December Daily® 2016 – The Album Cover

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It would be wrong to break with tradition! So I’ll say what I always say at this time of the year…… the most wonderful season is soon to be upon us and I am joining in the fun and making a December Daily® album once again.

This marks my ninth year! I signed up for Ali Edwards Storytelling with December Daily® class again. The content is the same as last year more or less but I loved the class and got so much from it I thought taking it again live would be the best option. So far, so inspired!

As with all my previous albums I have constructed the album from scratch. I looked towards all my pins over here for inspiration and honed in on this one as a jumping off point for the cover design.

I adhered kraft cardstock to a couple of sturdy cardboard pieces and began by embossing the stars on the cover. I used white embossing powder.

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The original pin is quite dreamy and soft so I didn’t emboss all the stars and kept some as white Stazon ink to give a different texture and look to the tree.

I tried out various ribbons, twine and embellishments before settling on that lovely red ribbon that was on a Christmas gift last year.

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I removed the velum insert of that metal rimmed tag and added the ’25’ from a set of American Crafts Thickers and stamped the 2016 which is from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

I wanted something else on the design and thought that some kind of representation of a tree trunk would look good. Unfortunately I messed up my stamping and it didn’t turn out quite right so I just added those good old teeny rub ons for our initals, some little gems in clear and red and called it done.

The ribbon is tied inside the album cover.

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Before I began the heat embossing I wanted to test a patch to see how much the paper and cardboard warped with the heat. So I stamped on the back cover to see if it stood up to the heat gun.

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The photo is a little blurry but the test worked and there wasn’t any warping.

Here is a link to last years post about the cover and of course all my past years are here.

Happy to have this project started once again.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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2 Responses to December Daily® 2016 – The Album Cover

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    OH! or should I seasonally start with HO HO HO.

    Your cover is beautiful. I do like stars & yours has just the right amount of bling. I am rather envious that you are taking Ali’s class. I am putting in my 2017 budget plans dollars (horrible exchange rate) for taking a few online classes.

    Let the most wonderful time of the year & most wonderful yearly project begin.

    • mel says:

      If you love December Daily and I know you do then I cannot think of a better way to spend your hard earned money. So worth it Mary-Lou. And thanks I like the cover too.

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