December Daily : Request for Q&A 2009

I wanted to open up the comments today to specific questions about the December Daily album/process/ideas/etc. I know some of you have left questions in previous post comments and if I missed your question would you please ask it again here? 

Before posting your question you may want to check out the Q&A post from 2008

I will create a post that compiles the Q&A and post it next week. 

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63 thoughts

  1. Anke Humpert

    2009-11-21 03:02:38 -0500

    ...wonderful give-a-ways!!! Love your blog!

  2. Teresa

    2009-11-21 03:09:49 -0500

    LOVE the dog pendants!!! Pick me please?!?

  3. Theresa

    2009-11-21 05:42:35 -0500

    Just had to say THANK YOU! for posting this. I've been looking for acrylic covers in an odd size and had no idea that Lowes would cut them!

  4. Amy Bailey

    2009-11-21 07:47:48 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I finished my December Daily album, (pre-photo/journaling, of course) and would love to share photos of it. Is there a place where everyone is posting photos of their albums? Thanks again for the idea. I'm excited to get started in a little over a week :)Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Laura

    2009-11-21 07:52:01 -0500

    I am using an acrylic album as a base and adding in a lot of different kinds of pages (rather like your December Daily 2008). Some of my pages are just cardstock, and I'm wondering if I should use eyelets where the holes for the rings are or just leave them as is.

  6. beth lo.

    2009-11-21 07:54:27 -0500

    hi ali. two questions: what size grommets did you use? the largest size i could find in the scrapbooking section of all the craft stores i went to were 3/16 but they are too small for the 2.5 inch rings. should i be looking in a different section for a different type of grommet?
    for those asking about 2.5 inch rings: i found mine at michaels in the embroidery section. they came in a pack of two for about $1.70.
    my other question is about the embellishment you sewed onto page protector for days 8. did you sew through both the front and back of the plastic or just the top layer?
    thanks. i've got mine about half completed, and i'm totally loving it!

  7. chantille

    2009-11-21 08:20:51 -0500

    Ali, I wondered if you used grommets ot eyelets for the cover of your album and the pages? What size did you use and did you attach them with the cropadile or big bite II?
    I have the MM Mistletoe 8 x 8 felt album that I'd like to use and am debating whether to replace the d-ring inner with rings to give me more depth for my pages. Do you think I'll gain that much more space or do I ruin the risk of ruining my album?
    I love the look of the canvas pages that came in your album and thought about buying some of the Claudine Hellmuth adhesive canvas sheets and sewing two back to back. Should I remove the backing from the canvas before sewing or leave the backing sheets on to make the pages more sturdy?
    I'm hoping to print my photos at home where I normally only print 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 but would love to be able to include some 8 x 8's or 4 x 8's, is there a simple way to do it other than photoshop as I just can't get on with it.
    Just an idea I wanted to share with any of you that would like to have sewing on some of your pages but don't own a machine or have one but don't know how to use it (I'm the latter of the two!). I'm going to take the pages that I want sewing on to my local tailor who mends/alters clothes. I'm sure he won't charge much although he may think I'm a bit odd :)

  8. Paula G

    2009-11-21 08:28:01 -0500

    This is probably a dumb question, but does anyone just take the photos in December with a very short note about what happened each day, then actually put the album together in January?

  9. Kyetra Belton

    2009-11-21 08:50:30 -0500

    I love the DD concept and followed it last year but did not do one of my own. I was able to work on the foundation at a monthly crop last night and finished up today in about 10 minutes. The only problem that I have is that I can't wait for December to get here to start to use it. Thanks for this project! I am sure that we will continue it at our house. - Kyetra

  10. Kathleen

    2009-11-21 09:34:21 -0500

    Last year I made my book, but I REALLY couldn't get it all done in December---I just kept sticky notes handy on those days to "capture" thoughts, details, quotes---and then added those in in January. My family loves the book just as much---they didn't care when I finished it---I love the idea of doing it, but some days in December between teaching and parties, games for my kids, etc--we don't get home until late and there is NO time to "cut and paste" into the album---so, on those days, I just put the sticky notes in the book and finish those pages later---hope this helps Deborah---

  11. deborah

    2009-11-21 09:40:22 -0500

    Using sticky notes is a great idea!

  12. Steffanie

    2009-11-21 12:36:53 -0500

    I didn't get this particular paper but I got the Little Yellow Bicycle album and some of the stuff that goes with it for mine!

  13. Maegen Jenne

    2009-11-21 15:10:37 -0500

    Bazzill also makes acrylic that you can cut with your paper trimmer. I have used it for several projects and I am using it for this one! You get it in 12x12 sheets and I got mine at my LSS. Looks like you can get something similar from Good luck!

  14. Rachel

    2009-11-21 23:54:36 -0500

    Monica, I made my own covers, by taking a cropper hopper divider (
    and then cut it down to the size I wanted. I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile.

  15. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-22 04:52:07 -0500

    Awesome Pascale!

  16. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-22 04:56:34 -0500

    Yes Amy - there is a Flickr gallery set up here:

  17. Nicole

    2009-11-22 04:58:26 -0500

    Ali or anyone that can help =),
    I have a question about using chipboard pieces for a front cover and back cover. Have you worked with chipboard covers for mini albums much, and if so, where do you buy the chipboard? Do you buy it pre-cut to the size you'll use, or in sheets and cut it down? Can you cut thick chipboard with any kind of trimmer, or do I need to buy a special kind?

  18. Ali Edwards

    2009-11-22 04:59:15 -0500

    Cool :)

  19. molly

    2009-11-22 08:52:03 -0500

    I have a rings question also - the year you used the white acrylic folder looking covers, perhaps last year - what size rings did you use? Perhaps more importantly, I have swapped to 2" rings, but they aren't sturdy enough and don't stay closed. Is there a supplier that you can recommend (mine came from Office Depot).
    Thanks!! I'm really enjoying the DD journal creation and imagine that doing the pages in December is going to be a wonderful new tradition.

  20. carla stolte

    2009-11-22 10:30:46 -0500

    I am taking the prompts from JS's class, and using it as a platform for my DD. I made my own album, and am not using the pdf's from JS's class in the album, but the quotes are great, as are the journalling ideas. AND, I can choose which promps fits our family...

  21. Vonda

    2009-11-22 11:40:44 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I did the DD last year with a 2-up photo album, but this year I decided to use an 8x8 album from Making Memories to have a little more flexibility. With the 2-up album I had to print all of my 4x6 photos in landscape to fit the album, although I was able to also use it as a photo album to store all of my excess holiday photos.
    My question is about the numbers on each page. Why do you do that, when you also seem to use a journaling card with the date on it as well? I guess the numbers make it more of a diary/journal. Last year I pasted numbers to 4x6 decorative papers that I put in the album to separate days, but I often put the date on my journaling card, so I'm not sure the numbers served any purpose. Just wanted your take on it.

  22. Maria A

    2009-11-22 12:20:07 -0500

    Ali, thanks for sharing your album with us again this year! I love yours and want to do my own this year! I just have one question about the pages though. Do you use the front and back of each page for each day? So essentially, each days gets a front and back of one page???
    That is what it looks like in your pictures but I can't tell for sure???

  23. robyn

    2009-11-22 13:35:44 -0500

    How do I get my december digital overlays to print in color on cardstock?

  24. Jeni

    2009-11-22 14:36:06 -0500

    I used chipboard last year and it worked great. I actually bought thick book board at an art store and cut two covers with an exacto knife. It's not hard with a ruler. You just have to make several passes with the knife. I covered the bookboard with pretty paper just to the edge and then "painted" the edge with an Adirondack Dabber (but any acrylic paint would do).
    Also - When you buy the book board at the art store, you get lots that can be used for many projects and it's not very expensive.

  25. Laurel Danley

    2009-11-22 15:35:57 -0500

    I have purchased the same album you are using for your December Daily and I've picked out fabric and I'm to the point where I need to take my grommets out. I have purchased other ones but my question is HOW you are using the crop a dile to set these. I've purchased grommets that are the same size as the ones on the outside of the album. I've noticed that you have put grommets on each page which I think is brilliant yet I need a little more instruction before I jump into that process. I don't want to ruin the album before I ever get started! Thanks for any direction you may have! I'm excited to get this part finished up before the holidays are upon us! Thanks so much for the Holiday fun!

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