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December Daily 2010 | Day Sixteen

Welcome to Day Sixteen!

For the first time in years, I sent Christmas cards.

I designed the card (available at Designer Digitals) and had it printed at Persnickety Prints. I adhered it to pattern paper from The Girls Paperie.

In addition to the actual card and a photo of the cards, I included a couple notes that my Mom had written to the kids (if you wonder where I get this desire to write nice, positive, encouraging letters to my kids, it's all from her).

I also included the left-over part of one of the sheets of stamps.

Before sending out the cards I took a photo of them in the kitchen:

On the photo I added a Holiday Title And Journal element (a great place for hand-witing or typing your journaling) and three vintage Christmas chipboard buttons from Jenni Bowlin.

Paper along the bottom is from the Anna Griffin Georgette Holiday pack.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Hambly Clearly Heavy Overlay; Tim Holtz Silver Numerals: Two Peas | Scrapbook.com; Picture It Pageframe Large 8 inch Acrylic Star; Anna Griffin Georgette Holiday pack; Ali Edwards Holiday Title And Journal; Jenni Bowlin Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons; Holly Berry Floral Pattern Paper from The Girls Paperie; Ali Edwards Merry Little Christmas 5x7 Card

And lastly today, a look at the book from the side (completed on the left and still to go on the right) :

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48 thoughts

  1. Paula in Australia says…
    12/17/2010

    Wow Ali thanks for the inspiration as always! I didn't send any cards this year and I am feeling a little bit guilty about it but next year is another chance! Your book is beautiful and you are such a wonderful role model to your kids. In today's world of sadness, disasters and war it is so nice to see the essence of your being everyday in the pages you prepare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your life with us. Have a most joyous and safe festive season and a wonderous beginning to 2011.

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  2. Vavie says…
    12/17/2010

    Fabulous as always !

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  3. PEG says…
    12/17/2010

    Wahou !! But how much cards have you write ????
    I think I'm gonna write cards too....if I have enough time this year !!

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  4. Wendy says…
    12/17/2010

    I'm really loving seeing your Christmas pages. Today's was my favorite so far.

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  5. melbourne liz says…
    12/17/2010

    I love checking out your december daily every night and tonight I loved the new photo ideas. Shooting the bunch of cards before they are posted. Lovely! Now I'm excited about doing my cards this weekend. Who would have thought. Thank you.

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    1. Rebekah Pontow says…
      12/17/2010

      This made me excited about my cards too! HAHA

  6. dawn says…
    12/17/2010

    I love your page today, so pretty and love those vintage buttons. That is a lot of card to mail, wish I would have thought to take a picture of mine before mailing. My page for today was going to be about my cards that I send out, so thank you for the idea of saving a stamp. So sweet of your mom to send them notes and cards, she has beautiful handwriting like you. Thank you again Ali for all you do, I'm sure you are just as busy this season too but you taking the time to share this with us means more than you could know. One more week till Christmas Eve, hooray!!

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  7. hannahk says…
    12/17/2010

    Ali this is a lovely aspect of Christmas to capture and I love the letters ~ such a wonderful keepsake. thank you for yet more great inspiration.

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  8. Sue TR says…
    12/17/2010

    Thanks for the post Ali! I'm enjoying thinking about our holiday month more this year...although I'm stressing about only being complete up to day 5 :-) Just finished scanning the letters to Santa! Am hoping to "catch up" a little this weekend!

    Oh...and have to finish up addressing my cards too!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration

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  9. JennC says…
    12/17/2010

    Ok, my album is even thicker then that... I'm already on the look out for 3"binder rings.
    :D

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  10. Ellen S. says…
    12/17/2010

    Great idea for today - I was going to drop my cards in the mail but I think I'll stop and take a photo of them stacked up on the table first....and saving the postage stamp stub...great idea. I would have normally just trashed it!

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  11. Susan Anderson says…
    12/17/2010

    I just put the stamps on my cards and was going to toss the stamp paper...thanks for the great idea!

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  12. julia says…
    12/17/2010

    hi ali! am loving all of your DD pages so far! quick question... i am sharing a post today about what i do with my christmas cards after the holidays... an idea that i totally stole from you last year (square punching them into a photo montage)... i was trying to find the link to your post on the new AE website, but am having no luck. can you point me in the right direction? i want to make sure i give you due credit;)

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  13. Jen says…
    12/17/2010

    looks great....what pen did you use to journal on the photo?
    Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/17/2010

      This time I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. I also use the American Crafts Precision Pens :) .

  14. Jessica D. says…
    12/17/2010

    It always makes me happy to see you DD, but even happier when I see some of the ideas that I had show up in your book! It makes me feel like I actually know what I am doing. I have a page with my Christmas card, the leftover part of the stamps, and a picture of them all on the table for one of my spreads from last week! Thank you for all of the inspiration! Only 8 more days!

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  15. Alexandra says…
    12/17/2010

    This is so lovely.

    A quick question... I'm wondering what type of pen you used to write the journaling on the photo?

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    1. Ali says…
      12/17/2010

      This time I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. I also use the American Crafts Precision Pens :).

  16. Ann Marie says…
    12/17/2010

    I used your "merry little Christmas" for the back of our photo cards this year and just love how they turned out. I will have to link up to them once I get a picture taken. AND I used the same stamps....lol.
    May have to put this as my day 16 too bec. I spent last night addressing envelopes.

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  17. AmyHip says…
    12/17/2010

    My day 16 was about keeping in touch too! Except I had no motivation to take any pictures. Bad Amy. I may just try snapping a photo of them today before I drop them in the mail, and use the photo as the background on my journaling page. We'll see. That's one of the things I really love about digi scrapping... so easy to change!

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  18. Teresa says…
    12/17/2010

    I love the note from your mother. I'm glad she does that. I lost my mother to cancer almost 6 years ago so my daughter will not have something like that. Thanks for sharing. I mailed out my 4 cards last week. I still have some to make this weekend for my close neighbors. I will take a picture of those. Great idea!

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  19. Mrs. b says…
    12/17/2010

    I also wrote our Christmas cards yesterday.
    Love your card! I saw a very nice card on flickr where one of your brushes was used, and it was a great idea for Christmas cards - I'll need to remember that to next year.

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  20. Wilna says…
    12/17/2010

    love this so much. : ) Your mom's little notes are so special.

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  21. Kelly says…
    12/17/2010

    oh, you make me wish i had taken a photo of my cards before i sent them out. i love making and writing christmas cards but i didn't even think to take a photo of the stack of envelopes, stuffed and ready to go! sigh! i'll put it on my dd list for next year. thanks for the daily inspiration and for the little peeks into your family. i love that your mom writes notes to simon and anna. my mom does it too and i have always loved that about her.
    kelly

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  22. Linda L says…
    12/17/2010

    I'm trying to figure out how the acrylic star is attached/hinged.

    I love following you every day, but especially during the Christmas season.

    Thank you for all your inspiration. And love your kids!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/17/2010

      Hi Linda - it's attached with the brads through the silver numbers. I poked holes through both the acrylic page and the star and folded back the feet of the brads to keep it in place.

  23. Debra says…
    12/17/2010

    Where did you find the wonderful little meter and Believe from Macy's. I have a photo of the meter from the store, and would love to add the image.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/17/2010

      They are from my Mom - she either found them at the store or online (they had downloads available on their site).

  24. beth lo. says…
    12/17/2010

    hi ali! was wondering if/what you will do with the extra ephemera from this year. i loved the canvas pockets you used last year-mine are stuffed full of christmas pagent programs, favorite cards, small pieces of the kids artwork. etc. i have an extra canvas one from last year that i was thinking about trimming down, but not sure if the grommets will line up or not.

    beautiful pages as always. i keep going back and looking at day 15. so beautiful and it was a good reminder that i wanted to write letters to the boys again this year. when my four yo and i were looking at last years album, having the letter read to him was his favorite part.

    have a lovely weekend!
    beth

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  25. sarah says…
    12/17/2010

    i'm quite envious of the people that receive your christmas card this year - it would make an excellent cover to a december daily :)

    also, i love that you included the leftover part from the stamps. i would have never thought of that, but it's so neat.

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