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December Daily® 2015 | Day Eleven

Welcome to  December Daily® 2015 | Day 11. 

Today I created a I created my page using one of my  December Stories Vol. 2 Layered Templates to tell the story of "down the hall" (journaling included below). I've included a video tutorial on how to work with my layered templates in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. There's also a step-by-step video below that talks about what I did after printing out that page. 

In other news today I'm excited to share that I now have a collection of paints available in my shop. These are the same consistency of paint as the silver paint included in the December Daily® Main Kit:  

Ali Edwards Acrylic Paint

There is a bundle option available or you can purchase them individually. And I have to tell you that one of the most fun things was coming up with the names - all names of places or spaces or culturally relevant things in Oregon and Washington. Love the Northwest

Here's Day 11 from my foundation pages post (it was essentially just the tag): 

And here's how it turned out in my actual album: 

Today is a great example of simply watching and listening for a story. This one happened to happen right as I was waking up and starting to walk down my hallway. I think I was struck by the feeling of loving seeing those twinkle lights first thing and the words "down the hall" came to mind and I immediately started thinking about the people down the hall from me. I grabbed my camera and took a few shots - some with it on the ground and some holding it about waist high. I ended up going with one of the waist high shots as you can see above.

Here's what I wrote for Day 11: 

In the very dark, very early morning hours I rise from my bed to begin my day. I stand in the doorway of my bedroom and look down the hall towards two small twinkling Christmas trees. Down the hall my two kids are fast asleep in their respective beds, dreaming of whatever it is that they each dream about at this time in their lives. I feel cozy and thankful and happy. I’ve been getting up at 5am for the last few months and I’m savoring the quiet darkness. It’s a time for me to have a hot cup of coffee and to get a bit of work done before getting the kids up and off to school on the days they are here with me. Down the hall I walk, closing each of their doors carefully and quietly so as not to wake them as I walk down the stairs to feed the cats, make some coffee and begin my day.


To house my photo and my words I decided to use a digital layered template from this set: December Stories Vol. 2 6x8. This package includes 12 different 6x8 layered templates that can be used for this and other memory keeping projects - they include places for words and photos and most include some kind of word art. Each element is on it's own layer so you can move things around and change colors and mask in your photos easily. A similar 4x6 layered template set is available here. 

This page was printed here at home using my Epson R2000 printer

Here's a look at all 12 of the layered templates: 

These are meant to be used in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and I've included a video tutorial for you on the step-by-steps of working with the templates here:

VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR WORKING WITH DECEMBER STORIES LAYERED TEMPLATES

If you are looking for more information on getting started with digital techniques like this check out my Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking free collection of tutorials

I wanted to keep the #11 tag so I decided to simply punch holes (using the page protector holes as my guide) and include it as a page on it's own. On the back I adhered the sweater pattern paper from the Main Kit and added a red circle label sticker and the "joy" badge. Red and white twill ribbon is from Paper Source.

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14 thoughts

  1. mtercha says…
    12/12/2015

    Those Christmas trees are such a pretty thing to wake up to every morning. I wake up super early too, I like a little quiet time before the off to school chaos starts. Another beautiful photo. Michelle t

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  2. Mpasquini12 says…
    12/12/2015

    I wake up every morning at 5 am as well. I love the quiet time to myself, enjoying my cup of coffee. :)

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  3. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    12/12/2015

    Wonderful story today, Ali.

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  4. MirandaWedekind says…
    12/12/2015

    Hi Ali, I think you want to edit your video about layered templates. Theres a part in it you didn't intend I'm sure.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/12/2015

      You are totally right! I missed that in the editing - one too many things. Fixing that now - thank you so much for letting me know!

  5. mrmama74 says…
    12/12/2015

    Thank you Ali for continuing to provide these special projects. I love scrapbooking and keeping the memories of my family. I lost interest over the past few years, mostly due to my parents aging and failing health. That is all behind me now and I have a renewed desire to pick up where I left off. I have attempted December Daily projects in the past but failed, miserably. Half way thru the month I would usually become discouraged and quit. I struggle a little as we are "empty nesters" and both work full time, so my photo opportunities are different and I am trying to adjust. Thank you for emphasizing that not everyday will have photos, I have a few of those already and will probably have a few more. And I am okay with that. Looking forward to the next few weeks and your upcoming posts.

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  6. mitchmac says…
    12/12/2015

    Hi Ali, was just wondering which action you used in radlab?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/12/2015

      For this one I think I just used Cool As A Cucumber.

  7. Kirby says…
    12/13/2015

    love the paints!
    love watching your videos each day.
    quick, incredibly random question that I'm not sure where to ask - couldn't help but notice your Fitbit surge (I think?). I'm thinking of getting one - what do you think? like it? love all the features but are you used to/liking the larger size? thanks, Ali!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/13/2015

      Love it - I've had it on and off but generally like the big size.

  8. kellyish says…
    12/13/2015

    love this one so much! thanks for the awesome idea for the number tag!

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  9. awalsh says…
    12/16/2015

    Hi! I know you mentioned it in one of your videos and maybe it was in the workshop, but what font are you using in photoshop? Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/16/2015

      Hi! It's Remington Noiseless - it's linked in the supply list above :). It will take you right to it.

    2. awalsh says…
      12/16/2015

      THANKS :)

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