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December Daily® 2014 | Day Sixteen

Welcome to  December Daily® 2014 | Day Sixteen. 

I started wrapping today so it seemed like a good time to take a photo of my current pile of wrapping paper which happens to be mostly red and white. This is my collection from the last few years - the red and white circles are the new addition this year. 

How's it going out there? Writing down stories? Taking photos? Finding any time to play? Enjoying the season? 

I'm looking forward to spending some time with my parents soon. As hard as it is to have my kids away part of the holiday I'm so happy that I have the chance to go see my parents and get my own one-on-one time with my Mom and Dad. I shared a post I came across recently on my Facebook page this past week that resonated with me and it might with you too, regardless of your own personal situation: Rethinking The Perfect Holiday.

Here's a closer look at Day Sixteen: 

Basically I took a photo of my wrapping paper all laid out next to each other and then printed a 6 inch x 8 inch photo. 

I put three of the cut pieces into the pockets and then kept one out, leaving room for the journal card that was already there from my  Foundation Pages

Another simple idea that can end up looking pretty darn cool. I did intentionally take the photo at an angle so that the rolls of paper weren't straight up and down in the photo.

On the top of the journal card (with very short journaling today) I stapled a chipboard geotag that goes up and off the top of the card. On the backside of the geotag I embossed with white powder so you see that rather than the blank chipboard back. 

It's just a little story, but who knows, maybe next year or five years from now it will be all green or kraft or gold.

I stamped 'love this tradition" along the edge of the wrapping paper and added the "joy" chipboard circle (it was a speech bubble but I just cut off the bottom to make it a circle). 

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  1. petrac says…
    12/17/2014

    Wow so simple I love it! Think I may try tis tomorrow night as I need to tackle the wrapping pile!

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  2. Michelle06 says…
    12/17/2014

    Gorgeous wrapping paper, red and white is my fave... after gold or kraft. Totally going to use your technique of dividing up a 6x8 photo !

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  3. StaceyLee_Collis says…
    12/17/2014

    Great idea to document what wrapping paper you are currently using, tastes most definitely change.

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  4. beckany says…
    12/17/2014

    Oh I love this idea, expecially removing 1/4 of the photo... I could use that part in project life :)

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  5. Bellaa75 says…
    12/17/2014

    I was about to do a wrapping paper page and this is perfect. Also I need a simple page, I'm getting worn out of long stories so need a simple day! Thanks for the inspiration Ali! Enjoy the time with your parents.

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  6. Ruly says…
    12/17/2014

    I love this idea of removing one part of the pic with journal... I've tried before with Project Life (digital :)) and it gives a beautiful effect in the page

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  7. abragg79 says…
    12/17/2014

    Thank you for sharing that article. I often need that kind of reminder this time of year as I still sometimes try and force things to be as they were. I know I can't but I try and then everyone is miserable.

    This photo of the wrapping paper is gorgeous! Great & simple.

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  8. SaraAndrews1 says…
    12/17/2014

    I love, love, love the picture of your wrapping paper!! Especially since today's plans included wrapping.

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  9. prairyk says…
    12/17/2014

    Is the geotag from the DD kit? I really like it—all the stars.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/17/2014

      Nope - the geotag was something I had in my stash from awhile ago.

  10. llaurenb says…
    12/17/2014

    so fun to break the photo into sections... and then *BRILLIANT* to leave one out for journaling!

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  11. YolandaL says…
    12/17/2014

    Really impressed with all of your spreads without people photos. it can be hard for me to think of storytelling ideas that aren't centered around family images. Seeing your creative examples helps so much.

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  12. carriecolbert says…
    12/17/2014

    Love the text paper.

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  13. Breakfastattiffants says…
    12/17/2014

    Thank you for linking that article. Exactly what I needed to hear today. There's so much pressure to make this season perfect, when really what I and my family need is the acknowledgment that things are never going to be perfect. I think I'm getting okay with that! : )

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  14. marmalademeg says…
    12/17/2014

    This photo makes me equal parts happy and sad. Such a bright fun photo! Wrapping gifts is one of the things I look most forward to for the holidays, but this year the day I headed out to buy my wrapping supplies, I ended up with a killer headache and the store was crazy-busy, so I ended up settling for some gift bags and tissue paper and calling it a day. Seeing your fun wrapping paper has me sooo tempted to head back out and try again and just re-wrap everything, haha.

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  15. mtercha says…
    12/17/2014

    Ali, you have given me sparks that push my creativity. The repetition and stamps primarily. I'm getting brief chances to play, and still on Thursday WITL, while jotting notes and taking an occasional photo for my December stories. Enjoy your time with your parents, hopefully it will be rejuvenating and restful, you really need that. Michelle t

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  16. EAugustin says…
    12/17/2014

    Guess I best get to buying that wrapping paper Ha... I love this picture!!!

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  17. saramitchell09 says…
    12/17/2014

    lovely wrapping paper Ali and great way to document it in your scrapbook...

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  18. stkong7 says…
    12/17/2014

    So love this Ali!

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  19. Untiedt says…
    12/17/2014

    I love that you printed a large picture and cut it up. Thanks for the tip to take photo at an angle. I will be giving this a try. Love your wrapping paper. :)

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  20. Cfborden says…
    12/17/2014

    Ali, do you still recommend the portable epson printer you use? Is there a printing difference between yours and epson charm?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/17/2014

      Hi! Absolutely still recommend it. I think the main difference between the two is that the Show has a big screen on the front. I actually don't really use that because mine is plugged into my computer (vs. having it somewhere else in the house and using it connected just to my camera).

  21. Britiney says…
    12/17/2014

    Love that article. Such a wonderful reminder. Today's follow-up is pretty epic too. Merry Christmas, Ali. Thanks for all of the inspiration you contribute to my life. <3

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  22. anniebeagle says…
    12/17/2014

    I love that you photographed the wrapping paper! I need to do that. We have a tradition of each person in our immediate family getting their own wrapping paper. The gifts don't have any name tags on them, so it's a secret (to everyone but me) until Christmas morning when they find a small piece of their wrapping paper in the bottom of their stocking. It really helps the kids not to mess with the presents under the tree in the days/weeks leading up to Christmas since they don't know which ones are theirs. :) Oh, also I wanted to note that if you don't print your photos at home, it's much less expensive to divide the 6x8 image up into two 4x6's for printing. Then just cut each in half to place in the 3x4 pockets. That's how I do my Project Life album. :)

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    1. abragg79 says…
      12/17/2014

      Genius. Both the wrapping paper trick and the 6x8 photo trick.

  23. Jeannew says…
    12/17/2014

    Just perfect! I love the wrapping paper page and cut up picture. You're so good at what you do! I aspire to create such great pages... Thanks for all your inspiration!

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  24. desilei says…
    12/17/2014

    Simple and beautiful! Great page! --Desiree

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