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December 5, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Four

Welcome to Day Four.

Today I’m mixing things up by adding 4, 4×6 photos. To include them in the album I adhered two back to back and punched holes (2 holes). I use rolling adhesive to adhere them together. More images below.

Adhering photos back to back is a great way to include more photos into minibooks.

I started Day Four with another 6×8 photo – I might just keep doing that all the way through and I might not. Right now they are making me really happy.

The word art on the photo is from my December Sentiment Strips package at Designer Digitals.

Here’s a look at that first 4×6 photo. Along the side is a 1/2 a cute little circle from Bananafish Studio.

The back photo is one of Simon in the car. Love. The pen I used is another from that same set of Pitt Artist metallic pens from Faber-Castell.

A look at the spread:

On to the other side of the transparent paper:

Close up of the second set of 4×6 photos:

And the back side of this 4×6:

This 4×6 uses the other half of the circle accent from the first 4×6.

You might also noticed that I oriented one set of 4×6 photos with the top two holes and the other set with the bottom two holes. I like the balance that gives to the book.

Journaling went onto a photo again. Simple and easy. Paper along the bottom is from the Anna Griffin Georgette Cardstock pack.

A closer look:

JOURNALING : It’s hard to pass up a chance to visit the snow. Katie & Peter met us at our house around 7am and we started the hour or so drive up to Willamette Pass. The plan was to see the snow, do a bit of sledding, hang out for just awhile and then come back home for the Oregon v. Oregon State football game. It was Anna’s first time to the mountains and she did better than I thought with the cold. I carried her a bit but she also wanted to walk and check things out. Simon was in heaven. He loves the snow and could have stayed up there much longer than we did – this might be the year to get him on some skis. Both Chris I and remember how much we liked being in the mountain snow as kids – the awesome quiet, riding the chair lift, the speed coming down. I’m totally hoping this is the first of many more trips up there this season.

SUPPLIES : White Circle Paper from Graphi Papers Corp; Maya Road Sheer Clocks; Jenni Bowlin Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons: Two Peas |; Ali Edwards December Sentiment Strips; Ali Edwards 2010 December Daily 6×8 Overlays; Bananafish Studio Vintage Inspired Holiday Milkcaps; Anna Griffin Georgette Holiday Collection Double Sided Cardstock Pack; Fonts: Lucia BT and Sentinel

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I’d love to have you include a link to your DAY FOUR 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!


  • 1.
    Elizabeth said…

    Ali, I notice that you do not have a photo of you in your pages yet. I know how easy that is to do when you are the one behind the camera. So waiting to see the page with you in it. Am so loving playing along. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • ….
      Anne M said…

      You’re right Elizabeth and I’ve noticed there is no picture of myself in my December Daily so far either… I should pay attention to this!

      Ali, it looks like you and your family had a lot of fun in the mountains! Can’t wait to go there myself at Christmas…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I was noticing that too – I’m sure it’s coming soon :) .

  • 2.
    Judy said…

    Thank you, thank you for your encouragement & inspiration. Your photos today are making me homesick for Canada. We’re slowly adding Alabama traditions to our season!

  • 3.
    Debbie said…

    So glad I checked your site first thing this morning and got to get the really cute bananafish items before they sold out! Thanks for finding those for us!

  • 4.
    Ruth said…

    Such a gorgeous set of photos for this year’s album. London’s small amount of snow has upped and gone.

  • 5.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Another beautiful moment of your life captured. Thank you for all you do!

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    I love all these snow pictures of Anna, she looks soooo happy. What an adorable coat,hat on her. Simon looks so grownup in the b/w photos. Great way to get all those pictures in for the day. Thanks again Ali.

  • 7.
    Debbie Baillie said…

    I wish we got snow in Hong Kong! I would love to have photos like yours… my album seems rather amateurish in comparison!

  • 8.
    Beke said…

    I still love your simple approch. Yet it is still clasic and stylish, and I think that why it is, cause it is simple. but beautiful. I am finding am being a ‘perfectionist” again and trying to add too much to “decorate” so chekcing your layouts each days brings me back down to what i wanted. Photos and journaling. :)

  • 9.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    it’s fun seeing anna really get into all the december activities this year :) Loving everything so far!

  • 10.
    Angie said…

    I love all of your pages, Ali. I am pretty much a beginner scrapbooker, so your idea to have everyone share their pages on your site has been so helpful. Thank you!

  • 11.
    Barb said…

    Love, love, love the snow pictures. I’m jealous. We don’t have any snow yet.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      We definitely had to drive to get it – it’s pretty rare to actually have it at our house.

  • 12.
    Amber D said…

    Love that the photos are so warm despite the fact that they are of the cold and snow!

  • 13.
    Renee said…

    As always, I am enjoying following along with your December Daily. This is my third year to do an album for our family. I do it all digitally – we watch the pages unfold as the wallpaper on my computer. Then we print them all as a book at the end of the season. It makes for a great present for the grandparents since we live so far away from them. Your link program this year has be staying caught up rather than leaving some things for the weekends to do. Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cool Renee – I know that posting here definitely keeps me going even when I feel like going to bed :) .

  • 14.
    Sharon said…

    I’ve been taking pictures and now have my supplies ready to go. What spacing did you use for your holes, as I’m modeling my book after yours? Though my only snow will likely be the snowflakes that fall on my computer screen. I love Macs–I can instantly have snow, a Christmas tree, and lights.

  • 15.
    katie said…

    love how you’ve put the text on the photo. I’m going to have to practice getting enough blank space beside my subject to make that work – it looks so classy.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Katie – I usually just move my subjects over to the left or right before adding text and printing.

    • ….
      Anastasia said…

      You “just move the subject” – HOW??? (so often that would have been the answer to saving some of my photos!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I mean I crop off to the left or to the right so my subject is no longer in the middle of the photo.

  • 16.
    Marisa said…

    How about that game, eh? GO Ducks! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Happy to have them heading to the National Championships – go Oregon!

  • 17.
    Lisa Russo said…

    Thank you for the inspiration, m’dear! You’ve done the nearly impossible – got me scrapping again! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome. Go Lisa!

  • 18.
    Michele H. said…

    your photos are simply stunning ali! happy to say that i’m staying on track so far. love this project immensely:)

  • 19.
    Judy Webb said…

    I love to journal. Want to encourage the young ones to journal. Live is so much fun and writing about it is so important.

  • 20.
    Debbie P said…

    I agree with everyone, you photos are amazing! Love the entire day’s work! Great job Ali! You are so inspiring!

  • 21.
    Mary M said…

    Your photos really capture the exhileration! LOVE watching your Dec Daily come together.

  • 22.
    Shelly K said…

    Ali – you are amazing! I’m sure you’re as tired as the rest of us and you still take the time to share and inspire! THANK YOU! I so enjoy visiting with you and your family here on the blog!

  • 23.
    JoLynn said…

    I’m not sure if you noticed or not, but there is a small typo in the journaling. When you said Simon was in heaven, the next sentence starts as her instead of he. I am doing my first December Daily this year and am loving it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you for letting me know – I adjusted it here.

  • 24.
    robyn jenkins said…

    Do you know where I can upload my dec daily templates and have them printed in 6×8? I have a cannon pixma ip4200 and for some reason when I print from photoshop elements the color is all wrong. Thanks. You taught me how to do hybrid scrapping with your tutorials and I can’t bear the thought of not being able to incorpotate my new skills!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I don’t know of a specific place that prints 6×8′s. I do know that you can move your 6×8 onto an 8×10 (create a new canvas by going to File/New and entering in 8×10 at 300dpi). Save the 8×10 as a JPG and upload to an online developer. When you get the print then you can cut it down to 6×8.

    • ….
      Peg said…

      If you go Ali’s route (which is what I would do) you can also add a pair of 4×4 pics to your canvas either for this project or others and not lose the extra photo paper on there. I do this all the time when I want to print off size stuff at the developer. Also, Costco has an awesome price on 8×10′s if that is an option for you.

    • ….
      robyn jenkins said…

      Thank you! I’ll try both these suggestions since we have costco up the street

    • ….
      christine said…

      Robyn, Costco also has 8×12, so you could print 2 photos side by side if you create an 8×12 canvas in photoshop :)

    • ….
      JulieS said…

      Persnickety Prints has 6×8 size photos. Look’em up. The prices are very reasonable, too!

    • .
      Ali said…

      Oh totally GREAT to know – thank you!

  • 25.
    Angie Blom said…

    oh what fun you guys had.. you can tell the excitement in the beautiful photo’s .. I did my day 3 and 4 .. I am loving the process of the December Daily this year.

  • 26.
    Amy said…

    I so love that about the Pacific North West that you don’t have to deal with the snow, but you can just drive an hour and have lots!! I hope to visit again there soon. :) I think this is my favorite of your days so far! I love how you used the pink pen that matches Anna’s snowsuit! So adorable! Looks like such a fun day!

  • 27.
    Wilna said…

    oh Ali. i love you. the end.

  • 28.
    Melissa said…

    Between you and Karen Russell, I think that I’m about to move to the PNW. I’ve never lived west of the Mississippi, or north of GA since I was of driving age. OUGHTA BE INTERESTING!! ;)
    TFS. As always, your pages and journaling are just beautiful.

  • 29.
    Alexandra said…

    I am new to Photoshop Elements and digital stuff in general – have struggled with this a bit (actually a lot!! so new to it I couldn’t even get the photo from iphoto to photoshop elements – that’s a problem!! LOL!) but I think I’m catching on – it’s been kind of a crash course!! If you know of any elements tutorials for total beginners I would love to see them.

    My next obstacle is the quality of my photos – not totally thrilled – I’m using HP Premium Plus Photo Paper (couldn’t find the Ilford in my area). Maybe it’s the paper – maybe it’s the photos. I looked for the Tracey Clark photo tips post but couldn’t get the link to come through. Wondering if you can help with this.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Alexandra – have you checked out my series of posts on Getting Started with Digital Scrapbooking? It starts really basic – like downloading, saving, opening files, etc. You can check out that list of posts here:

      One thing to keep in mind with the photos – I know when I first began printing at home I was not super-thrilled with them either (especially when directly compared with something that comes from a developer). Over time I came to decide that for me, I was ok with how they were turning out – they weren’t perfect but they were quick and I was able to tell my story more immediately. The quality is different – I had to get used to what came out of the printer.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Also – here’s the link to Tracey Clark’s Indoor Photo post that appeared here previously:

    • ….
      Alexandra said…

      Hi Ali!
      Thanks so much for the great reply.
      I will be going over the Getting Started with Digital tutorials tonight after the kids go to bed and I’ve already read through the Tracey Clark info – had my husband read along so that he can help with the photos and maybe get me in the odd one.
      I also appreciate your thoughts on printing at home. I like getting the photo printed right away too – I can get used to the difference in quality :)
      Thanks again!

    • ….
      steffb said…

      I know Ali is an HP fan, but I prefer Epson printers. I think the cost is more for each print, but whether I print on photo paper or matte presentation paper (like cardstock), they look just like the ones from Walgreens to me.

  • 30.
    Cherie said…

    love the 4×6 idea! Thanks!

  • 31.
    Liz Ness said…

    Just popping in (from lurk status, heh-heh) to tell you how much I’m enjoying each day unfold in your project. It’s so fun! Plus, how could anyone not feel happy after seeing your joyful family?


  • 32.
    Karen G said…

    I love Xyron products

  • 33.
    Jennifer Evans said…

    I am getting jealous. I knew that doing an all digital Shutterfly album this year was going to be hard, since I love mixing it up and getting my hands dirty. It might be worth it to try and do a mini album for fun.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You could totally mix it up Jennifer :) .

  • 34.
    Peg said…

    Oh, my Ali! I love your stuff but this little set of pages and pictures are just amazing. So well balanced, love the idea of the 4×6 pictures on top/bottom w/that lovely transparent sheet between. You are knocking this out of the park this year!

  • 35.
    Dawn said…

    Hi Ali!! You are so inspiring, this is my third year doing the daily! I am sure you have mentioned this a million times, but do you print all your pictures at home, if so, what printer do you use? My book would come along a lot faster if I printed at home! I currently print every few days at Costco! Merry Christmas!

  • 36.
    Vieve said…

    You totally made me want to go sledding. Too bad we haven’t had it snow yet. Your photos are awesome!

  • 37.

    Hi Ali, So many of the transparencies that you used are sold out now. Guess that’s my lesson to get them early if I think I want to follow along with your designs in the future. You don’t know where we might be able to find a few transparencies at this point do you? My local scrapbook store only sold two different designs. I’d like more variety!

    Just a suggestion… you might be able to get people to buy kits in the future of your december daily supplies! ;)

    Thanks for all you do. I love your design this year, and I really love your snow pics today. Everyone looks so colorful and happy against that lovely snowy background!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Stephanie – most of the transparencies I used are from Hambly. You can order from them directly:

      Thanks for the kit suggestion – just not sure I want to make that leap (a lot goes into it from the planning/shipping/etc standpoint). I also like encouraging people to get creative with what they might already have at home. That said, I will think about it for next year.

  • 38.
    Estellita said…

    Two days because it was the we. Love this project, really …

  • 39.
    Raylene said…

    You sure made quick use of the snowsuits you purchased! My kids loved the snow – even if there was a “skiff” they would dress up in ther snowsuits and go out and roll in it it!

  • 40.
    Molly said…

    Ali,I think at one point you used sharpie paint pens and maybe even sharpies themselves to write on your pictures. Did you switch to the PITT pens b/c sharpies harmed the photos or for some other reason?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Still love the poster-paint Sharpies. They are hard to find – the white one was my favorite. These were sent to me to test out and have ended up working well.

    • ….
      Maegan said…

      Is that why I have scoured the internet and can”t find the metallic pitt markers in any color other than silver and gold? They were a sample sent to you? I am a bit of a pen freak and the coverage over the photo was awesome.

    • .
      Ali said…

      That would by why – sorry about that! Should be available after late January.

  • 41.
    Mrs. b said…

    Lovely pictures, Ali! Looks like you had a lot of fun. We got some more snow over here so today we could just go out in the garden for some “fun-in-the-snow”.

    You are so creative – the idea of using a couple of smaller photos is great! I will definitely use the idea when wanting to incorporate more pictures to a spread.

  • 42.
    Manon keir said…

    My day 3 and four are up in one post. My camera has been my best friend the last few days, even more so than before :)

  • 43.
    steffb said…

    Ha, we had the same idea yesterday! I’m using a little clear binder from Target that turned out to be just 6×8 – perfect! It’s supposed to be an organizer type thing, so when I bought it I also bought what they called “business card holders.” They hold 3 2.25×3.25 pictures on each side, so I slipped them between the pages for yesterday. Perfect! I like including more pictures when I have good ones ;-)

  • 44.
    Suz said…

    I’m loving all of the inspiration you (and others are providing) here on your blog Ali!
    I am having sooo much fun with this album! Each day brings it’s own special memory! TFS!

  • 45.
    Cynthia H said…

    Love the 6×8 photo of Chris and the kids — so so wintery and cute!

  • 46.
    Sarah said…

    Loving those snow photos!! Any tips on getting that crisp white look rather than the grey that tends to come out when taking outdoor snow shots?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sarah – I adjusted the sledding photo in Photoshop by using Levels and Curves. The one of the three of them was luck :)

  • 47.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Ali – your pages are so beautiful. The snow looks so peaceful!

  • 48.
    Molly said…

    Oh hey! I have some cream handmade translucsent circle paper like this. Might have to add it to my book too. This is a fun little collection!

  • 49.
    Erica said…

    Ali, I’m sure it’s somewhere in the other posts, but I’m playing catch up right now to get my album together. Are you printing in a 6×8 size or are you printing your pages in 8×10 or another larger size and cutting your pictures/pages down?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m printing here at home so the 6×8 goes right onto an 8.5×11 sheet. If you are uploading to a developer most likely you will want to place your 6×8 JPG on an 8×10 canvas before uploading.

  • 50.
    susan w said…

    Your album looks amazing! Thanks for all you do.

    I ordered my photos today of some things that have happened so far. Can’t wait for them to arrive so I can start to put mine all together.

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