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December Daily™ 2011 | Day Nineteen

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Nineteen.

The kids are home which means a big change to my regular work-day routine (hence posts not greeting you bright and early in the morning).

Yesterday was one of those "everyday" December holiday days spent mainly in and around the kitchen.

I decided to take a cue from how I was feeling and just document the basics of the day.

I used that great American Crafts Hollyday Red Suit paper as the foundation for my journaling. I mixed in Hero Arts Basic Uppercase stamps with my handwriting and added some of the Authentique black and white word stickers along a couple of the lines.

I paired that journaling with a shot of the kids helping me make some cookies:

On the photo I added word art from my Messy Little Christmas set. The strips along the bottom are from My Mind's Eye.

Here's a look at both pages in the album:


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  1. Jenny Meyerson says…
    12/20/2011

    I think this is my favorite. I love the look of wonder on their faces and love the journaling (idea as well as the capture of the ordinary, yet exciting days leading up to Christmas.) Totally worth the wait!

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  2. Paula G says…
    12/20/2011

    Love the cozy feel of these pages!

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  3. Camilla Blue says…
    12/20/2011

    I love photos that document the kids helping in the kitchen. Good memories are made when you let them lean into the bowl.

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  4. anneberit says…
    12/20/2011

    Love the diagonal lines and the way you journaled. Such a cute photo to go with the story as well :D

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  5. Nicole says…
    12/20/2011

    I love this journaling idea! I've fallen into a bit of a slump this week and this will be perfect for tomorrow. Great photo too!!

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  6. Heather B says…
    12/20/2011

    I just want to know how you always manage to make your journaling fit... not too much, not too little. I have such a hard time with that when I'm writing it & not typing it.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/20/2011

      A couple things: (1) no stress about exactly what I'm going to say - I'm fine with good enough and (2) when I get close to the end I just wrap it up. There's always more I could say...I figure in the overall scheme I will have said the things that really matter most :).

  7. Tina says…
    12/20/2011

    Love what you did with that striped paper - so neat!

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  8. mel says…
    12/20/2011

    Lovely and so effective. Great use of those stripe lines - who but you would have thought of that!

    Just amazing too that you keep posting this close to Christmas. Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

    Mel

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  9. Jen says…
    12/20/2011

    Great idea! I have a few days where I have nothing to document, this is perfect for one of them!

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  10. Maria Stanley says…
    12/20/2011

    I think this is my favorite pages you've done so far. That photo just warms my heart. xoxo

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  11. leslie cannon says…
    12/20/2011

    how was the pork?! :-)

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    1. Ali says…
      12/20/2011

      It was just okay. Not great/not horrible. I'll do something else next time.

  12. telisj says…
    12/20/2011

    You just blow me away with your talent & creativity Ali! Beautiful page!

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  13. Janette says…
    12/20/2011

    This page is awesome Ali! I love your journaling creativity! Wish I had even a quarter of your imagination!

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  14. Stephanie says…
    12/20/2011

    Love it Ali!!! I've been hoarding that paper for a while because I love it so much! What a wonderful way to actually "use" the paper. You are truly an inspiration!!

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  15. libby gordon says…
    12/20/2011

    Loved the idea of journaling in the stripes of the paper-what a great idea! Their expressions are great:)

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  16. Cynthia H says…
    12/20/2011

    I love how you used the striped paper for journaling and the way the letter stickers are mixed in. It looks so cool!!

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  17. rhonda says…
    12/20/2011

    Cookie days are the best days! Love Anna's expression!

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  18. Michell says…
    12/20/2011

    Love it! The journaling is so perfectly paired with the large photo.

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  19. Nicky from Canada says…
    12/20/2011

    This is lovely. How wonderful and full the days are when school is out.

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  20. Rosie says…
    12/20/2011

    You know what I find so cool about your approach is how you find a way to make the products work for you rather than work them in to your design. I never would have thought to journal on that paper but when I see you do it I'm thinking "GENIUS"!!!!

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    1. Sonu says…
      12/22/2011

      Rosie - You thought/wrote exactly what I was thinking.

      Ali - how do you come up with these ideas. To journal between a striped paper! Brilliant! I am so not creative but keep trying after I read your Life Artist book.

  21. Lorette C says…
    12/20/2011

    What a great way to decorate stripes!!! I love it! You are truly an inspiration! The kids look ready to lick that bowl!! How fun!

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  22. aliza says…
    12/20/2011

    What a great photo!

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  23. Kimberly says…
    12/20/2011

    Completely LOVE this layout. The journaling page is super beautiful and creative!

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  24. Caroline says…
    12/20/2011

    Definitely going to scraplift that journaling idea - genius!

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  25. Ilona says…
    12/21/2011

    So cute, look at Annas expression - priceless!!

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