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December 22, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Twenty-One

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

An enlarged photo looking down at the picnic happening on the floor for page one and a collage of instagram images for page two.

What I liked most about this photo was that it included all three of us – Anna’s head, Simon’s feet and my feet.

The “hello today” was cut with the Silhouette (and will be available at Designer Digitals this weekend).

I journaled around the outside of the photo using an American Crafts Precision Pen (.03).

The second page is a collage of instagram images (I just combined them together in Photoshop). Peeks at things happening around here the last couple of days.

Along the edge I added some text pattern paper and a bit of scalloped ribbon.


Click on the images to link to the products.


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


  • 1.
    Susan Rosen said…


  • 2.
    Estelle said…

    I like telling about everyday life during the holidays … More during Christmas holidays, because our children are exciting about the Day … And now, it’s realy near from us …
    Thanks for sharing Ali, you inspire me all this dd, today i wrote about decoration … You did it the 5th !!!

    Kisses from France !!!

  • 3.
    Shaela said…

    Love it. I think I may actually try December Daily in 2012. :)

  • 4.
    christen said…

    great page!

  • 5.
    Carla Lane said…

    Hi. I love all the digital words Ali uses on her pages. Some she prints directly onto the photo and some she cuts with the Silhouette. Do I need Photoshop to use these great digitals on my photos, or is there another program or way to use them? Thx!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Carla – Photoshop Elements is a really easy way to use those words on your photos. You can download a free trial here: To use them with a Silhouette you just need the Silhouette :) .

    • ….
      Carla Lane said…

      Thanks Ali. Your December Daily stories are a huge inspiration for me!! Thanks for doing it, writing it and posting them!

  • 6.
    Jayne T said…

    I love photos taken looking down! Hope the picnic was fun. We have often have picnics in the lounge with Miss Three!
    I also love that you use photos from the month – not that specific date. This practice has inspired me to take a new approach to my December daily so I can finish it without worrying about not having enough …
    thank you!
    Merry Christmas to you, Simon and Ana xxx

  • 7.
    Susan said…

    Ali – I love that you use iPhone/instagram pics. I am a photography and that sometimes gets in the way. I

  • 8.
    Susan said…

    Whoops…didn’t mean to hit enter. What I wanted to say was, come Christmas time, I don’t want to pic up my camera anymore because I just finished my busy season. But then, I never get pics of my family! I am going to do Project Life this year and will be using my iPhone more.

  • 9.
    Kim Thomas said…

    Looks like a lot of fun around there! My kids used to love picnics in the livingroom, and tents set up too. Thanks for the memories. Great layout. :)

  • 10.
    Annette said…

    Love this! I want to use some of my instagrams so it is great to see how you used yours. I just love Anna in that basket. It is just the cutest.

  • 11.
    Katie Scott said…

    almost caught up

  • 12.
    Lorette C said…

    Great photos! And I love the journaling around the page! Another great idea! Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

  • 13.
    rhonda said…

    Wonderful pages Ali!

  • 14.
    Mallory said…

    Great layout! What size are those instagram pics? And were they taken with different filters?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      In this page they are about 2.5 x 2.5. And yes – different filters in Istagram.

  • 15.
    Elaine Bieman said…

    really cute as always.

  • 16.
    Kendra said…

    Instagram photos……how do you print? What size? Can’t tell from the photo, but how is the quality? I have attempted to print some of mine and they come out a bit grainy…..I love them but wonder how I can improve their quality……just curious.

    Merry Christiams Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just open them in Photoshop (upload to Aperture – what I use for photo management) and make them about 4×4 at 300dpi (go to Image/Image Size to adjust). They look just fine. I think it does depend on which camera you have – I upgrade to the 4 (not the newest 4S) and the camera quality was much better than the 3.

  • 17.
    Sammy G. said…

    When you print the Instagram pictures do you just print them on a big page and cut them out? How big are those? I wanted to start using it but I wasn’t sure how to print them!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep. This time I put them together on a Photoshop “canvas” (it was about 5.5 x 6.75 – there was extra along the edge). They print fine at about 4 inches x 4 inches at 300dpi.

    • ….
      Sammy G. said…

      Do you use Photoshop Elements 10 or 9?

  • 18.
    ckcpurple said…

    Love the big picture too and the pick of Anna in the basket…priceless!!!!

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