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December 17, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Sixteen

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Sixteen.

Today was all about errands. Some holiday-related but most were just related to the basics of life: post office, Target, Walgreens, doctor’s office.

I decided to do a collage of the receipts I collected while out and about paired with a photo I took while waiting in line at the post office.

I started with a white piece of cardstock and simply adhered receipts onto the page.

I also added my two lists, a strip of washi tape (not sure of the source on this one), and a metal circle tag with a great date stamp from the post office.

While standing in line at the post office I took a photo looking down at my shoes:

That became the background image for page two. On top of the photo I added foam letter stickers and journaling with a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen and a silver Pitt Artist pen from Faber-Castell.


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  • 1.
    Jeni said…

    Another great page. I would love to be able to flick through your DD. And I have to get one of those white pens!

  • 2.
    Theresa S. said…

    I think that washi tape is Martha Stewart? I have that one–it came in a set of 4.

    • ….
      chel said…

      It is Martha Stewart :) I have the same :)

  • 3.
    Lisa said…

    Your receipt collage is so awesome. I love the washit tape + tag strip. Makes it look sp festive. I did some thing similar for one my early days. I turned one of myrick compare lists into a background page & embellished with cutouts of the TradervJoes bag!

  • 4.
    Crystal said…

    Omg to funny! This is what I did yesterday but was thinking I had nothing for DD! Great idea!!!!

  • 5.
    Lorette C said…

    Wonderful pages!!! great idea with the receipts… thanks for the inspiration once again!

  • 6.
    Michelle L said…

    HOw is it you can make even a bunch of reciepts and to do lists look cool? This is great!
    That tape is definitely martha Stewart! It was in one of the December Studio Calico Add ons!

    • ….

      I was thinking the same thing — it takes a certain gift to see art possibilities in a stack of receipts. :)

  • 7.
    jane said…

    I really love the collage! I will be using this idea next week. Recently I read about the very high BPA levels in many receipts and was wondering how that affects the acid free/”archiveability” aspect of scrapbooking. Is it something to be concerned about?

  • 8.
    Mallory said…

    Awesome little collage with the receipts. I’m always wondering how to place them, for one of my days I just put them in an envelope. Can you share your process for putting that stamp from the post office onto the metal rim tag? I have those tags but always have a hard time getting stuff in there. Do you know the measurements?

  • 9.
    Cathie said…

    love, love, love the journaling on the photo. I need those pens. this page definitely has the art journal feel – in your style, of course. definitely going to keep this in mind as I move forward.

  • 10.
    Loydene said…

    I’m impressed that you got the postal stamp! My postal people aren’t nearly as cooperative!

  • 11.
    MichelleGB said…

    I love the “everyday” of this spread!

  • 12.
    Christy said…

    Love your idea on errands and receipts that you went for shopping. My question is I know that some receipts can fade when you keep them all years. How do you keep it from fading?

  • 13.
    Rebeccastt said…

    I was wondering the same thing about receipts. I love the idea of saving them, but after a few years they fade. Do you have receipts in your old DD that have survived well?

    • ….
      Ali W said…

      I wondered the same thing. I know they fade really quickly as they are thermally printed. I am thinking of doing the collage then photocopying the page and using the photocopy/scan (later printed out). Love the washi tape

  • 14.
    rhonda said…

    Loving your album Ali, I also ran errands yesterday and at 11:30 pm last night did my page with receipts only I put my receipts in a paper snack bag from Hobby Lobby that is Christmas themed,it worked out perfectly!

  • 15.
    valerie said…

    I’m pretty sure I got that tape from Studio Calico in one of the add-on kits, it came with a thinner blue one with snowflakes on it.
    Cool page, Ali!

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      Bought some on ebay a few weeks ago as well :) Fun page – never would have thought of this!!

  • 16.
    marisa said…

    Probably my fave page so far! Never would have thought of a day like this. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration.

  • 17.
    Claire said…

    I love the idea of putting the post office date stamp on the metal circle tag. Genius!

  • 18.
    lisa truesdell said…

    LOVE. we spent last night wrapping online orders, i might have to collage all the invoices now!

  • 19.
    Mrs. b said…

    It is so fun to follow your (and others) December Daily – it becomes so obvious that we have the same things “going around” this time of the year despite which part of the world we all live in (I live in Sweden). Today I also took one round of errands, and even if it is not my favorite thing to do (especially this close to Christmas) it feels good having ticked off some of those things on the “todo-list” :-)

  • 20.
    Teri H. said…

    I LOVE the receipt collage!

  • 21.
    Deb P said…

    I LOVE this!!! I really like the idea with the date on the tag. I have saved the date from the po stamp before but never thought to put it in a tag circle!!!


  • 22.
    Camilla Blue said…

    Love, love, love the idea of documenting errand day. I think I should scrap this sometime other than just Christmas.

  • 23.
    Tammy B said…

    Thank you so much for this! I have all these receipts, lists, etc., I have been keeping and one picture of shopping and I thought I wouldn’t use any of it! This will work perfectly!

  • 24.
    dawn said…

    This is such a fun idea, love love this!! My days have been like this too lately.

    I also wanted to know how you did the date stamp on the ring? I don’t think we have date stamps like that? Could you explain more, it looks cool.

    Enjoy your weekend. We are making Gingerbread houses today, so much fun to do.

    prayers and hugs

  • 25.
    Yolanda said…

    That receipt collage is genius! I can think of so many ways to use that idea for week in the Life, or with wrapping paper after a birthday party; all the receipts from a party planning event; or the stuff you buy before you leave on a trip (or while on a trip). Great way to use and document something that is so often tossed away or stuffed in a filing cabinet.

  • 26.
    Monica L. said…

    Love your collage!! Thanks for your wonderful idea. I have tons of receipts from these days and this is a good idea to scrap them. I will also scrap the m&m chcolates packages…every year they have a different design and I already have 7 or 8 different ones (very cute).

  • 27.
    Heather said…

    I would love to know how you got the date stamp – did you just ask the postal worker to stamp it? Or did you punch it off of something you already had?

    It’s a GENIOUS idea – and the PERFECT embellishment. :)

  • 28.
    Anna said…

    I’ve noticed that the new type of printed receipts fade significantly over time. Your page is really fabulous (as always) but the background may look blank in a year or so.

  • 29.
    Ali W said…

    Is the envelope part of the photo or stuck on later? It’s very clever, the angles and all, so I am impressed

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s part of the photo.

  • 30.
    Noa said…

    wow, love the daily things scrapped and this topic you choose for this day. I’m a few pages behind with my december daily…:)

    I was wondering how you “write” (eg. on you overlays) in photoshop; with a pen I assume, with which tool you choose in your program?
    I’ve still not found in my paint shop pro program, in combination with my wacom pen, how to write and draw nice and that it really seems my handwriting. So the tool & settings in the program. Can you help???

  • 31.
    susan w said…

    Awesome page!

    I have a question tho not specifically related to this day. On your baseball protectors you normally sew them shut. I do not have a sewing machine .. I was wondering what are some other ideas about how to keep things from sliding out of the little pockets. I am thinking washi tape but I am not sure if that would work out too well.

    Thanks :)

    • ….
      dnobles said…

      here are some suggestions while you wait for Ali’s response…I staple them shut…you can get a long arm stapler at an office supply store that will reach into the middle of a 12×12 page…or just bend your pages to fit.
      Or if design premits, you can use a sticker or a glue dot…you can also stitch by hand and make it look like embroidery…or punch holes for ribbon to be tied through..

      I’ve wondered if anyone has ever tried a sealer thingy that seals plastic bags for food preservation??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Susan – in general (outside of this project) I don’t usually sew them shut. On this one, because I’m including really small things that aren’t attached to anything else, it seemed like a good idea. I like the idea of washi tape – maybe with a couple staples right along the top to keep the small items from stitching to the tape (I can imagine them getting caught in the seam between the two pages). Or just staples by themselves might work depending on how small the items are. Another idea is that you could hand-stitch across the top. Get some embroidery floss and a needle – that would totally work as well.

    • ….
      susan w said…

      Thank you for some more ideas :)

  • 32.
    Brooke said…

    A great idea for those days when we are running around all the time – I always forget to take pictures. It’s interesting how different people would relate to this kind of layout. As a Mum with 2 young kids I think = exhaustion! We have one more day like this on our schedule before Christmas.

  • 33.
    Paula G said…

    Today is going to be my nonstop errands day! We have houseguests, but I will have to let them fend for themselves – stil have about 30% of my shopping to do and it’s my last day off til Christmas Eve. I have promised myself if it’s not done before Christmas Eve, it has to wait til the 26th, cause I want to have a quiet, reflective Christmas Eve no matter what.

    Ali, your receipt collage has inspired me to do a combo of receipts along with my gift list – the names of who I am buying for with what I’ve purchased so far – that should make a neat page in my Dec Daily!

  • 34.
    Erin B said…

    LOVED the post! Quick question, if anyone can help me: how do I get the 1″ circle I punch into the metal rimmed tag?

    • ….
      Monica L. said…

      I’ve seen them in office supply stores.

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