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December 5, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Four

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Four.

Happy Monday! Hoping you had a good weekend.

Today I’m telling the story of a little crafty get together I had with Katie and Kim on Saturday night.

Good times.

I did another full page photo for the left page of Day Four. Most likely you’ll be seeing quite a few of these in my album as it’s on my favorite things to include.

Before I tell you more about my December Daily™ pages today I wanted to talk a little bit about those glittered words on the wall near our front door in the photo above.

It was my crafty project for the evening.

The idea came from this image I found on Pinterest last week. If you click through to the link to Katie’s Pencil Box she’s got a tutorial and printables if you want to hand cut the letters.

I decided that since I had a Silhouette here now I could probably have it cut the letters and it did an awesome job. The font I used is called Script MT.

Rather than using Mod Podge (which I tried at first and just wasn’t getting a great stick with the glitter) I used the Creatopia - which is basically a 12-inch Xyron. You run the image through and it puts adhesive on the back (or front as the case may be with this project) and it comes out looking like the image above. You peel off the front and backing and you’re ready to glitter the front. For glitter I used Martha Stewart and mixed the Florentine Gold and Sterling (loved that idea from Katie’s Pencil Box tutorial).

Super fun project.

I hung them on the wall with some of those wall sticky tabs that are removable.

My favorite thing is that they catch the twinkle lights from outside and do their own little light dance.

Back to December Daily™.

I printed out the full page photo and then added a little white cardstock tag (punched using a McGill Tall Tags Rounded Punch that I don’t think they make anymore). I stitched that onto the photo and then ran the photo + tag through my typewriter.

Just a couple words about preparation and celebration.

Right above the white tag I added one of the super cute Happy Days Wood Banners.

For the second page I’d planned to use the typewriter again for my longer journaling but the T broke. Not sure it’s repairable. So instead of using the typewriter I jumped back on the computer and created the journaling in Photoshop using a font called Remington Noiseless.

I knew I wanted to cut these words out as strips so I left a bit of space between each line.

The journaling talks about getting together, having some wine, and making things. All very good stuff.

I spaced it out randomly and considered doing some more stitching but I was ready to just move on to the next part.

Looking at it now I might go back in and add a few stitches between the lines of text.

I used that same McGill Tall Tags Rounded Punch to cut out a bottle from Jenni Bowlin’s Common Objects pattern paper.

I stitched it right along the top right edge, repeating the same basic idea from the left page.

Down along the bottom of the right page I added a strip of October Afternoon Wax Bottles pattern paper (black stars) and stapled on a chipboard tab from Echo Park. The tab is actually blank – I stamped the word “document” on there using the April Studio AE stamp set which was called It’s In The Details.

Here’s the two pages together:


Click on the images to link to the products.


Elle’s Studio has some great items for your holiday scrapbooking – their numbers and journaling tags will also work great with your December Daily projects! Use coupon code ALIHOLIDAY on any order over $35 and receive 10% off!


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


  • 1.
    KathleenB said…

    OK….love, love, love the words on the wall! I am going to have to try that! Cool page too!

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    Learning a lot about composition with your pages this year. All in three’s and repeat elements on both sides. Good tips. I hope that T can be repaired!

  • 3.
    Patty said…

    Hi Ali, love your sentiment at this page.
    Amazing job as usual.
    Thanks for sharing joy each day

  • 4.
    Camilla Blue said…

    Your little details are always the perfect touch without looking overdone at all. Love.

  • 5.
    Marianne said…

    Love how that project turned out. But mostly enjoying your creative process! Soo inspiring!

  • 6.
    Joan VanCourt said…

    Wow, what a great blog post today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 7.
    Barb said…

    Awesome quote and technique. Love that sparkle!

  • 8.
    Missscrap said…

    Hi Ali, I love your project and thank you for the technique !!

  • 9.
    Molly said…

    Oh how I love those wood banners! You’re, always introducing me to something cool. I think I need some glitter in my life now too.

  • 10.
    Lorette C said…

    So love your work. thank you for your inspiration!

  • 11.
    Katie Scott said…

    Did you see Seth Godin’s blog post yesterday? It was titled “The economics of Christmas lights” and I thought it was a cool coincidence that your page was about Twinkle Lights.

    Seth’s description of why people put up Christmas lights – not because they get paid to do it but because they want to be part of a happy community – was a nice parallel to your December Daily project and how the scrapbooking community is sort of putting up their lights by playing along and linking with their scrapbooking projects in December Daily.

    “The Christmas Light corollary might be that in towns (or online communities) where there’s a higher rate of profit-free community contribution, happiness and productivity go up as well.” -Seth Godin

  • 12.
    Julie said…

    again great ideas for projects and scrapbooking. thank you Ali.

  • 13.
    marilyn s. said…

    Just Beautiful. Thank you for the daily Inspiration.

  • 14.
    Janet said…

    Love this DD . . . the gold and white is so chic, old typewriter writing, full page photos! All wonderful.

  • 15.
    jennifer said…

    I’m really enjoying the various techniques you are using to put together your pages. Thanks for being such a thoughtful teacher. I am working through my pages (though I have to wait to get my photos back from the printer) and I find your daily posts a great source of insipiration and motivation. Thanks again Ali!

  • 16.
    Leah Burgett said…

    Beautiful pages! Thinking I might have to get a silhouette!!

  • 17.
    Cheryl :) said…

    This is really neat! Hope you enjoy the Silhouette.

  • 18.
    Paula G said…

    Love your Day 4 page and it inspired me to have a much-needed girls night – or maybe a Christmas breakfast at a favorite restaurant!

    Ali, I have a question on the Designer Digitals Dec Daily Days – I am pretty much digital illerate, but wanted to give it a try. I downloaded to my MAC, but I can’t figure out how to resize the 8.5 x 11 to fit the SC binder (I bought the kit.) If you can tell me where to look for how to accomplish this, I would be so grateful!

  • 19.
    Nicole said…

    Oh Ali, you are killing me with all this Silhouette talk. So wish this was in my budget. What a fun crafty project and I love the neutral look of this layout. Beautiful!

  • 20.
    Cynthia H said…

    The words on the wall are so awesome, as is the photo that documents them. I love that they include your word!!

  • 21.
    rhonda said…

    Ali I am loving your album, with Ciara away at college I was so worried this year about the lack of things to document and not alot of pictures,but I am making it work. Thanks for inspiring me!

  • 22.
    Jill said…

    Love this one! I’ve been wondering just how to use that JB common objects paper. Love the graphics on it, but have been a bit perplexed. Can’t wait to crack out my McGill tag punch now!

  • 23.
    Katie Scott said…

    Here is a link to a seriously cool December Daily cigar box:

    I am in love with this idea.

  • 24.
    dawn said…

    great idea and love how it turned out.

  • 25.
    Kate Burroughs said…

    Great word banner! Thanks for the link to the other blog for all the details. I have been enjoying getting things and stories together to tell on my December Daily.
    Aloha, Kate

  • 26.
    Kim Thomas said…

    Awesome layout. It’s a little different, and different is good. My photo printed died the other night. Not good timing. I’m going to have to start getting photos printed at Walmart. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the white on white. :)

  • 27.
    NatalieSpring said…

    Really love the simplicity. Thanks for indicating the fonts, too.

  • 28.
    susan garner said…

    Where does all the inspiration come from. Have you ever heard of the term…..Yours is way better than mine. lol.

  • 29.
    Maria said…

    what an awesome glitter tip! I LOVE glitter so I think when I get home I’m going to give this a shot! Love these pages – simple and perfect!

  • 30.
    Amanda S. said…

    I love the sparkly words! They looks beautiful!! :)

  • 31.
    Lori said…

    Simply gorgeous! Thank you so much for the inspiration :) I need to go unpack some of my tools like the silhouette and put them to use. I am just excited to have pictures downloaded and journaling for each day and a 1/4 of my pages adorned. lol Progress is a beautiful thing.

  • 32.
    Scrappin' Annie said…

    Another great inspirational page Ali. Thank you.

  • 33.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    iLOVE this. a sensational page AND girls night all wrapped into one!! and the bottle is too cute.

  • 34.
    aliza said…

    Beautiful as always. I love your little details. Always so simple and pretty.

  • 35.
    Jo said…

    Lovely simple cream page. Love the full size photo and the addition of a tag, definitely going to use that idea!

  • 36.
    Tracy said…

    I looove your page Ali…beautiful!!

  • 37.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    You inspire me. Thank you.

  • 38.
    NatalieSpring said…

    General question: What is your preferred method for adhering photos back to back? I am not using page protectors, so I want to stick two photos back to back. Gluestick? spray adhesive? Tape? Anyone??? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I use the Scotch Dot N Roller adhesive (it’s a rolling tape).

  • 39.
    Skrapkat said…

    Ali – love your Smith Carona! Do you know what model it is?

  • 40.
    Barb in AK said…

    Sorry to hear your typewriter key broke :’(
    Btw, Ali, let me know if those sticky wall tabs remove easily. I’m curious if they live up as advertised.

  • 42.

    love love love what you did with the lettering! so happy to see!

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