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December Daily™ 2011 | Day One

And here we go!

Yesterday I posted a message on my Facebook page about coming downstairs at 6am and finding that Simon had already been up, opened Day One on his Lego Advent Calendar and had then gone back to bed. My friend Jenni posted something about his "contagious joy" and I loved that sentiment. It was the launching point for my first page.

Here's a look at my process:

I knew that I wanted the focus to be on the words. I grabbed a couple sets of American Crafts letter stickers (silver foil and silver elf) and adhered them on my foundation page.

Then I stitched right through those letter stickers with my sewing machine.

Instead of just stitching on the words I decided to go all the way across the page to create lines for additional journaling.

At this point I knew I was going to write the story of Simon getting up in the night at the bottom but wasn't totally sure I was going to add the other "reason why" sentiments.

I went with adding more reason why sentiments above above and below the stitched line.

Here's a look at the full page:

Can't wait to see what you guys decided to document for your Day One.

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  1. Beke says…
    12/02/2011

    yay, your day one!! Its the one thing I hate...is I have to wait the next day, as I am in Australia. But I am so happy to see your day one, Its fantastic, as usual. Cant wait to see the next and the next and the next :)

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    1. Beke says…
      12/02/2011

      lol! i have a confession, yesterday i was so UNMOTIVATED (stressfull emotional day) that i didnt do it, and now I see Ali's, i want to copy :P

    2. Jamie says…
      12/02/2011

      You're not alone! I'm in Japan so know the feeling of living "in the future."

    3. Melissa says…
      12/02/2011

      Oh me too! I've almost done Day 2 and I actually like it as I feel like I have an extra day to get it done before Ali puts hers up! :)

  2. Vicki Y-B says…
    12/02/2011

    your page is really pretty, i love the silver lettering!! xx

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  3. dawn says…
    12/02/2011

    great first day Ali, my guess is that Simon is as excited as you are this season. great title for the page.

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  4. Melissa says…
    12/02/2011

    Love that Ali - I will have to document my little girl running to the door to show visitors our tree! :)

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  5. Flavia says…
    12/02/2011

    Dear Ali, your first page is super sweet! A question, the last image is a photo or a scan? thanks, flavia

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    1. Flavia says…
      12/02/2011

      Thanks Ali! Your DD is becoming more and more beautiful! and you are just in the first day!
      XXX

    2. Ali says…
      12/02/2011

      Hi Flavia - that last one is a scan.

  6. Crystal says…
    12/02/2011

    Thank you for the inspiration! I was so busy cleaning my house and pulling out decorations that I didn't have any photos but a couple I took on my iPhone. Love that the focus is on the words!

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  7. susan w says…
    12/02/2011

    Awesome! Love the focus on the words.

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  8. Debbi G. says…
    12/02/2011

    Love that Day 1 is all words!! Love the silver letters! An amazing start to what I am sure is going to be an amazing album :)

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  9. Janet White says…
    12/02/2011

    What a fabulous page - while I'm not attempting to do a December Daily album this year I LOVE starting my day with your posts and those that link to it. Contagious Joy really does sum it up. Thanks for all you do!

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  10. Suzanne says…
    12/02/2011

    Your page is absolutely amazing I can really see why you inspire all us scrappers. Thank you for providing us inspiration and the importance of memory recording.

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  11. Tracy says…
    12/02/2011

    Beautiful and i love the stitching!

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  12. Melanie says…
    12/02/2011

    Love, love, love!

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  13. Tammy Davis says…
    12/02/2011

    This page is perfect! I can't think of a better way for you to start your book!

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  14. Karen Anderson says…
    12/02/2011

    I love that there is no photo for the day, I'm sure I'll use this idea in my album this year!

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  15. Suzie Perrie says…
    12/02/2011

    Joy is totally contagious! I am trying to instill my love of Christmas in my son too. :)

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  16. Monica says…
    12/02/2011

    Question...do you have to set your sewing machine to a special setting in order to stitch across the chipboard letters?

    Beautiful first page!

    Thanks!

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  17. Pat Rex says…
    12/02/2011

    Ali, decided just yesterday to do the December Daily project. I have simplified it down to 6x12 pages, one for each day, and I will be adding it into my project life book. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Janelle says…
    12/02/2011

    How sweet! I thought my first page would be a struggle, but on Nov. 29, my daughter asked why the "Elf on the Shelf" hadn't returned yet. Some of her friends had written to Santa, and theirs came. The next day she wrote to Santa, and her elf came on Dec.1, a very joy filled day.

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    1. Mallory says…
      12/02/2011

      What a sweet idea! I want to get the elf on the shelf next year when my son will be 2. :)

    2. Ruth says…
      12/02/2011

      I'm expecting our elf to arrive here in London any time now ...

  19. Mallory says…
    12/02/2011

    Happy day one Ali! I really enjoyed myself yesterday and am looking forward to continuing. I just love the sewing on your page. I really want to give that a try next year. It's one of my goals for 2012. I've been scrapbooking for 12 years, and I've never tried sewing.

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  20. Miriam says…
    12/02/2011

    Love this! I knew I wanted to do one day about the choice to do a December Daily for the first time, and I love the repeated reason why statements.

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  21. Brooke M says…
    12/02/2011

    Beautiful Day 1 page!

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  22. candice says…
    12/02/2011

    love your dec daily. do you know if you can still buy the american crafts chipboard album that you're using for this project? i cannot seem to locate it on any sites as well as the clear protective pages.

    thank you for inspiring and sharing.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/02/2011

      Hi Candice - thanks for asking. The album and page protectors were exclusive to the kit at Studio Calico by American Crafts. Hoping they will be generally available sometime in the future.

  23. Jessica Barnes says…
    12/02/2011

    So excited it is DAY ONE!

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  24. Cynthia says…
    12/02/2011

    Ali, you are such an inspiration! This is a page I would love to actually scraplift (which is unusual for me since I like to create my own unique projects), except I'd write in my own reasons and story, obviously. I love love love the stitching! Totally doing this today! This is my fourth year of December Daily with you. Thank you!

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  25. Cecilia Madden says…
    12/02/2011

    Simply adorable.

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