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December 6, 2011

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 6×8.5 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:


Click on the images to link to the products.


The Hero Arts 2012 Catalog arrives in January, filled with clear, cling, and wood stamp designs, dies, embossing folders and more — over 200 new products in all! Pre-release Catalog Debut Parties kick off at a store near you December 10th and run until the catalog is released on January 5th. Visit to join the Catalog Debut festivities with sneak peeks, videos, a blog hop, and more!


You’re invited to include a link to your DAY FIVE page here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.


  • 1.
    Kristina in Oz said…

    Just beautiful.

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    love this, especially the wreaths above the mantel.

  • 3.
    Kristen said…


    thanks for your video. I will be watching this carefully this afternoon as I try to work on my DD day 6.

  • 4.
    Kathy said…

    This is my favourite page so far……looks fantastic

  • 5.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Love it Ali just beautiful. The peace tag looks a lot like a tag from Elise Blaha maybe??? Just looks familiar. Hope you are enjoying December and that you have a wonderful festive season. Thanks for your always inspiring ideas.

  • 6.
    Ruth said…

    My day 5 can be seen here:

  • 7.
    Kitty Chen said…

    All are just so pretty! Really inspiring!

  • 8.
    MarianneG said…

    Love your Christmas decor!

  • 9.
    Missscrap said…

    A very great idea !!

  • 10.
    Lorette C said…

    Beautiful work!!! thank you!

  • 11.
    Brooke M said…

    Beautiful page. After the last few days, I am seriously wanting a silhoute for christmas!

  • 12.
    Beth Fox said…

    Awesome page, just really awesome!

  • 13.
    Alida Post said…

    So enjoying your album again this year! Thanks, you inspire!

  • 14.
    Carla said…

    My favorite page so far. Thanks for the inspiration. I am struggling this year. I was so excited to start and seem to be having trouble. I have a bad case of writers block and not sure where my creativity is hiding!!!

  • 15.
    Mary said…

    The page is awesome but your home looks so lovely – can I come to your house for the holidays!? :-)

    Happy Holidays to you, Ali!

  • 16.
    christen said…

    wow! so pretty.

  • 17.
    Denise KC said…

    Very, very cool Ali
    Beautiful house, decorations…red door!
    Thanks for doing DD :D

  • 18.
    laura g. said…

    wonderful pages as usual!! i have a red door too! and i love it!!!

  • 19.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Ali, thank you for doing the tutorial I am hoping to give it a try later today. Your album is coming along beautifully as usual. I have to say that I love the front walk up to your house in the photo.

  • 20.
    Paula G said…

    Been feeling emotional today and have some big happy tears pooling in my eyes with your Day 5 post :)

    You gave me a new outlook on taking photos of my decor — and when I finish typing I am going to get those photos. I was thinking at first that I already have photos of my decorations – but focusing on what’s different every year is a great idea. This year my Christmas cactus is more beautiful than ever, my Nativity that I just love is set up in a different place, and I realized I’ve never focused on the little village under the tree, after having it for about 20 years!! Thanks for “lighting” this candle in my mind today. You don’t just find light, you give light Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you Paula :) .

  • 21.
    Mayer Veronika said…

    My favorite! Super, wonderfull! i like it!!!!

  • 22.
    Beke said…

    I used this idea last year (for the first time, inspired from your last year one) and I loved taking the photos around the house. One little photo i used was of the cd i was lsitening to at the very time i was taking the photos, and thought the cd was not chrsitmas related, it was still apart of THAT DAY!

    The other photo i loved in my collage (like yours) was a short vase with candy canes sitting inside. I always have candy canes, and always deplay that way, so it was a little tribute to a tradition started years before even realsing it and documenting it :) Love your lay ouyt, as always!

  • 23.
    Kelly Jo said…

    Ali- I love each day better than the last in your dailies! I would so love to sit down with a cup of coffee and just look through all your albums.

  • 24.
    janel said…

    I am so enjoying every post, and every photo. A treat for the soul and the eyes.
    What size page protector are you using for your 6 x 8.5 pages? I am using that size and am confused as to what page protectors to use. Thanks for any help. I apologize for missing your info., as I am sure you have told us, and I just have missed reading it. Thanks so much.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Janel – I’m using 6 x 8.5 page protectors that were sold through Studio Calico (and made specifically for a December Daily kit by American Crafts). Unfortunately they are now out of stock.

    • ….
      janel said…

      Thanks Ali, I appreciate your response. Loving every post!

    • ….
      Jennifer said…


      We R Memory Keepers makes a 5.5×8.5 page protector. That is what I’m using this year.

  • 25.
    Jeni said…

    Love it!

  • 26.
    kelly said…

    so, so pretty!

  • 27.
    Phyllis C said…

    great — love it

  • 28.
    Abbey said…

    So inspired by the idea of cutting out the stars with the silhouette. I’ve been looking for more stars and things that work well in double sided situations and this is a perfect inexpensive fit (that gets me to hook up my old SD again). Thanks!

  • 29.
    cinback said…

    My “Around the House” page will have to come later as I haven’t even put up a tree yet…

  • 30.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Ali, I love this idea and these pages. So fun to see our favorites that come out every year and then the one or two new items we find each year. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

  • 31.
    Mary said…

    Ali, I look forward to your posts every day. Thank you for making the holidays even brighter! Wonderfully creative ideas ~

  • 32.
    Mary Riley said…

    HELP!! This is my first time doing DD. I am loving it so far.
    I am sending my completed pics to Walgreens for printing. If I
    am using the 6×8.5 templates, would I have my pics printed out
    on a 8×10 photo?? And how do I keep them the 6×8.5 size? I hope
    this is making sense.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mary – I recommend putting yout 6 x 8.5 image onto an 8×10 canvas (File/New – 8×10 at 300dpi for the resolution), saving as a JPG and then uploading to a developer. Once it’s printed you will cut off the excess.

  • 33.
    slmnontec said…

    Thank you for taking the time to show us the way. I have made my whole process more simple this year with one 7×7 photo and some storytelling journaling. Happy!

  • 34.
    rhonda said…

    Loving your designs today and I NEED to use my die-cutting machines a bit more!

  • 35.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    This is so cute, I love the collage look! Gonna have to do that with mine but in 8×8 of course. ;)

  • 36.
    CarolN6158 said…

    Great idea. Think I need to add this to mine.

  • 37.
    Mallory said…

    Thanks for the tutorial Ali! It helps so much. I’ve had Photoshop for a few years now but only know how to do basic basic things. I can make collages for my scrapbooks! :) I’m def going to purchase those templates in the new year. I’ve set a goal for myself in 2012. In addition to participating in Project Life, I want to learn more things in photoshop and do more hybrid scrapbooking. The picture is a bit blurry, so can you tell me which tabs/palettes are open in your elements. I did something, and now when I open it there’s nothing on the screen, I have to go looking through the toolbar, and I have no idea how to fix it. :/
    Would greatly appreciate your help, and as always, great page today!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mallory – you can select which windows you want to view by going to the “Window” menu and picking which ones you want. To me the important ones are usually Layers and Tools.

  • 38.
    Tracy said…

    Wonderful…gorgeous love it Ali!!!

  • 39.
    Amy Albert said…

    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?

  • 40.
    Diana Waite said…

    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! :)

  • 41.
    Lauralee Lien said…

    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!

  • 42.
    Michelle said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Helvetica Neue.

  • 43.
    Janine said…

    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


    • ….
      Janine said…

      so sorry about bad spelling and sentence structure….:( it should say ‘send you my photos to then put in nice layouts as you have done;..x

  • 44.
    Kim Thomas said…

    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. :)

  • 45.
    DAYAMI said…

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

  • 46.
    Molly said…

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

  • 47.
    Newfie Princess said…

    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.

  • 48.
    Jayne Taylor said…

    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 …

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Jayne, I live in New Jersey. I’m missing that crisp cold air, winter twinkle thing too. It’s DECEMBER 7th, 2am. And it’s over 60F outside. Not right!

  • 49.
    Gypsy Chaos said…

    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.

  • 50.
    Simona said…

    love it!!

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