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December 27, 2010

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 |; 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 |; vintage wallpaper; Circle Accent from Ormolu

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  • 1.
    Christy Miller said…

    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.

  • 2.
    iHanna said…

    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!

  • 3.
    Stacie said…

    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!

  • 4.
    amy said…

    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!

  • 5.
    Dorothy F said…

    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.

  • 6.
    Martha Thomas said…

    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!!

  • 7.
    Vavie said…

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

  • 8.
    Theresa said…

    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

  • 9.
    Silsine said…

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

  • 10.
    Ruth said…

    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!

  • 11.
    Karen said…

    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! :>

  • 12.
    slmnontec said…

    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

  • 13.
    Elena said…

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

  • 14.
    Denise KC said…

    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?

  • 15.
    christen said…

    wonderful photos! thanks for sharing the holidays with us.

  • 16.
    kelly said…

    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’s still a memory no matter what. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think I need to checkout Noiseware…

    • ….
      kelly said…

      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!

    • .
      Ali said…

      Thank you!

  • 17.
    Michelle D. said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 18.
    Sharon said…

    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.

  • 19.
    Rosie said…

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

  • 20.
    Estellita said…

    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

  • 21.
    Cynthia H said…

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

  • 22.
    Brooke said…

    Hallo ali,
    i love your work.

    Greets from Br00ke

  • 23.
    madeline St onge said…

    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

  • 24.
    Michelle said…

    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!!

  • 25.
    dawn said…

    Love that photo of Chris and Anna, the one of Simon and Anna cute and priceless also. So happy for you and the happy times they had in the morning. We were up by four with the kids excitement and could only hold them off till 445 so by 5;30 the presents were opened and the games began. I too am done with the album, need to finish my PL2010 and get ready for 2011. Thank you sooooo much for helping me create this journal and these precious memories of our month.

    I have looked at four stores for your Sharpie poster marker and can’t find it anywhere, where did you get yours? Thanks for helping.

    Hoping to have my finished album up later today or tomorrow.

  • 26.
    Kristen said…

    Great final pages! Thanks so much for the inspiration and motivation throughout the month. I am still going on my book: I made it to go to the end of the month because I wanted to include New Year’s too. Being a teacher, I am using this week off of school to get caught up on my book. You mentioned rings: I was at a scrap weekend back in November when I designed my book and didn’t bring any rings with me. It was probably close to midnight and I went to the vendors looking for rings. One lovely lady happened to have shower curtain hooks that she displayed her products with. She generously gave me three and I used those to hold together my book. It is something different certainly and I love that I didn’t have to purchase something new. The ones I have are gold- but I am sure you could find them in a variety of colors, etc. Best of luck!

  • 27.
    Jayne said…

    Love the photo of Chris and Anna! I wish I could dive into piles of presents too!

  • 28.
    Tere (Marie) said…

    Love the photos. Oh Anna is getting so big! Thanks for sharing. I too am in “embrace” mode, as I get frustrated that the pictures out of my printer don’t look like those on my screen.

    I see your new Selphy in the back? Liking it? Santa brought me one, although he didn’t realize the printer cartridges were sold separately.

  • 29.
    Shira Christian said…

    This has been a really great project and has given me the opportunity to pay more attention to things that are important.

    Please let me know what you use to hold this book together, ribbon is not working, rings are not working!!

  • 30.
    Angela C. said…

    Congratulations on finishing your December Daily album! I’m only on Day 8. :o ( But I’m actually working on 2 albums at the same time. The foundations are done. They are similar in terms of the material used, but in a different color scheme. The contents will be almost exactly the same. I am going to send one to my sister who just moved to New York.

    I have some 2-inch rings and seemed to be working fine, but I’m open to other options. Please let us know what you come up with.

  • 31.
    angie blom said…

    oh wonderful. I know what you mean.. I am still doing my 25th.. it is harder to do when it is done.. but I have my mind to finish it all off today and post it later. It was a great idea to do it everyday, it kept me on track. I loved all the work everyone has put into their albums, it was so enjoyable to visit all the links. Can’t wait for Next year.. this years was fabulous. Now to figure out how to bind it .. the rings are just too small.

  • 32.
    Anastasia said…

    I left a link to my blog frontage that is entirely dedicated to December daily as I am documenting it up to the 1st of January. Hope it’s ok!

  • 33.
    Suz said…

    Great pics Ali! Oh, btw, my youngest, Ethan (just turned 9) got the Hogwarts Castle for Christmas as well. He spent 8.5 hours separating and sorting and assembling the day after we opened our gifts. Have to love Legos–hours of entertainment!
    Thanks again for all that you do to inspire us each day.
    All the best in 2011!

  • 34.
    Nina said…

    Hi, Ali! Just wanted to say I love the expression on their faces in that photo! Wonderful capture! =)

    Yep, I know what you mean. I was determined to make my last Christmas cards on the 24th because I knew I’d have zero energy when the actual day of Christmas would pass by.

    Happy holidays to you and your wonderful family! =)

  • 35.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    I am so behind on my album, so this week will be the final battle to complete it. Then I want to find a way to get my one little word started and begin a fresh start with my crafting this year! Thanks for all of this Crazy December memories!

  • 36.
    Amy B said…

    Love these pages! And the photos really do look great. I am not nearly finished, but wondered how you manage to keep your journaling so short for the 24th and 25th? I seem to end up recording EVERY gift and every step of the process … and its really sort of mundane. Especially when we have 3 parties within 2 days. Do you try and focus on one aspect? Or just one feeling? Or one story from the whole day? I am drowning in photos and stories …!!

  • 37.
    rhonda said…

    Took down our Christmas stuff today and finished my December Daily yesterday! I was wondering if you know of anyone that carries 2 inch d-rings for albums, I really like d-rings but can’t find them anywhere? Beautiful pictures of your family!

    • ….
      Louise said…

      I bought mine from ebay

  • 38.
    josephine said…

    Can I hire someone to pack up my Christmas decorations? I am ready for the new year!

  • 39.
    Verona H said…

    My husband and I are retired, so have had a great Christmas getting ready and celebrating with the 10 of us together for 4 days. It’s been busy and now I want to sit down and enjoy my decorations and the leftovers and I don’t plan to take down the decorations till Jan. 2nd at least. Also I will enjoy finishing up my Dec. daily more if the house is still Christmasy. I have received the things I ordered for the One Little Word class. And I already have my chosen word on a Scrabble piece charm that I gave myself for Christmas last year. Thank you Ali, for the Christmas inspiration all month.

  • 40.
    Lori said…

    Thanks for all the inspiration and posting so regularly! I almost done :)

  • 41.
    Maica said…

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for the oportunity to share our DD with you and other people around the world this year. I wish you the best for Christmas days and see you in OLW at Big Picture.
    Best Regards from Catalonia.

  • 42.
    Elizabeth A said…

    My first DD, and I”m going through the end of the month. Have so loved doing this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 43.
    dawn said…

    My first DD is done and I love love it. Wanted to go thru the end of the month but it’s too full. I can’t thank you enough Ali for sharing this project, your daily photos and stories, your inspiration with us. I’ve loved every minute of this album. My family/friends can’t wait to see. Thank you for letting us link up our pages here and sharing them, it was so fun to see how other people did their albums. Have a happy last week of December and I’m looking forward to what you will inspire us with next year.

  • 44.
    Tania said…

    Was there a discount code for the yesterday and today class? I thought i saw one a while ago but wasn’t sure if it was a limited time thing, now i can’t find it?

    Just looking to see about registering.
    THanks Tania

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Here you go: Here’s a special code for 10% off my Yesterday & Today class at Big Picture Classes: enter “alifacebook” at checkout. Expires 1.5.2011. To sign up and for more information go here:

  • 45.
    Nancy May said…

    Ali, I love the December Daily. (all if you work really) I have also seen your family gratitude spinner project on Big Picture. I know Christmas is over, but I really want to make a Holiday Traditions Spinner to set out ever season. I am wondering if you would have any tips on where to start with that. Would the Spinner class be a good place to start to give me a foundation?

  • 46.
    Jan B said…

    I’m so ready to move on as well, but I did design my book to go til the end of December because my AZ son and his wife will be here til then – and a few days beyond. My book is SO thick! Can’t wait to sit down and look at the completed project. We all looked at my 2008 DD book last night. I’m SO glad I did it again this year – it’s wonderful to relive the whole month and all we did that really encompasses the “holidays” rather than just “the day” of Christmas. Next year, I think I’m going to go digital… :)

  • 47.
    Lexi said…

    I adore that picture of Anna and Chris – just too perfect!

  • 48.
    Wilna said…

    I AM DONE!!!! YAHOO!! I initially planned to make only 20 pages and in the end i did 22. So happy with my album and more important telling the stories of THIS December.
    THANK YOU ALI for inspiring us to keep on and finish it. It’s all because of you.
    : )

  • 49.
    louise said…

    I have shared and loved every moment of the december daily 2010 which is new to me this year. I live in the uk and crafters are very different over here. Mainly in to card making. My love is photography and preserving memories. Many of my friends take photos only on special occasions. My pictures are part of my life diary. I would love to take part in the becky higgins 365 days but not sure if they deliver to uk. I also am not in any way over the whole christmas thing, I’ll enjoy it until new year! My dec daily lives on until the 31st! Thanks for the inspiration – I love to see what you are all doing xxx

  • 50.
    brandy messer said…

    i enjoyed all your pages…and have to admit that i havent even started my pages yet! lol i just couldnt make myself make pages without any pictures to go with them…but now i am seeing the significance of that! oh well, lesson learned! but i have kept up my journaling and pictures so i will complete a dd album with 31 pages (b/c my bday is on the 27th). anyway, just wanted to say thank you for everything and i am already looking forward to nxt yr!!=)

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