December Daily 2010 | Day Ten

Welcome to Day Ten!

Today I'm going very simple with just a couple photos printed here at home and a small piece of art from one of Anna's paintings.

Page one:

A 6x8 photo of ornaments that Anna made drying on newspaper.

Page two:

A photo of one of the ornaments in the tree with a photo of Anna from today layered on top. I used the same opacity technique under the journaling and the photo of Anna as I did a couple days ago (draw a new white box and adjust the opacity of the layer down to around 20% or so - the opacity slider is at the top of the Layers pallette).

Here's a close up of the bottom:

The paper along the bottom was trimmed from one of Anna's recent paintings.

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  1. Mel says…
    12/11/2010

    Another inspiring day. Simple yet beautiful.

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  2. Mrs. b says…
    12/11/2010

    Love this! The picture with the ornaments drying is really beautiful. I also love the way you put together the two pictures, and the opacity technique - makes me want to try it out immediately! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Marie L says…
    12/11/2010

    Love these photos with her ornaments. What an insipiring album.

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  4. Raylene says…
    12/11/2010

    Wonderful! Reminded me of my own little artist who is almost 30 now! She turned out to be an awesome seamstress and designer. oh, if they could only stay little awhile longer!

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  5. Lori says…
    12/11/2010

    love it - so sweet :)

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  6. Donna says…
    12/11/2010

    Really love this layout!!! Sweet ornaments too!

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  7. Cherie says…
    12/11/2010

    Planning to get all caught up tomorrow. First I have a paper to finish. Love this project! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Estellita says…
    12/11/2010

    It's seems hard to find ideas day after days, but life is so rich that everything is interesting ... Perhaps tomorrow will i take photos of our dinner in our kitchen, that's amazing !!! See you !!!

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  9. Beke says…
    12/11/2010

    Just wanted to say first that if anyone cheacks out my dd, im a little behind as i only print my photos every few days and I am about to post more later tonight. (its my sons 2ed birthday today so been busy with that)

    Thtis is yet another great page. I cant wait to get my printer, next year ill being about to go hybrid! :)

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  10. Wilna says…
    12/11/2010

    her art is adorable. I doubt if anything makes me so giddy as small children's art.

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  11. AmyHip says…
    12/11/2010

    I really love how you used a piece of Anna's paintings at the bottom. It looks like stained glass. What finger paints do you use with the kids? Either mine aren't as thick as yours, or my son is a lousy finger painter LOL

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  12. Teresa says…
    12/11/2010

    Love your album so far a lot! Since I ready your "Simon's brave Dr. visit" I take much more time for my journaling and go deeper than "I loved it" or "it was awesome". I try to analyze my feelings and situations that happening more, but also simply document in a more intense manner. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
    Wish you a great weekend.

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  13. Daniele says…
    12/11/2010

    Hi Ali, my first year doing a DD and loving it, along with your inspirational daily posts. QUESTION: I really think I need to make the jump to "light speed" and start with digital scrapbooking. Can you suggest a package, assuming there are many on the market, that you use to accomplish your techniques - like the one from today's post. Much appreciated.

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    1. Maureen says…
      12/11/2010

      Daniele, if by package you mean software, you can try Photoshop Elements free for 30 days. I bought Jessica Sprague's Getting Started with PSE and it really really helped me. Ali has some wonderful tutorials/videos on her page which also guided me into getting some good habits.

    2. Ali says…
      12/12/2010

      Just wanted to echo what Maureen said about Jessica's class. I also have a series called Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking that you can check out here: http://aliedwards.com/2010/01/getting-started-digital-scrapbooking.html

    3. Daniele says…
      12/13/2010

      Thanks to you both. I'm hooked!

  14. Chrissy says…
    12/11/2010

    I love the art projects from Anna! I wish my little girl would try the finger paint...she seems to not like to get dirty. LOL. She does like to color with crayons and markers though.
    I'm behind on my December Daily due to a few issues, but I hope to post some stuff this weekend. :) Happy December~!

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  15. Rebekah Pontow says…
    12/11/2010

    A Mater artist in the works - great idea! I'm planning to do a snowflake making day with my 2 1/2 year old. And then put the decorations around the house and maybe even in her room! What a great way to make memories - finger painted ornaments. So inspiring!

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  16. Donna C says…
    12/11/2010

    I love this layout and the ornaments.

    I have a question for you and your readers. My sister in law passed away this week after a long illness with cancer. I would like to include a recognition of this in our DD but just not sure how to without making it really stand out but still be respectful of her passing. Some thoughts I have had are including a photo of an angel ornament and writing about her and how much we miss her. I would love to hear any suggestions people may have.

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    1. Maureen says…
      12/11/2010

      Sorry to hear of your loss Donna, but I think this is a part of your life, and do think you can include it without having it stand out. Using a page of your thoughts/Journaling and a simple photo of some part of the day will allow you to have your book and your tribute to her. Maybe make the paper/elements a bit simpler - white and gold? Stars on blue? or if she was a rowdy, fun loving person, then make the page reflecting "her" personality. hth.

    2. Ali says…
      12/12/2010

      Hi Donna, I'm so sorry to read about your loss. I think the idea of a photo of something that reminds you of her and then some written thoughts about those feelings would be a very respectful way to include this part of your life in your album.

    3. Radish says…
      12/11/2010

      I think this is a great idea This is life we are talking about. If it is sad, so what. This is for you, and later you should remember this time. Blessings to you.

    4. Heather says…
      12/12/2010

      You could always tuck your content into an envelope. That way it's included in your album but not "out there" on display. Sorry for your loss.

    5. Donna C. says…
      12/13/2010

      Thank you everyone.

  17. vera says…
    12/11/2010

    Thanks for the layer opacity tip! I'm definitely going to incorporate that trick into my scrapping!

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  18. Helen says…
    12/11/2010

    It's so beautiful Ali. LOVE THIS SPREAD, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!

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  19. Maureen says…
    12/11/2010

    Hope you're able to take some deep breaths this weekend Ali and have fun with your family. The other one, not us! Ditto the TYs for the opacity tip! Always something good to learn here.

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  20. Newfie Princess says…
    12/11/2010

    Sigh...I so miss being with my daughter at this age. Lovely layout.

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  21. Sarah says…
    12/11/2010

    Wondering... what kind of paint do you use with Anna?

    I have an 18-month old little boy who LOVES pens and crayons right now. I had never considered paint until I saw Anna's beautiful work. The thought of it sounds messy, but SUPER FUN!

    Love this layout, Ali! It's BEAUTIFUL... and I really like the photo of the ornaments drying on the newspaper. Did you happen to capture the date on the top of the newspaper, too?

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  22. Lori Anderson says…
    12/11/2010

    Hi Ali - spent today working on my album. I purchased the 6x8 layered templates and can't get the photos to mask in. I'm using the ctrl G (with new layer selected). Has anyone else had trouble with the templates? I tried a few different ones and had same result. Any ideas I could do to check what is wrong?

    Thanks...

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    1. Jo says…
      12/12/2010

      Hi Lori, I've had the same problem with Elements 6. I've just tried Ali's suggestion, but unfortunately it didn't work for me. Can anyone help?

    2. Ali says…
      12/11/2010

      Try control + alt + g. Let me know if that works.

    3. Ali says…
      12/12/2010

      You could also try Edit/Group With Previous (have your photo layer selected).

  23. Jan says…
    12/11/2010

    Anna's ornaments are great - and I love the paper strip on the bottom of the page, too. Great idea! My page today is also about ornaments - the ones my granddaughter is making for Christmas gifts. She's been working on them when she comes up to visit. We're almost ready to mail them! I'll definitely be posting a photo of the completely finished product...

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  24. Anastasia says…
    12/11/2010

    Dear Ali!

    I really like your technique of white boxes with some text and photos layered on top of them... I really struggle to do it myself on PSE though!

    May be you could help with some more details?

    1. How do you draw that white box (I found way around it but it very complicated, can't be right)

    2. How do you crop the photo to be the right size? (i.e. to fit exactly onto the white box)

    THANKS!!!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/12/2010

      Hi - I crop the photo first (before bringing it onto the other photo). I just guessed on the size - something around 2 inches wide. I drag that onto the large photo and then use the Rectangle Tool to draw the box (if white is the color on top in your toolbox it will draw a white box).

  25. Radish says…
    12/11/2010

    I am just carrying on. Little frantic here, but I am happy that I will have a record of this particular season. Ali I liked the photos on the newspaper. Good idea for me.

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