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December 4, 2013

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 6×8 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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  • 1.
    sharon71 said…

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

  • 2.
    Kathy said…

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

  • 3.
    Petra said…

    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 said…

    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. said…

    Beautiful, Ali! Love the simplicity!

  • 6.
    Sylvia said…

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

  • 7.
    CindyP said…

    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?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Cindy – the multi-colored piece of the journal card/overlay package was designed to be used with the white background. I was hoping that would make it easy for those that just wanted to print multi-colored journal cards for one specific day (using the PNG files – the PDF files are even easier).

      In years past I’ve just done the transparent overlays but this year I decided to included a full-color version as well for those that just want to print and go.

      The black/white overlays with a transparent background for those that want to add them onto their photos and are able to be recolored.

    • ….
      judith said…

      Thanks Ali! I was stumbling at that one too!

    • ….
      CindyP said…

      Thank you!

  • 8.
    smcl said…

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

  • 9.
    stacyk said…

    Love it! Great capture!

  • 10.
    Paula said…

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

  • 11.
    Lynn McG.-E. said…

    Beautiful page. You have a lovely home.

  • 12.
    Linda said…

    I am becoming frustrated with the studio calico album. Apparently I do not take horizontal photos, so the 4×6 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 3×4 in photoshop, they still come out 4×6. Ugh!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Linda – first off, here’s a tutorial for getting 2, 3×4 photos on a 4×6:×4-images-on-a-4×6.html

      As for the horizontal orientation of many of the pockets, there’s a couple things you can do:

      (1) crop your vertical photos to 6×4 – I shoot almost all horizontal photos so anytime you see one of my photos in a vertical orientation (like any of these full page 6×8 photo) they were cropped from horizontal to vertical.

      (2) Print 2, 3×4 photos on one 4×6 (following the tutorial above) – that will give you two photos on one canvas and you can either cut them in half and include pattern paper as a background or leave them both on the 4×6 and slip them into the pocket. Maybe your album will have more photos in the 3×4 slots and more journaling in the 4×6 pockets.

      (3) Play around with shooting horizontal. Just like I could mix things up shooting vertically – it’s a great way to spark creativity by doing something different than what you normally do.

      Make it work for you. You can do it!

  • 13.
    lauren said…

    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! :)

  • 14.
    Linda said…

    What fonts did you use for the journaling?

    • ….
      Ali said…


  • 15.
    Kathy P said…

    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!!

  • 16.
    Jessie McLaughlin said…

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

  • 17.
    thearthurz said…

    Love the picture! Such a great idea.

  • 18.
    Mary Sara P. said…

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

  • 19.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    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:-)

  • 20.
    anneberit said…

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

  • 21.
    Jessica S said…

    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?

  • 22.
    Ami said…

    HELP Ali – I am working with the DD 4×6 and 3×4 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?

  • 23.
    Ami said…

    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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