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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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  • 51.
    Heather said…

    So excited that December is finally here! I blogged my journaling yesterday ( but haven’t uploaded my pictures yet. Of course I LOVE your pages!

    A couple of questions: When you handwrite your journaling on textured cardstock, what pen tip size do you use? Sometimes I have issues with my pens writing funky on textured cardstock, but maybe it’s just me – I generally use the American Crafts Precision Pro .03

    And my other question (though I have a feeling I already know what you’re going to say LOL): For yesterday I have my main story about our Elf on a Shelf tradition, and how his appearance marks the beginning of the Christmas season in our house each year. But then I have another small story (on the same blog post I linked above, but regretably no pictures) that I really want to remember… but I really can’t see making an entire page about it for my regular scrapbook… Is it “okay” to include it in my DD? What would you do?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I like the .03 Precision Pens from American Crafts too – that’s what I use. I’ve also been trying out some pens from Faber-CAstell – need to try those on cardstock.

      And I vote for including! We ended up going to see Santa yesterday too – I’m going to use that for my Day Two story. It’s totally up to you :) . Document what’s important to you :) – you can always add in a second story for day one!

  • 52.
    Maureen said…

    wow Ali, the things you do for us! Thank you! Now I have to go to a friend’s altered book show. Photo op!

  • 53.
    amy tangerine said…

    Linked up! Excited to go and visit everyone’s now.

  • 54.
    Valerie said…

    I’m also going to try a digital mix this year – shake it up a bit!
    Ali, have you thought about using the Zutter to bind your book rather than the rings?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Could it handle a book this big?

    • ….
      Valerie said…

      I have a 2″ size binding, I just dont’ know if I’ll like the look of all the holes. It kind of takes away from the simplicity of your design, but I do like the way it holds a book together.

  • 55.
    Lori said…

    the flap is a really cool idea – i need to keep that in mind when i run out of run on my 2 pages spread and want another page for journaling. decdaily #2 is underway!

  • 56.
    Estellita said…

    I love this project, and i have already posted the second day, which is finished in France. It’s 22:13 ! See you !

  • 57.
    lilith said…

    I am so glad to have started my December Daily. I still have to write my journaling on my page but I am waiting for my photos. Thanks for the templates Ali, I love their look.

  • 58.
    Julie L. said…

    I love the advent topic for day one! And the journaling underneath is great. I read your post about advent actions and then your post about your chalk/magnet board with the advent boxes and now you have pictures of playmobil (at least someone suggested that was where it was from) and legos… I was just wondering how many advent calendars you have going in your house? Are the action cards in the box advent calendar and then each of the kids have their own? I’m just curious because we currently have 3 advent calendars up in our house; one with things to do as a family (similar to your action cards), one with treats/toys for the kids, and one with treats for the dog. It seems a little silly having so many but we didn’t want to leave our dog out (she has had her calendar since before the kids came along) and we like the idea of both small toys/treats and family activities. I was just curious about how you are juggling all the different calendars.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      We’ve got 4 (it’s a little excessive). Lego + Playmobile (one for Simon + one for Anna) + the boxes (those usually have a little treat in them) and then the Advent action cards. The cards are in a little basket on the table. The Lego, Playmobile + the boxes are done in the morning. The cards are for the afternoon.

    • ….
      Julie L. said…

      Nice to know we aren’t alone in our excessive advent calendar house ;) Thanks for filling me in on the details.

  • 59.
    Steph said…

    The positive energy is absolutely contagious! The love here is just so inspiring and it is making this project exciting and not daunting at all.

    I added another page to yesterday (yep – kinda 3 stories for one day…lots to say I guess!) because we finally got some snow. Now today, it is a blizzard out my front window as I sit here and write this…fun comparison to my photo from yesterday – today my daughter was shoveling this morning and now this evening, all in all there is about 2 feet of snow with more to come.

    Anyhow, I would love to link my pages. I may use photoshop no prob, but this url online linking stuff is not my cup of tea. I only follow the blogs! I think I am the last person on earth that does not have a blog, twitter, facebook, etc. place online to store my pages. Am I out of luck?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Steph – you could always add your pages to an online gallery – like the Flickr group ( or upload your pages to Two Peas.

    • ….
      Steph said…


      Ali – I have followed your blog for a while now but decided to do DD for the first time this year – at the very last minute. Missed the post that discussed flickr and now see how easy to set that up.

      Thank you!

  • 60.
    Leah Larson said…

    It will be a bit harder for me to do an update daily because I order my photos about every two weeks. I plan on keeping up with the journalling daily.

  • 61.
    Manon keir said…

    Love it Ali. I’ve linked my page. It’s nothing fancy, I just want to commit to do it this year!! I missed last year unfortunately so am ready and motivated to do the whole album this year!!!

  • 62.
    christine said…

    doing mine digital this year, but wow! love your day 1 ali…though I think I’d be shot if I tried to cut up the box for our lego advent calendar from last year :)

  • 63.
    Anastasia said…

    hope someone will find my contribution inspiring and I already have found some great ideas in other’s blogs! Thanks for the list!

  • 64.
    Erica said…

    Love that you’re allowing people to post links to their pages! Such a great idea Ali!

  • 65.
    Sara said…

    I printed my Day 1 pics at a Canadian developer with the 6×8 templates. Both of them had the line at the bottom of the page cut off! Urgh…I wanted to cry. The layouts were beautiful – those templates are amazing Ali by the way! First time I ever used one and I am now sold for sure!

    Anyway, I measured and my print was actually 7 7/8″ long, but a true 6″ wide. I don’t want to badmouth any companies, but is this just a fluke today or is does any one know if photo developers do a True 8″ x 6″? I’ve only ever enlarged 5×7, 8×10, 8×12 and never had anything cut off.

    This won’t get me down, though. I will still put them in my album and figure a solution later, but this is just so weird!


  • 66.
    Kim H. said…

    I linked my blog. I’m excited to see other people’s perspective on the same project.

  • 67.
    Valori Pagone said…

    Day one is digital, I am journaling day two! Having lots of fun!

  • 68.
    Bonnie said…

    Thank You for the inspiration Ali! I hope I can keep up!

  • 69.
    Julie Rouse said…

    Definitely very excited to complete my third december daily! I’m also very excited to start my first blog. December is definitely a great month for me to document with lots of special events, beautiful Minnesota snow, and part of the month at college and the end of the month at home. Thanks for inspiring me to document the everyday, Ali.

  • 70.
    Heather Johnson said…

    So happy to be participating in this project!

  • 71.
    Sheri B said…

    December is finally here! I’m really excited to see how my album evolves as I fill it with memories…this is great. :) Something tells me this month is going to fly by…I’m so glad I’ll have this album to bring those moments fresh to mind.

    • ….
      Mena said…

      Wow! Great to find a post knckniog my socks off!

  • 72.
    Kathy Martin said…

    I’m doing it Ali! For the first time I’m making a December Daily! Yippee! Thanks for all your inspiration! :)

  • 73.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Thanks for the inspiration Ali.

  • 74.
    Suzie said…

    Almost forgot that December 1 had even come around, but I happened to go christmas wrapping paper shopping when I realised. I love wrapping our gifts, I think that I someimes go to more effort with the wrapping than picking the gift on the inside!

  • 75.
    Chris R said…

    This is my first year to do the December Daily. I am excited to do this album.

  • 76.
    Maureen said…

    Question: What are your thoughts on taking photos, and keeping notes, and then going back and creating the album in January? Part of me likes the idea of creating the album day by day, but I worry about balance, and figuring out how to fill the slow days, if you know what I mean.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think you can totally do that Maureen – it’s really up to you, your schedule, etc. For me, I find that I’m most motivated to do it now (when I leave things to later they it tends to be WAY later). There’s so many different ways this album can come together.

  • 77.
    Rachel D said…

    Linked mine up-adding photos of the pages right now.

  • 78.
    Beth Perry said…

    you may have addressed this before (sorry if you have) or this may end up to be a stupid question….but, do you ever add pics in your DD that have been taken by someone else, as in another family member?
    My SIL sends me the most adorable photos of my nephews. Since, they live 1 1/2 hours away, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. I would love to add some of their photos in my DD. But, is that like…cheating?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      A photo is a photo! Totally not cheating at all – I think it’s totally fun to bring in different perspectives (either with words or photos) to your album!

  • 79.
    Vieve said…

    We don’t have many christmas plans until later this month, but I am finding that this has helped bring the holidays into our home earlier. Really fun!

  • 80.
    Michelle W said…

    I have been so inspired by your site, and those of others! And so I am having my first attempt at a December Daily. Eeeek!

    Love your layouts and also your calendars!! I never knew there was such thing as a lego calendar… I know what to get the kids next year now though! ;D

  • 81.
    abbeyviolet said…

    Very cool. Trying to be relaxed. Find that this year I’m actually putting more of it together on each day. I printed out the journaling onto the overlays did the embellishing,etc… Everything but photos is there. Who knows if I’ll keep it up, but feels better than having 10 -15 pages left to finish all at the end from an assembly perspective as happened last year…

  • 82.
    Daniela said…

    I am picking one thing for the day and going with that….keeping it simple.

  • 83.
    Mandy said…

    Thanks for the inspiration of this project Ali, I am pumped this year to complete this project!

  • 84.
    Jenny Alvers said…

    Hi, Ali & friends.
    I am thrilled to be doing the DD this year, my first! Ali, I met you a few years back taking your Week in the Life Class I guess at a CKU, probably in Florida. I brought a little Hope boy for Simon….. you may remember. Anyway, I really am loving this album, I need this project this year. I made a Christmas album last year and took lots of pictures, but I never added the photo’s. My sister had pancreatic & liver cancer and I knew it would be her last Christmas. I lost her in May. I will do that book one day, but for now I need this project to focus on today and not dwell on missing her so much.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration. Bewtween your projects & taking a few Donna Downey classes (what a hoot!) I am covered in paint & paper scraps again!
    Jenny in Georgia~

  • 85.
    LaceyA said…

    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 :)

  • 86.
    hchybinski said…

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


  • 87.
    Casey Wright said…

    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 6×8 and it’s a great size and not too overwhelming to do each day. LOVE IT. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 88.
    Fanny said…

    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. ;)

  • 89.
    vicki said…

    i finally got my book uploaded – i’m having alot of fun!!!

  • 90.
    Julie Hollis said…

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

  • 91.
    sharyn said…

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

  • 92.
    Michelle F said…

    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!

  • 93.
    Fanny said…

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

  • 94.
    Amy said…

    hidden journaling is cool. Very good idea!

  • 95.
    sophie said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Welcome Sophie!

  • 96.
    Kerry said…

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

  • 97.
    Emily & Blythe said…

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

  • 98.

    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!!

  • 99.
    shelby said…

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

  • 100.
    Sandi Keene said…

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

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