous. I’m looking forward to the trip to Tuscany, traveling with my sister who is not a scrapbooker.

  • 16.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    nice to have you back friend :)

  • 17.
    katie said…

    boy are you busy. I love that first picture, it’s good to know I am not alone in the studioffice mess.

  • 18.
    Krystal said…

    Just signed up for Elsie’s class! THANK YOU for sharing that.

  • 19.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    December daily is ready to roll and thank you for the freeby

  • 20.
    Pam said…

    It was such a pleasure to spend time with you in Greece. Would love to do the Tuscany trip – have to give it some serious thought. I’m looking forward to the December Daily – will do it for the first time this year.

  • 21.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Looking forward to December Daily again. Can’t wait to see what you’ve picked.

  • 22.
    mary said…

    oh that trip t Italy sounds wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

  • 23.
    Melanie Hughes said…

    I completed my Dec daily last year for the first time. I adore looking back through it. I’ve already got my supplies ready to start this years one in between moving home and taking care of a newborn and 2 others, 3yrs and under. Heck, it’s the only way I’ll probably remember the season!

  • 24.

    Your scraproom floor looks like my scraproom floor (only yours is just a tad bit neater-lol).

    Love browsing the new site. IT looks great.

    Have a nice weekend.

  • 25.
    steffb said…

    love these ideas – ah, if only we didn’t have to live real life in order to scrap LOL

  • 26.
    Anya said…

    December Daily – I loved it so much last year!!! It changed the way I was looking at holidays. Can’t wait!!! I should start gathering my supplies…

  • 27.
    tara said…

    Hmmm… Guess this means I need to finish assembling last year’s December Daily?! A god escape form housework!

  • 28.
    amy said…

    yea! already ordered some extra papers for dec daily. i’m so excited to get started on the shell… can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • 29.
    audra said…

    Ali, I’m SO looking forward to The December Daily! I have to admit I have some pages leftover to finish from last years, but the new December Daily will motivate me to do just that!

  • 30.
    Laser said…

    Looking forward to the December daily again this year.

  • 31.
    Tere said…

    December Daily….way to stress me out this 1st day of October! Thanks Ali :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s all about doing some of the prep in advance – that’s why I start now :) .

  • 32.
    Marsaille said…

    Look how excited we all are!
    One thing I already did was savw a couple of cereal boxes. I plan to use them as chipboard, and can cut them in any odd shape/size I want. Anyone else got some fun ideas?

  • 33.
    Heather V said…

    I looked at the ScrapMap itinerary and and fell in love. I’ve been to Italy twice now, and of the 14 countries I’ve been too, it is still my very favorite (Greece is a close second, though!) What a fantastic trip! I have wanted to go to Cinque Terre and haven’t had the opportunity to go yet. Good luck with all of your projects, I know you’ll continue to whip up some fantastic stuff to inspire us all :)

  • 34.
    JulieK said…

    I am ready to start on my December Daily…even though it’s just the beginning of Oct!

  • 35.
    ale said…

    yay! looking foward to december daily!!!

  • 36.
    Holly S said…

    Is it daily december time already??? Oh where has this year gone? Super excited to start thinking about it for the third year running…one of my most favorite projects ever!

  • 37.
    Susanne said…

    This year i WANT to do a december daily, too. Always loved yours and now it’s time to try it myself!

  • 38.
    KathyL said…

    I didn’t get to do the december daily last year but I will definitely get it going this year. Can’t wait!

  • 39.
    Alison Exelby said…

    Welcome home ….Im looking forward to seeing what sort of album you pick for your Daily December this year. While I was having a sort out of some of my house the other week I found and old album that I have decide to give it new life and use it for my Daily December this year. This will be my second year for doing Daily December and Im really looking forward to it.

  • 40.
    Denise Laborde said…

    I’m December daily-ing for the first time this year. Excited about it. Already have my stash ready. Yay!

  • 41.
    Tracey Holdyk said…

    I had just started to think about my December Daily and then I read this post. Can’t wait to get into this year and I am even thinking about doing digital version. But I am only new a digi stuff so we will see.
    Thanks for your inspiration as always.

  • 42.
    Tanya Watson said…

    like many others it would seem im very excited to see what you do with daily december this year ive already got mine ready for december lol

  • 43.
    Kristi said…

    I have been looking forward to the Dec Daily since summer (and collecting all sorts of holiday stuff)! I can’t wait to see what yours looks like, Ali. This project makes Christmas even more fun!

  • 44.
    Teresa L. said…

    I don’t have to do anything. I fixed my album last year, but lots of things happened, so I was not able to do it. I just changed the 09 for the 10. Its all good with my DD prep work :) And its my sons first xmas!

  • 45.
    anna said…

    tuscany please!!! sigh and double drool!!!!!!!!!!! one fine day! please do this for the next 30 plus years! :) my kids will be older, and i will have had time to save for it! :)
    super inspiring all the things you have posted!

  • 46.
    Haley D. said…

    You’re up to some really cool things! I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with a messy room, although mine tends to be that way constantly… Thanks for sharing!

  • 47.
    susan bourgeois said…

    I have been thinking about my December Daily. Gathering a few items and waiting to see what you have in store. I did it last year for the first time and can’t wait to do it again this year. Last year I didn’t get my foundation done ahead of time and it stressed me. This year I am going to be up on my game!!

  • 48.
    Shelly K said…

    Glad you’re home safe and glad to see a “mess” in your studio/office! You may be normal afterall! ;)

  • 49.
    Erika said…

    So glad your back. Looking forward to starting my December Daily this year. I watched all last year as you put yours together and this year I’m going to do. It’s my mission right along with making gifts for everyone. Can’t wait! Let’s just hope I can keep my momentum.

  • 50.
    Audrey Yeager said…

    Oh I am so glad to know that your room looks like that!!! :)

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