December Daily 2010 | Day One


Even with all the preparation leading up to today I still can't really believe we are underway again.

For the first page in this album, just like in 2009, I chose to write a bit about our Advent calendars. Simon and Anna were both super excited to find new Advent calendars on the table. This is one of the things I love seeing in my December Daily from year to year - the repetition of traditions.

With the addition of the cover page (free download offered yesterday - grab it here) I decided to include a new transparent page (the star page - you can see it in the before image at the bottom of this post - is still the first page in the album) using a silver script transparency from Hambly. The "1" on top of the transparency is from The Girl's Paperie.

Before printing the 6x8 photo page (2, 4x6 photos on a 6x8 canvas) I added a Christmas twill across the middle.

The second page features a piece of packaging I cut out from the Playmobil Advent Calendar. This one had extra packaging vs. the Lego package - I would have cut that one up too if I could!

Using a sheet of cardstock that was twice as tall as the Playmobile packaging I created a "lift-up" page to include more room for journaling by folding it in half and adhering the Playmobile packaging to the front.

Here's what it looked like after I added my journaling.

I stitched around the inside to give a bit more of a "home" for the words and stamped a simple title using the Basic Uppercase letter stamps from Hero Arts. The little image of the Lego Advent Calendar was printed from

Here's a look at the before image:

All December Daily posts for 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 can be found here.

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  1. LaceyA

    2010-12-03 04:11:46 -0500

    I am so loving this project! Being my first time, it was alittle overwhelming (but life kept getting in the way! lol). I was finally able to work on day 1 and 2. Upload to flicker and get it on my blog. Whew. No matter, I am loving it and am excited to see what I come up with at the end of this :)

  2. hchybinski

    2010-12-03 08:41:45 -0500

    first page - first time tackling this project. . .I am so excited to take this journey. . .


  3. Casey Wright

    2010-12-03 10:12:38 -0500

    I had so much fun putting together my first page - I have also found that I really love the size of this project - I too stuck with the 6x8 and it's a great size and not too overwhelming to do each day. LOVE IT. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Fanny

    2010-12-03 16:12:30 -0500

    Thanks for the opportunity to share! Love your day 1 pictures. Especially the one of Simon having breakfast with the #1 box at his left side. ;)

  5. vicki

    2010-12-04 04:04:44 -0500

    i finally got my book uploaded - i'm having alot of fun!!!

  6. Julie Hollis

    2010-12-04 23:32:46 -0500

    Loving this project! Thanks for the inspiration and places to connect with others.

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  8. sharyn

    2010-12-05 12:20:29 -0500

    Love that you've decided to include a Mr Linky each day - thanks, Ali!!

  9. Michelle F

    2010-12-06 12:32:50 -0500

    I am loving your December Daily. I have question for you, what type of tab did you use for your "open" on the advent page? Is it just a typical tab from the office section?

    Thank you!

  10. Fanny

    2010-12-06 16:05:56 -0500

    Sorry! I left a link to my blog and not to day 1. Here's the link to my day 1:

  11. Amy

    2010-12-06 17:47:40 -0500

    hidden journaling is cool. Very good idea!

  12. sophie

    2010-12-07 16:55:00 -0500

    hello everyone,
    i've never done a December Daily book. i just posted my day one of my book. hope you all like it! happy holidays!

  13. Kerry

    2010-12-08 11:52:58 -0500

    This looks lovely and something that I am so going to do next year just have not had time this year! xx

  14. Emily & Blythe

    2010-12-08 16:43:06 -0500

    That's cool to have the bit that opens up!

  15. Jennifer Pebbles

    2010-12-08 22:54:52 -0500

    I am taking the plunge! So excited, I just finished the cover, the dedication and printed the first 5 pages. Thanks for always giving me inspiration when nothing else takes!!

  16. shelby

    2010-12-10 17:48:33 -0500

    I am far behind in putting my pages together and so far am only sharing my pictures, but I am doing it!

  17. Sandi Keene

    2010-12-11 17:46:01 -0500

    My year four for DD. It is such a great project. I am loving your large photos, Ali. Your book is a treasure.

  18. grace hester designs

    2010-12-13 00:11:57 -0500

    Woot! I am soooo behind (day 13 but working on day 3!) but I am glad the project in at least inspiring me to take photos daily!

  19. Sarah

    2010-12-13 19:44:20 -0500

    I'm collecting info and journaling every day about our December, but just now starting to put pages together. I linked up to my flikr stream...

  20. Shannon Jones

    2010-12-14 11:17:12 -0500

    I am going to do mine a little different. I am going to keep my info on the blog and then later go back and scrapbook it. I think this way will put less stress on me feeling like i need to get it all done.
    But I love this idea and I love you Ali!!!

  21. Jen

    2010-12-15 17:25:11 -0500

    got my page finished and loaded! phew!
    Thanks for letting me share!

  22. Silsine

    2010-12-18 04:54:33 -0500

    Just today I received my photos from laboratory. So i am a littel delay, but i hope finish at time.

    Thank Ali.

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  24. Jordanna

    2012-08-22 21:07:23 -0400

    I have enjoyed seeing all your helpful tips and inspiration for my first December daily I am gonna try this year! I have been looking for pre printed pages similar to yours! Where are yours from?

  25. Jordanna

    2012-08-23 21:20:23 -0400

    uh oh, I just bought the pages using the link you recommended. And I realized they have the week day name on it, and I thought you just got the numbers so you could use them each year. Now what do I do? I can't use them :(

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