December Daily® 2023 | Story 05

I've known since I worked on kit designs last year that I'd be using this paper for Story 05 in my December Daily® album in 2023. What I didn't know is that I'd be using it as an opportunity to bring in my family's voices into the project. I often do a list of what I'm loving/into in this project (and I might still do one for myself later in the month) but I decided to send a text to our kids and ask them to tell me three things they are each loving in their own lives right now. Super happy with how this turned out! 

STORY IDEA: Write out five things you are loving right now and/or invite friends/family to participate. 

PROJECT IDEA: Alpha stamp your story. 

Here's a look at how this story came together: 

For today's Table Of Contents entry I used a brush pen

And here's a look at the completed story spread: 

I am a huge fan of filling up a page with alpha stamping. For today's story I had a lot of space to work with including two 4x6 pockets, the back of the transparency from yesterday, and the full page "loving" pattern paper from the Main Kit. 

I've been hanging on to these vellum numbers (they were originally offered in the Numbers Scrapbook Kit - we do have a few of those available) knowing that I would love to incorporate one or more into this particular project. I ended up stapling it to the back of the ornament transpareny. 

After stamping out the kids responses I felt like what I most wanted to do in this pocket was stamp a title. I chose to stamp on one of the 4x6 vellum cards using Staz On ink. I ended up turning it into a shaker (to get a little more color on this side of the spread) by adding some sequins and stitching across the pocket to close it up. 

The biggest piece of today's story are the responses I got from the kids. I used this stamp set for their initials and then used an older typewriter alpha for their responses. In between their initials and their response I added chipboard stars. I loved pairing the colors from the paper with the colors of ink for each kid. 

Seriously so fun. 


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7 thoughts

  1. christyj says…

    Just when I thought your albums couldn't get any more beautiful. You are really knocking it out of the park this year. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. :)

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  2. jlutherdesigns says…

    I love how graphic and bold this spread is. It's so fun!

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  3. mariapresson says…

    So inspiring, love it. I bought the specialty card in digital form and was going to mink them but since the background and the text are one layer I don't see how it can be done. Does Kelly have an idea or solution?

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  4. Jeannew says…

    Love this! Such fun! Might have to borrow the idea. 😉

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  5. blestchick says…

    Love the stamping and please, oh please, would you bring back that typewriter alpha?

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    1. sarahwhite83 says…

      I second this request!

  6. Mpasquini12 says…

    Ali, I am really loving your daily content this year. I mean, every year, but this year it's a really nice part of my routine. I'm loving that intro music, I find myself dancing. LOL
    I was giggling at your kids' responses. Those are so great!! I love this idea, and kind've wish I went this simple LOL
    I'm using the same paper for my day 5, but wanted to pair it with photos and tags so I'm not finished yet, but it's all good. Hope you're having an amazing December so far!

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