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December 2, 2010

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 6×8 photo page (2, 4×6 photos on a 6×8 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.
    dawn said…

    I love the ideas you used to get the packaging on the album and hiding the jouraling. Sweet pictures of both kids. I can see the little snowman Simon made how cute. That was the big thing at our house. Our first snow so that of course was the story I told. I’m almost done with my first page. I’m ready for day 2.

  • 2.
    Ingvild said…

    Love your first page Ali – it is so great that we can finally start putting things/pictures and thoughts into our DD book. I love the process of hunting and gathering all the bits and pieces. The kids loved it when I pulled out the last three DD albums yeasterday. This is a great way of preserving our familys traditions for the holiday season. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  • 3.
    Amy B said…

    Love it! And I have a question for you – what did you do with the original star transparency? Did you eliminate it or just move it?

    • ….
      Amy B said…

      oh, never mind! I found where you answered this!

  • 4.
    Johanna said…

    Advent calendars are predestined to fill page one, aren’t they! I received a surprise calendar from my mom filled with chocolate truffles made by a local confectionery. Delicious.

  • 5.
    Brooke said…

    I can’t believe it’s here either! I found myself starting with the same theme as I did last year too. My theme is “a timely reminder”, last year it was to appreciate the simple joys and this year it was to be thankful for our sunny weather during December. As much as I love the snow and the Christmas magic it brings I think sun works better for brightening my days.

    It never occurred to me that 2 4×6′s would be a 6×8! Next year I might ditch the 8×8 and go a little smaller.

  • 6.
    zewa said…

    I love your sponsor a day thing…I would like to learn more about masterful scrapbookdesign…went to their page and checked everything out..but I am missing a teaser on their projects or maybe a little aliedwards incentive/discount for signing up…maybe something to consider for them and your other sponsors for December

    Thanks for all you do….haven’t started on december daily, but I am soooo inspired

  • 7.

    Love it!!!! So very ‘do-able’!!!!! I’m very excited:)

  • 8.
    Ruth said…

    My day 1 is completed ~ you may like to view it on my blog here:
    I’m so excited that December has finally arrived!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      I’m so glad you posted your link. Your first page is awesome. Love how much you got to show for your story. I’m hoping to have mine up later still playing with it but enjoying the process.

  • 9.
    Gale said…

    Thank you for giving such percise instructions. I enjoy reading your process. Always very helpful.

  • 10.
    Lain said…

    So beautiful! I’ll post my page later today. :)

  • 11.
    Helen said…

    Ooh, now, Ali, that lift up page is a genius solution! I’m just sat here with so many bits from my first day, wondering how to incorporate them all (a pocket? an envelope?) and there you have it! A lift up page! That’s why we all love you – you make things so easy!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.

  • 12.
    Kathy said…

    Very excited to see your first day. Here in Australia we are nearly finished our 2nd day. Need to keep up this year and finish it. Thanks for your inpiration, I love your ideas.

  • 13.
    elisa said…

    yeah! love it! i’m totally into hidden folded pages this year. so excited about this project!

  • 14.
    christy a said…

    Lovely. Love the hidden journaling! So clever!!

  • 15.
    LouAnn Free said…

    So cute for the first day’s page! Love the kiddos. I too got my first page done yesterday with my son opening the first door of his chocolate advent calendar. He did NOT like the candy though, made a horrible face which I will scrap in a photo! Off and running into December we go. Today the post office to mail SANTA letters and then to the library to check out Christmas Stories for the month. Have a great day everyone!

  • 16.
    Carolyn E said…

    My first page will be of my son opening his Lego Advent Calendar too! I didn’t have to tell him to get up and get breakfast… he was waiting at the table staring at it while eating and begging to open it! :) We also have our family one that is a wooden lighthouse with activities for us to do together. He got to open day 1 on that too! Hopefully today, I’ll print my pictures and get crackin on getting the page done. Thanks Ali!

  • 17.
    Kim H. said…

    Thank you so much for sharing about the Lego Advent Calendar a while back. My 8 year old son has just recently gotten into Legos and I had no idea they made the calendar until you posted about it. He LOVED opening up the door and building the Lego yesterday. I, too, did my first page about the advent calendar. I had him journal about his excitement under the photo I took. What a treasure this December Daily will be in years to come.

  • 18.
    Megan Beverly said…

    Emma & George have the exact same advent calendars! Wasn’t that Playmobile one a pain to put together? LOVE Dec 1st each year, so much excitement!

  • 19.
    Susan Ringler said…

    You know Ali, you always have the best with the least—I mean that in the truly most complimentary way. Your pages have so much less than mine but they say so much more. I know it’s partially your talent, but I think those two kids have some to do with it, too! LOL!! Happy December Daily and thanks!

  • 20.
    Brooke M said…

    I totally love you first page. Such inspiration for me and my own album. Can’t wait to see what you do tomorrow!!

  • 21.
    Cherri Engle said…

    Love your Day 1 – quick question – are the photos on the left side on the back of your new ‘title page’? I have downloaded the title page and I am assuming that the back of that is the start of day one. I love the ‘lift’ idea for journaling. I had so much go on here yesterday that I needed more space and this is a perfect idea. Thanks again for such great inspiration.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – I adhered the large photo page to the new title page.

  • 22.
    Myra said…

    I love the lift-up idea to add more to the page. I’m making a small book, at 4″x6″ (something I already had on hand). There’s not much room, but using this idea really opens it up for me! And it looks like an advent calendar. Happy!

  • 24.
    Laura Y said…

    Wow! sorry about that last post….meant to say….

    I’m so pleased about taking this journey again. I usually scrap our advent calendar but we’ve had such a strange start to our holiday season that I chose to scrap that instead. Check it out

  • 25.
    Yolanda said…

    Thank you for sharing the fact that December still seemed to sneak up on you, even with all the prep. I am feeling the same way here. But sticking to the idea of searching for one story/one image a day, and believing it will come.

  • 26.
    Sandi M said…

    It looks lovely Ali. I can’t wait to get back home and do more with my own daily. For now, it’s take photos only.

  • 27.
    Alexandra said…

    This is one of those times when a voice in my head screams ‘GENIUS’ – I openly refer to you as a ‘genius’ when I talk to my husband about your projects.
    Thanks so much for sharing this – it’s so cool.
    P.S. not to worry about the ‘voice in my head’ – there’s only one ;)

  • 28.
    Elizabeth said…

    Question for Ali (or anyone who has a suggestion or who knows the answer). I would really like to insert/adhere receipts to my album but was wondering how or if you do anything to yours to keep them from fading? With all of the stores using thermal paper now, a receipt fades away to almost blank within months.

    Thank you!

    • ….
      Jana said…

      I’d scan & then make a print of your receipts – hopefully the ink jet won’t fade as fast as thermal receipts!

    • ….
      Steph said…

      Ditto for scanning and printing the receipts…a tip to make it look more real instead of the glaringly obvious – yep its a scanned copy – get a soft paper (I use onion skin or thin vellum) after printing, I rub it lightly with a scouring pad and softly crinkle the paper – looks cooler!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Scanning + printing is a great idea!

  • 29.
    Denise Coulter said…

    Your mini is gorgeous! Isn’t the best to watch the kids’ excitement over Christmas fun :)

  • 30.
    pam said…

    Great First Day!!! I too had the Advent Calendar as my main theme for Day One. I’m trying it digi style this year…one simple page a day…one day down, 24 to go!

  • 31.
    Michelle Dobbyn said…

    Hey Ali, toally loving your pages for Day 1!! I’m SO excited to be playing along this year … finally! Can’t wait to put the finishing touches on my album and get my Day 1 + Day 2 ready to share! Thanks for being SO inspiring :)

  • 32.
    Alana said…

    I’m so excited we have begun! This is my first year. I was wondering if you would consider putting in a Mr. Linky when you post? That way when others complete their first page, they will be able to share it on the same page as the one(s) you feature. It would be easy to keep up with others and share our projects that way. Thanks so much for this world-wide event!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think that’s a great idea – I will edit this post and add it in :) . I will also include it as I post each day.

  • 33.
    KENDRA said…

    Ha! Pretty funny… first page has to do with the LEGO Advent calendar too! AND….Trader Joe’s chocolate Advent calendar :) We love our traditions around here too!

  • 34.
    Angie H said…

    My Day 1 was Advent as well (and the 1st snow of the year). I see why you posted the ideas for finding the time and keeping it simple. I am determined to do it, though. I may do a bit of catching up on the weekends, but I will be sure to take pics and journal each day.

  • 35.
    Jessfo said…

    Looks lovely Ali!

  • 36.
    Jen said…

    I did the link-y thing at the top of the comments. ;D So happy to be doing this again this year…and so happy with my decision to do it digitally again. ;D Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  • 37.
    Julia said…

    ali, it’s beautiful!

  • 38.
    Nicole said…

    I love the little manila tag you used for the 1. So cute!

  • 39.
    vee said…

    always love how you build your minis! I look forward you each page everyday! :)

  • 40.
    Cynthia H said…

    Such a cute picture of Anna! An inspiring start to December Daily : )

  • 41.
    Carrie said…

    This is just too cute for words, A. :)

    I’m trying to use my handwriting for my daily journaling, but I was surprised at the level of anxiety this caused me! Gasp – not everything was perfectly spaced and all that. But I’ll try to take a cue from you… And relax and realize it’s okay and it’s all good. Just tell the freaking stories! Ha.

    • ….
      Ali said…


  • 42.
    kelly X said…

    Love your first pages! Love that December is here! Love this project!

  • 43.
    Donna C said…

    Welcome December! Lovely spread for day 1 Ali!

    ALI-would you tell us what the cute arrow/thingy is on the 6×8 overlay page? (it’s in that rectangular spot)

    YOU also reminded me I need to grab my advent calendar! a day late, but oh well!

    • ….
      Heather said…

      It’s a piece of patterned paper… I want to say from My Mind’s Eye?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It is from My Mind’s Eye – you can get it here at Two Peas:

  • 44.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    Love your pages Ali! Those Advent Calendars are so cute!

  • 45.
    Debbie P said…

    I love your Day 1. Those advent calendars are wonderful. tfs this amazing project!

  • 46.
    Nati said…

    I haven’t yet made my page for Day 1 of DD, but I was able to snap some pics and write a bit about my day on my blog page. I’m excited that I’m actually going to be able to do this project this year. Yea Ali for the concept!!!!

  • 47.
    Andi R said…

    Love this project, I’m so excited to get to participate this year. I wanted to last year but I was SUPER pregnant and wasn’t in the mood. Love your day 1, need to make and Advent Calendar for my son. I’m excited for day 2. Yeah Dec Daily.

  • 48.
    karine said…

    I’m very happy to participate to this project and really love your 1st page : thank you to share all of this with us!

  • 49.
    Wilna said…

    i am so totally in love with this process. I am combining the picture your holiday class with Shimelle’s journal your Christmas and i love the peace and contentment i feel as i work on these pages. thanks Ali.

  • 50.
    Amy W. said…

    I’m going all digital for my pages because my homemade stuff isn’t looking so great. Thanks for all the inspiration. Ali you rock!!

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