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December Daily™ 2011 | Day Twenty-Five

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Twenty-Five.

Another 25 days wrapped up with a bow.

I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have shared your projects, stories, photos and comments throughout the month. I know many of you are still working on your album and will continue throughout the coming months. My hope for you is that you make it happen.

You can do it.

Here's Day Twenty-Five:

Christmas Day was very low-key which was what I wanted for us this year.

When I looked through my photos from Christmas Day I think this one of Simon giving me a hug was my favorite. It's such a great capture of his joy and love and excitement. He has the BEST Christmas spirit and he was so, so happy on Christmas morning (and not in a totally selfish, "I'm getting lots of good stuff" - but in a more "I'm beaming with joy from the inside" way).

Three rows of "love" were stitched using my Brother sewing machine.

For the second page I did a collage of photos and added digital labels to identify some of the things in the photos (an older product no longer available from Katie Pertiet).

Pattern paper along the bottom is from My Mind's Eye.

This day also had an insert:

Santa from Jenni Bowlin's Christmas Accessory Sheet. I added a photo (with a photo on the back) to the top right pocket.

On the back I did a little bit of journaling (used my Love Always Wins stamp at the top of the journal card).

Here's a look at it all together in the album:

And a final look at the album all closed up with a ribbon:

Awesome. Feels good to wrap it up and be on to 2012.

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  1. dawn says…
    12/29/2011

    This was beautiful Ali, love seeing it all tied up with a ribbon. How sweet to see Anna go from stripe PJ's to stripe dress. My favorite is of you and Simon also, what a great memory to have.Thank you for all the work and inspiring you shared with us this month. So wonderful to share your family and this journey with us.

    I see that Anna got nailpolish but what about the LIPSTICK??? Did she get some and love it??

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    1. NatalieSpring says…
      12/29/2011

      I want to know if Anna got her lipstick, too. Maybe it was Lip Smackers chapstick??

  2. dnobles says…
    12/29/2011

    "love always wins"...so true...looks like you found a way to make the new family status a loving and winning one for the kids...well done.

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    1. denise sanner says…
      12/29/2011

      this tugged at my heart too. i've been there...many, many years ago. your december daily is one of my favorite times of the year. someday, i too will participate. someday. looking forward to 2012 myself...new directions...new experiences.

  3. MichelleGB says…
    12/29/2011

    Your album is beautiful...as always! I love this year's design and learned some cool new things to try. Thanks for sharing the album and the process!

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  4. telisj says…
    12/29/2011

    Gorgeous! <3

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  5. Jenni Hufford says…
    12/29/2011

    so wonderful ali-- that pic of you and simon is heartwarming. thanks for all your DD inspiration!!!!

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  6. Tammy Eberhard says…
    12/29/2011

    Such a beautiful project Ali! I love this, so inspiring. This year I too will finish my album. All the best to you Ali - Happy New Year - Happy 2012!

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  7. Lorette C says…
    12/29/2011

    I will miss this month when it's all done and we're into 2012! It's been a great journey watching your DD and all the others who linked their pages. Such inspiration wonderful fuel for the soul!

    Happy NEW YEAR! and Thank YOU Ali! Great job!

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  8. Laura says…
    12/29/2011

    It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us, Ali. Will you be showing us what you did for your cover page? Thanks again. You and your posts have been a highlight for me all December.

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  9. Suzanne says…
    12/29/2011

    Dawn beat me to it but I have to ask too. Did Anna get her lipstick?

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  10. Mallory says…
    12/29/2011

    Absolutely beautiful Ali! I've enjoyed your entire album so much! And I've enjoyed working on my very first, but definitely not last, December Daily album. It does feel so good to be done and move on to bigger, better things. For me that's my very first Project Life. :) Take care Ali. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  11. jennifer says…
    12/29/2011

    Beautifully done...and done!? I'm waiting on new ink and paper to arrive so I can finish. I'm pleased with the amount that I've done - the most I've ever managed to do so far (compared to previous years and skipped last year). Anyway, your book looks fabulous and I just keep thinking how amazing it would have been to have my childhood captured like this. How awesome. All the best to you especially, and to your family in the new year!

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  12. Heather P. says…
    12/29/2011

    Gorgeous! So inspirational!

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  13. Lisa W. says…
    12/29/2011

    Always so beautiful...the pictures of you and Simon...Anna getting those new ballet slippers...priceless!!! Thanks for sharing, thanks for ALL your so awesome ideas...inspiration...and spirit!! You are truly an amazing woman!!!

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  14. christen says…
    12/29/2011

    thanks for sharing the christmas season with us. i've looked forward to seeing your pages everyday. i love your finished album!

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  15. Tracy says…
    12/29/2011

    That picture of you and Simon is awesome!! You can see pure joy in his face. And the ballet outfit for Anna was perfect. I love it all! Thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration. May the new year bring you peace and many blessings.

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  16. Denise KC says…
    12/29/2011

    Great pics of some happy kids :) Did you do a cover page like last year?

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  17. Mary Beth says…
    12/29/2011

    Looks beautiful! In the midst of everything that is going on in your life, I bet it felt good to keep the tradition going, and it feels good to say, "I did this for me."

    Happiest of NEW years to you, Ali. xo.

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  18. laura g. says…
    12/29/2011

    awesome album and wonderful pics of your Christmas Day! i am on Day 10, but i will finish this album! i have my journaling and pictures for most days..and for the few days i don't i will fill in stories about the ornaments i have collected over the years etc last year i only made did Day 1! when i talked to my daughter last week she laughed and said 'i gave you until Day 3 this year!' HA! i will show her!! LOL!!

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  19. Deb J says…
    12/29/2011

    What a great album. That picture ofyou and Simon brings tears to my eyes. You are so good at this. My album is done except for a couple of pictures friends took and I'm waiting on being delivered and the journaling. I want to do a lot of journaling this time so I am gathering it all on my computer before printing it out and putting it in the album. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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  20. Debby says…
    12/29/2011

    This was my first December Daily. The most difficult part of the journey was stopping. My family enjoyed seeing what I would capture next. When I forgot to take photos of me and Jim wrapping gifts we re-staged it the next day and my husband got a kick out of it. This will always be a family treasure. I think this coming year I'm going to try and design my book on paper, then put it together before it get tough time wise, and start all over again next December. Thanks for the challenge and for sharing.

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  21. Kate Burroughs says…
    12/29/2011

    Thanks Ali. This year I finally am making my own December Daily after 5 years of reading about yours. It is not that hard. Picking up my prints today and hopefully finishing it on Saturday.
    Aloha, Kate

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  22. Christine says…
    12/29/2011

    I love that Chris was there. So many of my friends have one party so bitter that family celebrations have to be split, and one parent--and the kids--lose out big time on holidays. You are handling a very difficult situation with such grace and really keeping your kids' needs first. It will be so worth it later! You are awesome!

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  23. Jenny Meyerson says…
    12/29/2011

    What an amazing amount of love and grace wrapped up with a gorgeous bow. Blessings Ali.

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  24. Jacque says…
    12/29/2011

    What a wonderful DD! Thank you for being the "light" of inspiration for so many of us. You have shown us so many techniques and ways of doing things during the year and with this great album. Your journaling is beautiful as is the way you always bring it all together. Your genuineness constantly shines through. You are the epitome of love and grace even during difficult times. Thank you for being such a positive role model. You and your talent are so appreciated!! Happy New Year to you and those you love!!

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  25. Robyn says…
    12/29/2011

    Love it Ali! As always. This is my third DD - not done yet,but almost! I will miss going to your site first thing every morning to see your newest page (although I always go to your site every morning!) I've said this before, I've read this before - but it bears repeating - you really are SUCH an inspiration to so many. Thank you. Happy New Year to you and your family! Here's to 2012!

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