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November 5, 2012

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 4×6 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 4×6 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 4×6 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 4×6 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 6×8 and 12×12 versions will be available later this week. Please note that the 12×12 version does not include PDF files. The 12×12 can be easily re-sized to 8×8 or 6×6 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 4×6 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:

4×6 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 4×6 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.
    dawn said…

    I was so excited for today and to see your foundation pages!! This smaller size is very cute, how fun the little pages look already! The cover is simple and WHITE, LOVE IT! Thanks for the little video, always great to see this.
    This will help motivate me to get my journal ready too, can’t wait for December to come now!!

    Are you worried about fitting in some of the bulky/bigger extras you usually add in?? Like Christmas cards, art from the kids, package/wrappers etc.??

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us each year with December Daily!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Dawn – I think I’ll likely add larger things to Project Life or cut them down to show a “pieces of the whole” peek at art projects, etc (something I’ve done with this project in the past).

  • 2.
    EE K said…

    Love your inspiration, as always, Ali. Can’t wait for my kit to come in!

  • 3.
    Marie said…

    Your foundation pages are simply beautiful! To be honest, I was not sure of the 4*6 format when I ordered the kit on SC, but now I’ve seen your pages, I’m totally convinced! I’m looking forward to receiving my kit and starting to work on my pages. Ali, you rock! :-)

  • 4.
    iHanna said…

    Looking forward to follow along as you fill your pages. I know I will try to take at least one instagram photo during the december month that is somewhat holiday-themed. :-)

  • 5.
    Fiona said…

    Wow, I love the simplicity of your pages this year. I’m not totally sure which size I want to do yet, but I love following along with you every year, and I love your templates. Either way, it needs to be super simple if I’m going to actually complete it! Love this project :)

  • 6.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    I love it! So small and simple which for me is what will work. I am so happy I bought the Studio Calico kit now that I have seen it start to come together here. Thanks for Sharing Ali. When I see your December daily first share it makes me realizes the holidays are right around the corner. Off to get busy working on my foundation pages.

  • 7.
    Jessica said…

    How cute! This is my first year doing a December Daily so I’m excited!

  • 8.
    Stephanie said…

    Love how simple you went this year!! It really does make it that much easier to complete!! Can’t wait to get my kit from SC so I can start creating! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 9.
    Ellie A. said…

    YAY!!Looking FAB. Now I REALLY can’t wait to get my SC Kit here. (making a note to find colored Stazon I only have black ha)

  • 10.
    Lida said…

    Hurray! Your album is cute as a button!

  • 11.
    Heather Johnson said…

    I look forward to this post all year long. Just love how simple it is this year–very beautiful! (I always enjoy, even more, seeing how you turn these foundation pages into something even more wonderful.) Thank you always for your inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Me too Heather – this is super simple but when you see it all together it’s really what it’s all about :) .

  • 12.
    theresa moxley said…

    This is always one of the happiest days of the year – seeing your foundation pages and starting DD! Hooray! I feel your sadness about Hambly.

  • 13.
    Paula said…

    Awesome! I am definitely going to head to Designer Digitals after work to purchase this years overlays … just as great if not even better than last years, which made my pages perfect for me!

  • 14.
    Ra said…

    I’m doing the December Daily for the first time this year :) Going to try a 6x8in file.

    No kiddos for us so it’ll be much more drinking and partying than santa visiting ;)

    Looking forward to seeing so many different decembers around the world!

    • ….
      Nichole M said…

      I don’t have kids either, so our DD albums might have somewhat of a similar theme! Cheers!

  • 15.
    Tracy said…

    Your journal is totally stunning and elegant..looove it!
    I made my first one last year and will be taking time out to do it again this year..thank you so much for all your inspiration!!

  • 16.
    Sharon in TX said…

    I’m commenting before I’ve even read the post because I am so darn excited!

  • 17.
    Toni from said…

    LOVE the 4 x 6 size. Would you please consider making a 4 x 6 size for 2011? I think many ( me included and my friends) would love to use this simple approach for our 2011 DD.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Toni– Thanks for the suggestion, but I’m currently focusing on just 2012 at this point.

  • 18.
    Annette said…

    Love love love your pages! Thanks so much for sharing and for all your inspiration! So many fun options it can be hard to choose but I think no matter what we do it is awesome. Thanks again!

  • 19.
    Michellehuegel said…

    So inspirational!!! Love seeing what you’re doing every year. Last year I did an all digital 12×12 album, but this year I’m totally mixing it up with an art journal inspired paper album, maybe some hybrid stuff in there too. Love experimenting and keeping it fresh! I look forward to seeing how yours develops!

  • 20.
    Sylvia said…

    So love it!!! Cant’t wait to start mine!

  • 21.
    Jenny said…

    Simple and classy-> puts the focus on the pictures and the story. Awesome Ali.

  • 22.
    Pidgen said…

    I have been waiting for this post since the middle of October!! LOL! This is so cute. I always worry that pre-decorating my pages will cause a clash in color. {ha. Now that I wrote that I’m assuming you’ll just B&W the photo … duh.} I’ve only done DD one year and I did a 4×6 mini … loved it. It was so thick though, so I’m looking forward to seeing how you work around that. Very excited!

  • 23.
    Mina said…

    Love the simplicity this year Ali! I’m loving the size too!
    Quick questions though: I’m doing a 6×6 size this year- could I use the 4×6 png n PDF files n just resize them or will it look stretched out? Or can I use the 6×8? I read the 12×12 size won’t hv PDF files so I’m concerned that I can’t just print them is what I was planning to do. Pls help!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mina – you can totally resize the 12×12 to 6×6 – that’s what I’d do if I was doing a square format vs. trying to mess with the others.

    • ….
      Mina said…

      Hi Ali! Resizing the 12×12 should be no problem but there won’t be any PDF files right? How would I print it right off my printer as I’ve done in years past? Thanks for all your help. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You would need to print each page individually (which you would also have to do if you made adjustments to the PNG files in the 4×6 or 6×8 sets – can’t adjust the PDF).

  • 24.
    nic said…

    ali, this is great! i’ve been reading your blog for awhile now. i did the december daily album in 2010, but i haven’t managed to get enough time for it other years. i love the simplicity and cohesiveness of this album. great job!

  • 25.
    Brooke U said…

    So simple and beautiful. I can not wait for my kit to arrive so I can play! :)

  • 26.
    Amy B said…

    I love the colors! I know the SC kit is sold out, but is there a way you can give us links to the papers used in the kit? I would love to have some of the beautiful papers!

    • ….
      Amy B said…

      Also, is there any way for those of us who didn’t get a SC kit to get our hands on a 4×6 album so we can use your foundation page template? Or I’d be happy with a 6×8 album … I just can’t seem to find these sizes anywhere!

    • ….
      Katie said…

      I found a 6×8 album at Archivers – it is the Snap Binder….not sure if you can get them other places as well. THey come with some page protectors and you can buy extra ones as well. Plus there are some cool papers that come with – I got the red one and some of the papers can be used for my DD album! :)

    • ….
      Laura said…

      Re: albums — there is definitely a dearth of available small albums this season! I ended up buying a 6×6 American Crafts from Archiver’s Annex — the one with the red cloth spine and cardboard covers — because it was the only place I could find that had both an album and page protectors in stock! Good luck.

    • ….
      Jen said…

      SC has 6×8 albums (the Handbook line) and although they are out of stock right now, I believe they have them in at Two Peas. Just put in Studio Calico in the search engine. good luck.

    • ….
      hannahk said…

      re papers: I love the gold spot velum shown at the end of your video…am very keen to know where it comes from as a quick search has come up blank.

    • ….
      Melissa Sharp said…

      hannahK, I believe that is “Gold Foil Vellum Treasured Terrace 12X12 Dear Lizzy 5Th & Frolic Paper” – it’s in stock at 2Peas. On sale too. ;)

    • ….
      pearl said…

      you might want to check the twopeas board. i’ve read on the SC community that some of the ladies will be selling their albums once they receive it.

    • ….
      hannahk said…

      I found the gold polka dot velum… Crate Paper Sleigh Ride Gold Vellum Paper

  • 27.
    Lisa P said…

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing all your hard work with us Ali!

  • 28.
    kelly said…

    it looks beautiful ali. i just so love this project and your take on it is always classic. thank you.

  • 29.
    Melissa said…

    I haven’t done a December Daily previously, but I think I would like to do one this year. I love, love, love the overlays you made for this year and want to use them. Right now I’m trying to decide if I should use them in my Project Life album or create a separate December Daily album. I’ll have to go back through your previous years and see how you do both – the December Daily and the Project Life albums. I worry they might end up repetitive for me. But I’m loving your foundation pages, so I’m getting excited about the idea of doing one this year!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ll be doing a post on doing December Daily and Project life at the same time in the coming weeks :)

  • 30.
    Debbie said…

    You Rock Ali! Simple, elegant and wonderful!! So looking forward to receiving my kit from SC!! Thank you for the awesome inspriation!!!

    Quick queation, could you let me know where I can find the 9 square block stamp? I would love to get my hands on one!!

  • 31.
    Jenn Biederman said…

    I have been looking forward to your DD foundation post! Love the album from SC. I love the 4×6 overlays, so I may end up making my own album in this size. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 32.
    patty said…

    A*W*E*S*O*M*E as always ali…

  • 33.
    Laura said…

    I picked up the 4×6 package from DD over the weekend — thanks so much for including the print-ready pdfs! I decided to print the red set for my journaling cards and having it all ready to print was sooooooooooo helpful.

  • 34.
    Rhadonda said…

    Truly simply beautiful. I love how you stitched through the heavy cardboard. I need to try that, i am assuming with a larger needle like a size 16 maybe? Thanks for sharing.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just used a regular needle, whatever I had in the machine. Didn’t put any special one in for that part of the project.

  • 35.
    Amalia Blondet said…

    I cannot wait for my kit to arrive and start working on my foundation pages. I just hope they get here (Lima, Peru) soon!!!!! Thanks for sharing your foundation pages Ali! You rock!

  • 36.
    Kristina in Oz said…

    Love it…. The simplicity of this year is perfect. Thanks Ali.

  • 37.
    audra said…

    I’m all for the 4X6 – it looks great Ali! Any thoughts as to how you might incorporate larger items such as school pages, programs, brochures that kind of thing?? Just trying to think ahead….

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’ll probably put larger things into Project Life or cut them down for a “pieces of the whole” look.

  • 38.
    cindy b said…

    I apologize if this has been asked and maybe I am stupid here but is your cover upside down??

  • 39.
    cindy b said…

    LOL!! forget it ALi…just watched the video!! haha!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA! I was trying to figure out what you were talking about!

  • 40.
    Carrie said…

    This will be my sixth year doing December Daily. I just wanted to say that your first few posts about it each year always signal the start of the holiday season to me. I love checking your site over my lunch hour for some midday inspiration and creative thinking. I have done a small board book, digital photo book, 6×8.5 binder, 8×8 album… pretty much the gamut! This year will be a Snap binder with 4×6 and 3×4 pockets. Really looking forward to following along again.

  • 41.
    Tinka said…

    SO excited to do DD this year…I bought the kit last year but since there wasn’t much Christmas going on at home (the BIG thing was sticking my vinyl tree to the pantry door!) I never worked on it. But this year I have a new place sans my sister’s cats so I am going all out with the decorations and have already planned photos in my head for each day! CAn’t wait for SC kit to arrive! Although, I also have 3 or 4 other Christmas album kits to work on…good thing I am going to two 3-day retreats this month, LOL!

  • 42.
    Cherri Engle said…

    I actually turned on Pandora to Christmas music while I read this post…I have already begun gathering my December Daily supplies for this coming season. I haven’t yet begun to put my foundation pages together yet but plan on it very soon. Thanks for the inspiration. This will be my 5th year doing this album and it is one of my favorite things of the Holiday Season…I love it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that.

  • 43.
    jaimee h. said…

    so excited for this project this year!!!! Thanks for the inspiration Ali!! Wish we could all get together and work on our albums side by side.

  • 44.
    Melanie said…

    This is where I hiccup. Digital or paper … paper or digital. I’ve done both – and enjoyed both. I loved my Viovio book last year – so compact, yet bursting with information. BUT … Christmas embellishments & paper is so fun to play with.

    Stop the insanity! ;-)

  • 45.
    Kelly said…

    Just had to pause the video and offer commiseration on the dumped-out Zing. When my little girl (then 3.5) did that in the spring with my orange Zing, she added black India ink to the mix. The ink came off the hard floor surprisingly well!

  • 46.
    Holly Ford said…

    I absolutely love these foundation pages! So simple! Time for me to go work on my foundation pages!

  • 47.
    Sue W said…

    gorgeous as always Ali. I especially love the white dots stencilled onto the transparency. I missed buying a kit but I have just decided to use an Amy Tangerine day book I already have. Trying to keep things simple and uncomplicated!

  • 48.
    Chris H said…

    LOVING the 4×6 format. I’m an all stuff in one (or two!!!) album kind of scrapper…all this is going to be done digitally for me and printed and slid into PL digital templates. 4×6 in those pockets and the 3×4 journaling cards in place as well…easy!!! If I decide, I can always print them out and put into a simple album. I just find that I like the simplicity of everything in one place. If it requires to much craftiness, I end up quitting by the second week. Excellent!

  • 49.
    Mel said…

    Hey Ali,

    Love your foundation pages and the smaller size. Great, simple and so much potential for the season ahead. I have my album all ready to go too. Can’t wait.

  • 50.
    Ruth said…

    I’m so looking forward to my DD kit arriving!

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