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December Daily™ 2011 | Hello December And A Few More Tips To Get You Started

December Daily 2011 | The Cover

1. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. This project is not meant to cause additional stress or anxiety (there's enough of that going around as it is). Take it one day at a time, one story at a time. Consider it an opportunity to slow down and savor what you most love about the holidays through words and photos (and some other fun crafty stuff mixed in if you want).

2. MAKE STUFF WHEN YOU CAN. Some days I put my layout together first thing in the morning - a certain story will come to light and I'll decide that will be the topic for the day. You don't have to wait until the end of the day to document a piece of it. Most days I put my pages together in the evening - yes, it often means staying up a bit later than normal, but for me, it's been worth it over the years.

3. BE REALISTIC. I post everyday because I want to encourage you to keep going because the end result is really pretty awesome. You should have zero stress if you don't/can't/decide not to "keep up" with the daily posting, uploading, etc. Don't worry if you miss a couple days - you can always add them in when you have a bit more time.

4. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CAPTURE EVERYTHING. I don't approach December Daily™ the same way I approach Week In The Life. I'm not trying to document everything that happens from waking up to falling into bed. I look for ONE STORY per day - that's it. Keep it simple - one little story per day adds up to a big collection of 25 at the end of the journey.

5. THIS IS NOT JUST A PROJECT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE STUFF GOING ON. And your life is not too boring to document. There's so many things you could document in addition to where you end up on any given day.

6. TAKE THE TERM "DAILY" WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. If you have TONS of stuff happening there's no rule that says you have to tell the story only on the day it happened. Use the word "daily" loosely - as a guide - if you go to the Nutcracker on Sunday but already have a story you want to share for that day then tell the Nutcracker story on a different day. No big deal.

7. HAVE FUN. Yes, have fun. If it becomes not fun, switch things up. Do something different. Put your camera away and just write or put down your pen and just take photos or have a day where you just play with your products to create a cool collage of memories on the page.

8. THINK ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. Consider what you wish you knew about someone in your life and how they spent their holidays. What was their perspective, what did they love most? Get those types of stories into your book. I'm continually thinking from the perspective of what I wish I knew, and what I most want my kids to know down the road.

9. SPEND THE TIME YOU MIGHT BE SURFING AROUND FOR INSPIRATION WORKING ON YOUR PROJECT. I know how it goes. Trust me, I know.

If you want more specific ideas don't forget to check out the 25 December Daily™ Ideas and Story Inspiration post for more ways to get you motivated for telling your December stories.

Here's a few other great places to find, and share, December Daily™ visual inspiration:


Tomorrow I'll be back early in the AM with my DAY ONE post (I have to live it before I can document it). That post will include a place for you to link to your stories of the day.

Most of all my hope for you is that this album brings YOU joy.

Now go live your life, record some stories and make a little something.

Happy December!


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  1. Amy Jaz says…
    12/01/2011

    So excited to start this journey today! I already have my topic selected and my page created. Just waiting to add my photo and journaling tonight! Thank you for the creative inspiration!

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  2. Glenda Dalman says…
    12/01/2011

    My very first time, and I'll do my best to finish this album.Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Kristyn says…
    12/01/2011

    Many thanks for all the generous sharing you do here on your site. I so appreciate the permission you give us to make it our own. I sometimes get caught up in the perfection of it all. Have a wonderful december daily.

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  4. Connie R says…
    12/01/2011

    Even though it is tough to fit this in, timewise, this is the one album I try to complete every year. And, given that it is our daughter's high school senior year, and the last year she may be with us every day during December, I am trying really hard to document the month in pictures. I think this project is one thing that helps me focus on the reasons we treasure and celebrate the Advent during this month. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. Karen Heisler says…
    12/01/2011

    Woke up to SNOW this morning! What a great way to say "hello" to December! I couldn't ask for a better moment for day 1!

    Ali, thanks for the inspiration and the chances to win great stuff!

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  6. Linda says…
    12/01/2011

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project. I realize it is at it's heart a holiday project...but...oh what huge transitional moments it has captured for us!

    This morning I sent my camera to school with my second grader.... when i stopped by mid-morning the primary director couldn't quit giggling (Mrs. V is a 50-something woman).. all she would say is a very very cryptic.... "All I can say is we might have taken a couple photos of Ella...and of the snow we made...and of well each other...can we keep your camera?" I can hardly wait to see what they captured.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/01/2011

      I loved reading that :)

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    12/01/2011

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  8. Angela says…
    12/01/2011

    What could be more fitting to kick off December than with our first snow of the season? Just found my day one inspiration!

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  9. Amanda says…
    12/01/2011

    Looking forward to this project ...

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  10. Jennifer says…
    12/01/2011

    My first year that I will try this. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  11. ShellyP says…
    12/01/2011

    Wow! I love reading all the comments about how excited everyone is to get started on the DD's. Just reading these make me smile! This is such a Happy Place. I love it!
    I'm anxious to see the pages that are posted and "lift" some of your ideas!
    Thanks Ali for your guidance and encouragement and contribution to making the holidays happy! Happy Holidays everyone!

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  12. Cheryl M says…
    12/01/2011

    Hi Ali and thanks so much for doing this every year. This is my 2nd year doing DD and I've been so looking forward to this day. Have my photo taken and will be working on my post tonight.
    Merry Christmas everybody and Happy DDing!!

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  13. Marianne says…
    12/01/2011

    Soo excited to begin! This is my 4th year and it's probably one of my favorite projects to do! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Jane says…
    12/01/2011

    I made a "kind thoughts" advent card using the digital designers kit.

    Printed the pdf of the card and mod podged onto some golden fabric that I got in a plastic sack from the local curtain maker (and has been sitting in the back kitchen for 6+ months).

    The first card said 'invite someone you love to dinner' and my three year old was so excited to get this thought. I got huge hugs, 'Mama, Mama, I invite you' and a dance around the kitchen. It was worth making the whole set just for the delight (and the hugs) so that is the DD story for day one.

    My husband wanted to know where the 3 year will take me. I thought the kids would say something like invite Papa or Granny or someone like that. Or that it would be totally over their heads (and the plain olde chocolate calendar would win).

    So I am chuffed and feeling loved. And now I am going to bed happy. :-)

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    1. Ali says…
      12/01/2011

      Just so awesome.

  15. Hannah says…
    12/01/2011

    My kids got up this morning and exclaimed "yes! we can start the advent calendars!" I got up and said "yes! I can start December Daily!" I keep smiling to myself thinking about the fun to come :)

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  16. Karen Geckler says…
    12/01/2011

    I have followed your Dec. Daily projects for years, but never actually completed one for myself. Well, 2011 is my year to participate. thank you for sharing your inspiration and talent.

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  17. Sue FitzGerald says…
    12/01/2011

    This year I am letting go and embracing imperfection by using my Iphone camera to capture December. No worries of editing, camera settings etc, just memories and it's always with me. I have the 365 app whcih allows a photo a day and journaling so even if I don't get to it everyday there are still prompts there so I don't forget. I'm even reusing the album I made last year that I never used. Maybe this year I will not only start Dec daily but actually finish it too :-)

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  18. Jenny Star Lor says…
    12/01/2011

    Well said! I needed to read that. Thank you for the great post.

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  20. Stephanie says…
    12/01/2011

    Would love the chance to win! Thanks for the inspiration! Can't wait to start my December Daily!

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  22. Michelle Bazeley says…
    12/01/2011

    I love this post. People get so stressed out over projects like this. I am not doinf a daily album, but I am looking forward to doing lots of layouts-maybe even a mini album?? I am goign to take little notes here and there to help me along. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. Deb A says…
    12/01/2011

    Just finished our first page for our first December Daily. All the Advent Calendars are out, including our favs from Canada. Documenting our first Christmas in a new country feels like a special gift. Thank you Ali.

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  24. Cynthia H says…
    12/01/2011

    Ali, did you write #9 just for me? ; D

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  25. susanmcl says…
    12/01/2011

    this is going to be fun!

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