December Daily™ 2011 | Day Five (+ Layered Template Video Tutorial)

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Five.

One of my favorite themes for December Daily™ is an "Around The House" spread with photos of decorations. It would be fun to see just this page compared with past years to see what's changed and what's remained the same.

For my story today I used one of the templates in my December Daily™ Layered Template 6x8.5 package paired with an enlarged photo and journaling on the second page.

(Sorry about the color quality of these images - it's challenging to get the colors correct when I photograph them in the evenings.)

Here's a look at the page created using one of the layered templates:

I put together a quick (12 minute) tutorial about my process for working with these layered templates (specifically this set but the information can be used for working with any layered templates).

December Daily™ Layered Template Tutorial 2011 from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Here's what the first page looked like before printing:

The white digital cardstock I used in the background is from this set: Michaela Solids.

After printing out the layered template I added the letters for JOY using American Crafts Hollyday Elf Thickers. The little black stars are some older Jenni Bowlin rub ons (came in a package that had arrows with words on the inside and the stars were between the arrow + word combos).

Here's a look at at the second page:

That "peace" tag was from my Christmas stash. I'm thinking it was from Ormolu?

Pattern paper strip along the bottom is American Crafts Hollyday Red Suit with Glitter Accents.

Between these two pages is a divided page protector insert.

In the top two pockets I added a piece of transparency with a Jenni Bowlin arrow rub on and a button from Evalicious.

The outline stars (found in my Silhouette library - thinking they came with it?) were cut with the Silhouette.

I chose not to do anything on the back of the pieces in this divided page protector.

Here's a look at the pages inside the album:


Click on the images to link to the products.


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You’re invited to include a link to your DAY FIVE page here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.

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  1. Simona says…

    love it!!

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  2. Susanne Huettner says…

    Love your pages.
    I bought the layered templates you created for my december daily. But for me it is challanging to choose the photos/ parts of photos that go together. Your combinations of photos always look good. But for my collages I mostly have the feeling that they are crowded or unbalanced.
    Do you have any tips on how to make good collages?

    And I also found out, that I need more photos that are not croped too tight with the camera, so that they still fill up the words like JOY or the space of the braket....

    A lot to learn when working hybrid :-)

    Thanks, Susanne

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  3. Megan says…

    Love this page in your December daily. You are so creative!

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  4. BRANDY says…

    question for you, i am trying to use the template, and i am new to this, i can not figure out how to get the photo to go behind to move the image in the box. i have a regular pc
    i tried and it cuts off the design with the words.
    i am not sure what i am doing wrong

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    1. Susanne Huettner says…

      You have to put the layer with the photo above the layer with the figure you want to fill in (just drag and drop it in the place you want to have it in the sidebar). Then go with the mouse inbetween these two layers and press the Alt+ key and klick.

  5. BRANDY says…

    when i tried to do the option button its not placing the photo below the layer, not sure what i am doing wrong.

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  6. BRANDY says…

    thank you susanne, i appreciate the help

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  8. brandy m. says…

    love this pg, Ali!!! where did u get the square wreath?? such a unique twist on a classic!!

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  11. Michelle Urteaga says…

    Ali - thanks for the quick demo on the overlays -- it has definitely helped. What type paper do you print these out on? I am using several of the overlays this year and not sure whether you print on photo paper or cardstock? If you print on photo paper, are the templates that have white space just the raw photo paper? Hopefully this question makes sense.


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    1. Ali says…

      Hi Michelle - when I print photos I print those on photo paper - and yes, if there's a white space then you can either add a digital paper to give it some texture or just leave it white. When I printed the overlays for my foundation pages (with no photos) I printed on cardstock.

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