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December 13, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Twelve

Welcome to Day Twelve!

For many of us this is just about the half-way point of this project. My book is huge already!

Here in our house it was time to write letters to Santa. As I was deciding how I wanted to journal this page I went with writing my own letter to Santa.

I also scanned both pages in this time for a closer-look:

Gotta love Simon and his letter. When we visited Santa earlier this month he asked for the Harry Potter Lego sets and game but forgot to ask for a rubber duckie. He wanted to make sure that’s what his letter said first and foremost.

I added little white tags with KI Memories Classic Red Sticklers Glitter Stickers as initials. The digital twill can be found in my Christmas Twill or Christmas Celebrations Elements Pack at Designer Digitals. The little red paper clips are from 7gypsies.

Here’s the second page and my letter to Santa (went with the hand-drawn lines again):

And just another look at the tag + red glitter initial combo:

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  • 1.
    Beke said…

    This is really sweet. I like that you write to santa. Is this something YOu do ever year? I bet Simon thinks its awesome? :P

    • ….
      Ali said…

      This is the first time I’ve done it that I can remember since I was a kid…seemed to fit with the page and was a fun twist on telling the story.

  • 2.
    Marie L said…

    I love all three of your letters to Santa. And what a perfect picture to go with it. Beautiful.

  • 3.
    Sheri said…

    Can I say it is so much fun seeing what you share with each day in this album, but today’s journaling was especially fun. Love your letter to Santa, and Simon’s letter, too. Asking for a duckie…he is adorable Ali! I can tell how proud you are of him.

    I am so glad I’m doing this album this year. I know next year these photos and stories will be so precious to me. My album is not perfect…I don’t really have lots of divine scrapbooking inspiration (lol!)…but it is all about my family’s story and that in itself is something to treasure. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Absolutely – it’s all about that (not about how “perfectly” we put it together).

  • 4.
    Maureen said…

    Sweet page Ali and love the twist of you writing to Santa. Since I’m a ‘bicycle Widow’ this week, perhaps I’ll write to Santa too!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think maybe everyone needs to do it :) .

  • 5.
    amy said…

    i adore this layout – it’s my favorite one so far. :) very sweet.

  • 6.

    How old is Anna? I am thinking she’s quite a bit younger than my daughter, but I can’t get my daughter to write a letter to Santa. It’s the strangest thing. Those are great momentos! Enjoy!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      She is almost two. I think it helps that Simon is so into it + she likes to color and draw. Not sure she “really” knew what we were doing but she was definitely willing.

  • 7.
    Jamie Rex said…

    I love that you write a letter to Santa! I have not done that since I was a kid, but I think you’ve inspired me. Once again. :)

  • 8.
    Judy Webb said…

    I love the way you share yourself with us. You do inspire!!

  • 9.
    Courtney said…

    ali, do you naturally write like you did on your santa letter, or do you have to make yourself write that way? it’s beautiful!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think I must naturally do it…I just kinda start writing and see where it goes :) .

  • 10.
    Michelle M said…

    I love that you wrote a letter to Santa this year! How cool! Love this layout!! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing your pages every morning!!

  • 11.

    So, so charming. Love that Anna got into it this year!

  • 12.
    Sharon said…

    Love the Santa letters!! Great pictures and a great idea!!

  • 13.
    Helen said…

    Ali, this is just beautiful! You are a constant inspiration. Thank you.

  • 14.
    Alida said…

    How great that they both wrote- I should have included my three year old too when doing a letter page. Love how practical your requests are!

  • 15.

    Love this idea! My boy wrote his letter to Santa in July and raced it to the mail box before I could even read it! I’m only up to day 5 or 6, but I’m working on it. thank you for the inspiration

  • 16.
    Libbi M. said…

    love it ali. i’m loving how simple your album is. this is my first year doing d.d.. i purchased a holiday 4×6 mini book from elise blaha and so far i’m all caught up. i’m making it really simple… 1 photo and some words. i’m giving myself a big pat-on-the-back.

    • ….
      Christi said…

      I’m using an Elise Blaha book too!

  • 17.
    dawn said…

    I love today’s pages, everyday I have to pick a new favorite page of yours. This was great for you to write to Santa also, think I will join in on the fun too. Your handwriting is beautiful. So funny how Simon wants a duckie, my bathroom is done in ducks so we have tons of them.

    I’m loving this album so much, it will be hard for me to pack it away. Do you pack or wrap your albums in anything special or just put them in with all the other decorations? Thank you again for this project.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I usually just put them into a ziplock bag and they go in with my soft decorations.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thanks Ali, I like the idea of a ziplock bag to keep it all together, didn’t want to lose anthing or have it loose shape either.

  • 18.
    Louise Fortune said…

    I always struggle to know how to write my journaling, I am never sure who I am really addressing my words to ?

    Is that odd ?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I don’t think it’s odd, I think it’s pretty normal. I try not to think about it too much and don’t worry if it changes throughout the album. I often write “to” Simon or Anna…most of the time using “I” since it is me sharing my thoughts and feelings about their adventures.

  • 19.
    Estellita said…

    Love the draws of children…

  • 20.
    Erika said…

    I simply adore this page! We still haven’t written our letters to Santa, it’s on the list for this week.
    Too funny! This morning I was thinking about including lists for my husband & myself since it would be fun to see how ours change (mine) or stay the same (hubbies) too. Love your take on it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I need to get Chris to write one too :) .

  • 21.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    I love the letter to Santa for all 3 of you! I wrote out a letter for my daughter – perhaps I will do a real one and have her color on it too. What pens do you use for your hand-drawn lines?

  • 22.
    gscrapbooks said…

    Letters to Santa is a great idea! I need to have my youngest do this still… he didn’t want to see Santa this year (scared I think).

  • 23.
    Karen Heisler said…

    I love following along with your December Daily. I don’t have the time to do it this year, but I’m going to use the idea (and the templates) to do a January book. We are hosting an exchange student from China for the month of January, so I thought I would make it Red, White and Blue as a memento for him to take home to remember his time in America. Found some great transparencies online! Thanks for the idea, Ali! You’re Awesome!

  • 24.

    ohh looks amazing!! thanks for using my paint in your tutorial!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love your paint Claudine!

  • 25.
    Andi Sexton said…

    Oh my gosh.. I love this idea! I’m going to borrow it for my DD! Love love love your letter to Santa!!!! Yes, I love the kids as well, but we often forget ‘us’!

  • 26.
    Carole said…

    My children are a lot older than yours (16 and 13) but I would still like to include some of their handwriting in my journal somehow. Not sure I could get them to write to Santa, but will give it some thought. Enjoy your children while they are still little. Love your page!


    • ….
      steffb said…

      You might not be able to get them to write to Santa but I bet you could get them to write a list of what they want LOL.

  • 27.
    Wendy O. said…

    I love it. Never thought about writing a letter to Santa myself, but what a great idea!

  • 28.
    gudrun said…

    Love these letters. So cute! Thanks for sharing, Ali! :)

  • 29.
    patti said…

    Love, love the letter to Santa! I so appreciate your daily posts. My daughter and I are away from the rest of our family for a month; she and I have been documenting our days with photos while my mom and husband have been taking photos back home. I can not wait to put our December daily together (album and pages are complete). Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  • 30.
    jan Davis from Canada said…

    Dear Santa,

    Please send an elf to clean out my truck too. Today I found 5 cheerios stuck to my butt !!

    I see the magic of Christmas has awakened the little girl inside you Ali. How beautiful :)


  • 31.
    Marti Richards said…

    Love the Santa letter writing picture! My son is younger than Simon (age 5) and my daughter just turned 2 last month. She is the same way. She loves to sit at the table and do her homework when my son does his. So cute to watch the little ones idolize the bigs! Your Dec Daily is lovely, as always, Ali! Thank you for sharing!

  • 32.
    Rachel Grantham said…

    I like where you have pinned the red glittery “A” on Anna’s section- the twill underneath now reads “I love Chris” – which will presumably warm your husband’s heart!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA – I totally did not even notice that :) .

  • 33.
    Amybug said…

    Did you know that you can have Santa send an email to your kids too? That was our day 12, here is the website where you can enter in all the info:

    Very fun. My son was beside himself.

  • 34.
    julie Lueck said…

    I started with high hopes and then this Dec has turned out to be very hard. First I got the missing my mom blues really bad (Christmas was huge for us with mom). Then an ongoing drawn out legal issue came to a head. So instead of doing Christmas things, I am tracking down recpts and checks to prove I did not commit fraud.To make things worse, it deals with property my mom left to me.It’s like loosing my mom all over again. How do you make that merry and bright let alone record it. Help any ideas?

    • ….
      Delanie said…

      I’m sorry for the difficulties you are going through at the moment. I think a page about Christmas’ past with your Mum, remembering the things that you enjoyed, that she enjoyed, would be great.
      For me, working on my December Daily has made me notice the little things that bring me joy so much more. Having my morning coffee in a Christmas mug. The train driver that wished us all a Merry Christmas over the PA system. What brings you a moments peace and enjoyment in this hard time?

  • 35.
    Alison Day said…

    Love your letter to Santa Ali! What a great idea! I was wondering what to put in for today and reading your post made me remember that I wanted to get my girls to write to Santa today. Yay! Something to add!!

  • 36.
    kelly libby said…

    Nice album, Ali. This year is too busy for me, personally, to take part in this project but I’m totally okay with it. I decided to accept my limitations and not be stressed about NOT doing something. Going with the flow. I totally am enjoying viewing your book and all the pages from your fellow “December Daily” peeps.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That sounds like the right attitude Kelly!

  • 37.
    Brooke said…

    so cute. I love how you have the tree lights and wreath lights on in the background. It would be super cool to make this a whole family page and include a letter to Santa from your hubby too.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hoping to get him to do it this week :) .

  • 38.
    Alexandra said…

    Hi Ali!

    I’m still hanging in – not giving up on this project – a little catching up to do but I’m learning photoshop elements and having fun with your templates, word art, twill etc. etc. Seriously a learning experience – hoping my next pages will be quicker since I’m understanding more about the mechanics of it all now.

    Two quick questions…
    - do you have a go-to font for journalling on photos etc.??
    - how do you usually adhere photos to cardstock?? I’m using my Kokoyu Dot’n Roller but don’t know if that’s good enough

    Thanks so much!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’d say my go-to journaling font is Garamond. It’s the one I tend to use for my journaling most often. As for adhering photos to cardstock – the dot-n-roller has always been my favorite one. I’m out of the Japanese version now so I’m using the Scotch Dot-N-Roller and it’s working great.

    • ….
      Alexandra said…

      thank you :)

  • 39.
    Laurel said…

    This is my third year doing the December Daily album with you and it is such a wonderful project. I can’t thank you enough for the magical feeling it lends to the holiday spirit. I was wondering about your comment of your book getting so big already. Do you think, being THE Ali Edwards that you could talk to a manufactur that would produce D rings for this project? Currently I believe you can only get them w/binder mechanism. I think they would make the album sit and open so much easier than the circle ones….just a thought. See what you can do! :) Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA :) . Don’t know that I could make that happen…it’s always worth a try.

  • 40.
    steffb said…

    I get further behind each day but I’m taking the pictures and composing in my mind – it’s my end of term and my grades are all done now, so I’m hoping I can catch up tomorrow! Even though I’m behind I’m loving what I’ve done so far LOL.

  • 41.
    M. MADISON said…

    Love that you wrote a letter to Santa too!

  • 42.
    Jan said…

    Love the “letters to Santa” pages. And your journaling perspective as well. But really…getting the car cleaned? For Christmas? Well, I love how you’re keepin’ it simple! And I hope Santa brings you that new toothbrush, the massage – and a clean car! ;)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I know – very glamorous isn’t it? I want a deep-clean detail :) .

  • 43.
    Jen said…

    Getting my car cleaned was the top of my list as well the electric toothbrush (5 years and running!)!! You totally inspired me with this page and I might have to piggy back on it! There is always a list but never a letter (from me!) – thanks for the new tradition!!

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