December Daily® 2017 | Days 23-25

Welcome to  December Daily® 2017 | Days 23-25. 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebration. Today I'm sharing the completion of my 2017 album. 

I am one of those people that loves working on this project during the days learning up to December 25th and then I am totally ready to be done as soon after Christmas as possible. As I was working on my last few stories here I was encouraging myself to savor the last pieces of this project, but really I was so excited to get it done and clean off my desk. When I want to get something done I get back to the basics with a focus mainly on words and photos. 

As always I want to thank you so much for being part of this community and for sharing your December with me. I'd love to invite you to participate in other memory keeping projects with me throughout the year including  One Little Word® (registration is open now for my 2018 workshop), Week In The Life™ (spring 2018 TBA), Day In The Life™ (three dates in 2018 TBA), and my regular storytelling that happens throughout the year using my Story Kit™ subscription (includes monthly education) and my Stories By The Month subscription.

You can check out the original  foundation pages for 2017 here. 

Here's a look at how I finished up my storytelling for 2017: 

DAY 23

My Day 23 ended up including three different pages as you'll see below. 

First up was the circle/star page I created for the  Product Play Workshop. To that page I added a photo of Anna & Audrey that was cropped into a 2 inch circle and "embrace the magic" cork. On top of the top right circle I added the rubber "holiday cheer" piece from the Paislee Press Mini Kit. 

Inside the Avery Index Tabs I stamped "remember this" and "so much love" from my Phrases Roller Stamp

On the back of the circle/star spread I added a family photo of time spent with Aaron's family. I used a Slick Writer to write directly onto the photo and covered up a white line along the bottom of the photo with some washi tape. 

Next to the family photo is my gratitude pocket that's holding my "thank you" tags. I used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen to write "thank you" on each tag and wrote a little bit about what I'm thankful for in this season of my life. 

DAY 24

For Days 24 and 25 I decided to go big with a few of my photos and to type up my journaling and add it to the back of a couple more of the large gold foil tags. 

I started by printing a large photo of what Aaron and I were drinking on Christmas Eve and added the gold-flecked cork merry + the "calm and bright" chipboard piece + the small white numbers. 

Glasses are from World Market - we bought these for our wedding. 

On top of the gold foil star tag I used one of the diamonds from the Main Kit (backed with white cardstock). 

I typed up my story (created a 4 inch x 8 inch text box) for Day 24 and adhered it to the back of the tag. I found that super easy to do vs. running the tag through the printer this time. Either way works! On the pot roast photo I added one of the chipboard flags. 

DAY 25

For Christmas Day I decided to follow the same idea with enlarged photos and the story on the back of the tag. 

Love that I got those words in there - the beautiful basics of our day. 

I used a circle punch to get the red star + the best parts from one of the journal cards. I paired that with one of the gold foil circles. 

The last page of my album includes the "merry christmas" card + a photo of all our kids - these two pieces were adhered to the back of the enlarged photo on the other side. On top of the seam where the photo and merry christmas card meet I added a felt heart, a long chipboard piece, and one more cork starburst. 

Here's a look at all the pages outside the album: 




This year I'd love to invite you to leave a link in the comment section if you'd like to share your daily pages. As usual, please include a direct link to your blog post vs. a general blog address link. 

For more inspiration on working with products for this project, check out my December Daily® Product Play workshop - registration is still open with immediate access to all the content. 

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  1. MommaBeth says…

    Ali, I really enjoyed how simple and doable you made this project seem this year. Loved all the full-size photos and pages outside page protectors. Your album reflects your "season of life" beautifully. Thank you for sharing each day!

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      Thank you!

  2. pmmessner says…

    love love LOVE following you along on your december journey! now i just need to create mine for this year & the last 4 or 5 that i have... bought the product, taken notes of each day & the photos for!

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    1. Maxpuppy says…

      Good luck! DD is such a lovely project, you won't regret it!

  3. Maxpuppy says…

    I love, love, love the look of day 23! Thanks again for hosting us through the process of December Daily ... it's my favourite project of the year! I have days 16-20 here:

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  4. parrotfish5 says…

    Thank you for all your great ideas, it is really appreciated. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  5. hgauvin says…

    So fun! Thanks for doing this project each year and inspiring us with your words and videos. Happy New Year!

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  6. Trishharrison says…

    Awesome!! I feel like there should be an applause at the end lol. Great work and beautiful stories told. love the simple but detailed overall feel and look. As always one of my fave projects! Thanks for sharing Ali - Merry Christmas once again, and all the best in 2018!!

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  7. sparkle says…

    Ali I think this was my favorite DD album you've done. You definitely stayed with your intention of "cozy". I have been incredibly blessed by what you have shared with us throughout the year. I'm hoping you offer a new class this year...if so, I'm IN!
    Thanks! Sharon

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  8. Untiedt says…

    Thank you so much for the December Daily videos. I get so much inspiration from them and the reason I complete the project every year. I have only Dec. 23-25 left to do. Like you, as much as I love this project by 12/26 I'm ready to be done with it. After seeing your video I'm ready to power through the last few days and get them done this week. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.

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  9. Maxpuppy says…

    Further to my earlier comment, I now have days 21-25 here:

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  10. lkfisher says…

    Thanks for bringing us on the journey with you again this year! This is my most favorite project, and I love how it slows me down to really see the stories happening in front of me during the Christmas season.

    The kit is awesome again this year, and I have to say the tags with gold lettering really had my heart. LOVE!

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