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December 1, 2012

December Daily™ 2012 | Saying Hello & Looking Back & Looking Ahead

A very big welcome to December Daily™ 2012.

Today is the day I begin and I’m super excited.

As I get ready to start documenting December today (I’ll post my Day One page tomorrow morning), I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the stories I’ve told over the last five years (check out my main December Daily™ page with links to all my past albums here). Here’s an accounting (thanks Katie) of the stories I’ve told and how many years I’ve told them:

  • Advent Calendars: 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Writing letters to Santa: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Christmas movies: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Trip to play in Snow: 2008, 2010
  • Baking cookies: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Christmas lights: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Nativity set: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Wrapping presents: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Notes to Simon and Anna: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Trip to see Santa: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Christmas Cards: 2010, 2011
  • Starbucks Coffee sleeve: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Picking out Christmas Tree: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Twinkle Lights: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Trip to Target: 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Around the House: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Opening presents: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,2011
  • Christmas Jammies: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Wrapping Books: 2011
  • Small Quiet Christmas Eve: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Warm Clothing (favorite sweaters, coats, hats): 2008, 2011
  • Ornaments: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Simon + Anna’s own Mini tree for their room: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Being sick/ resting: 2007, 2010
  • Homework: 2008
  • Grocery Shopping: 2008
  • Quiet relaxing days: 2009
  • Printed picture of Flikr likes: 2009
  • Story of Simon and Anna sharing: 2010
  • Loving…. Prompt: 2010
  • Movie theater: 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Trip to Dentist: 2009, 2010
  • Work day stories: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2011
  • Gymnastics open gym: 2011

As you can see, I use a lot of the same topics each year (I’m a fan of repetition). I also include everyday stories alongside holiday ones. There is no right or wrong way to approach this project.

My biggest piece of advice this year: HAVE FUN. That’s it. This isn’t a race or a competition or anything of the sort. Keep it real for you and those who are most important to you. Let it enhance your spirit this season.



Also be sure to check out the December Daily™ 8 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS starting today over on my blog. Each day from December 1 through December 8th I’ll feature two companies. The giveaways will open at 3am PST and comments will be closed at 9am PST the following morning.


Each day I’ll include a section to share your work – day one will be included with my post tomorrow. You can also share your work in the December Daily™ 2012 Flickr gallery.

My best to you this holiday season. May it be filled with wonder and twinkle and magic.


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  • 1.
    dawn said…


  • 2.
    Sarah Roe said…

    So inspired now! what a great post…
    Let’s go!!!

  • 3.
    Rosy Kakaletris said…

    I’m ready! I’m super excited! Helloooooo December!!

  • 4.
    Carrie said…

    Another so-excited-to-begin gal here. Woohoo, December!

  • 5.
    Catherine said…

    Hi ali and hello December,
    I am excited to begin this journey once again with you. I have participated since you first began DD and it has certainly become a part of my Christmas experience. I was looking back at the early years when your DD was mostly paper scraping and not so much digital with your wonderful mix and match style. Your DD and career have certainly developed and become amazing. Who knew you would set the scrapping world on fire…
    I am delighted for your success and look forward to this year’s DD adventure filled with “life right now”.
    Thanks my friend,
    Catherine, “Mykonos alum”

  • 6.
    EE K said…

    Woot – Happy December to you and your family!

  • 7.
    Erika said…

    I love this project the entire family gets involved. Thank you Ali for having the inspiration for this project. We can get so busy with the hustle and bustle of the season that we forget to stop and reflect about it. This project helps me to reflect, plan & capture all these wonderful moments. Last year I was very ill at the beginning of my december daily but I still captured every moment. Today as I look back at last year I’m thankful I have those memories of that time. Thanks again for keeping what is a tradition now for so many of us going. Have a great holiday.

  • 8.
    Kelly Shults said…

    So excited to get started! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration!

  • 9.
    Rebecca said…

    This is my 5th year doing a December Daily album, it is truly one of the highlights of the season for me! The other evening while unpacking all of my Christamas decorartions I paused to look through the past 4 December Daily albums I’ve created. So excited to begin this December journey yet again!

    • ….
      Rebecca said…

      This year I bought the kit too and it has so many fab items, including things I might never have selected on my own. How fun to try new things!

  • 10.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Merry December Ali. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 11.
    HeatherC said…

    Love December! Favorite project of the year!

  • 12.
    Meihsia Liu said…

    Thank you, Ali, for this inspirational project. Can’t wait to see your day one and start mine. Happy December… “:)

  • 13.
    Chris H said…

    Very excited about the 4×6 format and all the wonderful digital elements available to make it soooo easy to fit into PL.

    This year is going to be a challenge because we really aren’t doing a lot of decorating with house painting going on (it’s golf off-season you know!), and I’m studying for a big test to get into graduate school, so it really is going to be a Christmas in the heart kind of month. Lots of enjoying others’ festive decor.

    I printed a couple lists of photo inspirations for December for days when I just can’t find something interesting. A google search helped with that.

    Good luck everyone!! Have a great December!

    • ….
      Chris H said…

      As an aside, Ali, I’m trying to use the overlays in the digital PL standard A template. I’m finding it cuts off the corner of the overlay when I place it into the template. I’ve resized the overlay but then it interferes with the photo too much and looks odd with a corner stuck into a rounded edge. Does that make sense what I’m saying??
      If I was just printing the photo and sliding into the sleeve it would be fine but the digi template is rounded corners when you clipping mask it into the spot. Is there a way I can round the corner of the overlay in PSE? Thanks!

  • 14.
    Steph said…

    Super excited for this year’s album and the simplicity of it all being a 4×6 album.

    I am currently sitting in my scrapbook room trying to put my album together and I have a problem:

    All of the 4×6 – TOP pdf sheets have the top of the loop in the first “d” in December cut off!

    Not sure if this has been mentioned here yet, or if there are plans for it to be fixed, but I would really love to get my foundation pages done with the vareity of the tops and bottoms.

    Thanks a bunch!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Steph – that “d” is actually designed to go off the top edge :) .

    • ….
      Steph said…

      Thanks Ali!!!

      I’m off to finish printing now….sorry :)

      I love the following that DD has now. I’ve signed up two newbies this year too; a friend and my Mom.

      Thank you again for all that you do to inspire for DD each year. Seriously, the new size couldn’t be more perfect for my family this year. Busier than ever, this year’s is surely to be a no-excuses, keep on top of it fun part of the holiday season.

  • 15.
    Sue Alg said…

    Great ideas. I’m going to use these in PL also.

  • 16.
    Mel said…

    So excited to start too. Thanks for the givaways and the calming words.

  • 17.
    SusanMcL said…

    Wow, December already! Let the fun begin!

  • 18.
    Ellie Augustin said…

    I just wanted to thank you SO much for sharing this and bringing December Daily into our lives 3 years ago I saw someone talking about Ali Edwards and her December Daily and I got super curious and had to find what it was about.. I had been a card marker for the most part and although I had tried scrapbooking it wasn’t something I thought about really doing UNTIL I “meet” you Ha. SO December Daily is my Anniversary into getting scrappy and documenting my Everyday life yes you also was an influence into starting Project Life and 2013 will also be my 3 year doing it. SO I am so looking forward to another fun year of December memories being documented and can’t wait to see what you share with us!

  • 19.
    Graviela said…

    Love the giveaway!

  • 20.
    MichelleGB said…

    Great starting post! I’m so excited to get started!

  • 21.
    kdanielson said…

    so super excited about today. As we begin this holiday season, sooooo many changes, its time to hold on to old traditions and create new ones.

  • 22.
    Shelly K said…

    Bring on December!! Happy Holidays!

  • 23.
    Tracey said…

    My son woke up with the excitement of his Advent Calendar, I woke up with the excitement of my December Diary. I can’t wait. :) :) :)

  • 24.
    Claire said…

    So looking forward to this month and all the stories and memories it will bring. Thank you Ali for your inspiration. I now have a little basket of December Daily albums to put out with my Christmas decorations, and I love them most of all. I can’t wait to see them again, for the first time since they were put away almost a year ago.

  • 25.
    Paula said…

    Wishing you the most blessed and amazing and beautiful Christmas season ever Ali, Simon and Ana! Your blog is a gift in my life and I really can’t thank you enough, nor could words really explain how much I mean that. I believe that connections are made face to face, online and also soul to soul, and you are a beautiful soul. Peace and Joy to you!

  • 26.
    Charline said…

    Happy December daily. Trying it for thé first year. Hope i’ll make it

  • 27.
    Steph said…

    Woo hoo!!! The start is finally here! I’ve got two huge events to include: step-daughter’s choir club is singing at a local bookstore, and then my younger son’s school play is tonight. Love, love, love this project.

    Thanks Ali for making it real for all of us!!!

  • 28.
    Sammi said…

    Thanks for the inspiration and fun ideas!! I am doing my first December DAily this year and LOVING reading through your blog!!

  • 29.
    McAmy said…

    Thank you for this list Ali. I haven’t had a lot of success with daily projects because I always get behind by one day and then it derails my whole project. This year I am letting myself tell the stories on different days than they happen. Also, with work and school we have some days that are SO full of things I want to document and others not so much. I was going to make a list of stories I think I can cover – your list has many of those things on it and is a great reminder!!!

  • 30.
    Deb said…

    Can not wait to get started!!

  • 31.
    Brooke said…

    Happy holiday season to you too Ali!! For the past 2 years I’ve started with the same photo – it’s awesome seeing the differences and similarities. My day 1 shot this year has turned out to be a different one. Thanks for taking us on this journey!!

  • 32.
    Angie Blom said…

    Having fun already!! Now to choose from the 70 photos taken today… Christmas party and birthday party all on the same first of December!!

  • 33.
    Josephine said…

    Love your 6×8 overlays!
    Is there a blank pdf in the 6×8 set, with no date on it, like the one in the 4×6 set, where you stamped in the numbers? I can’t seem to find it.

  • 34.
    Cheryl said…

    So excited about December Daily and the give-a-ways. So love Big Picture. Thank you.

  • 35.
    susan garner said…

    Were do I buy the December Daily kit from. ?

  • 36.
    cathi said…

    Happy Decmeber. Thanks you for sharing

  • 37.
    Kelly said…

    I’m 5 days in… and looking to join in… I have never completed an online class or project (indlucing the 31 things class earlier this year.) and one of my “intentions” for the new year is to complete projects and stop getting so uptight about it being perfect!
    That being said, I am wanting to do this all digital and have a book printed through… somewhere… I’m well versed in Photoshop, but not sure where to start with this… ergh.

  • 38.
    Traci said…

    I love this! I love that you (and Katie) tallied up the themes/stories you’ve included! I look forward to your December Daily every year and I don’t actually participate which probably makes my enjoyment of it super weird but I just love the idea of it and the albums you make so much! :D

  • 39.
    Anthea said…

    Dear Ali, my favourite Christmas story of yours was when you took Simon on the Polar Express. As a SAHM in Australia with a boy the same age, I just couldn’t fathom a landscape where such a thing could happen. Some of our family traditions have come from you like new pjs for Santa. Thanks for the memories.

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