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December 2, 2011

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.


  • 1.
    Beke said…

    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 :)

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      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! :)

    • ….
      Jamie said…

      You’re not alone! I’m in Japan so know the feeling of living “in the future.”

    • ….
      Beke said…

      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.
    Vicki Y-B said…

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

  • 3.
    dawn said…

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

  • 4.
    Melissa said…

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

  • 5.
    Flavia said…

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

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Flavia – that last one is a scan.

    • ….
      Flavia said…

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

  • 6.
    Crystal said…

    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!

  • 7.
    susan w said…

    Awesome! Love the focus on the words.

  • 8.
    Debbi G. said…

    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 :)

  • 9.
    Janet White said…

    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!

  • 10.
    Suzanne said…

    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.

  • 11.
    Tracy said…

    Beautiful and i love the stitching!

  • 12.
    Melanie said…

    Love, love, love!

  • 13.
    Tammy Davis said…

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

  • 14.
    Karen Anderson said…

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

  • 15.
    Suzie Perrie said…

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

  • 16.
    Monica said…

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

    Beautiful first page!


  • 17.
    Pat Rex said…

    Ali, decided just yesterday to do the December Daily project. I have simplified it down to 6×12 pages, one for each day, and I will be adding it into my project life book. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 18.
    Janelle said…

    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.

    • ….
      Mallory said…

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

    • ….
      Ruth said…

      I’m expecting our elf to arrive here in London any time now …

  • 19.
    Mallory said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Miriam said…

    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.

  • 21.
    Brooke M said…

    Beautiful Day 1 page!

  • 22.
    candice said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      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 said…

    So excited it is DAY ONE!

  • 24.
    Cynthia said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Cecilia Madden said…

    Simply adorable.

  • 26.
    Julie Williams said…

    The first page is awesome! I just had a quick question-I am looking at purchasing an instax camera. Which model do you recommend because I think I have seen you reference a couple different models. I love the look of the pictures in your albums.

  • 27.
    Kathy said…

    This is my first year seeing your December Daily series. Its 7am California time and the Studio Calico kit is already sold out! Your handwriting and photography really make the page yours! I guess I’ll go have fun looking at everyone’s links to see how they used your Day One for inspiration.

  • 28.
    Sandi said…

    You are not the only one whose child was excited about the first day of December!! My son got up at 4:00 a.m. to welcome back our Elf on the Shelf and to open his Star Wars advent calender (box 1).


  • 29.
    Carrie C said…

    Love love love this. :)

  • 30.
    Nathalie Hardy said…

    cool idea to do the stitching for journaling lines. Can’t wait to check out everyone’s pages – the community created here is one of my favorite things. It’s like my holiday bff’s :) It’s part of that contageous joy! Merry Everything to all of you!

  • 31.
    Vera said…

    Fun page!

  • 32.
    rhonda said…

    Wow Ali loved all the lettering and writing on this page and it helped me get over the fear of not putting a picture on every page! Also I would like to know what type of pen did you use for the handwriting?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Rhonda – yesterday I just used a UniBall Vision Elite pen. It’s my favorite “regular” writing pen.

  • 33.
    Ursula said…

    love the fontwork!

  • 34.
    Kathy said…

    Oops, after going through all the links above I realized you posted the supply list back in October! So I’ve figured out how to use the overlay template from a video in your blog which I’ve bookmarked (other newbies might appreciate getting the link in your next post). But I can’t figure out where to buy the plastic sleeves you put your overlay in. It sounds like the binder size is sold out but I’m thinking of just creating my pages and assume at some point that size will be back in stock next year. Does anyone know where to buy the plastic pages to hold your templates pages in?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kathy – glad you were able to find the video and thanks for the suggestions. The sleeves were also an exclusive to the kit as they were designed specifically for the album. Some people are finding page protectors that are 5.5x 8.5 at office supply stores and using those instead.

    • ….
      Tammy B said…

      Avery makes 5.5 x 8.5″ sheet protectors. I bought the diamond clear for another project I am working on. You should be able to get them at Staples/Office Max.

  • 35.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    So much excitement! So much going on! I feel like a little kid at Christmas!

  • 36.
    Heather said…

    WOW Ali, this is beautiful!!! Here’s my day 1:

  • 37.
    T allen said…

    Awesome!!!! Now to make mine that awesome! :)

  • 38.
    Vicki Wilson said…

    Love the stitching.

  • 39.
    Cynthia H said…

    Love the way the words just stand out. Totally inspired!

  • 40.
    Amanda S. said…

    I’m totally inspired! I love, love, love the way you did the title and your journaling. Thank you so much for sharing your projects with all of us! :)

  • 41.
    Amy said…


  • 42.
    Jenni Hufford said…

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

  • 43.
    Erin said…

    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.

  • 44.
    Jen Moneagle said…

    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?

  • 45.
    Kristen said…

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

  • 46.
    Brooke said…

    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.

  • 47.

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


  • 48.
    Karen Heisler said…

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

  • 49.
    Cindy said…

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

  • 50.
    Susan said…

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

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