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December Daily® 2016 | Day 02

Welcome to  December Daily® 2016 | Day 02. 

I loved checking out your stories in yesterday's links and via so many shares in the  December Daily® Facebook group. Thank you for being a part of this community. 

Here's what my Day 02 looked like as a foundation page: 

Here's a look at what Day 02 turned out looking like:

Lots of little things happening for today's story. My album will end up being a mix of very specific stories (like I told for  Day 01) and others like today that are a fun mix of products and a story or stories. 

I knew that I wanted to include the photo of Simon working on his Advent calendar and after I printed it out and thought about what I wanted to include in terms of words - I just kept thinking about his awesome Christmas spirit. So rather than talk just about the Advent calendars I decided to pick some phrases/words/stickers that related to the overall magic he brings to the season and write a short note to him on a tag talking about how I love his Christmas spirit and how fun it was again to see him light up when opening his Advent calendar. 

As I was thinking about his Christmas spirit it also made me come back over to my computer to look up a photo of him from a Christmas past. I found one of him and Anna from 2009 that I turned to black and white and printed out and cropped to 2 inch x 2 inch to fit into the pockets. It puts a whole lot of things in perspective for me seeing that picture again. I loved including that along with a bunch of other patterns and word/phases that made me happy today. 

The white tag and the "Friday" pocket are from very old Studio Calico kits that I've been hanging onto forever. Today was the day they got put to use. 

Lots of gold embossing today. You can watch my embossing process in today's video below. 

For embossing you basically need the following: 

Here's a look at the pieces outside of the album: 

A couple things to note ( also covered in the video below): 

  • The light green "magical" chipboard circle is from Pam Garrison's December Daily® Mini Kit. I adhered that piece on the outside of the page protector. I'm cool with a mix of embellishments and pages both inside and outside the page protectors. 
  • I adhere the chipboard "1" to a piece of pattern paper and then cut it out with a craft knife and then embossed the word "traditions" on top. 
  • I cut one of the kraft tags from the Main Kit to match the one from Day 01 and ended up including the "spread cheer" portion that was printed below. Love that those tags are 2 inches wide to begin with. 
  • I adhered the small text pattern paper from the Main Kit to the back of the messy circle from Day 01 and added a gold chipboard star on top. 
  • I embossed the large star from this stamp set and cut it out and added a small white "S" from the alpha set in the Main Kit. 
  • I added an Avery Index Tab along the outside edge of the Friday pocket. I stamped "savor the moments" from this stamp set on the white paper inside. 
  • I covered up a portion of a rolling date stamp with a small piece of tape to just be able to stamp "2009" onto the small 2 inch x 2 inch photo of Simon and Ann. 
  • To figure out the correct photo size I used a ruler to measure the outside of the page protectors (a little less than 7 inches x 8.25 inches) and then cropped my image in Photoshop to that size. I used a Crop A Dile to punch the holes in the photo enlargement and the pocket.

Here's a closer look at the tag that I slipped into the day of the week envelope:

Also, I imagine there might be some questions about families with multiple kids and how I'm planning to incorporate all of us into this album. In my head, at least right now, my plan is to intentionally be on the lookout for at least one story over the 25 days that focuses on each kid. Maybe it will be a time I see them experiencing joy. Maybe it will be a time I overhear them say something. Maybe it will be a time I see them do something that is so representative of their personality right now. Looking, listening, watching, waiting and then capturing + documenting. 

I approach all my projects (this one,  Week In The Life™Project Life®One Little Word®, and traditional scrapbooking) from my point of view - as my story. My parents, my kids, my partners, my friends are all characters in the story of my life. I make these projects because I enjoy them (the writing, the photographing, the crafting), not out of a sense of obligation to make sure I record all the details of my kids lives. 

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18 thoughts

  1. nirupama01 says…
    12/03/2016

    Love how you turned that card into a pocket for journaling on a shipping tag! Thank you for making this season so extra magical with this project!!

    http://avinashhecker.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-daily-handmade-holiday-day-2.html

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  2. beckany says…
    12/03/2016

    having a throwback picture is such a great idea!

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    1. lindsayvictoriajohnson says…
      12/03/2016

      I agree! I LOVE this idea!!!

  3. Ainoko says…
    12/03/2016

    Thanks Ali for the enjoyable & informative process video! Love to see how your pages evolve and how your ideas grow :)

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  4. irenespie says…
    12/03/2016

    Awesome. Thanks for taking the time to post a video again. ;0)

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  5. Mel_12 says…
    12/03/2016

    Great watching your process and the page is perfect!

    http://mysilverymoon.com/?p=11281

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  6. CasieGutierrez says…
    12/03/2016

    My day 2 is a story about gratitude and healing and one of the first longer stories I have ever included in my memory keeping.
    https://cultivatingcasie.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/dec-2nd/

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  7. jlcrite says…
    12/03/2016

    Ali, I love this! You are such a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Lize says…
    12/03/2016

    Stunning page Ali!

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  9. amy_zwart_hotmail_com says…
    12/03/2016

    Fabulous! We owe you for the idea of the Lego calendars, Ali! Fun tradition here now too. In the merging of families and traditions, did you end up buying a few more calendars this year?!! Enjoy the countdown!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/03/2016

      Yep - we are swimming in them :).

  10. mkennedy says…
    12/03/2016

    The funny thing is I'm always tense watching the video until you put the lid back on the embossing powder. It just makes me nervous - if it was me I'm sure I'd knock it over and spill it everywhere. Lol!! Great page though, love the video run throughs!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/03/2016

      Ha!

  11. ZoeZuDesign says…
    12/06/2016

    I too have been struggling with the Christmas Messy Circles Stamp Set. It's really hard to get a clear stamp - the words (as the negative space) seem to have been cut too shallow. Hopefully this will be noted and fixed for future stamps that are a similar style. Thank you.

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  12. farrjoanne says…
    12/10/2016

    I love that you have advent calendars for your kids each year. It has inspired me to get out two that we haven't used in a while. I have also loved the way you talk about finding joy and light this season. I found this advent calendar online and have downloaded it to include in my album. It has been a great way for us as a family to focus on parts of the christmas season that often get overlooked.
    https://www.lds.org/blog/25-ways-to-lighttheworld-this-christmas?cid=HP_TH_1-12-2016_dOCS_fBLOG_xLIDyL2-2_

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  13. torysmama14 says…
    12/12/2016

    Ali, where do you find the big white tags you wrote your story on this page?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/12/2016

      I'm pretty sure that was included in a past Studio Calico kit. I googled "white shipping tags" and there are a bunch of options on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hlSFvD

  14. phuloonikola says…
    12/13/2017

    Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read.
    http://kingdomrush2.co/
    http://skincraft.online/

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