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December 9, 2011

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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  • 1.
    Lorette C said…

    Simply awesome!!! I love the white space! So important in a book full of memories… thank you for reminding us of the simple things in life…

  • 2.
    Missscrap said…

    clean and simple, I love this page !!

  • 3.
    Estellita said…

    What a awesome collage !!!
    I love the squares, too !
    I ve made my page very quickly this morning before going to work, and i would do just journaling, but my daughter has received a gift from her boyfriend … too cute, she is 8 !!! So, the journaling page will be for next week ;-) )))

    Thanks for the links, i love visiting others websites !!!
    Kisses from France

  • 4.
    becky v said…

    Thank you Ali fro creating this project…I love to look back and see all the documentation of just Life at such a wonderfuk time of the year.

  • 5.
    Susan said…

    so wonderful! so inspiring! thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

  • 6.
    Marilyn said…

    I love the simplicity of today’s page. It just reminds me that I don’t need to fill every open space with something.

    Thanks Ali and have a great day!

  • 7.
    HeatherC said…

    Very Pretty Ali. Last night I got together with a friend of mine who is also making a December album and we brought ours to share with each other — so fun!

    Hoping you find your twinkle today.

  • 8.
    Els said…

    I love those squares, might use that idea for a card I need to make.

  • 9.
    Jeni said…

    Awesome Ali!

  • 10.
    Theresa said…

    Wish I still had kids at home to make a journal about. A little harder when you are a grandma with long distance contact! I love all the inspiration and ideas. And I like how you used the Hero Arts stamp as a background. They make the best back ground stamps. Wishing you a great holiday season.

  • 11.
    Nicole said…

    I love the pages when you ‘play!’ You are the queen of white space and that column of journaling is perfect. I hope the stress winds down very soon and you have a wonderful weekend with Simon and Anna. Hugs!

  • 12.
    Jenny A said…

    This is my favorite of your pages yet. Love the simplicity. Love the playing. Love the honestly. Sending you lots of twinkle today!

  • 13.
    Kim Thomas said…

    Oh, I love this layout! All of the white space, and red trim. Yummy! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I love the collage. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I look forward to it every day.:)

  • 14.
    Sue FitzGerald said…

    Gorgeous. Stampit is an Australian company so if you can’t pick it up there you may be able to search their site :-)

  • 15.
    Michelle L said…

    THis is by far my favorite page to date!

  • 16.
    Paula G said…

    Another wonderful Dec Daily spread – thank you so much for sharing. Praying that you get the peace,joy and sparkle you deserve – you are the best!

  • 17.
    Queen Mary said…

    Love that stamp Ali! Hmmm, how can I fake it? :)

  • 18.
    Mallory said…

    Love it!!

  • 19.
    Carolynhasacat said…

    Love this. It’s so IN THE MOMENT. Exactly what this project is meant to capture, I think.

  • 20.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Wow, I just LOVE this. It’s great for those what do I do today or didn’t take a picture day. I am hoping to catch up this weekend and I am definitely doing this. Enjoy the weekend.

  • 21.
    Cathy K. said…

    Lovely pages!

  • 22.
    Irene said…

    This was PEFECT for me to see. I forgot to take any of the day and now I know exactly how I will do my “Day 8.” Thank you so much. Also, I don’t have the stamp, but it would be pretty easy to duplicate the outcome with the right font in Photoshop or Word. It won’t look exactly like the stamp, but with the right embellishments, it should work.

  • 23.
    Hannah said…

    I love it. I am so impressed that when you feel tired and flat you can produce this- I would be retreating to to a dark corner with wine and chocolate! I’m not surprised that you are worn with all the usual stresses of being a working wife and mother in a busy season, not to mention the extra pressure of having thousands of inspiration hungry fans waiting to pounce on every word you say! Don’t forget to take care of yourself Ali :)

  • 24.
    emily m. said…

    love the honest journaling in this one. Some days are better than others and it’s nice to see that reflected in the DD. From all the giveaway blog posts and extensive details of the DD it’s clear you are working hard.

  • 25.
    Peg said…

    Just wanted to send along a hug. I admire you being so candid both in your albums and here. This time of year can be such a bittersweet combination of things. Hope you enjoyed making this and got a little energy from it. It’s just beautiful.

  • 26.
    liannallama said…

    This is my favorite one so far! Love the tight margins on the journaling and the CAS feel to it!

  • 27.
    Teri H. said…

    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.

  • 28.
    dawn said…

    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!!

    • ….

      Another great idea. I’ve finally started my album. Hope to share it with you soon!

  • 29.
    Stephanie George said…

    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!

  • 30.
    Michele H. said…

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

  • 31.
    Amy Jaz said…

    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.

  • 32.
    Cynthia H said…

    Love the way you remind us to play!

  • 33.
    Michelle Baker said…

    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:

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the update Michelle!

  • 34.
    rhonda said…

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

  • 35.
    Kylie said…

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

  • 36.
    Theresa G. said…

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

  • 37.
    Leah said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Leah – thanks for the feedback. I’m using pieces of it here and there (and used pieces from it for my foundation pages, number inserts, etc). I’ll continue to pull from it in the coming days. I tend to use smaller pieces here and there.

  • 38.
    Erin S. said…

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

  • 39.
    Leah Burgett said…

    So nice and simple! I love it!!

  • 40.
    tiffany h. said…

    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!

  • 41.
    Denise KC said…

    Love this layout Ali :)

  • 42.
    Michelle said…

    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?

  • 43.
    Jacenda G. said…

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

  • 44.
    Annette said…

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

  • 45.
    jennie said…

    hope you find your twinkle!

  • 46.
    Karen Heisler said…

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

  • 47.
    Heather said…

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

  • 48.

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


  • 49.
    Megan said…

    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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