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December Daily™ 2010 | Day Twenty-Four & Day Twenty-Five

Welcome to Day Twenty-Four and Day Twenty-Five!

I am really one of those people that is DONE with Christmas on Christmas Day. Even putting these last two pages together was a challenge for me as I'm just ready to move on to the next thing. I think, actually I know, that's a big reason why I put a lot of effort into keeping up throughout the month - I know that I am so over-it by December 26.

It's time to clean off my desk, put away the Christmas stuff, and get ready for One Little Word, Yesterday & Today, and I really want to work on 2010 Project Life before starting 2011.

Still left to do is the intro page, a closing page, and figure out if there's a different option other than the rings. I'll be back in a few days with those.

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DAY 24


Definitely a favorite capture from the weekend.

A simple second page with two photos and a strip of Christmas Twill.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily™ overlays; Hambly Grey Doily Decor Overlay: Two Peas | Scrapbook.com; Elle’s Studio Vintage Christmas Flash Cards; Every Jot & Tittle Red Number Tags; Ali Edwards Christmas Twill

DAY 25


Merry, merry Christmas morning. It already feels like a huge blur.

I love this shot because it's got a bit of everything: tree, kids, jammies, presents, lights, etc.

The ISO on my photos, especially for Christmas morning, was way, way to high. Trying to work with them in photoshop/aperture and not getting very far. Embracing, embracing, embracing...and just getting over it.

For page two I decided to just go with a photo of the family and journaling.

JOURNALING : We had a really nice, really simple Christmas here. It was filled with the voices of two kids: one age eight and one almost-two. They were both excited. Simon was full of anticipation and could not wait to go to bed on Christmas Eve. Chris and I stayed up way too late watching The Cove (all presents were wrapped) and then when we headed to bed around 1am in walks Simon saying, "Merry Christmas!" and wanting to know if Santa had visited yet? He crawled into bed with us and went back to sleep before waking at 5am ready to celebrate. Mommy + Daddy were tired (note to self: get in bed earlier next year). We were able to hold him off a bit longer and then we made our way downstairs after hearing Anna's wake-up yell of "Mama!!!" If Simon could have dived into the pile of presents I think he would have - he was seriously so, so excited. It was chaos and magic and delight and fun. Simon danced around the room after finding that Santa brought him the Lego Hogwarts Castle. Anna's favorite was a new baby doll. Chris' parents and Grandparents came over for dinner. They actually brought dinner over which was a very special treat for me! I really, really missed my parents, siblings and their families.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Hambly Brown Brocade Overlay; Making Memories Metal Rimmed Canvas Tag; The Girls Paperie Eclectic Chipboard Alphabet: Two Peas | Scrapbook.com; vintage wallpaper; Circle Accent from Ormolu

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  1. Christy Miller says…
    12/27/2010

    Ali, I agree! I'm so over Christmas! Usually I will leave my decorations up a while but I think I'm taking them down tonight! I really need to finish days 16-25 but I have my pictures and I'm ready to just stick, glue, write and be done too. Thank you so much for walking us through this project every year! With this being my first, I've learned so much for next years album already.

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  2. iHanna says…
    12/27/2010

    Love the photos of your children - Anna's oooooo is so cute! I enjoy your posts during December even though I don't have kids and I don't print photos like you do, still I am inspired by all your creativity and the way you are project oriented and organized. tHANKS FOR SHARING!

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  3. Stacie says…
    12/27/2010

    So glad to hear that I am not the only one happy to move on to the next thing! Don't get me wrong...Christmas and the month of December make me giddy but when Dec 26th rolls around lets pack it all up and move on! :) BTW, the pictures are beautiful Ali! EMBRACE!

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  4. amy says…
    12/27/2010

    so great! my daughter has the same little sequin crown they are so cute. thanks for sharing, i will have to finish up my december daily, got too busy day-to-day to finish it, kudos to you for keeping up!

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  5. Dorothy F says…
    12/27/2010

    I too finished my December Daily on December 25th and it felt great! I am so anxious to move on and to start Ali's Little Word and Yesterday and Today as well as begin my first Project Life for 2011. Thanks Ali for all you do and have a wonderful 2011.

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  6. Martha Thomas says…
    12/27/2010

    Love your work!

    I think because I live in the south (it was 87 degrees here last week) I'm not so ready to be done with my December Daily. I still have my stuff all out and as I'm celebrating my youngest's birthday today, I'm still taking pics and putting them in my album and will finish up on Dec. 31. But having said that, I'm REALLY excited about seeing your Project Life for both 2010 and 2011. I recieved it for Christmas and I'm so so so excited to start.

    Thanks Ali, for all your hard work: sharing your life, your stories, your "embraceable moments"....all of it. You live a truly inspirational/simple/ordinary life. I love being able to read all about it.

    Happy New Year!!

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  7. Vavie says…
    12/27/2010

    Thanks for giving me the idea of this wonderful project ! I made It !

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  8. Theresa says…
    12/27/2010

    yep! I am with you Ali....wanting to take down Christmas and start on my "projects" for 2011! But soooo loving the DD,and thanking you for inspiring us all. Happy New Year. Theresa

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  9. Silsine says…
    12/27/2010

    I finish on 24, im european, and i love the experience. THanks so much and happy crhistmas.

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  10. Ruth says…
    12/27/2010

    Ali, thank you so much for such a superb project! I have loved every single day of December Daily, even the tough ones.
    I also cleared my desk this afternoon of DD stuff and am getting ready for both Yesterday & Today and One Little Word. Looking forward to scrapping in to 2011 with you!

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  11. Karen says…
    12/27/2010

    I think I need to start taking a different approach to Christmas in the coming years. I'm really quite tired of...well, being so tired (as in physically & mentally exhausted) for Christmas.

    I only mention it because it seems to go hand in hand with scrapping Christmas. I've wanted to do the December Dailies the last two years, but haven't...........because I didn't get things together early enough. And before I had my second kidlet, I was starting to get a handle on getting Christmas preparations done ahead of time, so that the month of December was so much more enjoyable (& less exhausting). I'd like to get back on that track. So, among many other goals & ideas for 2011, I want to find that path again and include gathering supplies and prepping a December Daily album & its pages waaaay ahead of time...like over the summer!

    I so enjoy visiting and seeing how your pages evolve for you, Ali. And I'm looking forward to seeing what 2011 has in store for you and all of us! :>

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  12. slmnontec says…
    12/27/2010

    Christmas was amazing this year--the whole month was full of exciting photo opportunities and I did get carried away. I don't usually count, but I did check to see how many photos I took from December 1 through December 25 (and I shouldn't have as it astounded even me). I am dealing with 1106 pictures taken! An addiction? Yes. I just wanted to save the moments. I got to day 15 in the December Daily, but bogged down with wanting to "record it all" and now I'm stuck! Too many pieces of life and stories to tell that I'm overwhelmed. I really really want to do them ALL, but how can I manage that? ooooooooooooooooo

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  13. Elena says…
    12/27/2010

    Definately you will go nuts if you lived here in Spain! Christmas lasts until the 6th of January... Still to weeks to go!!

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  14. Denise KC says…
    12/27/2010

    Ali,
    Thanks for doing the DD. This is my first time, and definitely not my last, but it's been a huge learning experience. I'm on day 19 and have 'til the 31st to go and I'm a little burned out but 100% determined to finish! I'm loving what's done so far and I know my family will too (especially in years to come). Thank you so much -- you're a great inspiration, not just now, but throughout the year :)
    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!
    P.S. I miss your articles in CK mag ---will you be writing for anyone else in the near future ---SE Maybe?

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  15. christen says…
    12/27/2010

    wonderful photos! thanks for sharing the holidays with us.

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  16. kelly says…
    12/27/2010

    I love that picture of your husband and daughter Ali! What a great capture! How high was your ISO? I have a 5d as well, and I had mine at 4000 at one point Christmas Day (I hate flash and never use it) and my pictures were grainy, but I ran some noiseware and converted some of the really bad ones to b/w (I love grain on b/w pics) and they were useable. I get sad when my pictures don't come out the way they want them to (and when since I don't use flash that happens alot inside) but like you I try to just embrace it..it's still a memory no matter what. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. kelly says…
      12/27/2010

      Hi Ali,

      Here is a link to the Imagenomic site for Noiseware, there is a free version if you want to just try it out. I had that for awhile but bought the $50 one because you can use that as a PS plug in, you can't use the free version directly with PS so it was a pain for me to import them all the time. I always lower it a little (even on default) because I don't want my pictures to be overly smooth, but it's saved quite a few pictures for me! I have a MAC and have to use it in 32 bit mode, but that's easy enough to do, there is a tutorial on switching it over on their site (not sure if you have a MAC but just in case you do..I didn't realize it at first and it was driving me crazy trying to figure out what was wrong). I hope if helps you!

      http://www.imagenomic.com/nwpg.aspx

    2. Ali says…
      12/27/2010

      I think I need to checkout Noiseware...

  17. Michelle D. says…
    12/27/2010

    I had my ISO at 800 all day on Christmas but we have a decent amount of light in our house---but on my Canon XSi, even ISO 800 has a decent amount of grain. Getting over it too...I'm also curious how high your ISO was. At least on the web, your photos all look great!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/27/2010

      Really high - like over 4000. My camera goes to 6400.

  18. Sharon says…
    12/27/2010

    I was debating when to wrap up, though the course of events decided it for me. My father had been a bit sick, and was formallu diagnosed with the flu on Dec. 24, which meant postponing family festivities. Dec. 25 has double significance for us. It's my mom's birthday too! So I'm going to end my book at the end of the month once we've finished celebrating.

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  19. Rosie says…
    12/27/2010

    So pleased to have a COMPLETED project with this! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

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  20. Estellita says…
    12/27/2010

    I loved make this project with you Ali, step by step, day after day, thank you for the ideas you have done, for the hapiness of this project, for your kindness. I am very proud of my DD, because it has all of our feeling for this month. Really amazing !!!!
    Estelle from France

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  21. Cynthia H says…
    12/27/2010

    I love that picture of Chris and Anna. so so cute!

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  23. Brooke says…
    12/27/2010

    Hallo ali,
    i love your work.

    Greets from Br00ke

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  24. madeline St onge says…
    12/27/2010

    OH Ali that picture of Chris and Anna took my breath away, just perfect.
    I am done with this too, finished it up today.
    Ordered a few things for my One Little Word Class, can't wait for it to start
    Thank you so much for shareing your album with us I love doing this and already planning on next years

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  25. Michelle says…
    12/27/2010

    I wish I were as far as you...but I decided to wait & print all of my pics @ once and complete my book - hopefully all in one sitting! I already have the base pages in, just need to add pics & journaling. Thank you so much for sharing, you have inspired me to push on a finish this book. My "to-do-next" list looks just like yours! Can't wait to jump into it all with you. Thanks Ali!!

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