December Daily® 2019 | Foundation Pages

For December Daily® this year I decided to mix things up and go with the smaller sized 4x6 album

I used that size back in 2012 and felt ready to revisit it again. After working through my foundation pages I am so, so excited to be working with this size. It totally feels just right for what I'm wanting this year. 

As you'll see, my album is already full and now just waiting for me to add my photos and stories in December. 

Many of the pages I'm sharing below are part of this year's December Daily® Product Play 3 workshop which begins on November 5th. I designed nine specific pages using hexagons, wreaths, and numbers for that class which includes video tutorials and additional information on how I created those pages. That workshop also includes projects from contributors so you can see how other people are playing with the products and a digital package.

Most of the products I'm using this year are from my December Daily® collection. The Main Kit + some albums are still available here if you are just learning about this project or if you decide you'd like to have those to help you get your stories told this holiday season. I've also added a couple things from from other collections as I do every year. I also generally incorporate a variety of random basic supplies which are listed at the bottom of this post.

If you are brand new to December Daily® I highly recommend checking out my Storytelling With December Daily® workshop. It will absolutely help you get to the heart of the matter + the project for yourself and help you get your head and your heart aligned for how you want to approach this project.

General yearly reminders: 

  • I tell one story per day from December 1 through December 25. Just one. One is more than enough for me. Some days it's something meaningful and other days it's something silly and other days it's just something really random. Remember that the beauty in this project is that it's the sum of all the days coming together vs. any individual story that is most awesome. 
  • YOU DO YOU. Your stories, your motivation, your enjoyment, your time constraints, your products might be totally different than mine and that is awesome. Don't feel like you have to be something you are not in this project - there's generally enough of those kinds of feelings already in the world. This is a project for you. This is not a competition or an invitation/permission to figure out a way to feel bad about yourself. Make the process and your stories work for you and your own life right now.

In looking at what I did so far it feels like I did even more prep than past years. I'm excited to be able to focus on the words and photos in December.

As always, I will more than likely move some things around. What I love about doing Foundation Pages is that the process gives me a starting place. I've done a bunch of work already which allows me to focus more on the stories and the photos in December itself. I will be sharing my pages daily here on my blog just as I've done in years past. 

Let's dive in!

Inside the front cover of my album this year I used two of the large white wooden numbers. On top of those numbers I embossed gold stars using the star stamp from this setgold embossing powder. I trimmed off some of the top of the two and the bottom of the five and where they meet together under the star. On top of the numbers I added the large red rubber star. I adhered it all down with red line tape adhesive

At first I considered adding these numbers to the front of the album but ended up preferring it on the inside cover. 

To start my pages I selected a gold glitter dot transparency and placed one of the Pleather Circle Embellishments on top. I wanted to make sure I used this one since it includes the year on the embellishment itself. 

To punch holes for any of the pages in this album I used a Power Punch

On the other side I added another one of the Pleather Embellishments. Those were definitely one of my favorite products we offered this year + we hope to make more of this style for future releases. 

This year I decided to combine Day 1 and my reason why. It's just what felt right to me. In past years these have been separate pages with much longer writing but this year I felt like being very specific and pairing it with my Day 1 story which will include a yet-to-be-taken family photo (that's what I asked for on my birthday last year and I'm planning on doing that again).

To create this first page I used the white star 3x8 transparency + a red glitter "one" that was cut with my Silhouette Cameo for Day 10 (red glitter paper was purchased at a craft store) + the gold alpha from the Main Kit + a border strip I created that includes my reason why for 2019. I used tape to temporarily adhere the star transparency to my reason why strip and then ran it through my sewing machine to literally stitch the two pieces together. 

Along the top and connected to a white piece of cardstock I used some washi tape to create a flip up. The idea here is that the piece that includes the "one" lives outside the page protector and the white 4x6 goes inside the page protector. 

On the back side of the flip up I added some pattern paper from the Main Kit. I plan to add our family photo here for Day One. 

Details on Day 2 will be found in December Daily® Product Play 3. I used the 6x8 Number Stamp + gold embossing powder + a star transparency

Day 3 includes one of the 2-pocket page protectors. Inside I've slipped one of the rubber tags from the Main Kit + a white plastic three from the Main Kit + a small Tim Holtz Christmas Tokenthe "enjoy" card from the Main Kit. I also added some red + white twine through the circle of the tag. 

On the back of the rubber tag I added "four" using the Main Kit gold alphabet onto the outside of the page protector. 

Details on this hexagon page will be included in the Product Play 3 Workshop (it's an interactive element). Products include a large tag and hexagon embellishment from the Main Kit (tag is trimmed to fit) and ribbon (Prima Peppermint Trim) placed through the hole of the tag. 

I'll likely staple the trim down after I add a photo/story to the back of the tag for the following day. 

For Day 6 I cut up one of the 6x8, 2 inch pocket page protectors to fit into this album. 

Right now I've just added one of the small tags from the Die Cut Bundle and I used the gold alphabet from the Main Kit on top of a small piece of transparency to spell "six."

For Day 7 I cut the half-circle pattern paper from the Die Cut Page Insert pack to fit (trimmed off the top and bottom). I love having that rounded page edge. 

For Day 8 I was super excited to add in this wood veneer number. I embossed using the small star on the Merry Everything Stamp Set and gold embossing powder. 

It takes a bit of time to do this one stamp at a time but I love the messy pattern result.

To hold the pleather embellishment in place I cut a clear plastic page and adhered the circle on top. My plan is to most likely cut a photo into a circle to add to the back once I establish my story. 

I also see that that "eight" could totally be a snowman. 

Details on Day 9 are included in the Product Play 3 Workshop. The page is built on a plastic sheet cut to the same size as a page protector and features circle fabric embellishments and a custom number circle. 

Chipboard pieces from the Main Kit are included on the back. 

Day 10 is also featured in the Product Play 3 Workshop (cut file and "loving" page are included in the class digital package). 

Small circle numbers are included on the Main Kit chipboard. 

Day 11 currently features a Specialty Journal Card (digital option available here) and a single pocket page protector (I cut off the second pocket). Along the outside edge I've added an Avery Index Tab. Today card is from the Main Kit. 

Details on Day 12 are included in Product Play 3

For Day 13 so far I've added one of the 4x6 journal cards from the Main Kit. I love that I can just punch holes and add them to the album. 

Day 14 is included in Product Play 3 and is also built on a sheet of clear plastic using Chipboard Bundle 1hexagon punch + pattens from the Main Kit + fabric stars from the Variety Sticker Bundle + gold stars from the Main Kit. 

For Day 15 I cut down the 6x8 Star Transparency from the 6x8 Bundle + the gold chipboard numbers + a white plastic number from the Main Kit.

Day 16 features a 3x4 card from the Main Kit + one of the Transparency Phrases

Day 17 right now just includes the gold alpha letters on top of a clear plastic page (cut down to the size of the page protector). 

Day 18 details are included in Product Play 3

Day 19 currently includes the gold dot transparency + the transparent wreath from the Main Kit + a Tim Holtz Christmas Words Adornment.

I cut another page protector for the following day. 

Day 22 features large vellum numbers. Details will be included in Product Play 3

The Santa transparency is showing up for Day 23. I cut that down from 6x8 to 4x6 and slipped it into the pocket. I also added the white plastic 23 and one of the plastic embellishments from the Main Kit (right now these are just hanging out in there waiting for the story). 

Planning to use this shipping tag as either part of the Santa story or on its own. 

I slipped another of the rubber tags from the Main Kit into a 3x4 pocket and paired it with the together card. 

For either Day 24 or Day 25 I'm going with this multi-page flip out and up page (details are in Product Play 3). 

My plan is to add a bunch of photos from either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 

I'm so excited to add my photos and stories to this album soon!

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Registration is now open for our first ever 12 Hours | December Daily® Online Prep Day. Join us for a fun day filled with ideas and inspiration and live video check-ins between 8am and 7pm. Grab all the details here. Videos will be saved for later viewing in case you are unable to participate on this specific day. 

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  1. smultringunn says…
    10/30/2019

    Love love love! Especially love all the gold and red. Will definitely be stealing lots of these ideas and I cannot wait for Product Play 3! Oh, and some friends and I are gathering for our own DD Prep Party on Nov 9 so we'll be following along with the online party together. I really appreciate the community around December Daily.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      I love that you are doing that! Felt totally into the red + gold this time.

  2. RhondaN says…
    10/30/2019

    Ali your foundation pages are wonderful! I love all of stamping, embossing, shapes and colors!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      Thank you!

  3. belleacropper says…
    10/30/2019

    So fun Ali !! thank you for sharing !!!! I love your foundation pages ! Can't wait for Product Play 3! Will there be some Digital content ?
    thank you :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      Yes - there will be a digital package!

  4. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    10/30/2019

    Amazing foundation pages! Just signed up for the online prep day - sad I'll have to watch the recorded version but couldn't resist being part of this. Looking forward to Product Play 3 too! Yippee, Christmas spirit is a wonderful thing.

    Two questions - for the clear plastic pages you've added - where did you get the clear plastic? Also, except for the clear plastic pages, are all the rest inserted into a page protector, or are some of the pages freestanding? Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      This is the clear plastic: https://amzn.to/2BQDL8X. There are other pattern transparency pages that are outside the page protectors too.

  5. runner says…
    10/30/2019

    Love the idea of a DD prep party!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      So fun! Looking forward to seeing how it goes!

  6. kalibetsy says…
    10/30/2019

    Every year I think that there is no way I will love the album as much as I loved last year and every year I am proved wrong!!!! So excited for the class to start and to start work on my foundation pages! Well done and thank you so much for sharing and creating products so we can tell stories!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      Thank you so much.

  7. jaimeelynn says…
    10/30/2019

    Love it all.....and weird my theme this year is comfort and joy too. It came to me as we are moving from a townhouse into a single family home just before thanksgiving...so we will be trying out our favorite traditions in a new home. That is where the comfort comes in. and the joy, well there are many mixed emotions about our move, so I hope our new home has an abundance of joy this holiday season.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      A new home sounds wonderful :)

  8. legal_memories says…
    10/30/2019

    Great pages as always - I am planning to use the 4x6 album too. After working on these foundation pages, do you think that you will still have enough blank page protectors to add your stories and photos or do you plan to just add paper to the album? It looks like in many cases you added paper and tags for the foundation pages - is that so you can "save" the page protectors? I guess I would like to know how many extra paper protectors you have left after doing your foundation pages?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      I have quite a few page protectors left - a lot actually. I decided that I wanted to work more outside than inside this time. I don't anticipate adding a lot back in but I'm not sure yet - most likely I will add a lot of full page photos (the size of the page protectors).

  9. CraftyCat says…
    10/30/2019

    Ali, for the inside cover -- the link to the star stamps you used does not go directly to a stamp.... can you fix this so we know what star stamp you used. Thank you. Fabulous pages!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      Hmmm, I wonder if that's because it's sold out? It's the physical stamp version of this one: https://www.aliedwards.com/shop/december-daily-2019-digital-patterned-block-stamp

  10. legal_memories says…
    10/30/2019

    Question about the prep party - I will be at a soccer tournament most of the day on Sat Nov 9 - if I buy the party, are the videos going to be available in one of your on-line "classrooms" like any other class? Or are these more like Facebook live videos?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      They will be saved and are available for viewing later!

  11. irenespie says…
    10/30/2019

    Awesome pages Ali. Love how it al turned out. Can't wait for product Play 3. And off course I had to join youon Nov 9th with the prepparty. So much fun to look forward to0. Thanks for Always being inspiring. Bye Irene from the Netherlands.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/30/2019

      Thanks Irene!

  12. bookemper says…
    10/30/2019

    I was so happy to be able to do the 4x6 album again this year. Your prep pages look fantastic and make me even more excited for this size. I just may do some foundation pages this year after watching this. We will be driving from Colorado to MA in December and I think it will help to have pages set up. Thanks Ali.

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  13. Jeannew says…
    10/30/2019

    Gorgeous! So many fun, playful ideas. Seems like more foundation pages than usual, as you said. Can’t wait for Product Play!

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  14. geordie281 says…
    10/30/2019

    AMAZING! You are so clever and creative. Very inspiring. Thanks Ali.

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  15. djarfemiano says…
    10/30/2019

    Ali, Thanks for the wonderful inspiration once again! Beautiful.

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  16. stkong7 says…
    10/31/2019

    Looks good Ali! You are inspiring as always! Can't wait to get together with my sis to set up our pages....an ongoing tradition for the past 4 years!

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  17. PrinzessinN says…
    10/31/2019

    Love it all. Like you I really like pages outside the page protectors. After seeing this, I am totally in mood to do some foundation pages on my own. I love this approach.

    And I am thinking of a 4x6 album too. I did it once but since then it was always 6x8 because I needed more space.

    Today I went through your older foundation pages posts on your blog and I saw a lot of inspiration for my 6x8 album. Can't wait to find time soon to play with all my goodies.

    We also moved in summer and this will be our first Christmas in our new home. I hope to capture beautiful moments and I am excited for all our traditions. Also I wonder what will be new this time in our new home.

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  18. alisav2019 says…
    10/31/2019

    Love the ideas and inspiration, purchased your products for first time this year for my 6x8 album so have to admit to being a little disappointed at the 4x6 size. Sorry to be a negative Nelly!

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    1. PrinzessinN says…
      10/31/2019

      Hi there,
      I understand your disappointment. The foundation pages of Ali always were my source of inspiration and starting point for my own album.

      First I also was a bit sad that she has chosen the smaller size this year. But I totally understand her.

      Please don't let your creativity be stopped by this. Check out her older posts. She has all the past 6x8 albums of the last years on her blog. You can find a lot of inspiration and implement it to your own album with your own products. This is what I will do.

      I wish you lots of fun with this project.

    2. tksbaskets says…
      10/31/2019

      I'm using this as an opportunity to adapt my own 6x8 pages from Ali's foundation pages. I just re-watched the foundation video with this in mind. "I could do this with a ___ page protector" or "That would look great with the full tag portrait" Just think how proud we'll be that we were able to do this!

    3. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      Hi and welcome! I've got years + years (literally) of 6x8 inspiration here on my blog + via videos to help you if you need additional page ideas. If you like videos, check out my YouTube channel and see how I worked with 6x8 in the past. Also, I totally 100% believe in your ability to take what I've shown here and adapt to the 6x8 size. Have you joined the December Daily® Facebook Group? There is all kinds of inspiration + ideas there in a variety of sizes as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DecemberDaily2015/

  19. MaggieR says…
    10/31/2019

    Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous and inspiring foundation pages!

    Can’t wait for the online prep day! Just what I needed — a way to schedule the time on my calendar and block off the day while getting inspired by you and all the DDers! I’m so freaking excited.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      Me too!

  20. HeatherByers2 says…
    10/31/2019

    I was so excited to see this post! Looking forward to the 9th and product play 3! Are you able to tell us how you cut down the wood numbers?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      I just used my trimmer!!!

  21. stephstuder says…
    10/31/2019

    I always love this annual post! Gets me excited for the holidays! I like the change in size for your album this year. I've always done 6x8 and I think I could use a change...

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      I was ready to mix it up!

  22. elishamw says…
    10/31/2019

    I love your foundation pages...they always inspire me. I struggle with the photos for smaller albums...do you have any tips for how you will incorporate them this year? Do you think you will primarily add 4x6 photos or will you print out your photos smaller? I love the smaller size but I get stressed about adding photos.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      Most likely I will be including 4x6 or full page size (same as page protector) for my photos. My goal is not to add every photo I take in December - I'm totally satisfied adding one photo per day (sometimes I might do more smaller ones).

  23. hbarna says…
    10/31/2019

    Looking forward to the online prep party! That gold alpha from the main kit is definitely one of my favs - more of those please :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      I definitely want more of those too! So great.

  24. tksbaskets says…
    10/31/2019

    SO fun! I may have mentioned *cough cough* that I scrap-lift your pages but this year am doing 6x8. Will the pages presented in Product Play 3 also show what it would look like in a different size? I'm hoping for just a picture or sketch so I can recreate with joy (copy) at home. Teresa

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      Yep! I'm including sketches - these are super easy to adjust to 6x8. Some other contributors will be doing 6x8.

  25. Sanran says…
    10/31/2019

    Love, love these foundation pages! And the new album.
    One question...how do you attach the gold letters (joy) to the page protectors?
    Thanks.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      10/31/2019

      They are stickers :).

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