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December Daily® 2015 | Foundation Pages, Video Overview + Free "Intentions" Printable

Here we go!

Welcome back (or welcome if this is your first adventure) to one of my most favorite storytelling adventures: December Daily®

I've been getting my album ready recently and am here today to share my start. I'm primarily using the  Main December Daily® Kit this year with a few things added in from some of the Mini Kits as well as a few additional products from my stash (there can never be enough stars). As I share my images below I'll be sure to identify which products come from which kit if they aren't from the Main Kit

I'm taking my own advice this year and making this project work for me. This year it means simplifying my foundation pages a bit to give me a little more freedom in December to get the stories told I want to tell. As you view the pages below you'll see that not everything is adhered down or pockets stitched/fused shut. I've also included a video overview at the bottom of this post for a more in-person look at where I'm at with my album. 

A couple other things I know to be true as I embark on this adventure again: 

  1. I am very likely not to use a full 2-page spread for each day. Right now I've left more than enough page protectors in the album to accommodate a 2-page spread (a left and a right page) for 25 days. I know I'll be adjusting that as I go because not all stories need a spread. 
  2. I am loving the neutral, white and grey this year with pops of red and green and silver and gold. 
  3. I shared my Design Map a couple weeks ago - basically the current layout of the page protectors. If that's helpful you can download it here. My current pages seen here follow this set up but keep in mind it will likely adjust as I make my way through the month and don't always use 2-pages for a spread on a particular day. 
  4. Please forgive the color discrepancies in some of my images below. I had a challenging time editing these this time around (dealing with loss of daylight).
  5. I'm excited to add more embellishments from the Main Kit to my photos and journaling as I identify the stories I want to tell over the course of the 25 days. I'll also be printing any daily overlays on demand vs. printing them in advance. This will allow me to print them on my photos as well as onto cardstock without printing so many out in advance that I end up not using. I've cut up cards from the Main Kit 6x8 pages and have them in a basket on my table along with a box of other embellishments from the Main Kit ready to be used in December. 
  6. I love this project.

BEGIN WITH AN INTENTION

If you are in my Storytelling With December Daily® workshop you heard me talk a lot in the presentation this week about setting an intention for December/the holiday season/the album as a really wonderful way to begin this process. Last year I offered a free printable to begin your album with the title "My (or Our) Reason Why" and you can still grab that here if it speaks to you. This year I'm starting off my album with a page titled "Intentions" which is similar to my reason why in terms of stating in advance why I'm embarking on this adventure again. Click the text below the image to download the easy-to-print PDF/PNG package.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INTENTIONS PACKAGE.

If you'd like more inspiration and ideas about setting your intention and telling your story this year there's still time to join my  Storytelling with December Daily® workshop. This is my first time offering an in-depth and official December Daily® workshop and over a thousand people have joined in and are sharing and supporting one another as we head into December. The first lesson includes video walk-throughs of all nine of my past albums with thoughts on what I've learned and loved over the years. The feedback about the content has been really great. We still have a few 4x6 stamp sets available that ship free to you after registering for the workshop (the class shop page and images will be updated when they are all gone). 

Here's a look at my starting point for 2015 (video at the end of the images): 

It's really hard to see via these images but I embossed the inside of my cover with  White Embossing Powder (White Opaque Zing) and this 12x12 star stencil from The Crafter's Workshop by Jenni Bowlin. The size of the stencil is awesome because you can lay it right down in the album and then use Versamark Embossing Ink right on top without having to reposition a smaller stencil. 

You can see it better in this close-up here: 

The silver star is from the main kit and the metal "15" are an older product from Tim Holtz. He has  something similar still available that is about 1/4 an inch shorter. These numbers are not actually attached to the album, rather I used placed the brads and then used a rolled up Sticky Dots inside the number to adhere it to the album. 

Opposite the embossed stars I added one of the printed transparent pages with a red snowflake and the rubber December Daily® banner on top (all from the main kit). I adhered the rubber banner to the snowflake and the snowflake to the patterned transparency using  Super Sticky Red Tape

Currently the next page is holding the "merry happy love joy" pattern paper from the  Main Kit. I might leave it as is or I might add something to it. I kinda just like it as it is

On the backside I included my Intentions page for 2015. You can grab this printable up at the top of this page. I included a couple different colors for you as well as the PNG file that you can use as you'd like for your personal projects. 

I used  Tim Holtz scissors to cut one of the wood snowflakes in half and adhered them with a Scotch Dot N Roller adhesive

One of the things I did while setting up these pages was play with  metal rimmed circle tags, embossing powders, stamps, and a 1-inch circle punch (among a few other things). For this sample I used the Icon Stamps and the Holiday Circles Stamps (both part of the December Daily® collection this year). The embossing powders I'm using this time include: Zing White OpaqueTim Holtz White (works just like the White Zing),Tim Holtz Red TinselTim Holtz Gold TinselZing Pewter Metallic, and Zing Green Metallic. I stamped and embossed the above circles onto white cardstock, punched them out, and then adhered them to the metal rimmed circle tags. The black and gold "noel" pattern paper is from the Jasmine Jones Mini Kit and the "E" (for my last name) is part of the alphabet that's included in the Kelly Purkey Mini Kit. The chipboard gold star is from my stash of stars. 

Opposite my intentions page I have one of the 2 inch x 2 inch pocket pages. I cut off the third row of pockets (just laid it on my trimmer and cut it off) and added a 2-inch index tab. Inside I stamped "tis the season" on both sides using  Memento Luxe Gray Flannel Ink. Into the pockets I added some of the metal rimmed circle tags I created above + a wood snowflake + a silver star (both included in the Main Kit).

On the back side I punched more circles from pattern papers and adhered them to the backs of the circle tags. I also used the white embossing powder on the back of the silver star. 

Knowing that December 1 begins on a Tuesday I decided to  cut out "tuesday" using white cardstock and my Silhouette (traced the PNG file) and lay it on top of a piece of thick, clear plastic. Bazzill offers this and it's called Plastic Paper. The sheets I have here are from Studio Calico - I looked on their site but I didn't see them anymore. You can also achieve this same thing by simply cutting up some extra page protectors to slip inside the pockets.  

Day two currently includes an embossed large red #2 + one of the Jasmine Jones gold foil cards. The other two 3x4 pockets are empty.

Sometimes these foundation pages are a challenge to look at online because the backs of other cards are often still visible that will be covered when the final stories are told. 

I took one of the large red letters from the Main Kit - the 2 obviously - and used the "celebrate this" stamp + white embossing powder to create the textured pattern on top of the 2. To keep the two in the pocket I simply used some of the gold stripe washi tape from the kit and folded it in half across the top of the pocket. 

Day three includes the "3" card from the Main Kit + a "magic" card from the Kelly Purkey Mini Kit and an embossed 3x4 card from the Jasmine Jones Mini Kit.

Day four includes the "4" card with some small gold stars around the circle. It also includes the "ah, yeah" card, a tree, and green striped paper from the main kit.

Day five currently includes a full pattern page of stars, a #5 from the  Emily Ley Mini Kit, and a set of five numbered tags (Main Kit) held together with one of these loop pins from Tim Holtz

Right now the tag set is just sitting in a 3x4 pocket. My plan is to do some kind of list of five "somethings" on this day and will either write or attach photos to the back of each tag.

On the loop pin I also added a metal  circle philosophy tag from Tim Holtz ("cherish") and a wood star. The wood star is either from a previous December Daily® kit or from Freckled Fawn - again it came from my star stash. 

For day six I've got the back of day five and one of the 2 inch x 2 inch pocket pages. I took one of the white number tags and cropped it to 2 inch x 2 inch. I also added a couple more of those metal rimmed tags with the embossed circle stamps. 

In between day seven I added the full page "most wonderful time of the year" transparency (main kit).

The day seven card is from the  Ashley Goldberg Mini Kit

For day eight I embossed another one of the large red letters - this time with a small star stamp. I paired that chipboard 8 with one of the super cute cards from the  Emily Ley Mini Kit

Day nine currently features the #9 card from the main kit. I embossed the back of the red eighth (it's actually the pewter color but looks different here). I might not leave the 8 there or I might put a card or photo behind it - not sure just yet. On the full page 8.5 x 11 I slipped in one of the large wood circles. I'm thinking about doing a full page of circles (photos, etc) but want to wait to see what story I'm inspired to tell on that day. 

Day ten. I love this 6 inch x 8 inch paper from  Ashley Goldberg's Mini Kit. I'm thinking of writing on that tree with a silver or white pen once I know my story (I'm still skeptical of white pens). 

Right now day eleven only includes one of the white number tags - I'll be using it in some way or another. One thing you might see me do is use that tag as a page in the album - punching three holes using it that way. Maybe a photo on the back trimmed to the same size as the tag. 

For day twelve, which currently begins on the back of the 2 inch x 2 inch pocket page, I cropped another one of the white tags to fit into the pocket. I've also added the branches full page pattern transparency here. 

Wood "december" circle from the main kit paired with a 13 card from Ashley Goldberg's Mini Kit. 

Day fourteen includes large red numbers, the back of the wood circle + a wood star, the "favorite moments" card from Jasmine's kit and the embossed "december" 6 inch x 8 inch page from the main kit. I'll likely emboss something onto those numbers again - another stamp maybe once my story is established. 

Day fifteen features the "golden days" 6 inch x 8 inch pattern paper + a "15" card from the  Ashley Goldberg Mini Kit + a silhouette cut using this digital set: Daily Stories & Photos. I used the same plastic 4 inch x 6 inch piece I used on the "tuesday" at the beginning of the album. Those two cuts have been sitting on my desk for months and when I started putting these pages together I decided to include them here. 

For day sixteen I've included the "around here" card from the main kit + a gold chipboard 16 from the  Emily Ley Mini Kit that I trimmed to fit into the 2 inch x 2 inch pocket. 

And for some reason I didn't get a shot of day seventeen - but you can see I've got a white number tag in there waiting to be used. 

Day eighteen includes one of the silver stars + the word "eighteen" from the One Little Bird Mini Kit. I love those little chipboard numbers. 

In the image above you can see both days 19 and 20 ( 20 is obviously in the next pocket page). I paired one of the activity cards from Emily's Mini Kit + the #19 from Ashley's Mini Kit + the "happy holidays" 4x6 from the main kit. 

Day twenty-one features another one of the white number tags + the a 2 inch x 2 inch pocket page. Right now I've got another metal rimmed tag + a wood star + one of the wood trees. I might end up cutting that page down so they are less pockets when the day actually arrives or I might need them all. 

Day twenty-two features the "jingle all the way" pattern paper + two two's that were part of a metal number set. I have no idea on the source - anyone else have those and remember who made them? They are not attached to the page yet. 

For day twenty-three I've added the 6x8 hand drawn words pattern paper + the full page transparency with the circles + a today card + a wood snowflake + a "23" from the Emily Ley Mini Kit + a 3x4 "fa la la" card from Jasmine Jones Mini Kit

Christmas Eve currently includes a "24" card from Ashley's Mini Kit + a "good times" card from the main kit + one of my all time favorite cards designed by Jasmine and included in her Mini Kit ("together"). Rather than hoarding it I'm using it. 

For the twenty-fifth I'm leaving it pretty open and spread out over a couple of pages. Above you see the tree pattern and the 6x8 "ho ho ho" page from the main kit. 

Current last page is the "merry christmas" pattern paper from Ashley's Mini Kit. In the next page of pockets I've got a red snowflake and the "25" badge waiting. I ended up with a few more page protectors after the 25 spreads that I'll take out after I make my way through the month. 

Here's a look at my album via a video overview:

Again thank you so much for joining me in telling your own stories in your own voice this holiday season! If you have any questions about your order please feel free to connect with my Customer Service team here (make sure you are logged in to your account before starting your conversation). I'm happy to answer any process questions in the comments below. 

Bring on December!

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95 thoughts

  1. summer82 says…
    11/11/2015

    Wonderful words, inspiration and spirit. So ready for the holidays now after reading your intentions letter. Cozy and magical are the perfect words for the season's goal.

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  2. deedee58 says…
    11/11/2015

    I have a question. On day three and day eight you say the '3' and '8' cards are from the main kit. I have the main kit but haven't seen these. Are you sure they aren't from another kit? Just wondering. Pages look great. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/11/2015

      Hi! They are on the backs of one of the 6x8 patterns (well, the '8' is a red chipboard piece so i'm guessing you mean "9").

  3. kelfergie1803 says…
    11/11/2015

    looking gorgeous Ali, and so making me wish Id brought a few other of the mini kits! Can't wait to sit and have a play around with my album.
    I have a quick question about embossing. It's something i love the look of but not sure on what the correct why to go about it. do i ned to "stamp" with a special ink then add the embossing powder and heat?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/11/2015

      Hi - yes. You need a stamp + embossing ink (Versamark is the brand name I use) + embossing powder. You basically stamp using the ink and then pour some powder on top, shake off the excess, and then use a heat gun to set or essentially "melt" the powder. It's super fun :).

  4. RhondaN says…
    11/11/2015

    Love the embossing on the inside cover and on the red numbers! I spent the day working on my album today assembling some pages and on the cover. Looking forward to this Dec. journey with you!

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  5. tccba says…
    11/11/2015

    I have metal numbers like that, and I am pretty sure they were 7 Gypsies? Love this foundation, and I am so excited to start mine! My youngest will take his first airplane ride during December with me, so I am so happy to have that in the album too!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Oh cool - I could have been totally wrong about it. And a first airplane ride? That's awesome.

    2. Kary13 says…
      11/12/2015

      No. I have them still in their package--Tim Holtz. Maybe they'll finally get out of the package this year!

    3. kalibetsy says…
      11/14/2015

      I have them in the package too and they are Tim Holtz. I finally am going to use them as well.

  6. sarahsworld2000 says…
    11/11/2015

    Your pages look amazing. I can't wait for my album to come. I've seen packages of the hand drawn stars by studio calico at JoAnn's this week.
    http://www.joann.com/printshop-laser-cut-wood-veneer-shapes-28%2Fpkg-stars/13683875.html#q=wood%2Bstar&start=2

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Oh cool - thank you!

    2. kalibetsy says…
      11/14/2015

      Sarah
      Thank you so much for the link. I have tried to track these down for year with no success. I ordered them online because my local Joanns doesn't carry them.

  7. Thumper says…
    11/12/2015

    What font did you use for the Intentions? It's so pretty.

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    1. lbvancura says…
      11/12/2015

      It is Ali's handwriting.

    2. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Hi - that's my handwriting :).

    3. Thumper says…
      11/12/2015

      So beautiful!!

  8. mtercha says…
    11/12/2015

    Beautiful foundation pages. I won't be taking this journey this year, looks like I thought ahead and made the right choice, I'm in the hospital now with no release date in sight. But I look very forward to following along, seeing your photos and stories, and the layouts as they come. Love the ideas here, great stuff. Michelle t

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Sending you love Michelle.

    2. AnnetteH says…
      11/17/2015

      sending love as well. hope you get well soon.

  9. PrinzessinN says…
    11/12/2015

    Dear Ali,

    Thank you very much for this bunch of inspiration.

    I am so in love with this project and can not wait to receive my 6x8 album in order to start with my story.

    This year I allowed myself to order your main kit and 3 mini kits (one mini kit is a gift for a good friend). I am happy and hope there will be a lot of lovely memories in December.

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  10. Mel_12 says…
    11/12/2015

    I think the amount of prep work is just perfect and I am now inspired to get my foundation pages finished! And I'd like to say that I'm in the Storytelling class and it is so wonderful, in depth and so worth it and we're only on week 2! Really I can't recommend it enough if you are a December Daily fan.

    Thanks Ali!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Thank you!

  11. cannycrafter says…
    11/12/2015

    Thanks Ali for the awesome inspiration as usual. I'm done with my foundation pages but you have inspired me to break out my embossing powders this year and use them more! Love how you used that inside your album cover so may give that a try.

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  12. dawnnikol says…
    11/12/2015

    Ali, thank you for taking the time to put this together. I also really appreciate the photo overview in addition to the video. I struggle to watch videos because they take more time and I'm interrupted most of the time by my kids. ;) I love what you've done and how you've combined bits and pieces from the mini kits without changing your overall feel. I can't wait to see the rest in December!

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    1. katie1980 says…
      11/17/2015

      Dawn, you are not the only one who struggles with time to watch the videos! I love having the photo overview and then the option to watch the video later if I get a chance. Beautiful foundation, Ali :)

  13. Jeannew says…
    11/12/2015

    Looks great! It's great inspiration that the foundation pages are manageable. Love the circle tags. I'm definitely going to do that!

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  14. hgauvin says…
    11/12/2015

    Thanks so much for sharing your process of putting together foundation pages. And thank you for the links to the products you used. I can't wait to start playing - my album arrived yesterday (no problem removing the sticker!).

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Have fun!

  15. kathleen says…
    11/12/2015

    I adore your foundation pages, Ali! Thank you so much for sharing them. They're a huge inspiration for me. I never get started this early, but after seeing your pages I had to dive in!!! So excited for this project!
    Question for you: how do you attach the Avery index tabs on your pages? Do they have an adhesive of their own already on them?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Hi Kathleen - those index tabs already have adhesive on them :).

    2. kathleen says…
      11/12/2015

      Okay. Thanks! Ill keep my eyes out for them.

  16. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    11/12/2015

    Rolling up my sleeves and ordering a heat gun :)

    Also commiting to using my Sew Easy at last - it's been sitting there calling out "play with me" for way too long!

    Thanks for the wonderful show and tell Ali!

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  17. jaimeelynn says…
    11/12/2015

    first of all, darn you for being so awesome Ali. I love some of the things you did while prepping your album, so now I have to get back to work and buy more stuff to try some new things out.

    Second, I found the star wood veneers you were looking for: http://www.joann.com/printshop-laser-cut-wood-veneer-shapes-28%2Fpkg-stars/13683875.html?mkwid=t2hLbYPs|dc&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Shopping+-+Scrapbooking&CS_003=10131488&CS_010=%5BProductId%5D&gclid=CMHBqcXDi8kCFYQ8aQodLI0Ktg

    hopefully they don't go out of stock in five minutes!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Thank you!

    2. cryslee444 says…
      11/13/2015
  18. alfamare says…
    11/12/2015

    I love what you've done so far this year! I confess I usually shamelessly copy what you do for the most part. I am creative too, but this project is so much more fun for me if I do what you do, substituting my own photos and stories. I also go to the end of the month because we celebrate as a family on the 27th-30th-ish. This is my second year with DD, and I've already picked several layouts from your past DD albums for extras. Christmas was my Mom's favorite season and when she died (in 1998) it was years before I could even celebrate at all. Now I find I really want to do this project well for my kids and grandkids. Thank you so much!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      I'm super happy to do the work I do to help you enjoy the project that much more!

  19. Peggydid says…
    11/12/2015

    Asymmetrical wood veneer stars are sold on Amazon (amazon.com). Studio Calico. They are about 1" and 1 1/4" across.

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  20. ericathomas says…
    11/12/2015

    I'm excited to jump into DD again this year! I'm curious to see how those number tags play out during December in your album. They seem a little "out of the box" (pun intended) for how orderly and organized your albums always are. It would bug me that they stick out past the top of the pockets but you will do awesome things with them I am sure!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/12/2015

      Oh I'm pretty sure after setting up these pages that I will probably use them as a "page" and punch holes to fit the rings.

  21. jchurch2 says…
    11/12/2015

    Amazing, amazing, amazing! You inspire me. You share so much of yourself. Just love all your ideas. Thank you for sharing so completely!

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  22. Smylee87 says…
    11/12/2015

    Ali, I'm wondering if you pay attention to the calendar when you put your foundation pages together. For example, do you leave more space for journaling on weekend days versus the week days? Love what you have shared here and I'm loving the December Stories class! Such a fun project!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/13/2015

      Hi - I don't :). I just figure that I'll find a way to make it work.

  23. abragg79 says…
    11/13/2015

    This is great! I can't wait to see how it all comes together come December.

    Lots of great ideas that I will shamelessly be borrowing - I'm back in the hospital for another induction chemo that could potentially keep me here through mid December (though we're all hoping that won't be the case this time) so I need as much help as I can get this month. I've never been a "fan" of foundation pages, but that may what I have to do this year to keep it simple for myself.

    Thanks again, Ali, for sharing these projects with us.

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    1. mtercha says…
      11/13/2015

      Hi, abragg79, I'm in the hospital, too. Got wallopped by another infection and I don't have a release date. Thinking of you, with my best wishes. Michelle t

    2. katie1980 says…
      11/17/2015

      Thinking of you both, and hoping that you can still get to do some fun crafting and planning even in the hospital. {{hugs}} Katie xxx

  24. heatherw says…
    11/13/2015

    Hi Ali,
    Looking forward to our December Daily journeys. You may have referenced it elsewhere, but could you share the card stock you are using/plan to use for the intentions page and any of the other date overlay pages you may choose to use in this project.
    Heather

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/13/2015

      I usually just use Bazzill White or Epson Presentation Paper.

  25. Mindnic says…
    11/13/2015

    Love this!! One of my favorite days of the year is to sit down with my coffee and see your foundation pages. What photo paper are you using now? You got me hooked on the Ilford Gallerie smooth pearl but it is either always out of stock or really expensive now.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/17/2015

      Hi! I'm using Epson Premium Photo Paper - it's glossy.

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