So it’s that wonderful time of year once again. December approaches which for me means that preparations for December Daily® need to be done. What a chore!
I have another post coming soon where I’ll set out a few intentions and thoughts about this album – I have been taking part in Ali’s Storytelling with December Daily® class and this has triggered a new perspective for me as I embark on my eighth December with this project. But for right now I want to share my foundation pages.
All past December Daily® albums have been made from scratch. This year I moved away from that a little by using 6 x 8 page protectors inside the album. I thought long and hard about whether to buy a pre-made album but making the cover a big part of the creative process for me and I love doing it so I’m still making my own then putting the page protectors within that.
The jury’s out on whether I like this way of doing things or not. I hope it will give me greater flexibility and make the process throughout the month easier. We’ll see and I’ll certainly share my feeling after the festive season is done.
I made a Pinterest board with ideas for the colour scheme I wanted this year. Still white red and kraft but more airy, dreamy, muted. Not sure I’ll pull it off as my photos will be colourful but I love that little board of inspiration!
You’ll notice that because of the flexibility of an album this style I’ve left all my numbers for the days of the month ‘loose’ within the pockets.
Above is a 6 x 8 for day one and a 4 pocket page for day two. I am really short of number two stickers (all used up in previous years!) so for this day I intend to print the number on a 3×4 card to insert in a pocket.
Here is day three and four. I found photographing the album a challenge because of the glare but also as many pockets are empty you can see straight through.
Day five and six.
That’s a Tim Holtz number brad for day five and below you can see that I’ve cropped a 6×8 page to make it 3×8.
Day seven and another page I stitched to make 2×2 sized pockets on the right. It holds wooden embelishments at the moment.
Day eight with a die cut snowflake card.
And I painted a few hearts on this woodgrain paper.
Day nine and ten.
Always love including some of the metal rimmed tags.
Below you can see day eleven and thirteen. Day twelve is in there but you can see through the pockets to the next day! Also on this photo you can see that I have added a piece of 3×8 card outside a page protector. I still intend to have some of these types of pages as I love that tactile element of turning a paper page.
A got crafty with day 12 and added a glittered arrow that I cut out freehand. I’ve left the brad with the twelve on loose to add onto the page somewhere.
Day fourteen and fifteen.
I used a Tim Holtz star stencil to paint white stars on a 3×4 card. Love white on white.
And a little piece of velum I have been saving. That’s the beauty of 3×4 pockets. You can use little bits and pieces.
Day sixteen and seventeen.
And for day eighteen I stamped some words with red ink onto a white card. The stamps were the free set from the storytelling class.
Another piece of card tucked into the album on the left, just to remind me to add these ‘free’ elements. And then day nineteen with a pipecleaner that I shaped into a star.
Day twenty will have a printed number card added.
I used a card from the Say Cheese line from Simple Stories on the left here. And another metal tag for day twenty one.
Again day twenty two will have a printed card and on the left day twenty three.
Day twenty four starts with a cut down 4 pocket page so there are two 3×4 pockets. I love different sized pages and don’t want to miss that element even while using the pocket pages.
And on the right a 6×8 page.
And finally day twenty five.
You can see that I have quite a few ‘spare’ pages there at the back so I can slip them in where needed.
Phew. Hope that if you are taking part that you’re getting prepared. I have to say it feels good to be trying something new.
Back soon with more thoughts on this album and a post all about my cover for this year.