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December 8, 2012

December Daily™ 2012 | Day Seven

Today I said hello to a full-size fake Douglas Fir.

On the right side I used Educational Insights stamps + red Staz On + stitching with silver thread for a really big title sentence. On the left side I enlarged a photo (approximately 7.25 x 4.5) to a full size page that will live outside of the page protector (punched holes in the photo by using a page protector as a guide).

On top of the photo I added a label from Jenni Bowlin, a transparent arrow and created a small flap with a card from the Studio Calico December Daily kit and a white piece of cardstock (see image below).

To hold down the flap I added a Tim Holtz Game Spinner.

Inside the flap (created using washi tape on the outside and inside) I added my journaling.

Hope you have a fantastic December weekend.


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  • 1.
    sharon71 said…

    Another great post. Can’t wait to see ‘the big fake tree’ decorated :)

  • 2.
    Mrs. b said…

    Love to see your new tree decorated later!
    Great idea using the washi tape for holding things together in addition to being a decorative element!

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    LOVE LOVE the little flap, so cute and handy too. We still laugh at how we ended up years ago going from a REAL tree to a FAKE tree. My poor husband was in shock but now he’s so ok with it, a little too ok. I wanted a real tree this year and somehow we put up the fake tree again. I’m going to make sure next year to have a real tree though, even if I sneak it when he’s at work.

    Enjoy your weekend and tree decorating time!

  • 4.
    Sue said…

    I love this! Enjoy your fake tree!! (I love mine because I can put it up so early… it was up and and decorated before Thanksgiving!)

  • 5.
    Pam said…

    One year I had a picture much like this in my December Daily and my boys saw one if their Christmas gifts. If that Lego Star Wars is for Simon you may want to hold out on showing him this picture!

  • 6.
    Cyndi S said…

    I tried to get the fake tree approved by the boys this year. They were all opposed, but my 12 year old, Samuel,was offended at the mere suggestion of a fake tree. “MOM! Why would you even ask that??”

  • 7.
    Bev W. said…

    I love the smell of a real tree. I still love a big old fake one with a candle burning in the background!

  • 8.
    TaraMcK said…

    love this – Ali I’m having a hard time getting December Daily 2012 4×6 Overlays to print 4×6 – I am using the PDF to print the full set. But they are either printing too large or two small. Any thoughts?

    • ….
      Pauline said…

      I printed from the PDFs and had to select the ‘scale’ option and set it to 100% otherwise they came out odd sizes with the ‘print entire image’ option.

    • ….
      TaraMcK said…

      I’m going to try that now thanks!

  • 9.
    Jill Kane said…

    I think artificial trees are easier to decorate and SEE the ornaments once they are hung. Yay for something new!

  • 10.
    Heather said…

    I love the title it cracks me up. Fake trees rock!

  • 11.
    Susie Nam said…

    I love the left page stamped to journal. And the flap created using washi tape is super cute! Can’t wait to see the fake tree.

  • 12.
    Stacy K said…

    I love how your DD is coming along. The variety really adds interest to the overall album. I’ve never had a “live” Christmas tree, but I heard how nice it smells in the home. I’ve decided to get a “live” garland to decorate the stairwell as a way to get that pine fragrance in the home for the holidays. Thanks for sharing your layout.

  • 13.
    KellyC said…

    Love that you used a spinner to keep the flap closed!

  • 14.
    Mel said…

    Love the larger size photo and the journal card great idea!

  • 15.
    Paula said…

    It’s all about what works for you…and knowing you can change up whatever you want whenever you want! I bet your tree will look beautiful.

  • 16.
    Steph S. said…

    Firm believer in fake:)

  • 17.
    Tara said…

    Ali! Say it isn’t so! Not a fake tree! Nooo! Lol!

  • 18.
    Camilla Blue said…

    We’ve had a fake tree ever since we’ve had kids mostly because I prefer the convenience. I was always a bit concerned that our kids would catch on that I was lazy and be angry about what they were missing. But my youngest (4) recently discovered that people cut down trees every year and she was horrified that people would be so MEAN to the trees at Christmas. My child would love your decision.
    Love your pages

  • 19.
    northcarmen said…

    I think we will do a fake tree this year too, just so we can have it up longer. The air is so dry here that even with regular watering, a cut-down live tree just doesn’t last more than a couple of weeks. Seems a bit ironic since we literally have a forest of evergreens across the street from us, but it is what it is. And my parents will have a real tree for when we visit there at Christmas.

  • 20.
    Christine said…

    I grew up with real trees in my childhood and into the early years of marriage. Then one Christmas my husband was deployed and I decided to buy a faux tree. The first year I used it I didn’t fluff the branches out enough but in later years people visiting thought the tree was real. Then we moved to Hawaii where real trees are expensive and dry out very fast. I was glad to have my faux tree. In the years since then we took a break and put up a real tree a few times. It is great to have an option but I am very biased to my faux tree.

  • 21.
    Mel said…

    I went to a fake tree after I got divorced. My mom went to a tabletop tree and she gave me her big fake tree – actually my dad picked it out before he died 21 years ago- so it has sentimental value – and was free! Fake is so much easier to deal with – I just keep it in my basement with the lights still on it and carry it up in December.

    You are right we need to create new traditions to fit our new life.

  • 22.
    M said…

    We are empty nesters now and going out to cut a tree without one of the kids is not much fun, so I will have to wait until college finals are over next week.

    I can’t quite bring myself to give up the real tree yet- but it is clearly a trend.

    The state which produces the most trees in the entire country is now down by 1.5 million compared to selling more than 8 million a year a few years ago. (Yes, our home state, Oregon.)

  • 23.
    glee said…

    I’ve been struggling w/the live tree issue as well since they die so quickly in the house. Still bought a real one this year, but who knows what will happen in 360 days??

  • 24.
    jengd said…

    I have to say I really appreciate this post first because it’s a great looking page and second because I’m seriously on the fence about a fake tree. I LOVE real ones. I LOVE going and cutting a real one. Or at least, I did when we lived in NJ for 10yrs. It was an easy 40min drive to several PA tree farms with a great selection of trees. In in NC, the farms are about 2hrs away and the only thing you can find cut is a frasier fir. We tried to cut a Norwegian Spruce last year at the only local cut-your-own, the single tree they had larger than 6ft and the only tree that wasn’t a frasier, and thing dropped almost every needle it had in 3wks. We got a Frasier this year but between the mess and the cost… I may be heading down the fake path too. And as you say, there’s no reason it has to be a permanent decision.

  • 25.
    Rebecca said…

    not having to remember to water a real tree, and having the whole tree dry out and drop its needles everywhere and then it messes up the vacuum cleaner and you’re on your hands and knees picking out needles from the carpet? Priceless. ;)

  • 26.
    Kathy L said…

    The beauty of a fake tree is that you can use it when you want. This year YES, next year maybe NO. Love that they come prelit.

  • 27.
    Laura L said…

    Love your Dec. Daily post! I have 3 little fake trees that I just love to use in addition to a big “real tree”. I use them in the basement den as decor during the year since we live in MT.

  • 28.
    {vicki} said…

    Hope you enjoy your tree
    I’ve always had a fake tree—I like them because they are sturdier and you can bend the branches however you want so you can put your ornaments in just the right spot

  • 29.
    Damiane Lucas said…

    I absolutely LOVE your creative and funny sentiment! As for me, I can’t embrace the thought of a phoney Christmas tree. No fakes for me. It’s only the REAL thing — or nothing.

    We love you, Ali! Your DD album speaks volumes of your fun life. Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration. Keep posting. Keep sharing.

    God bless and Merry Christmas.

  • 30.
    Sandra L. said…

    I had to smile at your title! Growing up, we always had a fake tree and I would beg my parents for a real one. So the first year I was married, I got a real tree. It had prickly needles that fell out all over (we were still cleaning them up in July) and it was sappy and sticky. The next year we bought a 6′ fake.
    I was thinking of getting a real one this year, and then I thought, Wait a minute…do you really want to be feeding and watering this thing like a PET?!

  • 31.
    EmilyM said…

    Hahaha! I did that a few years ago, and now–long story– I have TWO big FAKE trees. I love how you put it out there that way. And, having spent my childhood cutting real trees down on my family’s land, and always having a real tree, it is a little crazy to have a fake one. But it has it’s benefits in a different way. Enjoy. I took the stance that I can always get a real one some years and keep my fake one boxed up. Nice to have the choice.

  • 32.
    Alida Post said…

    We bought a fake tree on half price sale in our first year being married. It’s huge and we’ve had it up every year for the last 13 years. Decided to not put it up this year as we don’t really have the space right now. Going for lots of candles and twinkle lights instead. Enjoy your tree!

  • 33.
    Sara S. said…

    You are SO funny. Fake tree owner!
    Glad you are embracing it.

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