Thursday, November 18, 2010

december daily

From the first time I heard about Ali Edwards’ idea of keeping a December Daily album, I’ve wanted to make one. And every year December comes and goes without me even attempting to start one. Although, last year I did manage to keep a notebook with December Daily items jotted down along with an envelope filled with memorabilia – I thought I would create the album later, but of course, that never happened. So this year I finally planned ahead! I put the foundation pages to my album together in October! These pages are very basic and just a starting point, but I’m ready to go once December begins! For those of you new to the December Daily concept, it’s basically creating an album with a page or spread for each day of December. You add a daily entry and end the month with an album full of December memories. You can read more about the December Daily on Ali Edwards’ blog.


I selected a double ring binder type album. This is a lush, fabric covered one that Fancy Pants released quite some time ago. I love this shade of red! Gorgeous! My challenge will be, not to overload my pages with dimensional items so that my album becomes so thick that I can’t close it. For those of you familiar with my scrapbooking you know how hard of a challenge that will be for me! But, if I fail and this baby gets too thick, I’ll just create some chipboard covers for it, bind it with clip rings, and save my lovely red album for another project.



I’ve used this gorgeous flocked transparency from Fancy Pants’ Tradition collection throughout my album. I’m actually planning to use the entire Tradition collection for my album. I decided for my first go at this I would keep it simple by using one collection and maybe adding bits and pieces from others here and there.



Ali Edwards has a lot of beautiful December Daily templates, overlays and digital brushes for purchase at Designer Digitals. I chose to create my own template to fit my album page size. I set up a very simple spread in a drawing program on my computer and printed the pages onto cardstock. I’ll fill the blocks with photos, papers, journaling and embellishments. Using a template will help me put the pages together more quickly. Let's face it, December is crazy busy and there will be days I only have a few minutes to spare for my daily entry.

I included some baseball pocket pages, trimmed down to fit my album. Right now I just have some pieces of flocked transparencies in some of the pockets. I’ll fill the other ones up with photos, papers and such. This fabulous idea is from Ali Edwards.



I’ve included a few pages from the Tradition Journal Notebook. These uniquely shaped smaller pages add some fun variety to the album.



This is a printed transparency also from Fancy Pants’ Tradition collection. I really love to use a variety of materials for my mini album pages. It's just more interesting that way.

If you are familiar with the December Daily concept you may have noticed the lack of numbers on my pages. I’m planning to add those later as I make my daily entries. I think I will use my Silhouette to cut them from cardstock or patterned paper, probably all in the same font, but maybe different sizes.

So that's it! My foundation is set and ready to go once December arrives! I am going to try to add photos of my completed pages here...it may not be every day, but I'll try to add them regularly, so stay tuned!

Now if you stuck with me through this entire post I think you deserve a chance at a prize! I have one Fancy Pants' Hot Chocolate collection pack to give away.

Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing. Please don't forget to check back to see if you've won. If you want, include your email address with your comment and I'll contact you if you're the winner.

Only one entry per person please. You must live in the continental United States to enter. You have until Sunday, November 21st at midnight EST to enter. I will randomly draw one winner and post their name here on Monday, November 22nd. 

Thanks for stopping by!


87 comments:

Tami said...

Love your DD album! I put one together last year that I purchased and never actually started it once December came. So I guess I'm all ready for this December! ;)
Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous new Hot Chocolate collection...yummy!

Heather said...

Your album is beautiful so far! I love the red damask transparency. I have been meaning to start my DD album since October, but haven't yet... I'm a college student and have had more exams than one person should, lol! The Hot Chocolate collection would be great for my album. I'm planning on starting right after my final final exam... counting down to December 17!

Nitasha said...

Your album is adorable! Love the idea of cutting the pieces of transparency for the holders!Cuteness! And yes, please enter me for a chance to win your wonderful chocolaty giveaway! Have a beautiful holiday season!

AmyBug said...

Oh your album looks great so far! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

Cynthia B. said...

Your Dec. Daily base album looks great! With the Fancy Pants products, how could it not look great? ;)
Thanks for the chance to get some Hot Chocolate!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHHHH! This album is super cute! I LOVE that transparency! OH-LUSH! LOVE IT! I'm new to DD...but I am totally inspired:) THANKS for sharing! LOOOOOVE visiting!!

sbmmhoover {at} {yahoo} {{DOT}} com

AnyaL said...

I love the idea of DD! This is going to be my second year. Love your version! I know it's hard to keep up sometimes, but we are here to support each other. So, lets do it together.

coffeewoman said...

Wow, what a cute little album! You are going to have fun this Christmas season. Oh, and thanks for the chance to win!

joel & ginny said...

Beautiful album! Love the transparencies you added!

Dena G. said...

I really like your album! I would love a chance to win the collection!

Stacy said...

Cute album! I'm becoming a connoisseur of albums it seems. That is certainly one I would approve.

Betty said...

WOW! Such a simple idea to do templates and yet one I never even considered to help with a project... LOVE IT and *Hot Chocolate* :) Thanks for the chance to win it and for sharing your lovely album.

ersehnen @ gmail . com

Leslie said...

I just love looking at what others are doing for their DD albums. Thanks for the chance to win!

The Grounds Family said...

I have followed Ali's DD also but have yet to do it. Her albums look so fun and then are such a keepsake. You did a fabulous job with your album! I would love a chance to win. Thanks.

Melissa R. said...

I love the Dec Daily idea from Ali. I had a busy fun packed October and just did a book so I'm skipping this one. But I love love love the Hot Chocolate collection. I would hoard it for next years DD. Your album looks great so far. Enjoy!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Thanks for sharing your Dec Daily album! I am so procastinating this project...love seeing all the ideas. That transparency with the tree...yummy! And cutting down the baseball pages...great idea! Thanks for the chance to win the FP Hot Chocolate collection. Sweet!

Becky said...

Love the look of your album, I keep thinking I should do a DD but with three kids from 5 to 2 months sometimes getting a shower is hard enough! :)

Thanks for the chance to win that kit looks so delicious. :)

Kristin A. said...

Your album looks beautiful! Love the Fancy Pants Christmas tree transparency!

Vicki Yelland-Browning said...

i can't enter because i'm in the UK but i had to leave a comment - your album is beautiful, i love all the little bits you've added - truly inspiring!!!

Jennifer said...

Love your album, mine's all ready to go too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna said...

Your December Daily Album is gorgeous! Have fun filling it in!

Debbie S. said...

Cute! Can't wait to get started on mine! deb.servantez@gmail.com

Brooke said...

Your red album is so cute!! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

Something Special by Suzann said...

Loved your album - I'm going to try to do one this year. THe Hot Chocolate collection looks like a fabulous design!!

Rebekah said...

I Love Fancy Pants designs...your album looks so fun! I can't wait to see your numbers. (email is: beckbeck_99@yahoo.com)

Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Your DD album is beautiful! Love all the Fancy Pants stuff! (jenjeb@mac.com)

Sheila Mayden said...

Awesome. I love the traditions line and am planning to use that one myself. Is your album 12x12? You probably said and I missed it! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love how people make the DD project their own! Very Pretty.

Vana63 said...

Beautiful Album! I recently discovered Ali Edwards Dec Daily and thinking if I hurry I could get some foundation pages ready before Dec 1st :-) Thanks for the chance to win the adorable Hot Choc collection!

Melanie M. said...

Your album already looks so festive! I'm sure it will be amazing once it starts to get filled up with memories.

Kimberlee said...

I love all of the transparencies. I must go out and look around to see if I can find them in my area. Very inspiring!

Rita said...

Beautiful! I'm going to try to do this too.

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Oh Cindy, this is fantastic! My fingers are crossed for a chance at this. I love your creativity!

QueenJJ: Judy said...

You have inspired me to do a DD album. I love the tree transparency.
It is beautiful.

cricket53 said...

that's a great album! i'm trying DD for the first time this year too and am excited to see how it goes.

Abbey said...

Very Cute! I used some of the Fancy Pants collection too and love the flocked transparency!

Kim Watson said...

Cindy your album is ROCKIN'! The mix of paper & transparencies are a super idea, I look forward to seeing the completed article

Kim Watson said...

Cindy your album is ROCKIN'! The mix of paper & transparencies are a super idea, I look forward to seeing the completed article

dawn said...

I love your album the cover is so pretty. That's a great size too and love how your mixing up the pages. This is my first year doing a DD also and had fun getting it ready with mixed pages, envelopes, cards, etc. Thank you so much for a awesome giveaway.

Cindy said...

Love the Hot Chocolate Collection, this would make a great combination for my DD album. This will be my first DD, and am so looking forward to documenting the holidays. Loved your album too, I especially like the mix of transparencies and clear sleeves. Happy Holidays!

Sheri said...

This is also my first year doing a December Daily album, and I'm pretty excited about it! Mostly excited about sharing the magic of the season with my family and friends, but the fact that I'm going to highlight and document that with scrapbooking is definitely an added bonus! :) Also, cute blog here, glad I stopped by! Enjoy your holidays, Sheri

Tinabobina99 said...

Yup, your DD album looks great: simple and elegant. I've collected all my stuff and plan to put the album together this weekend. I got a link to your site from Ali Edwards on Facebook. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity - you're so generous!

Jill said...

I'm using the same album! Picked it up at Scenic Route a few months ago, along with the pale blue model (which I've already used). Love them - a bit more compact than the AC 8x8 albums - wish I could still purchase more!

I agree, keeping the pages will be a challenge for me as well. I'm looking at it as a refreshing opportunity. My past 2 holiday daily albums have been full of dimensional accents. This will be the year to add interest with flatter items. I'm up for it!

Kendra said...

This is my first year to try December Daily too! Still trying to find "stuff" to round out my album.

mumof4 said...

Hi Cindy,
I just found your web/blog via Ali Edwards. I love your ideas. I think I just might have to head to Michaels and my local scrapbook store tonight. Thanks for sharing.

mandi said...

Cute album. I love the colors.

not.so.mllwyllw said...

2nd year doing Dec Daily. This would be a beautiful pack to use! thanks for the chance to win!

Jill said...

So fun! I love your baseball card holder, that would be fun to fill!!
I have wanted to do a DD every year and never have. I always love looking at all the great ideas. Maybe this year I will do one.

Sarah said...

Love this album! My DD album is one of my very faves. I just got my DD stuff in from 2peas yesterday, so I am anxious to get mine put together too! Thanks for the chance to win!

LynneB said...

Love your album. I can't wait to get mine going...Love the hot chocolate collection too!

Amy said...

I got through your first photo and went to scrapbook.com and ordered the flocked transparencies! I'm glad I came back to see the rest of the album so I didn't miss the chance at the prize. lol

TNSCRAPPER said...

I love Fancy Pants! Your album looks great thus far :)

Julie L. said...

Your album looks great! I've also thought in past years that I would get back to making an album but alas no. I'm about half way set for this year and think/hope to finish up this weekend. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

This makes me want to do a December Daily!

liana suwandi said...

love the album cindy, now you make me itch to do this december daily :)

Kim said...

this is my 3rd DD! I love it!! I have changed so much since I started & I Love that they are that way. Anything goes!

This year I did as you did & waited to apply the numbers until later b/c it never seemed the snow pics were for the day decorated w/snow embellies :)

Sue in Grapevine said...

Very attractive & simple enough to reproduce design. Thanks for a chance to win.

Tracy said...

I love December Daily, thanks for a chance to win!

Shanon Gibson said...

I am trying to finish up my December Daily album this weekend! This is my 3rd year doing it and I really enjoy it. I started looking at products in September! I love the look of your album and that you have left yourself lots of space to be flexible with each day.

Heather said...

Aw, boo, I'm Canadian. ;)

Beautiful album. What program did you use to create the templates?

Bambi Pro said...

Adorable album. Love the transparency look. What's better than hot choc? Nothing. Thank you for inspiring...

Tiffani said...

Great start! I like the simplicity of it!

ejmom said...

I love your album. The red is awesome!!!!

"It's all about me" said...

Beautiful album! Thanks for the chance to win a giveaway. It's always fun to win something during the holidays when you're spending all your time shopping for others.

Pam said...

I really like your DD album! It's quite beautiful...how could it not be with Fancy Pants? I have some of those transparencies in mine, too. Just lovely.

photochic said...

Cindy, your December Daily album is ADORABLE!! I love it- I may try the idea of making an album of every day in December. Very beautiful transparencies and EVERYTHING! You did a great job!

Carrie said...

I love the idea of a december daily album but can't commit! Yours is beatiful :)

Denise said...

I just happened across your blog on facebook. I just love your December album. My favorite page is your Fancy Pants transparency. Sooo pretty :) I've signed up as a new follower. Can't want to see what else you make.

Harriett said...

I too have my foundation album all ready to go and can't wait until December 1st. I am using a similar album in 8 1/2 x 11 size.

Anonymous said...

Your album looks great & really makes me want to attempt this!
Thanks for the change to win.
Barb M.
mrs.bmartin13@gmail.com

Marcy said...

Call me crazy - I put together 3 D.D.'s this year (from cereal boxes) to give as gifts! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

Cherri Engle said...

You are off to a great start with your album this year. Congrats. I love the Hot Chocolate collection. Thanks for the opportunty to win some of it. cherriengle@hotmail.com.

Marcie said...

Good for you for getting your DD going this year! It looks like a great foundation. Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy said...

I've been gathering supplies to put my Dec daily album together (this is my first attempt) and I'm so glad I stopped by your blog to take a peek! I loved your ideas... Some great things to integrate into my design...thanks so much for sharing your album!

Anonymous said...

Great album, Cindy! I love the flocked transparencies.
~Julia

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

I am really thinking about doing a DD album too. I love your idea of using the baseball card pages...so clever, I must remember to add those too!
Thanks for the chance to win the Hot Chocolate Collection. I am swooning over it!!

Monika said...

Your album is looking great! I really need to do one of these this year. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!


Monika
monikash@comcast.net

Melanie M. said...

The December Daily is the first mini album I've really considered making since the first few months that I started scrapbooking. Ali's blog, and yours, have been getting my scrapping inspiration going... and I've been drooling over Hot Chocolate. I might just do it this year!

Beth said...

looks awesome so far!

Kalyber said...

the flocked transparency is beautiful. Congrats on doing the December Daily. I know myself well enough to know I won't do get this done if I start it but I will, eventually scrap Christmas and the Hot Chocolate collection would make a beautiful book.

Nancy Petalver said...

Your album looks great. Thanks for sharing it with everyone. I am going to try a December Daily for the first time and don't have many supplies to start with. So winning some would be awesome.
Thanks
Nancy Petalver

Rene said...

Love your album. I'm still trying to decide so winning the papers would be wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity!

christen said...

i love your album...the colors are fabulous! thanks for the chance to win.

Vana63 said...

Awesome start to your Dec Daily, I luv the red damask too :-) Thanks for a chance to win!

charli said...

love it! the transparency is beautiful!

shaggyfish said...

wow... your album is amazing!

JENNY K. said...

I missed this. :~( I've been stuck in the doldrums of a bathroom makeover which should be exciting but has become more of a burden because everything is taking much longer than anticipated. I haven't even been keeping up with the blogs I love. I really like that December Daily album idea. What a great way to capture all the magic at this time of year.

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