December Daily® 2022 | Ali's Foundation Pages

Woo hoo!

I'm super excited to share a look at where I'm at with my  2022 December Daily® album today. I'm going with "loose" foundation pages again this year meaning I have some things established + some things left completely open + I'm feeling really good about it! 

A couple notes: 

  • I'm loving working outside the page protectors and am definitely continuing that in this project. 
  • I encourage you to be a translator of my ideas! You might not have all the same supplies but more likely than not you can use what you have to create homes for your stories. 
  • I'll be sharing my stories/finished pages here on the blog just as in past years. 
  • I'm feeling really playful this year and am running with that! Let's continue to normalize that this project can be simple or it can be super crafty or it can be playful and loose or a wonderful combination of any of those things. Don't feel like you have to stick with whatever you have done in the past. How do you want to approach your stories in this season of your own life? 

Let's dive right in to a video walk-through: 

Here's a look at the pages via images: 

For a closer look at my original starting place (and a video overview of the process/how to) check out this post

After my table of contents pages it's time to dive into the stories!

For my first story I think I'll be writing myself a letter to start off the season and adding it right on top of this pattern paper. I'm using a paper clip to hold the black felt number 1 which will likely be adhered next to the M before I write my letter. I might add a photo to this page too or I might simply let it be a word-based story. 

Story number two will include this stamped page I put together for a Prep Day challenge. I'll likely pair this with a full page photo.

Story three foundation will be shared later this month in Product Play so here's a look at my starting place for story four. It will be built on the back of the page with the washi tape and paid with one of the 1/2 circle pages. 

Story five will use the other 1/2 circle page paired with a pattern paper from our Numbers Scrapbook Kit (vellum number is from there too). You can also purchase just the 6x8 papers from this kit. 

Story six will pair one of the die cut pages with a vellum page + a 4x4 card from the Main Kit

I'll likely pair that 4x4 journal card with a 4x4 photo...or maybe some other kind of fun interactive element in that same shape. 

Story seven includes journal cards I made during Prep Day. One is a shaker pocket page that holds stamped tags using the Tag + Star Stamp Set. On top of the shaker pocket I added a puffy Santa sticker and a glitter cardstock word. Along the bottom I added Tim Holtz Rub Ons (similar). 

My eighth story will be added inside the green pattern paper. This project was created for Product Play (full details + instructions available there). 

Story nine will be added to the back of story eight. I imagine I'll likely added a circle photo and/or journaling on top of the pattern paper. 

Story ten will live inside this window card. I love the simplicity of this page and letting the pattern paper be as it is. 

Story 11 will be added to this fun gold foil pattern paper. Maybe I'll document things we are eating or things people are saying or wrapping paper or ornaments or something else entirely. 

For story twelve I'll be writing down 12 things I'm thankful for (this page first appeared in Product Play). Tag stamp here

My next few pages are really loose which gives me a lot of flexibility. I added this transparency in that I know I really like + want to make sure to use in my album this year. 

I know I want to use these felt pockets from the Main Kit and plan to pair them with the foiled label stickers

I'm always a fan of grids so I've got this transparent page added in and will add more during the month. 

Story fifteen (most likely) will be the stocking pocket page I created for Prep Day. I love how these turned out (added embossing and texture paste and stitched it all together) and will be adding words/photos in the pockets (the backs of the stockings are pattern vellum so you can see through). 

Stories sixteen and seventeen will likely be built on this die cut page. I'm thinking I'd like to have three of the circles be see-through so I picked out a transparency from this set to use for that purpose. 

Story eighteen will be the "would you rather" tags from Prep Day. Each person in my family has a tag to circle their preferences. I created a felt pocket using felt from Benzie Design to hold the tags. 

Story nineteen will be built using this die cut heart and the black felt numbers. 

The next page I've got in my album (maybe story twenty) is a shaker page I built using the die cut page from the Cardstock Insert Set. On top of the die cut page I added Glitter Gel Stickles (so fun). 

I super love how this turned out using plastic sheets, foam tape adhesive, and beautiful sequins from The Diary Of Belle Rose

Here's a look via video at how I built this shaker page: 

The last actual page I have set up at this time features the tag die cut page with some of the rubber tags on top (and a puffy Santa). I'll likely add photos and/or journaling in these same tag shapes here for my story. Simple red ribbon was added to each rubber tag and the tags are adhered with red line tape. 

I love how these stitched heart pockets turned out! I'm planning to use it on one of these days - maybe on top of a photo or a full page of pattern paper. 

The last few things I have set aside include the Merry Christmas Die Cut, a few more vellum numbers from the Numbers Scrapbook Kit, and I will for sure be using that tag paper for the base of one of my stories.

I am so excited to document December with you! Let's do this!  

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9 thoughts

  1. djarfemiano says…
    11/17/2022

    Woo Hoo indeed!!! Thank you Ali! Love the "funness" of your album this year! 😊

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/17/2022

      Thank you!

  2. mitchmac says…
    11/17/2022

    Thank you so much for sharing your foundation pages - so inspirational. Love, love, love the full page shaker pocket - definitely going to try that! Was just curious in your collection of things to use - what were the shiny leaves - they look cool?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/17/2022

      Yes - they were actually in the sequin pack. I took them out of there + might use them for something else.

  3. claireharrison says…
    11/17/2022

    I feel like I should know this, but is the die cut bundle sold out? The link takes me to something different.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/18/2022

      Are you talking about the big bundle of die cut pieces? That one did sell out. The page I used for the shaker page is still available.

  4. Dawngee3 says…
    11/17/2022

    I am always amazed at how quickly you work- not only your creative layouts but also getting your videos and posts together! Thanks for sharing your ideas and excitement!

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  5. Mel_12 says…
    11/18/2022

    Love your foundation pages. Loved prep day can definitely recommend it, so full of fun and so many ideas.

    Since last weekend I've been thinking about the stories I want to tell this year. It will be my 15th year doing this album and as a no children family I often begin to think there are no more stories to tell (not true of course there are always stories).

    However this got my brain whirring and I came back to the way you talk about looking at 'things' through a lens. OLW, Week in the Life, Day in the Life etc.

    So why not begin documenting this month by looking at December days through a specific lens which will help me tell the stories. I'm going to start with the twinkle lights, the magic, the traditions, the sounds and the people.

    So excited to get going!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/18/2022

      I love that approach! Yes, yes, yes.