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December 3, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Two

Here’s a good example of being flexible – the story I’m telling for Day Two actually happened on Day One. No problem, no stress – just telling the stories I want to include.

Page one uses my 6×8 layered template set. I think the circle Santa is from Pretty Little Studio and the little paper clip is 7gypsies. Want to read more about the #2 tag? I’ve got a post on that here.

The paper on page two is vintage wallpaper.

A couple close-ups:

I trimmed this photo to be the same size as the tag on the other side of the transparency. I added a bit of stitching and word stickers from The Girls Paperie Christmas sticker pad.

Sigh. Love.

I added the text directly onto my photo in Photoshop. I’m cropping the images for this section to 5×5 inches x 6.25 inches. The two fonts (which are also used in the digital templates) are Lucia BT and Sentinel.

JOURNALING : For Simon the visit to see Santa was, in Chris’ words, an awesome combination of “comfort and belief.” He walked right up to the man in the red suit, sat on his lap and told him about the legos he would like to have this year and proceeded to ask him, “Do you have those?” Anna, who is not yet two, was super excited at the prospect of seeing Santa. There were lots of excited “Santa” words earlier in the day and on the way to the mall. Once there though, all it took was one look at the big guy and it was a definite no-go for her. Simon got his photo and we headed to dinner at Mucho Gusto. At dinner Anna kept patting her knees and saying “lap” and then “Santa lap Anna.” We asked her if she wanted to go back and sit on Santa’s lap and she said “yes.” We headed back over to the mall and tried again. It was a “yes” up until the last minute. We got her to wave and say hi and it was all good. Next year sweet girl, next year.

The foundation for this page can be seen here.

DAY TWO SUPPLIES : Art Warehouse Hollyberry Transparency, Studio Calico Mister Huey Apple Jack Color Mist, Making Memories Number Stickers, Vintage Wallpaper, Shipping Tag, The Girls Paperie Christmas sticker pad; Ali Edwards 2010 December Daily 6×8 Overlays

All posts related to December Daily can be found here.

Along with their paper tags, Elle’s Studio has digital items, too – currently the digital items are all 20% off through the month of December! Most of their digital items are items that they have retired, but sometimes they throw something totally new in the mix! Don’t forget to check out their blog and facebook page!


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  • 1.
    Ingvild said…

    Lovely story Ali – and how cute are they walking in the mall with reindeer antlers… Hope you all have a wonderfull weekend.

  • 2.
    gudrun said…

    Oh, I LOVE this, Ali. And thanks for sharing the idea of sharing the story of day one on day two. I just needed that one today. :) :)
    -gudrun -

  • 3.
    Beke said…

    thats so a lovely story! My son will be 2 on the 12th of this month. Last year he had no problem with Santa and I have often questioned myself if it will be the same as last year, or will he be a little like you Anna. We can only wait and see :) Love the layout!

  • 4.
    ale said…

    oh, this bw photo… love it!

  • 5.
    Vavie said…

    Wonderfull pictures and cute story !

  • 6.
    Barb M. said…

    Such a cute photo with the two walking in the mall. So sweet!

  • 7.
    Carla said…

    Ali, I just fell in love. That black and white photo of Anna is amazing!!!

  • 8.
    Laura said…

    Lovely pictures. . . and fun stories. That’s what it all about, right? :)

  • 9.
    Kota Venter said…

    Hallo Ali,

    I just love your style. Mine is not like yours but I find my inspiration in yours, how weird is that!
    Just a quick question if you are not to busy. Do you use a diary made for scrapbookers like the Memory logbook or any such kind?

    Thanks for sharing your story and giving me the courage to share mine.

  • 10.

    Thanks for the reminder–it’s not important when something happened, what is important is to tell the story. I took some adorable pictures of my daughter in the snow on the first of Dec, but haven’t even used them yet because I am waiting for a day where there isn’t much going on to take pictures of (or I am so busy I can’t seem to take some) to write a page about her at age 3. Living by these rules…just going with the flow and enjoying the process…is what makes this project such a joy!

  • 11.
    Ruth said…

    A lovely story about Santa. For the last 3 years, I’ve had to appear in the Santa photo with DS, otherwise it would have been a complete no-go … and I wanted those photos for scrapbooking!!

  • 12.
    Sally said…

    Love the story & picture Ali!

  • 13.
    Monika Wright said…

    Anna’s visit with Santa is a perfect example of how you told your story that could have been a little disappointing (no – twice – and two trips to the Mall!) but you turned it around in a way that later you’ll be able to look back on it and smile and say, “Remember when…”

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It is – thanks for noticing.

  • 14.
    HeidiY said…

    Wow! That black & white of Anna is beautiful! And Simon is all grown! I wouldn’t have thought to write a story about my kids ‘not’ making it to Santa’s lap! Love these pages + inspiration!

  • 15.
    Cal said…

    I’m loving this format. Thank you so much for the inspiration :0)

  • 16.
    Jen O said…

    I’m wondering how you’re printing the 6×8 and 5.5×6.25 sizes of your photos…are you printing on 8×10 and then trimming? I have convinced two of my neighbors to create Dailys this year and we can hardly contain our enthusiasm…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I print them individually on an 8.5×11 here at home and trim them out.

  • 17.
    dawn said…

    That picture of Anna is precious, you always get the sweetest pictures of your kids. Love the one of them hand in hand though too, she looks tall already. My kids always waved to Santa the first couple years except Sam who gave him a high five then would stand beside him but NOT ON HIS LAP he would say. It’s a relieve to see you use pictures from another day also. Happy Friday and weekend.

  • 18.
    Sharon said…

    Love the tag you made of Simon on Santa’s lap. The story you told about Anna brought back memories of my grand daughter and the Easter bunny! Have a great Friday!

  • 19.
    Anne M said…

    The story with Anna & Santa is absolutely priceless and the picture is stunning! Great work and I love the inspiration and energy your pages give me. Thanks!

  • 20.
    Angie H said…

    My little guy is 5, and last night was his first time to sit on Santa’s lap. He was so proud of himself. Every other year he would say, “Maybe next year.” I didn’t push it – some of those Santas scared me too!

  • 21.
    Lori said…

    We santa yesterday :) What a great idea to put the picture on the back of the tag – love your pages!

  • 22.
    Brooke M said…

    I love your Dec 2nd story. Just beautiful!!

  • 23.
    Vieve said…

    Love your page. That photo with them walking together is darling!

  • 24.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Love the story. Love the suggestion of the tag as well and doing a story from day 1 on day 2. Thank you for that.

  • 25.
    Karen H said…

    Your December Daily is so wonderful because you are such a great photographer and storyteller! It is very inspiring/motivating for me to see your book. I so look forward to reading it each day:)

  • 26.
    Terri Porter said…

    This is the most beautiful photo of Anna! Those eyes are amazing. And the story really brought back memories of my boys and how different they were about going to see Santa. Have to give Anna credit for trying at least.

  • 27.
    Nancy said…

    UGH! I’ve waited to do this project since I saw it a couple of years ago. I had a great start in celebrating my sister’s birthday and shopping at Williams-Sonoma. Yesterday was spent wrapped up in our blankets reading or watching movies. Both of us were sick. Thanks for the idea of telling stories no matter what day they happen. Today is decorating and then celebrating my brother’s birthday. Thanks again for being flexible and showing us that we can be flexible also.

  • 28.
    steffb said…

    You inspired me to put my santa story on today (we went last Saturday). Ours contains a crying baby since at 18 months he can’t really communicate with words – but he sure did with his tears! Love it.

  • 29.
    Megan said…

    Ali thanks so much for sharing. I thought I would attempt December Daily this year…but strictly on my blog, then when it is finished I will print it all out on carstock and assemble and album…..your pictures and writing is great, thanks for the encouragement and the challenge of december daily.

  • 30.
    Alexandra said…

    I love that Simon asked Santa if he had his legos – such a great question – well done!
    I also love that you let Anna experience Santa in her own way – it’s empowering for a little one to do it in a way that they are comfortable with instead of cramming a tearful child on Santa’s lap for the sake of a photo. I’m sure Anna’s beautiful little heart is totally happy with her Santa experience. So cool. Yay for you! Yay for Anna!

  • 31.
    steffb said…

    Another thought, this year my DD (six) learned about Santa – I thought she was ready as she kept asking pointed questions, but it turned out I was WAY wrong. She was devastated, in tears – she said, Mom, I didn’t want to know the truth, I just wanted your OPINION! Her dad ended up smoothing things out for her, but wow, what a sad story. I’d like to document it in my album but I need to hide it somehow so that as her brother gets bigger he doesn’t discover things too early too! I see a flap or pocket in my day 3!

  • 32.
    Tere (Marie) said…

    I’m feeling a bit behind, not stressing, really I’m not. I almost feel like I need to “watch” what others are doing before I can get comfortable choosing pics and printing. But I did do the 1st last night….will work some more. Your pages inspire me.

    And I almost didn’t recognize Anna, seems her looks might be changing some, she is perfect! I love Simon’s story.

  • 33.

    After reading your advent calendar story yesterday, I dug up pictures of my advent calendar project from three years ago. It was made out of toilet paper rolls believe it or not, and was a wonderful November project to do with kids. (And extremely low cost, just need to remember to save rolls all summer!) I posted it on my blog today, check it out:

    Hope to get people to play along next November and make one with me. I think it would be great fun to see what people come up with!

    • ….
      AmyW said…

      Love your dd pages and your calendar.

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  • 34.
    Estellita said…

    My second day was not so full in actions, but i had lot’s of things to share. I will have to be more simple, because my album will be too big … Today, it’s very simple for the third day … Happily !!!

  • 35.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!!!! You make it all so pretty and inviting and memorable and fabulous!

  • 36.
    dawn said…

    Just a tip that I thought to share for hiding your gifts from the kids this year. I have done it the last two and so far it works. Try hiding them in the empty boxes, bins, tubs, whatever you use to store your decorations, trees, etc. in. We have two artificial trees we put up so in each of those are the things for my girls and my son’s goes into the one tub that holds all my Chritmas village houses. So far they haven’t a clue, because these are always in the attic in the same spot all year. Even after they are wrapped I put them in there and that way they are organized by each child too. I think this idea was in a family fun magazine. Hope it helps anyone who’s got little sneaky peekers.

  • 37.
    Debbie P said…

    Ali, your daily photos for Day 2 are amazing. And I love the story. What a couple of cutie pies! tfs

  • 38.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    Love the story of Anne not wanting to sit on Santa’s Lap. I have a 2 and half year old and am so worried she won’t go sit on his lap. You seemed to relaxed with the fact she didn’t – did you feel upset about it? I think I would be somewhat bummed out – especially since I don’t have an older kid to get that precious picture. Thanks for sharing – any tips on writing on a picture in photoshop??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Rebekah – not upset at all :) . There will be many more chances in the future – happy to let her go at her own pace, at her own comfort level (especially with a “strange man in a red suit). She was definitely interested, wanted to check him out – just not sit on his lap.

    • ….
      Heather said…

      When my daughter was little, she didn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap either. She did love talking his ear off though. lol So I got pictures of her standing in front of him, talking to him, and then my husband held her and stood next to Santa (holding her on his other side) while I got some portrait-style photos. She was totally cool with that, and I got my pictures. :) I think she was 4 when she figured out that he always gave her candycanes; after that she was totally into sitting on his lap for a photo! LOL

    • ….
      Rebekah Pontow said…

      I saw a great photo of a kid not wanting to sit on Santa’ lap, but willing to take candy….the pictures told a great story!

      How can I write journaling onto my photos by the way??

  • 39.
    AmberCA said…

    Such a cute story…..see this is why I love this project!

  • 40.
    Erika Bates said…

    love this layout Ali! love the idea of looking at the happy side. i had to do this on my day 2 as well since our plans to do the tree got totally messed up, so my 3 year old and i got out our Christmas jammies and danced around the house to holiday music instead…it will make a fun memory

  • 41.
    Tricia said…

    I love your pages!! I love the photo of Simon and Anna walking together with their antler ears. I love how you told the story and I love how you handled Anna’s hesitancy with Santa! I just love it all! You are amazing in your ability to be able to communicate what happens in your family each day. They are all so lucky!!

  • 42.
    Steph said…

    On the road to album set up, the lightbulb was not clicking on the transparency thing…NOW I get it and LOVE it!

    My goal was to not make any new supply purchases for this album, so my “transparencies” are a mix of only a sparse few I had on hand, some vellums (that now looking at them won’t give the same look, but ok with that – take it all in stride, right?) :) And, the rest home made jobbies with presentation binding clear covers and as per your suggestion in an earlier post – staz on ink stamping.

    Having fun…each day telling the simpler stories which may not have been formally recorded.

    I have a story to share:

    how cool is it that my local newspaper’s online version offered a snowstorm photo contest yesterday. My Day 2 pic of my oldest daughter shoveling had been my pic of the day, taken early in the morning. Anyhow, my pic was one chosen, so it was featured on their website! Of course that printout is now my new and improved story for yesterday and for being chosen, I won a gift certificate to our local favorite restaurant that we are using to go out to a Date Night dinner tomorrow night to celebrate our anniversary (which is today).

    So, as you can see December Daily is spreading good things all over the place! Thank you! We will have a toast to you tomorrow night, for had I not done this album, I may not have necessarily ventured outside at 7:30 a.m. to watch my daughter shovel, let alone take a photo of it and think to submit it in the newspaper photo challenge and win our Anniversary dinner! Cheers!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!

  • 43.
    Melissa said…

    Thank you thank you thank you. I was worrining about telling a story later that already happened. Nothing that spectacular went on yesterday and I was stretching for a story but today I have 2 stories so I will do one from today for day 2 and the other as day 3 and save my stretch for later when I can really pull it all together! (If what I said makes any sense you are a genius!)

  • 44.
    Wilna said…

    So, for the second day i have only one picture and one page… but i guess “go with the flow” is the motto… : )

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It totally is :)

  • 45.
    Erika said…

    No stress going with what works as long as it is documented is my approach. Wednesday’s are hetic for us due to a 7:00pm dance class and I almost got caught up stressing n the fact it was day 1 of the December Daily and I had not worked on my page.I took a step back and said hey what we do today or not can be documented another day just as long as I do it. So last night I did day 1 and 2. My advent calendar plan for tonight since the temperature is cold here in fl(I know other areas are colder but for us it’s cold :) is Hot chocolate at Starbucks. Can’t wait to document that. And if you have a blog and don’t have the time to work on your page at least type a draft of what happend and work on your page later. Enjoy the season and don’t strees we have enough going on in our lives.

  • 46.
    amy tangerine said…

    how cute, ali!
    love that you are giving permission to focus on the story and not be so concerned about the individual days.
    also really enjoying seeing everyone’s projects & how different they are!

  • 47.
    Lisa W said…

    You did a beautiful job capturing the story behind this outing! Loved reading it! :) You are always soooo inspiring! Happy Holidays. . .I’m off to print some pics. :)

  • 48.
    Christy Miller said…

    I’m loving that you used a day one story for day two. I’ve got day one and two started so far and I’m not using coordinating stories for the correct days either. Also, as a way to move away from my “week in the life mindset” I have a list of things that I want to include about Christmas and I’m just taking pictures each day and then filling in my pages as I go. I’m still including the story so that’s all that matters. I also removed my overlay pages so as not to overwhelm myself with pages that I think need completed.

    Thanks for sharing your pages and thanks for everyone else sharing too! It gives me motivation to keep working on this everyday!

  • 49.
    Lesley said…

    Great photos!

  • 50.
    annette said…

    Love Love Love the picture of Simon and Anna in the reindeer hats….. I always love to take a back shot of my two boys 25 and 10. Thanks for sharing…

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