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December 16, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Fifteen

Welcome to Day Fifteen!

I didn’t feel like messing with any photos today so I went with a couple snowflakes and a letter.

The snowflakes were created following an idea presented in the December issue of Martha Stewart’s magazine.

In the magazine they were made to be ornaments. I punched them using pages of a magazine and they’re really too thin to be an ornament so I saved them to add in here.

It’s a pretty simple process. Using Martha’s Icelandic snowflake punch, punch seven snowflakes to make one larger snowflake. Adhere one tip on one snowflake to one tip on another snowflake to begin creating the larger one.

For the second page I typed up some wishes for my kids (see journaling below), hand-stitched a heart on the Starbucks cup holder, and adhered that to the top of the journaling.

I drew the heart lightly with a brown colored pencil before adding the red floss. I stitched the heart before adhering it onto the background cardstock.

Here’s a close up on the hand-stitched heart:

JOURNALING : As I was thinking about what I wanted to write today, what story I wanted to tell, I started to think about life lessons and the things I wish for you in your lives. I love you both so, so much and hope to be around a very long time to watch you grow and discover all the amazing things there are to be wonderfully astonished by (in so many good ways) in this life. One of the biggest things I wish is that you take with you into your life as an adult the memory of a warm and loving home. A home where you were accepted just how you are; a home that welcomed mistakes and the opportunity to learn from them; a home that nurtured your interests and encouraged you to be successful in all sorts of non-traditional ways; a home that was safe and full of love. I wish & hope, when faced with the challenges of life, you find peace and strength in your heart. I wish for you that you both find a path that is just right for you and the knowledge that it’s ok to change your mind along the way. I wish partners in life for both of you who see you and love you for exactly who you are. I wish for you to see the world; to get out of your normal and experience new places and people. There might never seem like the “right” time – you’ve got to just make it happen. No matter what, I wish for you to remember that life is for living. For experiencing and moving and wondering and traveling and reading and learning and finding joy. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Bazzill White Swiss Dot Cardstock; Martha Stewart Icelandic snowflake punch; Fancy Pants Tradition Flocked Transparency; Jenni Bowlin Mini Bingo Cards Christmas

TODAY’S POST SPONSORED BY : Scrapbooks, Etc Magazine
A big thank you from me to Scrapbooks Etc. magazine for all their support of the 2010 December Daily!


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  • 1.
    Ruth said…

    Beautiful journaling ~ so heartfelt.

  • 2.
    Mrs. b said…

    Love these pages, Ali! Once again, thank you for the inspiration! This is such a good example (and for me, a reminder) that photos aren’t always necessary to tell a story.

  • 3.
    PEG said…

    What a lovely journaling.
    I think all the mother that we are, can recognize in such a list of wih for our children.
    Thank you again Ali, for let us know what you feel;

  • 4.
    scrappysue said…

    Such a beautiful entry Ali, and such great sentiments! Well we are off on our winter vacation this evening, hoping to at least keep up with my pages digitally. Wishing you and your family and all your blog readers a wonderful Christmas/Holidays. See you in “One Little Word” class!

  • 5.
    Judy Webb said…

    Hybird scrapping is the right balance for me. Your pages are gorgeous.

  • 6.
    Laura said…

    You touched me with your writing this morning. *This* is what December Daily is about — getting to the real stuff, the important stuff, the stuff that needs to be written. Blessings be upon you this day.

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    Love the snowflakes and the journaling for your kids. That last line about sunscreen is funny. Have a great Thursday.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Ali, I’m sorry about my last sentence about sunscreen, I by no means meant that we shouldn’t take it seriously. I hope I didn’t offend you or anyone else. Putting sunscreen on is very important, all my kids do that and when I started walking I put it on too. It was just funny that it was your last thing and it’s Christmas right now that is all I meant.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No problem at all Dawn. I should have explained it above…part of the reason all those thoughts were coming up is that I’ve had issues over the last couple of years with my skin. I’ve had over 40 moles removed – almost all coming back abnormal and one being stage one melanoma. This week I had another removed that seemed very suspicious and am currently waiting to hear back from my doctor about the status – praying that it’s just another abnormal one and nothing more serious.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you Ali for your kind reply, I remembered after the post that you had your doctor appt. the other day. Then it clicked what you meant about the sunscreen. So sorry, and you are in my prayers and thoughts. You are a true blessing for many of us, thank you.

  • 8.
    Louise Fortune said…

    I like this I think it is great to have a “no photo” day it takes the self inflicted pressure off.

  • 9.
    dawn said…

    We are driving thru town tonight to look at Christmas lights, can anyone help tell me the best way to get pictures of the lights. I tried last year and they came out really bad, just a big blurry spot of light. I’m hoping to make my page for today about “lights” and want them to come out good. Thanks for any advise you can give me.

    • ….
      steffb said…

      Turn off your flash, use the nightime setting if you have one, use a tripod or a timer to keep it still, maybe park and sit the camera on your hood or roof and turn on the timer, and take tons and tons of shots in as many ways as you can think of. If you photoshop when you open the image, you can adjust the exposure to be darker, so only the little lights show plus maybe a little of their glow. You can also do some fun stuff with your kids in shadow so they are only sillouetted and the lights are shining in the background…just take tons of pictures and play around and you might get a few you can use LOL. If you get desperate you can always find a photo online to use that represents what your story looked like in your mind…

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you for the tips, will use them and hope for the best. Also thank you for the idea of posting ones from oneline that would be helpful. Hope to get the page done tonight after they go to bed then post first thing tomorrow, if all goes well.

    • ….
      Julie L. said…

      I was wondering the same thing a week or so back and went looking online for some information. I found this article to be very helpful.
      Good luck, lights are challenging to get good photos of.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you for the link about lights. It really is helpful. We just got back from the lights though and they didn’t turn out so good. We are going to again this weekend if time. I won’t wait till it’s so dark out and see how they turn out. Thanks for the help ladies.

  • 10.
    Marsaille said…

    You are a good mom Ali!

  • 11.
    Etta said…

    Thanks for the heart idea on the Starbucks wrapper. I’ve been holding onto mine, wondering what to do with it and feeling like it needed something! This is great inspiration!

  • 12.
    Wilna said…

    omg… i cannot begin to tell you how much i love your pages today. and your use of the sleeve… perfect.

  • 13.
    melbourne liz said…

    I am a little bit stunned I’m still with you Ali; this project requires commitment! But I am (still capturing December) and I is sooo encouraging to see a no photo day. Life has just taken over and there were no photos yesterday or today! Plenty of stories though. It is the last day of year 4 for my little girl tomorrow and the camera will be there! Dawn had a great idea – christmas lights. Thanks Ali.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Happy Birthday a day early for your little girl. I remember how bittersweet it was on all my kids 5th birthday. Hope it’s a fun day and fun photos.

    • ….
      leah a said…

      tomorrow is my son’s birthday too- his first! happy birthday to your daughter! :D

    • ….
      melbourne liz said…

      I am so smiling after your lovely birthday wishes for my daughter Dawn and Leah A! Thank you. BUT, she’s just finished year four at SCHOOL! That is also a big deal in her life. Years 5 and 6 are years of responsibility at our school and she can’t wait! Happy birthday to your little boy Leah – what a wonderful, wonderful time. Enjoy.

  • 14.
    Elizabeth A said…

    Love this! Your sunscreen advice made me laugh.

  • 15.
    Tracy said…

    Good Morning Ali! That was a beautiful letter to your children…they are blessed to have you for their mom. I loved your use of the Starbucks cup holder and those snowflakes are wonderful!! I’m hoping our Michael’s has that punch :) You inspire me everyday & I thank you!

  • 16.
    {vicki} said…


    the journaling!

  • 17.
    brandy messer said…

    i am always inspired by u, ali! love, love , love the snowflakes! so simple but packs a big punch! and love the tip about sunscreen! much <3!

  • 18.
    Alexandra said…

    I love everything about this – so beautiful.

  • 19.
    Michele H. said…

    seriously…this is what it’s all about. i love your journaling…extremely heartfelt and lovely.

  • 20.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    this will be something they will always cherish. beautiful words.

  • 21.
    noell said…

    I love the snowflakes Ali. I love the text and the way they’re moving on and off the page.

    I also love your journaling — it’s everything I would want for my kids. So beautiful.

    Thank you!

  • 22.
    Layle said…

    Beautiful today Ali!!

  • 23.
    AmyHip said…

    OK, I think I’m just going to copy this letter ;-)

  • 24.
    Deirdre said…

    Journaling made me teary this morning, with my littles on my lap as I read. Looking forward to good news from your dermo. report next week.

  • 25.
    Maureen said…

    Ali you are so much more than a teacher of digital and scrapbook design. The values you share with us, your readers, is the gift you always give. You are a wise, wise woman.

    Must be the month for moles. One of mine said adios yesterday. Use sunscreen and take VitD!

  • 26.
    Paula G said…

    Ok, I am teary-eyed, but in a warm & fuzzy way. PS – so is my husband. We didn’t exactly argue last night, but one of our challenges of raising our wonderful Aspergers daughter is how we sometimes have differences in opinion on what is working, what isn’t, what is too much sensory overload, what isn’t….this hit us in a noisy restaurant last night. There is such a fine balance between exposing and overdoing some experiences. Your lovely words are a reminder to both of us to let our kids be who they are and respect their feelings and thank them for trying, even when things don’t work out as we expect them to. A loving and happy life is what we both want so much for our precious kids. Thanks.

  • 27.
    Doreen Baros said…

    My book isn’t really very far along. My daughter-in-law stopped by to scrap with me last night, so I skipped ahead to my day 15 and made it about our scrapping evening. I figure that’s okay . . . I’m in the moment for at least one day. Maybe will be able to stay caught up now through the rest of the month AND work the earlier pages I missed. She and I decided we would continue on with quarterly books for next year – working together on them when possible. We decided we’ll commit to make several days for each moonth of each quarter even if we cannot find time for every day. You’ve inspired each of us!

  • 28.
    Debbie S. said…

    Best wishes, Ali!

  • 29.

    I love that journaling – and that little red hand-stitched heart.

  • 30.
    Pam said…

    Your journaling really tugs at my heart.

  • 31.
    Ellen S. said…

    I really enjoy reading your journaling. Try as I might, mine always comes out like a play-by-play. I think I need a creative writing class.

  • 32.
    Donna said…

    Thanks, Ali. I too have been holding on to my Starbucks wrapper. (Had to buy their tall Christmas mug too! As a scrapbooker, I love the slogan “Stories are Gifts to Share.” Thanks again for the motivation to now do a special page for my daughter and son. I turn 50 next month and since I am finally approaching that point of “I Am Enough,” it’s time to do an album of my stories. Peace & strength to you, Ali.

  • 33.
    Helen said…

    Ooh, made me cry! Love it. Had just written something along these lines for my children, so this touched a cord.

  • 34.
    Emily M. said…

    A bittersweet note with the sunscreen. Sending good health wishes your way.

  • 35.
    Chrystie DeSmet said…

    I love the jolly card!! Where can I find one?? I love the snowflake idea & the coffee sleeve!! Adorable!! Oh, the stitched heart is pretty cute too! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • 36.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,

    I just saw in your twitter about Chris’s stocking. In my husband’s there is always a few scratch off tickets ( his favorite) big snickers bar, gift card to Red Lobster ( really that’s for us,lol) razors, duct tape (his second favorite thing) hand/feet warmers, 3 packs of chapsticks, small bag of chips ( just like the kids) new hat, these he gets every year then I try to add something new or different that I see while shopping. We have big stockings in our house, we all love the stockings the best, even before the gifts. The kids are begging me this year to let them have their stockings first, going to make them wait though as long as I can though, lol. Hope this helps Ali.

  • 37.
    Teresa M said…

    Thanks for the reminder that not every day needs a photo and to journal about anything. I keep thinking I need to write about what we do every day and boy does that get boring.

  • 38.
    Amber said…

    Oh Ali how sweet! I totally love those snowflakes, and the handstitched heart… But the journaling, it’s just so sweet. Those are all the things I wish for my daughter too and now I’m feeling the need to write then down somewhere!

  • 39.
    Holly said…

    It was super nice to see that you did sew by hand the heart instead of the machine. I liked that option!
    Also with that same train of thought, if you have a snowflake punch you can get the same effect and or make your own by hand like we use to in school. :)

  • 40.
    Jan said…

    Wow, Ali, can I just steal every single idea of yours from today? What a beautiful and beautifully heartfelt set of pages. :)

  • 41.
    Julie L. said…

    Sigh, I wish my journaling came out like this. Written so well and clearly from the heart of a mother.

  • 42.
    Brooke said…

    You have a wonderful way with words Ali.

    I find some days words like this just can’t come for me. How do you keep up that fabulous, heartfelt, perfectly written journaling day in day out during December?

  • 43.
    Heather said…

    Replying to your twitter about Chris’ stocking…

    For my husband I usually put some Christmas candy in there, a new toothbrush (everyone gets one of those!), batteries, a Christmas ornament or a figurine for his desk at work – just some little thing if I happen to see one during the year I know he’ll love, maybe a pair of novelty boxer shorts, handmade coupons for a night out at the movies or to hire pros to do the lawn a few times, gift cards to the bar he & his coworkers occasionally frequent. I know in my stocking he always tucks a paperback book from my favorite author.

    Hope you get some good ideas! It’s a hard stocking to fill!

  • 44.
    Mo said…

    I love this idea! There were two days in the beginning of December where I worked ALL DAY and seriously forgot to take photos! Now I know what to do! Thanks Ali!

  • 45.
    Steph said…

    Okay, I’ll be the broken record…there are no words for yours. Beautiful!

    I have good printer news: tried the new paper – pretty pleased with the results, but since I’ve now got way too many photos to print, I made an 8×12 canvas and tried Wal-mart again which I had abandoned a while back because I hadn’t been happy.

    Our local store has a new machine and wow is all I can say. They are a perfect size, so a little trim and my prints fit beautifully in my album! So thrilled.

    I love the way you used your Starbucks cover. I actually had one leftover from last year and used it on Day 9, which was my “beverages of the season” story. Around here we are all about the holiday drinks – yummy seasonal flavors of Coffee mate (only time I buy the stuff), putting eggnog in my coffee, hot chocolate for the kiddos after they come inside, a photo of the most amazing new treat Caramel thing hubby and I had the other night. That day for me had a gold embossed handmade paper I had, but I had not adorned the Starbucks thingie – now I think I will stitch a gold star on it! Thanks for the continued awesome inspiration Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Glad to read that the new paper helped!

  • 46.
    Denise Laborde said…

    Wow Ali, my album bows down to your album. I really like how you keep things simple but vary from day to day. Today’s page is so sweet.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh Denise – your album is awesome. Consistency + simplicity helps it get done. Your new baby is so beautiful!

  • 47.
    Cindy Teater said…

    What a wonderful letter to your family. You and your family are very fortunate. So very nice.

  • 48.
    Tara said…

    I’ve been focusing so much on photos AND stories that I haven’t even thought to just do some journaling. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 49.
    Delanie said…

    Ali, I have my fingers crossed that you get good results in time for a wonderful, worry-free Christmas.
    I am constantly inspired by how you incorporate the difficult moments in life. You don’t whitewash leaving the impression of a perfect life but neither do you dwell. Instead it is little hints or stories of lessons learned and new achievements. Thank you for sharing the wonderful balance in your memorykeeping.

  • 50.
    Jenny Childers said…

    I just love your December Daily idea…I made mine mainly out of paper and collages and am using the Reverb10 prompts for each day….thanks for the ideas!

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