December Daily™ 2011 | Day Five (+ Layered Template Video Tutorial)

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Five.

One of my favorite themes for December Daily™ is an "Around The House" spread with photos of decorations. It would be fun to see just this page compared with past years to see what's changed and what's remained the same.

For my story today I used one of the templates in my December Daily™ Layered Template 6x8.5 package paired with an enlarged photo and journaling on the second page.

(Sorry about the color quality of these images - it's challenging to get the colors correct when I photograph them in the evenings.)

Here's a look at the page created using one of the layered templates:

I put together a quick (12 minute) tutorial about my process for working with these layered templates (specifically this set but the information can be used for working with any layered templates).

December Daily™ Layered Template Tutorial 2011 from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Here's what the first page looked like before printing:

The white digital cardstock I used in the background is from this set: Michaela Solids.

After printing out the layered template I added the letters for JOY using American Crafts Hollyday Elf Thickers. The little black stars are some older Jenni Bowlin rub ons (came in a package that had arrows with words on the inside and the stars were between the arrow + word combos).

Here's a look at at the second page:

That "peace" tag was from my Christmas stash. I'm thinking it was from Ormolu?

Pattern paper strip along the bottom is American Crafts Hollyday Red Suit with Glitter Accents.

Between these two pages is a divided page protector insert.

In the top two pockets I added a piece of transparency with a Jenni Bowlin arrow rub on and a button from Evalicious.

The outline stars (found in my Silhouette library - thinking they came with it?) were cut with the Silhouette.

I chose not to do anything on the back of the pieces in this divided page protector.

Here's a look at the pages inside the album:


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62 thoughts

  1. Tracy

    2011-12-06 15:53:19 -0500

    Wonderful...gorgeous love it Ali!!!

  2. Amy Albert

    2011-12-06 16:00:40 -0500

    Love it! It is unique to see through the years what Christmas things decorate the house and what things stay for only that year. Love the star garland! Did you make it?

  3. Diana Waite

    2011-12-06 16:01:45 -0500

    that tutorial was SO helpful--thank you! Thanks for inspiring the December Daily, my kids had my two previous years out and were enjoying them! :)

  4. Lauralee Lien

    2011-12-06 16:03:31 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for another great post!I like the idea of using the devided page protectors. And thanks so much for the tutorial! Very Helpful!

  5. Michelle

    2011-12-06 16:09:20 -0500

    Always love the around the house photos.
    What font did you use in the layed template.

  6. Janine

    2011-12-06 17:19:24 -0500

    Hi Ali,

    Long time follower first time leaving a comment. As I don't have photoshop I wish I could pay you to do this for me send you my and you do the layputs..Love your work and I will admire from afar..Merry Christmas


  7. Kim Thomas

    2011-12-06 17:29:15 -0500

    I love this layout! Thank you for the tutorial. I'm not really familiar with using these templates, so it's a big help. Every day has been just wonderful. :)


    2011-12-06 19:10:16 -0500

    You are simply AMAZING and I just LOVE you. Did I leave anything out? :)

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  10. Molly

    2011-12-06 21:57:58 -0500

    This is so happy! I'll be doing this for sure once everything is done.

  11. Newfie Princess

    2011-12-06 22:28:56 -0500

    Just a little note to thank you for all your inspirational ideas and tutorials. I admire your business sense and enjoy how you roll out your ideas and products. I thank you for your giving spirit. Blessings to you and yours.

  12. Jayne Taylor

    2011-12-07 00:57:48 -0500

    Ali - I love all your pages - but especially your twinkle pages. I am struggling with my own dec daily - live in New Zealand and feel like I am lacking in subject material, and that whole 'twinkly, snowy' christmas inspiration. Any ideas ro suggestions. Thanks so much ...

  13. Gypsy Chaos

    2011-12-07 02:19:06 -0500

    LOL! I have pulled together photos from the past five or so Christmases. I change things around normally, but last year was the first without a 6' wide by ~1' deep top shelf on our entertainment center! Darn those flat TVs. I was frustrated enough that I left almost all my Snowbabies in their boxes. A first. I'm still trying to figure out where to put them. sigh.

  14. Simona

    2011-12-07 05:53:14 -0500

    love it!!

  15. Susanne Huettner

    2011-12-07 11:22:08 -0500

    Love your pages.
    I bought the layered templates you created for my december daily. But for me it is challanging to choose the photos/ parts of photos that go together. Your combinations of photos always look good. But for my collages I mostly have the feeling that they are crowded or unbalanced.
    Do you have any tips on how to make good collages?

    And I also found out, that I need more photos that are not croped too tight with the camera, so that they still fill up the words like JOY or the space of the braket....

    A lot to learn when working hybrid :-)

    Thanks, Susanne

  16. Megan

    2011-12-07 15:27:12 -0500

    Love this page in your December daily. You are so creative!

  17. BRANDY

    2011-12-08 00:14:17 -0500

    question for you, i am trying to use the template, and i am new to this, i can not figure out how to get the photo to go behind to move the image in the box. i have a regular pc
    i tried and it cuts off the design with the words.
    i am not sure what i am doing wrong

  18. BRANDY

    2011-12-08 08:53:09 -0500

    when i tried to do the option button its not placing the photo below the layer, not sure what i am doing wrong.

  19. BRANDY

    2011-12-08 09:01:38 -0500

    thank you susanne, i appreciate the help

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  21. brandy m.

    2011-12-09 22:00:08 -0500

    love this pg, Ali!!! where did u get the square wreath?? such a unique twist on a classic!!

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  24. Michelle Urteaga

    2011-12-13 15:38:23 -0500

    Ali - thanks for the quick demo on the overlays -- it has definitely helped. What type paper do you print these out on? I am using several of the overlays this year and not sure whether you print on photo paper or cardstock? If you print on photo paper, are the templates that have white space just the raw photo paper? Hopefully this question makes sense.


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