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October 14, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Interior Page Steps + Video Walk-Through Of Album

When looking back through my photos of my December Daily foundation there were a couple where I’d taken some how-to shots. Many of the pages were as simple as stitching or adhering an element but a couple involved more than one step. Here’s a look at a couple of those how-to’s.

For Day 2 and Day 22 I sprayed Studio Calico Mister Huey Apple Jack Color Mist onto shipping tags. Before spraying I adhered large number stickers from Making Memories and then removed them after spraying.

Here’s a look at Day 22 in the album:

Day 8, Day 13 and Day 21 use my AE Christmas Boxes from Designer Digitals. This package from Designer Digitals includes individual PNG files + a print-ready PDF.

The print-ready PDF actually includes all 9 boxes – I just happened to print this out before putting together the PDF page.

I cut out each little box, adhered a date, and added a bit of paint around the edges (Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Dash of Red: Two Peas | Here’s a look at where these boxes appear (for full supply lists check this post):

For Day 9 and Day 12 I painted chipboard stars and frames using Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Paint Dash of Red: Two Peas |

One last thing for this week: a video walk-through of the album. I’ve been wanting to integrate more video into my site and felt like this project was a great chance to begin that process. Enjoy!

Ali Edwards December Daily 2010 Foundation from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

For more on the December Daily album go here.


  • 1.
    natalyn said…

    So amazing. I’m still in the process of gathering materials for my December Daily album!

  • 2.
    taniawillis said…

    i’m so on this! i hope this is the year that i can see the project through from start to finish. i still have one from 07 that has post it notes scattered about and half finished because i tried to do it after the fact instead of prepping the album first.

    not gonna happen this year. i’m starting to gather supplies TONIGHT! thanks for the video ali.

  • 3.
    Beth Ann said…

    Thanks so much for the video. It really helps to judge the scale of your album seeing you handling it. It is beautiful and I am really inpired to get mine ready ahead of time this year!

  • 4.
    elisa said…

    love the video! thanks. very very helpful

  • 5.
    Chantel said…

    I am glad you have decided to try different formats for your blog and it is all so fun and exciting with the new changes!!

    My only concern is that I am hearing impaired and a video blog format doesn’t work for me as there is a lot of information explained in the video and I am unable to hear what you are saying…

    Sorry, but I just wanted to put that out there…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the feedback Chantel – appreciate your perspective. I definitely don’t plan to going all video – just here and there as it supplements the material (and I hope to include as much text based information as always). In the case of the video in this post I mainly talked about the thickness of the transparencies/overlays, highlighting some of the ones I had written about in previous December Daily posts.

    • ….
      Chantel said…

      Thanks Ali… I appreciate the comment. I look forward to making my Christmas album this year!! Thanks for sharing everything that you do!!

    • ….
      Relly said…

      For important video/audio posts there is always the option of using Mechanical Turk to get them transcribed. This works be dividing it up into a couple of minutes and section. Also youtube and other services allow you to add captions in screen too. Just an FYI for anything in the future :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh thanks Relly – good to know!

  • 6.
    Jen Thompson said…

    Thankyou Ali! It is really helpful to see the scale of the album as you said against your hand. I would love to see more videos :)
    I’m halfway through creating my DD for this year and also halfway through finishing DD09!
    Loving this whole process!

  • 7.
    Theresa said…

    hi ali….yesterday, I asked about the overlays….My mistake. I meant to ask if you will be putting anything else on the transparency’s…or just leaving the numbers on them? Thanks! Theresa

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Gotcha! I will be leaving the transparencies as is – I might add a bit to the backs on them (in the same area as on the front). But most likely I’ll just leave them.

  • 8.
    tammy g said…

    Love the video!

  • 9.
    Susan Anderson said…

    The video is a great idea. Loved the number tags and now I know what to do with some envelopes I have. I loved them in last years album but wasn’t sure how to incorporate in this years…spray mist it is.

  • 10.
    TracyBzz said…

    Great video – video seems like it would be quicker than taking, uploading, posting pictures, typing and formating a blog post.
    I’m doing my own version of this album again this year.

  • 11.
    anneberit said…

    Thanks for the live view of the album. Looking forward to put together my own album as soon as the supplies reach my address.

  • 12.
    Madeline St Onge said…

    I have everything but the date thing figured out, I don’t know how I want to do that.

  • 13.
    Marisa said…

    Ali, what tools did you use to create the Christmas Boxes? I’m picturing some sort of pen to “draw” on the computer…somehow. I’m totally clueless. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Marisa – I actually drew those by hand on paper, scanned them into Illustrator (a computer program) that traces them and then I saved them in Photoshop. I also use a tablet to do a lot of my digital drawing – the one I use is called an Intuos (

    • ….
      Marisa said…

      Ooh, options! Great! Thanks Ali.

    • ….
      steffb said…

      I have to confess sometimes I see these digital tags etc. and just draw a similar version on cardstock with a marker and go!

  • 14.
    Suzette L said…

    This will be my third year completing an December Daily. I have had such a wonderful time participating! My album is all ready for this year, too. Thanks for always sharing your inspiring ideas with us.

  • 15.
    VSliker said…

    My second year participating! Thanks, Ali. Such a great way to preserve the memories when we’re too busy to do much scrapbooking.

  • 16.
    dawn said…

    Wow two video’s in one day Ali, how do you do it? This was so cool to see and I liked all the specific to details that you gave us. I’ve actually decided to try and make my own covers like you did. I don’t know much about the paints and stuff that you used but I’m going to try and just play and let it be fun like you did. Thanks again for all your inpiration and for taking the time to explain and show us so much for this album. I especially can’t wait to print out the free circles.

  • 17.
    Shelly said…

    Just finished watching your video, I’m really excited about getting this together this year. I posted the other day (DD 2008 is now 2 pages away from finished! yea!). I have my paper for 2010-and when I cut it to size (8X8) the scraps are going to be put to use to catch up my DD for 2009. I had been looking for larger rings-I cracked my clear acrylic fronts and backs for my 08 album and had to replace them. Finally found really big rings at my local supply store. I was so happy-funny when I think about the crazy things that make me smile these days.

  • 18.
    Cristina said…

    I really enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing it Ali!
    I started putting my album together this weekend! It still seems daunting and I don’t know if I’ll manage to get it all done, but I am loving the process! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can do it Cristina – one step at a time and then one story at a time!

  • 19.
    Linda Mc said…

    Thanks so much for your help and inspiration!! You are so generous with you talent.

  • 20.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    You are the bomb!

  • 21.
    Paula in Australia said…

    Fantastic Video Ali. Bit tricky at 8mins 28sec I heard “Mama” in the background and my little darling is asleep and I thought she had woken up! When I went to check her she was still sound asleep so had to go back and listen again and I realised it was Anna! Priceless.

    Your December Daily is beautiful again this year and I have finally got myself organised to join in. My book is nearly done and ready to be completed come December. I am so excited. Christmas in Australia is very different to yours and I can’t wait to see the contrast between the two. It is hot and sticky here in Australia so no snowflakes in my album just lots of images of swimming and sitting in the shade of Mango trees!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • 22.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    ps – so that star on Day 16 is attached only by brads going thru the numbers or did you spray adhesive it as well?

    LOVED THE VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!! It really helps me to see it in the video vs. pics although I love those too or going back and looking. Last year, I printed all your photos from all your DD’s and when I made mine, I constantly looked at the pics of yours. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      No spray adhesive on that one – just brads.

  • 23.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    Sorry! One more thing….my husband just bought an HP printer and I want to try it with that paper you use. I don’t want to buy 8.5×11 and spend $50. Does this look like the same thing you use, only in 4×6?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – that looks like the same (packaging is the same).

  • 24.
    Heidi said…

    Ali, you are so awesome. I will not be working DD until Nov as I’m working in October on wrapping up other projects and squeezing a few in before GASP! Holiday season! :) Thanks for taking the time to video what you’ve done. Such a cool thing to keep growing and incorporating new things (to your site like the videos). This stuff continues to inspire people everywhere and quiet naysayers (not to say I might have read a few threads elsewhere recently). Kudos for sharing yourself and your projects w/ others and encouraging others to do the same. Heidi

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Heidi!

  • 25.
    linda said…

    Thanks for showing more of the details and process of how you created it…I’m super excited for December daily and working on my own base album as well :)

  • 26.
    Mrs. b said…

    Thank you for all the inspiration and detailed descriptions on your December Daily process! I have never tried traditional scrapbooking, but love taking photos and have at a few occasions tried digital scrapbooking. I would love to make a try on my own DD project. I am looking forward to your coming post on ideas about digital DD.

    One thing I loved about your DD album was the transparencies. Regardless of going for the digital or “traditional” way, I would love to have the transparent pages in between. But searching for the lovely christmas related products you used, they seem all sold out. I have spent several hours trying to find similar christmas transparencies, but with no luck. (Ofcourse, I would also like to find a webshop closer to Sweden, in order to reduce shippig cost, but I really had trouble finding any christas related transparencies similar to the ones you used.)

    So, finally to my question. If I would not be able to find any such products, do you think it is possible to print out by myself using overhead transparencies and similar digital overlays (if such are to be found)? I have never printed on OH transparencies, so I don’t know if the result would be good. Of course, it would not be possible to create transparencies with a texture, but at least for the “flat” ones (like the one with all the stars, or the TC numbers). I would be greatful for any ideas or tips from you!

    Greetings from Sweden, and hope my English is understandable.

    • ….
      steffb said…

      I think maybe printing on office supply transparencies, while they might not be as good as Hambly ones, would still be cool, and you could personalize the designs on them, if you’re not into the same type they sell (the more traditional Christmas stuff vs. the “cutesy” Christmas stuff, I can see some doodles or stamps that are fun and cartoony rather than flocked stuff etc. ). One thing I did in the past after seeing Ali’s stuff and being inspired was to take a piece of frosty clear plastic stuff that was part of a scrapbook storage kit, like a divider, and cut it up to put in a mini album. Ali’s sample had dots, so I just used a white paint pen and drew dots on there – funky but very cool! To me making do is part of the fun ;-)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mrs. b – thanks for all the feedback. You can definitely print on transparencies all on your own. Check out this post where I do just that to create some 4×6 transparent overlays:

    • ….
      Dawaila said…

      Last year my daughter used plastic place mats and cut them to size. They are usually cheap and you can find a variety in the seasonal section at most stores.

    • ….
      Mrs. b said…

      Thank you all for your responses! Since this will (well, at least I still hope it will) be my first DD, and also since I have not been scrapbooking before, my plan was to try to make it very simple and to use very similar approach/products as in Alis project. I am also very much loving the style Ali uses (in general), so the products used were really such that I would love to have them in my own project.
      I talked a bit to my husband and he mentioned that it could be problems printing on transparencies on an ink jet printer. I tried to search for info about this, and found that there perhaps exist transparencies that are especially made for printing on ink jet printers.
      I will need to think about it, if this turns out too much work with all then it might just be better to use patterned papers instead of transparencies. The Teresa Collins “Noel” pattern papers I actually could find in a webshop in Sweden (too bad they didn’t sell the transparency ones).

      Anyway, I appreciate your feedback and your thoughts – thank you very much!

    • ….
      Fiona said…

      Hi Mrs b. I live in Denmark and I also had trouble tracking down transparencies in general on Danish sites. I found a couple of the same transparencies that Ali used on a Dutch site that ships all over Europe ( They also have a variety of other transparencies and I just ordered a couple of different ones in the same colour scheme as Ali used (red, green, black and white). I will also buy some clear transparencies (which I found at Panduro Hobby – and print patterns myself using stamps or shapes and different coloured paint. You can also buy some different transparencies from Panduro Hobby (online, at least!). I hope this is helpful, and good luck with your first DD!

    • ….

      Mrs. b: I have printed on OH transparencies with my Epson inkjet and had no problems. It does take a long while to dry, though. Check your printer’s settings, though. Don’t use the normal paper settings if you have something else.

  • 27.
    c@rol w said…

    Your pictures and typed explanations are always wonderful but I have to say that watching your video and hearing the audio was even better. Thank you for making that! I hope you continue to make more. :) Have an awesome weekend!

  • 28.
    steffb said…

    Ali, I teach college courses online and every time I see one of your videos I am reminded how much more personal the instruction seems. You are inspiring me! I also liked seeing you hold the pages and seeing them from an angle allowed me a much better idea of how they looked in 3D. I found myself wishing I could see you turning the pages of your older albums, to see how they look/feel, so if you are inspired to make more videos, I would recommend you go back and turn the pages of those as well!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Steff – I totally agree and hope to do more.

  • 29.
    amy said…

    thanks for taking the time to go through all your pages. love this project.

  • 30.
    Sara said…

    Thanks for the video! It was great to see the details of the book more up close. Still trying to decide what my structure will be this time, but really loving those transparencies! Have a great weekend!

  • 31.
    marcy said…

    Loved the video Ali! I just finished mine and it’s a really good feeling!

  • 32.
    ale said…

    thanks for the video, alie – love it!

    have a great weekend!

  • 33.
    Amy Bosma said…

    Thank you for the video! I am so excited to start my DD this year. I don’t even have last years completed yet, so I’ll have to overlap the two processes! I love the transparencies and the fact that all the pages are the same size. It really fits my style. I am, however, having a hard time finding the transparencies you used. They seem to be either off the market or all sold out. I think I’ll have to be brave and venture out into a new color scheme. Thanks again!

  • 34.
    Michelle L said…

    I’m in the process of gathering supplies for my first ever December Daily album and I have to admit I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Now I’m excited again! Why do I do that?? It’s supposed to be fun and I’m stressing about overlays! Thanks for the video!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Banish the stress! NO STRESS!

  • 35.
    Rosy K said…

    Ali, thanks for the video. It was cool to see the pages and how the embellishments were attached. Did you use the Bazzill Cream Puff to print your Christmas boxes too?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes :)

  • 36.
    Lori said…

    Oh the sprayed 22 is just so fun and simple! I think it is my favorite – or one of my favorites because your pages are all so festive. Last week, I ordered the tattered angels glimmer mist in santa red, so I think I might just have to try out this technique! thank u. Have a good weekend!

  • 37.
    jesa said…

    Ali, I managed to navigate your new site when you initially switched from the blog. Pressing different options and links here and there I discovered all the goodies you had to offer and share. Thank you for the video it helped with the areas I missed and explained some categories further. : )

  • 38.
    HeidiY said…

    Thx for sharing your December Daily album! And love the video, too!

  • 39.
    Casey Wright said…

    So excited to get started with this – thanks for video – super helpful!

  • 40.
    Rachel Mackin said…

    I love all the transparencies you’ve used! :)

  • 41.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks Ali! Loved the video. Your work is beautiful. I am wondering if you are thinking of doing a Halloween through the years album. I would love to do one of these and I am thinking that your format for this album might be just the ticket!

    Thanks for sharing all this,

  • 42.
    Sharon said…

    Hi Ali – The video was fantastic and super helpful. The transparency star came from page frames but they don’t ship – any suggestions? Also wondering if ranger reinkers to make a spray would work on the SB canvas. You are an incredibly talented lady and I follow your blog everyday. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sharon – you could try to cut your own from a sheet of the Clearly Heavy overlays or a sheet that is a little less sturdy. I bet it can be done!

  • 43.
    Jackie Bremer said…

    loved the simplicity of the album and am eager to give it a try

  • 44.
    molly said…

    completely awesome in every way, Ali. really like the video.

  • 45.
    Kristi said…

    Love, love, love this project! This will be my fourth year and I’m still in the gethering process. I love how you made it so simple this year – sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming as Christmas approaches. My girls love looking through them so that helps me “keep up”! Thanks for the great video too!

  • 46.
    Lorna said…

    I have started this project the last 2 years but have never finished. I get too caught up in having things look perfect and worry too much about what if the page I have made doesn’t work with the photos I eventually take. I need to learn to embrace imperfection:)

    I love the design this year as it is simpler yet more structured in a way. I love the repetition and the transparencies. This year I am determined to complete it! I will be getting organised early this year too so I have the album ready. In previous years I have left the making of the album until december when I have the photos ready but it really gets too busy so not a good idea for me!!

    Anyway, thanks again for the inspiration Ali. I look forward to seeing yours being completed:)

  • 47.
    Michelle S said…

    I used Christmas themed placemats for the transprancies. I can get 6 pages out of each placement and since each placement was only $1.99, my pages cost only 33 cents!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that idea Michelle!

  • 48.
    Deb Rymer said…

    Ali, thank you AGAIN for the gorgeous clean & simple design and unequaled inspiration. Not only did you inspire me to do a DD this year – but to actually finish the one I captured in 2008. I had done all the journaling and had most of the photos – just never constructed the book. Somehow, I couldn’t start another one without finishing the last…

    Your mission to help us remember and document the days/weeks/months/years/Christmas’ of our lives is a beautiful gift. Thank you for that.

  • 49.
    Rhonda P said…

    Love this look. Already downloaded your overlays and little word boxes, ready to print. Gathering transparencies. Gonna rock it this year!! Even got my sister ready to go with this. woot woot!!
    Was looking back at prior years. When I get to 2007, the photos won’t display.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Rhonda – working on getting those back up :) .

  • 50.
    Sue said…

    You amaze me with your organization and vision. This year’s December Journal will be spectacular. Can’t wait to see some of the finished pages.

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