December Daily™ 2011 | Day Two

Welcome to December Daily™ | Day Two.

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Lots happening today but this is the story I wanted to share.

Love this girl. I'm pretty sure she's going to have the same contagious joy for the holidays as Simon. I've seen it already and it makes me so, so happy.

Here's a bit about my process for Day Two:

I opened the photo in Photoshop and cropped it to 5.5 inches wide x 6.75 inches tall. When I printed it out I ended up trimming a bit (about 1/8 inch) off the length.

I added one of my Merry Banners, adjusted the opacity to about 80%, and used the T tool to add journaling (Garamond font) directly on the photo before printing here at home on an Epson Photo Stylus R2000 onto Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (8.5x11).

After printing I knew I wanted to add a little something. I went with some little Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Stars.

I embossed those little stars with the Red Zing Metallic (which is actually purple and not red). The image above is before I used the heat gun on them. Always a little tougher to photograph pages at night.

Here's the full view:

I attached the stars with simple pewter mini brads and made sure that one went off the edge. I like when they go off the edge.

The sweet pink ribbon is from Crate Paper.

The spread (a right side and a left side - the image of Anna above is the right) includes one of the chipboard calendars. Right now I'm just loosely attaching that with a Smash clip onto Hambly paper + transparency.

On the back of the chipboard circle (the front is a #2 and it's stitched onto the half sheet of transparency) I punched a piece of the white Hambly paper (using a Marvy extra giga circle punch) and embossed one of my stamps (25 Moments) using Red Zing Metallic (again, which is actually purple). I stitched around the circle with my machine.

I envision that most days the spreads will be more linked together than this one was because I already had something in the left side.

COOL LINK | I received an email from Sarah K. who put together a set of instructions on how to modify a 3-ring binder for this album (and the idea could be used for any sort of album you might want to modify. Check it out here.


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42 thoughts

  1. Katie Scott

    2011-12-03 13:01:09 -0500

    My daughter - who has just turned 8 - and who I haven't really shared the December Daily project with, but who scrapbooks with me often; started a December Journal / Diary! I'm thinking I'm going to scan one of her pages and put in in the December Daily album.

  2. Amanda S.

    2011-12-03 13:26:38 -0500

    I love this page! What a sweet photo :)

  3. jennifer

    2011-12-03 13:50:59 -0500

    Ali, such a great picture and story.

    For those not printing at home, can you help with a question? I'd like to print a photo 5.5 X 6.75. In PSE I understand how to crop my picture to that size, but then what do I do? Do I create a canvas that is a typical print size (say 8 X 10) and paste my 5.5 X 6.75 picture onto that? Have it printed at 8 X 10 and then trim? I think I know what I need to do conceptually, it's the creating a seperate canvas and pasting my cropped photo into it that has me a bit confused. Any help would be appreciated!!!

  4. Noell

    2011-12-03 14:45:15 -0500

    Gorgeous photo and I love the way you used the stars. I have a photo I want to use but it needs something on top of it -- I think your digi overlay on this page will be perfect for that photo. So glad you used it for today's page!

  5. Missscrap

    2011-12-03 14:51:54 -0500

    She's so cute!

  6. Kim Thomas

    2011-12-03 14:55:51 -0500

    I love the pic of your little Anna, so sweet. You will have a wonderful time with her this year. I love that age. This is such a great thing that you are doing. Your kids will always have these memories. :)

  7. Julie Shearer

    2011-12-03 15:05:06 -0500

    Love the stars...for your little star!! Too cute. TFS.

  8. Calvina

    2011-12-03 15:11:27 -0500

    Lovely page of the growing Anna! Have a great weekend!

  9. Jill

    2011-12-03 15:15:48 -0500

    I think I recognize that sweater ;) Loving the start you're off too!

  10. Karen F from New Zealand

    2011-12-03 15:36:02 -0500

    Love the stars and the red zing - that is more a purple(good bit of info to have!) So simple and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Karen Anderson

    2011-12-03 16:56:44 -0500

    I'm already in love with the process of creating this year's album - thank you for the inspiration x

  12. Christine

    2011-12-03 18:56:51 -0500

    Cute picture of Anna. I was wondering about the scallop next to the pink trim. Did you make that with paper?

  13. Karen

    2011-12-03 19:57:41 -0500

    Love 'contagious joy'. Haven't gotten the stories onto paper yet, but I have been writing them and saving them, so the in the moment memories won't be lost. :>

  14. christen

    2011-12-03 20:36:10 -0500

    what a great page with a darling picture of anna!

  15. Barb in AK

    2011-12-03 22:45:11 -0500

    So nice to see the use of pink and "red" (purple!) in the DD--- not just the normal red and green for this time of year :)
    Anna is too cute in her winter gear!

  16. Paula G

    2011-12-03 22:49:51 -0500

    Love everything about your Day 2!

  17. Denise KC

    2011-12-03 23:53:56 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    Love the purplish stars -- they go great with Anna's gloves and hat. She's such a cute little girl :)

  18. JJ

    2011-12-04 01:48:05 -0500

    Oh she is so precious! She is your little star!

    I am finally doing December daily after loving the idea for so long. I don't have kids so I didn't think I should. My sister and I are working together and doing a combo December daily/ 3191 project type project. Since we can't get together this Christmas we have each been taking a picture everyday, I put them together in photoshop and then we both post it on our blogs. We're by no means professional but it has been fun so far and we've had a lot of talks about what our "traditions" are. This can be such an inspirational project. I'm going to print the photo combos and make books for each of us (still working on that part!). I'm so excitede to see how other's Dec daily's turn out. Thanks for starting this!

  19. Beke

    2011-12-04 02:10:50 -0500

    wow just look at how big Anna has grown :) So sweet. Love the layout

  20. Shannon H.

    2011-12-06 22:31:55 -0500

    I can't believe how big Anna is getting, she is adorable! Here is my Day 2 page:

  21. Vera

    2011-12-07 07:16:05 -0500

    Hey Ali! I just love the Banner digital set! I just bought a set! I have a quick question, though. Is there any way to get a solid color to show behind the open letters? I tried making a layer under the brush layer, but the banner covered up the color I painted on underneath it.

    If there's a quick way to do this, let me know.

    Thanks so much!

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    2011-12-10 06:59:11 -0500

    I'm commenting again because I came back to this post to read the rest of the comments since I last commented and it won't display any comments after my last comment. My last comment was number 38 and it says tha there are 54 comments. I don't know if there's a glitch or what may cause that.

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  25. April Irving

    2012-01-03 00:46:15 -0500


    I just had one question, what stamps did you use for the calendar? I know this is a little late but just wondering.

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