December Daily® 2021 | Story 11

Welcome to Story #11 in my December Daily® album for 2021. 

A simple, quiet Saturday around here invited a fun, full-page photo using a new puzzle as the jumping off point to create a home for my story. 

We are sending lots of love to our friends + coworkers who live in Bowling Green, Kentucky after the devastating tornadoes there this weekend. Thank you for having extra patience if you are reaching out to our Customer Service team this weekend who are all based in that area. 

Let's dive into the video: 

And here's a look at the spread in and out of my album: 

When I started thinking about the story I wanted to tell today I was having trouble thinking of something specific. I'm working and I'm resting (sometimes those two things can happen at the same time) and it was honestly a simple, quiet Saturday. I came up to my office and looked around and thought about a story to tell and then decided to go down and start a new puzzle and see what came to me. 

As I unboxed the new puzzle (it's this one and I can't wait to do it) I thought of a wreath and decided (before I started pulling out the edge pieces) to shape the pieces in a circle like a wreath and simply add basic details from my day into the middle. I stood on the top of our table to get a top-down shot and hurried up to my office to print it out and make a page. 

Circles for the win of course. 

Yep, that's how things often go around here. 

In Photoshop I cropped and edited my photo and then drew up the "simple Saturday" word art which you can download: Download the simple Saturday word art here.

I printed the photo on my Epson XP15000 printer and included a second circle to help with the cutting it out of the middle (you can see more about this in today's video and what I try first). I used a craft knife to cut it out using the second outside circle as a guide. 

My idea was to cut out that middle circle to reveal my journaling below. I set up my journaling in Illustrator - you can also flow text into a circle or other shape in Photoshop. I printed that on a 4x6 card and ended up adhering it behind the large photo. 

I used red/white twine to add a couple Tim Holtz metal pieces (numberssentiment) and attach the whole cut circle piece to the page itself. I punched a small hole in the top of the photo and wrapped the twine around a few times to hold the circle. So fun. 

On the back of the circle I cut from the main photo I added some of the red plaid pattern paper and a fabric patch on top. I also added a few Tim Holtz Glass Stars around the outside edge. 

Hope you are having a safe + enjoyable weekend. 

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  1. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    12/12/2021

    Beautiful page and daily details, Ali. I'm enjoying your DD and plugging along with mine too!
    If anyone you know personally is in need and has a Go Fund Me, please PM me (Paula Gentry), I can make a small contribution and would be happy to help. My home was struck by a tornado eight years ago, during the 2nd weekend of December, while we were home. It is so terrifying and afterwards shocking. There are many ways to donate but it is always nice to find a specific person or family to give to direclty.

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  2. Pepierre says…
    12/12/2021
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  3. Joelaw says…
    12/12/2021

    What do you do with puzzles after they are complete? Do you put them back in the box to do again? Donate them? Lacquer and frame? Thanks!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/12/2021

      We most often just share them with friends.

  4. Jeannew says…
    12/12/2021

    Simple and so beautiful!

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  5. hgelowitz says…
    12/12/2021

    I love this page!

    Just thought you might want to know that the link to save the word art doesn't work. It just opens it in another window and can only be saved as a webpage.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/12/2021

      Thank you! Let me see if I can fix that.

  6. BetsyB says…
    12/12/2021

    Your puzzle page(the colors of the puzzle pieces) just seamlessly flows with the speech bubble page! The colors in both page are the same!! Love this page-you are so talented! Also you did a puzzle page in a past dd and wrote out the word. PUZZLE. Would you be able to share your handwriting for the word-PUZZLE. thank you.

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  7. Jenrey says…
    12/12/2021

    This is so fun!! Now I really want my own puzzle wreath😍

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  8. mshanhun says…
    12/12/2021

    That is such a fun and creative photo idea!

    Today I documented my children's gifts from 2020 https://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/december-down-under-gifts-2/

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  9. MaryAnnPerry says…
    12/13/2021

    Love this so much!!!! Anyway you could do a simple Sunday? Pretty please?

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  10. Mpasquini12 says…
    12/15/2021

    This photo is so awesome! Does the circle on top just dangle or swing??

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  11. virginiegoujon says…
    12/16/2021

    So fun!!! Love this!

    Here's my story #11 : https://www.instagram.com/p/CXgfnZpI8Vm/

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