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December 2, 2008

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.


  • 1.
    Donna W said…

    I have been checking your blog all day because I couldn’t wait to see the first page of your december book. I love it! I am so excited to go on this journey again – thank you for the inspiration. On November 30 I sat down and reread my book from 2007 and fell in love with it all over again! Can’t wait to see what you do over the next few weeks. Happy holidays!

  • 2.
    jenny said…

    Great start! love the stamps!

  • 3.
    Emily J. said…

    Fantastic as usual Ali! :) TFS.

  • 4.
    Jo Boland said…

    Decided yesterday that I’ll do this project again this year. So I’m just about to crack open a new Christmas CD (last years favourite got scratched by my little boy), sort through the Christmas papers and embellishments and get started. Seasons Greetings to you Ali and your family. Jo in England.

  • 5.
    Amy said…

    I love how you used the journaling blocks on the acrylic and had 2 sides to work with. I think I may “borrow” that one! Love the stamps too! I was so tempted to buy them on Friday, but I felt like I should wait to see if Santa brings them. :)

  • 6.
    Cary said…

    Fabulous inspiration! I love Simon’s expression and your adorable pregnant belly!

  • 7.
    Brian Kasstle said…

    I just finished doing the pre-work on my book(I am doing it through the end of the year). I showed a friend and I am making her one as well. I have enough product left to do another & it is a beautiful gift to give. I am having my pictures printed today and I am excited to do this year’s! Thank’s a bunch Ali! It is super Ku-a-el!

  • 8.
    HeatherC said…

    Just so wonderful — as usual! We went to mail Christmas Cards yesterday and I got the cutest pic of my little one putting the cards in the mail slot — going to Walgreens on my way to the library to pick up my photo so I can do the page today. Wonder what today will bring???

  • 9.
    Lisa Kisch said…

    You look gorgeous, Ali. Love that baby bump! I was going to put together a December Album but sickness and a few sleepless nights put that on the back burner. So, I’m using your Daily December QP’s to do it instead. I can digi scrap in the middle of the night while breastfeeding (it only takes one hand, right?) and then print it off and embellish later. That’s simplifying for my life right now. :)

  • 10.
    anna aspnes said…

    Congrats Ali! These are super.

  • 11.
    EmmaJ said…

    great page! Thanks for the detail in how you put it together. And I love your belly. You look great!

  • 12.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Love it Ali – downloading 1st day sometime today after work – this is fun to do.
    Have a great day.

  • 13.
    noell said…

    Love seeing your baby-belly, Ali.
    I have a question…In the before photo, it looks like there is a piece of chipboard behind the journaling blog overlay and the page with the two photos. In the after page I don’t see that. Did you take it out?

  • 14.
    Erin said…

    I LOVE the baby belly, Ali!

  • 15.
    Ali said…

    Noell – that is the next page :) .

  • 16.
    kirsten h said…

    Great to see the first page. I had every intention of doing this, but time got away. So I’m doing the same thing on my blog and will transfer it after the holidays when I have a bit more time. Thanks for the daily inspiration.

  • 17.
    Jingle said…

    Ali, I love the new stamps! They are just so “useable!” Thanks for the great designs!

  • 18.
    rachel carlson said…

    this is fabulous ali! i like how you give us so much inspiration to feed off of to create our very own documentation. you are looking fabulous! hugs, rachel

  • 19.
    Susan D. said…

    loving the baby bump!!!

  • 20.
    Julie Howard said…

    great start to the album! Love that you used the Clear Scraps acrylic shape!

  • 21.
    Anna said…

    You inspire me!!!

  • 22.
    Mel said…

    Hey Ali…another inspiring and beautiful project….what did you use to cut the acrylic in half? I’ve tried my trimmer but it always seems to chip or break!

  • 23.
    Anne Alley said…

    Wow, love the new stamps! And your album is looking fabulous already.

    • ….
      Lynda said…

      It’s imvtraeipe that more people make this exact point.

  • 24.
    Gina said…

    I am loving this journey — especially the keep it simple part. I made all my pages 7″ x 10″ and saved the scraps to use as photo mats & journaling blocks. I love having my (little) scrap table devoted to just this one project…. Looking forward to tomorrow!

  • 25.
    Ali said…

    Mel – I just used my Fiskars desktop trimmer and ran over it a few times and then broke it in half.

  • 26.
    Carrie Romero said…

    Cute stamps! Awesome start to the journal!

  • 27.
    Sarah said…

    Wow – I love the stamps and the gorgeous photo of you, Simon, and the bump! Thanks so much for sharing. : )

  • 28.
    Christine M said…

    Thanks for the detailed instructions! You make it so easy for me to follow along. Question for you – how do you cut the acrylic pages in half?? Aren’t most of them too thick for scissors or trimmers? Please let me in on the secret! Also, how do you punch holes in them?? THANK YOU!

  • 29.
    Lani said…

    Just LOVING the Christmas Belly!

  • 30.
    Lindsay said…

    I started my December Daily yesterday and I am so excited to be doing it this year for the first time. It has already made me realize jut how many traditions we have that make the holiday season such a special time. Thank you!

  • 31.
    Ashley said…

    i love this idea! I wish i had the time to fit this into my schedule but with everything im doing right now i just dont see it happening… Im thinking ill try to make time for it next year when DH and I are hopefully in our first home together instead of the dumpy apt we live in right now…
    Your new stamp sets are darling! love them!
    Happy Holidays!!!

  • 32.
    LizP said…

    Sharpie Poster Paint Markers are available at Dick Blick

  • 33.
    Denise Costa said…

    I am a digital dork. Know very little. I bought your overlays and love them but can only print them in black. How do I change the color to red or green. I did buy photoshop elements 7. Please help or direct me to a site that can explain it. Thanks Denise
    Love this project!!!!!

  • 34.
    Nita said…

    Love the album already, Ali. I look forward to seeing it each day. Hope your holiday is blessed!

  • 35.
    Annette said…

    Love It Thanks. Did mine last night just need to print the photos. Used your December Daily template.

  • 36.

    Love your first page Ali! I got too tired by the time my photos loaded onto my computer last night so I already have some catching up. Luckily I’ve taken your advice and journaled already. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  • 37.
    Sue said…

    Ali, thanks so much for the inspiration!! I want to download the daily templates from Designer Digitals (set of 5) but wanted to know what size they are? Are they 12×12? If so, can they be resized to 8×8? Sorry if this is an obvious thing but I am a digital newbie.

  • 38.
    Sherri said…

    this is so inspiring to do, it is my first year, I hope to treasure this in the future

  • 39.
    Suz Gray said…

    Great start to that album.
    Love your stamps & those will be a must have too.

  • 40.
    Ali said…

    Sue – they are 12×12 but can definitely be resized to 8×8 or smaller.

  • 41.
    Stephanie said…

    Oh Ali!! You are blooming so beautifully! My eyes always look at the belly is the OB nurse in me. YOu look wonderful! Is Simon excited???

  • 42.
    Carina said…

    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!

  • 43.
    Donna said…

    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

  • 44.
    Donna said…

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

  • 45.
    Nikki Schmith said…

    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!

  • 46.

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

  • 47.
    Barb said…

    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 4×4 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!

  • 48.
    Amanda S. said…

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

  • 49.
    cheryl andrews said…

    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!

  • 50.
    Jill said…

    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 evening…no guesswork, just the fun of finishing it off! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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