December Daily 2011 – Prep and foundation pages

Hoorah. It’s here again already.

The planning and prep for the December mini album. Just like last year I pulled out the old albums to see which pages I really loved so I could think about making some pages similar this time around or picking up on elements I liked. See most of last years album here.

The cover is always my biggest decision and I have once again pondered this over and over. I even considered the same look as Ali, who this year, has teamed up with a scrapbook company and produced a custom made December Daily kit. I can’t order the actual kit as they are US based and it would cost a fortune in shipping etc, but I did think about buying a ‘naked’ album and using page protectors but I decided that part of the love I have for this type of album is the different size of the book and the random jumbled up look of each page.

So I cut down a chipboard cover I had hanging around (in fact I bought these two covers in the US in September 2010).

Then I stamped my favorite Hero Arts background swirls onto the cover and embossed in white.

I added a couple of tags, ribbon, torn up music pages inked with Ranger Distress ink Fired Brick. I love this cover. Especially the little piece of sheet music with our initials over the notes. So cute – even if I say so myself.

For the inside pages I began by cutting up a Making Memories transparency I’d saved for this album. I also stamped with white stazon onto some acetate sheets.

I have four main number styles this time and four main sheets of cardstock. I usually use up old supplies but you know working in a craft shop you see all the new stuff and I couldn’t resist!

The papers are My Minds Eye Kraft funday, Echo Park For the record ‘table cloth’ and Girls Paperie tinsel and twig. 

It was totally my intention to go white, silver and red but I ended up more red, kraft and white. Love it though. I especially love that you can at the moment see the layers behind the page you are looking at. I know that will change as the album gets full but love how it’s started off.

Another note before we see the pages is that I like these albums small. Mainly because it’s just Gav, Bud and me so there isn’t a whole lot going on every day so a 4 x 6 canvas works well for me. Hope that I can get some full page photos in there and maybe an open out page or two.     

For the first page I cut up a jewelled swirl and applied it to a piece of acetate. The journal sheet on the inside cover is basic grey – basics. The number 1 is from American Crafts thickers – playroom. I have red and brown numbers throughout the album.

Here is another of the styles of numbers. I cut this tag from kraft cardstock stamped the number and a little joy stamp I’ve had for ages and stitched it onto the page. That’s red twine at the top of the tag threaded through an eyelet. This is the Echo Park table cloth spotty paper. I love a spot.

Stamped that Hero Arts swirl again onto red card.

I cut a star out of red felt and hand stitched it onto the transparency. I then added a number 4 from an old Making Memories ‘Noel’ sticker sheet.

Some old red glittery wrapping paper cut with a scalloped circle punch.

Day 7 is a cut down divided page protector. Adore these.

An envelope cut with a Fiskars edge punch.

This is one of the acetates I stamped with another Hero Arts stamp and white stazon.

Another envelope and a Tim Holtz fragments with the word remember and patterned paper adhered underneath.

Love these little trees. I added extra glitter in the form of Icicle Stickles. Also adore the star cardstock from My Minds Eye.

I wanted this page lower in the album so I could see those lovely layers under so I sandwiched the page with acetate so it would sit at the bottom half of the book.

More Hero Arts swirls this time embossed with glittery red embossing powder.


So there it is. Just a couple of pages not completed but more or less done. And it’s so exciting to see the foundation for the album.

Here comes December.