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December 3, 2011

December Daily™ 2011 | Day Two

Welcome to December Daily™ | Day Two.

If you are new to my site, welcome! Consider yourself invited to check out my Welcome page for more information about what happens around here. If this is your first time reading about December Daily™ I recommend beginning with my compilation page. There you will find links, tutorials, and inspiration from 2007 through 2011.

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 (8.5×11).

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


  • 1.
    Leslie Kiley said…

    Great to get my motor running!

  • 2.
    Nicole Jannink said…

    Love this page and the way you journal about Anna!

  • 3.
    Brooke said…

    Lots happening here too for our day 3. Not sure which story to go with yet. Love today’s photo.

  • 4.
    Brooke M said…

    I am curious as to what you are writting on the calendar. I’m not sure if I want to just write the big events on certain days and leave the rest blank. Or write a small phrase to describe the photo of each day.

    Thanks for sharing your wondering album with us!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Brooke – right now I’m just writing one little thing that happened each day. Day one says “opened advent calendars” and day two says “hung lights.” It would also be cool to use it as a gratitude calendar and write one thing you are thankful for each day.

  • 5.
    Marion said…

    What a cute little one you have. Thank you for sharing your days with us.

  • 6.
    MichelleGB said…

    Love the page…and now I need that Red Metallic Zing! Anna looks adorable!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s really pretty awesome.

  • 7.
    Lis said…

    Love the star bling :)

  • 8.
    Tina J. said…

    Ali, I printed a calendar too – not yet sure what I want to do with it. I can’t tell from your picture… what are you writing on your calendar?

    As always, thanks for everything you do!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Tina – right now I’m just writing one little thing that happened each day. Day one says “opened advent calendars” and day two says “hung lights.” It would also be cool to use it as a gratitude calendar and write one thing you are thankful for each day.

  • 9.
    Loydene said…

    I love the star motif and how you are carrying it through the album.

  • 10.
    rhonda said…

    Anna is so adoreable! Have a great weekend Ali!

  • 11.
    Molly said…

    I love all your textural elements. My book is entirely flat this year, and I’m already missing that bit of play.

  • 12.
    Cheri said…

    What a great page Ali, Anna is such a cutie. I have a question (you’ve probably answered before) but, I’m sending my photos off to be printed, what size should I print so that they fit in the 5.5×6.75 box? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Well, I’d probably print them on an 8×10. You can either size your photo exactly and place it on an 8×10 background (that way they won’t shrink or adjust it) or you can print a full 8×10 and then crop it – knowing you will be cropping it.

  • 13.
    Mallory said…

    I just love the look of this page. The template from designer digitals makes it look really clean. I want those next year! :) what did you write in the calendar?

  • 14.
    Jess said…

    Loving the first Days. I have tried to link directly to my post on my blog however it always says my link is to long. Any solutions?

    • ….
      Susan said…

      I’ve tried to direct link also (both days) and I get a done with errors. I’ve tried copy and pasting my link as well as typing it in and neither work. would love to hear those suggestions too!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jess – can you post the link here in the comments and I can try to add it? Not sure why that wouldn’t work?

  • 15.
    T allen said…

    She is precious! Great page – love the pink ribbon!

  • 16.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Ali, this page of Anna is so adorable. I love how you used those new banners and just added the text to the image. Also wanted to mention to anyone still looking for an album for December Daily, that we are memory keepers offers a 5.5×8.5 leather album that would be perfect for DD. Archivers Annex is now offering it The templates may need to be resized just a bit, but still a great option.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the suggestion Susie!

  • 17.
    Annie said…

    Hi Ali,
    I have a quick question I hope you might be able to help me with. I am trying to size a photo in photoshop to 6×8, and then put my journaling directly on it. The problem is that when I go to print the photo a warning comes up saying it will print at 220 DPI. I went ahead and printed it anyway and it looks terrible (out of focus, kind of blurry) I cant figure out what I’m doing wrong but Im hoping it is something I can fix easily.

    Thanks for any help you can give!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Annie – are you making your photo 300 dpi before cropping it? Tell me a bit more about your process so I can help troubleshoot.

    • ….
      Annie said…

      I think I figured it out. I was emailing myself the photo and that was somehow limiting what I could do with it. I used a flash drive to transfer it instead and I was able to do everything just fine. But thanks so much for your fast reply! Its my first year participating in DD, I also did A Week In the Life this year and loved it so thank you so much!!

    • ….
      Ali said…


  • 18.
    Katie Scott said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that idea Katie.

  • 19.
    Amanda S. said…

    I love this page! What a sweet photo :)

  • 20.
    jennifer said…

    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!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jennifer – yes, that’s exactly what I would do. To create a new canvas go to File/New and set it to 8×10 at 300dpi for the resolution. You should then be able to use the Move Tool (black arrow) to drag and drop your photo onto the 8×10 canvas. Save that file as a JPG for uploading to your developer.

    • ….
      jennifer said…

      Thank you Ali! I think I got it and I feel good that I’m making progress. This really is such a great project and your posts are very motivating. Thank again!

  • 21.
    Noell said…

    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!

  • 22.
    Missscrap said…

    She’s so cute!

  • 23.
    Kim Thomas said…

    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. :)

  • 24.
    Julie Shearer said…

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

  • 25.
    Calvina said…

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

  • 26.
    Jill said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      She loves it Jill :) . So glad I bought it.

  • 27.
    Karen F from New Zealand said…

    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.

  • 28.
    Karen Anderson said…

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

  • 29.
    Christine said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That pink ribbon has scalloped edges :) .

  • 30.
    Karen said…

    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. :>

  • 31.
    christen said…

    what a great page with a darling picture of anna!

  • 32.
    Barb in AK said…

    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!

  • 33.
    Paula G said…

    Love everything about your Day 2!

  • 34.
    Denise KC said…

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

  • 35.
    JJ said…

    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!

  • 36.
    Beke said…

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

  • 37.
    Shannon H. said…

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

  • 38.
    Vera said…

    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!

  • 39.
    Vera said…

    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.

  • 40.
    April Irving said…


    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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