Sunday, November 9, 2014

Episode 42: December Daily

This week, we're talking about one of our favorite topics - December Daily. December Daily is a daily documentation concept created by Ali Edwards that we've both attempted multiple times. We'll talk in-depth about Ali's various albums and how the concept has progressed over time; plus, we'll discuss our own December Daily albums, what has worked, what has not, and what we're doing this year. 

Here are three ways to listen...

1) ScrapGals on Podomatic
2) ScrapGals on iTunes
3) Right here on this player....


 

Links:
Ali's December Daily Planning 2007 (This is what first started us on a DD journey!)
Ali's December Daily 2008
Ali's December Daily 2009

This is the post that Tracie reads the long URL address to. :)

If you visit Ali's site and click "Blog" and then search "December Daily," all her posts come up!

Other December Daily albums we love:
Marie Lottermoser
Teri Anderson

Our December Daily Pinterest boards:
Tracie
Tiffany

Thanks for listening!! Don't miss next week's show when we'll be discussing "Holiday Cards."

Tracie and Tiffany

30 comments:

  1. This episode got me so inspired to do DD this year! (About 3/4 of the way through the podcast, I sat down and started a DD pinterest board!) Last year was my first year trying it, and it didn't go so well... I think I made it halfway through. Maybe. I'm too disappointed to even go pick up the album to check!

    Like Tiffany, I don't have kids, am a teacher (thus usually too exhausted at night to do anything but rest my mind and feet on the couch), and I just don't do a whole bunch of Christmas-y stuff. I don't live with my family, and I don't have traditions I feel I need to follow. My initial thoughts are: what is there to document besides just normal day life amidst a snowy background? Here's the thing though.... I WANT to do more Christmas-y things, start traditions, and get into the holiday spirit a little more. My solution to this dilemma is to make a "Holiday Bucket List" type album, where I make a shortish list of things I want to do (and thus photograph) this holiday season. It won't be daily, but it will be frequent. I'm envisioning something like: a list of my favorite Christmas carols, baking a few different kinds of cookies and including the recipe for my favorite, going ice skating, etc. Maybe a bucket list will help me experience all the holiday season has to offer me. :)

    Thanks for the wonderful, funny, inspiring podcast as usual. You ladies make my Monday mornings much more enjoyable!

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    1. Awesome Josie!!!! Have fun!!! So glad we inspired you!

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  2. Tiffany & Tracie,

    I love this episode. I am planning and designing my third December Daily. I had got excited from Ali's website with all the Hambly transparencies she used as dividers.

    My first one in 2012 was a disaster. I made the whole thing from kraft brown paper, and unfortunately with no chipboard cover. The more I put in it, the larger it grew. I outgrew two ring systems before it was done. It is one HUGH mess, but I love it. I took it all the way to Dec. 31 (and it only has two-incomplete days - 12/30 and 12/31.)

    My second one in 2013 is my favorite. I used the Snap 6x8 album with a specific line of paper. The colors are red and silver. I love the "finished" album! I went all the way to Dec. 31 with this one too; but I grouped the last week of Dec. in a two page spread with journaling on the left and pictures on the right. I scrapbooked the clean-up around the house of all the Christmas decorations and a final page with a New Year Wish.

    This year I know I want to do another December Daily, and be as excited as last year's album was to me. I am using another 6x8 Snap Album because I liked it so much better than creating an album from scratch. I'm using "last year's" paper from MME - All Is Bright. I bought a lot of it last year after Christmas. I've cut all my Daily Numbers and Dividers on my Silhouette this week. I'm getting excited as I design the cover and title page.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your albums this year - when they are done! Thank you both for the podcast. I love virtually "chatting" with you each week.

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  3. Doreen!! I want to see that hugemoungous one! Can you send us a picture? Send to tracieclaiborne@hotmail.com. So glad you're inspired! We are too!

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  4. I'll be back in a little bit with lots to say!

    I've done Journal Your Christmas with Shimelle every year since 2007 (and she started in 2006) I have NEVER made my "foundation" in advance... and I always finish. And I always go all the way through the twelfth night on Jan 6.

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  5. I had to chime in and say after 5 December Dailies I have never made my pages in advance....I just can't wrap my head around it....I don't know what I'll want to put on the pages yet (lots of journaling? not much journaling? how many photos?) so I can't do it. That said, I usually finish sometime in January or February, working on days in batches throughout the season. I like having the extra time as it gives me a chance to reflect back on the overall feel of the season and then I can make a closing page that talks about that. I only went all 31 days once and it was so painful! 25 days for me, please!

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    1. Well I guess I am in the minority thinkin' that everybody does it in advance! I just don't get mine done unless I do. :)

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    2. Tracie, I'm with you. I do some preparation in advance - the foundation like you said. I have the numbers ready, all supplies together and other bits and pieces depending on what album I'm using. I'm a teacher and teachers are prepared!! (It's the way we think. It's the way we LIVE, ha ha). Everyone's different and we all just do what works for us, hey?

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    3. Hey, I just remembered that Tiffany's a teacher and she doesn't plan in advance...everyone's different! Maybe you don't plan Tiffany because you plan all day, every day and don't want to do it in your crafting? (Totally get that) Or it's your personality not to plan? Or it's both? Whatever, doesn't matter, there's no right way to do it, that's for sure. Have fun with it, girls! :)

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  6. Hi Tiffany & Tracie! I have spent the past month catching up on your podcasts during my time in the car. You've made my commutes so much more fun! I think I've listened to nearly all of them - need to go back and be sure. I am a Project Life scrapper and have only been scrapping about a year and a half so much of the scrapbooking world is very new to me. I am coming up on finishing a full year of Project Life. Very exciting. I want you to know how much I appreciate your perspective and the topics you cover. All of your shows have something I find helpful. And, I have to tell you, I bought my first Peachy Cheap deal yesterday - October Afternoon Christmas Eggnog Kit, of course. AND! I live in Eugene, Oregon - the same town as Ali Edwards. I've been following Ali for longer than I've been scrapping - she was my inspiration for starting Project Life. I also have done her One Little Word project the past several years in some form or another. Anyway, a couple months ago I saw her at Costco and I was such a goober. I went all fangirl and I couldn't even say HI. I'm sure she thought I was having a seizure or something. Thanks for sharing your scrapbooking love and your friendship with all of us. You're awesome! I promise I'll try to remain calm and actually say "Hi" if I see you in person.

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    1. haha! I know Ali and I'd probably go all fangirl too if I saw her in person! She's been a huge influence in my life, along with Stacy Julian. We're so glad you got yourself some October Afternoon!!

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    2. and PS: Thank you so much for saying such nice things about the show!

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  7. I'm doing my 6th Dec daily and never did the pages in advance. BUT I only completed 4. I'm going to try pre-planning this year :D

    Also, way to go! Ali Edwards linked over to you http://aliedwards.com/2014/11/december-daily-2014-inside-the-kit-overlays-printables

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    1. I know! We're so excited about her mentioning us!! I can't believe you've done four. You go girl!

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  8. I'm so glad that Ali linked to your podcast and that I came here to listen. You two are so much fun to listen to and I can tell that you have a strong friendship.

    I haven't attempted December Daily even though I'm a big fan of Ali's. I just don't want to add any stress to December! I have done WITL for the past few years so I can totally relate to unfinished projects and looking back at an album and not loving it.

    Thanks for sharing your stories! I'm going to go back and listen to the other 41 episodes!

    PS - I totally relate to the October Afternoon hoarding!

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! We love new listeners! We recommend you start with the most recent and work your way back. The first few shows are not our favorite because we weren't ourselves as much. :)

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  9. Hi ladies, I really enjoyed this episode - December Daily albums are my very favourite projects too. I've just finished my 2013 DD (last night!) and I'm raring to go for my 2014 one. This will be my seventh! 2008 I started - wow. I loved listening to you both yak about it - I was doing my book while listening. Ali mentioned on her blog that she and Katie listened too. So fun. Love that Ali - she's so forward-thinking and is the catalyst for so much of what I do in scrapbooking. I just love the DD albums - they've become so very meaningful for me. Thanks for your fun podcasts; they've kept me company for many an hour. Bless you, girls.
    Debra

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  10. Yay Debra! I'm way impressed that you've made DD each year since 2008 - way to go, girl! How fun that we were able to keep you company while you worked on finishing 2013. That makes me feel great. We both love Ali too, so it was a lot of fun to highlight her project for this episode. Keep listening and keep sharing your successes with us; we love to hear about (and see) what y'all are making!

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  11. Tiffany... I thought of you today ... you should make a DD and title in "Have Your Selfie A Merry Little Christmas!"

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    1. Omg, Merrick, that's perfect! I might have to steal this idea for real. You know I'll be rocking the selfies as always. Hahaha! Things to ponder indeed... :)

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  12. You gals are so funny. I am still laughing about the 25 Days of Selfies!!! You are so lucky to have each other to share this hobby with. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

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    1. Thank you for listening and for this great comment!

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  13. After convincing myself that I didn't need to take on yet another project, I listened to this podcast and ya'll convinced me! Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

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  14. I cannot get enough. I just discovered ya'll Christmas Crafting episode and i'm a southerner (Georgia) and i feel like ya'll are my girlfriends. I love the realness, giggling, banter, Just <3 <3 <3 ya'll!! This was a great episode for me. I love Ali too but I'm the one where I dont want to make the cover first or premake pages either but again< i never finish. So i'm going to take your advice and premake!! I'm working on mine this weekend. Hugs!!! jen

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    1. Jen - just saw your comment and it made my day. Thank you for being so sweet!!!!!!

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  15. I just listed to this episode, I'm so behind. I wanted to chime in and let you know that before Ali started doing December Daily she made book for Shimelle Lain's "Journal Your Christmas" class. She mentions it on this post https://aliedwards.com/2005/11/telling-your-holiday-story
    I do Shimelle's class and love it. I like that I do the journalling every day and put some of it into the album, but the majority of it is done much later. As long as I have the journaling and photos, putting it all together is so quick.

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