If you can stand another December Daily question
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PeaNut 83,147
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Posted: 11/10/2011 1:43:49 PM
Total newbie on this. I have read all the threads I can find, looked at countless ideas, read blogs, etc but still I struggle with how to begin. Is this essentially a 30 day scrapbook? What's with the overlays? Are the page sizes different within the book? Are there page protectors involved? I have heard arguments about kits and plan to make my own book, but wow, this shouldn't be this hard. So much jargon can someone just give me an overview without linking me to Ali Edwards? (Please...and thank you!)



PeaNut 286,696
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Posted: 11/10/2011 2:11:12 PM
This will be my first year doing this as well, but, yes, the December Daily is basically just a 25 day scrapbook (December 1-25). I plan on doing one for all of December and combining it with Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas class (www.shimelle.com).

The beauty of the December Daily is that it can be in any format, size, or medium that you want. I'm leaning toward a 9"x6 chipboard book myself because I really like chipboad mini albums. But, lots of people do use albums with page protectors in more traditional sizes like 8x8.

From what I can gather, the overlays are just printed transparancies that you can use to separate pages or to lay over a page. I haven't decided if this is something I want to use, but if I do, I'll probably just buy a box of transparancies.

I'll probably add some acrylic pages to my albums, some envelopes, etc. I'm sure that not all of my pages will be the same size and I think that's fine and makes for an interesting album.

So, I would just pick a size that you like working with and decide if you want it to be chipboard, acrylic, or in a traditional ablum and just go for it!


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Posted: 11/10/2011 2:40:45 PM
I think the beauty of the DD is that it can be whatever you want it to, I make mine with loads of different sized pages, I love mixing up this album and adding loads of different dimensions. I just use plain chipboard covers and just document the season.

Most of my pages tend to be Christmas related, but can also just be as simple as going to the cinema. I can't post pictures as I can't find last years album (doh!) but I will do when I create this years.
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PeaNut 83,147
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Posted: 11/10/2011 2:42:26 PM
thanks for taking the time to answer me. At first it sounded like a simple way to stay focused on traditions and to record that. Then it got a little overwhelming when I saw how elaborate some of these can be. Kits, overlays...I think I may just start small and see if I can keep up with it.



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Posted: 11/10/2011 3:10:31 PM
I have made two. The first I did varying size pages and even used tags, envelopes, die cuts as my base pages. The second I made all of baseball card holders.

This year I am using Ali's templates to try and keep it simple since I am preggers and will have a little one cone December.

Ali tries to have you make the design itself be as simple as possible so you can focus on the photos/words instead of stressing over design or technique. But really, you can do anything you want. Some start at Thanksgiving and end at New Years. Some do the calendar days of December. Some just do through Christmas. Whatever appeals to you!


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Posted: 11/10/2011 3:28:19 PM
Compared to some of the DD I've seen mine is plain and boring.

My page are 9 by 9 and I used kraft cardstock for the base of each page. I'll bind it all with my Cinch when I'm done.

Each page is divided into a 5 inch section and a 3 inch section with a border strip in between (I cut out paper for this last year in 8 by 8 squares and never actually made an album so I'm recycling). On the 5 inch side I'll put a 4 by 6 photo and on the 3 inch section I'll do my journalling.

Once I know what is going on which page I will add one or two simple embellishments.

Thats it. No overlays,envelopes,different sized pages, trasparencies, page protectors... I figure the easier it is the more chance I have of finishing. Next year if I do this again I can get more fancy and complicated


PeaNut 406,666
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Posted: 11/10/2011 5:27:58 PM
I absolutely agree that December Daily can be anything you want it to be.

At it's heart December Daily is an album that you pre-prepare so you can record stories during the holiday season.

Set up a foundation (mini-book, album, smash book, even just paper precut to size and embellishments gathered together, whatever) before the holiday season to make it easier while you are busier celebrating. Some people cover Thanksgiving to New Year, some do 25 days, some do Dec 1 to Jan 6 which is the end of the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Then it is just (trying) to document stories in the holiday time and not months later. (I finished my album in March. )


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Posted: 11/10/2011 6:23:54 PM
I found it really difficult last year. I mean I was heavily pregnant and the baby was 15 over due so I guess that didn't help. This year I'm doing it really simply. I am doing a 8 1/2 x 11' album (a size I've never worked in, possibly a really stupid thing to do) and because our Christmas parties start 19th Nov I'm starting then. I wanted the album to be very flexible. I am doing themes not days because I know that alot happens on one day and not a lot on others. For instance, I know the day we put up our tree is also the day the stockings go up. The other decorations will be slowly put up so I wanted it more flexible than last year. Last year I went for the 1-25 approach and it just didn't work for me.
Some of the pages have titles already on them but every page has a photo mat a spot for journaling and a few embellishments.
My advice would be to keep it simple the first year you do it and try to do as much ahead of time as you can or at least have as much prepared in a little kit as you can. Stamp the images/journaling spots/punch the shapes you want to use, ink the edges etc. have it so you can just grab an embellishment from you kit, a journaling spot and a photo and it's all done.
I think too there is so much out there to look at and read it can be information overload. Maybe work out what you want to achieve from this album. Is it to record day to day activities of Dec or is it to get the family traditions recorded? What is the aim of the album? That will help you in the direction of your choices.

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Posted: 11/14/2011 11:49:11 PM
I'm glad I saw this thread. I want to do it also but it seemed really complicated with all the overlays, page protectors etc. Now that I got it through my head that it can be anything I am ok with that.


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Posted: 11/15/2011 8:18:24 AM
I've decided to use a smash book as my base and smash my way through December! I'll be preparing journalling cards that I will put in a pocket in the smash book, and doing one picture a day. I am going to pre decorate the book with all my leftovers from countless Christmas layouts and cards. We'll see what happens...keeping it very loose and not complicated so I actually will be motivated to journal each day.


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January 2003
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Posted: 11/15/2011 1:02:13 PM
I think everyone's ideas are awesome and I am going to start my pages today or tomorrow!! Hoping to go to M's today to get some Modge Podge for the 1st time experimenting with papering on chipboard...


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Posted: 11/25/2012 12:47:57 PM
There are a lot of nice ideas here!! Thanks Ladies!
I'm using the Simple Stories Binders. They are on sale today still.
So I picked one up for each season. I will do seasonal books.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 1:21:58 PM
As the other posters said, you make it whatever you want. It is a way for you to document this special time of year. And you can do whatever medium and book type you want.

Last year my pages were 5x7 cardstock. This year I am using a snap binder and page protectors.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 2:14:47 PM
Like everyone said, no rules. Make what you want of it.
Some of you confusion is probably because a lot of people follow Ali's lead and she does something a little different every year. Her first few had very different page sizes made out of different things every day. She did a few years with two page spreads with a transparency or overly in the middle to join the spread. That was where she did most of her embellishing. The brand she used isn't making them anymore so you probably won't see as many this year.
Like everyone is saying, do what you want. I just wanted to give you an idea of some of the things you mentioned in the OP.
I am doing an 8x8 with page protectors because I want my DS to be able to look at it without me stressing that he will ruin a page .
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Posted: 11/25/2012 2:29:05 PM
I've only done 1 year so far and will be doing it again this year. Here's a link to the one I did for 2009

I do all my pages digitally so they are easy to print in a photobook. December Daily 2009

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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:42:38 PM
If you feel at a loss about what to document, you can google "journal your christmas" - there's a class that gives you lots of prompts!
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