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December 20, 2011

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 said…

    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!

  • 2.
    Paula G said…

    Love the cozy feel of these pages!

  • 3.
    Camilla Blue said…

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

  • 4.
    anneberit said…

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

  • 5.
    Nicole said…

    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!!

  • 6.
    Heather B said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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 said…

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

  • 8.
    mel said…

    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.


  • 9.
    Jen said…

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

  • 10.
    Maria Stanley said…

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

  • 11.
    leslie cannon said…

    how was the pork?! :-)

    • ….
      Ali said…

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

  • 12.
    telisj said…

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

  • 13.
    Janette said…

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

  • 14.
    Stephanie said…

    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!!

  • 15.
    libby gordon said…

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

  • 16.
    Cynthia H said…

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

  • 17.
    rhonda said…

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

  • 18.
    Michell said…

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

  • 19.
    Nicky from Canada said…

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

  • 20.
    Rosie said…

    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”!!!!

    • ….
      Sonu said…

      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 said…

    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!

  • 22.
    aliza said…

    What a great photo!

  • 23.
    Kimberly said…

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

  • 24.
    Caroline said…

    Definitely going to scraplift that journaling idea – genius!

  • 25.
    Ilona said…

    So cute, look at Annas expression – priceless!!

  • 26.
    esther_a said…

    I could NOT have done that journaling so it magically filled all the stripes and finished so perfectly at the end. You are amazing! OK, now I’ve read it all I think I need a nap myself ;)

  • 27.
    dawn said…

    I love how you wrote on the striped paper, so cool and creative.

    My paper collection is filled with striped paper as it is my favorite kind. Now I have a new idea for it, thank you thank you!!

    Love their sweet photo and what a busy day you had.

  • 28.
    Susan said…

    even your simple pages are awesome. thanks.

  • 29.
    HeatherC said…

    Love this page — great idea of how to use the striped paper. Today is the first day my kids are home — it is a rainy day and I know we will be baking today!

    Wanted to share with you how your project bonds friends together. One of my craftiest friends cannot get your blog on her internet connection at work. We love this project and do it every year and so look forward to your daily posts and inspiration. Every morning I copy your post into an email and send it to her. We love it — thanks for continuing to do this project every year.

  • 30.
    {vicki} said…

    THis is my FAVORITE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you did your journaling!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 31.
    jennifer said…

    So very perfect! I love the idea of documenting a day to look back at in the future when the routine is completely different. Of course, your creativity is amazing, LOVE the journaling!

  • 32.
    Katie Scott said…

    Love the “Christmas is Awesome”

  • 33.
    Sarah J. said…

    Thanks for another great idea! I struggle all the the time on what to journal on! Duh! What about lined paper. Thank you!

  • 34.
    ckcpurple said…

    Wow! I really love how you used the paper. I don’t think I would have thought of that. Clever!!!

  • 35.
    Maricel C. said…

    The journaling is really really creative. Awesome job!

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