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December 7, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Six

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Six.

Each year when I put this album together I always know there will be a day or two (or more) where I’d love to just be super quick with the process. Not every page has to be crafty, extensive, well thought-out, have photos, or even have words.

Today was that day for me.

Knowing that, I usually stash a few things in my December Daily™ pile that I can put into my album that tell simple, quick stories (that are still meaningful when viewed in the context of the whole album). They often involve things cut from packaging, magazines, etc.

Here’s a look at each page for today:

Packaging cut from Anna’s Advent calendar (Playmobil Christmas Post Office). I’ll add something from Simon’s (Lego Star Wars) when December is over (his didn’t have any extra packaging). Actually I might just print out an image from online to add to the pocket. Brown paper bag tag was cut from a Trader Joes shopping bag. Cut little red and white paper clip is from Smash.

The second page image was cut from the DVD packaging. Underneath I wrote a few details about what kind of Advent Calendar each kid received and how they’ve been watching these movies (and Home Alone).

Quick and easy. Especially great for those days when everything else feels anything but quick and easy (also great for days when you might be playing catch-up and find yourself working on more than one day at a time).


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  • 1.
    MarianneG said…

    Love this layout! Am also planning on including our favourite Christmas movie into our December Daily album!

  • 2.
    Deb A said…

    So great Ali! Sunday I took a quick picture of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” DVD case and that took centre stage for the day (on paper and on the screen). We are loving this. Thanks for it all.

  • 3.
    Brooke said…

    Love how packaging is fun too. My yoghurt company puts a Christmas thank you sticker on their packaging at Christmastime, it’s something that will be going in my album.

    The last 2 days have been days like this for me too. Yesterday I didn’t take any photos and today I only took 2 – 2 shots of my much needed chocolate cake – a tough Mummy day! Also, thanks for the Lisa Leonard code – I have a necklace on my Christmas wishlist!

  • 4.
    Mrs. b said…

    Thank you for all the inspiration – your stories and pages are great! Thanks also for the reminder that certain days are just like that. I’ve had a lot of those days, and getting inspiration from you and others just help me with tips and ideas that I can use for my own stories and by that I also may get past certain point where I feel stuck in the process.

  • 5.
    Lorette C said…

    Christmas can be simple too… the little things count! Thank you for reminding us of this! loving this December Daily… this is my first and I’m learning so much everyday!

  • 6.
    Caryl Hope said…

    Oh, thanks for the reminder to keep it simple. I was going in the other direction… Overthinking again. Your last sentence is SO me right now. :-)

  • 7.
    NatalieSpring said…

    I don’t have a blog, so I’ll just share what I have done for my easy days:
    1. Downloaded a Christmas Coloring Sheet and had my daughter color it.
    2. Gave my daughter a pile of Christmas stickers and a 5.5×6.75 piece of cardstock to adhere to my foundation page.

    • ….
      Marian said…

      I love those ideas a those pages will be so great to look back on. They’ll probably turn out to be favorites.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love that too.

  • 8.
    Katie Scott said…

    Love your pages today & the way that they are so quick and that they give a break from photos. Awesome :)

  • 9.
    steffb said…

    Backlogged 3 days now – very busy time at end of term for me so simple is much appreciated!!! Worst thing is I have the pages all made in my mind, just have to find time to actually get them in the book :-P

  • 10.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Ha ha..I did the same thing this weekend. I printed an image from “Elf” the movie and added it to my page. Great minds….

  • 11.
    Joy in GA said…

    Great idea. Seeing those familiar classic images made me smile. Thanks.

  • 12.
    Dolly/scrapthat said…

    LOL My day six is of the Christmas shows because I didn’t get a pic yesterday!

  • 13.
    sharon dryjanski said…

    I find myself doing the same thing….through out the month things or events that would fit in the theme if note or make a mental note like this weekend is Poinsetta festival 10 to 6 at Baseline and than on Saturday a cafe event and so on….this way it stays front and center on my mind…..

    hugs and blessings

    Sharon Dryjanski –Phoenix Arizona Creative Escape

  • 14.
    Missscrap said…

    it’s a very good idea. thanks !!

  • 15.
    Jennifer S. said…

    Great suggestion! My son is a December baby so I feel like I am doing double duty in one month! Seeing your images of the kit make me sooooo jealous! I found you too late to order but I am using your digital templates. Thank you for helping me understand how to document special moments simply.

  • 16.
    amy said…

    looks great. ali, my son has the star wars lego calendar too, on the first day of ours there was a mini sized fold-out that was of exactly what the picture of the box looks like – i used it here:

    maybe you could scan it in case simon wanted to keep it with his instructions and such. enjoying december daily – thank you.

  • 17.
    Susan said…

    great idea. my twins and hubby are participating in my church’s christmas production ( and including a brochure into my album will be fantastic and similiar to your inspsiration. Thanks Ali. The day we watch Christmas movies (planning to do that when my grandkids come home) I’ll need to match your idea. Thanks so much for all you do. P.S. Each day I attempt to link in with everyone else’s december dailys and i always get an error. oh, well.

  • 18.
    Laura@OV said…

    Ha! I bought the same DVD set for Alyssa this year and I planned on using the packaging in my album too! Christmas movies are such a part of the holiday season and the movies in this set were ones I looked forward to watching on TV when I was a kid.

  • 19.
    Michelle said…

    I have this packaging to those movies—-really wanna use it!

  • 20.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    The image of the Christmas Classics takes me right back to my childhood! Is Lisa Leonard the same artist that makes the OLW items? I’ll have to check her site but just wondering – my word last year was to long to have on a necklace but this year’s word is only 3 letters so I’d like to get a necklace this year.

  • 21.
    Janelle said…

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pages!

  • 22.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Ali, great idea. The last two days have been really busy so haven’t really been able to take pictures or do much. This will be pefect for me to do. Really trying to get the December Daily done this year.

  • 23.
    Abbey said…

    I was in a similar place today. Really tempted to let today slide, but very glad I did the page anyway. Didn’t end up as quick as I’d like, but this is a great idea for another day like yesterday.

  • 24.
    Paula G said…

    Great pages! PS – my kids LOVED all of the Home Alone movies,especially at the holidays – lots of giggles!

  • 25.
    Holly Costello said…

    So creative! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • 26.
    cinback said…

    This is definitely what I need today…quick and easy. I have been playing catch up since the weekend.

  • 27.
    Kim Thomas said…

    This is such a great idea. I love it! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  • 28.
    rhonda said…

    I love easy days esp. after a few stressful ones! Ciara has a chocolate advent calender from Target this year, but next year with my new grandbaby on the way I want to start the Lego Advent tradition!

  • 29.
    Gina Baj said…

    I just love watching you creating your DD, you help to make this a guilt free, stress free process. Thank you.

  • 30.
    Monica L. said…

    Loving all the pages!!! unfortunately I’m sooooo behind :(

  • 31.
    Christine said…

    Awesome page :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 32.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Yay! Must have page with our favorite Christmas movies! Especially covering how Mickey watches “Grinch” all year round. <3

  • 33.
    Maureen said…

    love the page today – tfs.

  • 34.
    Karen Heisler said…

    Great ideas for a busy week – I’m already days behind. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 35.
    Sharon said…

    Great ideas – wednesdays are “Grandma day” with two of my grandchildren and today we sang Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Santa is coming to town and watched and sang while watching You Tube videos. Great idea for todays page to include pics of them and packaging. Thanks – you are so inspiring.

  • 36.
    mandee m said…

    i love that your kiddo’s love Home Alone… my little one calls it “THE FUNNY BOY MOVIE” because he thinks it is so funny that he plays pranks on the “bad guys”

    So much fun!

  • 37.
    Jane T said…

    Now, that is something I am dying to get my hands on. Haven’t seen any where I live. :-)

  • 38.
    Happy Now said…

    Oh, my kids are LOVING their Advent calendars, too!! (Thanks to you for the suggestion… although my youngest has already misplaced his red mailbox and all of the letters from the PlayMobil set…). :)

  • 39.
    Michelle Huegel said…

    Thanks for the reminder that not every day has to be all cool and special – ordinary days and ordinary things are just perfect, too! Which is pretty much exactly what my days 6-7 are about LOL!!

  • 40.
    MK said…

    There is nothing better than great packaging. I went shopping over the weekend and saved my TJ bags. Great packaging all around us we just need to slow down to take it all in.

  • 41.
    Deonne said…

    Don’t think you realized it, but every day when you put the link in the first sentence of your post where it says Welcome to December Daily 2011, if I click on it, it links to your 2009 posts, not 2011. Any chance you could swap those out?
    Thanks so much!

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