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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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  1. tara pakosta says…
    11/20/2009

    I really want to do this! But I am going to do mine in the form of the logbook thing you had posted! you are the BEST! thanks ali! tara

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  2. TracyBzz says…
    11/20/2009

    Not a question, but I wanted to tell you what I did last year. I don't print at home and live an hour away from any photo lab. I could have waited and added them in after, but I did that with a 30 Days Hath September album and it was a pain. So I didn't want to include pictures.
    I used small tags and cards. I just journaled the Christmas-y things. I actually started in November. For example tonight is the annual Xmas craft sale in town. So that went into my book.
    If we didn't do anything seasonal in a day I didn't write anything. I also kept it going until New Year's.

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  3. Maegen Jenne says…
    11/20/2009

    Not a question. I am doing DD with a friend of my this year. It is our first year, and we are having so much fun! She is new to scrappn' and this is a great way to teach her a lot of techniques all at once! I will post to the flikr gallery when we are finished. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! for your continuing inspiration.

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  4. joni possin says…
    11/20/2009

    Just finished my album and am ready for December 1st. I love rereading last year's album!
    I am thankful for all your inspiration and assistance. I never feel like a question is "a dumb one". Thanks for creating that 'risk-free' atmosphere.
    Joni

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  5. Karen C. says…
    11/20/2009

    I am almost finished with putting my DD together and my question is about sewing the Hambly overlays on the canvas pages. Did you use a special needle to sew with? Any tips to make sewing the overlays easier? Thanks for all your inspiration!

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  6. Jen says…
    11/20/2009

    Ali,
    I also have a question regarding the overlays. Did you, once the overlay was sewn on, put an eyelet in the hole on the overlay? I can't tell with the pictures. I also wanted to thank you for answering the question I had a week ago about the eyelets/grommets. I think I have it figured out. Thanks.

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  7. Vanessa says…
    11/20/2009

    Hi Ali! I have a few questions (sorry). I was wondering what adhesive you would recommend for adhering fabric, paper and embellies to the cover and canvas inserts. Also, when you were finished did you find that your pages stuck out quite a bit because of the rings you used (or did it not matter)? Finally, I don't sew and I don't know how to, but I'd love to experiment... is there any small handheld little crafting sewing machine that you recommend to get me started? Thanks for all the valuable info and the inspiration!!! :-)

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  8. Rachel Smith says…
    11/20/2009

    No questions from me, Ali...I just want to tell you yet again how very graeful I am for you! You are awesome! Thanks for just being you and for sharing yourself and your life with us! ;)

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  9. Katie says…
    11/20/2009

    Hey Ali,
    I read all the posts your friend, Amanda, made about making her album with the rings and glimmer mist.
    She said that she had to trim the sides of each page so they didn't hang out of the album? Did you do this? I figured you didn't, since you didn't mention it. But, I don't notice that yours hang out of the album?? Is trimming really necessary?

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  10. Monika Wright says…
    11/20/2009

    This is for all the crafty souls out there...my DD core pages are completed and without any additional embellishments or photos, it is too large already for my 2" 8x8 binder. I couldn't find 2.5" binder rings at our Office Depot, so got 3" instead. They seem a little large. Does anyone have anything creative for me to try. I don't mind making my own covers at all, it looks like I'll need to do that. Are there even 2.5" or 3" 8x8 binders out there?

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  11. Brooke M says…
    11/20/2009

    Where did you get your album rings? I tried a 2.5" ring and all the pages stuck out by over an inch! I tried a small album ring, but everything is getting really tight in my album already and I haven't even added pictures yet.

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  12. Tanya Gilmartin says…
    11/20/2009

    Hi Ali, what are you doing (or what did you do) with the envelopes? are you putting photos inside? outside? both? do you have a plan?

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  13. Tina says…
    11/20/2009

    Ali you must have read my mind...I was planning to post a comment today to ask you about the grommets on the fabric album. Where did you find replacement grommets to fit and how did you set them? I didn't realize they were so large! Thanks so much...I LOVE this concept!

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  14. Melissa says…
    11/20/2009

    Subject : Eyelets
    Question: What size is the best? With the rings I wanted to make sure they had freedom of movement. Is there a brand & size that you use for eyelets you could recommend?
    Notes:
    I tried using the LARGE eyelets (1/4"), which look like yours, but now my album can't close (far from) b/c it's too thick/deep. The medium ones (5/8") fit on my binder and allow my pages to turn, but just barely. I am using an American Crafts Modern 8x8 Album.

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  15. Heather says…
    11/20/2009

    I have a question regarding sewing, either on the page protectors or paper; I tried it once and my thread kept balling up at the back of the page protector. Is this just a matter of not having the tension right? Anyone know? I really like the look of stitching on pages and suppose I could do it by hand, but with my machine would be oh so much faster. ;)

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  16. Lola says…
    11/20/2009

    This is a question for Ali, or perhaps anyone else reading this, and I'm sorry if this has been answered somewhere else already... but is there a flickr group for december daily? hearing everyone talking about what they're doing, I really want to be able to see the albums, too!

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  17. Lori says…
    11/20/2009

    This is my first time to the dd album and I"m so excited. I have all my goodies and paper picked out. Now I just need to get it all in the album before the 1st! During the month of December, realistically how long would you spend on each day adding pic and documenting? Have you found it is easier to work on it daily in December or do several days in one setting?

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  18. KristiG says…
    11/20/2009

    I think you mentioned you're taking Jessica Sprague's Holidays in Hand class. I was curious if you're incorporating that into your December Daily book or if you're going to keep those two concepts separate.

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  19. Crystal LaDoux says…
    11/20/2009

    Ali, my question is also about rings. I purchased a 5 ring, 8x8 album from 7 gypsies this year and with my core pages complete it is tight already. What size rings should I upgrade to?
    Thanks for the help Ali
    Crystal

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  20. Tara M says…
    11/20/2009

    what about adding acrylic covers rather than a ablum? Or even chipboard, might give you the freedom of size you need.
    Hope that helps :o)

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  21. tchrtiff says…
    11/20/2009

    Ali,
    Thanks for your great inspiration for this project. Last year I just watched from the sidelines but this year I'm jumping in and making a book. I'm so excited about the entire process! I have a couple of questions for you:
    Does the number on each page correspond to date? For example, the page with the 1 is for what you did on December 1st and the page with the number 2 on it is for what you did on December 2nd? Or are the numbers just counting the different activities/events you did during December?
    What if you did something Christmas/holiday related at the end of November and want to include it in your book? Where do you put it? What if you do two great things on, say, December 12th. Do you put both on the number 12 page or does each activity get its own page?
    Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  22. Melissa says…
    11/20/2009
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  23. Yolanda says…
    11/20/2009

    In other forums (namely Holidays in Hand, where I am participating this year), several people have commented that they don't have time to do "holiday stuff" due the obligations of school, work, cooking, and cleaning. As though these activities are somehow less-than because they don't look like the carefree Christmases in movies. I was hoping you speak a bit about the daily aspect of December Daily and perhaps whether or not we should consider capturing and documenting these days, even when nothing "holiday" happens. What are some moments/images/objects we may want to consider documenting on those days when "nothing happens"?

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  24. Jessica Salyers says…
    11/20/2009

    That is exactly what I have done the last 2 years, and what I plan to do this year, too. I just found that the "albums" became too bulky and wouldn't lay well when shut.

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  25. Monika Wright says…
    11/20/2009

    I was afraid the chipboard might not be sturdy enough. Any good sources for acrylic covers? Do I cut them myself or do they come 8x8. That is an awesome idea and I hadn't thought of it. I've been admiring acrylic for a while but have not worked with it. Any sources you know of?

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