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October 30, 2008

December Daily : Q & A

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[ 2007 + 2008 December Daily Albums ]
 

Below are some Q & A’s from the comments on Tuesday’s post related to the December Daily Album. If you don’t see your specific question listed it is likely that it was already asked before and is answered below.

Also, check to see if your name was drawn in yesterday’s December Daily giveaway here.

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Q from Christen : What do you do if you have a day that you really don’t do anything special or holiday related?

A : This is simply a daily documentation album for December. It does not have to have anything to do with the holiday or be something special. Some of my days last year included Simon at soccer practice, or a photo of him sitting by the tree, or playing a game of Memory. Maybe you just journal on a certain day on how you are feeling (maybe stressed, overwhelmed, or peaceful) or you include a photo of your tree. There is no right or wrong.

Q from Margarita : Ali, do you glue the pretty paper to a thicker page? I don’t understand
how a page, lets say Vellum, can hold a picture and a journal since is
so thin…

A : The vellum actually holds up really well with a say a photo adhered to one side (I use the Kokuyo Dot n Roller) and a journal block the same size as the photo on the back. You can also just use the vellum as the “intro” to the photo or journaling for the day and create a new page (like this one from last year where the photo was printed out large and became a page with pattererned paper glued on the back).

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Q from Heather C : About last year’s album.  Did you make up Periwinkle Penguin?  What a great idea.

My sister-in-law Liz put that great letter together. The idea came from an awesome holiday book by JRR Tolkein called Letters From Father Christmas. I picked this one up last year on recommendation from Soule Mama and it is such an inspiring, wonderful book.

Q from Danielle : I am a little concerned about starting though because we are going away
for a week in December over Christmas any ideas how to make it easy
even when traveling?

A : This is actually a great project to put together and take along with you on your travels. Keep that in mind when you are putting it together and potentially create a smaller (overall size) album that will be easier to travel with (plane, car, etc). You can always leave room for photos later on and add in your journaling while you are experiencing it (my favorite sort of travel documentation). Consider taking along a small package that includes some adhesive, a pen, maybe a stamp + ink, and a couple accents. Keep it simple.

Q from Crystal : Last year you gave us a recipe for muffins that you made on the 4th of
December. I think they were Angel food muffins, I can’t remember and
would like to make them could you please email me and let me know where
to find the recipe.

A : Coffee cake muffin recipe can be found here. Also, my complete archives (going back to November 2004) are always available here.

Q from Noell : This may be too time consuming, but when you start doing and posting
your pages in December, I would love it if you could post the
uncompleted page with the completed page. It seems like last year I was
sometimes curious as to how your page ended up the way it did–it would
be interesting to know your process as you figure out how to make the
stuff from each day work with the page you had available.

A : Planning on doing this for sure! Last year I didn’t have enough forethought to take all the before shots.

Q from Kimberly : I’m curious, did you buy anything new for this album or did you just use supplies you had on hand?

A : I didn’t go out and buy anything new specifically for this album – it is a combination of things I had on hand (the album, letter stickers, some papers and transparencies) and things I have been collecting/receiving since the new holiday products became available.

Q from KreativeKate : I love the Clear Scraps acrylic, but how do you cut it?

A : Super simple. Lay it on your trimmer and slice it back and forth a few times. I used my Fiskars portable trimmer and it worked great.

Q from Donna : Have you (or are you) going to have a book with a similar step-by-steps?

A : I don’t have plans for this right now with the baby coming in the beginning of the new year. Maybe someday…

Q from Michelle : So…WHO inspires you these days????

A : Good question. Right now I am really into reading about simple living principles. Books on my nightstand include: Living Simply with Children
, Your Money or Your Life
, and The Simple Living Guide. They are inspiring me creatively, financially, and mentally. I am also inspired by Soulemama for her wonderful focus on family life and being present. I’ve been lucky to get to know her a bit through email. She’s also getting ready to have a new little one join the family really soon.

Q from Jessica : Love this album. I nodded my head about being in the present. I need to
keep it simple. So I can document and complete it. What other albums
would work?

A : Really any album would work just find. The main thing I would keep in mind is that these sorts of albums/journals really have the potential to get FULL – mine last year ended up needing larger binder rings which I found at an office supply store.

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Q from Terri : Help! If you set up your book ahead of time, how do you know that
you’ll have a horizontal photo that will fit on say December 2nd and a
vertical on December 3rd?

A : One of the concepts I keep in mind when creating this album is working with what I have – meaning working with the space available that I created for myself in the beginning. This means that I will enlarge or crop depending on my photo(s). Check out a couple of examples from last year: one day I did a photo gathering that became a page (and is “behind” a transparent page), on some days I oriented my photos horizontally and printed them 4×6, or cropped four photos and printed them as squares. There is a ton of variety of photo treatments in these pages and no specific way it has to come together.

Also, I remember that on some days I went looking for a photo to take to tell my story for that day. In those cases I was able to look at my page and keep that in mind when I took the photo (I happen to take almost all my photos horizontally).

Printing photos at home each day is a big part of the process for me but it does not have to come together like that. You can take photos and add them in later on if you prefer to upload photos or send to a developer. And in case you are wondering, I use a HP Photosmart D7360 Printer
printer and print on HP paper.

Q from Jean : So it looks as though you start out with one page per day… but end up
with multiple pages per day. Do you make extra, non-numbered pages
ahead of time, or do you do some extra pages each day of December, so
that you know they are the correct format?

A : I do begin with one page per day. I do not make extra non-numbered pages in advance. During December, taking it one day at a time, I will add more depending on the story I am trying to tell.

You may want to take a look my daily posts from last December for some more insights into the process. Scroll to the bottom for the beginning of the month.

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Q from Susan : I was wondering what kind of adhesive you use for vellum and the Creative Cafe Dark Red Polka Dot Felt.

A : For the vellum I will most likely just use my Dot n Roller or a stapler. On the Polka Dot Felt I use the red Therm-O-Web Super Tape (which is my other favorite adhesive). I used it to adhere the ribbon onto the felt in the photo above.

Q from Kim : Do you put photos on the back of tranparency pages or just back photo with pattern paper?

A : Most of the time I either put the photo on top of the transparency page OR I add in the photo as it’s own page and back it with patterned paper.

Q from Lisa : For your pages, are you making them front/back for each day, or just
putting stuff on the front of the page? I noticed that you have a new
number for each separate page instead of putting the next day on the
back of the previous page.

A : I am giving myself the front and back of each page for each day. Some days the content will go on the back and some days on the front and other days I will have more than enough to fill both sides + some.

Q from Nancy : What type of adhesive do you use to attach your papers back-to-back?
Also, how do you utilize this adhesive? By that I mean, do you use the
adhesive all the way around the edges, or just every so often?

A : I use the Dot N Roller for pretty much everything. It is the best one I have come across so far. I do exactly what you said and go around the outside edges – I rarely even go in the middle, just around the edges and find that to work just fine.

Q from Latrice : Did you order the Clear Scraps acrylic online? Also are the journal overlays available somewhere to download? The Ali Edwards ones.

A : The 25 Days of December journal overlays can be found here. The clear scraps shaped overlays can be found here or here.

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Q from Lara : Where do you get all of the different sizes of page protectors that you use?

A : The baseball card protectors (like the one shown above) or slide page protectors (small squares) can be found at an office supply store such as Staples or Office Max. The others I have come from a variety of sources – whenever I come across them I tend to bring a few home. You can read more about divided page protectors (with source links) here.

Q from Anne :  I am ready to start on it, but wondered what adhesive is best to use on the acrylic pages and on transparency pages?

A : Whatever you use as your regular adhesive should be just fine. When I am working with transparent pages – such as the ones in this album – I usually add something onto the back side that is the same size so that it will cover the adhesive that shows through.

Here’s an example of a front side (black lined transparency with square journal block):

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And on the back I just added a felt “merry” and the photo for the day (the tree on the right) is an enlarged photo that is it’s own page:

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And here is the back of that enlarged photo (on the left):

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Q from Jen : I was wondering what size metal rings you are using. I am doing a
different size chipboard album, but was considering using 3″ rings.

A : I measured mine and they are 2 inches across. That is the same size I used last year.

Q from Jennifer : I’m wondering if/how you use the left side of the clock overlays?

A : Here’s a look at what I did last year:

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Basically I just left it alone (which is likely the same thing I will do this year) and ended up cutting my photo page to match the curve of the Heidi Swapp clock overlay.

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Q from D’Nese : I also meant to ask you-how do you go about your supplies when you
purchase them. You seem to always have just the right items on hand. Do
you do one massive shopping and stock pile away or do you purchase what
you have in mind for your album and then create once the items are
received?

A : In the case of this album, I have been collecting and stashing away. I loved doing this last year and knew that I would do it again this year so I have a nice selection of holiday papers and embellishments all gathered together in clear storage box that has a lid and a handle. It’s about three inches tall (when laid flat) and probably 13×13.

FOUND: It’s from Art Bin and you can get them here (thanks for letting me know guys).

I order some things online usually from either Scrapbook.com or Two Peas in a Bucket. I pick things up when visiting stores. My semi-local favorite is Scrapbook Fever in Salem. I am also sent supplies from some manufacturers as this is part of my business.

In general, over the last few years, I have gotten pickier about my supplies. I know what I like and tend to stick with many of those same themes over and over again.

I am a big believer that “just the right item on hand” is exactly that – what I have here on hand. It is rare that I would go looking for something specific. Most of the time I will make-do with what I have here…and I know MANY of you out there have your own stash of supplies as well.

Q from Stephanie : I was wondering what you use to make sure all the holes line up? Is it a single hole punch or 3 hole punch?

A :  I use a Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes and use the holes from the cover as the guide for each page.

Q from Sue : How long did it take you to put this album together? Did you create all
of the pages first and then figure out the numbering or did you
complete a page and number it before moving on to the next?

A : Not long at all. I did it over the course of a couple days – probably an hour or so each day. The first day I gathered up and cut to size all the things I wanted to use as pages: papers, acrylic pieces, transparencies, etc. I also punched all the holes. On the second day I added the numbers by pulling from my stash of stuff. I don’t spend a lot of time going back and forth on if “this” is the right paper or “this” is the right way to number the page – I just go for it.

Q from Jamia : did you create your album first and add pictures at the end of the month?

A : I did create the album first (just like I now have this album ready to go) but then I add photos DAILY during December by printing them here at home.

Q from Cheyne : I am after a copy of your ‘everyday life’ book. I am in Australia but don’t know how/where to get a copy – do you post o/s?

A : Hi Cheyne. My Everday Life photo book is one that you add your own photos to through Shutterfly. Is that the one you are talking about? My other books can be ordered through my amazon book shop or from your local scrapbook store.

Q from Lanette : Do you think a Narratives easel frame album would hold the weight up of all pages?

A : I love those albums. It really all depends on how much you are going to add. My initial thought is that it is probably too small (especially for 31 days) unless you were just going to journal but it may work if you change out the binder rings for a bigger size.

Q from Kerry : I’m wondering if you create a separate Christmas book for Simon or if you just create this one December Daily album.

A : This is it :) . I also usually end up with a couple Christmas-related pages in our larger albums but this is my main focus for December.

Q from Amy : Do you keep with your 5 colors (white, black, red, tan, kraft, etc) as
being one of the predominant colors or what guides your process?

A : Not necessarily for this project. I do use those 5 colors of cardstock – which has simplified my process a bunch – but for a project like this I just look for patterns that I like. Right now those patterns tend to include polka dots, lines, and other simple patterns. I love red any time of year and this tends to be a good excuse to really use up some of my favorite red patterns (holiday or not).

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Q from Shannon : Do you have a “November Daily  photo+journal overlay”?

A : I don’t have specific ones for November, but these may work (celebrate family), or these (family gratitude title + journal), or these, or these, or a combination of all of them. You could easily add a small date onto each of those to create a complete album.

Q from Casey : After looking at all of the different prints and styles I have, I’m
wondering if I need something to pull them all together. With all of
the different items in your album, are you considering using a
consistent element or is it anything goes?

A : I think the consistency will come from the photos of our family, my handwriting, etc. Part of the fun of this album is it’s eclectic nature.

Q from Carolyn : Can you buy the transparencies in Eugene?

A : I would try Ben Franklin Crafts (Gateway) or Scrappy Land in Springfield.

Q from Johanna : How do you actually keep track of the products you buy and post about?
Do you go digging for every single link when you post about the
products you use? Or do you have some spiffy way to keep track of all
of your sources so it’s easy to find the specific product and link?
Just curious how you keep yourself organized not regarding your actual
scrapping but regarding the business of talking about your layouts (as
I presume you have to keep organized in some way, with all the writing
about your work you’re doing).

A : This is something that I have gotten really good at over time. I know many product manufacturers by sight, but definitely not all of them. When I was putting this project together I keep the bottom strips of the patterned papers to make sure I was referencing and linking the correct ones. Sometimes I keep a handwritten list as I go to reference when I need to enter the supply list. I do go searching for every link when I post projects such as this – haven’t found a shortcut yet :) .

Q from Angi :  I’m wanting to run the album for the entire month of December, and
to include New Year’s Eve/Day and the weekend after. Any ideas/suggestions on a cover to include this
whole thing? I was thinking something like “Christmas Season &
Beyond” for a title or something, but to decorate the cover (i’m using
a naked 8.5×11″ binder) is leaving me a bit confuzzled, especially
since almost everything i’m using leading up to Christmas is
traditional red & green, and i’m thinking to use black, blue,
silvers and such for new year’s eve/day pages. Suggestions? Ideas?

A : For decorating the cover, I am a fan of simple, neutral colors. Silver would be a great one in that it really can stretch throughout the holiday (really any color or combo would be just fine). There are some lovely silver patterns available right now from Art Warehouse such as this Radiance Damask Glitter Paper.

Q from Cindy : I am making mini-books for all the small children on my Christmas gift
list – they are being filled with pictures of all their favorite people
and pets – momma, daddy, grandpa, Aunt Cindy, etc…I’ve figured out everything EXCEPT how to add page protectors so that
little fingers don’t tear or ruin the pages – I’d like them to be
something they have for a while….very kid friendly…..any thoughts?

A : My feelings on this have always been that wear and tear equals love. Especially with small children I would have the expectation that if you want them to be looking through them and loving them that most likely they are not going to last a long time. You may want to consider small board books (even recycled children’s books) that would be a bit sturdier and may have the potential to last longer. Are you planning on using binder rings?

Q from Gina : This is more of a general question that I have been struggling with for
some time: as someone who is environmentally savvy, how do you deal
with the consumption involved with creating projects? I am in my 40′s,
have been crafting all my life, yet sometimes feel that making (lots
of) stuff isn’t the best use of the world’s resources. Do you ever feel
that way?

A : Most often I feel that having lots of stuff (vs. making lots of stuff) is more of my issue. This is something I think about and wrestle with from time to time. One of the things I have really tried to do is cut back on the amount of stuff I have in general and I have become more particular and feel like I have “enough” more often than not (the reality is that I have more than enough). I used to be more into the latest and greatest and wanting to have everything in a new line of products but these days I focus more on the specific things I know I will use.

Q from Sabrina : I just love how you layer everything. It always turns out so
beautifully. Do you plan the order in which the pages go before you
cut? Every time I attempt to layer transparencies, die cut pages, etc.
I feel like I am trying too hard to make it all look good. I guess I am
trying to make it all look cohesive when the pages are closed and not
just a jumbled mess. Any suggestions or hints on how to make them flow?

A : I did a general plan of the pages after I cut them. I wanted there to be a nice variety between torn pages, cropped pages, and die cut pages. I think it is a fine line (and a matter of perspective) between a jumbled mess and a cool, eclectic combination of goods. Even if you may think to yourself that it is a jumbled mess your friend may LOVE it and think it is the coolest thing. Stop trying too hard. Stop worrying about it and just get them in there.

Another thing to consider is to create a formula for yourself. I often do this when setting up the founation of a project (but did not in this case). Maybe your formula will be: transparency + die cut paper + patterned paper + cropped piece and then you repeat that again for the next four pages and so on throughout the album. That may be a good starting point in getting used to mixed up pages.

Q from Sabrina : On last year’s album I know you mentioned that you added pages in
between; did you ever run into a page that you had to move the numbers
or embellishments around to fit the photos that you wanted?

A : I don’t think so (but can’t remember exactly). It wouldn’t be too big of a deal to switch things up if you really needed to. For the most part I just tried to make it work as I went along.

Q from Michelle : Do you know if most etsy shops that offer paper products use acid free
/ lignin free papers? Especially those places listed on your giveaways.

A : Most likely it is going to depend on the shop. Elle’s Studio prints everything on acid free papers. Evalicious uses many vintage pieces (such as old dictionary paper) in her creations that are not acid free but have held up for 40 or more years already. Whether something is acid free is not one of my main issues – I figure some things will last and some things won’t. I would definitely recommend emailing with the etsy sellers in advance if this is something that is important to you.

Q from Candy : I would love to know how you would suggest translating this project to
digital. I am a fully digital scrapper now, so I don’t have anything in
the way of paper supplies. I still have a few favorite tools. Should I
make 25 days of quickpages to just drop pics and journaling into? Or
templates?

A : I am actually working on a set of templates that will work for this album right now. Hoping to have them available next weekend. Most likely it will be a set of templates (5 or so) that can be mixed-up throughout the month (some with a single photo and others with multiple photos). These Bread + Butter templates would also work really well.

Q from Crystal : Would love to do this project, is there a more budget friendly album I could use that you know of?

A : Hey Crystal – really anything would work. Consider using an old book (check out this link from Janet Hopkins for more information on that), or a couple hardy sheets of chipboard, or a chipboard album from Clear Scraps (add larger binder rings), or something from 7gypsies. There are so many album options out there these days that are available for a reasonable cost.

Q from Karen : Where did you find the vintage circle card?

A : I wish I could remember Karen – I think it was in a vintage pack of goodies I picked up on one of my adventures.

Q from Kylie : For those of us who want to do the December Daily Album but don’t have
a colour printer at home, do you suggest getting the photos printed (at
the store) daily, once a week, or compiling into a folder on the
computer and printing them all at the end of December, which in my case
will end up mid-January hehe.

A : This is really going to be up to you. A good question to pose to those of you who did this project last year – any suggestions? I think printing them out weekly or at the end of the month would work just fine…a suggestion would be to leave notes in your album with post-it notes or something along those lines to help you remember the photos you are wanting to use or the story you are wanting to tell. Actually, I think journaling as you go would be the BEST way to capture the moment and then add the photos when you have them.

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Q from Becky : I love the D Reeves album – that
frosted white acrylic look is just so Christmasy – do you know where to
find ANY?? did it come with pages inside – or just covers? It’s hard to see the paper source pocket envelope – do you have a closer up shot?

A : Here’s a google search for the D Reeves Mini Style File. You may be able to find one by going through that list. And for those of you that missed the note on my first post here’s the update on the album: I received an email from Diane
at D Reeves and she is making some changes in her life to focus on
family and is stopping production of the albums. I completely
understand and respect this decision and wish you all the best Diane.

Q from Kylie : Will you be making a Flickr Group so we can all share our pages from the album?

A : Sure! Here you go : December Daily 2008 Flickr Group

Q from Sue : Would like to know if you reinforce the pages that are just cardstock?

A : I am not planning to back them with anything special. Last year many of those pages ended up with enlarged photos or another print on the back. Those pages have held up just fine over the last year with lots of handling at events.

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Also, there were a couple comments I wanted to address that weren’t really questions.

Wendy wrote : Sometimes, I get afraid if the pages and elements i added in are not
the same… does not have this ‘uniform’ look. Maybe i am trying too
hard for it to be perfect.

A: That is really one of the best parts of an album like this…that it is not perfect. This sort of project can be a jump for people who are used to having all the pages the same size or using all the same product line throughout. Both are great ways to tell your story – it all depends on how you want to approach the project and your personal preferences. You could absolutely still do this project using all the same product line and all the same size pages. I am one of those people that thinks that it is “uniform” because I put it together, because it tells the stories of our family, because my handwriting is sprinkled throughout, etc.

Krystyn wrote : I am loving this project-since we are on a uber tight budget, I made my
cover with chipboard from the back of notepads. I covered them with
Bazzill Parakeet (my fave) and am using up some OLD chipboard numbers I
had..finally got around to painting them. I hope to do this entire
album w/o buying any new product.

A : I loved reading this Krystyn! Using up older stuff is an awesome approach!

Marilyn wrote : Thinking about those with no kids at home, this a a great album because
there is so much during the holiday season- family and friends you
don’t normally see, grown kids visiting, college kids at home,
office/workplace decorations & parties, cooking, baking, making
& wrapping gifts, writing/recieved Christmas cards,making
decorations & decorating, tree buying, shopping, decorations around
town, snow and outdoor seasonal photos. It really works for everybody.

A : I felt like this sentiment bears repeating for everyone. Most projects I embark on can be done by anyone – they emphasize your story, are able to be adapted to your life experiences, etc. Also, if you don’t celebrate Christmas you can do an album such as this that doucments your own personal traditions: Hanukkah, Kwansa, Winter Solstice, or nothing in particular, etc.

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This is part of a series of posts on creating a December Daily Album. All posts can be found here.

Comments

  • 1.
    Krystyn said…

    I’ve been working away on my album, here’s what I got so far: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40461260@N00/sets/72157608489650682/

  • 2.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Love all the answers Ali – got my cover and backing made this morning with left over chip board – will paint and embellish. Looking forward to getting the interior ready next week and then ready to roll.
    Just order all my Week in the Life pictures and pages last night – almost done that one
    Thanks again – busy with Halloween this week and enjoying that time.
    Have a good one.
    Nicky from Canada

  • 3.
    Amy said…

    Thanks so much Ali for all the answers you provided! It’s always so nice to hear your easy going perspective! And thanks for the Flickr group again, your blog readers are a very talented group of people and I so enjoy seeing everyone’s projects!!

  • 4.
    Molly said…

    I think we can all agree that you make everything very approachable. Thank you. I cannot wait to put my ‘shell’ together and to take a few minutes out of each day in dec. to document. There’s definately something about memos made in ‘real time’ that makes them more meaninful.

  • 5.
    Sandi Keene said…

    Ali-
    Your Christmas supply container is an Art Bin product. I love them too!
    Yesterday my sister and I finished our Dec. albums. Took us two afternoons to put them together. This was my sister’s first time making a mini album – first time working with acrylic. Her family loved her album!
    I am excited about using the albums to document my favorite time of the year.
    Photos here: http://secretlakediaries.blogspot.com/2008/10/december-albums-ready-to-roll.html

  • 6.
    Kerry said…

    Just wanted to say THANKS for taking the time to answer all those questions. You are a truly amazing and generous person.

  • 7.
    Kim K said…

    Wow, Ali. I’m continually amazed at the projects you do…and the help you provide to all of us! Thank you so much for all the personal comments and answers to all of these questions. It’s really helpful to have all of the answers in one place…plus all of your links! You must have spent a lot of time putting this blog post together! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m already pulling papers for this project…and I’m preparing to do my week in the life next week!

  • 8.
    allison said…

    hoping to get a whole day to be able to at least get this project organized. life = busy right now.
    to help karen with the circular playing cards- at michaels (maybe last christmas, not completely sure though) in their $1 section they had a few packs of circular playing cards. i picked up a pack, but am wishing i had a few more.

  • 9.
    KristaLund said…

    I was SO inspired….I did it! and in 1 day!
    It was so fun to use up my stash! Thanks for the inspiration! I can’t wait to fill my beautiful album up with happy, warm Holiday memories!!You can see it here:
    http://www.scrapvillage.com/blog/

  • 10.
    Linn said…

    Ali, thank you for the detailed answers, as always. For the question from Kylie, I downloaded my pictures for last year’s December daily every few nights and had my husband pick them up on his way home from work the next night. I did a few pick ups myself, too. I think I probably added those printed pictures to the album every 4 or 5 days, so that it was still finished at the end of the month without major time spent. When I had journaling, I tried to add that while it was fresh in my mind, sometimes before I had the printed picture to go with it.

  • 11.
    christen said…

    thank you so much for answering all the questions! it makes it so much more “doable”. i’m also glad to hear that you still put a few pages in your regular album…i’d been thinking about that. i have a couple of bigger events that i don’t think i could leave out of our family album either. i’m planning on working on mine next week and i’m really looking forward to it!

  • 12.
    Susi from Germany said…

    Wow, Ali! Thank you so much for answering all those questions. This blog post must have taken forever! Love the new flickr group. Now I’m hooked and finally joined flickr, too …

  • 13.
    Melissa said…

    Ali, your 12×12-ish handled tote is from ArtBin. ‘Not sure of their URL.
    I know this because I have uh, a LOT!, of them (ha ha) and all through CKU/Orlando 2005 (where you and I met while I was pregnant, coincidentally) people kept stopping me to ask what it was & where I got it.
    Blessings.

  • 14.
    Kim Bolyard said…

    I am so excited….I started and finished my Christmas album yesterday….I had so much fun creating it and using all the wonderful things I have on hand and have not used….it was so freeing…I love this type of album and mixing and matching all my goodies…I love the end result and can’t wait to start adding my photos in Dec. Thanks again for the inspiration…
    peace
    Kim

  • 15.
    aly321 said…

    Thank you so much for your creativity and inspiration. I have gone mostly digital, but may have to hybrid this one… looking forward to the new overlays!! Can’t wait!

  • 16.
    Kathy W said…

    Thanks for all the info, Ali. The last comment about no kids at home really strikes home for me. I am going to give this album a shot because your project makes me realize that life now without kids is just as important to capture as when they were here. I haven’t been giving the present the same importance, but I hope to with this project…I’m a cardmaker, so this is a first scrapbooking project for me! Thanks for the inspiration and food for thought.

  • 17.
    TracyBzz said…

    Regarding not having a printer at home: I just did the 30 Days Hath September album in Stacy Julian’s Have More FUN! online class. It is basically to same concept as your Daily December. I have a laser printer at home (can’t use photo paper in it) and I live 1 hour away from any photo developer, which I only get to maybe twice a month.
    So I would either A) just know that today I had a vertical 4×6 and use a blank paper to lay on my page and then journal and embellish around it or B)print a copy of the picture and trim it (if needed) and lay it on my page to help mee decide how I wanted to design my page. Then when I got my pictures developed all I had to do is adhere the pictures and my album was done.
    My hats’ off to anyone who attempts this album, because doing it in September was hard enough. Never mind doing it at Christmas time.

  • 18.
    Melissa said…

    Regarding those Clear Scraps art deco transparencies… I want to toss out a reminder to everyone, especially those of us on a budget in this crazy economy!, that you can make any paper or any transparency ANY shape that you want it simply by freehanding or tracing over something else that you really like (there are a LOT of those ‘bracket shape’ papers out there these days – you only need ONE to use as a template).
    We often seem to think that we need to use something ‘as is’ when we can often adapt it by altering, tearing, cutting, etc. to make it something even better suited for our needs – and this ‘multipurposing’ doesn’t, of course, stop at scrapbook supplies! :-)
    Be well, everyone… and have a great Season…

  • 19.
    Jerrie said…

    I am starting my album this weekend. I just dug out all my holiday supplies and am jazzed to get to work.
    A fantastic q&a. Thanks. I love that you reinforce the idea that what people choose to do is ok…that is one of the issues I know a lot of my friends have and they won’t even start scrapping because they think it has to be perfect. (then I show them my stuff…and NOT perfect is my middle name).
    Anyway. Thanks. I am excited to play along with this project too.

  • 20.
    Kodi said…

    Can you please tell me what tool you use to cut the big pieces of chipboard into smaller sizes? Thank you!

  • 21.
    Ali said…

    Kodi – I cut everything with my trimmer or with a craft knife + ruler (depending on the thickness of the chipboard you may need to use a utility knife).

  • 22.
    Vanessa said…

    Holy cow…now I have more ideas than I know what to do with. OH, and I think I found those storage boxes… http://store.scrapbook.com/nm-9000ab.html
    Gonna hafta get me some of those!! Congrats to the gals that won the giveaway..

  • 23.
    Sandy said…

    Thanks so much for sharing your answers to all these questions. One of the questions above asked you about how you keep track of your links to specific products.
    I was wondering if you use delicious. It might be an easy way to keep things organized, and you could actually snag the links to items that you buy while you are shopping online. It might simplify that process for you.
    Check it out, and let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to help.

  • 24.
    sally said…

    There was a comment that you answered to about finding a cheaper album to use…. I”ve decided to use 2 8×8 squares of plexi glass- my husband drilled holes in them for the big binder rings, so it was really cheap to make. The cost of the plexi was $2.50! I love it!

  • 25.
    Donna. said…

    Thank you so much for answering all of our questions! I loved reading your answers. I’m definitely planning on taking on this project.

  • 26.
    Mandy said…

    It’s so awesome that you answer everyone’s questions like this. I never cease to learn from you. I also think your digital designs are great. So glad you started creating in that arena! :)

  • 27.
    Sabrina B. said…

    Thanks for answering the questions! I can’t wait to get started…

  • 28.
    Holly S said…

    For Crystal:
    I too am on a tight budjet (who isn’t really?) so I made my own album! I used plain chipboard (or you could use cardboard from a cereal box) and cut front and back covers to 8.5 X 5″. I covered all sides of them w/bazzill. My inside pages are just that-the pages of bazzill or patterned paper. For the pp that is thin (I used some Rhonna Xmas paper from last year and it’s thin) I backed it with Bazzill then re-inforced the punched holes (I punched them w/my crop-a -dile) with those sticky hole re-inforcers from Staples. All my pages and most of my embellishments are from my stash from last year-only very few are new (I love the Fa-La-La MM collection and couldn’t resist).
    This CAN be done without buying anything new! Don’t think you can’t-you can!!!

  • 29.
    tonya said…

    I’m not quite into scrapbooking as much as I used to be, but one thing I did to help the business of blogging about it was keep an Excel sheet that had the links to all the manufacturers, etc. Everytime I found a link, I added it to the list, keeping it updated, so I could cut and paste them into my blog when referencing them. Saves so much time over hunting for them every time I needed one. I set it up as a table listed by manufacturer and also had columns for type of item (paper, alpha, etc.) and style (cardstock, vellum, etc.) and even season so I could sort the whole list if desired.
    Just thought I’d pass it on.
    I’ve been in a long-lasting burn-out of scrapbooking but your holiday albums are so wonderful I think I may see a little spark returning…thanks, tonya

  • 30.
    Susan W said…

    Ali,
    Thank you so much for the Q&A. You answered many of my questions. I have one started and will just remember to relax and enjoy the process. And I wont stress that it wont be done until January … it will bring lots of joy later on flipping through the pages. No one but me will know or care when it was completed.
    And, thanks for the occasional give a ways. I have yet to win one of them but it is very sweet of you and the companies to spread the love so to speak.
    You rock!
    Sue

  • 31.
    Lauren said…

    Oh Ali – Thanks so much for sharing this! I really need the kick in the rear to getting moving on this – I really wanted to try this last year, but chickened out because I didn’t know what to do or have the “right” supplies. SO this year I think I am just going to go for it. Use what I have and knock something out, even if it isn’t “perfect” (a big hang up of mine).
    Question – how do you afford adhesive? I love the kokuyo as well, but I find ALL adhesives except tabs to be SO expensive. How do you buy them and/or make them last longer?

  • 32.
    Cindy Gordon said…

    Thanks for your response yesterday regarding the mini-albums I”m making – it was only after I started reading all the other questions that I realized I probably should have saved that question for another time as it was not related to the December Daily Life album! Sorry! I too believe in wear and tear equalling love, but because they are SO young I want them to enjoy them for at least a little while.
    I was planning on using the small 6×6 acylic covers and the spiral binding system from Zuter (?is that right?) – do you have a better idea?

  • 33.
    Jacki said…

    I found a great video that I think you would enjoy… it has nothing to do with Christmas though. I thought to tell you because you are focused on using less stuff and buying less. I would love to hear you post about it- very interesting http://www.storyofstuff.com

  • 34.
    Lisa said…

    I have a question for you…I was thinking of starting my album the day after Thanksgiving and going until the 25th of December. Should I number the pages 1-28 since there will be 28 days total or should i start with 28, 29, 30 then start 1 for the first day of December? I would love your opinion on this. Thanks for all the answers so far. I can’t wait to start this awesome project!

  • 35.
    Kylie T said…

    Thank you Ali for answering all our questions! That post must have taken you forever! So thank you so much, for spending so much time inspiring complete strangers, and adding creativity into our lives :)
    And thank you to Linn and Tracy for answering my question on printing the photos. I think I may get hubby to pick them up on his way home from work every 3-4 days – hes going to love that! hehe. I will still journal daily into the album, and just add the photos as I get them printed. Thank you again :)
    Kylie

  • 36.
    Artful Yogi said…

    Thanks for your answers.
    Last year I read you post about making a December album and didn’t do it since I hadn’t completed the previous year’s photos. I logged on everyday to see the progress. Well, right now I don’t have this past Christmas done–even though the papers and photos are in an album waiting for me. This year i’ll break the cycle and make this album now, THEN commplete last year.
    Even though I have not completed last Christams, I’ve completed more this past year than any other–including my daughter bride’s wedding album within a month. With your help–and help of another talented friend–just completd a 30 year look at Halloweens. So much fun to reflect. On some of these December days I may include a flashback photo or two.

  • 37.
    Sara Pink said…

    What a fantastic and helpful post, thanks so much Ali! I’ve been pondering the Daily December album for a while and have in previous years signed up to others and paid too! But reading through this and the last couple of posts I’m going for it.
    I’ve been saving useful Christmassy stuff for a while in a similar style to yours, as I knew I wanted to do something.
    I’m aiming to do it over the weekend. Thanks again and can’t wait to see your album fill up throughout December.
    Sara x x x

  • 38.
    HeatherC said…

    My album has turned into a trash to treasure project! Not wanting to spend much money, I decided to raid my craft room — between large sheets of chipboard (salvaged mostly from packaging), extra page protectors from old albums, a baseball card holder that I cut in thirds, misc cardstock, various envelopes (including a velum one!), tags, postcards — it is really cool! Not decorated yet — for that I may have to gather some extra paper as I have used most my Christmas stash — but it is so neat and I am very excited about it. Hopefully will post to the flickr group by the end of the weekend. Thanks Ali for such an awesome idea!!

  • 39.
    CindyML said…

    Ali – your blog is my first stop every day. I love to see your creativity and check on what Simon is up to. What a lucky boy to have such devoted and loving parents!
    A question that I did not see an answer to… are transparencies and acetate the same thing and what brand do you use/where do you buy it.
    thanks and keep creating! CindyML

  • 40.
    Ali said…

    Cindy – transparencies and overlays are essentially the same thing. In the previous post where I show each day there are links below that will take you to the product at either scrapbook.com or twopeasinabucket.com. You should be able to find printed ones at most scrapbook stores. Acetate can be the same thing as well. Acrylic would be thicker.
    If I am going to print on a blank transparency I buy ones that are 8.5×11 from an office supply store. 3M is the brand I currently have and it is made for ink jet printers.

  • 41.
    Megan said…

    You are simply inspiring. I just wanted you to know that my week in the life album was seriously the first album in my life that I have ever completed! It felt very good, and all of you effort made it so much more simple.
    One thing I was thinking about for all of those who think that making an album about the entire month of december is a bit overwhelming, I’m thinking about doing a 12 days of Christmas. In our family, we usually try and do something “christmas-y” for the 12 days up until Christmas, and think that is how I’m going to approach this album.
    Thank you again Ali for your wonderful inspiration!

    • ….
      Lillah said…

      Ya learn sohmneitg new everyday. It’s true I guess!

  • 42.
    Viki said…

    Ali, you make scrap booking so doable!
    This little day by day December album is very much like an Art Journal with pictures.
    I’m diggin it.
    Viki

  • 43.
    Jen Demmon said…

    I can’t imagine how much time it must have taken to answer all our questions. I learn so much every time you do this and maybe best of all I get reminded that; it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be hard! Thank you so much for making the time to answer all these questions!! YOU ROCK!! Have a Happy Halloween – can’t wait to see your pictures!
    thanks again,
    Jen

  • 44.
    michelle collazo said…

    Ali,
    Thanks for spending so much time answering the questions…the projects you create and the content you share regarding those are my favorite reasons for visiting your blog…looks like thousands of other people feel the same way! I, too, have gathered my supplies for my first December Daily album and I do not plan on purchasing anything new, either. I’m amazed at what I’ve found that’s not necessarily Christmas themed but fits perfectly and imaginatively. I’m using the Tinkering Ink Peek-a-Boo Album that was in your summer Cocoa Daisy kit (never got around to making that travel album!!). I’m going to glue two chipboard pieces together for the front cover and the other two for the back cover and paint them. 6×6 might turn out to be a bit small, but I’m going to see how I can make it work.
    Thanks again for a great project!

  • 45.
    lisa tanner said…

    love all the questions and answers. i wish i could read all the comments, but my eyes will cross (there are so many). just thought i’d leave a suggestion if anyone does read the comments (besides you, of course). when i need heavy duty chipboard – i recycle an old three ring binder. most of these have really thick chipboard and i just use a craft knife and slice off the plastic covering carefully and i’m even attempting to use the binder contraption instead of seperate binder rings. so far, it’s working. i’m leaving the chipboard naked and just adding ribbon on the spine and then layering paper and embellishments on the cover and back.

  • 46.

    Wow! What great stuff! I read every single word!!! Looking forward to the Flickr Group and actually doing this!!!

  • 47.
    heatherle said…

    RE no printer: I did do a folder and then had them printed at a warehouse store. However, I blogged every day, so that it was fresh, then did the journaling for the book on my computer desk with the blog open. I didn’t really think about making this album until about Dec. 12 when I realized I had blogged with photos every day, so I did pages all from the same package of themed paper and then used the Binds-it-All that hubby got me for Christmas to stick it all together. It was done on New Years.

  • 48.
    Lindsay said…

    I’m impressed that you were able to answer so many questions! Thanks!
    My album is coming together nicely so far. And I’m also looking forward to the flickr group! What a fun project~hopefully it will jumpstart me for the new year ahead!

  • 49.
    Latrice said…

    Awesome! Thanks for answering so many questions. I think I may do this. I have a lot on my plate with gift projecs and what now, but this sounds like a great album.
    You’re like the tenth person I’ve heard that’s reading Living simply with children. Now i gotta go get it to read. Thanks again!

  • 50.
    tchrtiff said…

    Thanks for all your time to answer our questions! I learn so much from you. :-) Happy Halloween. Hope you share photos of adorable Simon dressed up.

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