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December 5, 2012

December Daily™ 2012 | Day Four

Before leaving for my trip I made a fold-out insert for my album using three pieces of 4×6 cardstock + washi tape (tape along both sides of the seams where the papers meet).

Along one edge I created a pocket with an page protector (a larger one) to hold some of the word veneer alphabet from the Studio Calico kit (used my sewing machine to create the pocket). I saw someone else do something similar recently via Twitter (creating a home for the wood letters within a page protector but I can’t remember who it was – if it was you please let me know). I didn’t end up making it tight enough so they have moved around a bit, but I’m going with it (I used the pointed end of a paint brush to slide the letters in the pocket).

On the top I adhered a test cut I did with my Silhouette using the font Bebas and the sentiments “merry and bright” and “peace and love.”

Here’s what it ended up looking like after I added the photos (I used a Walgreens app on my phone to upload my photos and picked them up at one close to my hotel):

The far right side slips into the page protector and the other two pieces are folded on the outside.

And the other side:


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  • 1.
    sharon71 said…

    Looks like you are having a great time. Your pages look amazing and I love the fold out page.

  • 2.
    Jodie said…

    That fold out page is amazing! Isn’t NYC incredible this time of year. I was planning to be there at this time but it didn’t quite work out so I am living vicariously through you!

  • 3.
    Ilona said…

    Love your day 4! Great idea using the wood veneers in a sewed little page protector pocket. Have to remember that when I hopefully get a sewing machine from santa this year ;)

  • 4.
    Joana T.C. said…

    That first photo is gorgeous!

  • 5.

    Today’s entry is reminding me to capture a little bit of myself in my December Daily effort. Thanks for sharing!

  • 6.
    Jan said…

    I have a young friend that works at the Apple Store in NY! Her name is Danielle. One day maybe I will make it up there. Love the fold out page and the cut out words. I wonder if you could cut that wood veneer paper from Creative Imaginations with an electronic cutter? Might have to try that.

  • 7.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Awesome idea! I love the letters in the pocket, and the fold out page :-)
    Super cute idea!

  • 8.
    Alida Post said…

    Sounds wonderful. I’m having days filled with kids crafting, so appreciate the escape via your eyes!

  • 9.
    rhonda said…

    This is such a neat idea to solving where to put extra pictures. I’m trying to figure out where your journaling card goes? Thanks for sharing this!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It goes on the left side and the fold-out is on the right side.

  • 10.
    christen said…

    what a great page! my toes actually bled when i visited NYC :) so much walking…have fun.

  • 11.
    sharolyn said…

    Love the fold out page!

  • 12.
    sharolyn said…

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 13.
    Kristine V said…

    Great photos and I love how you incorporated more than one for this special trip.

  • 14.
    patty said…

    LOVE how you put so much into one day on a 4 x 6! BRILL…

  • 15.
    Christine said…

    Love the fold-out idea. Sounds like you are having a fantastic time.
    I love waking up daily to your creativity.

  • 16.
    Ellie Augustin said…

    OHHH I so LOVE that!! I was actually thinking HOW the heck can I add more pics w/out usingtmore of the page protectors & you’ve JUST gave me the answer! Thank you so much!! I hope your having a blast in NY! I’m planning to head to the city(I’m in NY) tomorrow w/my kids so we can go to the “North Pole” at Macy’s in 34th Street nothing like seeing the conductor tell us ALL aboard and start the fun journey (and it’s FREE)

  • 17.
    Carol W. said…

    Fabulous way to get more photos in an album. Love NY and hope you have a fantastic time.

  • 18.
    Camilla Blue said…

    Sounds wonderful. I love the fold out page. I hadn’t thought about giving myself more room that way when needed.

  • 19.
    Jenell said…

    Really amazing. Love the trifold idea. Very nice. Have great time in NYC.

  • 20.
    Laura said…

    Glad you are having a good time! My feet are tired just listening to all the walking you are doing. :) Your Shake Shack meal sounds gooooooooood.

  • 21.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    Love the fold out technique! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you are having a great time.

  • 22.
    ee k. said…

    Such a great idea to add more photos! Stealing it right now :)

  • 23.
    Lisa said…

    Ali~ if you have time, walk through the fashion district and pop in and out of the trims, buttons, and fabrics stores. Great inspiration and a total color/texture/energy buzz. ;0

  • 24.
    Mary-Lou said…

    I am so enjoying the contributions from around the world to December Daily link ins.

  • 25.
    Michelle M. said…

    I love this mini album within your album! And it is so cool for you to be in NYC this time of year! :)

    • ….
      Lucy said…

      You’ve maaegnd a first class post

  • 26.
    Jessica Bailey said…

    Maybe it was me… :) I did it in the base of my 2011 December Daily album which I didn’t end up using, BUT I am using it this year. Day 14 and Day 21 :)

    Love your smaller layouts this year… so so awesome!

  • 27.
    Debbie S. said…


  • 28.
    Heather said…

    Are all the photos from your new iPhone?

  • 29.
    Debby F - Wa. said…

    I too have NYC on my list. I told my husband we will be going without kids before my 50th birthday. Just a few years away.

    Love your observations. When asked what I want to do in NYC. I want to walk, window shop, and people watch. Of course, the usual tourist things. But mostly observe.

  • 30.
    Dori said…

    Thanks so much for sharing that fold-out page idea (along with the amazing photos) that has lots of awesome possibilities. Enjoy yourself! :-)

  • 31.
    Nickolette said…

    Love your fold-out page, but more importantly…how about the deets on the black bag in your picture!? haha! I love it! Thanks in advance!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s from JCrew.

  • 32.
    Marian said…

    Great pull out pages. Washi is so great for that. I also love being able to print from Walgreens while on the go.

  • 33.
    Shelly K said…

    Enjoy every second of the City!!! I remember all the walking…it’s one vacation where you can eat and enjoy and still lose weight…absolutely the best!!! and so much fun!!

  • 34.
    Kristen said…

    I have been thinking about using a multi-sheet spread and now I am inspired! Thanks Ali!!

  • 35.
    Brooke said…

    Love NYC at Christmas time. I can feel the air through your photos! Printing and scrapping and uploading on the road – you completely rock!!

  • 36.
    anneberit said…

    Love the idea of the fold out page – think I will use that in my album, once I have my photos printed, I have more than one favorite most days so far..

  • 37.
    Pidgen said…

    I don’t know why, but I was really hoping you were going to spend time with Kelly! lol.
    Awesome day layout!

  • 38.
    Cathie said…

    Ali, there is no way my Cameo could cut letters that tiny. Any tips or tricks to share?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No tips or tricks – it basically “kinda” worked but it’s definitely a messy cut. At first I was going to just trash it but ended up liking the messy look.

    • ….
      Cathie said…

      Thanks! Good to know that your cut isn’t clean either. I’m still new to the Cameo and not sure what it can and can’t do.

  • 39.
    Jackie Bremer said…

    Wow, what awesome give-aways. What I like about your posts, Ali, is how adaptable they are – whether used for Dec Daily or for a small gift book. Thanks so much.

  • 40.
    aliza said…

    Welcome to my little city here. Yes, we walk a lot.

  • 41.
    ShellyJ said…


    I purchased your 6×8 overlays. As I was trimming them (PDF Gray), I realized that they aren’t really 6×8. They are a smidge under 6″ (which isn’t a big deal) but are only 7 5/8″ long from cut line to cut line. Which does look a little off. Am I doing something wrong?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Shelly – it sounds like you may need to adjust the print settings. Make sure to select “don’t fit to page” or “no scaling” when printing.

    • ….
      ShellyJ said…

      Is there such an option in Adobe Reader? I am just printing the PDFs onto white cardstock.
      thanks for your help, Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes, when you select print in Adobe Reader you should have some different options that come up in a window before it actually prints.

  • 42.
    Jess Larsen said…

    Thank you so much for the Walgreens app info! I am a newbie with the iPhone and am always looking for great apps. This seems awesome and I can’t wait to try it.

  • 43.

    Ali-love the loosey-goosey letters in the pocket. So cute. Hope you’re having a GREAT time!!

  • 44.
    Monica L. said…

    Love your layout. Got a question: do u reuse the back of the previous day or u add a new cardstock?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I add a new piece of cardstock (except I did end up adhering to the back of the fold-out for tomorrow).

  • 45.
    Kathy L said…

    Love, love, love the fold out. I am definitely adding this to my album for none other than our day in NYC this week. Radio City, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Was trying to find a way to solve including it all and you’ve solved that dilemma.

  • 46.
    alissa said…

    it was me, ali. :) i put the december 2012 at the bottom of my title page and you retweeted me. :) thanks for the shout out. LOVE how your little book is coming together!

  • 47.
    laurie said…

    I love how the wood veneer letters aren’t straight but kind of jumbled and chaotic, and playful; just how I imagine NYC is at Christmas! A happy accident, I think!!

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