UPDATE FOR 2013: Check out My Dream December, a new online event. One of the many features is a collection of tutorials (pdf handouts) by Isbaha - famous for her amazing home made supplies and guest designer on several counterfeit and stash blogs - with instructions on how to counterfeit the complete DD kit for 2013 and create similar items yourself. There's even a tutorial on how to make your own chipboard album!You don't want to miss this! Hop over to My Dream December now!
And here is the blog post from 2012:
It is sold out! But many of us love the looks of that December Daily kit by Ali Edwards from Studio Calico. Don't panic! You can make your own! It may not be exactly the same in every single detail, but close enough! AND it will be much cheaper than the original kit since you get full sized papers and a full pack of other accents!
Let's begin with the stamp set. Yes, you can even buy the December Daily stamp set! I've linked it below (Scrapbook.com have a few sets in stock). If you want it, grab it soon before it sells out. They may get in more later on, but who knows?
There will be another, exclusive, stamp set for this kit but we do not know what that look like yet. When you see it, try and find similar images in other stamp sets. Or you could ask someone who was lucky enough to land one of the original kits to stamp some images for you?
So, after securing the stamp set, let's move on to the content that's been manufactured in larger amounts.
Let's start with the papers. You can see Studio Calico's paper sample above. I have found 16 of the 24 paper designs (thanks to a reader!) and I linked their images below to avoid a long list of text, but they're from Echo Park, Basic Grey and, of course, Studio Calico.
The designs I didn't find (they may be exclusive to the kit but if you recognize a paper that's not in my list below, please leave me a comment) are sometimes that same patterns but in other colors, or some fairly common design that could be substituted by similar papers.
The links go to the 12x12 papers, but these are also available in 6x6 packs (linked at the end of the gallery). The 6x6 packs might be what SC put in the kit, but then you'll have to buy the whole collections despite that you sometimes only need one of the papers. You have to choose wich strategy your personal DD budget allows for.
Please note! Several of the papers below are using both the front and back pattern. Since you only need 4x6 cards for the album, you only have to buy one 12x12 paper and then cut your 4x6 cards from that. You will still be left with scraps from those paper sheets.
(All of the images below are linked to Two Peas in a Bucket but I'm sure that you can find some of the items in one of the other of my favorite online stores.)
Let's continue with all the other content. Here's a list, linked images and some suggestions for substitutes.
White plain 4x6 album. Look for an album like this in your office supply store. It doesn't matter if it's white or not, you are going to decorate the cover anyway.
Inserts. 20 page protectors, 5 thick transparency pages, 10 chipboard pages . When I need photo pockets of another format than the usual, I just cut the larger ones in the desired size. Same thing for transparancies and chipboard. You might also find 4x6 photo pockets in the office supply store.
Wonderland Ephemera (Studio Calico)
Photo Log washi tape (October Afternoon)
Red chevron washi tape (Freckled Fawn)
Winter Wonderland enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)
Wood veneer trees & snowflakes (Studio Calico)
Sleigh Ride border stickers (Crate Paper)
Sleigh Ride stitched labels (Crate Paper) Not in stores yet.
Sleigh Ride brads & buttons (Crate Paper) Not in stores yet.
Remarks letter stickers (Dear Lizzy) There are a couple to choose from. My guess is the blue ones below.
Glossy Red Chipboard Thickers (Crate Paper)
Micro mono stickers- blue (Basic Grey)
6x6 charcoal duotone glitter paper (American Crafts)
6x6 leaf duotone glitter paper (American Crafts)
6x6 vellum foil (Crate Paper)
I haven't been able to find these specialty papers. Maybe they will be in stores later. There are some gorgeous vellum from the Dear Lizzy collection, with gold accents on it! I would definitely use some of that for this December Daily! I know that AC have had glitter cardstock earlier, maybe you can find some in your local craft store?
Wood veneer alphabet (Studio Calico) I haven't been able to find this, so it would have to be substituted with another similar product.
Badges- set of 3 (Hello Forever) I don't know what these look like but you can buy badges from Marcy Penner here!
Snowflake Rhinestones (Queen & Co) I haven't found these but on the picture they look like regular clear rhinestones. You can probably substitute them for rhinestones from your stash.
Exclusive vellum die cuts (Twine+Ink). Exclusive cardstock die cuts (Studio Calico). Use your imagination and inventive character to substitute these! Use your own dies and punches and the stamps you already have. Or, for those die cuts with text on them, you could use Distress markers or similar markers and handwrite or trace (vellum is semitransparent) the words from a print.
Crate Paper have super cute vellum die cuts and chipboard die cuts (se images below) so those might be able to substitute for the ones in the DD kit.
Sequin pack. Red/cream ribbon. Blue chevron ribbon. Black chevron ribbon. Lipstick red seam binding. Silver glitter tape. Look for these or similar designs/colors in your local craft store! American Crafts have glitter tape but not in silver. You might want to get another Christmas color of that tape (see image below).