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December 11, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Ten

Welcome to Day Ten!

Today I’m going very simple with just a couple photos printed here at home and a small piece of art from one of Anna’s paintings.

Page one:

A 6×8 photo of ornaments that Anna made drying on newspaper.

Page two:

A photo of one of the ornaments in the tree with a photo of Anna from today layered on top. I used the same opacity technique under the journaling and the photo of Anna as I did a couple days ago (draw a new white box and adjust the opacity of the layer down to around 20% or so – the opacity slider is at the top of the Layers pallette).

Here’s a close up of the bottom:

The paper along the bottom was trimmed from one of Anna’s recent paintings.

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Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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  • 1.
    Mel said…

    Another inspiring day. Simple yet beautiful.

  • 2.
    Mrs. b said…

    Love this! The picture with the ornaments drying is really beautiful. I also love the way you put together the two pictures, and the opacity technique – makes me want to try it out immediately! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 3.
    Marie L said…

    Love these photos with her ornaments. What an insipiring album.

  • 4.
    Raylene said…

    Wonderful! Reminded me of my own little artist who is almost 30 now! She turned out to be an awesome seamstress and designer. oh, if they could only stay little awhile longer!

  • 5.
    Lori said…

    love it – so sweet :)

  • 6.
    Donna said…

    Really love this layout!!! Sweet ornaments too!

  • 7.
    Cherie said…

    Planning to get all caught up tomorrow. First I have a paper to finish. Love this project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 8.
    Estellita said…

    It’s seems hard to find ideas day after days, but life is so rich that everything is interesting … Perhaps tomorrow will i take photos of our dinner in our kitchen, that’s amazing !!! See you !!!

  • 9.
    Beke said…

    Just wanted to say first that if anyone cheacks out my dd, im a little behind as i only print my photos every few days and I am about to post more later tonight. (its my sons 2ed birthday today so been busy with that)

    Thtis is yet another great page. I cant wait to get my printer, next year ill being about to go hybrid! :)

  • 10.
    Wilna said…

    her art is adorable. I doubt if anything makes me so giddy as small children’s art.

  • 11.
    AmyHip said…

    I really love how you used a piece of Anna’s paintings at the bottom. It looks like stained glass. What finger paints do you use with the kids? Either mine aren’t as thick as yours, or my son is a lousy finger painter LOL

  • 12.
    Teresa said…

    Love your album so far a lot! Since I ready your “Simon’s brave Dr. visit” I take much more time for my journaling and go deeper than “I loved it” or “it was awesome”. I try to analyze my feelings and situations that happening more, but also simply document in a more intense manner. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
    Wish you a great weekend.

  • 13.
    Daniele said…

    Hi Ali, my first year doing a DD and loving it, along with your inspirational daily posts. QUESTION: I really think I need to make the jump to “light speed” and start with digital scrapbooking. Can you suggest a package, assuming there are many on the market, that you use to accomplish your techniques – like the one from today’s post. Much appreciated.

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      Daniele, if by package you mean software, you can try Photoshop Elements free for 30 days. I bought Jessica Sprague’s Getting Started with PSE and it really really helped me. Ali has some wonderful tutorials/videos on her page which also guided me into getting some good habits.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Just wanted to echo what Maureen said about Jessica’s class. I also have a series called Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking that you can check out here:

    • ….
      Daniele said…

      Thanks to you both. I’m hooked!

  • 14.
    Chrissy said…

    I love the art projects from Anna! I wish my little girl would try the finger paint…she seems to not like to get dirty. LOL. She does like to color with crayons and markers though.
    I’m behind on my December Daily due to a few issues, but I hope to post some stuff this weekend. :) Happy December~!

  • 15.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    A Mater artist in the works – great idea! I’m planning to do a snowflake making day with my 2 1/2 year old. And then put the decorations around the house and maybe even in her room! What a great way to make memories – finger painted ornaments. So inspiring!

  • 16.
    Donna C said…

    I love this layout and the ornaments.

    I have a question for you and your readers. My sister in law passed away this week after a long illness with cancer. I would like to include a recognition of this in our DD but just not sure how to without making it really stand out but still be respectful of her passing. Some thoughts I have had are including a photo of an angel ornament and writing about her and how much we miss her. I would love to hear any suggestions people may have.

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      Sorry to hear of your loss Donna, but I think this is a part of your life, and do think you can include it without having it stand out. Using a page of your thoughts/Journaling and a simple photo of some part of the day will allow you to have your book and your tribute to her. Maybe make the paper/elements a bit simpler – white and gold? Stars on blue? or if she was a rowdy, fun loving person, then make the page reflecting “her” personality. hth.

    • ….
      Radish said…

      I think this is a great idea This is life we are talking about. If it is sad, so what. This is for you, and later you should remember this time. Blessings to you.

    • ….
      Heather said…

      You could always tuck your content into an envelope. That way it’s included in your album but not “out there” on display. Sorry for your loss.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Donna, I’m so sorry to read about your loss. I think the idea of a photo of something that reminds you of her and then some written thoughts about those feelings would be a very respectful way to include this part of your life in your album.

    • ….
      Donna C. said…

      Thank you everyone.

  • 17.
    vera said…

    Thanks for the layer opacity tip! I’m definitely going to incorporate that trick into my scrapping!

  • 18.
    Helen said…

    It’s so beautiful Ali. LOVE THIS SPREAD, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!

  • 19.
    Maureen said…

    Hope you’re able to take some deep breaths this weekend Ali and have fun with your family. The other one, not us! Ditto the TYs for the opacity tip! Always something good to learn here.

  • 20.
    Newfie Princess said…

    Sigh…I so miss being with my daughter at this age. Lovely layout.

  • 21.
    Sarah said…

    Wondering… what kind of paint do you use with Anna?

    I have an 18-month old little boy who LOVES pens and crayons right now. I had never considered paint until I saw Anna’s beautiful work. The thought of it sounds messy, but SUPER FUN!

    Love this layout, Ali! It’s BEAUTIFUL… and I really like the photo of the ornaments drying on the newspaper. Did you happen to capture the date on the top of the newspaper, too?

  • 22.
    Lori Anderson said…

    Hi Ali – spent today working on my album. I purchased the 6×8 layered templates and can’t get the photos to mask in. I’m using the ctrl G (with new layer selected). Has anyone else had trouble with the templates? I tried a few different ones and had same result. Any ideas I could do to check what is wrong?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Try control + alt + g. Let me know if that works.

    • ….
      Jo said…

      Hi Lori, I’ve had the same problem with Elements 6. I’ve just tried Ali’s suggestion, but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. Can anyone help?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You could also try Edit/Group With Previous (have your photo layer selected).

  • 23.
    Jan said…

    Anna’s ornaments are great – and I love the paper strip on the bottom of the page, too. Great idea! My page today is also about ornaments – the ones my granddaughter is making for Christmas gifts. She’s been working on them when she comes up to visit. We’re almost ready to mail them! I’ll definitely be posting a photo of the completely finished product…

  • 24.
    Anastasia said…

    Dear Ali!

    I really like your technique of white boxes with some text and photos layered on top of them… I really struggle to do it myself on PSE though!

    May be you could help with some more details?

    1. How do you draw that white box (I found way around it but it very complicated, can’t be right)

    2. How do you crop the photo to be the right size? (i.e. to fit exactly onto the white box)


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – I crop the photo first (before bringing it onto the other photo). I just guessed on the size – something around 2 inches wide. I drag that onto the large photo and then use the Rectangle Tool to draw the box (if white is the color on top in your toolbox it will draw a white box).

  • 25.
    Radish said…

    I am just carrying on. Little frantic here, but I am happy that I will have a record of this particular season. Ali I liked the photos on the newspaper. Good idea for me.

  • 26.
    Judy Webb said…

    Loving Anna’s artistic talent.

  • 27.
    Amy said…

    homemade ornaments rock =0)

  • 28.
    dawn said…

    This is so awesome Ali, you are so so cool to have her paint at such a young age. These look so great and she will love them.

    Question, did you have the circles already cut out for her and how did you get her to only do a little paint on each one and what kind of paper did you use.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Katie (our babysitter) used a couple of my circle punches. She punched them and then gave them to Anna one at a time to add paint and/or crayons to each one. She used some of my cardstock – bazill white.

  • 29.
    angie blom said…

    oh, Anna is such a wonderful artist.. my daughter started painting on canvas at 8 months.. it is a wonderful creative thing, and at 5 she still loves it. Great pages.

  • 30.
    KarenA said…

    I have finally caught up! I am loving how my album is coming together and the eclectic mix of memories it has of this month – I have everything from buying Christmas PJs to the 50th anniversary of my favourite soap on tv!! I’m hand writing my journaling which I NEVER do on my scrapbook pages for some unknown reason and the album feels totally me and very free. Thanks for giving us the inspiration!

  • 31.
    Suzanne said…

    I love the idea of using artwork from your kids and how special it will be for them to look back at in a few years time.

  • 32.
    Beke said…


    I just wanted to ask…your photos look amazing. Though I don’t yet have a digital slr or anything like that, i really try to get the best I can from mine. (digital) I just wanted to ask, one day if you have time, if you please check out some of my photos on my blog and offer any tips or thoughts at all…..its a massive ask (you probably get thousands), but i thought id give it a go. (and anyone out there if they can)

    Also, i get my photos printed up in BigW (store) I don’t understand why some photos turn out really lovely (esp when printed in these 6×8) and look more than just amature photograghy while some are so pixalated or the out lines of everything are not clear/detailed even though i havent changed the zoom or anything like that? i dont know, i just get dissapointed sometimes when i picked up my photos. Sometimes its like the colour and darkness has been changed on me. Anyway, i hope you can share some thoughts on this.

    Thanks beke

  • 33.
    Katie said…

    I love that you are showcasing your children’s art it is so sweet.

  • 34.
    Kris said…

    I also love the picture of Anna’s artwork. I’m enjoying the DD journey and savoring each day of this project :)

  • 35.
    Catherin G. said…

    Simple yet gorgeous as always.

  • 36.
    Cheryl M said…

    I just love your pages Ali. We have no children left at home and our grandchildren live 3 hours away. I won’t get to see them until Christmas but I’m still thrilled with taking photos and journaling MY December.
    Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent!!

  • 37.
    Jen said…

    love this and I love how bright your photo’s are! I have tried everything but mine look so dark! I shot all the pages to post by thee window with all the over head lights on – do you have a big bright white light over your table flooding it with light? Any tips would be greatful. I have a canon rebel slr 10 mega pixels.

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