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December 7, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Six

Welcome to Day Six.

One of the things I worked on yesterday was making a set of Love, Santa tags for Two Peas 20 Days of Holiday Sharing. I’ll post more details on that project in a new post later today. Rather than just throw away the paper I was working on – the one that has all the over-spray and paint on it – I decided to put that to good use in my album.

Day Six begins with an enlarged photo that I took of myself using the timer on my camera.

In Photoshop I added “celebrate the season,” which comes in my Holiday Outline Word Art package from Designer Digitals. I printed here at home using a HP Photosmart B8550. (If you are ever looking for the equipment I use you can find that list in the FAQ. I also list general supplies I recommend here.)

One of the things I tried was embossing onto a photo. I don’t think I’ve done that before.

For the Two Peas tags I’d already created this little set up with a punched heart (used a blue heart punch from Marvy). I laid that down onto my photo and applied Versamark clear embossing ink.

After applying the Versamark I poured some Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel onto the heart (the UTEE only sticks to the area where I applied the Versamark).

Using a heat gun I melted the embossing ink. It definitely did not go down as smooth as it does on other surfaces. I decided to just stop there and have a “marble-embossed” look this time rather than risk melting the photo.

I let that sit for a minute and then rubbed some Stickles in Christmas Red over the top.

After that was dry I stitched around the edge of the page with my sewing machine.

For page two I played with more leftovers on my table – beginning with this:

This is actually the inside of the Trader Joe’s bag from yesterday. Seemed like a great surface for getting messy.

I cut it down to 5.5 x 6.25 to fit into the space on page two.

I wrote out some journaling (including using a white Sharpie Poster Paint Pen), drew a border with a black pen, stitched around the outline of the tag, and heat embossed a heart with UTEE.

I added another little bit along the bottom there and placed a white “play” tag along the bottom before stitching.

You could do this same sort of thing with kids artwork, something from a magazine, newspaper, wrapping paper, etc. Lots of possibilities.

SUPPLIES : KI Memories Lace Cardstock Numbers; Hambly Clearly Heavy Overlay; Ali Edwards Holiday Outline Word Art; Stickles in Christmas Red; Versamark; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel; Sharpie Poster Paint Pen; Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays

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  • 51.
    Katie said…

    I love this page and I am really glad that I am able to participate in this. I am happy to have a push to create a page everyday and really get back into taking pictures everyday.

  • 52.
    Erin K. said…

    Thanks for taking the time to post the step by step. Love the pages. Can’t wait to have to work on my album tomorrow at nap time!

  • 53.
    Melanie said…

    Current through 6 – printed & assembed in the book, blogged, AND loaded to flickr. Loving the process.

  • 54.
    Erika Bates said…

    love love love this page! great ideas that got my gears turning :) thanks for all your hard work!

  • 55.
    Franziska said…

    Hi Ali, it’s really inspiring to read your posts. This post made me think of what my husband said a while ago: My husband said on layouts for our little one I would write in the first person and only tell of what I’m thinking. So I try to add his memories to the layouts. How do you include Chris’ daily experiences or what he thinks or what he does in the December Daily? How do you do that with Chris’ memories?

  • 56.
    Emily & Blythe said…

    Wow, your so clever at scrapbooking and thinking up new ideas for your layouts!
    Your page is awesome!!!

  • 57.
    Amy said…

    Taking pictures of creating stuff! Love it – I need to do a page like this.

  • 58.
    Manon keir said…

    Love that photo of you Ali!! I should practive that a bit too, looks great!
    My day is up too :)

  • 59.
    sophie said…

    i LOVE the step-by-step process pictures you show us. very helpful, and it’s giving me lots of new ideas for my December book. thanks for sharing!

  • 60.
    Mo said…

    Putting scraps to good use! Love it!

  • 61.
    Jen said…

    Thanks for letting me share!!!

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