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December 22, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Twenty-One

Welcome to Day Twenty-One!

And yes, that is Simon with Santa again. Round two is what we’re calling it.

I had this thought as I was uploading these images today: what if Simon had his photo taken with Santa every day during December? Talk about a December Daily to remember. (Not to mention the daily cost per photo from Santa…maybe I could work a deal with them…hmmm…maybe in 2011.)

This time I simply adhered the entire photo, with the marketing stuff included, onto the background.

I added a small shipping tag and stamped using these alphabet stamps from Hero Arts and an older number set from Studio Calico.

In between these the first and second page is this really great postcard we got from family friends:

and this that I didn’t want to lay on top the Stickles on the second page just yet:

Inside the pockets I added a movie ticket (Katie took the kids to see Tangled which is how they ended up seeing Santa again) and a receipt from Trader Joes (already there was the Christmas Box and two stickers glued back to back from The Girls Paperie Tinsel & Twig Christmas Sticker Pad).

For page two I started off thinking I was going to adhere part of one of the snowflakes I made following these instructions.

So I did that…

And then I decided to drawn around the snowflake.

And then I decided I didn’t like the look of the snowflake glued down so I pulled it up (I use permanent adhesive so I was careful as I pulled it up):

And I liked that better:

Then I decided to add some platinum Stickles around the inside of the snowflake.

And that was ok too.

I’m totally into these vintage Santas.

JOURNALING : Katie took Simon and Anna to see the movie Tangled today. They loved it. Katie said that Anna did awesome through the whole movie (with no paci too – working on having that just for naps and night-night) and that she laughed right along. After the movie they did Round Two with Santa. They said that Anna sat on Santa’s lap right up until they took the photo. Simon, of course, got another one. Having a round two with Santa is cool.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; 8.5×11 Baseball Card Page Protectors cut to fit; The Girls Paperie Tinsel & Twig Christmas Sticker Pad; Ali Edwards Christmas Boxes; Hero Arts Alpha Stamps; Platinum Stickles; K&Company Yuletide Collection Pattern Paper (santas); Christmas Cheer Gift Tag Set


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  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I love the snowflake Ali, especially since you played around with it to get it this way. How funny about Anna, it figures no photo again. Good for Simon getting another one. We saw the movie Tangled too and it was great so much laughter in it. Amazing that Anna sat thru the whole thing, good for her. I can’t believe it’s almost the 25, thank you again so much for this project.

    I wanted to remind you that to save some wrapping paper this year for your album, you had mentioned it in the beginning. I actually saved a few pieces last night while wrapping.

    The holidays/family are taking up most/more of my time then expected so I need to take a little break from scrapping so that I don’t rush these last few days just to get them done. Will probably be posting photos just not layouts.

    Anyhow, please visit my blog today if you can and see this awesome surpriese we got at the mall today. We took my little cousing there to ride the Santa train and to our surpriese they had a whole new kinda ride. It’s amazing and so much fun. So look and let me know if any of you have this at your malls. If I had known this we would have been going every week, my kids loved loved it. Also they got to meet a celeberity there too. Sorry for the long post. Hang in there everyone we are all most there. Have a Merry and Joyful Day.

  • 2.
    PEG said…

    What a chance you have ,to have so wonderfull Mr. Santa !!!
    Ours in France are not so nice !!!!

  • 3.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    Yay for Anna for sitting on Santa’s lap this time!!! I love today’s page… it just seems SO simon to me :) have a great day, ali!

  • 4.
    Ronnie Crowley said…

    Take as many as you can with Santa as they will get to an age when they won’t do it for love nor money! “I mean who would want there child to sit on a strange mans knee” – as my 11 year old put it

  • 5.
    angie blom said…

    Very cute.. I know it is a scary thing to sit on Santa’s lap.. it is okay just to say hi but the photo thing is frightening.. well he is a stranger that you leave your child sitting on,,, when all year long you tell them not to sit on strangers laps.. so it can be very scary when you are not there beside them. I know this from my 5 year old and she will say hi and have the fear in her facal expression of” mom, get me off this man… GET ME OFF” when the photo is being taken.. but one day is will get better.. at least that is what I am hoping. Baby steps.. so nice that Simon got a second chance with Santa.

  • 6.
    Vavie said…

    Love it !

  • 7.
    Amy said…

    Too bad you do not have a Bass Pro Shops near you (I just checked and can’t believe there isn’t one in Oregon or Washington!) They do FREE 4×6 Santa photos with no pressure to buy more. then you can go online later and get extras if you wish…This year I decided that the mall is just way too expensive for a photo (and the multiples that you have to buy ad never use)
    I LOVE that tutorial on cutting snow flakes…IT rocks!

  • 8.
    Chris (Clem) said…

    Ali, Just a quick question. I’ve noticed you have not had any photos of your dog Lily. Did something happen to her? I know in the past you used to include her. For us pet owners it would be great to see how you would include her in telling your stories for your Dec. Daily. Thanks

  • 9.
    Jill T said…

    I so enjoyed the Santa Round 2. We have a similar situation this year. My son (7) and daughter (5) saw Santa at a recent wedding reception and I got some great pictures. I thought we were done and was excited to not have to deal with the craziness at the malls. The kids have since informed me that visit didn’t count and they still need to go see Santa. We are off to a shopping center tonight. Hopefully it will go well and we won’t have to wait too long.

  • 10.
    LisaAnn said…

    Ali, you are so talented and so inspiring! Thanks for your words (not sure which day) about no guilt! And thanks for hosting this December Daily each year. I have a new respect for what it takes to get to the computer and put words and art out everyday. Some days it takes some effort doesn’t it? Thanks again! Merry Christmas!

    • ….
      CraftyCat said…

      Lisa totally agree with you about “new respect” for what it takes to put out a page each day!!! I just have to keep telling myself “I AM NOT ALI” my pages do not have to be perfection as long as I am happy with the story it is telling for me and my family. And I am HAPPY to get my pages done maybe not daily but weekly. CHEERS to all those continuing on with their Dec Dailies!

  • 11.

    FYI–you can take your own pictures at the Santa booth. I’ve done it for years and they’ve never had a problem with it….in case next year you want a new picture each day. ;)

  • 12.
    Charity said…

    I love round two. My oldest keeps asking to go see Santa again…maybe we should. That would definitely be fun for him.

  • 13.
    Karin said…

    My children are grown but they never really got into the holiday photos…I think I only have 1 of them with Santa. They always said NO when I asked.

  • 14.
    Megan said…

    just goes to show ya…you can never get enough Santa … :)

  • 15.
    Heather said…

    So funny about the snowflake… Last night I played around too with adhering one to one of my pages, and decided I didn’t like it, and ending up pulling it off.

    I have NEVER paid for a photo with Santa. There are lots of opportunities here in Houston for my kids to pose for a free photo with him, usually they end up seeing the big guy 3-4 times each year. One of my favorite photo ops is at our credit union. It’s been the same guy there for over 10 years. He even has a real beard. :) We also often find him at winter festivals hosted by local churches or our HOA. I think the idea of 25 Santa photos is crazy good! lol

    Glad the kids liked Tangled. We saw it Thanksgiving weekend. It’s fantastic!

  • 16.
    Brooke said…

    The fact that you document your thought process behind your creating is pretty inspiring to me. I love how you just take it easy and go with it – must be a relaxing crafting time for you.

    I’m pretty sure I said it last year but I love the Santa at your mall. It’s also kind of cool that you are not only documenting Simon growing up but Santa ageing too.

  • 17.
    Jan said…

    Took my “bokeh” photo for today’s pages and loved how it turned out! Loving your photos of Simon with Santa – it makes me miss having little children of my own to do those things with. I think the parents get first dibs over the grandparents in taking the children to do those things, so, in our case, we’re just happy for the things we DO get to do with them… :)

  • 18.
    Ami said…

    When my daughter was Anna’s age, we sent the paci to Santa so that he would leave the cradle for her doll. Worked just great and she felt like such a Big Girl.

  • 19.
    Deena said…

    Thanks for sharing your snowflake process – I feel better knowing that others pull stuff off the page and do it over too! I have done a lot of that in this album!

  • 20.
    Heather said…

    Ali, I was wondering, since you shoot with a Canon (and I know your previous camera was a Rebel)… Do you have to do much with your photos before you can print them or post them on your blog? I have a Canon Rebel XTi and while for the most part I love it, it seems like the photos I have printed or posted are always a lot darker than I think they are on-camera or even in PSE. I always have to play a lot with brightening the exposure and I’m never quite sure how they’re really going to turn out. Just wondering if you have a similar issue. Thanks! :)

  • 21.
    jan said…

    last year I had pictures of my kids with 6 different santas from the different parties and activities we went to…so this year I set a goal for us to see 7 santas, well so far I have picture of the kids with 3, we have seen many more, but my daughter was unwilling to get another picture and she informed me she thinks I should not set such goals for them anymore. Santa pic number 3 is with me on santa’s lap

  • 22.
    Damiane Lucas said…

    Outstanding work and inspiration, Ali! You’re truly gifted.

    Wishing you and your family the love of CHRIST today and always.

    Merry Christmas!

  • 23.
    Christine said…

    Yea for Simon. My girls and I visited Santa yesterday. I haven’t missed a santa picture since 1992. They are now 25, 21, and 13. Believe or not they insist on this little tradition continuing. My oldest got married this year and I except in a few years a grandchild will be added into the tradition. It’s amazing how time flies. It seems like yesterday when they were dressed alike visiting Santa as little girls. But what I have now is the wonderful pictures and the great memories.

  • 24.
    jendcnguyen said…

    I was wondering, what do you when your album is getting pretty thick that the album cover can’t really close anymore or the binder rings can’t hold anything else? Do you split it up so as not to damage the binder rings? I’m using an American Crafts 8×8 album with D-ring but I don’t think it’ll be able to last till the 31st. What do you suggest?

    I can’t believe i’m actually keeping up with my DD album this year! The past 2 years were hard but i’m happy to be on top of things this year. Thanks for being an inspiration! =)

  • 25.
    Estellita said…

    I have not photo with santa this year … Anyway, the girls are afraid and ashame by him …

  • 26.
    Steph said…

    Well, our Santa visit happened last night and as expected, my 2 year old freaked out to say the least. All fine for the 45 minute wait in line (yes, should have been more on top of things and gone earlier!). The other 3 kids were absolutely amazing – even the babies! I expected them to be the freak out ones, but they just sat each on a knee, looking at each other, then at this funny guy that was holding them! What a story I have trying to just get the 2 year old anywhere in the picture (trying to hold her just so that she would not miss the photo) – but makes for my funny story for Day 22!

    I have officially given myself a few days off with the holidays and plan to still jot some notes down if need be in the next few days, but revisit my DD on Dec 27th (I’m going up until Dec 31st). A friend is doing it as well and we plan on getting together to play catch up!

    Take care and sending well wishes for your happy health news. I know you had a little army of us out here, who don’t even know you sending prayers and thoughts.

    Have a wonderful holiday Ali with your beautiful family!

  • 27.
    Stacey K said…

    I almost forgot to take my girls to see Santa,my eldest didn’t ask but as it’s my 3rds 1st Xmas I braved the shops & paid a small fortune for a terrible photo so I’ve decided to ditch the tradition & instead have our favourite photographer take pics of the girls, we did that last week, & I’ve planted the seed with her to Organise a Santa to come along to the park & do mini Christmas photo shoots much nicer idea than the rushed shop pics!!

  • 28.
    julie b. said…

    It’s this time of the month that I love how fat and bulky my book is getting! =)

  • 29.
    Kerry said…

    I love the snowflake Ali that is amazing xxx

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