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November 4, 2011

December Daily 2011 | The Foundation Pages, Part Two

Today I’m sharing my second set of December Daily pages for 2011.

You can view my first set here (I highly recommend reading that post before you start on this one).

I added a link widget to the bottom of this post for you to share a link to your foundation pages. I can’t wait to start seeing them come together!

You can view all my images so far (shown in the image above) on Flickr.

And just a reminder, to me this album really comes alive in December when the words and the photos are added (and a few more decorations and bits of life). I can’t wait for the opportunity to savor the days of December and document those stories again.



December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

The awesome letterpress number coasters arrived. I’ve been looking forward to playing with these numbers in my album. These are included with the Studio Calico kit. After finishing my foundation pages I’ve got three numbers left over that I’ll work into my pages during December.

I used my sewing machine to stitch the coaster right on top of the Hambly transparency + ribbon combination.

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

On the page opposite the Day Two page (I look at them as a spread) I added one of the cool calendar pages that’s also included with the kit. These are thick chipboard pages with a place for notes along the bottom. For this one I trimmed off the notes section and used Hero Arts alpha stamps and Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup ink to add the numbers.

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

I’m thinking I might just keep that “loose” within the page protector and be able to pull it out and add to it throughout the month. I used a sentiment from my Studio AE November 2011 stamp set along the top (this is the same one I used on the outside of my album cover).


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

Five little glittered stars in one pocket (those were from Prima) + a number five coaster.

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

To trim the 5 I just laid it on my paper trimmer and cut back and forth a few times.

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

American Crafts letter stickers (included in kit) stitched to keep them in place.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

Coaster stitched in place.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

Coasters. Cut each one to fit inside the page protector.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

American Crafts letter stickers (included in kit) stitched to keep them in place.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

For this one I punched a circle from one of the chipboard calendars, added a chipboard accent (#12) from the Echo Park chipboard set, stamped using the Hero Arts alpha stamps, and stitched in place.

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

I did have to punch it twice to get it to go all the way through.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages


Buttons, stars, a manila tag, American Crafts letter stickers, Evalicious vintage Christmas buttons. I did a bit of stitching on the manila tag around the 15.



December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

American Crafts letter stickers + a coaster.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

Number button from Ormlou + a few glitter stars. Looking forward to adding more to these pockets when the day comes around.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

American Crafts Hardcover Silver letter stickers.


December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages

American Crafts letter stickers + a coaster.


  • Hambly has added a page to their site with a selection of transparencies that are great for December Daily.
  • PRINTING | I received this message from Stephanie Beeson Bryan via Facebook: Hey Ali! I just wanted to let you know that I contacted Persnickity Prints today about printing your 6×8.5 layered templates for this years DD. They said the print could be uploaded to an 8×10 canvas so it wouldn’t try to make you crop the image and that they would even trim to size too. Wow! Thought maybe some of your other followers who are using a print service might find this helpful!! I know I will definitely be using them!!!
  • 12×12 layered templates and 8.5×11 overlays should be available next week at Designer Digitals (not this weekend). I’m hoping to wrap them up this weekend.


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  • 1.
    Brooke said…

    - Page 15 is my absolute favourite.
    - Spelling out the days, “eleven” looks good.
    - A good quality hand punch (have added that to my wishlist)
    - The calendar. I’ve used one in the past and I find it a big help when looking back over the whole month.
    - Cough syrup as a product name.
    - $10 international shipping through Persnickety Prints (bookmarked!).

    I feel like I cheated when I saw your images on Flickr earlier today.

    Hurry up December!

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    love love this Ali, all those stars are soooo pretty. I was happy to see your buttons since that’s what I was going to do on mine.

    had to look thru this quickly as the kids are awake now and we have to get ready for school. Coming back to look later.

    love love this!!

  • 3.
    Jen said…

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!! you are an inspiration to so many people, and i look forward to visiting your site EVERY DAY. one of the first sites i check each morning. the dd pages are beautiful, as usual and i can’t wait until my kit comes in the mail so i can start.

  • 4.
    Alice Golden said…

    Beautiful pages – I know what you mean about waiting for them to come alive once you add the photos.

    I also wanted to put in a plug for Persnickety Prints… I used them for the first time to print my Week in the Life photos and thought they did an amazing job. I also love the fact that they are waterproof and archival. Will definitely be using them again!

  • 5.
    dnobles said…

    For those of us who only wanted the album…here is one option…Office Max has a chipboard binder 8.5×11 with 3″ d rings that can be ordered for under $10,,,shipping is the killer…order $50 worth and ship to store is free. Find some friends!

    And Ali is doing a 8.5×11 version of the overlays!!! This way we can use our stash and still follow along.
    Love the options available for this project.

    • ….
      Kyetra Belton said…

      Thank you so much for posting about those binders!! I don’t think that I will be using them for DD but I can’t wait to use them for all kinds of other projects!

    • ….
      Lynn Wigren said…

      Where does Ali say that she’s doing the DD pages in 8 1/2 x 11? The last I saw she said she wasn’t sure if she’d have time to do that.

    • ….
      Siri said…

      I´ve been looking fo an album as well, and I found one from We R Memory Keepers – it is 5,5×8,5. I´m getting the black one and I´ll be bringing out the gesso and embossing powders to transform it!

  • 6.
    Annette said…

    Love those letterpress coasters! And you did an amazing job using them. I like how your cover introduces that theme as well. I can’t wait for the November DD set to arrive so I can get to work on my pages!

  • 7.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Amazing job as usual Ali. I got mine put together yesterday and I’m looking forward to doing the embellishments this weekend. I used Persnickety last year and they did a great job.

  • 8.
    Janie said…

    Your work is amazing…can’t wait to watch it get all filled up and transformed into magic!

  • 9.
    Nicole said…

    I really love all the little bits you’ve put in the baseball card page protectors. And the red ink on white + kraft calendar page. And how amazing Persnickety Prints is. Triple wow this morning.

    Thanks for sharing Ali!! I’m hoping to share my foundation pages next week.

  • 10.
    Debbie S. said…

    Looks great…I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to get my SC kit and get started! Happy B-day, Ali! :) Hope it’s a great day.

  • 11.
    jennifer said…

    Ali, just awesome! Can’t wait for my kit to arrive.

    So if we use Persnickety will there be a way to tell them that the prints are for DD (i.e., no cropping and trim). I’ve used (and been very happy w/ but welcome the idea of simplifying my printing process if Persnickety is providing this service. How great is that!

    • ….
      Stephanie said…

      Hey Jennifer….They said just to leave a comment in the notes section asking them to trim the image and that they would do it!

    • ….
      jennifer said…

      Thanks Stephanie! I just checked out their site to have some PL pictures printed. They already added a size to their drop down menu “Ali Edwards’ Daily December”. So great!!!

  • 12.
    audra said…

    Sounds like today is your B’day…Happy Birthday Ali! I love your DD pages. I have a Christmas related question. My oldest is 13 and youngest is 9. Every year I have sent a “photo Xmas card” to family & friends. So after this holiday I will have 13 of these. (Just lookinng to use the actual photos themselves) They are so great to look back on! (Some are in color some are black & white some indoors, outdoors etc.) I”m looking for a CREATIVE way to display these during the holiday season, other then a gallery frame/s. Do you have any thoughts? I’d love any suggestions you might have! Thanks!

  • 13.
    christen said…

    i love what you’ve done so far! i love this project…

    will there be a flickr group this year so that we can see what others are doing? that is one of my favorite things!!

  • 14.
    Julia said…

    i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how your pages are coming together… those number coasters are flippin amazing! can’t wait to see it all come together in december! thanks for sharing with us!

  • 15.
    Suz said…

    Looks fabulous Ali! Can’t wait to get started. Happy the weekend is approaching and I might steal a few minutes to prep for my DD.
    Was wondering, what size needle and thread did you use for sewing through the thick coasters? I definitely don’t want to ruin the coasters by not sewing properly because I have the wrong thread, tension, or needle! I would think one would need a heavy duty needle and thread? Please advise.TIA. and…HAPPPPYYYYYYYY BIRTHDAYYYYYY TOOOOO YOUUUUUUU! :) :) :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Suz – you know what? I have no idea. I just used whatever was in there – it’s not a heavy duty needle. It’s the same one I used to stitch on the page protectors. I highly recommend a couple practice rounds on a some spare pieces of transpareny/thicker chipboard before diving in. I did have to push them through a bit – get a little aggressive – but not too much.

    • ….
      Suz said…

      Thanks Ali!! :) Have a beautiful birthday!

    • ….
      Jill said…

      Hey Ali and Suz – I was going to ask the same question at Suz. Ali, I have the same sewing machine that you’re using and I find it *so* hard to stitch on plastic and anything thicker than cardstock. I’m quite sure that there are instances when I’ve messed up the timing on my machine stitching on heavier things, but I’m too scared/cheap to take it in for tune-up ;) I just let it “rest” for a while, then stitch on some fabric and start using it again. Such an amateur thing to do, I’m sure!

      Ali, do you go really slow when you stitch on these materials? I’ve wondered if that would help me. I also try to hold the tail threads taught in front of the machine as I start stitching. seems to help with the thread bunching up on the underside.

      Honestly, I don’t know how the woman who recommended this machine is able to sew all those layers in her books! I’ve watched her class promo video a few times, and I’m in awe – she’s got the magic touch, I guess :)

      LOVE those coasters (they’re available on etsy, just FYI ;)

    • .
      Ali said…

      I don’t go really slow – in fact I go fast. Actually I start slow – holding both threads behind the foot like Mom taught me – and then go for it, often helping it along by pushing a bit. My settings right now are 6, 5, 3 (from top left circle to the right and then “3″ is the grey one behind the blue stitch choice). I’m all about amateur sewing!

  • 16.
    borcherding said…

    freakin’ AWESOME!! Agree with a previous poster..I really LOVE #15 but they ALL are amazing!! :-)

  • 17.
    Shari said…

    Ali your creations always amaze me from choosing the papers, to embellishments and most of all the writing. Thanks for sharing with us and I’m off to see how to write on photos!

  • 18.
    theresa said…

    Thanks Ali!…..cant wait for my kit. Happy Birthday.

  • 19.
    J Allen said…

    Hey Ali, Happy Birthday! Don’t know how I’ve missed knowing you share a birthday with my Daddy?!?! I hope you have a GREAT day! My sweet Daddy would have been 85 (passed away almost 4 years ago).

    True confessions: I finished my foundation pages, took all the notes, collected all the bits, took the pictures and never put my 2010 DD together! Shock…..gasp!!!! To excuse myself I did have an eight month with the flu, I made sock monkeys, snow globes with my eight year old………I’m sure I could think of more :) I’m going to do my best to get 2010 DD album together before December 2011!!!!!! Thanks for inspiring me!!!

  • 20.
    madeline St onge said…

    Happy Birthday Ali. I hope your day is wonderful

  • 21.
    Sylvia said…

    Happy, happy wonderful birthday, Ali!!!!

  • 22.
    Melanie said…

    So conflicted. Digital or paper? Digital or paper? Last year, I successfully prepped my pages (digital) and completed a 6×6 book by printing my pages every couple of days. It was mostly journaling though with some pictures sprinkled throughout – it could have gone either way.

    Argh. Guess that’s why we start now … so I have time to decide ;-)

  • 23.
    effie said…

    Have been thinking about ways to mash up DD and my Project Life album and I think this post has given me at least the beginnings of an idea … use the smaller journaling spaces and make little days of the month cards to put in them counting down the month. Add a picture, a little journaling here and there and PRESTO! YAY for number inspiration :)

  • 24.
    Kimmie said…

    Beautiful stuff, Ali! Thank you so much, Ali!! :)

  • 25.
    Deanna said…

    So inspiring!!

    Do you (or does anyone) have a suggestion for a calendar page or printable for a 5×7 size? I’m using chipboard covers/bookrings for my album so I don’t have the kit but I love the idea of having the month at a glance in the book!

    • ….
      Mallory said…

      Hi Deanna! My album is also made of chipboard and rings, but it’s 6×8. I didn’t purchase the kit either because I have so much Christmas stuff, I wanted to challenge myself to use what I have. Perhaps you could use the calendars that come in the Junkitz calendar kitz. It’s 6×6, but you could always trim the month off to make it work for you.

  • 26.
    Jeanye Labaya said…

    Thank you so much Ali! Love that Hambly has the overlays available directly on their site for us. I wanted those so bad and was sad when they were sold out at
    I haven’t started my foundation building yet. Just gathering supplies but, it is already so much fun!

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Hambley is a great company with great customer service. Shipping is reasonable and very speedy if you live on the West Coast.

  • 27.
    Tamikko Gordin said…

    That is exactly what I envisioned for a christmas book. I love the different ribbon used, the sparkle and the Hambly transparents and just amazing! I am so craving this, it makes me sad but I can’t get to my scrapbook boxes. I’ve had all my stuff packed away since after last Christmas, for we’ve been doing reno’s for almost a year. I plan on doing a book like yours in the summer. That really is the most realistic time that I may have my desk and stuff back. I miss scrapbooking and it’s worse at Christmas. I really love all the pictures you put up. You have just the right amount of textures, patterns and sparkles to make me really feel christmassy :)

  • 28.
    Mindy said…

    I am so excited to see these posted today!! LOVE them! What an awesome birthday present for me to see these- looks like we share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to you, too!!

  • 29.
    Michelle M said…

    It looks like it is your birthday, so Happy Birthday! I love your DD again this year! This is my 2nd time doing it and I am getting excited to start putting it together this weekend! Thank you for all your inspiration!!

  • 30.
    Marisol said…

    Happy Birthday!
    Thank you so much for creating the 8.5 x 11 overlays!

  • 31.
    MaryAnn Perry said…

    Love the pages….I’m getting really excited for my studio calico kit to arrive!!! I’m conflicted about getting the stamps….I want to but being my ocd/perfectionist self one thing that I have learned about myself is that I am just not good with the messy stuff if I can’t get if perfect…..

    so do i take the chance and spend the money hope I get it right and don’t mess it up or try to figure out another way to make it work…..see i’m conflicted i love the calendar and your technique tuesday stamps…


    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love the idea of you getting a small set of alpha/number stamps :) . You can do it MaryAnn…and those would be great in PL too.

  • 32.
    Kim in Vacaville said…

    This is probably a crazy question but when you sew the page protectors or items onto the transparencies do you back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitch? I’s just wondering if you worry about the stitching coming undone.
    Love your album.

  • 33.
    amy w said…

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. I did DD in 2009 and it’s my son’s favorite album. I think I’ll do it again this year because the ’09 album is so cool. Wishing you only the best throughout your new year-happy birthday!

  • 34.
    rhonda said…

    Happy Birthday Ali! I have a question on Dec. 24 is the Merry Christmas ribbon or paper and did you make it? I am loving your pages and my album is slowly coming together but I love the creative process of this project!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Rhonda – I didn’t and I can’t remember where it came from originally.

  • 35.
    Amy lynne Smith said…

    I agree with some of the others…..15 is my favorite! May have to scraplift! Love the stitching…..thanks for sharing your pages!

  • 36.
    Christine said…

    Sending birthday wishes to you from WA state. Hope your day is grand :) !

  • 37.
    Deb P said…

    Looking over your photos makes me want to get mine started!! Thanks!

  • 38.
    bethlo. said…

    Hi Ali-happy birthday!! Always great to have a weekend b-day. I’m working on printing out the overlays for this year and noticed there isn’t a title page like last year. If I remember correctly, you made that available later, but was wondering if you think you’ll have one again this year. The title page is so simple but sophisticated. I’m looking at my 2010 book right now (b/c I STILL have ONE more page to
    finish!) and I love it.
    As always, I’m so grateful that you share this project with us. It’s always my favorite project of the year.

  • 39.
    Brooke M said…

    As always I am amazed by your creations. I can’t wait for my Studio Calico stuff to get here. I got a notice it was shipped and should be to me on Monday! So next week will be fun putting my album together. :)

  • 40.
    dawn said…

    Have been babysitting all day and couldn’t get a good look again but noticed your birthday wishes in the comments. I thought it was on Monday.


    Off to our last soccer practice of the season before the big games this weekend. So I am hoping to come and really see these pages tonight or tomorrow. I’m so excited and it’s driving me crazy not looking yet.


  • 41.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    Happy Birthday, Ali! Sorry to bother you on your birthday about this – are there 8 1/2 x 11 DD overlays? I just ordered the 6.5 x 8 and printed it out hoping to find a way to get rid/cover the hash mark for cutting. I’m doing 8 1/2 x 11 and would order that size but I didn’t see those available on Designer Digitals and I just ordered today. If I could find 6.5 x 8 page protectors I would do that but its my understanding that those only come with the kit.

    • ….
      Marisol said…

      In today’s post you’ll see that Ali mentions she is making the overlays available in 8.5 x 11 and they should be ready next weekend. I too am making my album in this size and was happy Ali is taking the time to make the overlays in that size.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – I had a few requests this past week so I’m working on them this weekend.

  • 42.
    Shawna said…

    So I took the plunge today and ordered my DD kit! I am sooooo super excited to get it!!! Can’t wait!
    I am worried, though, that I won’t be ready 12/01 or that I will not be able to keep up! I did the DD last year (my 1st time) and LOVED doing it. This year is my 1st semester in grad school (EEK!!!) and I am just worried about finding the time.
    One thing I do know is that your work is soooo amazing & inspiring to me that hopefully that’s all I need to get my DD ready!
    Thank you for all that you do!
    …and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! xoxo

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can do it! Keep it simple and do-able for your schedule.

  • 43.
    Jessica S. said…

    Ali, I love your book. I ordered the kit from CS.and waiting for it to come in.I don’t sew, and am afraid my pages will look blah.
    Happy Birthday! Jessica

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Jessica – I think you’ll be just fine! Have you ever attempted hand-stitching? That might be something to try this time. My other go-to is staples – they would work well with these products too.

  • 44.
    Amy said…

    Love this kit but so sad to see you had to be a subscriber of Studio Calico to get it.

    • ….
      Christine said…

      I’m not a subscriber but I was able to obtain a kit.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Amy – you didn’t have to be a subscriber to order a kit. They went on sale on October 28th and just sold out today.

  • 45.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    Happy birthday! I love all the pages, my kit is due to arrive Monday! I can’t wait to get started

  • 46.
    Amy B said…

    I’m so disappointed that the DD kit from Studio Calico is sold out already. I hope they restock, or I will be one sad lady :(

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Amy B – I’m sorry you missed it – it went on sale on October 28th and just sold out today. I don’t think they will be re-stocking but it never hurts to send them an email.

  • 47.
    Karen H said…

    I am a little new to this, does anyone know where you can get the 6×8.5 page protectors? The studio calico kit looks like it is sold out. I really just need the page protectors.

    • ….
      Karen H said…

      Oh, I found them by themselves on Studio Calico, nevermind :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Cool Karen – glad you were able to locate them!

  • 48.
    Angie Ulseth said…

    Last year I made my pages and then real life happened and I didn’t get a chance to put it together. This year I plan to use the pages I made last year. I’m so excited to feel ahead of the game this year!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us, Ali!

  • 49.
    Kathy said…

    Just went to the website and the December Daily kit has sold out. Is there any chance they will make more and can we order one? I should have ordered one a couple of days ago but didn’t. Kathy (Australia)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kathy – sorry you missed the kit. I don’t think they will be re-ordering but you could always email and ask ;) .

    • ….
      Karin Podolski said…

      BOO…I hope they get more in stock:).

  • 50.
    Kathy said…

    Ali, I think your December Daily kit is a bit like Project 365 for Becky back in 2009. I think you should look at (in the future) producing a WITL and DD kit because after all you own these two projects. I know you like to do a new style each year for both and we love that about you but if you are doing all the work, you should reap the benefits. DD all sold out now.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the feedback Kathy – appreciate the input and will think about that for the future.

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