December Daily : Day One


So much of this project is about working with what you have set up for yourself (especially if you put the foundation pages together in advance). Each time I do this project I reminded how much I like setting it up ahead. I like having some parameters to work in - a bit of direction that takes some of that initial guess-work and decision making out of the way.

Remember: this process does not have to be complicated. I said that to
myself a bunch as I felt like I needed to add more. Documenting life in
December...that's what I am doing. Nice and simple. Made especially
nice by listening to holiday music while working. I know from experience that some days will be more creatively complicated than others.

HOW TO : Print out photos 6 inches x 9 inches and trim around the acrylic deco page using a craft knife (love this one from Fiskars especially for going around rounded corners). Add ribbon and strip sticker directly to the photo. Print out Holiday title & journal photo overlay, cut to size, adhere to back of acrylic, and journal. White pen defining the edge is the Sharpie poster paint pen (not certain it is available anymore). Black journaling pen is a Precision Pen in .03 from American Crafts.


It's hard to see in the photos here but there is a piece of acrylic
that is holding the journaling blocks on the front and back (it's what
gives the bracket shape that you can see on the photo page). The
journaling blocks are adhered to the front side and the back side of
the acrylic to hide the adhesive.

As of right now there is nothing on the back of the photo page. I plan to use that space for something on the 2nd. Sometimes I do the back for the same day depending on how much space I need, how many photos I have, etc.

Here's a look at the before image of the album for December 1:


[ Clear Scraps XL Deco Acrylic Page (cut in half + used the second half for Day 18); Ali Edwards December Daily Photo + Journal Overlays ]

Don't forget to post your pages to the December Daily Flickr group.


I am also excited to announce some additions to my stamp line with Technique Tuesday. New stamps are available from or directly through Technique Tuesday (or ask for them at your local scrapbook store). 


Peace Joy Love : | Technique Tuesday


Everyday Words : | Technique Tuesday


The Story : Scrapbook.comTechnique Tuesday


Celebrate the season. Read more about the concept of a December Daily Album and links to all related posts here. See many more examples from participants in the Flickr December Daily Group.

66 thoughts

  1. Carina

    2008-12-02 07:14:05 -0500

    WOW! Your clearstamps looks amazing! I love your handwriting!
    I´m sure gonna try the Christmas book - next year! I just started my own buisness so I don´t really have the time for it right now. Too sad though - it looks like fun!
    Thanks for sharing with us Ali!

  2. Donna

    2008-12-02 07:28:42 -0500

    Loooking at your post from yesterday, I was curious about the December Daily Template Package. What page size are the templates designed for? I couldn't find any info at Designer Digitals on what size the pages are. Thanks for the help! Donna

  3. Donna

    2008-12-02 07:30:07 -0500

    Just didn't look far enough for the answer. I saw in your earlier reply that they are 12x12. Thanks.

  4. Nikki Schmith

    2008-12-02 07:43:54 -0500

    Thank you for sharing this journey. This will be my first time doing this project and Im so geeked about it. Im also glad to get to use some of those holiday supplies that I never use enough of.
    One question for you...I'd really like to see how you store all these wonderful creations you make. All the full-size scrapbooks, mini-books, etc. Are they on a bookcase? In a closet? On a shelf? They are wonderful works of art, and Im just curious how you display/store them all!

  5. Melodee Langworthy

    2008-12-02 08:10:22 -0500

    love the new stamps Ali!!!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

  6. Barb

    2008-12-02 08:39:18 -0500

    Great stamps, Ali! I love them. :)
    Also, I wanted to drop by to tell you I couldn't resist the December Daily idea, so I made myself a little 4x4 mini... and then my six-year old wanted to play too. James and I are going to have a ball with this. I've already posted our December 1st pages on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Amanda S.

    2008-12-02 09:01:36 -0500

    Thanks for the inspiration!! Loving this already!! :)

  8. cheryl andrews

    2008-12-02 12:32:35 -0500

    Thanks for sharing day one with us. I've gotta admitt though I'm most excited about seeing your belly!! So cute. You look great Ali!

  9. Jill

    2008-12-02 13:02:32 -0500

    I am soooo happy that I am doing this! You were completely right when you said the trick was to get it all assembled ahead of time. Now it is just a fun, relaxing thing to do in the guesswork, just the fun of finishing it off! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  10. JeanetteB

    2008-12-02 13:30:02 -0500

    LOVE those new stamps and that cute baby belly!!!

  11. becky

    2008-12-02 15:37:14 -0500

    Ali - this is so great! I do have a question about it though... In the before photo - the December 1st journaling block looks like it was glued to the clearscraps acrylic piece. In the after photo, it looks like it was on a seperate sheet. Can you give us some info on this, and a closer look at it please? Thanks

  12. mrs M

    2008-12-02 19:07:22 -0500

    Amazing Work! I found your website a while ago and haven't stopped in to post a comment..I guess they call it blog stalking..either way I am posting a comment now. I LOVED this idea..I loved it so dang much that I got started on my book-finished in 4 days..showed a friend of mine..then made her one as well. SO excited to see how it turns out..Thank you for the inspiration

  13. Brooke

    2008-12-02 20:49:07 -0500

    I'm admiring your energy. Not only are you pregnant, doing your December Daily, blogging about your December Daily and how you created each page, you are also answering questions in your comments. Wow. I think Santa's magic is on your side.

  14. maria therese

    2008-12-02 21:09:35 -0500

    beautifull stamps and beautifull book!

  15. Susy

    2008-12-02 23:12:48 -0500

    Love, love them. I hope they arrive in Australia soon.

  16. sue

    2008-12-03 00:02:23 -0500

    Great start to your December journal! I'm incorporating mine into my 2008 'joy' (my word for the year) journal. Also love your stamp sets.

  17. hedwig

    2008-12-03 01:13:11 -0500

    Hi Ali
    thanks for sharing and making the effort. Those stamps look really nice to me.

  18. Terri K

    2008-12-03 02:47:10 -0500

    Your stamps are FABULOUS! I've always loved your handwriting... and now I can have it on my own pages! he he

  19. nicole petersen

    2008-12-03 07:54:08 -0500

    score! i ordered your new stamps from tt as soon as they popped up! pleasssse do more! better yet, please create a set of stamps in your handwriting!!!! my h/w looks like the textbook, b/c i've taught school for so long. love yours.

  20. Irene Dunne

    2008-12-03 08:44:01 -0500

    I am so grateful that I have somewhere to come to get inspiration and tips to help me on my journey to complete MY DDA.
    Thank you, Irene :)

  21. Irene Dunne

    2008-12-03 08:46:33 -0500

    I am so grateful that I have somewhere to come to get inspiration and tips to help me on my journey to complete MY DDA.
    Thank you, Irene :)

  22. sofy

    2008-12-03 15:35:43 -0500

    your stamps are superb ! great album !

  23. jennifermartinovici

    2008-12-04 03:54:49 -0500

    Thanks for doing this again. I did it last year and loved it. So I'm doing it again.

  24. Felicity

    2008-12-04 09:25:44 -0500

    Thank you for showing us your lovely work and keeping us all inspired. I love the clear stamps and cant wait until we can get them in Australia.

  25. star trek voyager

    2009-04-12 21:14:11 -0400

    Ah your very good article and support! Also hope that the cause of you getting better and better every day happy!

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