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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:

>> DOWNLOAD THE CHRISTMAS CHEER PNG FILE HERE.

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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65 thoughts

  1. Sarah says…
    12/02/2012

    Your first page is gorgeous Ali - so inspiring - and I love the white and red. Looking forward to seeing how you use the 4x6 format.

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  2. Monica L. says…
    12/02/2012

    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.

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  3. Jodie says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  4. sharon71 says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  5. audra says…
    12/02/2012

    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!

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  6. dawn says…
    12/02/2012

    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.

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  7. Jenni Hufford says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  8. December Daily 2012 – Tag 1 | Passion & Details says…
    12/02/2012

    [...] und ein Tab habe ich noch hinzugefügt – keep it spimple! Ali Edwards zeigt auf Ihrem Blog wie jedes Jahr Ihr eigenes December Daily und sammelt Links zu andere. Inspiration ohne Ende! [...]

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  9. Sylvia says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  10. Mary in IL says…
    12/02/2012

    Lovin' the 4x6 size, makes it so doable!

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  11. Mary Sara P. says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  12. Cristina says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  13. angela g a says…
    12/02/2012

    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?

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    1. Steph says…
      12/02/2012

      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. :)

  14. christen says…
    12/02/2012

    love your first page!

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  15. Mallory says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  16. Michelle M. says…
    12/02/2012

    I really like this one! I watched Elf for the first time ever just last night and really liked it! I like the 4x6 size you are doing and how cute this is without any pictures! Thanks for the inspiration, as always! :)

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  17. Pidgen says…
    12/02/2012

    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! ;)

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  18. Laura says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  19. Sherry Eckblad says…
    12/02/2012

    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.

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  20. Kristen says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  21. Babz says…
    12/02/2012

    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.

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    1. Babz says…
      12/07/2012
    2. Megan says…
      12/07/2012

      I'd love to see your quote pages.

    3. Jennifer says…
      12/02/2012

      Love this...great idea!!

  22. jen says…
    12/02/2012

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

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  23. Samantha L says…
    12/02/2012

    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?

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  24. Debbie S. says…
    12/02/2012

    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. :)

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  25. Annette says…
    12/02/2012

    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!

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