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December 11, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Ten

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Ten.

Hello photo I took of the kids & Santa and hello “official” Santa photo.

Still feeling lucky I took a few before they told me I wasn’t allowed to take photos.

Here’s a look at my process for today:

I started this one off knowing I wanted a full page photo and wanted to try cutting some of my Christmas Quote Strips with the Silhouette. Worked great after a bit of cleaning up the traced file in Silhouette Studio (opened the png file, traced the image, deleted the excess cut lines, cut).

After using the Silhouette I decided to emboss with the white opaque Zing.

Actually I tried the black glitter zing first:

Which was super cool but the white looked better on the photo.

I stapled the phrase with Tim’s Tiny Attacher.

Another option, not using the Silhouette, is to simply add the png file right on your photo in Photoshop before printing. The result would be something like this (I adjusted the opacity just a bit to make it see-through):

For the insert I added two photos (2.5 inch x 3.5 inch) that I adhered back to back and slipped into the divided page protector.

I added a couple word stickers to each photo before slipping them to the album.

Behind the “1″ and the “0″ I added journaling:

I thought about covering these with paper before journaling but just went for it to save a couple steps.

For the second page I used the “official” Santa photo:

I cropped off the advertising, added a strip of Hambly white pattern paper, a couple more Christmas word stickers, and cut out one of the chipboard calendars from the Studio Calico kit for journaling.

Some zig-zag stitching was added along the seam where the photo and pattern paper meet.

Loving that my parents were able to be here yesterday and today.


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  • 1.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Ali I absolutely love your Santa. He looks adorable and I love seeing the photos of the kids with him year after year. I am loving your book and really enjoying doing mine. Keeping up and loving December! Merry Christmas!

  • 2.
    kristina p said…

    i don’t usually leave a comment but i check your blog daily and love the inspiration ozzing in each post. i have not started with my pages but i have my book ready to be filled. can’t wait for my days off to start filling up the pages.

    merry Christmas!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for saying hi Kristina :)

  • 3.
    Sherry W said…

    It is so cool that you have the same Santa each year in your photos.

  • 4.
    Lorette C said…

    Lovely! I think I’ll have to invest in a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher… Unless Santa brings it! I don’t have a blog, I don’t have a book ready yet but I am taking photos and journaling every day so that when the holidays are done, I can relive this experience! Thank you again for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Definitely a product I love and use regularly.

  • 5.
    MichelleGB said…

    Loving the word strips – I didn’t know I could do that with the Silhouette and am excited to try it now! The pictures of the kids are great. Love how intently they are talking to Santa.

  • 6.
    Les Vrolyk said…

    Ali, love the photo you took of your kids and Santa! I think it’s completely adorable with Santa’s striped socks and your daughter’s polka dotted ones! I also love that they are looking at him. What a wonderful capture…SO much better than the official photo! Your album is just gorgeous!

    • ….
      Alida Post said…

      Hi, I agree, I also love that photo more. And the socks also caught my eye!

  • 7.
    dawn said…

    I love these photos and that Anna wasn’t afraid this year. She looks so cute and little beside Santa and Simon. Happy that your mom and dad were there to share the joy.

    We have the same Santa every year and I try to sneak a few photos of my own too. Enjoy your Sunday!

  • 8.
    Barb M. said…

    So sweet how Simon is a buffer for Anna with Santa. My youngest son took a long time to warm up to the big guy and my oldest would be the moderator. Great memory that your photo brought back. I am loving how the transparencies look all lined up in your book. I want to try that next year. Fun!

  • 9.
    Sandi said…

    What great Santa pictures! I like the way they use a couch instead of the normal chair. Anna is so cute. It is fun to watch her grow through your blog. Thank you again for the inspiration.

  • 10.
    Gina Baj said…

    I love this page.It annoys me that even when you are buying Santa photos they wont let you take shots of them just talking. Its not fair.

  • 11.
    Mallory said…

    Hi Ali! Your photo of the kids with Santa is so sweet! We took our son to see Santa yesterday too, and he cried. He’s only 1, and we knew it was going to happen. Oh well, it’s a memory regardless. I just want to say that I love the connection you capture between your mom and Anna. Loving your album and reading your posts every morning, have a wonderful Sunday.

  • 12.
    Loydene said…

    Simon looks like such a sweet big brother with his arm around Anna!

  • 13.
    MichelleElaine said…

    I love how the “she’s loved” (in the picture of your mom and daughter) could refer to either one of them. You can tell in the picture that they are both looking at each other with such love.

  • 14.
    Allison M. said…

    Love this page! Like you I have been taking my little one to the same Santa each year. We’ve yet to make it out to see him this year though. Hope to go next week-end.

  • 15.
    Wilna said…

    Love your page and process ali!!

  • 16.
    Anne-Marie Cox said…

    LOVE that you snuck a photo in… and how much BETTER is YOUR sneaky snap than the “official” one????! Heaps better! ;)

    • ….
      Hannah said…

      Me too! I love the thought of you getting in trouble for taking a photo! Glad they didn’t make you delete it :)

    • ….
      Jennifer L. said…

      Oh, yeah; there should be a special note to scrapbookers: “Please buy the official one, then snap away (we know you will)”!!

  • 17.
    Denise KC said…

    Love the photo you took :-)

  • 18.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Ali, what program to you use to print your pictures to fit the size of the book. I am trying to set my picture up to print 6.25 x 8.25 and none of the programs I have allow me to do that. I have tried my kodak printer software, photoscape and one other which the name escapes me right now. So for now my photos in my book are 4×6 or 5×7, but I would like to print them bigger if I knew how. I have photo shop elements 5.0 but haven’t figured that out either.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sherry – I’m not sure about most of the programs you mention but you should be able to do it in Elements 5.0 (not totally sure about that specific version). When I open a photo in Photoshop and select the “crop tool” (looks like two cross-hairs) there is a little menu bar along the top of the window where I can enter the desired width, height, and resolution. I put in 6 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall, and 300 for the resolution. Then I use the crop tool by clicking on the image and dragging to include what I want (because I’ve set the width, height, and resolution it will maintain those proportions when it’s crops) and then I hit return and it crops the image.

      I’ve also got a bunch of tutorials for getting started using your computer in scrapbooking available here:

  • 19.
    Carol E said…

    Love the pages,the photos are priceless, thank you for sharing.

  • 20.
    karen said…

    I just got the new Cameo and would love to know how you traced the png file. DO you have any Silhouette tutorials?

    Thanks for all of your inspiration.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Karen – just did one on Day Three of this project. Here you go:

    • ….
      karen said…

      Oh awesome! I read your blog all the time soI don’t know how I missed that! Yeah! I’m going to check it out right now. Thanks again and happy holidays.

  • 21.
    Alexandra said…

    Hi Ali!

    I always love seeing your kids with Santa
    - he is so, so cool. Wish he would head up to our neck of the woods – love how casual and approachable he is :)

    On a different note… wondering about your photos this time around… I know that you usually shoot landscape style… are you still doing that or are your large, full page photos for December Daily portrait style?? or are they just enlargements of whichever photo you are using? Would love to know.

    Thanks so much!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They are still almost all landscape. It’s really rare that I would take a vertical shot. I’m just cropping them to be vertical.

  • 22.
    rhonda said…

    Cute pictures with Santa! So glad your parents were able to experience this moment!

  • 23.
    Pat Rex said…

    Ali, I so love that you got in trouble taking pictures of Santa! My big kids are always yelling at me to put my camera away. I call my pictures stealth pictures….no flash, hold it low, click.
    I laughed out loud that they told you that you weren’t allowed to take pictures. ( It seems to me that if you buy their pictures, what difference does it make if you take some!)
    Santa, obviously didn’t know who he was talking to!

  • 24.
    zewa said…

    Hi Ali,
    so great to see all the techniques and the fun you and your family have in preparation for Christmas. What’s suprising though is that Anna’s and Simon’s dad are missing in all of your pictures. What’s happening?

    Hope everything is allright in your family.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration

    • ….
      Shelly said…

      Ali is so generous to share her inspirational ideas in her art and scrapbooking, maybe we could allow her a little privacy in her personal life.

  • 25.
    Karen Anderson said…

    I think I prefer your photo to the ‘official’ one! The faces of your kids are .just magical

  • 26.
    Jennifer L. said…

    What a wonderful treasure trove of memories you have, and thanks so much for passing that inspiration on to us! This is my first year of doing a DD, and I want to let you know that it has really been a valuable way to help me focus on what is important; fully being in the moments, and appreciating it all. Documenting this joy and wonder is the payoff, which I know I will dearly be grateful for in the future! Thank you so much, Ali!

  • 27.
    Amy Albert said…

    Love the Santa pictures! I agree I like your picture better. Your picture is your children in the moment with Santa, your picture is a candid not posed, its magical. The other picture is cute and what all us parents have… over priced mall pictures! (it is now become part of our tradition). We see Santa after the dentist Thursday! Merry Christmas!

  • 28.
    ckcpurple said…

    Another great one. Loving the pics with Santa!!!

  • 29.
    Bec said…

    I can’t seem to get my mind and time around December Daily this year but I am so enjoying seeing your pages and those of others. I might need a visit with Santa myself. :)

  • 30.
    Siri said…

    Hi Ali! Oh how I love December Daily! I didn´t do it last year, because I got the “I have no kids so I have nothing to put in it”-illness. I know that is stupid, and I scrap mysef all the time the rest of the year. Even though I didn´t do it last year it made me notice more during December, and I regretted not doing the book so much. I actually started collecting items for my album last December, so I had a box full of items and papers I wanted to use :-) Thank you so much for doing this! I love it!

    (I also just want to say that I send all my pregnant customers to look at Annas baby book. (I work at the LSS), just so that they can see that there are more ways to document that first year. You inspire me so much!)


  • 31.
    Carmel Keane said…

    What a gorgeous looking Santa! Love it! Your photo is SOOOOOO much better than the official one, it really captures the excitement and the serious conversation taking place. Love Love Love it!

  • 32.
    Brooke said…

    I love your shot with Santa – surely priceless! Reading your posts during December is a highlight of my day – still very excited!

  • 33.
    darlene melvin said…

    ALI!! i am so very glad you got a Silhouette Cameo.. have been hoping for years someone would gift you one so you can start making some Ali inspired cutting files.. OMG my crafting world would be a happy place with some of your designs in the studio format..I hope you will look into after the holidays.

    I had made a 25days of December book to start however I had a biopsy that came back positive so immediately my world was upside down..we have no Christmas up which with 3 girls it has been a bit somber. I am now recovering from the surgery and yesterday decided I could do a ’12days’ of Christmas book so I dismantled a book Janet Hopkins style and hope to have it completed to start in two days. THanks for all the inspiration that you give!! I hope to get on the HOliday bandwagon quickly!! :)

  • 34.
    Heather said…

    Hi Ali, I’m loving your December Daily album, as I do every year! It just gets better and better. This year December has not gone so well for me – I got started with the first week, and then I got sick. Nothing serious, but I haven’t felt at all Christmassy or inspired, and our family has actually been skipping some of our usual Christmas traditions because I haven’t felt well enough to go out.

    Any suggestions as to how to handle this? I still really want to complete my album, so as to have a companion for last year’s (our Christmases are on a 2-year schedule with the different families, and I thought it would be great to be able to compare them).

    Thank you! You inspire me like few people can. :)

  • 35.
    Katie Scott said…

    Catching up on today’s pages and the pictures from last night. We threw a big Christmas party Saturday Night. I thought that the party would throw me off my December Daily habit; but in all the hullabaloo – it was nice to know that my December Daily album was waiting patiently for me in my scrapbooking room. I used my scrapbooking time before, and now after, the party as a peaceful brackets of time to counterbalance all the the excitement of the party atmosphere. I love this project.

  • 36.
    Liz said…

    Hi Ali – Adorable pictures of the kids. You can just see what they’re thinking! Just wonder if the Tim’s Tiny Attacher staples rust? And I am guessing you cut and sewed the inserted divided page protector? Love your style! Thanks!

  • 37.
    Karen Heisler said…

    So prefer your picture to the “official” one! What a great capture of the kids looking at Santa – and what a cute Santa! Thanks for sharing! I’m only on day 3, but getting photos done digitally on your December Daily templates – so easy to use! Thanks for the tutorials!

  • 38.
    Liz Sawyer said…

    So glad you showed this example of a border with a 5×7… had been struggling with ideas for that same concept. Thanks!

  • 39.
    jennifer evans said…

    yeah, and ummm, whose photo looks better, huh? it always cracks me up how much they make you pay for these photos and we could do better with our cameras. or even better… some times i just want to ask the photographer, can i just take the picture with your camera instead? lol… ;)

  • 40.
    Some Lucky Dog said…

    Hi Ali! I’m enjoying seeing your work. Wanted to let you know that I’ve had good luck getting permission to take my own photos with Santa (and the Easter Bunny), by asking ahead of time and letting them know I’ll also be purchasing from them. I’ve never been turned down! I like being able to get photos of my grandsons looking at Santa like you did here and especially close-ups of their faces where you can really see the magic in their eyes.

  • 41.
    Beke said…

    i love the santa you get to see. our santas are rather bad, im sad to say. but oh well :) Yours is lovely :)

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