December Daily : Foundation Pages : Days 13-25


Welcome back for the second half of my December Daily foundation pages.

Here's a look at days 13 through 25:


DAY THIRTEEN : Teresa Collins scalloped edge chipboard. Number 13 will be added on later.

DAY FOURTEEN : Santa tag from Paper Source (Vintage Christmas gift tags - will be using these for presents too). Tag is sitting inside another divided page protector that was trimmed to fit inside the page protector that came with the album. "14" are mini Jenni Bowlin rub ons.

DAY FIFTEEN : Red envelope from Paper Source. Red Circle Number from Every Jot & Tittle.

DAY SIXTEEN : Transparent clock from Heidi Swapp (I think I have had this in there all three years too). Journal card is a 25 Days of December Photo Overlay from Designer Digitals.


DAY SEVENTEEN : Awesome big glitter dot paper from Making Memories. Scallop edge created with the Fiskars Apron Lace punch. The backside of this is green flocked pattern paper from Art Warehouse. Those two patterns are simply glued back to back.


DAY EIGHTEEN : This pattern strip was cut from Making Memories Pattern Stripe Mistletoe paper. I slipped it into the page protector and stitched down along the edge to create a pocket that was just the right size for the strip. The open area will be used for my content during December.


DAY NINETEEN : Another page using the Teresa Collins scalloped edge chipboard. I added a plastic file tab to the top and wrote "nineteen."


DAY TWENTY : Santa image from IowaJewel's Treasures. She has a great collection of vintage holiday kits available. Red Circle Number from Every Jot & Tittle. For this page I trimmed up the Santa image, inserted it into the page protector and stitched a line down the side creating a second pocket for my daily content.


DAY TWENTY-ONE : Fun Advent Mistletoe paper from Making Memories. Scallop edge created with the Fiskars Apron Lace punch.


DAY TWENTY-TWO : Jenni Bowlin bingo card. I stitched down the side and trimmed off the rest of the page protector.


DAY TWENTY-THREE : Random brown file folder trimmed to fit.


DAY TWENTY-FOUR : Canvas page that was included with the album. Pocket created by sewing a sheet of Hambly overlays on top. Santa tag from Paper Source. "24" are mini Jenni Bowlin rub ons.


DAY TWENTY-FIVE : 25 is from the Making Memories Mistletoe Dimensional Stickers package. It's tucked inside a baseball card page protector that has been trimmed down to fit inside the larger page protector that came with the canvas album.


ONE MORE THING : Take some time after you get your album together to re-organize your supplies again. I like to have things organized before December so that on that first day I can concentrate on the content/photo/story rather than being consumed by too many unorganized supplies. These containers from Art Bin work great for storing holiday supplies. I have paper in one and embellishments in the other.

I hope seeing these images inspires you to create your own December Daily project. There are so many options to make things even simpler or more complicated if that fits your style.

You are also welcome to join the Flickr group and share your album or just browse for inspiration.

Come back tomorrow for a special mid-week giveaway related to the holidays.

99 thoughts

  1. Lisa O.

    2009-11-03 08:57:39 -0500

    This is fabulous Ali. Thanks so much for taking the time to share it and all the info about what you used!

  2. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-03 09:09:54 -0500

    I am sure I will add a date somewhere in there - most likely on one of the first few pages (or the interior cover).

  3. Teresa

    2009-11-03 09:25:41 -0500

    The album is awesome! Finished mine yesterday, still thinking if I want to add the numbers and journal tabs now or later...not sure yetI totally love the containers. I need some of those!
    Something away from the Christmas time: How did you scrapbook and store Simon's and Anna's Ultrasound pics? I am so scared to put glue on them...
    Any suggestions?

  4. chemgirl

    2009-11-03 10:07:07 -0500

    It's absolutely gorgeous, Ali!

  5. jennifer

    2009-11-03 10:29:06 -0500

    Ali, I am in LOVE with this December Daily album. I have been following your blog for years and have been a major fan of the December Daily album you have done the last few years. I have collected things and then get so overwhelmed at the concept because I tend to get "stuck" in the wanting it to be perfect and then it consumes me and I don't even get started! This year I am VOWING to get one done. I have gathered my things and am planning on getting started this week/weekend. I do have a couple of questions though...How do you determine the sizes of your pages when you are making them? Do you have a general idea of what you want it to look like before you start? I have thought about using a ready made Christmas album - that would be easier but I think I like the various mediums of the pages better and I don't want to be confined to a certain size for all the pages. I LOVE yours and like the style but don't know how to determine which pages to put where. For instance, I always visit Santa with my kids. However I won't know what day I will actually do this so don't know what day to use the Santa paper on. Does this matter to you? I don't want to do 12x12 or 8 1/2x11 because that is too big but I think 6x6 is too small. I tend to journal a lot and I love bigger photos. Do you leave the left side and right side of the pages open for one day or one day per actual page? I can't tell from some of the pages. Sorry to make this so long. I am so excited to do this but want to organize it in my mind before I start. Also what trimmer do you use that cuts through chipboard and the acrylic pages? thanks for your inspiration and encouragement! I can't wait to feel the accomplishment of having an actual "December Daily" album done! :)

  6. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-03 10:50:24 -0500

    Hi Jennifer - totally understand your questions. If you don't mind I would like to answer them in a post tomorrow :).

  7. D

    2009-11-03 11:13:40 -0500

    I love the vintage Santa page, but I think the link is "dead" for Iowa Treasure. I am also loving the links that do work and am bound and determined to make this happen this year! My kids are so involved in sports even during December, that I am hoping the pages act as a prompt for our family to slow down and look around at the season. They are growing up so fast!
    I am also taking the Y and T class and have found that MOST of my childhood pictures are from Christmas. So I am hoping to use my new scanning skills from the class to get some yesterday and today pictures in this December Daily as well.

  8. Jayne T

    2009-11-03 11:50:02 -0500

    I love your album foundation! I am half way through mine first 'December Daily'. Am going to give the page protector page a go - will be interested to see how it works. Might have to get inventive with my current page protectors and a sewing machine. Definitely something new for me. Can't wait to see what you do next.

  9. Lisa Cunningham

    2009-11-03 11:51:37 -0500

    I'm so excited for this! Your album is beautiful! I just pulled out my stuff from last year. My December Daily 2008 album is still not complete. I made my foundation before hand, but we spent 2.5 weeks out of town last December! Part in PA, DC and Germany for Christmas and New Years. I'm having a really hard time choosing one or two photos from each day as I took sooo many on our trip. My goal is to finish last years before Thanksgiving. Any tips?

  10. Steffanie Bowles

    2009-11-03 11:59:33 -0500

    I was wondering why you put the baseball pages into another protector as well.
    I'm trying to figure out whether or not to go with the traditional red/green colors you used (that I already have some of) or a scheme that includes blue (I'm loving the Cosmo Cricket stuff for this season, I am addicted to their stuff). And whether I can do this AND Y&T and keep up with it all!
    I'm also curious - you've done a great job of showing us how you build the foundation, but will you keep us updated throughout the season as to how you add content? I'm less confidant about that part and do a lot of digital as well. Looking at 2008 made me think whoa, how did she go from the base to THAT great looking page?! Interesting how the Y&T class is giving me more insight into your process and it's easier to see how you think about it now...

  11. Carmel Keane

    2009-11-03 12:18:41 -0500

    Started pages for my very first Decemebr daily last night. Initially a little scary getting the variety of pages but great inspiration from your pages Ali and the Flikr Group.

  12. Bonnie

    2009-11-03 14:06:50 -0500

    Loving this album and the vintage Santas! It's perfect. Again...LOVING IT!

  13. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-03 15:33:11 -0500

    For the last couple of years I have done daily posts during December so you can see what I am doing - last year I included before and after images. So yes I am planning on daily posts again.

  14. Naomi

    2009-11-03 21:58:08 -0500

    that is just gorgeous

  15. SusanC

    2009-11-03 23:21:39 -0500

    This is absolutely wonderful! Your work is incredible!

  16. Sandi M

    2009-11-03 23:25:27 -0500

    As always, your December Daily is awesome. I can't wait for the daily stuff I ordered online and the planned trip to a LSS next week to seek out the rest.

  17. krisbekrafty

    2009-11-04 05:44:34 -0500

    Last night I collected all my page protectors, paper, scraps and embellishments from Christmases (sp?) past, I have designated an 8x8 acrylic album for my daily, and now I am all set to tackle this project at the 12 hour crop that I am going to this weekend! I just cannot wait to get started! Thank you, thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Kerowyn

    2009-11-05 01:20:10 -0500

    I think it's great that you post links to all of the products used for this project, but I was wondering if there is any possibility you could group the links for this and your other projects somewhere by vendor. It would be a big help to those of us who have to go ferret out our supplies because we never seem to get around to ordering the kits from Cocoa Daisy until they are sold out :-)
    Thanks for even considering it...

  19. Cristina

    2009-11-07 23:05:51 -0500

    Ali, I'm loving the vintage touches you have added in this year! And, I think I see pieces from last year's stash which I love...repurpose, reuse, recycle!

  20. Pip Prosser

    2009-11-09 21:25:29 -0500

    Hi Ali, just stopping by to say
    for the inspiration to create my
    first December Daily journal ...
    it's all ready to go ...
    looking forward to December rolling
    around and adding some photos and
    words ... thanks again, you are
    such a clever cookie.

  21. Debbie Rice

    2009-11-10 15:35:42 -0500

    I am in total AWE of your album. Its so pretty! And it really gets one thinking pretty seriously about christmas. I can't wait to get started on making one of these.

  22. Suzanne

    2009-11-10 20:23:01 -0500

    Hi Ali, I love the Decemeber Daily concept. It is truly amazing. I will be doing something like this myself this year! I love the idea of using all my leftover pieces. You are so creative and inspirational, and I am so glad that I have found your blog. Do you print your photos on your home printer? I can't wait to see your finished product for this year. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  23. Pam

    2009-11-12 01:21:37 -0500

    Ali - thanks again for the inspiration! I need to add a few numbers and my albums will be flying away. One to DD in Australia and the other to DDIL in NY. We plan to get together via skype on December 1 to hang our wreaths and sip hot cocoa "together". (DD might be sipping a chocolate milkshake instead of cocoa - but that's beside the point - we'll be "together" through the season).

  24. Christy Wallace

    2009-11-20 14:34:25 -0500

    I love your Album. This is my first year completing this project and I am very excited about the outcome of the album:)

  25. HannahK

    2009-12-01 02:43:32 -0500

    looks good enough to eat - just like these delightful advent calendar cookies from Elenis

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