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November 3, 2009

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.


  • 1.
    Beate said…

    Your album looks amazing already Ali!
    I just came back from my LSS and I’m so happy I found an album that I think is gonna work great. I ended up getting a few more things for the album and along with what I’ve ordered from Etsy yesterday and already got at home I’m ready to start making my album. Now I just need to find some time to sit down and do it!

  • 2.
    Kim said…

    This is beautiful. I am new to your blog and am totally inspired to see your album. What a wonderful idea. Kim

  • 3.
    Heather said…

    ali, your album is gorgeous! I am contemplating doing one of these this year – i’ve always wanted to, but waited too long. =)
    With your bins there with your holiday supplies, do you store just Christmas in those??? Do you have a bin for each holiday or do you combine some of them? I have many supplies that never get used, because I just forget I have them.

  • 4.
    AmyJ said…

    Love this album! I watched you make it last year on here too and thought ‘no way’ could I do one, well, I never ever comment and rarely seem to scrap anymore either, so I am going to do both! I am totally in to capturing all the holiday memories this year, thanks for the inspiration!

  • 5.
    {vicki} said…

    Looks like you are all set to GO!

  • 6.
    Becky H said…

    Very nice Album. I am getting my stuff together so that once my album arrives by the big brown truck I can put it all together. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 7.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Looks awesome – yes those storage bins are the best – I have my december daily stuff all ready in one of them – they also work amazing for quilting projects, etc.
    Main staple in my sewing/scrapbook room.
    Thank Ali

  • 8.

    After reading your posts this week, I’m in the mood again to do a December Daily. I loved doing last year’s, but I have a trip in December and several sewing projects to make for gifts, so I was not going to try to do another this year. You make me just itch to do one now! I do have trouble doing all of it in advance without knowing what the content will be since that is how I scrap. OCD?? How to break out of that mode! Sincerely, Ali, you are so inspirational and I admire you for all your creativity AND productivity. (I have the former, but not the latter!)

  • 9.
    Donna VW said…

    What a fabulous project. You are quite talented. Thanks for sharing.

  • 10.
    Sarah said…

    ali….all I’ve gotta say is YOU’RE SO COOL!!!!!!!

  • 11.
    Loydene said…

    I always love to see your December Daily plans! Thanks!

  • 12.

    I just LOVE your album… this is my fourth year doing a december “christmas” journal.. My guests love seeing them all displayed in a basket during the hoidays.
    My album is purchased and you’ve given me a creative jumpstart to get this year”s rolling…
    I just finished an “october” daily journal. Now it’s time to whip out the christmas stuff. This year I have vowed to use ONLY the supplies I own, I have a ton of supplies from Christmas’ past that can be put to good use…………
    Thanks as always for your lovely inspiration!

  • 13.
    M Schrock said…

    You are always an inspiration! I like your art bins, but I have been trying to buy less plastic. Any leads on something like this in metal or paper? I always keep an eye out. Thanks!

  • 14.
    Holly S said…

    What a beautiful album! I truly love the simplicity of your creation. Usually when scrabooking mentors say something is simple, that is usually a buzz word that means something is going to be hard to re-create…but not this time-thank you!!! I am almost done with mine and I was thinking to hold off on putting my numbers on my pages-last year I had a few days I wished I had more room or having page 12 fit better with what was happening on page 2. I think I will put my numbers in a zip lock baggy and paper clip it to the back of the album and add them as I go.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 15.
    Linn said…

    It looks great! It makes me want to add a little to the foundation of my december daily to make it a bit more unique.

  • 16.
    robyn said…

    I love this idea! I’m actually going to do mine the simplest way possible – i’ve set up a sub-blog to my main blog where i’ll be posting photos and journaling every day, and then i’m going to simply drop everything into a Blurb book with pre-designed pages. \
    i already have the format set up on my computer so that once a week or so i’m going to drop the pages in – that way i can simply order the book once the holidays are done. i’m excited to start this as a tradition so that we can have a shelf of books chronicling our holiday season as a family!

  • 17.
    Kaila said…

    Ali, Your album is beautiful! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to all of us.
    Will you be adding a tile to your cover or leaving it the way it is now?
    BTW…I am really enjoying your Y&T class! It is awesome!

  • 18.
    Cameron said…

    I love that you used binder rings in this album as it seems so much easier and more appealing to me. I also love how you adapted the album pages by sewing things in, making the pocket pages with Hambly transparencies, adding the baseball card pages… fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali! :)

  • 19.
    Tanya Gilmartin said…

    I am working on my album now as well. this will be the first time I actually arrange the album BEFORE dec 1st!! I’ve always done it after the season is over and it is a lot of work and very overwhelming!! thanks (as usual!) for the inspiration!

  • 20.
    Cindy C. said…

    What a fantastic album!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  • 21.
    heidig said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali. I’m always inspired to start mine once I see yours!

  • 22.
    Celia GG said…

    Love your ideas!!! I will finish last year’s album today and get started on this year!!!! I really like your idea of organizing all my Christmas goodies in separate containers.
    Thanks for the inspiration you provide us!!!
    Have a good day!!!!

  • 23.
    Jennifer W. said…

    I love this project so much I can’t stand it! I want to do this sooooooooooooo bad! Where oh where can I make or find the time? This is just spectacular. Thanks so much for the inspiration, as always!

  • 24.
    Anne said…

    Thanks for sharing! I love your album, it’s so beautiful.

  • 25.
    noell said…

    Love seeing your album, and yes, it does inspire me to want to get going on one!
    I have a question, since not everything is apparent from pictures…why slip the baseball/divided pocket pages into page protectors instead of punching holes into them. Is it just so you don’t have to punch holes into the pocket areas? Does the double layer of plastic not cloud up the view of whatever will be inside?

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yep – just so I don’t have to punch holes (and so I can keep six pockets).

  • 27.
    jessica said…

    This really is a great idea.

  • 28.
    tami said…

    I went to IKEA yesterday and they have beautiful dishes, trays etc. with your cover pattern. Maybe you need a tray to display your album on? I don’t know but it was fun to see and think about the december daily while at IKEA.
    Check them out.

  • 29.
    Leslie Ackman said…

    I started my album yesterday. Made it to day 7:). I’m using an 8×8 top loading Christmas album I’ve had for ages. I know it won’t be as artsy as yours but it will be full of creativity and most important it will be full of our December memories! Thanks for the inspiration!!:)

  • 30. said…

    Ali – The album looks great! I have to set aside some time to finish up my pages for this years album (my first year trying this. I’m definitly going to scraplift your brown file folder and the baseball card ideas!

  • 31.
    MichelleK said…

    WOW, so beautiful!!!! I so need to do this…maybe I’ll find the time to get started sometime this month. I really want to do this!!!!
    Beautiful work once again Ali

  • 32.
    Lizzi said…

    I can’t wait to start mine! Great job, Ali!

  • 33.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Oh how I wish my supplies would arrive! Looking through the flickr pool it strikes me how one really can’t go wrong with this project. They’re all so fun and festive.

  • 34.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I love Ikea – the closest one is a couple hours away in Portland. Hoping to make it up there at least once this season. Not surprised that pattern would make it onto other items – it’s lovely :) .

  • 35.
    Nicky Hurt said…

    It looks like you just threw all kinds of stuff in there, but it looks so creative and cohesive at the same time. I’ve been scrapping for 10 years now and the concept of putting a baseball card holder INTO another page protector is new to me! Great job!

  • 36.
    Brooke M said…

    I love the second half of your book. I am going out tonight to get some more supplies for mine. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 37.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I’ve found that doing just a little bit each day (even carving out a half-hour) makes it all come together :) ! You can do it :)

  • 38.
    Ali Edwards said…

    My plan right now is to just keep it as is :) . Glad you are enjoying the class!

  • 39.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Love that idea of creating a sub-blog Robyn!

  • 40.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I know exactly what you mean…something like these boxes would work great (love the red):

  • 41.
    Ali Edwards said…

    You can totally do it Amy – and it doesn’t have to be “scrapbook-y” either :) .

  • 42.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yes – just Christmas. I don’t have such a collection of other holiday stuff – I do have a folder with Halloween but that’s a small one :) .

  • 43.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Welcome Kim :)

  • 44.
    Sherri P eh said…

    This put a smile on my face for several reasons. One, because I love your pages, and two, because I’m looking at the same storage bins for my Dec Daily, one with paper, one with embellishments! Funny! I also have 2 more, each also filled with paper and embellishments. These two are for sharing. I’m trying to get together with friends to work on these, so we can swap and share. I so often buy a package of something and end up with a lot of the same thing. Like the 200 SU felt snowflakes from last year!
    Something else I do, because, well, that’s just the way I am, is print out a calendar page for December on a sheet of paper, and plug in the activities we already have planned. That way, in some cases, I can allow for more space on those days that I know are photo-heavy. I can also use certain products for certain activities, like my sheet music transparency for the day my daughter has her orchestra concert. I keep the calendar page close by.
    Now, I just have to get the Halloween stuff put away so that I can get started on this!!
    Thanks Ali for your never-ending inspiration!

  • 45.
    Mish Gasser said…

    Beautiful album Ali, and very inspiring. I’m curious…any idea what the total cost of making this album is?

  • 46.
    Rachel said…

    I am new to your blog and I am so inspired by your designs. Your style is so great. I love all that I have seen I can’t wait to work my way through all the projects and see what you have created. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • 47.

    Way to go Ali, this is just beautiful:) so much inspiration:) I can’t wait to start on one myself:)

  • 48.
    Steph Baxter said…

    Hi Ali, I just have a couple of questions for you…will you be adding in extra pages to the album as you go along adding photos and journalling? And also, do you usually create normal scrapbook pages about what happens in December as well as doing the December Daily?
    I’ve loved looking through your past albums as well as the new pages! Such great inspiration!

  • 49.
    Amy Tan said…

    this is sooo great and super inspiring. thanks!

  • 50.
    Jen said…

    So beautiful!! I’m halfway through my album! Great idea for organizing the paper and embellishments before December comes! Thanks. =)

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