December Daily™ 2013 | Day Three


Welcome to December Daily™ 2013 | Day Three.

One thing to remember with this project is that every day doesn't have to be multiple pages. Every day doesn't have to be about holiday stuff either. It can be a single photo or it can be three pages or more of photos. Make it work for your life.

I like taking advantage of the opportunity to take a deep breath with this album - a chance to pause and make sure I'm savoring the season like I intend to throughout the month. Writing helps me to get to that place and you can read my journaling below.

Here's a look at Day Three:


I used one of the 6x8 overlays on top of the enlarged photo of my house as dusk.

Here's what it looked like in Photoshop right before printing:


You can see a tutorial on working with overlays like this one here. This tutorial uses overlays from a couple years ago but the steps and ideas are the same.

After printing I added three of the plastic starburst elements + a sequin + a small gold enamel dot around the page (all from the Studio Calico kit):


I love simple embellishments like this in groups of three. Initially I used a Martha Stewart Glue Pen to adhere the starbursts but the glue ended up showing on the bottom two (because of the dark background). To cover that up I added the sequin with a mini-glue dot and then the gold enamel dot on top.

JOURNALING | So love this season of twinkle lights. The weather report is calling for a possibility of snow. Let it snow. Around here today we are engaged in our regular routines of work and school and planning to put up and decorate our Christmas tree tonight. Anna loved pulling all the Christmas books out of one of the tubs this morning and her first thought when she woke up was where Starlight (the elf) was located and could she please open Day Three of her Lego Advent calendar. I love December mornings. Lots of fun things for my two loves to look forward to when they wake up.  I’m also considering putting up more lights along the roof.


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24 thoughts

  1. sharon71

    2013-12-04 06:11:04 -0500

    Your home looks so beautiful. My daughter and I just went for a drive to look at Christmas lights, so nice.

  2. Kathy

    2013-12-04 06:29:13 -0500

    I love the full page photos and your lights look wonderful. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  3. Petra

    2013-12-04 06:34:03 -0500

    This is a stunning page Ali. The way it almost looks like the top half is B&W and the bottom colour you made magic with the lighting there. L O V E it. Simple but stunning.

  4. Michelle

    2013-12-04 07:07:36 -0500

    Sold! on those overlays that I do not have... yet. I cant wait to see your photos with snow in them... how magical a white Christmas must be. I love December mornings too.

  5. Becky M.

    2013-12-04 08:13:44 -0500

    Beautiful, Ali! Love the simplicity!

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  7. Sylvia

    2013-12-04 08:41:37 -0500

    Wow - just stunnig photo and layout! Your blog is my most favorite advent calendar, you surprise me every day - thanks so much!

  8. CindyP

    2013-12-04 10:00:46 -0500

    I had trouble using the Multicolor overlays. I'm not a photoshop expert, (I'm a beginner) but the black ones worked fine. The Multicolor didn't seem to work as an overlay (bakground of the layer was not transparent, so the dat woudn't show through on the photo when placed on top). Anyone else have trouble? I wanted to use the Multicolor as an overlay, but ended up using the black and changing to color to red. Anyone have any advice?

  9. smcl

    2013-12-04 10:29:47 -0500

    Thx for the chance to win. I love DD! Great project!

  10. stacyk

    2013-12-04 11:32:48 -0500

    Love it! Great capture!

  11. Paula

    2013-12-04 12:26:37 -0500

    Day 3 is very cool, love your journaling too :)

  12. Lynn McG.-E.

    2013-12-04 13:09:49 -0500

    Beautiful page. You have a lovely home.

  13. Linda

    2013-12-04 13:17:41 -0500

    I am becoming frustrated with the studio calico album. Apparently I do not take horizontal photos, so the 4x6 horizontal pockets on some of the page protectors is becoming a giant thorn in my side.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Also, when I try to resize my photos to 3x4 in photoshop, they still come out 4x6. Ugh!

  14. lauren

    2013-12-04 14:01:55 -0500

    this is gorgeous, of course, and i love your philosophy and reminder that everyone can make this work for their own lives! the readers' link-up is awesome for that, as well, one can really SEE that this can have infinite variations, all of which are AMAZING! :)

  15. Linda

    2013-12-04 14:38:47 -0500

    What fonts did you use for the journaling?

  16. Kathy P

    2013-12-04 18:06:34 -0500

    Beautiful photo, and I love how you did the journaling. Thanks for the tutorial....I am going to give this a try, since I shot a very similar photo on Sunday!!

  17. Jessie McLaughlin

    2013-12-04 19:11:15 -0500

    Love your picture! I am off to work on my book! Thanks for the pep talk! Love the less is more look!

  18. thearthurz

    2013-12-04 22:06:53 -0500

    Love the picture! Such a great idea.

  19. Mary Sara P.

    2013-12-05 10:27:24 -0500

    Just love the twinkle of white lights. So pretty Ali.

  20. Jo-Anne from ZA

    2013-12-06 04:05:58 -0500

    Your home looks so beautiful Ali!! It has such a warm and cozy look and feel. I'm sure when you are away from home
    you can't wait to get back:-)

  21. anneberit

    2013-12-06 04:55:29 -0500

    Love the twinkle :) So fun and inspirational to see how you put together your album. thank you.

  22. Jessica S

    2013-12-10 14:50:35 -0500

    Is there a tutorial video that helps with moving the date to the side on the overlay? Seems like in the past I could flip things around easier. What am I forgetting?

  23. Ami

    2013-12-11 23:18:28 -0500

    HELP Ali - I am working with the DD 4x6 and 3x4 cards and overlays. I have printed the cards but my overlays are not working. When I open the png file the background is white not transparent/checked and it's locked so I am unable to move it onto another photo. I have used many of your files before and never had a problem. I even opened an older set of DD overlays to make sure I was doing it correctly and it worked.
    I am totally missing something?

  24. Ami

    2013-12-11 23:20:44 -0500

    Never mind. I just read another post. I need to use the black overlay set. Working now. too much Christmas stuff on my mind.

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