December Daily® 2022 | Story 01

Welcome to the documenting portion of  December Daily® 2022!

I'm so excited to be here sharing my Day 01 story: a letter to myself

As it got closer to December and I was thinking of the story I'd like to start with I kept coming back to writing myself a letter. Back in 2017 Brandi Kincaid did a beautiful album that consisted of a series of letters (you can see details on YouTube here). Tazhiana Gordon did a version of this a few years ago too which you can see more of on her YouTube channel. My letter is very much a continuation of my reason why/intentions and is a letter of encouragement to myself as we embark on this season. 

As always today's video will you show you things I think about as I'm working through my story, including discussing variations on the design that I don't end up going with but might spark ideas for you. Remember that I always encourage you to be a translator of ideas. Love the idea of a letter to yourself but don't want to handwrite in vellum? Make it work for you + your own project. 

If you are just joining us for the season you can see my previous videos so far this year here

Let's dive right into the process video: 

Here are additional images + info: 

For today's story I ended up writing a letter to myself using a white POSCA paint pen on printable ink jet vellum and layering that on top of the December pattern paper. 

But before I got to that place I drew lines and handwrote my letter directly on the pattern paper. Here's the variation I did first and then decided to go with the vellum: 

I used a Precision Pen (.03) to write my letter. 

Looking at this now I could have totally gone with that first version and been happy but while I was in it I decided I wanted to try doing it on vellum and see how that turned out: 

I loved how it turned out! 

Here's a digital download of the lines if you'd like to use them in your project:  download the PDF/PNG zipped digital package here.

Under the red December I added a Tim Holtz Rub On (similar set here) + a star sequin + a brad. Wood veneer star was adhered to the felt number with red line tape. 

I considered adding a few different things to this pattern paper including adding a bunch of number one's from my stash from past year's offerings and also considered embossing a bunch of number ones to add texture. In the end I decided to keep it simple and just adhere the felt one. 

The last thing I did today was add a title to my table of contents page. I used a small typewriter alpha stamp set from my stash. I'm not sure yet if I will stamp each day or do a combination of stamping and handwriting. Love having this set up for 2022! 

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29 thoughts

  1. Jeannew says…
    12/01/2022

    Beautiful letter and page, Ali! So excited to get started with December Daily this month!

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  2. mshanhun says…
    12/01/2022

    Hi Ali! You are so right, both of the options turned out looking lovely!

    I'm sharing my cover page today https://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/december-down-under-2021-cover/

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  3. CraftyCat says…
    12/01/2022

    Is there anyway to get a 6x8 digital download of the lines?? Please and Thank you.

    Reply 2 Replies
    1. Becky_C says…
      12/02/2022

      I would also appreciate a 6 x 8 version too.

    2. AliEdwards says…
      12/02/2022

      Yes! I will add that to the download today!

  4. me1312 says…
    12/02/2022

    Love both versions - so pretty!

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  5. daslebenistbunt says…
    12/02/2022

    Felling so thankful for all that!

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  6. tomlmar2 says…
    12/02/2022

    I really appreciated seeing your process. Thank you for leaving that in, and for providing the lines for us.

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/02/2022

      Thank you!

  7. gretchen_mansfield says…
    12/02/2022

    Thanks for sharing the file! I think I'm doing something wrong though - when I open the files the lines are black instead of red and I'm not sure how to modify?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/02/2022

      Are you opening the PDF? The PDF includes the red lines and the PNG is black lines for those who might want to change the colors.

  8. totteacher says…
    12/02/2022

    I've always loved the music you play in the videos... but especially loved the whistling Jingle Bells in this one!! Can you share where to find it??.... 🥰🎅🏻

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/02/2022

      Hi! I use a service called Soundstripe for adding songs. That one is by an artist names Jonathan Invalid.

  9. Pacostello13 says…
    12/02/2022

    Hi Ali - beautiful vellum page! I had a problem with the red PDF version in that when I open the file it shows beautifully in red and when I hit print, the preview shows me a combo of both black and red lines together. The black still shows up when printed. Do you see this? If not, it's probably an issue on my end.
    You're an excellent teacher and I appreciate your "thinking out loud" as you demonstrate as it allows us newbies to apprentice to you.
    Thank you!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/02/2022

      Hi! I don't see that! I just see the red lines - hmmm? I just re-uploaded the file again if you'd like to try downloading it again.

    2. Pacostello13 says…
      12/02/2022

      Thank you - the 6x8 worked perfectly for me.
      Pam Costello

  10. Mairimae says…
    12/02/2022

    Hi Ali,

    What size tip did you use with the Posca pen? I've got the .7 and it's looking much too thin on this large of a sheet (10x8).

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  11. adawson816 says…
    12/02/2022

    Here’s a link to my YouTube video for Day 1! https://youtu.be/-Ui7lKF86q4

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  12. CasieGutierrez says…
    12/02/2022

    Inspired by Ali’s lines journaling I made mine digitally using the GoodNotes app and my Apple Pencil

    https://www.instagram.com/p/ClsOcNFrQ7V/?igshid=ZDhmZGIxNmQ=

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  13. Mpasquini12 says…
    12/03/2022

    So excited this magical season is here! I love that white pen on the vellum. 😍

    https://www.instagram.com/p/ClqfceDOb-q/?igshid=YWJhMjlhZTc=

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  14. lauralou222 says…
    12/03/2022

    Happy December daily!
    Does anyone know what project the small typewriter stamp set came from? I’m pretty sure I have it. But I can’t remember??? Thank you!

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  15. PrinzessinN says…
    12/05/2022

    Love your pages Ali. Thank you for the downloads...also for the 6x8" one. I will see, if I can use it in this album or perhaps in next year's one?

    The table of contents page is great. I have to remember this.

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  16. mitchmac says…
    12/05/2022

    Dumb question - where did the words on the felt 1 come from?

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/05/2022

      Hi! Those were from the Word/Phrase Sticker Bundle.

  17. Shensler says…
    12/06/2022

    What paper setting do you use on your printer to print on vellum?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/06/2022
  18. micmagcan says…
    12/10/2022

    I know that someone asked this question but I can't seem to find it. When I printed the PDF of the 10x8 version of the lines, both red and black lines printed. Was there a second version downloaded someplace? Thank you!

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    12/12/2022

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