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  • December Daily Foundation Pages 2011

    I’m excited to be adding a new holiday tradition this December for our family. I just completed the foundation pages of my first December Daily album. Essentially, it is a daily scrapbook/journal for the 31 days of December. This has become a very popular idea in the scrapbooking community as it was originated by Ali.

    When I committed to doing this project, I had a couple of things that I desired. I wanted my book to contain 31 days since we celebrate 2 birthdays, an anniversary, and 2 holidays each December. I believe having 31 days in my album will allow for more ordinary December days and stories, which I really want to capture. Since we are also blessed to celebrate Hanukah, I wanted the album to have some blue and not just the traditional red and green. I wanted my book to contain fabric since Samantha is all about her cloth books right now at bedtime. I wanted to use these digital overlays from Ali. And last, I wanted to learn something new.  I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone and learning how to sew and quilt (as it is on my list).

    So I headed to the scrapbook store with only the above criteria in my head. I got 1/4 yard of 27 different fabrics. I had printed out the overlays onto white Bazill cardstock. I cut the fabric to be slightly larger than the overlays knowing they would “shrink” with seam allowances, user error, etc. :) After I cut my squares, I used my extra fabric to die cut all of the numbers. Note: If Santa or Hanukah Harry had bought me a Silhouette Cameo, I would have kissed him right then and there. 

    I came home and sewed using a zig zag stitch with a stitch length of 1.0. If it sounds like I know what I’m doing, please don’t be fooled. Totally in the learning process. I used a straight stitch to sew the pages together and I inserted a piece of chipboard to give it some sturdiness for durability.

    And then, my dear husband helped me put the grommets in this album. He said that if our marriage can survive grommets and royal icing (another story for another time), then it can survive anything. He might need physical therapy for his hand after using that poor excuse of a grommet tool that came with them. (If Santa had brought Jeff a Big Bite, he might have kissed Santa himself.)

    Here are just some of the pages:

    This includes the digital overlay printed onto white cardstock. I have all 31 printed off to house the pictures and journaling for the events and stories I hope to capture.


    love this book. I love the feel of it. I love the idea behind it.

    My plan is to add some baseball page protectors to house my Fujifilm Instax mini photos, a couple of transparencies, and Ali’s digital overlays to house pictures and stories from each day.
    So looking forward to this project and capturing all that life will bring during this holiday season. I will post every Tuesday in the month of December to show you my updates.

    Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!-Jenny




    AMAZING! Love it! Pure genius!!

    27 November 2011 at 9:33 pm Reply

      Thanks MaryAnn. I have really enjoyed my first December daily album. Looking forward to this next month.

      27 November 2011 at 11:00 pm Reply

    This is amazing, so cool that you sewed it. Totally looking forward to following and seeing you fill it up. I have this bookmarked to inspire me all year till next Christmas. Hoping to take up sewing by then. Have fun and thanks for sharing.

    28 November 2011 at 4:16 am Reply

      Thanks Dawn. Was trying to make this album unique to my family. Really glad I did just that!

      28 November 2011 at 5:33 am Reply
    Irene Fitzpatrick

    Absolutely superb! *swoons* I’m going to concentrate on clearing some space in my craft room to actually do something! :)

    28 November 2011 at 5:17 am Reply

      Thanks Irene! I was initially so nervous about posting since it was first sewing project that would easily show some beginning sewing errors. But now I think that is one of my favorite things about it. It reflects me and who I am right now. Thanks for stopping by!

      28 November 2011 at 5:34 am Reply
    Lisa Muniz

    SO that’s what you were up to! It looks great. I hope you are feeling better!

    28 November 2011 at 8:46 am Reply

      I know- I was the crazy girl working tirelessly to cut out all the numbers before closing. So glad no one was video taping my crazy adventure.

      28 November 2011 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Looks awesome! What’s even funnier is when I saw the pictures I thought “that looks like scrapbooks etc, can’t be!” Then I saw that Lisa Muniz commented, so it must be. I’m a Scottsdale gal, but SETC is still my go to store.

    28 November 2011 at 10:08 am Reply

      SETC is the hangout here in Phoenix. We are most definitely spoiled indeed. Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

      28 November 2011 at 7:03 pm Reply
    Sandi Keene

    Really enjoyed seeing your foundation pages. Loved seeing all the fabric in yours. I love sewing in my albums (can’t make a page without sewing right now) but I usually stick to sewing on paper. Just a few more days and we start!

    28 November 2011 at 11:26 am Reply

      Thanks Sandi- and yes this sewing machine is really starting to become my sidekick. Really excited about the process this year.

      28 November 2011 at 7:04 pm Reply

    your book just looks like a quilt to be cuddled with. i hope you enjoy learning to quilt…it is my other (meaning other than scrapbooking and cards) hobby and i love it too. and, if santa brings you a silhouette, could you send him along to my house with any extras he might have in his sleigh?

    29 November 2011 at 9:39 am Reply

      Indeed- it is soft. It’s not as cuddly since I added chipboard inside, but I wanted it to be durable for those little fingers. I’m enjoying quilting, and almost done with my first one since making a raggedy quilt almost 10 years ago. And if Santa stops by, I’ll make sure to send him your way!

      29 November 2011 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Wow! I mean wow with all the sewing and the details! Amazing!!!

    4 December 2011 at 6:24 am Reply

      Thanks Gretchen- excited to try something new. A lot more sewing than I thought it was going to be, but glad I did it.

      7 December 2011 at 7:25 am Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this! Really this is amazing! Love how all of the numbers are done differently too :)

    5 December 2011 at 11:50 am Reply

      Thanks Kaitlin. I love the numbers that are spelled out except when I sewed them, I was known to say a curse word or two. :)

      7 December 2011 at 7:24 am Reply

    Jenny…you are so incredibly talented! This is awesome :)

    13 December 2011 at 10:02 am Reply

      Thanks so much Kimber. I am loving this album and was bummed to miss the party last night. I needed a good picture of the elves!

      13 December 2011 at 10:07 am Reply

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