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December 17, 2010

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 |; 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 5×7 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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  • 1.
    Paula in Australia said…

    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.

  • 2.
    Vavie said…

    Fabulous as always !

  • 3.
    PEG said…

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

  • 4.
    Wendy said…

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

  • 5.
    melbourne liz said…

    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.

    • ….
      Rebekah Pontow said…

      This made me excited about my cards too! HAHA

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    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!!

  • 7.
    hannahk said…

    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.

  • 8.
    Sue TR said…

    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

  • 9.
    JennC said…

    Ok, my album is even thicker then that… I’m already on the look out for 3″binder rings.

  • 10.
    Ellen S. said…

    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!

  • 11.
    Susan Anderson said…

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

  • 12.
    julia said…

    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;)

  • 13.
    Jen said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 14.
    Jessica D. said…

    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!

  • 15.
    Alexandra said…

    This is so lovely.

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 16.
    Ann Marie said…

    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.

  • 17.
    AmyHip said…

    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!

  • 18.
    Teresa said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Mrs. b said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Wilna said…

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

  • 21.
    Kelly said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Linda L said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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 said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 24.
    beth lo. said…

    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!

  • 25.
    sarah said…

    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.

  • 26.
    angie blom said…

    Ali, I am loving your album so far. I love the little note your mom gave Simon. Your cards are fabulous. This is the first year in a long time that I didn’t get a chance to make christmas cards.. so I will be giving away newyears cards instead. time is just flying by..way too fast.

  • 27.
    Estellita said…

    I love your idea … My girls draw all the time, and want put their sheets in my DD … It’s becoming a painting DD ;-)

  • 28.
    Leah Larson said…

    My December Daily ritual has been to check out your blog and then I check out one of the blogs on the list and leave a comment. There are so many creative people out there. Lots and lots of inspiration.

  • 29.
    Lacey said…

    I finally posted updates on my blog- day 3-16 LOL Whew! I love this project..but I do see what you mean about being ready to be done with it twds the end LOL I am however going to be glad that I do have this little keepsake. :)

  • 30.
    Kathy said…

    I look forward to reading your blog everyday and seeing your pages. Thanks for inspiring us at this busy time of the year.

  • 31.
    cinnibonbon said…

    Love this page and it’s not just because my birthday is on the 16th! Love the tags you included from your mom, what a wonderful idea.

  • 32.
    Jill said…

    Hey Ali,

    Not December Daily related, but I’m curious if you’re planning to do an update on your 2010 Project Life project? I bought this year’s model on the Black Friday sale and I’m eager to get up and running with it in January. I’d love to see more inspiration from your album :)


  • 33.
    margote05 said…

    I am admiring as usual! I allowed to put the link towards my blog. At the moment, half of my album is made paper but the rest is digi. As I work until 24/12, I do not have time to print everything and to cut in the evening. I it shall match the holidays. Then not to forget, I already make my pages digi. Thank you for everything!

  • 34.
    Christy Miller said…

    Ali, I’ve loved following you and while I’m not up to date (usually 2-3 days behind on actually making the pages) I’m loving it. However, I’m just wondering how many years you think you will take this approach to documenting the holidays. This is my 1st year with the DD and I’ve already learned that next year I want a little more free form with my book. I don’t think I’ll put numbers on pages but will still make my book ahead of time. That way I can add and subtract and put numbers on pages that had Christmas activities on those days. Just wondering about your thoughts of how you will grow with the DD project.


  • 35.

    Those handwritten notes from your mom are lovely! And priceless. Really cool to have that.

  • 36.
    Ellie said…

    Ha… that is too funny. My Day 16 is about the Christmas cards we received and the ones we sent out :) I love those sweet notes from your mom to your children. Super sweet indeed.

  • 37.
    Cherie said…

    Fun to see all the different books!

  • 38.
    Jan said…

    It’s seems like LOTS of people are going back to sending cards. I would like to be among them, I think. But this year, it will have to be a “holiday” card instead of a “Christmas” card as I’m totally not prepared. I have been known in years past to send out a photo/letter in between Christmas and New Year’s and I’m fine with that. :)

  • 39.
    Maegen Jenne said…

    all up to date! yay!

  • 40.
    jenn shurkus said…

    i enjoyed getting your card this year ali ;) hope it becomes a tradition!! the pic is fabulous! hugs, merry christmas!

  • 41.
    Jen said…

    love the shot of the side of your daily so far…i should do that – getting pretty thick mine is!

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