December Daily™ 2012 | Foundation Pages

Welcome to December Daily™ 2012.

If this is your first year I invite you to check out my December Daily™ page that includes links to all my previous albums. Some years they have been much more decorated in advance using a wide variety of products and other times they have started simple.

Just as in years past, these pages are just a beginning. This album will be built over the course of the month as I fill it with photos, words and products as the month progresses.

As with all projects I embark on, December Daily™ can be anything you want it to be. Make it work for you. I've gotten into a routine the last few years using printable daily pages that has simplified the process for me. I love having a structure set up in advance that I then build upon during December and add as little or as much glitter as I want.

I'm starting even simpler this year.

In past years I've included overlays for each day - this year I decided to skip that step.

For 2012 I decided to go with a 4x6 album (included in the sold-out kit from Studio Calico). I wanted something smaller this year, something to mix things up.

Here's a look at how I'm starting things off for 2012:

On the spine of the album I adhered a wood veneer tree (embossed with silver glitter Zing) and stamped "celebrating December" using  staz on black cherry ink and the 2012 December Daily™ stamp set.

I repeated the same tree + stamp on the inside cover.

My first page in the album is a clear transparent page (included with the kit). You could totally use any overlays for this, including ink jet transparencies or if you are lucky you might still have some awesome Hambly printed overlays in your stash.

On both sides of the transparent page I adhered a Heidi Swapp Disco Star and ran it through my sewing machine a couple times with red thread. Around the star I added some silver jewel embellishments (again on both sides of the transparency).

You can see the back is a repeat of the front here.

For the next page I used one of the chipboard pages included with the album. My plan is to add more of these chipboard pages throughout the month when it makes sense with the story I'm telling.

I used cream paint on top of the chipboard and then used the long number and sentiment stamp from the 2012 December Daily™ stamp set to create the diagonal pattern. I alternated Colorbox Silver Chalk ink and white opaque Zing and red glitter zing with the stamping. The outside lines were created by running the whole thing through my sewing machine.

The back of that page is blank for now. Most likely I'll cover it with a photo at the start of the month.

As an into page I used another of the clear transparent pages.

I used the "hello December" stamp + red glitter zing onto white cardstock and cut around the outside. I then laid that onto the transparency and cut around the edge (if I was to remove the red arrow you'd see a transparent arrow underneath).

On the transparency I created dots by painting on top of a 12 x 12 Doodling Template (Swiss Dot) from The Crafter's Workshop.

On the back I cut another arrow using green pattern paper and added a joy badge on the top.

For my foundation pages this year I designed a new set of 4x6 overlays that can be easily printed or added on top of a photo before printing.

I've been doing foundation pages using printables for the last few years and what I love about this is it takes some of the guess work out. I establish a base foundation and I build from there. Some days I just print a photo, add some text into the pre-printed 4x6 card and call it good. Other days if I feel like doing more I have space to play - add letter stickers, pattern paper, multiple photos, etc.

The 2012 4x6 December Daily™ set includes two designs - a top and a bottom (I mixed them up in mine) and printable PDF files in black, red, gray, and green.

The 6x8 and 12x12 versions will be available later this week. Please note that the 12x12 version does not include PDF files. The 12x12 can be easily re-sized to 8x8 or 6x6 if that is the size you are choosing for this year.

Here's what the PDF looks like when you open it:

I printed them out on white Bazzill cardstock (both gray and green). Even if I don't use them all I could slip some into Project Life.

Here's a little map that might be helpful if you are going with the 4x6 size too:

Here's a look at a few different ways you can bring these together:

The package includes PNG files that can be added on top of a photo before printing. It also includes a blank file (no days or dates) that I used in the above image to just stamp a number line.

Most days I imagine my pages will look something like this:

4x6 card in one pocket - most likely for journaling with a photo on the facing page. I most often do a spread but like having the option to do just one page too.

Above you can see that blank card again (included with the 4x6 set) where I just stamped the numbers. Lots of options here.

And here's a look at all the 25 days I've set up in advance, mainly using a combination of washi tape, strip stickers, small embellishments, strips of pattern paper and ribbon:

Again, a super simple way to set myself up for documenting December. Here's a quick video overview:

December Daily™ 2012 from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.


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  1. Wendy

    2012-11-16 17:16:38 -0500

    Hi Ali, LOVE the size this year - so easy! Just finished up my foundation pages and added them to my SC DD kit album & there are not enough page protectors for all 25 days - what is your plan? Thanks!

  2. Nichole M

    2012-11-17 21:42:31 -0500

    Hey Ali,

    Starting my pre-assembly this weekend with Christmas music on! Quick question: were the Heidi Swapp Disco stars in the SC kit? Mine didn't have any. Are there variations to the kits if they run out of stuff? Thanks.

  3. Lilou

    2012-11-18 10:02:30 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I have a problem, guess I won't be the only one...
    I bought your digital kit and in the grey PDF, the bottom one, the lines are green on 25th ???
    Guess it's a little mistake, it happen and I'm not worry about that: you will fix it ^_^
    XOXO, Lilou from France

  4. elisa

    2012-11-20 15:46:12 -0500

    looked for the 2012 DD stamp on designer digitals. couldn't find it. will one be available?

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  7. michell

    2012-11-23 11:36:50 -0500

    Hi Ali,

    Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family.

    I decided to start my DD album today ( have the SC lit) while everyone is out in the crazy madness of black friday. I purchased your overlay set for the 2012 4x6 DD set a while ago. This morning I opened the set and it has the PDFs and Fireworks files, not png files. Did I miss something?

  8. SaraSusyBob

    2012-11-24 07:52:06 -0500

    I recently purchased your December Daily 2012 4x6 Overlays from Designer Digitals. (I've used your December Daily products for many years.) However, our Christmas celebrations begin Dec. 2nd and continue through January 8th. Would you consider adding these additional 8 dates to your set? I can of course use the blank template, but your handwriting adds such a great touch to the visual appeal of the overlay and of course continuity of the overall project. I'd be happy to purchase the add-on! Thanks, Sara

  9. Nikki,W

    2012-11-24 13:46:14 -0500

    HI Ali,
    so excited to begin this! Just got me SC kit and am planning on starting this weekend! Just a quick question - you mentioned you were travelling this Dec.... We are too (for 2 weeks) and I have been trying to figure out how I am going to keep this up & PL as I travel? Any tips on your plans?

  10. leslierahye

    2012-11-25 20:37:56 -0500

    To play along with you 2012 December Daily can we use our own "base"?? Or do you prefer everyone use the 4×6 format?

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  12. Sara

    2012-11-26 20:43:50 -0500

    You just might have given me the motivation I needed to get started with this kit. SUPER HAPPY to just have the 4x6 this year. :)

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  14. Mary Cardini-Anderson

    2012-11-27 03:40:32 -0500

    Hello Ali

    Thank you for sharing your December book. I have never made one but would like to this year. I do have a few questions to ask you.While watching your video I noticed that the white paper you are stamping on and printing out does not seem to be simple card-stock.Could you please tell me what type of card-stock you are using? I am so sorry that I missed the 4x6 kit. It looks so easy to use. I will have to do some searching to see if I can find something else to use in place of what you are using.Where can I buy your December stamp set? I did no notice it at Technique Tuesday. And finally are your PDF's going to be sold at Designer Digitals? Thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas you share with all of us.


  15. Leanne

    2012-11-27 23:55:10 -0500

    Why us it when I print the boxes are not 4x6? I turned borders off, but still shy

  16. Paula in Australia

    2012-11-28 04:18:58 -0500

    Hey Ali love your pages. Just curious are you going to offer the Hello December Arrow in a digital file at anytime? I love it and could really see me using it as a digital rather then a stamp. Thanks Paula

  17. Julie S

    2012-11-28 10:35:05 -0500

    I came here looking for some inspiration today. It is Nov 28th and I haven't started mine yet! I love the simplicity of your design.

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  19. A. Sanborn

    2012-12-01 01:37:37 -0500

    Every year it's "tradition" to pour over your beautiful December Daily album!

    Curious as to what product you used to adhere the wooden tree elements to your fabric covered SC 4x6 album this year? My concern is having my items peel off over time? I'd appreciate any advice you could offer.

    Merry Wishes...

  20. Tania

    2012-12-01 08:37:04 -0500

    Can someone help me? What setting do i set the printer to again so my overlays don't print out to small? I remember having to do it last year and can't remember what i had to put it on.

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