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December 8, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day Seven

Welcome to Day Seven!

A big thing I love about this project is the chance to try out a few different things each day.

My photo today is from my iphone. I took it in the waiting room at the dentist. Simon calls these balls “jollies” – not sure where that came from but it’s a cool name for them! I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out or not and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to print it at 6×8.

It worked and I love it.

I uploaded the iphone image to mycomputer and was able to adjust the image size to 6×8 at 300dpi (File/Resize). It’s a bit grainy but I’m cool with that – it kinda goes along with the emotions in my journaling as you will see below.

And if you didn’t notice already, if you look closely in the ornament you can see the reflection of both me (holding my iphone) and Simon. Simon’s fingers are holding the ornament.

For this spread I used three circle embellishments.

All of the circles are from a set at Ormolu (looks like it might be sold out). I added the glitter star (from an old K&Company chipbox) and used the Believe circle stamp from my Good Cheer set on the other one.

Here’s that cute little stamp all inked and ready to go on top of the circle tag:

I used “Leaf” – a green ink from Technique Tuesday. This stamp also includes a small “to” and “from” that I just avoided when I was adding the ink (great for making small gift tags).

Here’s a look at it on the page:

I hand wrote a little sentiment and then decided to cover the whole thing with a light layer of Glossy Accents. I tucked the stamped green circle under one of the tips on the chipboard star.

You might also notice that I trimmed the circle with the star. I added the trimmed portion up on the top left of the photo. I like it when things go off the edge like that.

I also trimmed the “love” circle that ended up on the second page (I didn’t include the part I trimmed off for this one). I added a staple after photographing.

Here’s a look at that full page:

I did my journaling in Photoshop again today. I find I tell a more complete story when I type it vs. writing it by hand.

I created a new canvas (File/New) that was 5.5 x 6.25 at 300dpi and starting typing.

NOTE : If you’re interested in learning about adding text to photos (or just using the type tool) there was a good tutorial on Studio Calico’s blog yesterday: Text On Photos.

The pattern paper strip is from Basic Grey.

Here’s what it looked like in Photoshop before printing.

Here’s what it looked like before I adhered it to my date page (and after I cropped it from the 8.5×11).

These are the kind of pages that I know I will really love in years to come. Pages with lots of words that include both the facts and the feelings of our lives both December- and not-so-December-related.

JOURNALING : I’m feeling very tender towards my kids today. To Simon in particular. I think it’s a bit of a mix of the time of year combined with the simple passage of time. Time is flying by – it became especially evident to me when I took Simon to the dentist today. Here’s the story told to Simon:

I took you to the dentist this morning for our 6-month cleaning appointments. You’ve been going regularly since you were a little guy (probably around 3 is when we first took you and had you just sit with me) and each time has been better than the last (but most often has resulted in some upset or challenge). Going to the dentist is not really fun for anyone, but especially hard for someone who’s already sensitive to sights and sounds and touch.

Today Simon, you were amazing.

Very calm. Very brave. Very accepting of what the hygienist was doing and why we were there. When you sat in the chair the first thing you asked her was, “Do my teeth look great?” We’ve been talking daily about the importance of brushing your teeth and how you don’t want to have any cavity bugs in your mouth. Because of some recent reluctance on your part to brush before bed I told you that if you don’t take care of your teeth you might end up with cavity bugs and that would result in having to get a shot in your mouth. That would definitely be worse than having to brush your teeth before getting your body in bed. I think that was enough to get the point across.

This was also the first time I didn’t sit in the room with you. I started out in there while they did some x-rays (they were almost able to get to see all your teeth – still working on that one) and then left when it was my turn in the other room. You didn’t get upset or look worried. You knew I was right next door and when you were done you very proudly came over to the dental chair I was sitting in and told me all about it. You showed me your little white bag with your new toothbrush, floss, and paste. You showed me the ball you chose from the toy bin. The hygienist told me how proud of you she was and how impressed she was when you showed her how you brush your teeth at home. Nice work!

These are the moments I’ve prayed for for you Simon. To be calm and comfortable and confident even when you might feel a little scared – especially in a place that is safe. I’m so proud of you. I love you so, so much.

SUPPLIES : Hambly Grey Doily Decor Overlay: Two Peas |; Making Memories Number Stickers; K&Company Brenda Walton Chipbox; Basic Grey Jovial Pattern Paper; Glossy Accents; Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday Good Cheer stmap set; Ormolu circle tags; Ali Edwards 2010 6×8 December Daily overlays; Ali Edwards 6×8 December Daily Layered Templates

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  • 1.
    PEG said…

    What a wonderful photo !
    I’m going to see the tutorial for writing on photo.
    Have a nice day !

  • 2.
    Estellita said…

    Your day is really beautiful !!!!

  • 3.
    Asta said…

    The way you tell your stories. It’s wonderful. Thank you.

  • 4.
    Maica said…

    How simply and great at the same time is your photo. Love it.
    Have another good day. Waiting for it.
    Best Regards from Catalonia

  • 5.
    rach said…

    That’s a beautiful picture, can’t believe it’s from an iphone

  • 6.
    Amy B said…

    I was wondering what font and what font size you used for your journaling? love the pages!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m using Sentinel and the journaling for this page is 8pt.

  • 7.
    ale said…

    i love the way you write to simon. so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes.

  • 8.
    Paula in Australia said…

    You never cease to amaze me Ali….. a beautiful photo and an even more beautiful story. I am following along this year for the first time and today was a real struggle as I am a stay at home Mum and don’t always have a christmassy story to tell but this post shows me that the story doesn’t have to be christmassy to mean the world today and in years to come. Thanks for all that you do. Come to Australia for a holiday!

    Have a good day.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Paula – one of the things that Simon still loves is the Wiggles. He talks quite a bit about wanting to come to Sydney to see the Wiggles and talk to them :) .

    • ….
      Melissa C said…

      oooooo the Wiggle! Totally love them in our household!

    • ….
      Brooke said…

      The Wiggles actually have a fabulous segment about going to the Dentist. I’m pretty sure that (and talking about the Dentist) is what is helping my son deal with an impending visit.

  • 9.
    Maureen said…

    Yesterday was the day for tender feelings chez nous also. I wish the same things for my 43 yr old son “To be calm and comfortable and confident even when you might feel a little scared “. btw, I love my iPhone and gladly sacrifice clarity for convenience.

    • ….
      Megan said…

      it never goes away, does it… ;)

  • 10.
    Layle Koncar said…

    Love the journalng today, what a great story Ali!!

  • 11.
    Ruth said…

    Ali, that’s exactly what I feel DD is all about ~ the everyday still featuring in amongst all the Christmas madness. My day yesterday was all about gratitude for blog friends.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Hi Ruth,

      I’ve checked your blog a few times this past week for your dd page and tried to leave comments on them, for some reason my computer won’t let me. I just want you to know that I love your pages, very pretty and creative. I love your journaling for day 7. Not sure of course what the “something” is but it must be hard so I’m sending you a hug and prayers to help you get thru this tough time. The way you made your grateful tags is beautiful and I’m keeping them in mind for myself to use on down the road here soon. Keep having fun doing your dd pages, love seeing them. Have a great day!

    • ….
      Diana H said…

      Ruth, I also read your blog and love your pages. Hugs for the something. We are all battling something. Diana

  • 12.
    Steph said…

    Ali, your journalling is truly heartwarming. I have always been happy to write long journalling entries, but Christmas time was one season that the words and stories on the pages seemed so “canned”, rehearsed, predictable, etc. The same stuff was repeated every year.

    Your story is one that will be treasured in years to come. Your words evoke such feeling – you have an amazing gift. Thank you for inspiring me to dig deep. My pages thus far have more feeling in them because of what you’ve portrayed this DD project to be:telling the stories of December. Not just whipping through the checklist of “pages”…visit to Santa – check…get the tree – check, etc. I love that you’ve got a non-Christmas entry for today, yet it fits in beautifully as conquering dental visits are just as important a part of the season as the Santa visit and the tree stuff – it’s part of our everyday lives.

    Again thanks so much for the inspiration you’ve given me. With 4 kids I’d really lost my mojo for scrapbooking. I had a serious dislike for “mini-books” in the past. This is the first I’ve ever done and it has changed the way I now scrapbook forever. Thank you for that.

    One quick question…I asked it a few posts ago and I can’t remember where to find out if my question was asked I’m sorry. As this is my first book, I’ve yet to punch my holes. I saw the advice to use the crop a dile, but I can’t figure out placement…not wanting the holes to be too close to the edge for fear of ripping, not so far in that I won’t be able to turn the pages once I’ve got the thing full of pictures. As it stands now, my foundation with the completed pages is around 2″ thick. Do you have a template for the holes or is this a really, really amateur question? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for those kind words Steph.

      Here’s what I did for my holes: punch the middle one first. I marked a spot that was 4 inches from the top + bottom (right in the middle) and about 3/8 from the edge (you could go farther into the page if you want). Next I marked the top and bottom spots – again 3/8 from the edge of the paper and about 1 inch from the top and 1 inch from the bottom.

      Also, I’ve got my fabulous web person setting up the comments so you can receive an email when someone has responded to your comment – hoping to have that working by this weekend.

    • ….
      Steph said…

      You are welcome – I meant every word. This project has been so inspiring. The kids are so excited to see every day’s page. Love that part the most.

      Thanks Ali! Now my rings are in, instead of being a pile of pages.

      Great idea for the comments.

  • 13.
    Louise P said…

    Way to go Simon! What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

  • 14.
    Helen said…

    Ali, my camera broke on 29th November so, after much crying and upset, I set myself the challenge of making my Dec Daily using only photos from my iPhone (until Santa can bring me my new camera). It’s working well – I’m actually finding I take photos more spontaneously with my phone, and that the journalling means much more in this years album. Its not been a hindrance at all, rather an added interest for me during the making of the album.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I often find that it’s those kind of challenges that result in the best discoveries :) .

    • ….
      Karen said…

      Helen (and Ali),

      There was an interesting article on today’s Yahoo home page about the decline of point & click cameras. It seems that with the rise of cell phones with better camera capabilities have resulted in more people using their cell phones to take their photos. I was surprised to read that the majority of photos posted to Flickr were taken by cell phone cameras. Wow. Good news for more photos being taken but you wonder how many will be actually printed and treasured (put into photo albums and scrapbooks) by the average person?

  • 15.
    dawn said…

    I love the way you journal about your kids. I have tears in my eyes while reading about Simon and how he faces his challenges and comes out even stronger. Way to go Simon!! Love how you took the picture of you two, noticed it right away in the reflection.

    Also love how you make your pages so simple (the star and circles/words) and how beautiful it still comes out. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Had a question for you on your decorations and tree for your new house? Will you be showing us or a little video or anything like that? Would love to see what you did for your first Christmas there. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Dawn, I probably won’t be doing a video but I will be taking some photos around the house. It’s very simple: lots of paperwhites and twinkle lights :) .

  • 16.

    Such an awesome story. Thanks for sharing Ali.

  • 17.
    Angie said…

    Wonderful story, Ali and wonderful page. I love the simplicity of your layouts; it helps keep the focus on what is important.

  • 18.
    Teena said…

    I totally love your day 7!! :)

  • 19.
    Beke said…

    omg, just stunning, as always. thats all i can say right now :)

  • 20.
    Sandi Keene said…

    Beautiful page that left me with a lump in my throat. Way to go, Simon!

  • 21.
    heidig said…

    I teared up reading this one. What a wonderful story!

  • 22.
    Amy said…

    That’s so awesome that Simon is so brave at the dentist! He’s getting to be so grown up! What a great story to tell and perfect picture of the dentist office tree for it. Love it.

  • 23.
    Judy Webb said…

    I have children that are in late forties and never had a cavityThe regular trips to the dentist is so worth it. What a treasure you are making for your family.

  • 24.
    Alexandra said…

    So beautiful in every way.
    Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  • 25.
    Angie Blom said…

    Beautiful page but I so love the story behind the day. I too have had those same fears.. My daughter had her first visit with the dentist.. we are very lucky that a good friend works there and she is the one that just picks her up and tells us to stay put.. that she will be okay in her hands.. trust is a very important thing and we trust her very much.. Well she was just fabulous and no crying, nothing.. and she got 2 cavaties filled that day. The dentist doesn’t like working on children but he loved how wonderful and calm she is.. he said better than my hubby.. hehe.
    I am glad it was a good day at the dentist.. keep it up Simon!!

  • 26.
    beth lo. said…

    love to you and your brave boy, simon. simply beautiful story.


  • 27.
    Anne M said…

    Great shot Ali and so proud of Simon!

  • 28.

    What a great story and cool, unique photo. Such a wonderful combination…and I love that he calls them “jollies.”

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Me too – when he first said it I had to have him repeat it again. I will probably always call them that now too.

  • 29.

    Love it Ali! I can’t wait to “play” with my pages more! I LOVE the UTEE and finally purchased some awhile back. I too saw Tim Holtz Christmas tags using UTEE and then yours, so this morning I played w/ it for the first time creating just a quick basic tag from our Elf :) Looking forward to using it in my December Daily and on layouts and other projects….thank you for the inspiration!

  • 30.
    Wilna said…

    lovely post. : )

  • 31.
    Donna said…

    This is so wonderful…can you tell me what type of paper you printed your large photo of Simon holding the ornament on…I’m new to this scrapbooking and would love to know!!!

  • 32.
    Jill said…

    Gorgeous story, Ali :) I was tearing up by the end. Prayers are answered – hooray!

  • 33.
    Alana said…

    Well done, Simon.
    My photos are terrible, Ali. Lots of noise, out of focus. And I don’t even have any for Monday. The Story for Sunday doesn’t match any of the (awful) photos I have for that day, either. What do I do? I’m not sure how to handle all these particular challenges at once! Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      For the day you don’t have a photo I suggest just making a page(s) that focuses on a story or a list. Use embellishments to give it that extra something if you need more decoration. Also – you can always use photos you’ve taken on another day – don’t feel limited to just the “daily” part. No one will ever know :) .

      Same thing on Sunday. Just write the story.

  • 34.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I really like the simplicity of just one photo. I haven’t had a day where that worked for my story, but maybe today! I have been printing out typed journaling onto the overlay each day and am loving how much more complete/richer a story I am getting to tell than last year where I was writing little notes on journaling cards. I think having this stories is going to be my favorite part of this year’s project, but we shall see!

  • 35.
    Katie said…

    I love the way that this page turned out. I like how you are typing your journaling. I am writing, and I feel I can tell more this way. I like how I have found an opposit typer person. Have a great day.

  • 36.
    Nathalie said…

    Oh, Ali – how awesome for Simon, but also for you as a mom to know he is growing into himself! I love this post.

    Can anyone advise me on how to make the December Daily “you’re invited” widget work on my typepad. I’ve tried following the instructions and have spent an inordinate amount of time on it – so far I got it to where you can click on a a word and you get the image but no link from there … Thanks!

  • 37.
    Tina M. said…

    Thank you for sharing what a heart warming post!!!! Very inspiring. Thank you again.

  • 38.
    Danielle said…


    I love your pages. I was just wondering how you got the white border around your photo?

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. I love doing this.

  • 39.
    Tere said…

    Ali, you know I struggle to find a “story”, especially when my days are filled with meetings and I don’t connect with my family until late. I love that you inspire me to look outside the box for a story.

    Q: Can you explain the difference (or direct me to a post) as to when you would use file/new image vs. file/new canvas. As I read here, you are using file/new canvas for journaling.

    As always, much thanks!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Tere – it’s the same thing. It’s really just File/New :) .

    • ….
      Tere said…

      Thanks for your response(s) and patience.

  • 40.
    gscrapbooks said…

    I love those stamps, great entry!

  • 41.
    Leah Larson said…

    I have been journaling about what we do every day. I really like the “loving” journaling. I think I am going to try that theme for today as well as my regular journaling.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think I’m going to use it for my page today.

  • 42.
    heidi y said…

    Yeah for Simon!! And your pages are beautiful as always!!

  • 43.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    big hooray for simon!!! how cool to have this story in your december daily!

  • 44.
    AmyHip said…

    Awww, love your story… Simon rocks!

  • 45.
    pam said…

    Sorry, #45 Should be removed…somehow linked it to something else!
    Love your journaling today, Ali.

  • 46.
    Debbie P said…

    What a wonderful touching story. Thanks for sharing it. The iphone photo turned out great! Love it!

  • 47.
    slmnontec said…

    I love the reflection in the Christmas ball. I took one at church this weekend. I asked my husband to pose next to me thinking I would get a “couple” picture, but when he leaned in, his face took the shape of a “moose”. When I put it in my December album (plus some really good shots), I labeled it “fruitcake”. We laughed so much….don’t get too close with your face….

  • 48.
    rhonda said…

    Ali thank you for sharing this part of your life with us and I wanted to let you know I included John Lennon in my album today.

  • 49.
    Mrs. b said…

    Wonderful story! Lovely picture! And last, but certainly not least, Simon, who is so brave!

    Can you imagine that I have the same story for day 7. (I also took a pic with my phone, and I even used the same LOVE-circle from Ormolu :-) But I haven’t had time to finish the journaling part of the page yet.)
    Well, same story, but still not the same. My 5-yrd old son at the dentist. The tooth ache that showed up to be a cavity bug. A big one. The second visit, later in the afternoon, when he first got medicine to be relaxed, and then shots in the mouth, and finally the removal of the tooth (the cavity bug was too close the nerve so it would have probably not been possible to fix it). He was sad and cried, and all I could do was just hold his hand. But he made it. And today has been good, and he has not been in any pain. He got a Lego-present since he was so brave.

    And then this evening, just before he got to bed, we had to pull out a really loose tooth (so that he wouldn’t do it by mistake when he’s asleep). 2 teeth in 2 days… feels like at least one tooth too much :-)

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • 50.
    Sheri Brady said…

    Day seven and I’m still managing to keep up! Can be quite a challenge with a young baby in the house, but I’m loving the draw to do a little something creative each day. Plus it’s brought me to thinking much more about the moments that are important for me to document, especially on just ordinary days. After all, those are what life consists of…just regular days, all put together! Thank you for the inspiration Ali! :)

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