Decmber Daily™ 2011 | Day Eight

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Eight.

Today I felt like playing.

I've long been a fan of square collages - for photos, for embellishments, and often times ones that include a bit of both.

Today I decided to stick with embellishments and had fun digging through my holiday stuff to add to the simple collage.

I know one of the first questions you might have is about the background stamp.

Here's the details on the stamp:

You could definitely make the same grouping with one single square stamp repeated to create a larger square or rectangle.

I've had this stamp for a long, long time now. I still love it and get excited to use it on a project. I did find it one place online (I've never purchased from this place and don't anything about them except they popped up on a google search for the stamp): Expressions In Ink.

UPDATE | I heard from the owner of Expressions In Ink this morning (I had linked to them in my post today as a source for the 9-square block stamp). Michelle let me know that she and her husband purchased the Stamp It! line back in 2005 and have since added hundreds of designs. They have several block group stamps available here (super cool). Thanks for connecting with me Michelle!

Here's a close up of that collage:

Products (starting at the top left and working across): American Crafts Foil E, AE/TT Holiday In A Box Stamp using Colorbox Silver Ink, bits of ribbon, Santa button from Evalicious, chipboard star with Martha Stewart silver and gold glitter on top (actually did that one the other night when I glittered those words I hung next to the front door), Pebbles wood button, Jenni Bowlin Black Doily Flower, Pebbles Twist Ties (with a line of stitching on top), and words from my 25 Moments stamp set (also in Colorbox Silver Ink).

For the second page I added a bit of journaling about how I was feeling today:

A couple little black and white word stickers stitched along the top + jouranling + a combo of those Pebbles Twist Ties and ribbon along on the bottom.

Here's what it looks like in the album:


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51 thoughts

  1. Teri H.

    2011-12-09 11:17:01 -0500

    Ali - your memory keeping style is my favourite. It's clean and graphic with just enough embellished detail to add some pizzaz! I really enjoy checking your blog every day for inspiration.

  2. dawn

    2011-12-09 11:26:48 -0500

    I love this Ali, square grids are my favorite. Such cute things you included and the journal writing is so perfect and honest. This is a busy season and can be hard on all of us. I bet it was fun to play today and just what you needed. Enjoy your weekend and hope you get some relax time
    Sending hugs and prayers for all of you!!

  3. Stephanie George

    2011-12-09 11:48:11 -0500

    Ali, thank you so much for all you do for us. Checking your blog every day in December is definitely one of the highlights of my day. You making not just your kids' lives more merry, but ours too!

  4. Michele H.

    2011-12-09 11:59:04 -0500

    you have such a wonderful way of documenting the season. i'm truly inspired! have a wonderful weekend ali!

  5. Amy Jaz

    2011-12-09 12:35:28 -0500

    I absolutely adore this layout! The clean classic design of that element collage makes my heart sing! In the picture of you holding up just that page, I thought to myself- that would make an awesome Christmas Card.

  6. Cynthia H

    2011-12-09 13:33:30 -0500

    Love the way you remind us to play!

  7. Michelle Baker

    2011-12-09 13:54:04 -0500

    Rubber Stamp shown, Block Group #1 is now available at Expressions In Ink, INc. We purchased the "Stamp it" brand of stamps in 2004. Direct link to this stamp:

  8. rhonda

    2011-12-09 14:40:16 -0500

    Love this page Ali and I found some more new things to purchase happy Christmas to me! Have a great weekend!

  9. Kylie

    2011-12-09 15:31:33 -0500

    Wow I love what you are doing this year with your dec daily. It feels so different from last years but same concept - BEAUTIFUL!!

  10. Theresa G.

    2011-12-09 16:25:49 -0500

    I love this one!!! IT is so simple and so beautiful at the same time!!! LOVE IT!

  11. Leah

    2011-12-09 17:18:14 -0500

    I love your pages, great work! But I don't see you using much of the Studio Calico December Daily kit. I was really hoping to be inspired by you to use the products from the kit considering it was quite an investment!

  12. Erin S.

    2011-12-09 17:54:19 -0500

    Thanks for looking into the info for the block stamps for us! Love your work, Ali! :)

  13. Leah Burgett

    2011-12-09 17:58:02 -0500

    So nice and simple! I love it!!

  14. tiffany h.

    2011-12-09 21:16:10 -0500

    Love day 8. Thank you for sharing--I'm sure it takes a lot of time and energy to create the page, photograph it and then post it to your blog. I really appreciate all your creativity and inspiration. Here's to a peaceful weekend for you and your family!

  15. Denise KC

    2011-12-09 22:51:40 -0500

    Love this layout Ali :)

  16. Michelle

    2011-12-10 05:00:09 -0500

    What a gorgous page - love the white space.

    I also LOVE those large pom pom ribbons you have included - I don't suppose you remember where you got them?

  17. Jacenda G.

    2011-12-10 08:27:12 -0500

    Beautiful work and so inspiring! This just makes me want to get crafting and creating! Keep up the beautiful's something I look forward to seeing everyday!

  18. Annette

    2011-12-10 09:58:25 -0500

    This is just yummy! Love it! Makes me want to go stamp something!

  19. jennie

    2011-12-10 10:58:52 -0500

    hope you find your twinkle!

  20. Karen Heisler

    2011-12-10 21:17:50 -0500

    Love the collage - husband took the day off so we could go Christmas shopping - might have to borrow the idea for my page!

  21. Heather

    2011-12-12 00:18:16 -0500

    Thanks for this! I have a day where I have no photos...gonna do some kind of collage like this!

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  23. Mariangeles_Spain

    2012-01-07 15:48:36 -0500

    Hi Ali!
    I finally bought the stamp, and it got here last week :) I can't wait to use it in my pages :)


  24. Megan

    2012-08-30 22:30:37 -0400

    I realize that I'm a little early on this project, but I definitely want to do this project for December 2012. I was wondering where you found that size of page protector? Also, do you have an idea if you are going to create page templates and what size? Just curious!

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