December Daily 2010 | Day Eight

Welcome to Day Eight!

A day without photos for me. I did take some (including one I just took tonight of Simon in his Santa hat that I'll likely use tomorrow), but decided to use my journaling from this post. Behind the journaling I added one of the words from my Painted Christmas Words package. That story, along with a note Simon wrote me, is my Day Eight.

Here's a look at that first page:

In Photoshop I opened the Remember Template from the 6×8 December Daily Layered Template package, made the background white, drew a new text box with the Type tool and then copied and pasted my journaling from my Loving post. I made the "Loving" at the beginning of each sentence bold and red. I also changed the color of the frame to a light brown.

Next I opened the Joy.png file from my Painted Christmas Words package and enlarged it by dragging it from the corner (I work in Photoshop CS4 so I need to hold down the shift key while doing this to maintain the correct proportions). Edit/Fill to recolor and then I adjusted the opacity to about 20% by moving the slider at the top of the layers palette. I moved it down in the layer palette to just above the background.

Printed the whole thing on cardstock. I'm using the same Cream Puff cardstock from Bazzill throughout my album.

Along the edge I trimmed a tag from this set and added a little metal key. Here's a close-up look at that part of the page:

I used adhesive and just a bit of stitching along the bottom of the tag.

And page two:

Lately Simon's been reaching for my 12x12 white cardstock when he wants to write me a note (which usually takes up just a bit of the page). That was the case with this note. Since I couldn't fit it onto the page as he had written it (straight across the top of the 12x12) I decided to cut out each word and paste it back together.

After adhering I ran it through the sewing machine to create the lines.

I definitely could have left out the "th" that he crossed out, but I liked it.

Finished off the page with a strip of pattern paper, a couple little gold gems (I think these came from Micheal's - they were in a little strip and I trimmed off individual ones), and a 7gypsies label sticker with Simon's name and age.

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I’d love to have you include a link to your DAY EIGHT page here. Please link directly to your post or image on Flickr vs. your general blog link. Thank you! Also – don’t feel like you need to leave a comment!

75 thoughts

  1. Jan

    2010-12-09 17:07:10 -0500

    Love how you had a "journaling only" page and that you did it over the word art. Very cool. And Simon's note is adorable!

    I borrowed two of your ideas for my pages today - I took a photo of myself and then journaled some thoughts right onto the photo. Love the effect.

  2. Melissa

    2010-12-09 17:14:09 -0500

    I honestly love the crossed out TH on the page it makes it so much more realistic and meaningful!

  3. Yolanda

    2010-12-09 17:23:13 -0500

    I was just scrolling the December Daily Flickr group and commented on this one without even realizing it was yours. I so, so love that crossed out “Th”and all the texture created with the stitching and the words not being fastened down all the way. I WILL do paper next year.

  4. Karen Anderson

    2010-12-09 17:32:05 -0500

    I started DD late and seemed to take ages to put the bones of my album together but today I finally caught up!! I am already totally in love with this album, I have less than perfect Photos for some days but I'm just letting it go and enjoying the process of capturing these days. I'm even hand writing my journalng - shock, horror! (I never do that EVER!!). The whole album is made from my stash, nothing except the binder was bought for it and it's shocking how much Christmas stuff I have and how long I've had it for. This is quite simply a great project!

  5. Beke

    2010-12-09 18:28:01 -0500

    this is a really love this layout. I have found (like today) i didn't really have a photo to go with what I wanted to say. so this is a good reminder that you dont HAVE to have a photo. I'm actually looking forward to next year December Daily as not only will my son be a little older (henry will be 2 this sundsy)to get int Christmas, but I'll have my printer and should have photoshop and have digital elements encluded. So i can't wait till next Christmas!

  6. Beke

    2010-12-09 18:29:33 -0500

    also, thanks to your site have have lernt quite a lot so its one of the reasons I am also looking forward to next years dd. :)

  7. Camilla Blue

    2010-12-09 18:37:14 -0500

    I haven't taken a single picture yet today and was starting to fret about no pictures. Refreshing to see your great solution (even though it wasn't that you didn't have a picture worth using).

  8. Christine

    2010-12-09 19:21:09 -0500

    Love the cut up note--I have a note from my son I wanted to include, but it was too big. I was still contemplating ideas when I saw this.

  9. Molly

    2010-12-09 20:54:53 -0500


  10. Barb in AK

    2010-12-09 22:49:49 -0500

    Seriously, this is my favorite so far! I just love the simplicity, the journalling, the embellishment. This is so much fun--following your DD. Maybe I'll give it a try next year :-)

  11. Damiane Lucas

    2010-12-09 22:55:24 -0500

    I am making my first December Daily album. I don't understand why Ali's overlay templets are not allowing me to type on them directly. Is anyone else having this problem?

    When I open the PDF file and try to type my journaling on the overlay, I am not allowed to do so. Is it me? Or are we not allowed to do our computer journaling on them?

    Help! Let me know.

  12. Annette

    2010-12-09 22:58:54 -0500

    Love your December Daily project and just got the overlays and templates on sale. Have been taking pictures and doing a little journaling every night. Any tips for someone arriving late to the party? Thanks for all your inspiration!

  13. abbeyviolet

    2010-12-09 23:08:16 -0500

    So glad you "loving" made it in and the words will be such a treasure.

  14. Deena

    2010-12-10 00:50:20 -0500

    I'm caught up. I'm finally caught up! (just on this I mean....)

  15. Amy

    2010-12-10 21:07:24 -0500

    Here is my comment - Merry Christmas!

  16. Maureen

    2010-12-10 21:53:19 -0500

    I finished up Day 8 today. That's why I have two posts here - the first was just my mistake on 8. Happy weekend!

  17. Kerry

    2010-12-11 07:11:36 -0500

    That note is so precious and you are right you so had to keep the TH in there, what a great memory for the future! xx

  18. Danielle Taylor

    2010-12-11 11:52:24 -0500

    I love that Simon writes you notes! and I love that you used this one on your page

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  20. Catherin G.

    2010-12-12 17:06:41 -0500

    Love the tag especially.

  21. Cherie

    2010-12-12 20:27:07 -0500

    love how you used Simon's writing

  22. Lana

    2010-12-13 07:33:18 -0500

    Thank you for sharing, Ali. What a beautiful entry in your journal, and a very inspiring way to include a photo-free layout. :)

    I have a question about how you added the text to the layered template. I am using your templates and adding my journaling before printing out but I am finding that my text continues off the page unless I hit the Enter key to start a new line so that it stays within the borders.
    Question: Is there a way to constrain the text to fit a certain area on the template before you start typing?

    Sorry if this is really basic, I am a relatively new user of PS Elements, and I don't remember seeing this in any of your video tutorials. Thanks!

  23. Deborah Mahnken

    2010-12-16 23:06:15 -0500

    I just love how you saved Simon's note and used in it your book. I'm sneaking the kids' Christmas wish lists to include in mine this year.

  24. Jen

    2010-12-27 09:51:40 -0500

    thanks for letting me share! Getting closer to being done!

  25. krys72599

    2011-01-02 20:05:45 -0500

    This is the only page not yet done - I'm going to go back and fill something in about our traditions and decorations... Time just got away from me during this week so I will fill it in later...

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