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December 10, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Nine

Welcome to Day Nine!

How’s it going? Still hanging in there?

I felt a bit of creative fatigue myself today and then got over it once I started playing with these little photos.

Photos today (except the enlargement) are from my Fujifilm INSTAX MINI 7S Camera. I first read about this on Elsie’s blog. I brought it along with me to Greece and took a bunch of photos and totally loved it as a fun toy camera. I’ve been playing with it again here over the last couple of days capturing holiday decor.

For this first page I just adhere three of them along the bottom – with the middle photo overlapping the other two. Along the bottom I added a typewriter-typed journaling strip.

The middle transparent page is a 8.5×11 page-protector that’s been cut down to four pockets (and new holes punched). When I created my foundation pages it included the daily number and the two stars. In the one empty pocket I added a mini photo of Anna and a “sweet anna-girl” label.” After slipping it into the page protector I stitched it on my machine with just a bit of yellow thread.

Behind the photo of Anna I slipped in a little lego building paper that had come in Simon’s advent box today.

Page two includes six mini photos, typed labels, and a bit of very cool vintage wallpaper from Papier Valise (click on Paper and then look for Vintage Wall Paper: Holiday Colors Pack).

My typewriter got a workout making the little labels.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards Handdrawn Holiday; Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Papier Valise Vintage Wall Paper Holiday Colors; typewriter; 8.5×11 Baseball Card Page Protectors cut to fit; Bazzill Basics Star Chips (painted red); Making Memories Metal Rimmed Tags; Tim Holtz Silver Numerals: Two Peas |; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Dash of Red: Two Peas |

Hope you have a great weekend!

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  • 1.
    Pierre said…

    Oh my, does anyone know the name if the “a wonderfully ordinary december day” sentence was handwritten or if it’s a font?

    If it’s a font, that’s the most beautiful font I’ve ever seen!

  • 2.
    Pierre said…

    Oops. I meant
    “does anyone know if the…”

  • 3.
    MonicaB said…

    I’m not doing the DD this year but I just wanted to say I love your pages. I also love the fact that you still have a working typewriter! Happy Holidays!

  • 4.
    PEG said…

    Simply very nice !I enjoy each day i come to see what you have done; and inspire me for my DD.

  • 5.
    Estellita said…

    Your decorations are so originals, i love them !!!

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    love love these mini pictures, how fun they are. Your decorations and trees are wonderful. Would love to have a typewriter like that, it was my favorite class in high school, the class was set up with one typewriter without the letters on it and I got that seat and loved learning to type and did fairly well considering there were not letters.

    My camera won’t let me upload my pages/pictures to the camera have no idea why. my husband and I kept playing around with it but nothing happened. Does anybody have any ideas or suggestion.

    I’m thinking of posting my journaling at least for now and linking up so I can stay on top of this. I love love reading everybody’s comments and seeing all your wonderful albums. So much talent and fun stuff out there. Great job for everybody still hanging in there.

    And Ali thanks so much for the comments via email back to us about comments. This is so cool and helpful. Have fun with Simon tonight on your secret adventure.

  • 7.
    jennifer said…

    very cute; simon is really beginning to look like a big boy!

  • 8.
    Alexandra said…

    I think the use of the typewriter is fabulous! Did you just type on Cream Puff cardstock or something different?? It almost looks like twill tape – wonderful!!
    Any advice on shopping for a vintage typewriter??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Morning – it’s right onto the cream puff cardstock. I think finding a working typewriter is a bit of luck. I know there are some on etsy + ebay and many of those say they have been tested out. If you are looking locally I would test out the keys, etc. For this one I’m still able to get the ribbon so that’s a good thing (ordered on ebay).

    • ….
      Amy said…

      Also if you find one that you love but it needs a little tweaking, here is a site that has typewriter repair shops by country and state. I had to have both of mine fixed not too long ago. Good luck, typewriters are so cool =0)

    • ….
      Amy said…

      and it would help if I put the URL down. More coffee coming soon.

    • ….
      Alexandra said…

      Thanks Ali and Amy for the great replies!
      Now I’m on the hunt for a typewriter – can’t wait to find a good one!!

  • 9.
    Paula G said…

    Lovin your DD so far! I am waiting for your Technique Tuesday holiday stamps to arrive in the mail – saving a spot for one on my page from yesterday :)
    I was wondering…do you scrap at all hours of the day and night, or do you scrap each page throughout the day vs in one sitting? I am finding that leaving everything sprawled on a table, like a “scrapbook buffet” is what’s enabling me to keep this project going. The funny thing is my table “calls” me 24/7 and I am actually getting up to tweak or continue my pages at all’s funny.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Definitely not all hours of the day + night! I do most of my work during the day while Simon is in school and Anna has a babysitter. The album + my supplies are living on my table right now. I’ve been doing most of these pages all in one sitting – meaning from start to finish. There have been some days where I’ve gotten most of it done, including taken photos for this site, and then I complete the post later in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.

    • ….
      Paula G said…

      I know my way is kinda weird…but I get the kids off between 6-7:30am, leave for work at 8am and get home at about 6:30pm, so I got inspired that I could really do this anyway after reading your philosophy about how “anything goes” as long as it works for me….and now I’m having SO much fun.

  • 10.
    JennC said…

    I am enjoying this journey, even if I’m 7 days behind. I’m really hoping my Instax I ordered arrives soon. I have so many ideas brewing for these tiny clips of life.

    • ….
      Stacey said…

      Jenny C I too am 7 days behind, I’m making notes & taking photos but creative time just isn’t available, hoping to get a few good hours in tomorrow when my husband is home.

  • 11.
    ShellyJ said…


  • 12.
    Carrie said…

    I think this may be my favorite day yet. :)

    LOVE all the little photos…

  • 13.
    Wilna said…

    I love the feel of your pictures for todays page… reminds me of my own small-time pictures… : )

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They were a nice break from the enlargements.

  • 14.
    Kimbee said…

    More awesomeness from the queen of KISS’ed (Kept it stunningly simple) pages.. Ali you are such an amazing memory keeper/photographer/journalist.. Oh and I so love how you modify your page protectors.. It has become one of my all time favorite memory keeping tricks..Happiness for you and your through the holidays and coming 2011

  • 15.
    debbi g. said…

    Let me ask you about your instax..I too have that camera and find it difficult to get consistantly decent photos. I took it to FLorida over Thanksgiving (with a little book I made out of transparencies and the intention to only use the instax photos throughout) and so many were “whited” out…kept reading instructions and looking online to figure out what I was doing wrong..playing with settings. I finally found the perfect “spot” to take photos, by that time the trip was almost over.

    When I started putting together my December Daily, I wanted to use the instax also, but was deiscouraged..yours look awesome and it’s such a fun look. Any tips?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Deb – I think it is totally a challenge to get consistently good photos. I actually have no illusions that any of them are going to turn out at all – then I’m pleasantly surprised when they do!!!

      For this series of photos I used the “house/indoor” setting. A couple of them were taken in the evening when it was pretty dark (they are a little washed out from the flash) and the others were taken during the day yesterday. I think I took twice as many as you see here – the other half were blurry or the color was really bad.

      I had a similar trial experience in Greece. It took me awhile to find the setting that I liked there – and to figure out the distance so that what I was trying to focus on was not blurred.

    • ….
      debbi g. said…

      OK! Now I don’t feel so bad…I’m not the onnly one. Still love that little camera, I just have to make sure I have a LOT of extra film..haha :)

    • ….
      Jill said…

      I have an instax and adore it – especially for outdoor photos. It’s too bad you can’t turn the flash off, on any of the models (I have the 55i, which is think is “fanciest” model – I’m sure the photos it takes are the same as the other models, though).

      Something I read about and just tried today (with success!) is putting dark masking/duct tape over the flash. I used two pieces, making sure it didn’t cover the photo release slot. It so far has yielded much better indoor photos for me. I took two in rooms with filtered sunlight and I’m really happy with the results. No strange washed out flash reflections. Hooray!

    • .
      Ali said…

      I’ve also just used a finger to cover it up before and it does a fairly good job of diffusing it.

  • 16.
    Karen said…

    I really like the muted tones from the large crisp B&W combined with the instant mini camera and then the bold splashes of red from the stars! I’ve gone back & looked at your pics & layout several times now! :>

  • 17.
    angie blom said…

    I just love your photo’s today.. I remember those cameras.. My brother has on and it takes some awesome photo’s. I just love the photo of Simon watching a movie.. I just love doing the December Daily.. it is such a joy this time of year. thanks for this!!

  • 18.
    Michelle M said…

    I LOVE the way you are combining digital and traditional scrapbooking in your pages! I have never done digital but would like to try. Is Photoshop the software you use? Is this something that needs to be purchased or do you download it? Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated! Thanks so much! :)

  • 19.
    andrea g. said…

    that is the most awesome photo of Simon!! great pages today!

  • 20.
    Kelly said…

    Ali, Don’t you just love your Smith-Corona? I have two of them that have been in my family since they were new and they are dear old work-horses. I just love the sound they make when I use them. Love your pages today (and every day).

  • 21.
    Steph said…

    Love that today’s page post is a photo montage. Have no plans for today and wondered as I was getting ready this morning what today’s story would be.

    You’ve given me my inspiration! I’ve got a few little notes of things I’d like to fit in somewhere, but nothing I’d devote an entire day to (pulling out the Christmas mugs – coffee just tastes better in December in one!, Loving Peppermint Mocha Coffee mate in my coffee these past few days, wanting to eat the Christmas B&B Works Soaps for the holidays – so yummy and loving the bag they came in, the adorable packaging for my Winter’s selection of David’s Tea my mom brought me back when she was away last week, etc). Now I think today it’s going to be little snippets of December goodness like these and I can borrow your tiny note idea!

    My album sits out on my coffee table and it has already been read by friends and family that have been by. Again, to repeat myself, Thanks for this awesome project!

    And, I have stuck to my goal of not making any new purchases for stuff for this album. Is everyone else surprised at how much Christmas/Winter stuff they had already, perhaps like me, lost in the mound of supplies in our scrap/craft areas? I have also stuck to a new challenge. I have always had a horrible habit of saving the good stuff for good. Well, anything is good, right? I’m using some of those kinds of things and am so happy that they’ve found a great home!

    Also, thanks for the comment notification! Great idea to check back when we’ve asked questions and forget where it was we asked!

  • 22.
    AmyHip said…

    Funny you mentioned creative fatigue, I hit that wall big time on my day nine. It’s so frustrating… which makes it even harder. Ugh. Moving on to day 10!

  • 23.
    Deena said…

    A few of my family members, combined with too much to do, was starting to make me crabby. Looking at some of the work here brought me back. Thanks all!

  • 24.
    Amy said…

    I love the little snapshots from the mini camera, it makes the photos look almost vintage. Very cool! I love the black and white too, looks great!

  • 25.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    I think I must have that little camera :)

    I must say, doing Dec Daily is definitely therapeutic for me. This week wasn’t a good week for me. I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to document about it in my Dec Daily. I want my book to be happy thoughts. But I also want to remember how I felt. I did end up documenting the stressful event in my album. Though I didn’t go into too much detail, I really did feel better about the whole situation once it was done. I think it will be therapeutic for me to look back on it next year.

  • 26.
    Jan said…

    I wanted to do some typewriter strips, toooo! I’ve meant to, but I’m finding that I’m kind of rushing through getting my pages done because I’m afraid if I don’t keep up, I’ll get too far behind and then give up. I do wish I really had more time to play. The only way I get that is if I stay up really late. I’m seriously considering going all-digi next year… :)

    And YAY for “wonderfully ordinary” days!

  • 27.
    Lori said…

    Hey Ali – I have a question/comment. I love the 12×12 decdaily templates as I am doing an 8×8 decdaily album. I really like the 6×8 daily overlays, however because of the rectangle size they look weird with the 2 inches extra on the side on my 8×8 page. Next year would love for there to be a square daily overlay set – because I don’t think I can resize the 6×8 into a square, right?

  • 28.
    Sheri Brady said…

    I too was wondering if I’d hit the wall! When I posted a link on Twitter the other day I asked, “Will I make it to the end?” I think the key for me is if I’m feeling tired or tasked by this project to just keep it simple! I want to make sure I’m spending the better part of my time making those memories vs documenting them! :) Also, love the metal rimmed tag. Great inspiration to use what I already have on hand. And that vintage wallpaper is great…may have to splurge on some of that though!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      So true Sheri – bringing it back to the simple heart helps move us forward :) .

  • 29.
    Heather said…

    Definitely some “creative fatigue” happening on this end. Although I’ve actually been able to keep up with daily journaling and photos (for a change!), because I don’t have any layouts put together in my album, I really feel like I haven’t done anything. Today is payday though so I’m hoping I can get a bunch of photos uploaded for printing tonight or tomorrow – then maybe I can actually get something done!!

    Also, I’m having trouble printing a mosaic of album artwork from iTunes… Can anyone help me figure out what I’m doing wrong? I’d like to include pictures of my Christmas music playlist in my DD. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Having the photos + words recorded is a HUGE step! The other part will come together soon enough. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of the iTunes mosaics – sorry I can’t be of more help on that!

  • 30.
    Sarah said…

    YAY for your fantastic web person! That IS a nice feature to be emailed if someone comments on your comment.

  • 31.
    Lacey said…

    Love the photo of Simon today! I wished my boyfriend’s son (or my little bonus son) lived with us full time so I could get more daily pics of our life here at home and about. I have that cool camera- haven’t used it yet- any tips that you can share for it? Ps- i love this project so far- although, I’ve fallen behind and been staying up LATE these past few days to work on it. I know it’ll be so worth it :)

    • ….
      Lacey said…

      OOPS! Guess I should read the comments first. You had replied early about the camera lol. my bad. Have a great weekend!

  • 32.
    Cynthia H said…

    I love, love, LOVE the retro feel of this layout!

  • 33.
    Brooke said…

    I’m really loving all of the patterned papers you are using. I’m learning from my album this year that buying a pack of matching papers doesn’t work for me. They may match each other but they don’t match my photos. Lesson learned!

    I also wanted to tell you that it’s fantastic that you can receive an email when someone replies to your specific comment. Genius!

  • 34.
    beth lo. said…

    hi ali! no creative fatigue yet-in fact i’m loving dd this year more than ever. i’m keeping a daily journal mostly of just jotted things (easier to have it all in one place than all the scraps i had last year). what i think i like best this year is that instead of being mostly focused on the photos and the decorative elements, this year i’m more focused on “telling the story.” my kids and i have all been taking turns being sick, and all the usual dec. activities just seems like too much this year. like you, i’m going for simpler. i love how on day 3 you just free-handed lines and handwrote your journaling. so easy. i’ve been using that same format ever since and i love it.

    thanks ali!

  • 35.
    Molly said…

    I’m still on track, just haven’t posted anything. soon. soon. This is so pretty.

  • 36.
    Amy said…

    Having a wee bit of creative fatigue today – ready try some new things here soon.

  • 37.
    Kerry said…

    This is so pretty, has a really lovely Christmas feel about these pages! xx

  • 38.
    Stacey said…

    I haven’t had much time to get creative & was 7 days behind, but with notes & photos up to date, tonight I finally had time (& energy!) to get creating & all of my inspiration came from all the things you tell us – keep it simple, don’t make it more complicated, tell the stories you WANT to tell, it doesn’t matter if the photo was taken the day before or after, real life happens, it’s not all about Christmas but the memories. I also used my square punch to include more photos that weren’t “great” shots, inspired by you, I’m including a letter to my eldest daughter, inspired by you, I’m including a today you page about my toddler, inspired by you, I’m including an @ 7 months you… page about my baby girl, inspired by you! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • 39.
    Stacey said…

    Also my layout looked odd on my desk, it didn’t flow properly & I was all set to take it apart to “fix” it when I remembered you said that it’s not about the individual pages but the album as a whole & you know what? When I put it in my album it “fixed” itself!!

  • 40.
    gscrapbooks said…

    Finally got mine done, only a day late, not bad. Even tried something new. Thanks for all the inspiration you give. :-)

  • 41.
    Melinda Kirk said…

    Does anyone know what size the instant photos are? I am wondering if they will fit in the baseball card size pockets in the Project Life kit? That could solve a few problems for me! I too have hunted for a type writer and found it all it bit hard with ribbon shortages etc – I have settled on a typewriter font I like and just typing the text in Word, printing it on card stock and cutting it into strips. Same effect, different method :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Melinda – they are about 2×3.5 (credit card size).

  • 42.
    Katie said…

    I love your page then handwritten element is beautiful.

  • 43.
    Catherin G. said…

    The instamax photos are so fun.

  • 44.
    Melissa said…

    I’m excited to finally link up to my day 9 :)

  • 45.
    Michelle D. said…

    I love the black and white photo and the way this page feels so restful. :)

  • 46.
    Bubblegum Life said…

    Thanks Ali for the continued inspiration and motivation to keep this project going…..I am loveing every minute : )

    <3 Carrie

  • 47.
    Jen said…

    love the introduction of the instacam, might have to get me one of those. Always so creative you are!

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