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December Daily® 2023 | Story 04

Welcome to December Daily® 2023 Story 04. 

Part of what I enjoy when documenting my December is the opportunity to get playful and curious and say "what happens if I try this?" In today's video I play around with a couple different options for creating an "enclosed" shaker and write about how much comfort I get from my pets. 

Let's dive in to today's video and see how it all comes together: 

Here's my Table of Contents: 

Today I used a Slick Writer pen

My foundation today includes a 6x8 page protector stitched to a section of pattern transparency. I love that by doing a zig zag stitch the transparent portion can actually fold over if I wanted to (it wasn't what I intended for this particular page but it's cool to see how that works). 

For my story I'm pairing a 4x6 photo of my pets + a 4x6 "moments" transparency + a 4x6 journal card from the Main Kit. I used a fun, bold brush pen for my journaling. I love the graphic quality of these pens. 

The "what happens if I try this?" portion of my creative adventure today was centered around "encasing" a felt number between two pieces of plastic from a page protector to create a shaker. In the video you'll see my try using the Fuse Tool a few times and then end up back at my sewing machine in the end. Inside the encasement I added a sequin mix from The Diary Of Belle Rose. Playing around with the encasement idea you might try an embellishment or even a letter for your last name. 

On top of the large number four I added a couple word/phrase stickers about "finding space" - mostly in reference to finding space in our bed when all three of the pets are there too. Real life, my friends, real life. 

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14 thoughts

  1. CarolineMcD says…
    12/05/2023

    I feel like the fuse would have worked by doing the right hand side/shorter edges without the number inside. Maybe by tracing the number onto paper to use as a template. Then sliding the number in to do the longer edges.
    Love the stitching though!

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  2. chiswickmum says…
    12/05/2023

    Love this idea! So fresh. And loving your enthusiasm too: it’s infectious. Plus, yes, that piece of red line tape had to go! Thank you for sharing all that you do in December. (And actually, the lead in has been fabulous too- thank you to all the Team)

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  3. cutler says…
    12/05/2023

    Oh Ali, you just make me smile and chuckle. So look forward to your daily videos. Lot's of inspiration and lots of joy. thanks
    Catherine Aguilera

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  4. kruth29 says…
    12/05/2023

    I love this idea. Appreciate your efforts in taking us along with you. Your daily videos are my favorite way to start the morning.

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  5. Nciaffone says…
    12/05/2023

    Hi Ali!

    First of all, I love your style and your posts. Second, I did feel much better when you removed the backing of the red line tape-lol! We have all been there. I kinda feel ridiculous giving you crafting advice, but I have a Fuse and had some thoughts- How smooth is your table? When I Fuse, I have learned to place a thin piece of cardboard under my work. Bumps=unevenness and holes. You really can't go over an area without burning through. I know you wanted the back of the 4 to show, but I might have taped it down a bit to make the process easier. Also, temporarily taping the center back of the pocket page helps, too. Last, I have to use the ruler that comes with Fuse to prevent sliding around. Can't wait to see the rest of your album! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  6. nicholemoses says…
    12/05/2023

    I think the combination of the pressure of the dimension of the felt number between the two sides of plastic of the plastic page protector was keeping edges from sticking once warmed by the fuse tool. Might be fun to use a large number just as a template or guide to create a custom see-through pocket in shape of a number to mark the day of the month too.

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  7. pamela123d says…
    12/05/2023

    Ali, I'm not a Fuse expert by any means but I do use the metal ruler to guide the wheel and I also have the Fuse mat which also helps with making good seams. Loved the encasing of the number!

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  8. thetates says…
    12/06/2023

    Hi Ali! I really like the idea of zigzagging page protectors together. Will you explain in more detail how you do it? Do you overlap the two or just butt them up against each other? How do you keep the stitching from unraveling later? Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      12/06/2023

      Hi! They are not overlapping - just sitting next to each other and than ran through the sewing machine. I usually add some washi tape to hold it together and then remove that when I get close to it with the stitching. I almost always do a back stitch at the start and end of my stitching (go back and forth over it a few times at the beginning and at the end).

  9. Mpasquini12 says…
    12/06/2023

    I have the same problem with my fuse if what I’m putting in the pocket is too bulky. Also, the fuse mat is amazing, it has some give for the tool and it works better. A mouse pad might work similarly. But it all worked out in the end, this is just so fun!! I believe I only have a white felt #8 left and that might be fun (messy!) 😄
    Here is my story #4:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/C0eKm4oOVr9/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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  10. dpowersfabian says…
    12/07/2023

    Oh I so wish you had left the red line tape piece in there...as you would look back on it and laugh as it reminded you of this story (trying to make the shaker pocket from the 4)! Those micro stories become such fun memories down the road. But then again...I get that it bugged you as it probably would have me, as well.

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  11. Mlkohl says…
    12/07/2023

    I am GRATEFUL I wake up every morning, make myself my favorite cup of coffee (like my Grandpa used to make me) sit outside with my dogs (it was 80 today in sunny Chandler, AZ) and watch your DD video. It brings me so much joy! My OLW this year! Thank you Ali! You bring joy into my life and we don’t even know each other!
    In the beginning you said no shakers which is the jumping off point on why they are everywhere! We love shakers so much! Shaker pockets for the win!!!

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  12. Laura_Steingiser says…
    12/09/2023

    Love this page. I have found the speed with which you roll the Fuse affects the result. It melts a hole in plastic if you go too slowly or linger in one spot.

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  13. ahiggins83 says…
    12/12/2023

    LOVE how this one turned out!! I have struggled with the fuse tool, it can be very finicky! Love that you tried and then made it work well with the stitching. I also would have taken the red line tape thing out--ha!

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