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December Daily® 2023 | Story 01

Welcome to Story 01 in my December Daily® album for 2023!

I have been eagerly anticipating the storytelling + living portion of this project and can't wait to see what stories we all tell throughout the holiday season. 

To see what I've been up to with this project in advance of December  check out the project archives here.

Let's dive right in and see how my first story came together: 

This year I created a table of contents in the inside cover of my album using the gold rimmed number circles from the Main Kit. I will be handwriting a story "title" for each story throughout the month. I'm using a  Slick Writer to add my titles. 

As a reminder, here's the start of my Story 01 from some of the work I did on my foundation pages in the last few months

You can get more information on how this came together here

And here's what I ended up adding to the back for my story: 

For my first story this year I decided to write a letter to December and reference some of the things I've been doing around here in advance this year. I paired my words with a photo of my setting up the tree (taken with the timer on my iPhone). 

I ended up printing my photo 5 inches x 8.25 inches and using the 1/2 circle as my template for cutting out my photo. On top of my photo I added one of the 4x6 transparencies and cut it so that flips open to reveal the photo underneath. 

I wrote out my story and then added it to a 3.5 inch circle in Photoshop before printing and punching it out with a 3.5 inch circle punch. 

I put together a quick tutorial showing you how to arrange your text in a circle in Photoshop here: 

To create the vellum circle flap I designed a 3.5 inch circle + flap and cut it out with my Silhouette. I saved the file for you (includes a png, a svg, and a .studio file) and you can download it below.

Download the Digital Package here.

On the outside of the vellum circle I added one of the gold rimmed number circles from the Main Kit. On top of the circle I printed "Dear December, Love, Ali." 

On the inside of the vellum flap I layered two circle stickers from one of the sticker sheets in this year's  Sticker Advent Calendar

Along the top of the "so much joy" transparency I added a  gold foil tab sticker and ran it through my sewing machine to add that little bit of red. 

Again, welcome to December! Let's have some fun getting our stories told this month. 

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10 thoughts

  1. dawnmi says…
    12/01/2023

    Happy December Ali! Love this so much! I opened my first advent sticker and love it. Hoping to use the number card and whatever sticker for that day in my page for that day. Looking forward to your stories and excitement this month!!

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  2. cutler says…
    12/01/2023

    Ali, just love how you built the page from the pre done foundation. Such a clever design. Also
    thanks for keeping in the mistakes you make during the process and don't scrap perfectly. 😘
    You have a generous heart. thanks, Catherine Aguilera

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  3. spedsue says…
    12/02/2023

    Ali, as usual you are off to a stunning start!! Love your creativity and showing us your thought process! This makes me excited and happy!

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  4. Meltex says…
    12/02/2023

    Would I be able to create the circle with words in canva?

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  5. Mpasquini12 says…
    12/02/2023

    I LOVE that we had similar day one stories!!! I just feel so ready for the cozy and the magic and the love. I wish you an amazing December, Ali!
    Check out my day one story here: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0W1EIfu4At/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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  6. aussiehostie says…
    12/02/2023

    Love this so much and I really enjoy listening to your process. Looking forward to seeing all your December Daily posts, thank you for sharing 🎄

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  7. Rinnie says…
    12/03/2023

    Love this page. I would love to know the font used in the circle.

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    1. Rinnie says…
      12/03/2023

      Yes, I have done this before in Canva.

    2. kirstiemareemacgowan says…
      12/05/2023

      It’s Mystery Typewriter

  8. thampto says…
    01/01/2024

    I am confused. What exactly do you use to make your pictures big? What version of Photoshop and Canva do you use? I have no idea how to use either. What is your suggestion for beginners?

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