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December 18, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Seventeen

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Seventeen.

A couple things before I share my page for today:

(1) There were lots of comments and questions about the longevity of receipts yesterday after seeing my collage of receipts page. I think I’ll use this specific page as a test that we can revisit next December. I’m curious to see what happens to them. I looked back in my Project Life album from the beginning of 2011 (I’ve added receipts here and there) and they were all still intact (from Jan and Feb). I also looked back at my Week In The Life from 2007 which also included receipts – they were all still visible as well. So far it hasn’t been my experience that they are all fading.

(2) The postal stamp that I included yesterday was actually stamped onto a piece of paper (as a receipt for something I sent) and I used a circle punch (1 inch) to add it to the metal rimmed circle tag.

(3) Now that the kids are out of school I might not get each of my posts up in the early AM as usual – it’s still my goal. We are so close to Christmas!

Here’s a look at Day Seventeen:

I took Anna to the Nutcracker Ballet last night and it was so cool. We’d been planning and talking about it for quite awhile – it was pretty magical.

The first page is a collage of photos using my December Daily™ Layered Template 6×8.5 set. I’ve got a tutorial for working with those files in Elements available here.

The “be jolly’ chipboard accent is from My Mind’s Eye Lost And Found Christmas.

For the second page I used a photo of Anna dancing at intermission.

JOURNALING | Sweet Anna Girl | This is how I want to remember our first adventure to the Nutcracker Ballet. You – spinning, twirling, dancing, jumping, giggling, and watching other little girls play and dance during intermission. You were so, so happy. The whole adventure was fun. We did leave early – you were tired – it was time. You really wanted to dance on the stage – I’m definitely going to sign you up soon for a fun ballet class. You wore a black dress with black tights and black sparkly shoes. We read the Nutcracker story a few times before we went so you’d know a bit about the story – you were excited to see Fritz, Clara, the Nutcracker, and the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy too. You had a little meltdown as we drove home – it was late and you were just done for the day – even crying, “I miss my brother.” When I asked you this morning if you want to go again next year you said “Yes, and next year I can go on the stage.” Love you Anna. Love experiencing life with you.

I love the little flag embellishments that are part of My Mind’s Eye Lost And Found Christmas chipboard sheet. Star paper is from October Afternoon.

The last couple of times I’ve posted with text on my photos like this I’ve received a few questions about how I do it.

I’m not using any special technique – here’s a look at my process:

1. I start by grabbing the T (text tool) and clicking on my image and dragging (while holding down the mouse) to create a text box. Doing it this way vs. just clicking on the image and beginning to type, is how you are able to create an editable text box (one that you can change the size of as you go along).

2. Then I start typing in my journaling. I usually get all of it in there before I start messing with returns and tabs.

3. After I’ve got all my words on there I start using the return key to create new lines where I’d like there to be a break (usually going around a body part or other “line” created by the image). I hit return and then I play with a combination of tabs and spaces to get the words where I want them. There may be a MUCH easier way (like creating a path and then doing a text wrap) but this is the way I’m doing it right now. The main thing for me is to make sure I know what I want to say before starting to mess with the returns.

Such a fun night.

And yes, my album is getting huge.


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


  • 1.
    Kylie said…

    Wow, another beautiful layout, you are AMAZING!!!

  • 2.
    Denise KC said…

    Awesome memories and spread :)

  • 3.
    Becky W. said…

    Im really diappointed in myself, I had all good intensions of starting this book early. But just couldn’t keep up. Im thinking I’ll just make a book of what I have and call it good. (My son actually thought it was a cool idea, and he hardly likes anything at 17)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think celebrating and embracing what you’ve done sounds like a great idea! If it’s done, it’s done :) .

  • 4.
    Sarah said…

    You both looked so pretty! Great page!

  • 5.
    Lorette C said…

    BEAUTIFUL!!! And thank you for the tip about the text wrap… so useful! This technique I will use!! Love the picture of your shoes!

  • 6.
    Jayne T said…

    This is so gorgeous. I hope to take my daughter to the Nutcracker when it is on sometime.
    So pleased I have started my album – some journalling and even developed some photos – maybe ‘Santa’ will bring me a wee photo printer to help with this for future years!
    Thanks for your inspiration.:-)

  • 7.
    Ruth said…

    I was lucky enough to work for the Royal Ballet School a number of years ago and spent a month watching Nutcracker from the wings of the Royal Opera House in London ~ so glad Anna loved it!

  • 8.
    Annette said…

    So happy you two had fun! Anna is a year older than my girl, so it gives me such good ideas to read your blog and think that maybe she will be ready for something like this in the future. As always thanks for the inspiration and love to see your album filling up!

  • 9.
    heather Prins said…

    ali i just love looking at your book!!

  • 10.
    Estelle said…

    Mine is getting huge, too !!! I m happy to see yours too, because of the embellishments. I don’t think it’s possible to do less, and it is beautiful like this, isn’t it ?
    Kisses from France !

  • 11.
    Michelle W. said…

    I especially love the photo of the two pair of shoes next to one another.

    Beautiful memories and a beautiful layout to document it.


  • 12.
    joanne smith said…

    she is just too cute!

  • 13.
    audra said…

    It’s hard to say for sure – while ALL of your pages are just wonderful & SO inspiring, this might just be my FAVORITE! It looks like you both had a WONDERFUL time! I’m so glad you enjoyed such a wonderful experience with her… that’s what it’s all about!

  • 14.
    Katie Scott said…

    I tried to post yesterday but I don’t think it worked. 1. Loved the receipts pages. 2. My SIL also scrapbooks but has never read my blog until this December Daily project & she says she loves this project and wants to try it. She has been a chronological scrapbooker for years & I have been all over the place. 4. Love the shoes photo – my daughter picked out some shoes recently & only after she had them on did I realize she picked them out because they look like mine. I made a December Daily Page about it on my Day 13. It also made me realize that as a mother, I need to constantly be setting a good example, because our daughters really do imitate us. Still loving this December Daily Project & I am finally keeping up this year – note to the commenter above – I did this project for 4 or 5 years and did not keep up – so try again next year and fill in the gaps in the meantime, its all good.

  • 15.
    Kimberly said…

    Love that you continue this project. It keeps me going, even though I’m days behind!

  • 16.

    This is wonderful. I hope to have experiences like this with my daughter Sara when she is a little older and we are living in an urban centre. :)


  • 17.
    Susan Todd said…

    Wishing I had your focus for doing this. Have taken daily pictures, now just need to start compiling the book!!!

    What software do you use? Mac or PC? Any help is appreciated!

    Thanks for the continued motivation.

  • 18.
    Tracy said…

    Such a special memory and what’s really cool, you’ll have many more years of sharing this magical evening with your daughter. Who knows maybe one day you’ll be taking pictures of your very own “Clara” ;) Beautiful pages!!

  • 19.
    Susan said…

    Awesome pages! This is my first year sticking to December Daily. Past years I’ve stopped at day 3 or 6 and then no more. Now I can’t wait to have my 12×12 pages printed and fill an album full of pages I’ve made digitally. I have a few 6×12 journaling inserts to put in also. Thanks so much for your commitment to sharing and inspiring.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome Susan!

  • 20.
    Kimber-Leigh said…

    love this page ali. we go to the nutcracker every other year…and love it. i’m glad you and anna enjoyed it too.

    i have found that some receipts last a long time…and others don’t. i think the “shiny” paper that some companies use does not last as long as the traditional receipt paper that has been used for ages. (but even those do fade over time. i took a trip in the summer of 2000…and saved all my receipts in a notebook i kept for the trip. i noticed while scrapbooking that trip (in 2009), that almost all the receipts had faded. so there’s a good chance that within a decade, they will fade.)

    i have taken pictures or scanned documents like that…for instance ultrasound photos…just to be sure to preserve them.

  • 21.
    celeste said…

    ali you can get the same effect with the text box by using text in a path. it’s so much easier than dealing with the tabs and spaces. i’m sure you could find a tutorial online somewhere. :)

  • 22.
    Carrie Alexander said…

    I love the first page with the pictures showing the two pairs of shoes, such a sweet capture! I just (as in 9 days ago!) gave birth to our second baby, a GIRL this time, and I am already so looking forward to mommy daughter moments like this. Blog post printed and stashed in my inspiration note book for my lil Miss Delilah Jane!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome Carrie – congrats. It has been the BEST thing :) .

  • 23.
    Dori said…

    Ali, I absolutely love these 2 pages. What a precious Mommy and daughter memory!

    I’d love to hear your opinion about using page protectors for DD.

    Do you like using them?

    Do you think you will use them again?

    Thanks, Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Good question. I’m not sure yet. I kinda miss the texture but I also kinda love having it all protected. I could go either way right now.

  • 24.
    Shell said…

    I absolutely LOVE the photo of yours and Anna’s shoes… really great! Thanks for the tips about adding text to photos too… that’s going to be REALLY useful :) Merry Christmas from New Zealand xx

  • 25.
    Ali M said…

    Thanks for the tip! You rock my world on a daily basis…

  • 26.
    Kathy C. said…

    What a lovely evening for you both – meltdown and all. Thanks for that tutorial – that’s what I do, but I’m glad to know you do too.

  • 27.
    Kathy said…

    Ali beautiful photos and memories of a mummy and daughter night even though she is ever so little. Your book is looking amazing.

  • 28.
    Martha Thomas said…

    You are such a stellar mama!! Anna is going to absolutely treasure all these precious memories and especially your words of love and affirmation to her. Go Ali go!!

  • 29.
    Susan Rosen said…

    We went to the Sugar Plum Fairy matinee of the Nutcracker yesterday too! My first time! My kids are 17 & 12, but they were enchanted. So wonderful! It will certainly be my Daily December layout.

    Just a note about keeping up. I like having my photos printed so there’s always a delay for me between taking photos and getting pages done. I keep notes and I don’t let myself worry. This is supposed to be fun!

    Gorgeous layout! Beautiful story. Peace to you and your family.

  • 30.
    Heather said…

    Oh Ali this is so precious! I really think it might be my favorite page of all. Love love love the photo of your shoes together! But the best part is that you captured her words: I LOVE that she said she missed her brother (how sweet!!) and that next year she can dance on the stage. My DD said similar things when she was little (she’s 9 now). Thanks for reminding me of that sweet, simple time. :)

  • 31.
    Brooke said…

    I really love your journalling from today and the shot of the shoes. I’m not sure anyone else could journal about a meltdown quite like you did.

    I’ve kept receipts for insurance purposes for years. Some fade, some dont. If in doubt people could photocopy them, cut them out and then collage them that way.

  • 32.
    Jen Tapler said…

    What fabulous memories! I want so badly to take my 5-yr-old son to see the Nutcracker Ballet and we were so disappointed that they didn’t come to Maui (the island where we live) this year. Maybe next year?

    Thank you SO much for sharing the photo of your stuffed album! My album is getting very large as well and I was wondering if I was the only one!! I feel better now. I’m thinking I’ll add a large ribbon around the whole thing or something when I’m done to hold it all closed.

  • 33.
    Abbeyviolet said…

    What Nutcracker book did you like? Next year will be my little girl’s first time at just over three and love the idea of familiarizing her first. We do have a Little Einstein’s Christmas special that includes an episode with the music and a portion of the story that you might like.

  • 34.
    aliza said…

    The text on that photo around Anna’s arm is just magical to me. I love it. And I love that you documented the the meltdown too.

    I saw STOMP today with my 2 boys. We don’t often see live performances;I forgot how moving it is to see people perform before your very eyes.

  • 35.
    jackie p said…

    thanks for the journaling tip!

  • 36.
    slmnontec said…

    So great that your very young child sat through. We took our daughter when she was five and she had a twirly skirt and danced with a wooden nutcraker we bought for her. She still says it’s her favorite decoration–and she’s now 24 years old. Fun memories. We try to go almost every year.

  • 37.
    Robyn said…

    Noticed Day 15 is missing from your blog??

  • 38.
    Cynthia C. said…

    Receipts….. If you want to be sure, I might scan to have just in case. I have actual receipt longevity data for some different kinds. We are getting ready to donate our 1992 Honda and move on. In cleaning out her glove box last weekend, I found a bunch of receipts for gas. 2 of the 6 receipts are fine, 4 are all white or light grey with illegible faded imprint marks from the printer. LOVE the receipts I have, about 9 gallons, which is as much as it ever takes, for $10.36 in 1993!! The other good one is from 1996. Also had vehicle city sticker receipt from 1995 that looks like ink jet on thin cardstock that is in great shape. If you scan, you are covering your bases, and have the intrinsic cuteness of the actual receipts.

  • 39.
    Shelly said…

    Lovely story and lovely photos.I agree with what another reader said–you both look so pretty!

  • 40.
    Sarah said…

    Love this!! And could either of you look more gorgeous (you), perfectly adorable (Anna)? My girl is almost the same as Anna and I LOVE your Mother/Daughter stories :)

  • 41.
    susan garner said…

    I love the idea of keeping receipts but as i look back at them over the years one thing stands out and that is the staple has a tendancy to break down and rust transfers to the paper so I don’t use staples anymore not even in my scrapbooking. Has anyone else had the same issue.?

  • 42.
    rebeccastt said…

    Thanks, Ali, for sharing about the text on your photos. All this time I assumed you used the text path in the full Photoshop (which I don’t have…I use Elements), and figured I couldn’t do what you have done. I’m so excited to try your technique!

  • 43.
    Lisa W. said…

    First of all Anna is a VERY lucky little girl!!! I so admire your work…just breathtaking…but also really admire you as a Mom. Being the Mother of three myself, I truly respect your love for them. This is a memory that will forever hold in your heart:) AND yes Christmas is getting SO close. Happy Week Ali!!!

  • 44.
    Marie-Pierre said…

    You both look stunning in your little black dresses! You rock!

  • 45.
    Nathalie Hardy said…

    you both look lovely – I love that you included the whole story – all the parts …my pile of intentions for DD is nearly as big as your book :)

  • 46.
    Tinka said…

    What a wonderful experience for you and Anna! Quite a few years ago I took then 7 1/2 year old nephew and 5 yr old niece to see the Nutcracker..they are now 22 1/2 and 20! We stayed in a hotel for the whole weekend so we could also enjoy the Christmas lights and pageant held on the Riverwalk. I bought them new clothes for the occasion David insisted that he had to have a Nutcracker tie for his suit since that was what we were going to see! We also left the ballet early…it was hot and the kids wanted to swim in the hotel’s indoor pool!

  • 47.
    Alida Post said…

    No girls here. We did take the boys to see The Nutcracker last here, but they somehow caught on that it is more of a girl thing and weren’t too impressed! I also love the shoes photo & all of them really.

  • 48.
    Beverly said…

    ah, these events and photos takes me back in time when our two girls (women now) were young. You are such an awesome mommy! Merry Christmas!

  • 49.
    Betsy said…

    I just luv the memories & how you put it all together!

  • 50.
    Melissa said…

    I saved my receipt from the first package of diapers I ever bought back in 1998 when I was pregnant with my first. You can no longer read the receipt. Sigh.

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