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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You're invited to include a link to your DAY ONE page here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link.

66 thoughts

  1. Amy

    2011-12-02 14:37:03 -0500


  2. Jenni Hufford

    2011-12-02 14:45:10 -0500

    LOVE love love this. tell simon his joy shines!!! xoxox

  3. Erin

    2011-12-02 15:29:36 -0500

    I love your first day. It seems like you still are getting a lot of questions about the album. We R Memory Keepers makes a ring binder that is 5.5"x8.5" and page protectors that size as well. The album is faux leather and comes in black, buttercup, kiwi, and real red. I don't think the rings are 3" thick, but rather their normal size. It would probably work. This is what I am using and thought some others may be interested also.
    Thanks for the inspiration. I love this project. Thank you for introducing it to me.

  4. Jen Moneagle

    2011-12-02 15:34:42 -0500

    Love that it is time for December Daily! Can you share how you set up your sewing machine to stitch over the letters without breaking a needle?

  5. Kristen

    2011-12-02 16:35:54 -0500

    I love it Ali! Any plans to incorporate the packaging from the Advent calendars into your December Daily this year Ali?

  6. Brooke

    2011-12-02 17:29:27 -0500

    Lovely Ali. A good reminder that photos aren't essential, the memories and meaning are all there. I'm also really interested in how you usually create some journaling lines out of all kinds of things.

  7. JLJ Designs (Jen)

    2011-12-02 17:30:00 -0500

    Fantastic album page! I love the sewing. I went digital with my album.


  8. Karen Heisler

    2011-12-02 18:17:36 -0500

    Love the chipboard letters, the sewing, and the journaling. Haven't gotten my Day 1 finished yet, but still working on it!

  9. Cindy

    2011-12-02 19:27:37 -0500

    What a great start.......I just love this story!

  10. Susan

    2011-12-02 19:40:25 -0500

    oh wow! awesome and inspiring. i didn't expect anything less.

  11. Melanie Kiser

    2011-12-02 20:58:14 -0500

    I just want to thank you for mentioning the Lego advent calendars ... I got our first back in October, barely remembered to get it out! My middle boy goes to open that days as soon as he gets home (mornings are too crazy with three boys to add any more chaos!) So thank you for the idea ... I always wanted advent calendars and the last two years have flopped (activities). This seems to be going well!

  12. Joyce Doenges

    2011-12-02 21:23:56 -0500

    Love the idea of “contagious joy!” Perhaps that is what keeps me hankering for the holidays throughout the year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Katie Scott

    2011-12-02 21:31:54 -0500

    Love your page & the stitching - my sewing machine is on the fritz and I am so missing it right now!

  14. Annette

    2011-12-02 21:50:07 -0500

    This is the reason we all love you so much! Your page rocks! Yet again you show us how to brilliantly tie it all together--it looks great, the stitching for the journaling lines is just awesome, then with the heartfelt journaling. Love it. Love that it really shows why you continue to do this after 5 or 6 years. I lurked for a while, then did one last year and loved it. Am in process but probably won't get around to posting much unless I get time. Thanks for all you do! And Simon is awesome too!

  15. susan weinroth

    2011-12-02 22:21:00 -0500

    love love LOVE all the stitching. :)

  16. Michelle

    2011-12-02 22:43:56 -0500

    What font did you use on the new 6 x 8.5 pages from Designer Digitals?

  17. Sheri

    2011-12-03 01:04:01 -0500

    Hi Ali
    Love this.
    I bought a Studio Calico kit but I am unsure of where I can read the messages you are posting on their website about Dec Daily. Thanks

  18. Leslie Kiley

    2011-12-03 06:03:12 -0500

    Thank you for this wonderful inspiration!

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  20. kelly

    2011-12-03 11:35:13 -0500

    i 'heart' your reasons why.

  21. Stacey

    2011-12-03 18:24:48 -0500

    life is a little crazier this year and I don't think I'll be able to keep up with PL & DD. I hope nobody minds if I post my links from last year so I can play along :-)

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    2011-12-06 22:30:49 -0500

    Love your page. Trying to get caught up today. Here is my page for Day 1:

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