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October 3, 2013

December Daily™ 2013 Kit Video


Today I’m sharing a video overview of the contents of the December Daily™ kit from Studio Calico.

I’m super excited to get going on this project – always one of my most favorite each year! I plan to put my album together later this month and will share my process as I go.

VIDEO DISCLAIMER | If you’ve ordered this kit and prefer to be surprised when you open the kit box don’t watch the video below!

EDITED TO ADD: The blue tape I show in this video was mistakenly added to my kit – it is not actually included with the December Daily™ kit. The kit does include silver glitter ribbon (along with gold). Also included in this kit is a set of enamel dots that were left out of my box before shipping. I apologize for any confusion that might have caused.

If you want more information on creating a December Daily™ album or would like to see examples from past year’s check out my December Daily™ page.


  • 1.
    Patty said…

    Wonderful kit Ali. Thanks for sharing this video with us.

  • 2.
    Patti McHugh said…

    Awesome video! Makes we want to buy one now…

  • 3.
    Catherine A said…

    Thanks Ali,
    I have been anxiously waiting to see the contents of the DD kit and it is awesome. Thanks for sharing it via a video. Can’t believe December is right around the corner.
    Am also awaiting my China scrapbook kit as well : )
    Have a wonderful day.

    • ….
      Lisa J. said…

      Can you tell me what a China scrapbook kit is? Where did you get it too? Thanks, Lisa

    • ….
      Kate said…

      Yes! What exactly is this China Scrapbook?? I must have one!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The China kit is for people who are going on the Scrapmap trip to China in November.

      Those should ship out next week Catherine :) .

    • ….
      Lisa J. said…

      Thanks for answering. I had forgotten about that. How exciting! My daughter is from Hubei province. Will you be going anywhere near there? We plan to do a heritage trip at some point.

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      I’ve lived in Shanghai, China for almost 4 years, and am so excited you get to visit this part of the world! You will LOVE it! I almost want to go scout out Yu Gardens the day you go just to meet you. ;-) Have a great time!!

  • 4.
    Jen said…

    Love, love, love!!!

  • 5.
    Cannycrafter said…

    Looks gorgeous can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  • 6.
    Jenny A said…

    Thanks so much for doing this! This is my absolute favorite project to do all year long. All my DD albums (I’ve been doing this along with you since 2006) sit in a basket in our living room all year long. My kids just love looking through them at sporadic times during the year :) I’ve tried putting them away and only putting them out during the holidays but my kids protest every time – LOL. I’m super excited for the DD kit and can’t wait to get started!

  • 7.
    Lisa said…

    Pretty darn awesome.

  • 8.
    Jamie De Luna said…

    This video was so fun to watch! I can’t wait to get my kit! I enjoyed using your kit from last year so much too. The box the kit comes in is really awesome to keep everything for the kit together! Thank you SO much for doing this video!

  • 9.
    JennCarlberg said…

    Okay, now I really cannot wait until I get my hands on that kit! Thanks for sharing the video!!

  • 10.
    Jewel said…

    Thanks for the great video. I am so glad I ordered this kit! Can’t wait to see what you create with it. Will you be doing a special class with Studio Calico this year?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Studio Calico will offer a class this year. I’ll just be sharing on my blog like I have in past years.

  • 11.
    J Allen said…

    Is the green light, not a “Christmas” green? Is there blue too?

    Can’t wait!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Which part are you talking about? There is definitely a lighter green and a lighter blue included.

  • 12.
    Leslie said…

    I can’t wait for my kit to arrive – it looks awesome.

  • 13.
    Lida said…

    This will be my 4th attempt to do Dec Daily. I ordered the kit this year so I hope I follow through and complete it.

    I have always enjoyed your DDs, I hope I have one completed this year!

    Big fan of DDs and you.

  • 14.
    Christine said…

    Thanks for the I unboxing video. I am looking forward to receiving my kit. Love the colors chosen for this kit. Also I think the album is beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you do with this kit. :)

  • 15.
    cindy b. said…

    All gorgeous no doubt.. can not swing the $100 price tag. Love watching your process throughout the month.

  • 16.
    Laura CD said…

    I ordered a kit so I can’t wait to see it! Thanks for doing the video! Can’t wait to start December Daily!

  • 17.
    Emilie said…

    so glad I ordered this kit,…wasn’t sure I wanted to watch the video or be surprised, but I’m one of those people who get very excited about the holidays/ kits,…so just had to watch…now I can’t wait to get mine in the mail, too. Yeah!!!

  • 18.
    Brooke U said…

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the kit this year. How much outside product do you think you will be using in addition to the kit?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Probably not much – I will be creating overlays and other digital elements that can be printed and added to photos or printed as printables just like in the past. So most likely the other things I’ll use are some white cardstock. Plus basics like ink and pens and embossing powder. I’ll also probably add in a few of my Technique Tuesday stamps (or I might use those in Project Life/on other projects).

    • ….
      Marcie L said…

      I’m wondering this too…I’ve been afraid to try this project in the past (figuring I wouldn’t keep up with it and actually finish it) but if I knew that the whole thing could be done with JUST what’s in the kit that would be enticing…

  • 19.
    Megan said…

    So excited for DD this year! And the kit is beautiful! I know you said you’d be showing us your base pages, but will you do some videos of how you put them together? I love watching your process on how your pages come together. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I usually do a couple videos too!

  • 20.
    jaimee h. said…

    can not wait to get mine!!!!! Love the idea about including packaging in your album. Might have to try that!!

  • 21.
    Babz said…

    Thanks for the video Ali! Seeing it makes me so excited. I adore the color scheme and look forward to another great December!

  • 22.
    Sue FitzGerald said…

    I think I love the packaging as much as the kit itself. Can’t wait for mine to arrive.

  • 23.
    michelle said…

    Love that kit. WOW. Gorgeous. Since you do more of a daily life for your December Daily vs. just focused on Christmas, do you still do your project life album? Do they overlap, do you try and tell different stories in each or just whatever works?

    Looking forward to seeing what you put together!

  • 24.
    Lindsey said…

    AWE.. I love it, Cant wait! Thank you so much for sharing! I love that they are using the Project Life kit magnetic boxes to store it in. Makes it easier to put away when you aren’t working on it.

    Ali, I know there is a digital stamp set, but will you be doing the date overlays like last year?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes! Coming later this month most likely.

  • 25.
    LeAnne said…

    Wow beautiful kit! I love the album and the paper pack. This is the first year I will be doing December Daily…so excited! I was planning to buy the kit, but the $100 price tag took me by surprise. I think next year I am just going to set aside $10 a month for the kit. Seems easier to handle when you do a little planning. :) Thanks! Can’t wait to follow you along and see what you do.

  • 26.
    Suz said…

    TFS Ali! It all looks awesome! Super love for that album as well! :)
    One thing I have always secretly (until now) hoped for is for the December “Daily” album to go through (or have embellishments enough for) the full 31 days as my family does much of the fun stuff over Christmas through New Year’s. I realize (and I have done so in the past) I can use my own stash and create my own numbers etc, but it would be nice to have an option to by the extra numbers, embellishments for the remaining days of December for continuity throughout the album. It might not be cost effective from a manufacturing standpoint, but I think there may be enough interest to look into it anyways? FWIW.

    Thanks again for sharing. Excited to embark on this journey of Dec. documentation again with you and others. :)
    Take care you,

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks for the feedback Suz! One of the cool things in this kit is that the stamp set includes numbers – for customizing lots of things but especially the dates. I’ll pass your comment along to Studio Calico.

    • ….
      Tess said…

      I am along with Suz. We always travel and that means multiple Christmas mornings, and also my time with my family is always a couple days over New Years, so my December Daily starts at Thanksgiving time, and runs through the first couple days of January. Last year, I used 6X8 Snap albums, and filled 2!! It took me til June to finish ;) I went mostly with Oct Afternoon stuff because the SC DD was too small to house my December :) This year… I’m stoked!! I need another album though. Hahahaa

  • 27.
    Mallory said…

    Best kit ever! Everyone truly outdid themselves! So excited for December this year! :)

  • 28.
    Dulce Silva said…

    Love the kit and I’m glad I order it!

  • 29.
    susan garner said…

    I did not buy the studio calico kit because I bought a vintage doll house instead.. but can you advise me on which binder to get as I still want to do the December daily with you.Pretend you didn’t buy the SC kit and walk us thru what to get. many thanks. If you saw the vintage doll house I got you would have done the same thing. ..LOL.

  • 30.
    Ginger_79 said…

    It looks fabulous! This pre-order was one of my last purchases before I put myself on a shopping stop (there’s a wedding coming, baby plans and a wish for a house…). So I wondered if I would regret it in the end. But nope, don’t think I will. :)
    It looks great and I LOVE the less traditional colour scheme. I was surprised though. I this the original kit? Because some of the items don’t seem to be on the content list? I don’t think I saw that blue glitter tape you showed in the beginning. And I think the very thin gold-striped washi looks super neat. Might try to order that with the kit otherwise. But well, I’ll be happy anyway and can’t wait to see what everyone will do with it.

    • ….
      Ginger_79 said…

      Oh, never mind. I was just blind and now found the ulta-skinny in the contents and preview. Yay!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi again! Found out that the blue glitter tape was accidentally included in my box. That tape is NOT in this kit but will be included in another kit offered by Studio Calico before the end of the year.

    • ….
      Ginger_79 said…

      Ah, no problem. I was more fascinated by the ulta skinny washi and that’s in there. It just puzzled me. But hey, it’s not like anyone will have stock problems with THAT kit on the table!

  • 31.
    AnitaP said…

    It’s so beautiful! Love this kit so much and am so excited to receive mine! Can’t wait to see what you do with it and I’m looking forward to following along on your blog as you create your album!

  • 32.
    Maggie said…

    Thanks so much for the video, Ali! I was so excited to receive mine after seeing the reveal and am even more so after seeing your video. Thank you for sharing this project with us all each year!

  • 33.
    susan garner said…

    Hi Ali.
    Just a quick up date . You replied to me this morning regarding the SC December Daily kit I am the lady who bought the doll house instead of the kit. Well I broke down after seeing your demonstration of the kit and bought one. We can do this together now. PS. Don’t tell husband. lol

    • ….
      Ali said…

      HA! I think you will enjoy it Susan!

  • 34.
    Jennifer L. said…

    I am so super excited!! Don’t know how fabulous Christmas will be this year for my daughter and myself, but I vow to make it as special as I possibly can, and document whatever magic we can create. My only caveat is how bulky my albums have been in the past years, especially last year…things get smashed and warped and pages are bent, and I’ve noticed that the white text printing on some of the photos done in Photoshop has faded and is yellowing….I think new strategies are needed this year, what do you all think?

  • 35.
    sue said…

    thanks for sharing ali.. i love this kit.. i clicked the preorder before i even saw the pictures of the album.. and then after i scrolled down and i saw the stars on the album, i was just even more happy.

    december daily is my favorite project that you do.. can’t wait to see it in person..

    thanks again ali!

  • 36.
    Leslie Harvey said…

    CROSSING my fingers that I can save up some extra money to get this in time. LOVE IT!!! And I love the idea of getting it done (all but photos and journaling) before December. SMART!!!! Thanks for sharing all the details! I’m in LOVE with all the gold!

  • 37.
    Michelle Stephenson said…

    Ali LOVE the kit! are you involved with putting the kit together or do you have some sort of approval through the use of the December Daily TM?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I worked with Studio Calico to select the products for this kit (we call it “creative direction”). December Daily™ is a trademark of Ali Edwards Design Inc and Studio Calico has my permission to use that trademark for the name of this kit.

  • 38.
    janie cooper said…

    I love,love,love the kit, can’t wait to get mine. I’m from Sydney, Australia and we have a very busy Christmas coming up with a wedding ( one of my 4 boys) in the middle of the Christmas cheer. It’s going to make an interesting album!!! Magic time of year.Thanks for all your wonderful ideas Ali.

  • 39.
    Thea said…

    I had to look, even though my kit is in the mail. I love that it isn’t winter (except for the pile of logs paper) or dark, as Christmas is in Summer for us. Having a lot of light blue is so great, considering a lot of our fun is around the pool and the beach. Snow flakes etc are so inappropriate even though there are days when there is a bit of wishful thinking for cooler weather! I appreciate the box to keep it all in as crafty stuff has a tendency to spread. I am putting on the finishing touches to 2011 (oh dear) but am looking forward to including that album in my Christmas decorating. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration.

  • 40.
    Tami said…

    Oh Ali! I wasn’t going to DD this year!

  • 41.
    Lucy Orta said…

    Oh, Ali this is beautiful. I only started to scrap book this year and as I am a federal employee I am currently on furlough. If the government re-opens I will buy your kit, otherwise I need to count pennies. So you do this every year? This is going to be wonderful. Here’s hoping that I’m back at work sooner rather than later….in the meantime I am home working on my first project life album. Thank you for putting together such wonderful items.

  • 42.
    Jessie McLaughlin said…

    Ali thanks so much for opening the kit! I am now really excited to get started!!

  • 43.
    Sherry C. said…

    Gorgeous kit, thanks for sharing!

  • 44.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Wow, this kit looks even more awesome than I expected seeing the full thing! I’m glad I preordered! I’m going to mostly stick to this kit, along with adding some other bits and pieces that I already have. I can’t wait to see the goodies in real life! :)

  • 45.
    Vicki said…

    So awesome seeing all those goodies, especially since my kits always take a while to arrive here in Australia – your video will keep me going ’til then! Thanks for sharing. This is my fourth year doing DD along with you, but the first time I have taken the plunge and bought the kit – seeing this makes me so glad I did! Looking forward to seeing what you turn that box of goodies into…thanks for being willing to share your stories and creativity with us.

  • 46.
    moi said…

    Love the video and kit..but I choose not to buy a kit for $100 this year besides I still have lots of DecDaily stuff leftover from past kits.Watching your video will help me plan and buy a few more things from Michaels to add to my stash..SNAP simple stories has a 6×8 handbook album similar to this.I will definitely be buying your digital package..always look forward to that.
    By the way I totally loved your Hello story are so amazing.

  • 47.
    Jodi said…

    Hi Ali,
    I am very excited for December Daily. i have ordered 2 kits.One for myself and one for my 11 year old daughter. We are going to complete them together. I can’t wait to see what her perspective is of our December and family traditions.

    • ….
      Paula said…

      What an awesome idea, hope you enjoy lots of special creating time together!

  • 48.
    Cathy said…

    Eeeeeeek so excited!!!

  • 49.
    Rosana said…

    Hi Ali…the kit is beautiful…this will be my first december daily and would like to play…I wont be buying this kit but Im sure will have lots of things I can use…thank you for showing it…and look forward to the beginning :)

  • 50.

    This will be my third attempt at December Daily, and my first with the kit.
    Looking at the contents l am SO excited about this project. Thanks so much for giving us a sneak peak.
    Christmas is going to be different this year, because of a number of reasons, and this kit and DD were the first things that have got me excited about holiday season.
    Thanks Ali.

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