December Daily® 2018 | Day Twenty

Welcome to December Daily® Day 20 for 2018. 

This month is trucking right along. Can you guys believe it's just a few more days until Christmas? 

I've been holding on to this story for a week or so, waiting for a good day to share it and today's the day. Just a heads up that today's story does include holiday spoilers for kids. 

Here's a look at Day 20: 

Today I'm working on the back of a 4-pocket 6x8 page protector. I decided I wanted to keep the same tag shape as Day 19 so I used one of the tags as a template to cut my pieces into that same shape.  

Inside the three tag pockets I included a "magic is something we make" word art (see download below), a chipboard santa on top of vellum and santa pattern paper, and my story that I printed using red text on a pink background on photo paper.  

JOURNALING

"Do you enjoy the magic of the season?" I responded as she asked me those tough childhood questions surrounding beleiving in things we can't see. "Yes," she said as she lowered her eyes and was enveloped in that bittersweet blanket of truth. "My sweet girl," I whispered, "now you'll become a magic maker and you'll be able to help create that for others." I went on, "Magic is something we make. Do you want to help make some magic with me this year?" She looked away feeling the disappointment and then looked back up at me with a brave face, "Yes, okay. But don't tell Dad because I want to feel the magic over there." 

Before I shared this I asked her to read it and tell me if she felt like it was an accurate representation of our conversation and she said she thought it was and then told me I should be a writer. She has also already talked to Chris as well. 

You can also read my past Holiday Helper post here that talks about this topic and Simon. 

You can download the "magic is something we make" word art here.

On the top left I created another fun hanging cluster using red embroidery thread attached to the back of the epoxy paper clip from yesterday. The cluster includes a gold glitter star, a plastic circle that was a Joy Story Kit™ Add On, and a paper die-cut Santa

You can also see that I added the gold star brads to the center top of each of the tags. Those seem to be the product I can't get enough of this time around. 

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21 thoughts

  1. DebbiG says…
    12/21/2018

    Love this page :) Thanks for the word art. How do you select your "red" background? Do you have a red you fall back on? I always struggle with it..try a red, then print only to see that it's off. I may repeat this many times until I get the one I like. Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/21/2018

      In Photoshop (or word) you can make your "canvas" or background red by filling it in with a color you select from the swatches. I don't have a red I fall back on - in this case I opened a red digital product from this year's DD and used the eye dropper to select the red used in the kit. I also really like printing on photo paper - that seems to give a truer color.

  2. hgauvin says…
    12/21/2018

    Your journaling made me teary. I love the way to explained it to her. So sweet! And yes, you should be a writer - in all that spare time you have! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  3. kalibetsy says…
    12/21/2018

    "You should be a writer" is so precious! Stories, stories, stories...they are the best. Amazing way to handle this situation that many of us have found ourselves in.

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  4. barefootscrapbooker says…
    12/21/2018

    I love everything about this layout and story. What a great way to explain something that can be disappointing, but can also become a new way to make magic and provide joy for others. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  5. laura_g_ says…
    12/21/2018

    We make magic happen as storytellers! :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/21/2018

      Yes!

  6. onehappymama says…
    12/21/2018

    What a bittersweet, precious story, Ali! You captured it all beautifully and I must live under a rock because I had never seen the Merry Days Collection until I started watching your videos and I want it all and it's sold out all over the place! Ha! That Santa is the best. Watching your December Daily videos is like Netflix to me - only better! Ha! Thank you for the inspiration! XO!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/21/2018

      It is such a cute collection!

  7. Maxpuppy says…
    12/21/2018

    I love, love, love how your conversation went with Anna. My boy is 11 and has autism ... he changed schools in September, so during the Summer holidays, we had 'the' conversation ... and I felt awful, because he did really still believe. It worked out well in the end, though, when he realised he could still write a list! I have Days 11-15 here: https://thiswestlondonlife.com/2018/12/21/december-daily-2018-days-11-15/

    Happy Christmas, Ali, to you and yours!

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  8. mymalloryboys says…
    12/21/2018

    This is precious Ali! Last year my 9 yr old son became a magic maker. It was such a sweet memory. He was disappointed, but a gleam quickly filled his eyes when he realized he could be a part of the magic for his little sister! It was priceless!

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  9. Julieallaway says…
    12/21/2018

    I’m not even doing December Daily this year but I love watching your daily videos. Your spreads are beautiful. You are inspiring. Today’s story was super special.

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  10. belleacropper says…
    12/21/2018

    so sweet !!!

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  11. bettymae says…
    12/21/2018

    I love how you take simple elements and create magic with them. Very merry indeed!

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  12. asackr01 says…
    12/21/2018

    This is lovely and we had the same conversation in our household with my youngest (now 12) about a month before December. :)

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  13. stephnace says…
    12/21/2018

    love this. this brought tears to my eyes. my 11 and 8 year old still very much believe, i am waiting for the questions. you handled it with your children so beautifully. thank you for sharing.

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  14. emmorelli says…
    12/21/2018

    The thing is, you ARE a writer.

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  15. Shannon_Primicerio says…
    12/22/2018

    What a beautiful way to explain it! And thank you for the artwork. Definitely will be using this.

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  16. charris says…
    12/22/2018

    Beautiful story, and beautifully handled as a Mom!

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  17. scasavecchia says…
    12/24/2018

    Thank you so much for the word art. My son became a "magic maker" this year as well. I've been putting off telling the story because I wasn't sure how to tell it, but your word art will help.

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