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December 21, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Twenty

Welcome to Day Twenty!

For any of you who have made it this far, nice work.

I know this is a challenging project even when you work to make it really simple. There are tons of people that finish at the end of the month or at other times during the year when the time is right. The key for this (and any other project) is making some time be the right time.

There are also many people who don’t finish. I hope, if you are one of those people, that you feel absolutely NO GUILT and that whatever memories you were able to document will bring you or someone you know joy in the future. Sometimes it’s just not the right time, circumstance, etc., for a project.

WHITE CIRCLE PAPER UPDATE : If you are still on the lookout for the white paper I used on the cover of my book this year, here’s some available through Amazon: Mulberry Whimzy Paper- Beehive 25×37 Inch Sheet (special thanks to Susan at Catslife Press Rubber Stamps for emailing me that link).

To photograph our tree like this I followed these instructions from Autumn at Write.Click.Scrapbook. The Red Dots Rectangle Label is from Paper Source. The gold pen is from Faber-Castell’s new craft line which will be debuting at the big Craft & Hobby Show in January.

Next to the tree is a photobooth strip that Chris came home with the other day. Love.

On the back of the photobooth strip is another sweet little tree that Simon drew.

And today I was the lucky recipient of a card from him.

The other part of the Red Dots Rectangle Label from page one is adhered in the bottom area. Just a bit of stitching added for good measure. I think the stitching could be one of my favorite things this year.

SUPPLIES : Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Jenni Bowlin Christmas Printed Tickets; Hamby Red Vintage Plaid (looks like there’s no more red, but other colors are available); Jenni Bowlin Red Kindergarten Alphabet Rub Ons; Paper Source Red Dots Rectangle Label

Memories matter



I’d love to have you include a link to your DAY TWENTY page here. Please link directly to your post or image on Flickr vs. your general blog link. Thank you! Also – don’t feel like you need to leave a comment!


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Everyday I love your new page more then the last page. Your album really is beautiful, heartfelt, sweet, just with your special little touches. My favorite is your stitiching and how you’ve been writing/outlining your photos. How sweet of Simon to make this card and to draw on the back of the photo strip, he is such a sweet boy. Love the twinkling lights on the tree, will have to try this for myself. I’m loving my tree more this year then any other, maybe because of this DD album.

    I’m excited my mom told me she has my old typewriter in her attic and will hunt for it so I can have it, hooray!! Have a happy Tuesday everybody.

  • 2.
    Barb M. said…

    Thanks for the kind words for those who are behind in this project. I am taking the pictures, saving bits and pieces, and keeping notes of the daily events. But I only have up to DEC 3rd complete. Life happens. I am hoping to get my book complete by January. Thank goodness for Picture the Holidays, as that is the reason that I have the great photos and my camera nearby.

    Your project is inspiring. It is beautiful.

  • 3.
    Estellita said…

    But at what time do you post your message ??? It’s early in Oregon !!! By the way, we can’t post our link …
    Love these photomaton, that’s amazing… Perhaps will i do it for another day …

  • 4.
    Mrs. b said…

    Lovely bokeh in the photo! And a lovely letter from Simon!
    My son is learning to write, and I was also lucky to receive such a lovely card with his first written “Merry Christmas” ever. And he was so happy to have been written them. It is these little things that mean so much.

    Btw. the Mr. Linky seems not to work.

  • 5.
    Stacey K said…

    I love that Simon doesnt cross out his mistakes. My girl (7&3/4) does cross out & then gets very upset when her work gets messy. I’m up to day 6 (which took me way to long to do that one page but I had to put secret stuff in & finally found a way to do it) I am pleased with my progress, I have notes & photos for the rest of the days & when my husband is on holidays I will get time to finish. I know that even if I just print out my iPhone notes & stick them in we will love looking back on this book. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 6.
    Anastasia said…

    Dear Ali!
    I wondered… is there anyway you oculd create a page for the 1st of january? We celebrate new year as others celebrate christmas so all the presents are opened on the morning of the 1st of Jan and it’s somehow also feels like “THE END” … or may be you simply have a much better idea how to capture the 1st of Jan (rather then make it blend in into the rest of the journal)?


  • 7.
    Louise P said…

    I’m slowly getting there. No kids today so hoping to collect more photos later and do a bit more.

    I managed to get ‘Magic lights’ yesterday too:

    Thanks for that link.

  • 8.
    Linda Trace said…

    oh my goodness, that little card from Simon is almost too much!! It’s so adorable! My heart melted!! I can’t wait for my kids to be able to write!

    I really wish we had photo booths here in Australia, it’s a travesty!! They make such great keepsakes.

    I agree with the comment above–I love each page you do more and more Ali!! Thanks’ SO much for the inspiration!!

    • ….
      Suz said…

      You could simulate the same photo booth effect, Linda, by taking a series of pics and then using Photoshop or some other photo editing software. Make a document the size of a photostrip that you want and drag and drop your pictures in. Resize your pics to fit the template you have created. If you want the white borders around your photo strip, make sure you use a white “background” when setting up your document. Be sure to save and print out at 300dpi.HTH. Maybe Ali could do a tutorial on this in the future? ;-)

  • 9.
    c@rol w said…

    Aaaw, that sweet, sweet note from Simon melts my heart. I love that you have his artwork and handwriting preserved forever now. I wish I could do that. My “baby” is 20! I can’t go back and I hate that part.

  • 10.
    Kimberly G. said…

    I love the bokeh! Beautiful!!! And the photo booth photos are a great addition to any album.

    Here’s my Day 20 Post:

  • 11.
    Maureen said…

    I don’t see Mr. Linky so here’s my day 20 post

    Yeah to Chris for that photobooth one. Nothing shy about Anna it seems. :)

  • 12.
    Amy B said…

    Thank you for the link to the instructions for the tree picture! I CAN’T WAIT to try it out!!

  • 13.
    Jeanal said…

    You have amazing journaling and are very good at telling a story each day. I would like to be able to add more journaling to my pages but do not always feel like I’am very good at writing. is this something that has come to you naturally or skill that you have learned over the years. I was wondering if you have any wrinting tips on how to journal or share my stories better?

    • ….
      Suz said…

      Jeanal, if you can afford it, I highly recommend taking Ali’s Y&T class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. It’s worth every dollar and helps one write/tell a complete and meaningful story.

  • 14.
    Anastasia said…

    since link thingy is not working – here is my day 20!

  • 15.
    Suz said…

    Here is my Day 20:

  • 16.
    janie said…

    Your December Daily is so amazing… Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

  • 17.
    Carrie said…

    Love it, my friend. :)

    I have fallen behind on completing the pages, but I have kept up with journaling a story each day. So it should be fairly simple to pull it all together at the end of the month…

  • 18.
    Katie said…

    The linky is not posted today so here is my link to my Day 20 post. U love the note. I am trying to get my girls to write thinks for my book also,

  • 19.
    Ruth said…

    You can see my 20th here:

  • 20.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    So cute that Simon draws boxes to contain his art like you! I can and can’t wait until my son is big enough for notes. :)

  • 21.
    angie blom said…

    I love how you took the photo of your tree.. thanks so much for the link. I am so happy to be still on track. I am setting some time away every night to do my page.. I found this year I am keeping everything a little more simple, so it is easier.. and I love that I am doing more journaling , this is a first for this album.
    here is my link.

  • 22.
    Stephanie said…

    Am loving doing this album this year. I love that you put the idea out there for us to do along with you. I love, love, love your pages, and look forward every day to seeing the new ones.!/album.php?aid=32736&id=100001283134529&fbid=144965725556198

  • 23.
    Michelle L said…

    Hi! I had a couple of days last week where I didn’t know what to do with my pages. I hadn’t taken any photos and we’d been to busy to do anything worth documenting so I had my boys decorate those two pages. My oldest(5) made a christmas tree and my little one (3) made what I think is a gingerbread man. I think I may have them do this every year. It will be really nice to see how their artwork changes! I thought this idea might come in handy for some!

    THis has been such a fun project! THank you for all the inspiration, Ali!!

  • 24.
    Jan said…

    I definitely want to try the bokeh photo! I’m off to do some more crafting today.

  • 25.
    Janie said…

    I love how your album is turning out. I’m taking notes everyday so that I can do mine in January, when my life is so more manageable. Thanks Ali, for inspiring so many of us to keep memory albums like this.

  • 26.
    Karin said…

    Just opened my flikr account and added my page to the list

  • 27.
    Judy Webb said…

    Another great several pages. I made a pocket by sewing the pocket on. Sewing is so useful.

  • 28.
    Barbara said…

    No guilt but I am behind. I work on it when I can and I am challenged to finish it. We have a week out of town for Christmas – how will I finish this??!! I’ll bring as much as I can and I have a small photo printer I’m bringing with me. I have a feeling I will have more to add during that week than I did the rest of the month.

    Keep up the good work Ali! I love every page. Also I will have some just journal pages and I feel better when I see yours. LOVE IT!

  • 29.
    dawn said…


    So happy to hear your health is good and no worries with the last wart you removed. Good news and reason to celebrate more!!

  • 30.
    Vavie said…

    I made it this far ! I love this project !

  • 31.
    margote05 said…

    I like the bokeh!! Magnificent! It is really a pleasure to come here;) Your December Daily is a marvel!!! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • 32.
    Hannah said…

    I have had the pages ready to go from the start, but only managed to print out some photos and get started yesterday- i did two random days 19 and 17 as I was most inspired by those photos. I LOVE them, and was so excited I couldn’t get to sleep. Now if I can just occupy my 3 kids, I can do the rest! Thanks for keeping the inspiration going with the daily posts- it would be easy to lose momentum, but you keep on encouraging me to get on with it! :)

  • 33.
    Lori said…

    I am so glad I am doing this decdaily album. I believe my family will enjoy it for years to come. I am 1 day behind – but I still plan to finish strong :) I took Karen Russell’s photography class last year and I have enjoyed spending the month taking lots of pictures and practicing that side of my photography skills. And then I am inspired by your creativity and your passion for journal, which is the other part I can get play with and be inspired. What great inspiration! I check your blog first thing in the morning to see your decdaily new spread :)

  • 34.
    rhonda said…

    Simon and Anna are wonderful children and kudos to Chris for the photobooth picture maybe he should do a blog to husbands on helping with DD’s!

  • 35.
    Heidi said…

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing this project idea. Two days before Halloween I was at the park with my kids and slipped while I was carrying my 18 month old. I broke my leg in three places and had to have surgery. Having a broken leg has changed the pace of our family’s holidays. I decided to try doing the December daily album as a way to make the best of our Christmas season. I knew it was going to be tricky to do a lot of the activities we normally do because of my leg. This album has turned out to be a great thing for our family. It has helped me focus on the positive things we are doing and not to get discouraged when my leg starts to slow me down. As a family we have been able to focus on simple traditions and I love that we will be able to pull this book out next year and pick out traditions that we can continue. Here’s a post on my blog where I wrote about our December daily album:

  • 36.
    julie b. said…

    I love the tree effect! I took a picture like that of my tree last night, I was going to use it as a backdrop for my main photo, but I couldn’t get it to work without looking like I laid my main photo on top of the other. Something to play around with I suppose. ;)
    Merry, merry!

  • 37.
    KarenA said…

    I can’t quite believe that I am keeping up with this project and still in love with it! I check in with your blog each day and although your style is very different to mine I am inspired each day, thank you so much. I’m off to have a go at photographing my tree following your link……

  • 38.
    Raylene said…

    I’m keeping up! Loving the stories.The templates have been great to keep things simple!

  • 39.
    Kendra said…

    I have been able to keep up and upload my pictures to FLickr on Sunday nights. It has been very therapeutic to slow down and look at the memories I am making. It has been a nice little “destresser.”

  • 40.
    Jamie Williams said…

    I have purchased the December Daily layered pages-and I love them! However, on your tutorial of how to use them, you show how to resize the images by clicking up in the corner and dragging until you get the size you want-I can’t the little arrow to come up to click and drag…how do you get that? Thank you!

    • ….
      Laci M. said…

      On my PC I’m using Photoshop Elements to put together my pages and once you drag the picture onto the canvas it shoud just automatically show the arrows when you put your pointer on the edge.

    • ….
      Jamie Williams said…

      It doesn’t automatically show it after I drag it onto Ali’s layered page…I am using Photoshop CS3 on a mac…does that make a difference? Thanks for trying anyways!

  • 41.
    Bambi Pro said…

    Dear Ali…Thought you were going to a well deserved break.

  • 42.
    elizabeth said…

    This is lovely : ) Try going for a walk in your neighborhood to catch the outside lights the same way–the color lights are gorgeous all thrown out of focus too!

  • 43.
    Ellie said…

    I have been having a blast! I had a minor hiccup posting my pages but have them done and am so happy I have done this, I almost feel like its too short Ha. Thank you so much for this adventure so far. I can’t wait to actually see the whole book finished and then one warm summer day as the kids are playing in the back yard remember how awesome each day in December was and dream of all the fun that is to come in the coming December :)

  • 44.
    Beke said…

    I love the photo of your tree. I took one like that of our tree a week ago, and I wasnt sure if i should use it as i already have two with our tree as part of the main focuss of that day, but you’ve made me think “whats wrong with 3?” lol. The use of the photo booth is awesome.

  • 45.
    Jessica B said…

    I look forward to seeing your post everyday! It is such an inspiration for me. I didn’t make it through everyday yet, however I have take a few minutes at the end of each day to journal about the day so I don’t forget. At least I have the stories from the season down.

    Thank you again!

  • 46.
    Silsine said…

    Its the firts time i try it, and im going to got it. But 24 days, because im on Europe.

    I enjoyed so much, so so much, thanks Ali , its going to be so great and wonderfull make that one with you.

    Just 4 days to finish it and wainting to the next year to start again.

  • 47.
    Tetcy said…

    I haven’t been doing the daily, but I used the photo technique to capture my tree for a blog post about my tree! It turned out so awesome!! Thanks for posting the technique!

  • 48.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    hi ali! i tried this trick with the tree lights and love it– thanks for the tutorial link. wanted to share a new one i found today on how to make the bokeh lights look like hearts on your tree— pretty awesome!!

  • 49.
    Jen said…

    love the technique. i was able to do it as well – future page coming up. love how it all is coming together!!!!! i think i now have the husband on board with all this!

  • 50.
    SusanT said…

    Hi Everyone – didn’t know where else to post this but … if you are looking for an alternative to the SC Kit Album that still fits the 6×8.5 inch page protectors, Kaiserkraft makes a white “embelishment” folder that is an A5 size and the American Crafts page protectors fit in it really well. It does have “Kaisercraft” on the binder spine, but I figure I can cover/decrate that somehow and it is white, so a good base colour for xmas. I’m in Australia so purchased mine in a local store yesterday (I got two, because my album is so bulky already!!), but just had a quick look at and they sell them for $6.99. Just wanted to share this if anyone is interested. Regards, Susan

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