Category: December Daily

December Daily® 2017 – Album Cover

Here we are once again. Time it flies! As ever I am excited to document our December and have made an album to hold the stories of the season.

As I thought about what I wanted on the cover this year I gathered together all my previous albums, nine of them……

Yes, nine! Don’t they look sweet. Can’t believe this will be my tenth year with December Daily® Something to stop and think about here is the collection of those stories over the years. They are treasures for sure and as the lady who devised this concept says it’s the sum of those stories that is the key.

I had a good look at the previous albums, at the colours and motifs I’ve used over the years. Snowflakes, Christmas Trees, stars are the main themes. Red, white and kraft with a touch of silver have been my go to colours.

Then I browsed my Pinterest boards for inspiration and honed in on this one and this one. Something about the white and silver/grey papers spoke to me and I  loved the idea of the ‘negative’ shape for the front of the album.

But before I did that bit I prepared the base of the covers.

I found two sturdy cardboard sheets and cut them to about 7 x 9 attaching washi tape around the edges of the covers as you can see above. This means I don’t have to paint the cover and try to get the paint into those rougher edges. Rougher because they have been cut. I have painted covers in the past but it’s a long process and I thought I’d go with a cardstock base instead.

After getting the front and back covers ready I cut out my star shape using a die cut star as a guide. I tried to ‘size it up’.

It’s not the perfect star shape but I’m fine with how it turned out and I went on to cut the shape out of a piece of wood grain card then adhered the negative shape to the front cover at an off set angle.

On the inside of each cover I added some pretty paper I’ve had in my stash for years. It is cream with flecks of sliver and gold.

Added faux stitching to the star shape with a silver pen and scattered silver and gold sequins onto the star.

I tried several different placements for items on the cover. I wanted to use a pewter snowflake from a Tim Holtz set and I tied some bakers twine onto it. I also tried a metal tag to hold the title and different coloured card as the base for the tag.

I find taking a photo a great way to see the bigger picture so to speak and in the end left off the tag and stamped directly onto the woodgrain card with black ink. The stamps are from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

I added the three hearts and the g,m,b from a set of tiny rub-ons that always seem to make it onto the covers of my December albums.

For the first time since my first album I didn’t add a 25 onto the cover. Time for a change I thought.

So there it is. See previous years posts about making the covers 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. And I’ll share my foundation pages soon. Excited doesn’t ‘cover’ it. Lol!


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2016 – Days fourteen to twenty five


Sharing the rest of my album for 2016. We made it up to day thirteen before Christmas so here are day fourteen to day twenty five.











Maybe one year I’ll get finished before January starts? Although really it doesn’t matter I’m just happy to finish this lovely project for another year and look forward to December 2017!


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.




December Daily® – Day nine, ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen


Sharing a few more days of this album.


Above you can see that day eight is yet to be finished. Waiting for a story from Gav about his Christmas cheese buying. Day nine has a photo of our Christmas cups and tells the story of an evening with friends.


For day ten I have a two pocket 4 x 6 page which also isn’t quite finished and then a 6 x 6 page protector that was cut to size and sealed with washi tape.


That day tells of our annual girls crafting at my sister’s house. I added the word ‘HO’ and a Tim Holtz metal number to the outside of the page protector.


Another photo from that day on the reverse and an enamel dot to cover the ten.


Day eleven was all about the mammoth gingerbread baking and I used another of the phrases from the stamp set to stamp ‘not my favorite’ and a lovely metal arrow clip. I also wrote directly onto the photo around the edge of the bowl.


Day 12 was the story of wrapping some gifts and also a reminder to me about giving support and love.


And day thirteen was the tree trimming. Again I typed my journaling directly onto the photo above before printing.


And there we go a few more days.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.





December Daily® – Day six and seven


The month is slipping away, just like it always does and I am playing catch up with this album. Here are a cople more days.

Met up with my older niece for lunch and we did a self timer shot.


So adore this stamp set from Ali Edwards. It is sold out at the moment but worth getting as there are so many perfect little phrases that work all year and are perfect for this project.


A rare trip to the hairdressers together had to be documented. I may do something with that chipboard snowflake, it does look like it’s not dressed for the season.


I added a velum page in between day six and seven. Just love those stars and the ‘believe’ card is from Simple Stories. I used the wood veneer people in last years album and like the addition of them here too.


On the back of the card I added a stamped and embossed house.


A full page photo for day seven and the story of taking my younger niece into Leeds to see the Christmas lights. Adore that full page photo. I wrote my story on the photo before printing in photoshop.


Okay so we are getting there and I’ll be back to share more soon.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2016 – Day three and four


Catching up a little. Day three looked like this. Pretty simple as I’d only attached a tag to the rings and added a three.


I became a little stuck trying to make that tag work and decided I couldn’t so I too it out and added a cut down page protector, a silver three and my story.


Love the little index tabs that I stamped a phrase on from the stamp set I mentioned previously.


On the back of that page I added a tag stamped with ‘Christmas Movies’ and popped a kraft paper list inside so I can jot down the films I watch this December. The photo on the right is added without a page protector and is the photograph of a little Instagram fun I am having.


And a reminder of what I had in place for day four.


On the back of that photo I adhered another one this time of our advent chocolates and poor old Buddy being left out. A printed label and a funny quote made up that page.


The three pocket page was swapped for a two pocket page with a photo of my niece and I trimming our little tree in the bottom pocket and a journal card at the top. I added a punched strip of paper to the left and stamped a phrase from that same stamp set over and over and wrote my story in between. It’s a technique Ali used a couple of years ago.

Loving it so far!


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2016 – Day One and Two


Hello December. Hello December Daily® we are so happy to be embarking on this project once more. Today I’d like to share the 1st and 2nd.


A reminder of what I’d put together in advance. A two pocket page with a Tim Holtz metal number and some fantastic star paper that I bought at a local craft shop.


I moved the paper up to the top pocket and added a punched glittered paper circle behind the tag. That red glitter paper has shown up in these albums for years. I adore it.


The story is about giving my Mum an advent calendar with tea light candles inside each door. The gift of light as I say on the card. I was pretty pleased with this gift and hope to cheer her December a little. It also reminded me, as I wrote the story out, that I too need to look for the light so I added that on the journal card as well. I love that I have that photo of her hands close up. She’d hate it but I find it quite lovely. Her rings and the way she holds her hands. Love it!

And the second of December. A stamped 2 and some patterned paper.


This was one of those funny little stories and the fact that the big stamped title rhymes is a bonus. Ali has used this look on some of her past pages and I like it a lot.


I added a coffee sleeve that I got earlier on in the season (they’ve run out of these now) and wrote the story above and below the sleeve. A wooden star and label with the word ‘traditions’ stamped from this set finished off the page.

So we are off!


December Daily® is a memory keeping seasonal album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2016 – Foundation Pages


Back again to share the foundation pages of my December Daily® album for 2016. My second year using page protectors for most of the album and I found last year that I changed the pages quite a bit from how they started off so instead of planning these too much I’m keeping them simple. Numbers and a few papers inserted in the pockets.



And as usual I cannot resist red, white and kraft…….


I have a couple of different design of page protectors, the 6 x 8 and the two 4 x 6 pockets but I have used my sewing machine to create some 3 x 4 pockets on those two pocket pages for a bit of a variation. I also hope to have some pages not in the protectors, again as I like the look of those in the album. More or less what I did last year.


The stamped number 02 above is from this set. It was very good to have those number stamps to use because all of my number 2 alpha stickers have been used up in December Daily® past albums. Most of the numbers are not adhered yet.


I’ve been hoarding a sheet of velum for years but found a new supply of this pretty paper and added a large page into the album. I am a big fan of layers and being able to sneak a peek through to other days.


Hope to be able to do that again this year.





I’ve tucked a couple of tags into the album too. I actually like the look of them loose but we’ll see.





I made the 3 x 6 page last year from a cut down 6 x 8 pocket. Love that size.


And I absolutely adore an envelope in these albums. Again that 21 is stamped from the same set I mentioned above onto a Tim Holtz label sticker.


Tried to vary the look of the stamped numbers.




So there we have it the foundation pages all ready to go.

Here are my foundation pages from 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010/1, 2010/2


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.


December Daily® 2016 – The Album Cover


It would be wrong to break with tradition! So I’ll say what I always say at this time of the year…… the most wonderful season is soon to be upon us and I am joining in the fun and making a December Daily® album once again.

This marks my ninth year! I signed up for Ali Edwards Storytelling with December Daily® class again. The content is the same as last year more or less but I loved the class and got so much from it I thought taking it again live would be the best option. So far, so inspired!

As with all my previous albums I have constructed the album from scratch. I looked towards all my pins over here for inspiration and honed in on this one as a jumping off point for the cover design.

I adhered kraft cardstock to a couple of sturdy cardboard pieces and began by embossing the stars on the cover. I used white embossing powder.


The original pin is quite dreamy and soft so I didn’t emboss all the stars and kept some as white Stazon ink to give a different texture and look to the tree.

I tried out various ribbons, twine and embellishments before settling on that lovely red ribbon that was on a Christmas gift last year.


I removed the velum insert of that metal rimmed tag and added the ’25’ from a set of American Crafts Thickers and stamped the 2016 which is from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

I wanted something else on the design and thought that some kind of representation of a tree trunk would look good. Unfortunately I messed up my stamping and it didn’t turn out quite right so I just added those good old teeny rub ons for our initals, some little gems in clear and red and called it done.

The ribbon is tied inside the album cover.


Before I began the heat embossing I wanted to test a patch to see how much the paper and cardboard warped with the heat. So I stamped on the back cover to see if it stood up to the heat gun.


The photo is a little blurry but the test worked and there wasn’t any warping.

Here is a link to last years post about the cover and of course all my past years are here.

Happy to have this project started once again.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2015 – day twelve to twenty four


Well that went by too quickly for me, just like every year. I didn’t get chance to work on the album after the 19th and although I had done some pages and taken photos up to that date I didn’t find time to edit them!

So here we are combining all the remaining days I’ve so far finished into one post.

We start with day twelve. Here’s the pocket I had made in the foundation pages.


If you recall day eleven had a 6 x 4 photo in the bottom section and an embellishment attached to the middle seam of the top two pockets of that page. So for day twelve I added an embellishment on the top half of the page behind the embellishment for day eleven and a photo on the bottom section of the page.


I took the Tim Holtz metal brad with the number 12 and simply added it to the photo along with a label sticker.

Day thirteen is a cut down four pocket page. I added some of the wrapping paper from this year and the number ’13’ along with the word ‘wrap.’ Simple and done.


Just a word about the layers you can see in the photo above. Love, love them! Part of my love for these albums is in all those layers.


Day fourteen had a painted card and a Tim Holtz fragment tag with the number 14 on it.


I took the tag and attached it onto a 5 x 7 photo of Buddy, hand writing the story directly onto the photo after printing.


I backed the photo with some red and white stripey card and a couple of embellishments that you can see below.


Day fifteen was a three pocket page and included a photo of my niece and I with some word art from the Storytelling class, a journal card that I stamped ‘the story of seeing the lights’ onto and an acetate card with the number tag stapled onto it.

Apologies for the poor quality of the black and white photo on this page. No idea what’s wrong with the printer….

For day sixteen I used that star painted card and hand wrote the story again onto the photo. I liked all that white space for the story.


You can see the star card along with the number tag attached in the photo below.


I had quite a few photos for day seventeen as we were on a little getaway. It starts with a    3 x 8 cut down page which holds the writing for the day, front and back.


I used that card with the banner and star that I moved from day twelve and attached two wood veneer pieces. I also included the hotel key card and a photo of Gav, me and Buddy on Holy Island.

Over the page is another pre-made card that I stamped the two people onto and a photo of us with the Christmas lights in the village where we were staying. Then on the right a 6 x 8 full page photo.


I did think that I’d have more full page photos in this years album but maybe the challenges with my printer put me off them a little…..

Day eighteen is three photos and some journalling all printed onto photo paper.


I added the tag and the ’18’ and a great metal arrow paperclip. The right side hold a red envelope which has little bits and bobs tucked inside from our trip.

Day nineteen is pretty blank at the moment although I did stamp the word ‘strictly’ above the magic on that 3 x 4 card. That is to tell the story of our get together with friends to watch the Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars over the other side of the pond) final. I will write something on the card below eventually.


Day twenty has the story of an afternoon party at my Mums and my nieces wish to play a particular card game. Looks like I forgot to add the number!


Day twenty one is some typed journaling a vellum tag with the number of the day on it and a photo of my niece.


This day carries onto the next page. Usually I would avoid this and try to make it a spread if it was two pages but this year I just went with it!

A couple of stories on this page. The first is a sweet conversation I had with my niece and the second is all about going to see Star Wars with a group of my family. I took a leaf from Ali’s book and stamped a big comment on the bottom card.


You can also see the first page from day twenty two above. A printed card I made in photoshop with ’22’ on it and a photo of my breakfast.


Then on the back of that cut down pocket page I added the tickets from the Nutcracker that my niece and I went to see and a photo of us. I know it’s crazy but the mirrors in some loo’s make excellent spots to grab a picture.

I rounded out day twenty two with a pamphlet about the ballet. I just punched holes in the booklet.

By day twenty three I was in full Christmas panic mode. Also I felt a little unhappy with the stories I had included in my album and had lots left I wanted to tell. I think this happens every year. To help combat that I took a few photos from around the house and added in a list of the Christmas films I had watched so far.


Again I split the story into two pages front and back. On the back are photos of my two mantles, I cut them down the middle to fit the 3 x 4 pocket size and added a label.


And finally day twenty four.


It begins with an envelope which held the card Gav gave me. Nothing is inside it yet but I am sure a few little bits of memorabilia will find there way inside.

The right page is another with three photos and some words all written in photoshop before printing. I also added the red ‘on Christmas eve’ as a border around the photos to even out the design of the page.

And there we go, almost done for another year.

A couple of things I wanted to document here before I forget. The verdict on using page protectors is still out and I guess that I won’t really make up my mind until next year when I get this album out to look at again. And also that many photos this year were taken with my phone. Although it is easy to grab my phone I have missed better quality pictures. One of the reasons I haven’t done day twenty five yet is the lack of good photos. I must remember this next year.

Hope you all had a great festive season and managed to finish any albums you made.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

December Daily® 2015 – day nine, ten and eleven


More catch up.

Day nine. Here is what it looked like in my foundation pages.


I had already altered the day before so the ninth was now on the right side of the album.


I cut down the card I have previously painted with white hearts to fit a 3 x 4 pocket and then made it a flip up page by attaching another 3 x 4 card with washi tape.


I added my story inside the flip up and then filled the left pocket with stars and snowflakes and sequins and hand sewed it closed with some silver metalic thread. Finally adding my photo.

The back of that page then became day ten.


I cut down the number card, you can see the original day ten above, and added some grey ribbon to the botton of the card. Then added my story directly onto the photo in photoshop before printing.

The word art ‘the story of’ comes from the Storytelling class digital stamp set, the rest was just a font that I picked to contrast the other part of the title. You can also see that I mirrored the red alphabet for the ‘Ah,’ at the begining of the story. I liked that it formed a triangle of red on the photograph.


Love that see through pocket with the sequins and that you can peek back at other days.

Very simple day eleven with the number tag stapled into the 4 x 6 pocket.


Again I added words directly onto the photo and even though I did the same for the previous day because the style of the words onto the photo is different in each it gives a bit of contrast. The tenth is very bold with both image and words front and centre whereas day eleven is subtler. At least thats what I hope.

And on we go.


December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.