December Daily™ 2013 | Day Two


Welcome to December Daily™ 2013 | Day Two.


The kids came home yesterday (after a weekend with Chris) which always includes a transition period and a lot of hugs. The thing they were most excited for was to open their Lego Advent calendars. Long time readers will know that's a pretty big deal around here. But everything changed when Simon discovered an elf had arrived.

Here's a look at my Day Two:


Day Two ended up being two spreads (a total of four pages). It sounds like a lot but I wanted to include the Santa letter which gave me space for another photo.


The first two pages include a 4x6 journal card where I wrote about the elf appearing at our house + a photo of Simon and Anna calling Chris to tell him about the elf + an enlarged photo of the elf + #Christmas word art.


Along the edge of the photo I added some of the red trim that was included with the Studio Calico kit. I used a Crop A Dile to punch the holes. To adhere the trim I used 1/8 inch red line tape.


I love having some things included in this project that aren't in the page protectors. Love the mixture of the two.


Adhered to the back of the elf photo is the letter that came with her from Santa (free printable courtesy of Design Editor.


Around the edge of the letter I added some of the gold glitter ribbon from the kit - cut in half right down the middle of the roll to stretch out the yardage over the next 23 days.


The big red chipboard circle is from Studio Calico's Magical Collection (not included in the kit but available here).

I have to tell you that my heart was bursting a little bit to see Simon and Anna's shared joy this afternoon. They decided on the name together after some back and forth and then they had a couple secret meetings with one another. I love that they are getting to the place where they look to each for input and are able to share in each other's joy (at least for a moment or two).

And man do I love those enlarged photos.


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36 thoughts

  1. molly

    2013-12-03 10:01:26 -0500

    Red pom pom trim! Delightful! Happy December, Ali!

  2. Kathy P

    2013-12-03 10:31:27 -0500

    Love your clear pages where the focus is on the activity or item!

  3. Mindi

    2013-12-03 10:35:50 -0500

    I love your spread today Ali !! We also had an Elf come, our first one ! The kids get so excited each morning to see what "Harry" is up to. I am also going to include an Elf day for Day 2.

    Amy -

    The page protectors are made by Studio Calico. You can find them at and also, among other places. Hope that helps.

  4. Sylvia

    2013-12-03 11:09:01 -0500

    Love your day 2!

  5. Patti L

    2013-12-03 11:24:33 -0500

    Is this their first year with Elf? I can't remember if I've seen one visit your home before. So fun.

  6. stacyk

    2013-12-03 11:30:43 -0500

    Ali, I am loving my DD album already! Thank you for your ideas! Looking back at my DD from 2012, which I do often, because i love it so much, one of the things I adore are those enlarged pics. They are soo sooo cute! Your DD is shaping up to be awesome. I look forward to seeing your project throughout the month. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kim H.

    2013-12-03 11:55:21 -0500

    So fun! My 11 year old named our elf Twinkle Star about 5 or 6 years ago which is very similar to your elf's name! Enjoy!

  8. Ruth G

    2013-12-03 12:40:36 -0500

    So much fun! And you're right, as a parent there is no better feeling than when your kids are getting along (even if they are conspiring or working together against you there's an underlying joy!) So happy that Simon and Anna are there, however briefly!


  9. Debbie

    2013-12-03 12:43:39 -0500

    What a beautiful story!

  10. Megan Anderson

    2013-12-03 13:22:12 -0500

    I love the whole mix you have going on! Seeing Anna's & Simon's joy is so special as well :)

  11. Lida

    2013-12-03 13:22:28 -0500

    Of course, your Dec Daily is fabulous. Always inspirational.

    Question, what happens when the a December day is ordinary, nothing holiday related? Do I skip the day or blend with another day?

    I'm a little stumped right now and it's only day 3.

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  13. Ckah

    2013-12-03 14:52:30 -0500

    You are so inspiring. You're pages are always so good!!!!

  14. Nicole Harris

    2013-12-03 14:53:28 -0500

    How did you print the enlarged picture? Do you have a link to a tutorial? I also love the idea of including pictures or "things" that aren't in page protectors.

  15. Megan

    2013-12-03 15:21:25 -0500

    Love the story about the rainbow! Rainbows are always extra special.

  16. {vicki}

    2013-12-03 19:01:04 -0500

    LOVE the Santa letter download!
    My son is getting a new dirtbike this year (we just bought it today) and I've been wrecking my brain as to how to present it to him.
    Now I have the perfect thing---I printed the letter on red cardstock and will roll it up with a note from Santa as to where to go look--tied with ribbon and stick it either in the tree or his stocking.

  17. Lynn Wigren

    2013-12-03 19:41:45 -0500

    Loved seeing the Elf photo! I just sent one to my 2 1/2 year old grandson. Can't wait to see where else he pops up.

  18. LindaHAZ

    2013-12-03 20:12:40 -0500

    Ali how long does it take you to complete your daily spread together? What is typical?

  19. Angie

    2013-12-03 23:35:33 -0500

    So happy to see Santa bring the kids their elf.. It brought lots of fun to my house last year.. And now again this year... They will have fun finding it and will keep spirits high!! Love your pages so far.. I can't wait to put my first 3 days together tomorrow! Hate when working get in the way of my December Daily!!

  20. Christine

    2013-12-04 02:03:00 -0500

    I really wish that Elf on the Shelf was around 20 years ago. My kids are grown now but they would have loved this. I guess I have to wait for grandchildren to come.
    Love the stories coming out of your house so far. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  21. HeidiY

    2013-12-05 11:52:23 -0500

    Love your pictures!!! Thx for all the links, too!

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