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December 3, 2013

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 4×6 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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  • 1.
    katie scott said…

    I love your mix of black & white & color photos and also the small and full page photos. I’m making a note to self to remember to make print some larger and b&w photos.

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    So cool! Long time reader here – and I know how well the name Twinkle fits into your family. I thought you picked it! I’ve pulled out my bigger camera to get better quality shots this season. Such a difference!!

    FYI – The link for the Santa letter is blank.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Brooke – fixed that!

  • 3.
    Kathy said…

    So excited to see the Elf on a Shelf on your Day 2 spread….I have wanted to get the Elf for the last couple of years but he was always sold out and this year I ordered it in time and it came out yesterday and the kids were looking everywhere for it even though it was right in front of them which I thought was funny. I’m excited to document his journey through December each day and maybe put a grid like page with where he ended up each day. Sienna moved him this morning to the top of the pantry for her brother to find which I thought was funny……love December Daily…Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 4.
    Judith said…

    Loving your posts, pages and photos. You can see the joy on their faces which is just lovely. I am following along but behind already! Am going to try and keep going this year cos you have inspired me :)

  • 5.
    Amy said…

    Love your pages so far! Do you know where can I find those page protectors besides in the Studio Calico kit??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Amy – it looks like most places are out of the actual Studio Calico Handbook page protectors. Here’s a link to SC that includes their albums (which come with the page protectors):

      You could also check out Simple Stories – they have 6×8 (or close to that) page protectors as well.

    • ….
      Carrie said…

      Try Etsy or EBay. Both had sellers with them earlier today.

  • 6.
    Petra said…

    Love it Ali and the daytime pics sure do look awesome! I posted some Night time ones tonight of my Day 3 on my blog. Not awesome but I work during the day so better done than not at all!
    I visit your blog several times daily. Just to Oooh and Aaaah. Thank You for all your lovely inspiration.

  • 7.
    Michelle said…

    Yay for Elves on Shelves! Yes to daytime pics, have done this myself today. I am a new fan of enlarged photos, your layered templates make is so easy to achieve fantastic results in minimal time. Also I think its great to see elements from other collections being utilised for December Daily, your Magical chipboard piece is perfect. Wearing my mum hat now, being in the ‘same place’ at the same time, those moments which expand into minutes and hours are truly priceless.

  • 8.
    Krista said…

    The Dear Santa stationery is from Design Editor

  • 9.
    Peggy said…

    I live in a small town and can’t seem to get any one to print 6×8 photos. Can you help me? Where do you print yours? THANK YOU!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Peggy – try Persnickety Prints! I print here at home but they are great and offer this size (and lots of others).

  • 10.
    Kim Norment said…

    Hello Ali,
    I have been a long time fan of yours! Your work is so inspiring and beautiful. I am going to take the plunge into digital so I can utilize your great handwritten words. I’m going to get photoshop elements and also wondered if you can recommend a lower price photo printer? I want to print the larger photos like in your December Daily but probably need a lower price point than the one you use. Thank you,

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kim! I’ve had great luck with printers from Epson and from HP. I don’t have working knowledge of any other specific printers or companies but those are the two I’d recommend to check out (and these days I’m definitely an Epson fan – great printers).

  • 11.
    dawn said…

    I love the story from today, such happiness on their faces! Was thinking of doing this for my kids this year even though the oldest are almost 17 & 16 but Sam is Simons age and would love it. My mom used to decorate with cute little doll elves when we were younger so I asked her to look and see if she has any packed away to use for this.

    I love too that they worked together on the name, bring on the TWINKLE!!

  • 12.
    molly said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh you know it!

  • 13.
    Kathy P said…

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

  • 14.
    Mindi said…

    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.

  • 15.
    Sylvia said…

    Love your day 2!

  • 16.
    Patti L said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – first year. They are familiar with it as Chris has one that’s visited his house the last two years. This year we are expanding the joy over here too.

    • ….
      Patti L said…

      That’s awesome! Your such a good Mommy, hope you know that.

  • 17.
    stacyk said…

    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.

  • 18.
    Kim H. said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Ruth G said…

    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!


  • 20.
    Debbie said…

    What a beautiful story!

  • 21.
    Megan Anderson said…

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

  • 22.
    Lida said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s totally up to you! I’ve done pages talking about going to the dentist, a write-up of 10 Things that are happening in my life right now, etc. It doesn’t have to be all holiday related. Check out this post for some more ideas:

    • ….
      Lida said…

      Thank you. No. 3! Okay, this should get me back on track!

  • 23.
    Ckah said…

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

  • 24.
    Nicole Harris said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Nicole – I print them here at home on an Epson R2000 printer (an ink jet printer). Basically I upload my photo, open it in Photoshop and crop it to 6 inches x 8 inches at 300 dpi and then print it on letter size photo paper. We are looking to see if we already have a tutorial in place on how to do that.

    • ….
      Nicole Harris said…

      Awesome! Seems simple enough. I will play around with it. Thank you!

  • 25.
    Megan said…

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

  • 26.
    {vicki} said…

    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.

  • 27.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    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.

  • 28.
    LindaHAZ said…

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

  • 29.
    Angie said…

    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!!

  • 30.
    Christine said…

    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. :)

  • 31.
    HeidiY said…

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

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