December Daily™ 2013 | Day Five


Welcome to December Daily™ 2013 | Day Five.

Yesterday the kids got an email from my Mom that I just loved and knew immediately I would use it for my story/journaling today. I knew it all day until I was finally able to work on it at 9pm last night. It's not my favorite time to make stuff but once I got into it I was so happy to have the story recorded for the day (and since Simon doesn't have school today he got to stay up and keep my company).

Bring on the sparkly gold!

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Here's a look at Day Five:



Day Five includes 3, 3x4 pockets and a strip of vellum for my journaling (size is 4 x 8.5). The font is Remington Noiseless.


Just a shot of it outside the album. I was photographing this late at night again and it helped to take the elements out of the page protectors to reduce the glare.

I liked balancing the long journaling with the photo my Mom included in the email and two decorative 3x4 cards.


I love including other people's voices in my projects: emails, letters, stuff the kids write down, etc.

This journaling was printed on Worldwin vellum. Why vellum? Why not. This one is not as transparent as some vellum I've used in the past but it was what I had on hand and adds a nice change in texture in the album.

Along the edge I added an Avery label - partly just to counter the curl that was happening with the vellum and partly because I so love those labels.


Here I used the "December" stamp from the Studio Calico kit with black Memento ink (love that ink) on top of one of the printable labels. The big heart was cut from a digital file (December Daily™ 3x4 Sentiment Boxes) when I made my foundation pages - it's actually an "extra" but came in handy here. The 5 is from a set of American Crafts 25 Days Gold Foil Chipboard numbers - these don't look great on the product preview online but are awesome in person.

I used my Brother sewing machine to stitch these in place.


Printshop Wood Veneer Stars + Star Rub Ons + MAMBI Gold Letters


Hope you have a great day!


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22 thoughts

  1. Michelle

    2013-12-06 06:06:40 -0500

    Love the stitching Ali, Yay to sparkly gold and I really like the not so transparent vellum. Yay to registration OLW 2014, going there next.

  2. Petra

    2013-12-06 06:07:51 -0500

    Gorgeous Ali. This has inspired to also include the voice of my parents who I have been emailing daily about our upcoming visit for Christmas. We are all very excited and counting down the days. Kids and Adults alike! :)
    Thank You.

  3. Kathy

    2013-12-06 06:25:36 -0500

    I love kids having meaningful relationships with grand kids and I love that you document it for you and your kids memories. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  4. Jill

    2013-12-06 08:54:40 -0500

    I love this - epecially that the picture is not from yesterday - but is about the relationship with your kids and their Grandma. Will for sure incorporate something like this into mine as I know there will be days when I don't have great photos. Inculding stories about Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins - such a great idea!

  5. {vicki}

    2013-12-06 09:03:52 -0500

    This is WONDERFUL!
    You have the Best Mom ever!

    Sadly for us---our day 5 was about the passing of our dog Buford. We had had him for 11 years and ot was really hard. I revisted your post of 'Remembering Lily' to help me cope. Thank you!

  6. Mel

    2013-12-06 09:12:15 -0500

    Really lovely day 5.

    I went and visited the post for OWL in your shop and noticed that 31 Things is being run again. Just a question about that. Will they be new prompts? I did the class before and adored it! Would definatley be hopping on board again if they are new word prompts. Sorry to aks here just wasn't sure where else to put my question. ; ) x

    (And a big hug to Vicky loosing a pet is just so tough x)

  7. Ruth G

    2013-12-06 09:43:41 -0500

    I love the idea of including your mom's e-mail in your album. Our loved ones who don't live where we do are as important as the ones who do when it comes to this wonderful time of year!
    Thanks so much for the info about the Gold Foil Thickers. It can be so hard to shop for supplies when all you have is a photo that may or may not represent what the product truly looks like. This is why I hope Archiver's can survive. Their stores have all the really pretty stuff and they know how to display it so you get the full effect.
    Anyway, thanks for all you share! You can be my personal shopper any day!

  8. Nicole

    2013-12-06 10:03:29 -0500

    Love this Ali! Beautiful entry for your December Daily and I'm really loving the gold touches.

  9. michelle

    2013-12-06 10:30:58 -0500

    Love your work! Signed up for OLW 2014 last night. So excited.

    Also, I think your "Link up" is missing. ;) I just posted Day 03. Excited to share it.

  10. cinback

    2013-12-06 10:37:06 -0500

    I was happy to see that you are photographing at night too! I am at work all day and I get home in darkness. That makes it tricky to photograph my pages for my blog. But you have done it successfully here!

    Just wondering what kind of lighting you are using to take these pictures? Is it a lamp brought close or just the lighting in your ceiling? What type of lightbulb are you using (incandescent?). I have tried various things in my studio, but have not had great success.

    Hope you don't mind me asking...

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  12. Kathy P

    2013-12-06 11:24:39 -0500

    Sweet story, and love that you included the email with your photos! Must be fun to see what you are going to look like 30 years down the and your mom are like twins, a generation apart!

  13. Mary J

    2013-12-06 11:36:23 -0500

    When I first glanced at this post, I thought it was a picture of you and your kids!! It wasn't until I looked closer and read the story that I realized it was your mom. You look so much alike!! Great page!!

  14. Amanda

    2013-12-06 12:29:43 -0500

    What a great idea to incorporate letters/emails from others! I received an email from my SIL about my son's adventures with her on the first - I am totally going to include that!

  15. stacyk

    2013-12-06 14:07:37 -0500

    I love the idea of including other people's voices in the album. I included a write up on my childhood Christmas traditions, and I plan to include my husband's, then something about our current traditions that we have created for our own kids.

  16. Mathwie

    2013-12-06 15:08:37 -0500

    I like the gold in this page and the balanced journaling block.

  17. CJ

    2013-12-06 17:09:24 -0500

    A lovely page Ali. I like how I don't ever know what the story is going to be for the day. I didn't have today's until I picked the children up from school, and they spent ten minutes playing in the playground with a friend, leaping in the air off of the playground equipment and throwing leaves into the air. The joy of Friday afternoon!

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  19. Megan Anderson

    2013-12-06 22:25:17 -0500

    I love everything about these pages!

  20. Leanne in CA

    2013-12-06 23:21:55 -0500

    Love the gold incorporated into these pages! Your album is looking lovely for DD!!

  21. Molly

    2013-12-09 15:03:16 -0500

    What size needle do you use when sewing the thicker letters onto paper (or sewing paper at all!)? I've always wanted to try to use my sewing machine for papercrafting, but I'm afraid to hurt/ruin/destroy my machine! I also love your use of index tabs! I love the use of non-papercrafting specific items :-)

  22. Melissa

    2013-12-22 16:16:58 -0500

    Hi Ali, I'm just catching up on all of your dd posts and love the, all. I'm quite new to memory keeping, and this post reminded me of a question. I have not had much success sewing chipboard letters onto paper. They move around too much and I usually end up breaking them - perhaps my machine tension is too high or something else. Do you have any advice on doing this? Thanks in advance,

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