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December Daily® 2023 | Story 25

Welcome to Story 25 in my 2023 December Daily® album. 

Okay, this could be my favorite Christmas Day scrapbook page/pages I've ever made. It's got multiple pages, photos, and just the right amount of words for me this year. 

I'll be back again soon with a full video walkthrough of my completed project. 

Let's dive right in to the video: 

I'm still in the one-album camp for this project. I know some of you out there love giving yourself the flexibility and freedom of to make your pages as thick as you want with as many stories you want and if that's you - awesome! My album is definitely full and I love it!

Here's what it looks like on my table: 

Now let's take a look at the individual pages in this story: 

For this story I knew I wanted to use the vellum 25 as an entry into my Christmas Day storytelling. Because I had the back of Story 24 blank I covered that with pattern paper and one of the felt pennants from last year's collection. 

If you are reading this in "real time" these pennants are on a super sale

I cut out a rectangle from the middle of this red pattern paper (and had the Gather pattern paper back to back at the same time) in order to create a peek-through window with the vellum 25 card from the Specialty Journal Card pack. I used from washi tape from Tim Hotlz to frame it. 

On the back side I used a fun pink + red striped washi (also from Tim Holtz) to frame the vellum from this side. 

After turning the intro/frame page you'll find three, 5x7 pages that feature photos with word art (Christmas morning memories) and journaling and a full page of memories without photos. I used plastic page attachers to add these to the album but you could also simply punch holes in your photos. 

Along the outside edge I used circles from the circle pattern paper I punched at the beginning of the season. These are adhered back to back to create page turners on the photos/stories. 

Download the "Christmas morning memories" word art here.

This was a fun solution for me this year! Some years I do one photo or a collage of photos - this year it feels like a little booklet and I love it. 

If you don't have the circle pattern paper you could easily just punch circles from pattern paper and add numbers and sentiments. You could also use the circle stamp we offered this year. 

As I was printing out my photos I had a few other things I wanted to record from our Christmas Day. I used the word art at the top and made a simple list to hold the rest of the stories without photos. 

The last page for Story 25 is a full page photo of what it looked like before the kids came down on Christmas morning. We had hung five playground balls from the ceiling that held a collection of gift cards for each year. We wanted something different and fun to do when giving the cards. It went over well! Festive fun!

On my desk I had a few more of the vellum stars from the December Stories By The Month kit so I decided to "hang" those in the same area of the photo as the balls. I loved mimicking the hanging ornaments with some embellishments on top of the photo. 

On top of the vellum stars I cut sentiments from the banner pattern paper and adhered them using foam dots. These stars were attached to the page using a Tiny Attacher and twine. 

To finish off my album I added the "more twinkle lights" pattern paper to the back. On top I added a little message and a chipboard star. 

And I know I will totally laugh seeing this in the future: I brought this up to my office from the kitchen as a memory of what I cooked on Christmas morning. 


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  1. emeraldcity says…

    Betty really is the star of the show. Those balloons were a genius idea and the stars mirroring them are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us, Ali!

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  2. Nolana says…

    I love all of this! I love your excitement for Day 25 and all the layers of photos and embellishments! The shaker hearts are gorgeous! Those floating stars over the hanging balls are my favourite!!!

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  3. Seester2t says…

    Thank you Ali for another great December Daily. Sickness got in our way this year, but I started off better then I have in the past by creating an table of contents and sketching out page ideas. I'm ready to jump in in January and get to playing! Your daily videos and classes have really helped me change my approach to scrapbooking, not just DD but in general and for that I am eternally grateful. Can't wait to see all the goodness in 2024!

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  4. jlutherdesigns says…

    I love everything about this collection of Dec 25th photos and words! I've been so inspired by your "tucked in" stories and I'm looking forward to working on my own album. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project with the world.

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  5. reneemc63 says…

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  6. Jeannew says…

    Such joy and fun! Love the booklet and photos and fun stars! Such a treasure of all album!

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  7. Seester2t says…

    Do you by chance have a link to the metal ruler you use?

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  8. margievis says…

    Thank you so much for the free files, and all of the inspiration that you shared this year!! I am loving how my own album is coming together, with so many scraplifted designs, but recording my own memories. December daily is one of my favorite projects, for sure!

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  9. ahiggins83 says…

    Love how this turned out! The 5 stars over the photo of the 5 balls was great. Thank you for this project and crafty journey!

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  10. MrsB30 says…

    Love Betty's photo bomb in the the first picture lol!

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