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December 2, 2012

December Daily™ 2012 | Day One

Getting the first page done always feels so good.

I had to laugh when I looked back and read my post from last year where I noted that Simon woke up at 6am to open his Advent calendar first thing. He totally did that today too.

I liked starting last year with a sentiment so I went with that again this year for the page opposite my December 1 journal card:

I love the movie Elf. My sentiment this year comes from a quote in that movie: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” I created a PNG file repeating that sentence, re-colored it light grey and printed it on photo paper for the background. This was adhered to the back of a cardboard page I’d put together when creating my foundation pages.

I’ve included the PNG file for you to download below:


If you need additional information on working with PNG files, including recoloring, check out this post.

On top of the text background I added American Crafts/Crate Paper red chipboard letters, silver glitter tape and I used silver thread in my sewing machine (thank you Pinterest for that idea).

My journal card includes ticket stubs from our adventure to watch Wreck It Ralph. 


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Elle’s Studio has the perfect collection for your December projects! You’ll want to check out their Be Merry line, along with their exclusive stamp for Christmas that is only available while supplies last! A special for Ali readers only, today and tomorrow only, take 20% off your entire order, just use coupon code ALIDECEMBER! Also, make sure you check out their Celebrate December event at their blog – there will be a post everyday with inspiration, giveaways and more, all December long!


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.
    Sarah said…

    Your first page is gorgeous Ali – so inspiring – and I love the white and red. Looking forward to seeing how you use the 4×6 format.

  • 2.
    Monica L. said…

    Love it, this is my 2nd year doing DD and first time doing PL, I have a question: how do you manage both? Do you choose one story that’ll go in DD and the others for PL? It was easy for me last year because I wasn’t doing PL but this year I’m breaking my head thinking what should I document so I don’t repeat the stories. Thanks for your help.

  • 3.
    Jodie said…

    What a gorgeous first page – you always have such amazing ideas! Can’t wait to see what you come up with throughout December!

  • 4.
    sharon71 said…

    Absolutely beautiful as always. Thanks for inspiring me to do this project :)

  • 5.
    audra said…

    Ali, love your page! We LOVE the “ELF” movie as well in fact we all watched it last night! I’m so excited to download and use your background – thank you for sharing – Happy December!

  • 6.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali, what a great first page this is!! How awesome the ticket stubs fit perfectly. I saw that movie with my son for his birthday and he loved it. Love the silver and red, so pretty with the stitching on it. It was a great first day for us too, hard to choose just one story so I might sneak in two.

  • 7.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    great first page! i love that simon is consistent :)

  • 8.
    Sylvia said…

    Love your first one! Thanks so much for sharing this great background. Happy december!

  • 9.
    Mary in IL said…

    Lovin’ the 4×6 size, makes it so doable!

  • 10.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Thanks for the inspiration of Day One. Wondering how the new smaller size would work. Simple, clean and I like it. Happy December Ali.

  • 11.
    Cristina said…

    I love this!! What a great start! Thank you for the file to!

  • 12.
    angela g a said…

    Thank you for the background file to download. This is my first year trying DD. Am wondering do others use the DD album instead of doing any other scrapbooking pages for December or do you use this in addition to whatever scrapbooking you normally do?

    • ….
      Steph said…

      As a Mama to 4 young children, 3 of whom are under the age of 4, I use this as a way to enjoy “scrapbooked” photos, stories and memories.

      The likelihood that I can grab any of the kids’ regular scrapbooks and see completed Christmas pages is slim to none!

      Though, I have stopped referring to myself as “behind”, in all honesty I am. This is the only mini-book that I do and love the fact that now, in my third year, I have a few books set out with my Christmas decor that anyone can enjoy! This actually helps me feel like I am doing something good. :)

  • 13.
    christen said…

    love your first page!

  • 14.
    Mallory said…

    Love that movie! I’m sorry my first link was missing :/

  • 15.
    Michelle M. said…

    I really like this one! I watched Elf for the first time ever just last night and really liked it! I like the 4×6 size you are doing and how cute this is without any pictures! Thanks for the inspiration, as always! :)

  • 16.
    Pidgen said…

    I was curious what you would do about the first page being rigth after the clear sheet … ha, never even thought about you doing one page! lol. Looks awesome. :)
    Oh, LOVED the chat … I can’t wait for 2013 – I’m singing it’s praises everywhere … OLW CHEER! ;)

  • 17.
    Laura said…

    Thanks so much for the Christmas inspiration and the PNG file–love, love, love Elf! Thanks also for the chance to win!

  • 18.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    I LOVE seeing what you do in your album each year and this year I am actually doing it along with you. Thanks for the download think I will steal your idea and use it as an intro page as well.

  • 19.
    Kristen said…

    Thank you for the png file. Our family quotes Elf all year long!

  • 20.
    Babz said…

    Love it! Thanks also for the file, it will definately get used. I made a bunch of vellum inserts for my album that have movie quotes. I used one from Elf, the one about smiling.

  • 21.
    jen said…

    we went to wreck it ralph also!!! love the spread!

  • 22.
    Samantha L said…

    Love the first page. I’m new to using a sewing machine, and I was wondering if you need to use a different needle when sewing onto the chipboard?

  • 23.
    Debbie S. said…

    Love it! My 17 yo waited for everyone to be up yesterday for her turn, but my 7 yo came in at 6:30 am to ask if she could open hers today. :)

  • 24.
    Annette said…

    Just introduced Mags to Elf this morning! Definitely a fave around here. Thanks for the download! Love your pages–do you use certain type of thread? Got the same sewing machine you use and am excited to try it out. Thanks so much!

  • 25.
    Camilla Blue said…

    Love the use of the movie ticket. Love the smaller format too!

  • 26.
    Paula said…

    Love it! We saw Wreck It Ralph too, and both young and old enjoyed it!

  • 27.
    Darci said…

    Question Ali, when you sew onto the chipboard do you use a heavier needle on your sewing machine???

  • 28.
    Christine said…

    How thoughtful of you to give us a free PNG file.
    Thanks so much.
    Love your first spread. I really like the 4 x 6 size this year.

  • 29.
    Donna said…

    Love your first page, thank you for the download – I got Elf dvd last week, so fun, will totally use that in my DD :) x

  • 30.
    Patti L said…

    I love your first page and that quote! I was working on a pillow with that quote for this year (not quite finished!) Thank you for encouraging the small size of the album, it has made me feel like I can actually do it!

  • 31.
    Elaine Allen said…

    Love this Ali. It looks so clean and festive!

    Elaine Allen

  • 32.
    Abbeyviolet said…

    Nt to see wrck it Ralph yesterday too! Loving this size. It was so quick and easy!

  • 33.
    Barb in AK said…

    Thank you so much for the download, Ali! I love the ELF movie, too :-)

  • 34.
    Loretta said…

    I am very new to digital scrapbooking. I have photoshop 11 and when trying to get the free download that you posted today I cannot get it to open. I get a message that says it is the wrong type of file. When I saved it I just picked the save as that opened up automatically. I would appreciate any guidance. Thanks!

    • ….
      Loretta said…

      Never mind I figured it out.

  • 35.
    Jacenda G. said…

    Watched Elf ourselves late last night so the PNG download is perfect! Thanks so much and I’m so excited to get started – finally! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever!

  • 36.
    Jo said…

    Love Elf. It’s my favourite Christmas movie. I am totally going to use your freebie – thank you so much!

  • 37.
    Angie Blom said…

    Gorgeous as always!! Thank you for the file.. Happy December xx

  • 38.

    Thx for a chance to win – Merry Christmas!
    I’m already sorry I’m not doing DD this year :~(

  • 39.
    teri buczkowski said…

    Such a simple beautiful page.

  • 40.
    Kathy L said…

    Saw Wreck it Ralph with my son. We loved it. Last night we had movie night and watched “The Santa Clause” I LOVE that movie.

    Ali any tips for sewing through the chip board? what size needle do you use? what type of thread? looks great, and like it is fun to do.

  • 41.
    Brooke said…

    Thank you for the download. Love that even your DD has yearly traditions. I repeated the same shot from December 1st for 2 years. This year it was something different.

  • 42.
    alexa said…

    That’s a lovely typographical background and thank-you for the png! Your first page looks both calm and festive at the same time :) .

  • 43.
    Janet Carr said…

    Thank you so much for the download! Love it!

  • 44.
    Amanda Robbins said…

    Hi Ali (or any reader who has experience with this),
    I was wondering what type of needle ou use when you stitch through the chipboard or thickers? Also, does it seem to put a strain on your machine engine? I love the way it looks, but I am afraid to damage my machine. Thanks:)

  • 45.
    Jennie Clarke said…

    OMG Ali!!! We saw Wreck it Ralph too on the 1st AND I saved the tickets for it! I just FREAKED when I saw your page one. Now… I need to catch up (already) here it is day 3, and 1 isn’t done… but tonights the night! I just had to share! lol!

  • 46.
    Megan said…

    Hi Ali!

    I am having some issues when printing my photos. (I have the same Epson picture mate printer). I edit my photos in photoshop and then send them to print. However, when they print, my photos come out much darker than what my edited photo appears. I have even tried the espon photo correct, and it works a little, but my photos still come out pretty dark, or the coloring is slightly off. I just changed my ink last night so I know that is not the issue. How do you get your photos to print out so bright and vibrant?

    Thank you for all the help!

  • 47.
    Tina C said…

    To cute!

  • 48.
    Liz Sawyer said…

    this is SO perfect… we watched Elf just this same day & I can’t wait to use the download!

  • 49.
    Carrie Erickson said…

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am hoping to do a DD album for the first time.

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