December Daily™ 2011 | Day Eleven

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Eleven.

We are in full Christmas swing around here with many of our favorite traditions (and a few new ones) seeming to happen all at once - seeing Santa, getting the tree, decorating the tree, writing letters. It's such good stuff.

For me it usually means lots of photos. And lots of full-page photos in the context of this album.

Right now, that's what I want most.

Along the bottom of my first page photo I added word art from my Messy Little Christmas set (that's another one that would likely work great with the Silhouette).

Simple journaling up along the top.

I definitely had more photos I wanted to include today so I ended up printing out two that were 4 inches x 8.5 inches, adhering them back to back, and then stitching them to the transparent overlay I'd already put together for Day 11.

Here's a look at the two photos:

And then stitching them to the transparent insert:

I stapled the photo to the ribbon/transparency at the top and the bottom before running it through the sewing machine (trying to keep it in place).

At the top of each of the photos I added an embellishment from the My Minds Eye Lost And Found Christmas chipboard set (cut off the circle part of the "E").

Here's the other side in the album and a close up on the chipboard embellishment:

The second page of the spread is a collage of photos from tree-decorating.

I love the mix of close-up and entire-room shots.

Just a few small embellishments added here - word stickers and kraft stars.


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37 thoughts

  1. Cynthia

    2011-12-12 10:32:37 -0500

    Love your pages Ali! It definitely makes me reminisce about our son when he was younger; our Christmas schedule is so much more casual and very different from when he was little. It is such a great time! I have a question - where did you get those awesome ornament boxes?? Love them!

  2. Belinda

    2011-12-12 10:37:44 -0500

    I love this page, Ali! The photo of your tree is fabulous. I love your mix of photos of decorating as well. I want to do this for my album now. :) Thank you so much for your inspiration!!

  3. Kimber-Leigh

    2011-12-12 10:41:37 -0500

    i love this day of yours! what fun to cut your own tree...i haven't done it in a long time (since i was one of the children) but hope to with our children soon.

  4. Karen H

    2011-12-12 10:56:25 -0500

    This is a BEAUTIFUL layout. That tree is perfect, Simon did awesome!


    2011-12-12 10:57:25 -0500

    jennifer olson

    when are you going your project life and are you going to get the new core kits i'm going to get the new core kits too

  6. michelle

    2011-12-12 11:07:36 -0500

    i really enjoy your pages & love your creativity! just curious as to why you don't use much of the studio calico december daily kit?

  7. rhonda

    2011-12-12 11:16:23 -0500

    With Ciara away at college I am finding things to document about, I do have a few pages with no pictures but I found that to be okay. Loving your album this year, thanks Ali for sharing abit of your life with us!

  8. Cori

    2011-12-12 11:42:19 -0500

    Somehow I misunderstood and halfway through the month I'm finally starting to understand what December Daily means. Yes, I read the instructions but... That's ok. Figuring out the process has still helped center me during a really trying time. Glad I caught up with your blog through Becky Higgins's blog. Thanks.

  9. kdanielson

    2011-12-12 11:53:07 -0500

    This looks like the best christmas ever, it looks like home! What a beautiful picture of your family. All of these pictures remind me of my traditions as well, Merry Christmas to the Edwards family!

  10. Denise KC

    2011-12-12 12:13:48 -0500

    Hi Ali!
    What a great day you guys had yesterday :) I love that you go to the tree farm for your tree. Hadn't noticed it in other photos, but Simon is getting so TALL!
    Love how you stitched photos to the transparencies - Genius!

  11. Robin P

    2011-12-12 12:47:21 -0500

    THe the photo collage page. How do you do that in elements?

  12. Tere (Marie)

    2011-12-12 13:25:33 -0500

    Parents are the best, I'm glad you have yours close. You are blessed, and loved by many...thanks for inspiring me every day.

  13. Vivian K

    2011-12-12 13:54:55 -0500

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Beautiful - love the full page photos. I am a cardmaker, just getting started with scrapbooking. And am dying to find a permanent place for my sewing machine in our new home so I can use it for my projects. Love your work!

  14. Dawn Haskell

    2011-12-12 13:59:34 -0500

    Here we are at day 11 and still the main part of my kit still has not here I am still missing the cover,25 page protectors, and all the overlays... kind of hard to follow when I can't put anything together yet I don't want to cut anything not knowing what the size of the pockets are and not having the overlays makes it hard to put any foundation pages together. I am starting to wonder if I should just get a refund ... not sure what to do...

  15. Carolyn HP

    2011-12-12 14:28:59 -0500

    I remember when you bought those organizers for your ornaments, looks like they are still really sturdy and handy... love all the photos and how easily it seems to come together to make a more cohesive look. Love your tree and that you are having fun as a family :)

  16. Jessica

    2011-12-12 14:43:12 -0500

    Simon is so tall! What a great experience & so wonderful that your dad was there to help.....slightly jealous! :)

  17. audra

    2011-12-12 16:04:02 -0500

    First let me say - I'm loving your DD! It's looking truly amazing. I'm coming along with mine, a bit slow, however, I'm determined to complete it!
    I'm in the process of "cleaning/organizing" my scrap space, I've been looking for a new "blotter" work area to put down on my desk. I've always admired yours, it appears to have a grid pattern on it. I can't seem to find anything clear like it, any idea or resource where I might find it? Thanks!

  18. Brooke

    2011-12-12 16:47:10 -0500

    Love today's layouts - very Christmassy. Also like what you did with the transparency.

  19. Laura

    2011-12-12 17:01:43 -0500

    Hi Ali - am loving your DD! Thanks for sharing your December with us - it's very inspiring.

    I downloaded the Messy Little Christmas set but am having trouble changing the colour of the font in PSE. I would like to change bring on the twinkle from black to white. Would you please explain (again!) how to do that?


  20. Barb King

    2011-12-12 22:08:35 -0500

    Love that photo collage, that is a great idea for including lots of details. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Juli

    2011-12-12 22:48:24 -0500

    I've been enjoying this year's DD. It looks like you are having such a great time with Simon, Anna and your parents. I can't believe how big Simon has gotten. My DD is 9 and in 4th grade and she seems so, so small compared to him. I was curious if Simon still believed in Santa or if he believes for Anna's sake.

    Take care!

  22. Christine

    2011-12-12 23:47:55 -0500

    Love your layout today. I especially like how you added more pictures to the transparency. My sister had a cookie party yesterday for the cousins and I think I took just short of a million pictures. I will be utilizing your creative idea using lots of pictures for my day 11.
    BTW your parents rock.

  23. Lori B.

    2011-12-13 02:59:26 -0500

    Such beautiful pages, Ali. Is Chris in session because I have missed him in your family photos.

  24. patty

    2011-12-13 07:46:15 -0500

    you are AH*mazing ali!
    everything in your december daily is beautiful and has a touch of christmas magic on each page...LOVE IT!

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