December Daily™ 2011 | Day Nine

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Nine.

JUST A NOTE | I've got a second post going here on my Projects Blog today - December's Technique Tuesday/Studio AE Blog Hop. Check it out here.

Have you guys heard of Portable North Pole? My friend Stacey introduced it to me last year - it's a way for your kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, etc to receive an email and a video message Santa. The best part is that it's personalized.

It was pretty much magic watching Simon and then Anna view their videos.

The best part was Simon saying to Anna, "Anna, I'm so glad you're on the nice list." He was so excited for her. He's a really good brother.

Here's a look at my pages and my process:

For the first page I used one of my December Daily™ Layered Templates (includes the favorite tradition overlay).

I printed that on 8.5 x 11 and cut.

On top of the photo I added a "he" and "she" buttons from Ormolu. The "&" was cut with the Silhouette.

For the second page I printed out the email and did some cutting and pasting. I printed it directly from my email program.

I printed and cut up both emails so I could include their names together on this one page.

It's hard to do justice and capture just how excited they both were.


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41 thoughts

  1. annette

    2011-12-10 12:38:53 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    Love this page!!!!! This was the year that my ASD 11 year old found out about good old Saint Nick. I had already ordered the video and wanted to do a page in my Dec. Daily and tell the story of how he handled it . Anyway he loved the video. Thanks to your post I now have an inspiration for the page "YES, Nick there is a Santa." Thanks for the GREAT inspiration and although I am behind a few days I will keep plugging along...

  2. Debbi G.

    2011-12-10 12:40:12 -0500

    Thanks again Ali!! Not onnly for inspiring me always..but now we have a new tradition..emails from Santa!!! How fun!!

  3. Debbi G.

    2011-12-10 12:40:12 -0500

    Thanks again Ali!! Not onnly for inspiring me always..but now we have a new tradition..emails from Santa!!! How fun!!

  4. Michelle

    2011-12-10 13:30:24 -0500

    Love seeing your pages each day, it is very inspiring and motivating. On a different note, was there a deadline for the santa email? The link and a google search brings up an empty screen :(

  5. Shannon B

    2011-12-10 13:43:59 -0500

    Thank you for your post about PNP. I sent a video to my grandson & he loved it! Loving December daily.

  6. rhonda

    2011-12-10 13:48:07 -0500

    The look on Simon's face is precious, what a priceless moment to capture! Yeah for Simon and Anna being on the nice list!

  7. Kim Thomas

    2011-12-10 14:06:01 -0500

    I love your layout. So cute! That is definitely Christmas magic. Thank you for the link. I'll pass it on. Have a great day! I can't wait to see tomorrows post. :)

  8. Carmen Pauls Orthner

    2011-12-10 14:35:33 -0500

    Oh, so sweet!! :) I took your idea and got a video for Sara as well. She probably won't "get it" yet, but it's really cute!


  9. Kathy (kathyb)

    2011-12-10 15:49:56 -0500

    Ali, can I ask what paper trimmer you are using in the photo in this post. Mine is needing replacing. I really want one that cuts straight too :) Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. dawn

    2011-12-10 16:42:19 -0500

    I love this story and how sweet Simon was to Anna. What a cool idea for little kids.

  11. Leah Burgett

    2011-12-10 17:09:23 -0500

    Loved your layout! I was introduced to PNP this year. My son loved getting a video message from Santa. It was great!

  12. Jenni Hufford

    2011-12-10 17:41:06 -0500

    I LOVE simon's face in that photo! Pure (contagious) joy!!!

  13. Lorette C

    2011-12-10 20:05:37 -0500

    Doesn't matter which project you blog on, your work is wonderful! Thank you so much for the inspiration! My grandson loved his personalized video from Santa... this is second year but this is the first time he is really into it... after all, he's only 3!!! Christmas is special every year but there is nothing like experiencing it with children in the house!!! thank you!!

  14. Rosie

    2011-12-10 22:10:32 -0500

    Thanks for sharing the link Ali! I just videos for all my kids and DS#1 was gracious enough to choose some silly answers and be on the naughtly list to make his siblings laugh :)

  15. Elizabeth

    2011-12-11 00:32:37 -0500

    Isn't it awesome!? I think this is the best one so far! Santa asked my 6 yo ds to try really hard not to suck his thumb anymore...we've tried *everything* for two years now...and guess what??? No more thumb-sucking!!! We still can't believe it ! It's been 6 days since he got his Santa video and not one time have we seen him do it! Love me some Christmas miracles ;)

  16. muriel

    2011-12-11 04:10:22 -0500

    Hello from France! I've just come across your blog via Julie Feyfan Balzer. Your Deecmber daily is so great; lots and lots of inspiration. And thanks for the link to Expressions in ink, so full of must-have stamps!

  17. Gina Baj

    2011-12-11 04:30:49 -0500

    So amazing....I never knew about PNP and went straight to the site and put in for a message for my 5 year old daughter. I cried when I saw it, I dont know what I will be like when I show her. I think I am going to cry a river, mind you I cry every time I hear people singing the national anthem, or kids singing anything, I am a big softie. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing site.

  18. Allie.Duckienz

    2011-12-11 06:52:05 -0500

    Oh gorgeous!

  19. Mariette

    2011-12-11 14:54:56 -0500

    This is amazing. I enjoyed every moment doing it, and can't wait to show them. Thank you for all the inspiration. I did the advent calendars also this year, and what a hit.

  20. Brooke

    2011-12-11 17:38:22 -0500

    How precious is Simon's face! We have done the video too - very awesome.

  21. Karyn

    2011-12-11 17:48:04 -0500

    Ali thanks so much for mentioning Portable North Pole - it is awesome!
    Loving your DD album as usual.

  22. Cynthia

    2011-12-12 10:41:04 -0500

    OMG this is priceless! When our son was about 8 years old, we had a family friend call pretending to be Santa - watching his face on the phone had us laughing and crying at the same time. Such a great moment and thank you so much for sharing!

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