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November 19, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Keeping Your Eyes Open

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for little bits of this and that which can possibly be added to my album in December.

In the image above I’ve got a coffee cup cover from Starbucks (not sure the wording on there could be any more perfect) and the bottom tags are from an early gift I receive from a friend from West Elm. Not sure I’ll use them but they sure look cool. I’ve got a little bag of these goodies on my desk just waiting to be used.

Here’s a few other things on my list to share with you today:

  • There’s so much visual inspiration out there this time of year. The catalogs are even more inspiring than usual – I’ve been pulling out pages to put in my holiday inspiration binder (great posts here from Molly and Marta on setting up your own).
  • Working on a tutorial post for working with the 6×8 digital layered templates – needing to pick up some ink today for my printer to get some samples ready to show. Hope to have that up this weekend or early next week.
  • A thought I shared on Facebook + Twitter this morning: Don’t stress if you album feels “disjointed” right now. Your own photos and words will tie it all together.
  • I absolutely loved seeing all the links to your foundation albums! Thank you for sharing your creations. I can’t wait to see those books filled with the images and stories of December.

There’s definitely still time to put your own December Daily album together. Go here for more information.


  • 1.
    Mara said…

    I saved that exact same coffee cozy earlier this week!

    • ….
      Amy Brock said…

      Me too!

    • ….
      Donna C. said…

      Me three!

  • 2.
    Beth Ann said…

    Thanks Ali! I am really looking forward to puttign a foundation together this weekend!

  • 3.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Thanks for the 6×8′s. I’m going to start adding my papers over the Thanksgiving break!

  • 4.
    Michelle B said…

    I am hoping to finish my foundation pages this weekend. But I am using a combination of my monthly kit from Jenni Bowlin which this month was a wonderful collection of red and black. And last year I saved all the Christmas cards sent to me – and using the cards (or pieces of the cards) on the pages as accents. I am happy with how it is turinging out. I hope to post it this weekend, and will link up with you! Thank you for introducing me to this fun project! It is my thrid year of putting one together.

    • ….
      K said…

      Michelle, that is a wonderful idea to use cards you received! To have continuity with memories from last year into this year, as well as use pretty designs.

      thanks for sharing!

  • 5.
    Dana K said…

    I may have to make a Starbucks run this weekend! This my first attempt at a December Daily album. I’ve got my foundation pages basically done. They got more and more simple as I went along and I started holding off on putting the numbers down. I’m going to try to finish up my front and back covers this weekend.

    • ….
      Michelle M said…

      I’m glad you said that about your pages getting more simple! I have about 10 pages done and feel like they are too complicated! I also stopped putting my numbers down. Glad to hear I am on the right track! (this is obviously my first time!)

    • ….
      Gabi said…

      Dana, I’m keeping my pages simple as well. I will be adding few embellishments as days will go but don’t plan to do too much though.

    • ….
      Dana K said…

      Michelle – This is my first try at a December Daily too. I’m excited to get going on it.

  • 6.
    TracyBzz said…

    I saved a few of those coffee sleeves and couldn’t believe how PERFECT they were for daily December. I also asked a lady at the counter for the little bag (that pastries come in) and I have that saved.

  • 7.
    Nathalie said…

    Ali – thank you so much for the opportunity to share this with you and each other!

  • 8.
    Ruth said…

    I hope Starbucks in the UK have those coffee sleeves …

  • 9.

    As soon as I saw them at the store I got crazy!

  • 10.
    Maria said…

    Ever since I first saw those coffee sleeves I thought of you and wondered if YOU had designed it! :)

  • 11.
    Carla said…

    Great minds think alike. I saved my Starbucks sleeve too. I love their slogan this holiday season.

    This is unrelated Ali, but just wondering if you are going to be doing a tutorial for the Love You Because templates. I bought them but failing miserably when it comes to trying to make them a two page layout like you did.

    Also, having trouble copying the DD widget to my blog. Anyone else having trouble?

    One more thing, Is it December yet??????

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I do have a tutorial for that on my list…might be awhile with December Daily right around the corner.

      For the banner – have you tried both codes? (the one in the little box + then the one below) What blog program do you use?

    • ….
      Carla said…

      Hi Ali, Thanks for the update on the tutorial. As for the blog program, I use blogspot??? If that is in fact the program name. I am pretty new to the whole blogging thing. I have tried both codes and all that appears on my blog is a little blue box with a ? inside. It does take you to your website when you click on it, but the logo isn’t showing up.

    • ….
      Tere (Marie) said…

      I had trouble with blogspot too. Copying and pasting didn’t work from the original post where Ali explains, but then I happened upon another area on Ali’s blog with the link to copy, and that one worked. Not sure where I found it though, sorry.

    • ….
      Terri Porter said…

      I’m a Typepad user and they say it is “so easy” to add a widget, but I have tried both codes and followed their video on how to add it to the sidebar, but no luck. Anybody have some input on what I’m possibly doing wrong? I’d be so grateful.

  • 12.
    Harriett said…

    I also already have my Starbucks wrapper in my December Daily box. Also have the tags from the new Christmas Eve pajamas for the kids that are already wrapped, the list of all the events/things I want to make sure to include this year, and a blank CD so I can copy all of our photos from the season onto a CD and put in the pocket I’ve included in the back of my album. Can’t wait to get started.

    • ….
      Suzie Perrie said…

      I love the idea of putting a CD in the back of the album! Then I can have all the pictures even if they didn’t make the cut. :)

    • ….
      Erin Clayton said…

      I agree, I LOVE the idea of the CD included in the album! Would make it easy to grab pictures down the line, if you wanted to print some Christmas pictures of JUST Christmas time!

  • 13.
    Mrs. b said…

    Thanks for the reminder of keeping an eye out for possible things to add to the album!
    I still have some work left to get all my foundation pages done, but I am definitely not far away. I am much looking forward to your post on the 6×8 templates (already bought them) to get some ideas on how they can be used!

  • 14.
    Kathe in CO said…

    I noticed this sentiment the other day too! These make a cute mini album…made one for my sister this time last year.

  • 15.
    linda said…

    Wow, amazing how the cup holder is so perfectly suited…hehe… thanks for leading the way for December daily albums all over the world. I’m excited for December to start!

  • 16.
    Colleen said…

    Stil working on my foundation pages, but hesitant to put the numbers on them in case I want to move things around or pick certain base pages to go with pics… Not sure!

    • ….
      Ruth said…

      I’ve used Ali’s ’25′ logo on each page in my album, but won’t write the actual day on them until I’m happy with what I’ve produced that day. Hope this helps.

  • 17.
    Christine said…

    I saw the same Starbucks cup band and thought of you. I saved mine too!

  • 18.
    Tere (Marie) said…

    I sacrificed and made a trip to Starbucks for the sleeve. What a women will do for you DD goodie :)
    Thank you too for all your inspiration and coaching along the way, I love your links today…added them to my long list of google reader subscriptions.

  • 19.
    Sandi M said…

    It was my daughter who immediately noticed the Starbucks wording last week when we bought our weekly treat and said “Look Mom, you can use this for scrapbooking!” How quickly we rub off on our kids ;)

  • 20.
    Alison Day said…

    I haven’t saved one of those sleeves YET but as soon as the calendar says it’s Dec 1st and I feel like I can officially get an eggnog latte (I’m kinda strange that way!) – the sleeve will be going into the album!!
    I’m almost ready to post my foundation album. In fact, as soon as the baby goes down for a nap and I can spread the pages out all over the living room floor I will start taking pictures! Thanks for your comment about not worrying if it feels disjointed. I was looking at it last night thinking I was doing something wrong because it felt like it wasn’t coming together quite how I’d pictured it. But I will persevere!! Thanks again Ali!

  • 21.
    Keri said…

    Heh, I’m joining the “club of those who saved these and thought of you as soon as soon as they saw them” :-)
    Can’t wait to use it!

  • 22.
    Jen D said…

    That’s hysterical- I don’t even go to Starbuck’s normally, but yesterday I went specifically to pick up some of those covers (and a salted caramel hot chocolate) and was so excited to see the saying. I picked up two with only a few strange glances from the other customers. Is it weird to go places specifically for Dec Daily ephemera??? :) Today we made some fake snow so I kept the packaging for that too…At this rate this album’s going to be FULL. hee hee.

    • ….
      Maritza said…

      So funny. I did the same thing after work. I never go to Starbucks.

  • 23.
    Katya said…

    Oh Ali, yesterday I was so happy to drink Starbucks gingerbread latte again after waiting almost a year! And I noticed their motto too. I love the saying and I definitely will use it in my December Daily cause I’m a big fan of Starbucks. Thank you for sharing inspiration!

  • 24.
    rhonda said…

    My husband made a Starbucks run from work the other day for me just to get my coffee cup sleeve and pastery bags to add to my Dec. Daily. He has been on the lookout for unique items to add to my album and believe me when I tell you I was totally floored and I think maybe just maybe he listens when I talk about scrapbooking!

  • 25.
    Erika Bates said…

    not a coffee drinker but i may have to go in for a cocoa and grab that cozy! so cute!

  • 26.
    Lisa said…

    I saved my Starbucks sleeve too and thought the exact same thing about the wording! Love that!

  • 27.
    Erika said…

    Great post. I like the idea of putting together a holiday inspiration binder. I have a ton of magazines and catalogs that I just can’t seem to part with for some reason or another. Never thought to tear the pages out and put them in a binder.

  • 28.
    dawn said…

    Thanks for these ideas Ali. I’ve seen those starbucks wrapers even though I don’t drink coffee will stop in for something just to get one, they are perfect for this album. I enjoyed reading everyone’s blogs also. I keep loooking at my album everyday and am so excited to fill it up. Have a great weekend with your family.

    Also could you do a post after December so we can all link our finished albums to look at. Thanks for all you do.

  • 29.
    Kristie H said…

    HA!!! Thank you for this post! I showed it to my husband to show him that me and my stockpile of coffee sleeves are in good company! Love finding little bits of inspiration in everyday life. Thanks for the encouragement to keep our eyes open!

  • 30.
    marta said…

    hello ali, thank you for the shout out! i hadn’t seen molly’s tutorial. looks like we are cut from the same cloth. glad to see others are doing inspiration binders too. i really am addicted to mine.

    and a deal for you starbucks drinkers. from now until november 21st, between 2-5 o’clock it’s buy one, get one free of their holiday drinks. peppermint hot chocolate, here i come!

  • 31.

    Another Starbucks cozy saver over here!!!!

  • 32.
    De White said…

    I am following your December Daily 2010 with interest…. can’t really do it myself this year as have quite a few crafty things I’ve taken on…. but will maybe do it next year! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • 33.
    evalyn said…

    Picked up that Starbucks sleeve as soon as I saw it! And a pastry and shopping bag. Yeah, I love Starbucks. Definitely part of my holiday.

  • 34.
    Erin Clayton said…

    I am another person who as been saving the cup covers. I am almost done with a purely paper mini book, inspired by one that Noell from Paperclipping did (my first completely paper project, I have been a digi girl up to now)! I, too, thought that the tag line on the cup cover was something that I could not pass up, almost as if made for scrapbookers/storytellers! Thanks for all of the inspiration, Ali!

  • 35.

    I too saved my Starbucks cup holder and thought the very same thing! Love the saying!!

  • 36.
    tchrtiff said…

    Ali, you must go back to Starbucks and buy something or ask for a bag. Their handled bags have the same story saying but larger than on the coffee sleeve. When I saw this yesterday I immediately thought of you.

  • 37.
    Paula G said…

    Wow — another “communal” experience – I love this blog Ali!! Two days ago, I visited Starbucks and fell in love with the cozy – I’m a TAO Earl Grey visitor :) ….and I told my friend Danna about you and this blog as if I knew you. I told her about the “one word” and decided right there on the spot that my little word for 2011 would be “share.” I even thought about commenting on this but figured it would seem weird on an unrelated post….it’s funny how scrapbookers bond :)

  • 38.
    Terri Porter said…

    I used last year’s cup cover in my DD album and loved it! Hadn’t thought to go look for one yet this year — not a regular Starbuck’s visitor — but I’ll be going tomorrow. Will have to buy something so I can get the bag as well!

  • 39.
    susan w said…

    Thanks for sharing. And for some great links & ideas. You are awesome. Have a wonderful holiday

  • 40.
    Pam said…

    Hoping to finish my foundation pages this weekend. LOve that Starbucks sleeve, too. I have a picture of it on my profile. Thanks for all of the inspiration and encouragement. Have a happy weekend!

  • 41.
    Jenn Biederman said…

    Hi Ali! We were thinking on the same lines! I picked up my first holiday Starbucks coffee on Wednesday and knew I had to add this to my album. The most perfect addition to the stories we want to tell. I haven’t finished my base pages yet, but hope to do so soon & post them in the Flickr pool. Have a great weekend! :)

  • 42.
    kate said…

    This will be my first December Daily and it will be a big part of my travels as I go from Australia to London to Budapest to Bratislava to Prague and back to London.

  • 43.
    debbi g. said…

    I saved my sleeve too!! Then told my sister to stop there & pick one up for herself. They are great for holiday graphics..I love seeing what they come up with each year.

  • 44.
    Jessica said…

    I had the same thought already! I saved the Starbucks holder last week. I also ate at Panera bread tonight for dinner and their brown paper sacks say Cheer and Create New Traditions! I thought those were great so I saved them both.

    • ….
      mary said…

      oh thanks for the tip Jessica. And Panera is so close to me. . .I see a visit in my very near future.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh that sounds awesome – wish there was a Panera here in Eugene.

  • 45.
    barbi defazio said…

    Starbucks Christmas theme is SO perfect this year. I have been saving up everything too. I am hoping to get my foundation pages done in the next few days. I have my annual Christmas Baking day with some girlfriends tomorrow. Yah! This is the start of the season for me and will find it was into my dec daily. So fun.

  • 46.
    Lauren said…

    I saw that cup sleeve last week, and you immediately came to mind! Gotta’ love Starbucks for more than just good coffee!

  • 47.
    Michelle said…

    I’ve been stockpiling those coffee sleeves – they’re great! I’ve just decided to do a December Daily!

  • 48.
    mary said…

    I’m using that coffee cozy on the card I make when I mail family heritage albums I made for my siblings! And yesterday @ starbucks I asked for a clean bag they put food in. . . .it has a cute reindeer on it!

  • 49.
    Cathy R said…

    I am new to this December Daily thing, maybe next year, however everything I read and see here is an inspiration. Right now I’m working on an anniversary mini-book for our 30th titled “because of the little things…” and have to have it done before the 29th of Nov. So that’s my story for now.

  • 50.
    Terri Porter said…

    Two years ago I used part of a bag from Trader Joe’s (Ali used it too) and they have the same bag this year. It’s brown paper bag colored with white Christmas words on it. So cute!

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