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October 31, 2011

December Daily 2011 | The Foundation Pages, Part One

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Welcome to December Daily 2011!

Today I’ll be sharing some of my foundation pages (the base pages that I set up in advance to simplify the process of documenting in December). I’m still waiting on a couple items from the Studio Calico kit – namely the letterpress number coasters and the American Crafts letter stickers. As soon as I get those into my album I’ll share the second set of pages.

You can see the exterior and interior of my album cover here.

A couple things to note as we begin this year:

ONE | If this is your first time embarking on a December Daily project I highly recommend checking out my compilation page that has links to all my previous albums and posts.

TWO | There’s no right or wrong way to approach this project. Find a groove for yourself and go with it. I liked my general design approach in 2010 (see below) so I’m repeating a lot of those elements again:

THREE | I loved the size last year which is why I’m repeating it again this year – well almost – this year my foundation pages are 6×8.5 inches. In looking back at my album from 2010 I felt like this size was really great for both the photos and the words. I definitely might be ready for a change up again in 2012. You can view all my pages from 2010 in my Flickr Gallery here.

FOUR | This project is always a great opportunity to use what you have at home. As in year’s past, there is a kit available – this year it’s through Studio Calico. As you’ll see below I’m using a combination of things that I have on hand and pieces from the kit.

FIVE | This is a daily project. My approach is to highlight one story per day. Some days it’s a holiday related story and other days it’s something entirely not related to Christmas. For me it’s about documenting our lives during the season. Maybe you want to approach it this year as a gratitude album – pick one thing you’re thankful for each day and highlight that. Or maybe you just want to highlight specific special stories as they come up vs. daily documentation. Again, it’s completely up to you. My hope is to simply encourage you to get some of these special moments and stories of the season recorded.

SIX | I’m planning to continue Project Life right on through December. For December Daily I usually choose just one story per day. Since there are definitely more than one story each day I know I’ll be able to find some good bits of life to continue adding to Project Life over the course of the month.

SEVEN | Sometimes people see my foundation pages and say, “there’s not a lot there.” And you’re right. There’s not a lot. But what I’ve done is set myself up with a solid foundation to build upon during December. By having at least some of the work done in advance I’m not trying to do everything (printing pages, choosing products, etc) during December. I know from past experience that setting myself up in this way has lead to a much better chance of success in getting my stories told.

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In thinking about my own album this year here’s some things that were top of mind for me in terms of design:

  • Calm. Whites, creams, silver with a little bit of red and green.
  • Stitching. I love the look of both machine and hand-stitching on paper. This is the machine I use: Brother XL2600I. It was recommended by Mary Ann Moss who runs an awesome class called Remains Of The Day among other cool creative adventures.
  • Glitter/sparkle. I’m going to argue that glitter can still be calm. Think twinkle lights vs. Times Square.
  • Stars. I found as I was looking through my stash of holiday supplies that I had a bunch of star stuff I’ve been accumulating. It started to become a theme I was excited about and I’m going with it.
  • Photo & Story-centric. Just like last year I plan to include quite a few full page photos again. Looking back through my 2010 album it’s one of my favorite parts.

2011 DECEMBER DAILY FOUNDATION PAGES | PART ONE

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One of the things I really liked in last year’s design was having a transparent page in the middle of each daily spread. I allocate two pages (a spread) for each day, with the exception of Day One. This year I made them about 1/3 the size and used a total of 4 Hambly transparent 12×12 sheets (I used Hambly White Lattice, Gold Mini Brocade, Chicken Coop Silver and Chic Green Circles). Hambly has added a page to their site to make choosing some transparencies for December Daily easy – click here to view their selection.


From each 12×12 transparent sheet I cut 5, 3 x 8.5 inch pieces.

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In addition to the transparent sheets I added in six We Are Memory Keepers 8.5×11 Page Protectors that I cut down to fit in the album. I cut each one so that I ended up with four pockets.

Basically I wanted 26 inserts.

Along the edges of each of the Hambly pages I added some ribbons/twill/lace from my stash or an Avery 2-inch plastic tab.

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They ended up looking something like this.

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I put them in order, starting with a 4-pocket page followed by one of each of the Hambly transparent designs. I repeated that throughout the album.

Here’s a look at how the pages came together. Remember, today I’m just sharing some of the pages – the rest will come later this week when I get some additional items from the Studio Calico kit.

DAY ONE

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My album begins with a 4-pocket page with a variety of star-focused embellishments.

I was inspired by this image found on Pinterest (confetti pockets) and wanted to do something similar with a few small gold stars (and also keep it in mind for things to add later in the month). After sticking the little goodies inside I stitched the pocket closed with my sewing machine.

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Inside the bottom left pocket I included a Bingo Place Card from Jenni Bowlin. On the front I typed “Edwards 2011″ and on the back I typed the following:

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And yes, I literally ran it through my typewriter.

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The Bingo Place Card isn’t stitched in but the rest of the embellishments have a line of stitching about 1/8-1/4 inch from the top.

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Since this is Day One I ended up with the 4-pocket page plus a Hambly insert. All other spreads have just one insert in between the pages (as you’ll see below).

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I ran the paper from the Avery 2-inch plastic tab through my typewriter. It’s an old one I picked up at an estate sale – super fun to play with for projects like this.

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For most of the days throughout the month I’ll be adding pattern paper along the bottom in the space designated on the 2011 December Daily Overlay Package. I liked doing that during the month last year rather than in advance. Each of my days from 1 through 25 has a printed piece of cardstock ready to go. I’ll add photos, ephemera and stories directly onto this cardstock throughout the month.

The 2011 December Daily Overlay Package includes 31 individual PNG files (dates and days of the week are customized for 2011), and print-ready PDF files in both black and red. As you can see above I’m using the red file this year. The PDF files include crop marks to show you right where to trim after printing. I printed my pages on Bazzill White 8.5×11 cardstock. These pages are 6 inches x 8.5 inches tall – sized to fit the album included with the kit from Studio Calico. I did a video tutorial on working with these overlays last year – the same steps still apply: Working With The December Daily Printable Overlays

Again, it’s essentially the same format as last year – just a little taller and with the red option included in the package (and the days/dates correct for 2011). My plan is to also use the 6×8.5 December Daily Layered Templates as the companion page to these overlays. This is very similar to what I did last year.

DAY THREE

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Sometimes instead of an actual number I’m showing a certain number of something. In this case, three of the Jenni Bowlin Red Doily Flowers. This tends to be easier to do in the smaller numbers.

DAY FOUR

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Canvas Corp Mini Canvas Star + Tim Holtz Metal Number.

DAY SEVEN

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DAY EIGHT

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I cut out the number 8 star card from the Jenni Bowlin Christmas Accessory Sheet, folded it over and stitched it onto the Hambly transparency.

DAY THIRTEEN

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DAY FOURTEEN

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For Day Fourteen I grabbed a small manila tag, adhered a couple of the Jenni Bowlin Red And Black alphabet stickers and used a Studio Calico Mister Huey (exclusive to the kit) to spray on top. After the ink dried I pull off the number stickers and stitched the tag onto the ribbon/transparency combo.

DAY SIXTEEN

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Canvas Corp Mini Canvas Star + American Crafts Hardcover Silver. I stitched around the edge of this one with red stitching. I also stitched the numbers in place with cream – a little more guarantee that those chipboard letters will stay in place.

DAY EIGHTEEN

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Number tags from Bananafish Studio.

DAY NINETEEN

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DAY TWENTY-ONE

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Red number tags from Every Jot And Tittle. I think I’ve used these circle numbers in almost every one of my December Daily albums. Love that I’ve been able to use them from year to year (different numbers in different years).

DAY TWENTY-THREE

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For this one I punched a 1.5 inch circle from white cardstock.

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I placed the Jenni Bowlin Red And Black alphabet stickers numbers onto the circle.

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Covered it with gesso/white paint. Let dry.

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Peel off the number stickers and cover with Glossy Accents.

DAY TWENTY-FIVE

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Maya Road Trinket Pin Stars (pulled the pin portion off the bottom of the star before placing inside the pocket), Jenni Bowlin Christmas Accessory Sheet, Jenni Bowlin Red Doily Flowers, silver stars from Prima, Authentique Wonder Diction Word Stickers.

SUPPLIES

DECEMBER DAILY KIT | Studio Calico
PRINTABLE OVERLAYS |
Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals 2011 December Daily Printable Overlays
STAMPS |
AE Holiday Boxes, November 2011 Studio AE Technique Tuesday Stamp Set (available November 1)
BINGO PLACE CARD |
Jenni Bowlin Christmas Bingo Place Cards
DIVIDED PAGE PROTECTORS |
We Are Memory Keepers 8.5×11 Page Protectors
CARDSTOCK |
Bazzill Basics White Orange Peel Texture 8.5 x 11
STAR PUNCH |
Fiskars Extra Large Twinkle Twinkle
CANVAS STAR |
Canvas Corp Minis
GOLD STARS |
Gold Foil Star Stickers
INDEX TABS |
Avery 2-inch
TRANSPARENCIES |
Hambly White Lattice, Gold Mini Brocade, Chicken Coop Silver, Chic Green Circles (click here to view a selection of recommendations from Hambly)
LETTER STICKERS |
American Crafts Hardcover Silver
CLEAR STARS |
Maya Road Trinket Pins

DECEMBER DAILY SPONSORSHIPS

A limited number of December Daily business sponsor spots are available for 2011 – both for giveaways and daily sponsorship. Please email me sponsors@aliedwards.com for more information.


TODAY’S POST SPONSORED BY | Elle’s Studio
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Comments

  • 1.
    dawn said…

    DEAR ALI,

    THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL AND MAGICAL!! SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THESE PAGES, MY VERY FAVORITE IS THE PAGE PROTECTORS IN THE FRONT & BACK!!!! I’VE SEEN THOSE CONFETTI WINDOWS AND WAS THINKING OF DOING THEM TOO, LOVE YOUR STARS IN THEM MUCH BETTER!! LOVE YOUR LITTLE SEWN BASKET THING TO HOLD YOUR TRIMS IN, so adorable!! THIS IS MORE STUNNING THEN LAST YEARS I THINK. SO FUN TO SEE ALL YOUR STARS, SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS. GREAT FOUNDATION ALI EVEN WITHOUT THOSE MISSING PIECES YOUR WAITING FOR.

    SOOOOOO EXCITED TO SEE THIS TODAY, WAS REALLY HOPING WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT TILL LATER. I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THIS IS BUT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS TO READ ON YOUR ALBUM.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING AND INSPIRING US!! I WILL BE COMING BACK AT LEAST 10 TIMES TODAY TO LOOK AT THIS AND SMILE TODAY.

    HAVE A GREAT AND FUN HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR FAMILY!!!

    HUGS DAWN

  • 2.
    Melissa said…

    So excited to see yours today Ali! I’m going digital and have my pages here http://www.digitalscrapbookinghq.com/december-daily-foundation-pages/

  • 3.
    Rina Abbott-Jard said…

    Thanks for so much detail, I can appreicate how much time it must take to share. I really enjoy seeing your foundations as you plan them and build them. For me that is often the hardest part, i.e. just getting started. So cool that you have picked stars as a kind of theme!

  • 4.
    Brooke said…

    Stalking your site has paid off. I get to read this little treasure before heading off to bed (am in Australia). One thing I love to see about your DD is your progression over the years. Earlier on there were lots of envelopes and different sized pages but the last couple of years you have it more uniformed. I love it all.

    One question: what are the measurements of the large rectangle on the DD overlays? The one where your words/pic will go (above the patterned paper and the day).

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Brooke – let me add that to my next post – have company here today :) .

  • 5.
    cheryle said…

    Once again you never disappoint. Always get 100′s of ideas from you! Is the album available for purchase by itself? I have a huge drawer of Christmas goodies I need to use, but would love to have this album. Thanks for sharing, c

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi cheryle – the album is not available by itself – it was made exclusively for the kit.

  • 6.
    Susie Leggett said…

    This is stunning. I love your color scheme of calm creams and red, with a little sparkle. I’m loving the size of that AC album, and your designer digitals temlplates, this is going to be magnificent when it’s all put together. Thanks for sharing.

  • 7.
    audra said…

    Ali, it’s BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!

  • 8.
    Deb said…

    Fantastic Ali! This is our first December Daily and are loving your progress posts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 9.
    Cele Schaffer said…

    Oh Ali! This December Daily is going to be beautiful. You always seem to pull all the best stuff together easily. Wish I was better at that. It also looks like it might be easier this year just printing your picture and adding the bottom patterned paper and embellishment to match the colors in the picture or journaling or whatever. I love that this project can be as easy or more involved if you want that. LOVE the binder, but felt the kit was a little out of my range price wise (since I want to buy Project Life as my Christmas present this year). I wish the binder was sold separately (and maybe they will in the future) but this concept can be used with many sizes-another plus. Would also love to see some other choices of your inlays for 4×6 prints for those of us who don’t print our own pictures. Maybe you could start Project Ali in your 6×9 size! LOL-Im sure you had that on your agenda! Thanks again Ali for starting our Holidays out with December Daily excitement.

  • 10.
    Nicole said…

    Super awesome Ali! I’m so anxious to get my goodies in the mail and start making my foundation pages. I’d have to look back at last year, if I remember correctly, but do you think you will be adding a link up so we can share our foundation pages from our individual blogs/Flickr? Thank you (for the millionth time) for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – I’ll definitely be doing that – I’ll add that to my next post (showing the finished foundation pages).

  • 11.
    Elizabeth said…

    I am even more excited to get my SC DD kit. Thank you again for all your enthusiasm and inspiration!

  • 12.
    Kelly Jo said…

    I can’t imagine how long this took you + to document every page. Oh, how i wish we could sit down together and work on our dailies :)

  • 13.
    Beth Fox said…

    Love it all Ali! You are such an inspiration. I am so excited for this project this year. Really liking the canvas stars!

  • 14.
    Jenny A said…

    I am so happy and excited to see this! I can’t wait to get my SC DD kit and play too! I have already picked out the stars in my scrap stash and am so ready to get started on this! Your pages are beautiful!

  • 15.
    jennifer said…

    Just wonderful! Thanks for sharing Ali. I’m really looking forward to getting started. Can I ask — what do you use to cut through the transparent pages? I purchased a few and they seem pretty think. I love the stitching — I really regret not learning to sew!

    • ….
      laura g. said…

      buy yourself a cheap sewing machine or use a friends at first it’s not hard to sew! you will love it!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jennifer – I just lay them on my paper trimmer – works great.

  • 16.
    christen said…

    it’s beautiful! i love this project…thanks for sharing.

  • 17.
    laura g. said…

    hi ali! i remember you did a pocket with gold stars in it a few years ago for CK magazine loved it! also love the idea of the transparency inserts i probably won’t do one between every page but will do a few i still have the red number transparency you gave with a kit when i attended a class in portland at a scrapbooking convention in feb. 2008 will incorporate that! love the DD album you are putting together!

  • 18.
    Jude said…

    Awww! I am so glad I stopped in here today – I was just thinking about December Daily. Can’t wait to start. Thank you for the continued inspiration.

  • 19.
    Tracy-lihanne said…

    I have decided to follow you this year and do my very first DD. I have purchased the SC kit which im soooo excited about. Your foundation pages are wonderful. Im really looking forward to joining in this year x

  • 20.
    Rosa said…

    These pages are inspiring me to do December Daily this year. I had intentions in the past years, but didn’t actually get around to doing it. I had downloaded 2009 December Daily overlays… but never used them. *sigh*. HOpefully this will be the year. Blessings,

  • 21.
    Loydene said…

    I always enjoy the beginning of your annual December Daily posts – watching you create the cover (my favorite is still the acrylic white one — so wish that was available!) and the unveiling of your foundation pages.
    Thanks, again, for the treat!

  • 22.
    Paula G said…

    Hi and Happy Halloween Ali! Thanks for giving us such wonderful directions – I am a “first timer” this year with both One Litte Word and the December Daily – can’t wait til my SC kit arrives and to get your November stamp kit tomorrow at TT! One special plan I have for my DD is to include how my One Little Word, which is soul, is explored and discovered in December! That will be a special page that focuses on me vs the whole family.

    PS – can you give me some hints on where to find the types of page protectors you are using, other than the ones that come in your kit? Thanks so much, I just love you.

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      Ali said…

      Hi Paula – thanks for the comment. The divided page protectors are included in the list of supplies above. I’m using 8.5×11 We Are Memory Keepers divided page protectors – they begin with nine pockets and then I cut them down to 4. Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/uvTGLm

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      Paula G said…

      Thanks again!

  • 23.
    Toni From said…

    Ali,

    Do you have any recommendations for machine sewing onto scrapbook plastics, and other elements? I am not sure what stitch, size, etc… to use and was hoping you could help.

    I love your December Daily pages, I am so inspired to do this for 2011. I have already started putting my album together and am doing something very similar with 8.5*11 size instead ( I will put it all into a red 8.5* 11 We R Memory Keepers album.) Thank you so much for sharing and taking so much time to document each step along the way. I have looked over all of your links from past years and am now beyond super inspired. You are amazing. Thank you again.

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      Ali said…

      Hi Toni – it’s always been a bit of trial and error for me. Here’s a short video I did that shows the process: http://bit.ly/uvTGLm. My suggestion is really to just try it a few times on your machine – since they are all a little different – I just use the same needle as when sewing on other papers.

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      Toni From said…

      Ali,

      The link you sent me was for the we r memory keepers 8.5* 11 plastic page protectors. I was hoping you could send me the link for machine stitching onto paper/plastics.

      thank you

    • ….
      Tere (Marie) said…

      Hi Toni, I was looking for it too …. found it here http://vimeo.com/11285046

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      Miriam said…

      Toni -

      I’m also planning the 8.5×11 format this year (my first). I haven’t decided if I want the transparencies to be narrorwer than my pages (like Ali does here) or more or less equal (like she did for WiTL 2010). Looking forward to seeing other’s foundation pages once the link or Flickr pool is set up.

      So many ideas an inspiration to be found in the archives – now to just make some decisions and get cracking!

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      Toni From said…

      Miriam,
      thank you for posting the sewing link. I will try it with my standard cotton needle first and we will see how it goes. I initially was going to make a 5.5x 11 inch landscape book and was using board for each page, needless to say at 4 inches thick without pictures I am now going to use all of those board book pages for something else, and I am going for an 8.5×11 book. I have decided to use a memory keepers cover so that the album is better protected. The pages are 8.5x 11 in plastic inserts and I think I will make the transparent pages the same size, but now that I saw Ali’s in a smaller size I am debating that too, decisions, decisions. I am hoping to have a day this week where I can just play and see what I come up with. Good luck.

    • ….
      Steph said…

      Here is a tip on sewing onto plastics:

      The regular needles and presser foot are fine for sewing onto most papers and card stock. If not familiar with sewing, once you try to sew onto the transparency sheets or page protectors, it can get a bit tricky, but here is a tip. Buy a rolling presser foot (it has tiny plastic rollers). This is the foot often used for sewing with leathers/faux suede, etc. and it will make your stitches more even and you will experience far less thread snags.

    • ….
      Toni From said…

      Steph-

      Thank you for the suggestion, I was trying to figure out why the thread wouldn’t snag with a regular foot and you answered my question. I will buy a rolling presser foot this weekend while I am out. I have an awesome Joanne’s coupon so I am sure I am get it for a great price. Thanks again!

  • 24.
    Dori said…

    …what everyone else has already said, X 10! : )

  • 25.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Wow, that’s alot of work. Looks beautiful!! Very inspiring. Have a fabulous day.

  • 26.
    Sarah M. said…

    Hi Ali–

    Do you have any digital December Daily kits at Designer Digitals? I’d really like to do mine digitally since I seeing how easy it was to do “A week in the life” digitally.

    Sarah

  • 27.
    Colleen said…

    Wow Ali; these are awesome. I am doing December Daily for the first time this year and am SO looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing yours; it really puts me in the mood to celebrate – and record – Christmas this year! Have a great Halloween and week.

  • 28.
    Tere (Marie) said…

    It’s beautiful ALI!!!

    I’ve ordered the SC DD 2011 kit — is it safe to assume that the supplies you’ve listed outside of the kit are NOT included in the kit?

    Much thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      There are some I’ve listed above – the Jenni Bowlin paper, the Echo Park stickers, the Jenni Bowlin letter stickers, the Jenni Bowlin red doily flowers – those ARE all included.

    • ….
      Tere (Marie) said…

      Thanks Ali.

  • 29.
    moi said…

    Hi Ali,
    Am I allowed to say ,I love you? well, I love you!
    You have changed my scrapbooking life.Everything you do is so classy and timeless.I have learned so much from you and I only started scrapbooking last year after I had my baby.
    Your decdaily pages ROCKS!:):)

  • 30.

    I super excited to order this kit!!

  • 31.
    rhonda said…

    Ali this is already stunning and thank you so much for including links to all the products you are using!

  • 32.
    Ann Marie said…

    Do the page protectors being sold through SC fit into an 8.5 x 11 album or just the special album provided with the SC DD kit?
    It looks like the holes wouldnt match up.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Ann Marie -they do not fit in a 8.5×11 album. These ones have two holes and were made for this album.

    • ….
      Ann Marie said…

      Thank you!!

  • 33.
    Ann-Marie said…

    So excited to see the start of this! I can’t wait to play along! Is it December yet…? ;)

  • 34.
    Karen Imes said…

    ditto…you are awesome….it takes a lot of work to just do the pages…but then you take pictures and explain it! Wonderful! Thank you…..

  • 35.
    Julia said…

    ali… so, so, so excited about this. your december daily is something i now look forward to every year. i tried it out the past 2 years, and i always end up working on the project WELL into the next year… my goal this year is to take your advice and set everything up early. thanks for inspiring!!

  • 36.
    MaryAnn Perry said…

    Hi Ali,

    QUESTIONS!

    I’m so excited to start working on my foundation pages!!! I can’t wait for my studio calico kit to get here!! I’m wondering what I need to get that wasn’t included in the kit….do I need to order additional transparencies? More stars? I’m a little confused on this one? What all do I need in addition that is not included in the kit? I want to make sure that I have everything ready to go!! I have everything from designer digitals….so I’m mainly talking about the paper and embellishment stuff….=) oh…..and I love the way it looks….and I’m hoping with all the preparation this year that I can follow through and have a completed album….last year I was just able to complete a few pages….so I just put them in my project life album….they still looked beautiful…..but this year I want the full shibang!!!!! Thanks for answer the questions!!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mary Ann – it really depends on you and what you might already have on hand at home. If you are wanting to make it similar to me you’ll need 6, 8.5×11 divided page protectors (links above) and 2 additional 12×12 Hambly transparent pages (links above). You’ll need some ribbons and plastic tabs for the edge (you could easily skip that and just add ribbon). Other than that I’ve linked everything else I could above if there were certain little things you wanted to include (some things might not be available anymore since I use things from my stash as well).

    • ….
      jennifer said…

      Mary Ann, I love looking at your PL videos. You photos are so great and your pages just look so pulled together. I’m excited you’ll be participating in DD. Do you think you’ll post your pages to your blog? Thanks!

  • 37.
    celine navarro said…

    I’m getting all excited about this! and your DD album looks FANTASTIC!

  • 38.
    Kate Ware said…

    I know you have company, but just a couple of questions — this will be my first year doing the DD, and I’m so excited!! (No rush, answer when you have time!)

    On the transparencies — are all the ribbons stitched on, or did you use adhesive?

    Where do you journal on your pages — or is your DD mostly photos?

    Ok — that’s it for now . . . have a spooktacular Halloween with your family!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kate – the ribbons are all stitched. As for the journaling – I do quite a bit. Some of it is on the photos and some of it is on the opposite page (some with photos). Take a look at my pages from last year to get a better idea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliedwards/sets/72157624995638595/

  • 39.
    Leah Burgett said…

    Beautiful as always! Love your work. Have a great Halloween!

  • 40.
    Ellen Coker said…

    Thank you for the inspiration! I am anxious to get the binder–as I spent too much time ruminating over that last year. I was inspired with the full page photos all this year–they are just so special.

    In Seattle this past August, I spotted the lovely white circle paper that you used on your cover last year. It was a little delight from a chance stop at an art store. It will add to the fun of incorporating it into December Daily 2011.

    Enjoy the day!

    • ….
      Diana McGraw said…

      Ellen,

      I have been looking for that paper everywhere… may I ask what store you got it at in Seattle?

      Thanks,
      Diana

  • 41.
    Sandi said…

    Your album already looks amazing! I can’t wait to get started!

  • 42.
    Marisol said…

    Hi Ali,
    You stated the overlays would be available in 12×12…any chance you will also provide us with 8.5 x 11? PLEASE! With a cherry on top:)
    I used the ones from last year but am using 8.5 x 11 this year because I need the ‘real estate’…I have 5 kids (yes 5) and I don’t always get them all in one pic and need the space to add more pics.
    Thanks for taking this into consideration.

    • ….
      Raylene said…

      I got the 6.5×8 templates and am going to resize them to 8.5×11. It is pretty easy to do in your photoshop elements or photoshop. I’m doing my project digitally. (I had 62 pages last year and just couldn’t see printing them all out at home! Too much paper & ink use!) I chose a red/white striped background paper and mounted my daily page in the center, then uploaded all my pages to my publishing site. Turned out wonderfully! Red linen hardcover! My plan again this year.

    • ….
      Marisol said…

      It sounds like a beautiful album.
      I don’t have photoshop…sorry I didn’t make that clear in my first post. I used the PDF file Ali created last year and was hoping she would offer the overlay in 8.5 x 11.
      I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed;)

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      Ali said…

      Thanks for asking Marisol – I’m not sure I’ll have the time to do that but I can add it to my list.

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      Toni From said…

      Marisol,

      I came up with my own 8.5*11 inch page for december daily. It is not exactly the same as Ali’s (she is too good to copy,) but I like it and I made it just by tweaking around with textbox sizes using microsoft word for mac. You are welcome to use it if you would like.
      Just send me your e-mail and I will attach it for you. My e-mail is washingtontransplant@gmail.com

  • 43.
    Jacque said…

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful December Daily 2011. I love what you have shown us so far and I love, love, love your November Studdio AE stamps. They and you are an inspiration!!

  • 44.
    Jen D said…

    So excited to see your foundation- it’s like Christmas morning for me :) always gives me the inspiration I need to start my own. This one did not dissapoint- just gorgeous! Thanks!

  • 45.
    Suz said…

    I’ve begun gathering my goodies so that they are ready to go when my DD ships to me. TFS Ali! Tis my favorite season to scrap! :)

  • 46.
    kelly said…

    it looks great, ali. i am just at the point of gathering supplies…picked up an american crafts 8×8 album today. thanks so much for inspiring me every year. this will be year six and i cannot wait to unpack my albums from past years so i can look at them again.

  • 47.
    Veronika Mayer said…

    Hi,
    it is great, fabolous and fantastic again. You have allways super idea. This is why i love to read your post. Thanks for sharing your idea! best regards, Veronika

  • 48.
    Amy Albert said…

    Its a beautiful DD and its not even full yet! I do have a couple of questions for you: How are you attaching the ribbons to the transparent designs? Also on the transparent designs are you also sewing the edge on left closer to the binder side? Is that to protect the transparent designs paper edges? Thank you!! Happy Halloween!

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      Ali said…

      Hi Amy – all the ribbons are stitched on to the transparencies. I didn’t sew any other edges.

  • 49.
    Annette said…

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you stretched those overlays. Last year was my first time using them and it got expensive. So thrilled to see how you used them smaller but still made them special. Thanks for all your inspiration. I’m going to beg for that sewing machine for Christmas!

  • 50.
    lee said…

    How exciting to see the foundations of your December Daily album! Everything looks lovely and creative!

    I’ve been trying to decide what kind of album I wanted to plan…and then, on Saturday, I found a delightful cookbook kit that can be easily modified into a scrapbook. Can’t wait to begin playing with it.

    Happy Halloween! =)

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