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October 30, 2013

December Daily® 2013 | Interior Pages & Video Overview

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On Monday I shared how I put together my cover and title page for my 2013 December Daily™ album.

Today I’m sharing my preparations for the interior pages, including a video overview you will find below. These pages will become the home for my daily stories of December.

For December Daily™ my “pattern” each year is choosing one single story (or one moment) to document/highlight each day. Sometimes it’s Christmas related and other times it’s just an everyday thing like going to the dentist. In the past I have set up the pages in advance and fit the story to each day. This year I’m wanting more freedom to not be stuck with a 6×8 page protector if what I really want are 2, 3×4′s and a 4×6. It’s worked just fine for me in the past but this year I’m ready for a little more creative freedom.

This year I’m primarily using items from the Studio Calico December Daily™ 2013 kit. There are a limited number still available if you would like to purchase this kit for your holiday documentation.

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DO SOMETHING NOW.

Even if you don’t plan to pre-make all your pages it’s a pretty good idea to set aside some time to think ahead about your album.

Think about what works best for you – you – not your best friend or your neighbor or your internet buddy. It might be planning out some pages, it might be printing journal cards, it might be creating a bunch of see-through elements like I did, it might be pre-making all your pages or simply gathering up all your supplies into one box or onto a tray.

I think the key is to do something now so you aren’t completely overwhelmed when December hits.

THE TASKS I’M DOING BEFORE DECEMBER

  1. Complete my cover and title page.
  2. Print out the 3×4 and 4×6 printable daily cards. I’m waiting to embellish them on the actual days so I’ll know which one I’m using. I love that the kit includes sequins, ribbon, glitter tape, pattern paper and other embellishments that fit just right on the journal cards.
  3. Create a see-through element/card for most of the 25 days. See examples below.
  4. Start thinking about the ways I’d like to celebrate the holiday season. Each year for me this is a bit different. Last year I was away from home for a portion of the month so I planned accordingly (smaller album, printed all my same size journal cards in advance, etc). What plans can you make now (or what can you plan to do less of) that will help you truly embrace the spirit of the season?

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THE PRINTABLES

The next step for me after my cover and title page was to print out the 3×4 daily journal cards and the 4×6 daily journal cards which are available at Designer Digitals. Even though I don’t know which ones I’m going to use in which pockets just yet (besides a few I’ve placed in my album already), I printed them out so I have easy access to them in December. These mulit-color printables were printed on Epson Matte Presentation Paper.

These digital packages include PNG files that can be used as overlays on top of your photos during the month (see examples below) + a multi-colored PNG file + 6 PDF files in five different solid colors and the multi-colored version I’m using in my album.

These would also work great if you don’t plan on doing a specific December Daily album but would like to add 4×6 or 3×4 cards to Project Life.

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There will be more layered templates and holiday products coming soon, including 6×8 and 12×12 overlays and templates.

These are the multi-colored 4×6 printable:

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NOTE | Make sure when printing the PDF file of these that you select “actual size” or “don’t shrink page to fit” otherwise your journal cards will come out too small. I always recommend a test print (even though I messed up this time again so if you do know you are in good company).

THE VIDEO OVERVIEW

To get an idea of what my album looks like right now I shot some video yesterday to walk you through the things I’ve already inserted into the pockets.

THE INSIDE PAGES

As I mentioned above, one of the things I really want to include/create in my album this year are see-through elements. To achieve this I sacrificed (meaning I cut up) a couple page protectors to use as the base layer for embellishment cards.

HOW I STRUCTURED THE PAGE PROTECTORS | The album in this kit includes four different page protector configurations. When placing them in my album I decided to just alternate them for now and then I can move them around as I see fit while I’m documenting December. This gives me a basic structure I can follow OR I can break free from that and move things around.

Here’s a look at what I’ve included so far:

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Details on my title page can be found here.

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For the first page in my album I cut one of the 4, 3×4 pocket pages in half.

In the top pocket I added a card that includes a portion of the December calendar card + some left over page protector transparency + a label sticker + stamped and embossed in gold “December.”

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Along the edge I added an Avery 2-inch index tab down the side and cut up some of the word pattern paper that reads “good tidings” to slip inside.

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I stamped and embossed “December” directly onto the sticker sheet.

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The “intentions” card includes a 3×4 woodgrain pattern paper background + a piece of white cardstock + a star washi tape border. I hand-wrote the word “intentions” with a gold metallic marker. The small star is from the chipboard set in the kit.

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I left the back side of the calendar and the intentions card blank and will fill them in on December 1st.

To show you how I intend to use the journal cards I’ve added a few here in the beginning. You can see Day One above. The gold circle number clips fit perfectly over the number circle on the journal cards (both sizes). I adhered them with a glue pen and trimmed off the excess along the edge. I also added a strip of light blue washi tape along the bottom.

The journal card was paired with the transparent “peace, love and joy” card.

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For Day Two I added a 4×6 daily journal card + a gold #2 circle clip + a piece of pattern paper.

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For Day Four I included another journal card in the top right pocket with the awesome gold glitter washi adhered in the space designated for embellishments. The “merry and bright” transparent card was inserted in the bottom left pocket.

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“Good cheer” is one of the cut files that’s included in digital package when you purchase the December Daily™ kit from Studio Calico (you can find these printables and cut files on your dashboard over at Studio Calico if you’ve already purchased the kit).

This die-cut was simply slipped into the pocket (vs. attaching it to a transparent background).

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I cut out “good cheer” using the Silhouette and some of the gold POW glitter paper from American Crafts. I was able to find this paper locally at Micheal’s.

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I punched this “blessings” circle from a 3×4 journal card using a 2-inch circle punch and stapled it to a 3×4 piece of page protector and slipped it into the pocket. On the back I adhered a circle punched from one of the pattern papers.

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“Pure joy” was created by cutting a 3×4 piece of page protector (remember I talked about sacrificing a few page protectors to create backgrounds for my see-through elements) and then adhering the chipboard letters and running the whole piece through my sewing machine.

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After stitching it I slipped it into the pocket.

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I included a couple of my own designs such as the December Daily™ 4×6 Sentiment Boxes that I cut with the Silhouette and that same POW glitter paper. Check out this tutorial on how to trace and cut my digital PNG files using the Silhouette Software.

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December Daily™ 3×4 Sentiment Boxes and December Daily™ 4×6 Sentiment Boxes.

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On the next page I included another Silhouette cut in the 3×4 size from my December Daily™ 3×4 Sentiment Boxes package.

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I liked that first “pure joy” insert so much that I created another one this time in a 4×6 size. To have enough letters I cut a “u” to make another “r” from the gold chipboard alphabet set. I also cut a portion of the “r” off on the bottom and also trimmed the “y” to accommodate the “t.” I will likely make at least one more of these with the remaining letters (or use some of the wood veneer letters).

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Yes.

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The kit includes a fun 3×4 transparent pattern circle card. I added a chipboard circle to each side. I’ll likely add something else to this card once I know what my story for that day will be during the month.

The “A & S” wood veneer letters were slipped into a pocket behind this card as a reminder to use them together to tell a story about Anna and Simon together.

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The gold glitter Zing made another appearance on top of the Ho Ho Ho wood veneer.

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It fits right in a 3×4 pocket.

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I used the awesome thin gold washi to create lines for this journal card. It will either be Day 16 or I can cover the 16 with one of the gold circle clips. Text will be added during the month.

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Cute little transparent starbursts were stapled (the small ones) and adhered using glue dots (the larger ones).

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And one more of the December Daily™ 3×4 Sentiment Boxes cut with the Silhouette.

That’s a look at where I’m at right now. I might do a few more transparent pages before December hits or I might just wait to be inspired by our daily life during the month.

I’m excited to see what you guys come up with this year whether you are using the kit or a fun combination of other supplies!

SUPPLIES | DECEMBER DAILY™ 2013 FOUNDATION PAGES

Comments

  • 1.
    Thea said…

    This looks like it is going to be a super fun album!

  • 2.
    Anita said…

    It’s all so cool, Ali. Looking forward to doing December Daily again this year. Thanks for sharing.

  • 3.
    Paula said…

    You are off to a beautiful, magical start! Thanks so much for sharing this and making me smile this morning. We have a very special lady living with us, my mom, with a very serious diagnosis once again a few days ago. Unfortunately cancer is back for the 6th time in 7 years, and she is running low on options/waiting to hear what her limited choices are. You have inspired me to still believe and have faith that I can make this a magical Christmas vs a sad one. I am going to find a way to create a tribute to mom in each page in some way. At first I thought with so much unknown about the next 2 months, best not to start – it’s almost like I am afraid the festive will clash with the melancholy that is also here. In looking at your supplies and how you used them, I am seeing many possibilities. Thanks.

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      Siri said…

      I know this is far from the same as your mother having cancer Paula, but I want to share anyway. I have been batteling (not suffering) severe depression and angsiety the last 7 years. Beeing depressed during the Holiday season is very difficult, but DD help me remember the good things, and “forces” me to find something positive in every day.

      It helps me focus on the small, and maybe, insignificant things that happens during December, it also make me do things even though most of the time I just want to turn of the lights and curl down in my bed, shutting everything and everybody out.

      Maybe you could do a “then and now” approach in your album? Having one page documenting something from your childhood or your moms memories, and one page documenting “today”? Make it magical!

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      laura g. said…

      I like Siri’s idea about ‘then and now’ pages as a tribute to your mom…sometimes its good to have something ‘normal’ to hang on to while going through difficult times. I hope you will do this as it will be a great memory to look back on… best of luck to you and your Mom. Cancer sucks. I have been in treatment since last January and won’t finish until the last of February. Almost there!!

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      laura g. said…

      oh! how about asking your Mom about her memories of past Christmases and documenting them along with what is happening today?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Peace to you and your family Paula. Love some of the suggestions above and love that you are open to really embracing the spirit of the season in the midst of all that life brings to us :) .

    • ….
      Paula said…

      Thank you for these suggestions. Faith, hope and love are the greatest gifts, and I am feeling the love :)

    • ….
      Ann said…

      Paula,

      So sorry about your mom. In my house, I’m the mom with cancer and it’s terminal. I fear this is my last Christmas but even if I make it to the next, my son graduates high school this year so it’s the last time we’ll all be together in December – next year he’ll be in college. I’m doing this December Daily for the first time, to celebrate our traditions but also just document a month in our lives so the kids will have it to remember. I’ll probably even do my chemo day! Even though it can feel very bittersweet I am going to focus on the sweet and make this a joyous book. Who knows, it might even help me get out of the house once in a while. Just wanted to acknowledge the difficulty of this time and I agree, ask your mom some stories from her past and include them. And hey, she’s survived a cancer diagnosis before, maybe she can do it again. I’ll be hoping for you.

      Thanks for being so generous a teacher Ali. Question-for those of us who don’t do a lot of digital scrapping, do you think you can put those overlays on pictures using Paint? I don’t want to buy Photoshop, is there maybe a cheap or free program that will do it? Thanks! (Windows 7 user).

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      Paula said…

      Ann, My heart and prayers are with you. Thank you for your kind words. My faith tells me there is a place waiting for us that is the greatest comfort and joy we will ever experience, and in the mean time we create a little piece of that here on earth. May each day, week, month and hopefully year bring you and your family a slice of heaven on earth together. I have learned there is heaven on earth even in the very nonperfect days when we look for it. Wishing you joy and peace.

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      Siri said…

      Ann, you can do it in Word! Ali might have a video on it, It’s really simple :-)

      1. Place both “photos” into your document (one jpg and one png)Make sure both images is the same size. The photo should be your first file, the frame the second.

      2. Select your photo, and Choose the option that makes the images “float” in front of your text. (Don’t know the English term, directly translated from norwegian it is “after text”

      3. You’re all done!

  • 4.
    Pamela B. said…

    Oh my goodness!! This is perfection. Admittedly, when I saw images of the kit last month, I thought “it’s nice, but I don’t think it’s me.” Over time I caved and I’m SO GLAD I did. My kit arrived last week! Your album is looking amazing Ali, and I can’t wait to get started on mine now. Love love love all the transparent/see through pages!

  • 5.
    Melissa said…

    I love that you’ve left yourself a lot of options. It’s perfect.

  • 6.
    Siri said…

    I used a handbook last year and I loved it. Every day had a see through element, and I loved how it turned out. I did it “semi flexible”, using one divided page and one full page for every day. I added a large photo on the 6×8″ side, and the divided page protector had a mix of either photos/journaling cards and one transparant pocket. The divided page was my flexible part, I also added more divided pages if needed.

    I focused on one main story, but when I had great photos from different things I added them all. I only have 6 post-its in my album marking things that needs finishing, mostly some minor embellishments, and I´m so happy about that!

    I´m doing PL as well this year, but I´m planning just having a 2-page spread for December, and adding the rest in my DD-album.

  • 7.
    Sylvia said…

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Can’t wait to receive my kit – thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work!

  • 8.
    Jenny A said…

    Looks amazing Ali! I’m so excited to get started on this!

  • 9.
    Jennifer said…

    One of my favorite things about the kit is those sequins. Can you talk about how you attached them and what might be the best way. I wanted to avoid sewing across them or stapling. Looking for a good glue or adhesive. Thanks.

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      Ali said…

      I used mini-glue dots – they are great: http://bit.ly/16MwfUz

    • ….
      Jennifer said…

      Thanks, I will try those.

  • 10.
    mariclaudi said…

    Thanks for sharing! It look beautiful already.
    2 QUESTIONS: Does persnickty prints still have the 6×8 print option?
    Do you have a link on how to resize a pic to 6×8 and how to put a 6×8 overlay on it? I now have photoshop and would like to create full 6×8 photos.
    Thanks!

  • 11.
    Lindsey said…

    Love it! Love the idea of using transparencies, i am planning to do that as well. Cant wait to start working on my foundation pages, and look forward to seeing more of yours! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 12.
    Christine said…

    Ali I’m so excited that this is the first year I am doing December Daily with the Studio Calico kit. I discovered December Daily last year for the first time but the kit was already sold out so yes, this year, I’m excited and I love your ideas so far!

  • 13.
    Jasmine Ford said…

    I’m so inspired!!! I love the idea of adding transparent bits and pieces to it and really loving all the gold too. Must get my hands on that POW glitter paper and dust off my Silhouette!

  • 14.
    Brooke U said…

    I love the look of the see through pages.

    Are you going to prep any more of your transparency pages before December or just wing it when it comes time to do those pages?

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      Ali said…

      Hi Brooke – I might. If I do I will share them here – it’s mainly going to depend on what other projects I have going on (and I will be traveling for the next two weeks).

  • 15.
    Carrie said…

    For someone who hasn’t scrapbooked or crafted in years, this looks too advanced / complicated for me. But I’d like to try it. Any advice on simplifying this, friend?

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      Ali said…

      Yes – you could totally just use the PDF printable cards + photos and a few small embellishments and skip the die-cutting, embossing, etc. You could also substitute some other page protectors so that they are all the same size – I think having different sized pockets makes it more complicated from a planning standpoint. Simple would be one photo + one journal card per day :) . You could totally do that.

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      Brooke said…

      Carrie, Last year I did one 6×4 picture and one 6×4 journal card per day. Try the washi tape lines or hand drawing if you have less to write on some days. It’s easy and it worked. First time ever!

  • 16.
    Kathy P said…

    Love how you are incorporating the transparencies into this cute album! I don’t digitally scrap, but i am going to get the date cards and print them out. I will have to sub some blinged up chipboard for the cut file words (which I love!) and hope this will work.
    Do you have trouble sewing over the chipboard letters? I am so afraid of breaking my needle. I see you use a long stitch, which may help. Would rather sew by machine than by hand!
    THanks for all the wonderful tips included in your video tutorial: VERY helpful for a first time Dec. album creator like me!

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      Ali said…

      Hi Kathy – I don’t have trouble sewing over the letters but I do “push/help” them through the machine. I use a regular needle – all that said I don’t sew on fabric unless I’m sewing onto paper (meaning my machine is mainly used for paper, plastics and other scrapbooking related stuff).

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      Lisa T said…

      I don’t have a Silhouette but I do own Ali’s cut files from last year. To get the “cut file ” effect I cut up a transparency & some white vellum. I printed out the cut files in black on a scrap piece of paper. I then placed the vellum or the transparency over the top and traced Ali’s words with my Gold Metallic Sharpie pen. Worked like a charm:)

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      Catherine said…

      Thanks Lisa T. for sharing your idea for creating the cut files without a Silhouette. I’m going to try it tonight!

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      Jessica said…

      Lisa T. I LOVE that idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • 17.
    Claudine said…

    Dear Ali,

    You tell in the video about the file include in studio calico kit, but i haven’t got them. Where are they, can you tell me ?
    Thanks for sharing your album, it’s very nice and very inspiriting.

    Kiss from France

    Claudine

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They should be on your dashboard over at Studio Calico. Click on your user name on the top right corner and that will take your to your dashboard – scroll down to see the digital items.

    • ….
      Claudine said…

      Thanks Ali, I find them !
      kiss
      claudine

  • 18.
    Carrie said…

    I just love the idea of embossing the wood veneer pieces. Normally I’m not a fan of veneer but I just love it all glittered up!

  • 19.
    Valarie said…

    Hi Ali! I’m attempting dd again this year after my miserable fail last year. I will eventually get it done but I’m still looking foward to this year. I love so many of your ideas and I wanted to mention that last year I made a few transparent pages and I used actual transparency paper(that teachers use/used on overhead projectors). Just thougth instead of “wasting” the page protectors you would want to try that option.

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      Ali said…

      You can do it! Using transparency paper is a great idea too – I was mainly just trying to use what was in the kit – there are a bunch of extra pages if you are doing just 25 days.

    • ….
      Paula said…

      Don’t worry, it’s not a race or competition, do what you can when you can, and whether you are done “on time” or have a work in progress for a long time, it’s still a very special project.

  • 20.
    Chris Wenzel said…

    curious as to why sacrificing page protectors instead of using transparency…just preference…?

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      Ali said…

      I think part of the idea I had was to use what was in the kit :) and use-up what I could (there are more than enough for doing 25 days – I will have extras). I also happen to have quite a few extras from other sets around here so it’s a nice way to use up some of those products.

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      Nicole said…

      Ali, what transparencies DO you use, and could you please post the link to that? Also, since this is my first time doing December Daily, do you suggest using transparencies instead just in case I want to use the page protectors? Also, would you say that using transparencies are “easier” to do, rather than cutting up the page protectors, for beginners like myself?

    • .
      Ali said…

      Well, I’ve always liked pattern transparencies (like these ones from Webster’s Pages: http://bit.ly/19VaLs8. You can also purchase ink jet transparencies which you can print on – this is an option as well: http://amzn.to/1ag8GDP (also found at office supply stores). I don’t think using transparencies is any easier than cutting up some of the page protectors. The main idea is finding something clear to use as a base -

  • 21.
    Shanilie said…

    Wow Ali, Love your pages. They are so neat and clean and – perfect!

  • 22.
    Debbie said…

    Beautiful job Ali. Love the “intention” card. What a great way to get prepared ahead of time. You still have full freedom to document daily and organize it any way that suits. Have a blessed season!

  • 23.
    slmnontec said…

    In 2011 I did an 8×8 album which I love. I did two page spreads with one 8×8 photo for each day as well as journaling on the opposite side. I did, however, find a redundancy when I did my PL for that year.

    So in 2012 I used the 12×12 PL pocket pages. It gave a much fuller documentation of December than the small album. Everything done in a small album can be integrated into the PL format (including transparent pockets if desired). And that’s what I plan to do for 2013.

  • 24.
    Eileen said…

    Love our your album is coming together! Could you tell me what brand those gold chipboard alphas are? Thank you!

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      Ali said…

      They are included in the kit and are from American Crafts.

  • 25.
    Shaela said…

    Love it!! I am taking the plunge and doing December Daily for the first time this year… with 3 little ones at home, a husband working out of state, and 8 months pregnant. Um… I must not be thinking right, lol. Anyways, I am really excited and will start putting my album together next week. I am going SUPER simple and using a 6×4 album from We R Memory keepers so I don’t get overwhelmed. :) Wish me luck!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I loved doing a 4×6 album last year!

    • ….
      Shaela said…

      and I LOVED that album, Ali! That’s what got me on the hunt for one… I’m glad that We R is making them now :)

  • 26.
    Nikki said…

    Ali any ideas how to incorporate DEcember Daily into a PL album only for those of us not doing a totally seperate December DAily album?

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      Ali said…

      Sure! If I was going to do that I’d use those printable cards in either the 3×4 or 4×6 size for all my journaling (nice to have cohesiveness throughout the month) and pair those with my photos.

  • 27.
    Yolanda said…

    I just received my Summer Manifesto album from Blurb and am thinking about doing something similar with December Daily this year: setting a list of intentions and documenting the outcome.

    I have loved the way that my past December Daily albums have told the full picture of the holiday season. I especially love the surprises (the bad hospital visits and car troubles, and life troubles that were documented because they happened, even though they were far from the plan).

    But I have often felt trapped by the days I didn’t remember to take pictures or the several days in a row where I didn’t complete the layout and “fell behind.” And in 2 of the 4 year sI have attempted this, I gave up before finishing an album.

    With Summer Manifesto, I felt the freedom to have the story take place “in the season,” without being tied to a particular date. And sometimes writing about why something I wanted to do didn’t quite work out, was as fun as documenting the things that did.

    I think taking that approach with December Daily may give me the flexibility I need to tell the stories I want to tell and get the album done, as opposed to fully documenting a week or two and then getting to busy or overwhelmed to finish the story.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that you are making it work for you!

  • 28.
    Marsha j said…

    I did not get any thin gold washi tape in my kit. Was suppose to be? Love your videos. Thanks!

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      Ali said…

      Pretty sure it’s supposed to be (just checked the list of contents on their site and it’s included).

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – should be there. If not, start a conversation with their customer service and they’ll get you taken care of (it’s really small and might be buried in your box) :) .

    • ….
      Nirupama said…

      Hey Marsha, I thought mine was missing at first too but it got stuck in the brown crinkle paper that is put in their as cushion. Check there because I know this happened to a lot of people. HTH!

    • ….
      Jessica said…

      Yup, I almost threw mine out with the brown crinkle paper! It’s really hard to see!!!

  • 29.
    slmnontec said…

    Ali, I’m planning to do the Day in the Life for October 31, November 30 and December 31 to complete my year. But I can’t seem to download the daily sheets from past posts. Could you help me? Thanks.

  • 30.
    janine said…

    oh i love your DD I would pay to have one already made and set up…

  • 31.
    Cindy Johnson said…

    I’m so excited to add some transparent elements to my layouts. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and talents!

  • 32.
    Michelle said…

    Hi Ali! Love this project & so excited for December!!

    I saw in a post of yours a while back the type of daily calendar/planner you use. I wanted to look into it for my 2014 personal calendar. I cannot find where you posted about it now. Would you mind sharing that information again please?

  • 33.
    cinback said…

    Ali, I am wondering where I can find the code for the December Daily blog badge? I have scanned back through your info on DD and cannot seem to find it?

  • 34.
    Brooke said…

    I’ve always loved that little box in your digital files to add embellishments. We ordered my kit this morning! Super excited, especially to have an album. I usually create first and find an album later. I’m yet to get an album for last year. They are hard to find here!

  • 35.
    Kathleen said…

    Will there be a Flicker December Daily 2013 group this year? Always love looking through all the pics there.

  • 36.
    Denise Case said…

    Can’t wait for this coming weekend to start mine….Yay!!!

  • 37.
    cole said…

    Hi Ali,
    So excited to get started with my December Daily again this year. Thanks for the early inspiration. Two questions…

    #1) About the Printable Journal Cards…I like to use Printstagram to print my Instagram pics (With little kids, it’s just easier to use my Iphone as a camera). I usually print 4×4. Which printable journal card size would you recommend for 4×4 pics? 6×8?

    2) I’m considering the purchase of the December Daily Kit but again, I’m not sure the page protectors and some of the layouts will work with 4×4 photos. Any advice?

    I appreciate all the hard work you put into making this project accessible to all of us. Thank you!

    Truly,
    Cole

  • 38.
    Alicia said…

    Very similar to the plan I have (in regards to what to prep ahead and what to leave). I LOVE the intentions page in the front part! and the ziz zap journal lines on that one card. Thanks!

  • 39.
    Cynthia said…

    Ali- love how you make the emphasis on doing what works for you! And not what others are creating:) I purposely did not look at yours or anyone else’s December daily until now. Not spoiling the creative process:) it was my treat once I was done to check out your fabulous foundation. So, much new inspiration to incorporate without losing my vision:) this will be my first time participating and the prep makes it seem possible to finish and focus on the season! Thank you for sharing!

  • 40.
    Mary M. said…

    I LOVE your homemade transparencies! Especially the ones with the stitched on Thickers. I never would have thought of making my own…now I’m sure there will be at least a few in my journal this year! =)

  • 41.
    kelly said…

    love the December daily – this is my first year doing it and I’m vey excited,

    just wanted to ask a question – did you use a mod podge on the front cover once you painted it???

    thanks looking forward to your future posts

  • 42.
    AnitaP said…

    So inspiring! Love your pages! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  • 43.
    Megan said…

    Hi! This is my first year and so far love the project! I have purchased the 4×6 and 3×4 cards and have even chose the “actual size” option – but they are still printing too small. Is there something else I can do? Thank you for any help!

    • ….
      Ann said…

      Did you get an answer for this because mine are the same way. The wording is way too small, I can’t even read it.

      Also, have no idea how to print a bunch on one piece of cardstock and need that option – isn’t there a sheet that has several a page so it’s not so wasteful?

      I know I’m a bit behind with these questions but it took weeks for my product to arrive and I didn’t play with the downloads until I had the kit. If anybody wants to email me at butdoctorihatepink AT gmail COM I’d appreciate it. I’m a techy except when it comes to picture stuff, for some reason that alludes me.

  • 44.
    Pam said…

    Can you talk about the Silhouette settings/blade color you used on the glitter paper cutouts? Not much luck even making a dent in my paper and love that element. Thanks!

  • 45.
    Danni said…

    What album are you using? Also what brand of sheet protectors?
    It’s off to an amazing start- as ALWAYS!

  • 46.
    Teresa Blankingship said…

    From what collection is the “twenty thirteen” gold label you used on your opening page? Thanks so much!!! Love your start to this album!!

    Teresa

  • 47.
    elisa said…

    Hi Ali
    I found the cut files on my dashboard at Studio Calico, but when I click on them nothing happens. Is there another step I need to take to get access to them?

  • 48.
    April Marie said…

    I just the love the use of transparent and clear items. Also, thank you for sharing your technique..I have often wondered how you get your transparent embellishments to blend in so well and look so neat and clean! Love it! Also, thank you for December Daily and for sharing your idea with the world!

  • 49.
    Elaine said…

    This is my first time so I feel overwhelmed and quite behind seeing all your loveliness. I”d love to get a kit but I’ve accumulated quite a lot of Crafty Christmas goodness over the years so I am excited to use it all. (ANd look forward to your kit next year!) I am confused about the journal cards…do you make them or do they come pre-cut from the office supply store? I think I missed something. It’s a genius concept with a start and stop date, just what I need!!

  • 50.
    Lisa said…

    I just downloaded the 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 journal cards from Designer Digitals, and when I open them they are one card per page. I thought in your tutorial I saw that there were multiple cards per page? It’s quite wasteful of card stock to print only one 2 x 3 journal card per page, but perhaps this is as designed. Can you please clarify?

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