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December Daily® 2016 | Day 19

Welcome to  December Daily® 2016 | Day 19. 

My journaling for today tells the whole story: 

Lots of lounging & screen time today for our cast of characters on the last day everybody was all here before Christmas Day. There was very little arguing and lots of playing and even some time spent organizing the toys in the girls room (sorting “like” things is what I like to call it). There was hot cocoa & pork nachos & chicken chili & cookies made in the Easy Bake Oven. There was Minecraft & Mission Impossible & the wearing of bathrobes and PJ’s & Shopkins & work time for me & some time spent cleaning up the downed tree branches outside (mostly Aaron & Audrey). In the evening Tiffany picked up Simon & Anna and we dropped Isaac & Elliott off for a sleepover with the Darden’s & sat at their kitchen counter for conversation before heading home in a direction where we could see lots of Christmas lights. Tomorrow it will be quiet here and Aaron & I will work and go to the grocery story and do some shopping and make our own bit of merry as we prepare for them to all converge back here in a tornado of joy on Christmas Day. Hey kids - love the moment you are in and embrace it for what it is and remember how much you are loved. Hug all your parents tightly and say thank you and I love you and I’ll see you soon. Have the most awesome time until we see you again.

Here's a look at what Day 19 turned out looking like:

I love this photo. This is one of those photos that I know I will love looking at in the years to come. It's casual. It's real. I had asked them to all come together in the living room so I could take a photo of them all together - my goal was to capture them before we sent them off to be with the extended families. They came from their separate spots in the house to gather on the couch by the tree in the middle of all the "stuff." I took about 10 shots - a couple where I asked them to look at the camera and a couple where I told them to just hang out. I personally love that some of them are looking and some of them aren't. They aren't posed - they are just being them and that's how I love them.  

I knew I wanted to enlarge this photo and pair it with words. I considered adding text directly onto the photo but decided to create tags to hold my journaling instead. 

The "this" title uses the thin puffy letter stickers from the Main Kit. 

The journaling was printed on  Neenah Bright White paper which is one of my favorites for printing digital products for hybrid projects (I had measured one of the other tags and used that are the jumping off point). 

The other tags were handcut using the rose gold "let your heart be light" card from the  Decor8 Mini Kit and the "awesome spirit of the season" was a card from the Main Kit. I'm using the Power Punch now for the larger holes in the tags and in the transparency. 

The tags are adhered to a thick star transparency that was from  Bella Blvd called Color Chaos Invisibles (currently on clearance at Scrapbook.com). It's a large die cut shape that I cut down to size to fit into my album. 

Here you can see the second page of my journaling. 

I adhered the other tags first and then used foam dots to adhere this journaling tag on top - I like having it lifted up a bit. I also liked having the #19 just peeking out from the side. 

You can see this better in the image below: 

You can also see in this photo that the  star piece from Bella Blvd isn't totally transparent - it's even sturdier than others. 

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

DAY 19 | OVERVIEW

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I'd love to have you share a link to your Day 19 album pages below. Please link directly to your post vs. a general blog link.

NEW CRAFTER'S INK BUNDLES

Also just a heads up that we released five new Crafter's Ink colors today that are now available as a bundle. Individual ink pad colors from this release will be available later. The five new colors include Astoria (light pink), Columbia (light blue), Willamette (green), and Deschutes (dark navy), and Cascade (white). Here's a look at the colors when they are stamped: 

Order the bundle before 12/31 and shipping is free for domestic orders and $4 international flat rate. This shipping special is only for the inks and if you add something else to your oder regular shipping rates will apply. 

For more information about this style of inks check out my blog post from the first color release (includes videos of them in-use and a discussion about how they work on photos). We should have that first release bundle back in stock within the next couple of weeks. Click notify me to get an email when they are back in stock. 

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13 thoughts

  1. CasieGutierrez says…
    12/20/2016

    EEKKKKK Those new ink colors are AMAZING!!!!
    I can't wait to create with them!

    Casie

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/20/2016

      Have fun!!!!!

  2. ddownes says…
    12/20/2016

    So lovely. really special and sweet. Makes the ordinary so extraordinary. But where did Audrey go? (the other 4 are accounted for in your journaling.) i only have 3 to mind and i am constantly counting them to make sure no one gets lost in the shuffle. but i am sure you have it all under control and its a manageable chaos infused with love and excitement and joy.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/20/2016

      She was with us for the Christmas lights :).

  3. dpowersfabian says…
    12/20/2016

    Thanks for the Bella Blvd link...took advantage of getting some great transparencies!!!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/20/2016

      Awesome! They are great!

  4. virginiegoujon says…
    12/21/2016

    This is so great. Love your day 19. Love this Bella Blvrd transparency. I used some as dividers for my 2016 DITL album.
    Which black and white did you choose in Radlab?

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  5. jaimeelynn says…
    12/21/2016

    I don't know why but I got all choked up reading your journaling from today....although I have a pretty soft heart, so getting choked up is pretty normal for me. Thinking alot about the 'seasons of life" this year as I work on my album and enjoying reading and watching your new "season" this year. My sons are almost 8 (on the 31st) and almost 2 (on 1/8) and we are a bunch of big believers in our house, in santa, in the elf, in all of it. I hope your whole family has a happy joyful holiday with lots of laughter, snuggles, and merriment!!!

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  6. barefootscrapbooker says…
    12/21/2016

    Those kids look like a lot of fun - and such a great mix of different personalities! Thanks for sharing the awesomeness of your family. :)

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  7. Mrsfabry says…
    12/21/2016

    Love the black & white! But I need advice- I've been really good about doing "every day" this year- but after the 16th everything kind of fell apart. Daughter was sick, then we got sick, and other than a trip to buy groceries, we pretty much didn't move from the couches. No photos or anything "magical" took place. Would you think it odd to just have a 1 page spread (I'm thinking full page photo) of our coffee table covered in tissue boxes & cough drop packages & then journal on top with a Days 16-20 & just tell about the illness on one page & then move on to today's story (which is all about wrapping/shipping gifts.). It's "the story" we were living but not really keeping in theme with the whole "Daily" theme. Thoughts?

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    1. princessmemo says…
      12/21/2016

      For what it's worth I think that would be great. You document the real life moment and then move on. Glad everyone is better and you can get back to the merry making.

  8. teri0604 says…
    12/22/2016

    This is an amazing page. I love the "real" . That is the part of life I want to remember. We are almost through another DD. So hard to believe it went so fast.

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  9. stacielinn says…
    12/25/2016

    awe, Ali...I held it all together and here I am in front of my tree at 12:12am on Christmas Eve with tears running down my cheeks after reading Day 19. This is our families first year...sorta... with kiddos going in different directions and its tough for everyone...mama most it seems and your journaling to your crew touched my heart. Because when it is all said and done the day doesn't matter...the joy and love of the season and what we give and receive from each other is most important. Big hugs to you and your crew this holiday season!

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