For some reason, every year that I tried to get started on it before, I just wasn't feeling the holiday spirit. In fact, I would say that Christmas had become my least favorite time of year. I know. Just call me Ebenezer.
But last year was so different, and yes, I'm going to mention therapy again. Let's just say I've learned a few things and one of them was how to connect to the joy of December. And so it was.
There was no question I'd do the album again this year. With all of my digital scrapbooking of late, I wanted to have an album where I would get my hands a little dirty. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to go too overboard on that one.)
I thought I'd share my foundation for the album as it stands today. I don't do a lot of set up beforehand. I really loved spending a little time every day last year just making something to put into my album. I think I'll follow the same approach for 2013.
First up, the December Daily kit.
I'm going to be the first to admit: I'm out of touch with scrapbooking product trends. This should come as no surprise. I've never really been one to wrangle the latest and greatest. It's never fit that well with my simple approach. So I plunked down the cash for this kit. It gives me stuff to play with and I have to admit, I love the way it's all put together.
But a funny thing happened this year as I started to think about putting my album together. I decided to use a different album than the one that came in the kit. As cute as it is, I decided to cave in and give it to Aidan, who wants to make her own December Daily album this year.
Instead, I am going to use a 6 x 8 SN@P! album from Simple Stories.
I am in love with these albums. Seriously in love. They are compact. They have cute top stitching and they come in yummy colors. In fact, I'm not sure if I'm going with red or brown, but whatever one is left over, be assured it will find it's way to another project in the future.
And one more piece from SN@P! Studio: these chipboard dividers.
I knew as soon as I saw them they would soon meet up with some gold spray paint. Here is my proof:
This is the first page of my album, featuring a gold spray-painted wood veneer piece from the Studio Calico kit, adhered with a few pop dots.
No, I am not worried about the archival quality of spray paint. I found a can in my garage and used it last year and so far, the 2012 album has not disintegrated. Good enough for me!
It was a high point in my crafting life. It was also extremely stressful. Glitter freaks me out. Hard to say if the Zing powder will show up at any other point in the album. Maybe if I have a glass of wine beforehand.
The Studio Calico kit colors inspired me to create a bunch of digital stuff that I could use in my album that reflected my style and taste. The star background paper you see is part of my Cool Yule Paper Pack. I just printed a 6 x 8.25* piece onto my new favorite smooth printing cardstock from Bazzill, trimmed it and put it into a page protector. Yes, it will burn through my printer ink. But hey, that's what credit cards are for, right?
*The true size of these page protectors is 6 x 8.25. I decided to adjust all of my inserts to match this size.
The next spread will serve as my dedication page. I'm going to be using my Day Documents sets in both 6 x 8 and 6 x 4 for my December Daily journaling. I increased the size of my 6 x 8 template to fit the page protector perfectly. Altering templates is not too tricky. Here's a short video showing you how to do it.
My Day Documents will give me spaces to journal and add photos in a very simple, streamlined way, in two sizes.
Ali Edwards creates a series of December Daily overlays and journalers every year, for those of you who like to simply print and add your journaling by hand (which is what Aidan is planning to do this year.)
Next up, I created a bunch of 3 x 4 printable cards to sprinkle throughout my album.
There are two sets, Cool Yule Cards No. 01 and Cool Yule Cards No. 02. I also designed an embellishment package, Cool Yule Decor No. 01, which includes sheets of printable, coordinating circles in four sizes: .75, 1, 1.25 and 2-inch.
I plan to have a bunch punched out and ready for use. Add to that, a set of Cool Yule labels. This set also comes with a digital cut file for Silhouette users, in addition to a simple printable PDF.
I had some issues getting perfect cuts, but that could be my newbie status showing through.
Newbie or not, I was able to make a handful of kraft paper cut outs for some of the pockets in my album using my Cool Yule Quotes set. This is something I am loving right now, and it's making me want to marry my Silhouette. Here is a short video showing you how I made the card above.
If you have a Silhouette and want to learn more, check out Kerri Bradford Studios. Her classes are excellent and they are teaching me how to make more and more stuff with this amazing machine.
All in all, I'm happy with how it's shaping up and am really looking forward to building this album, day by day, in December. It's really cool to enter the #decemberdaily hashtag in Instgram to see all the cool preparations people are posting from all over the world.
Ali Edwards, you've really launched quite the thing.
EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! All of my digital products I've shared here today are now on sale for 30% off as part of the Designer Digitals 4th Quarter sale, running through next week. My Cool Yule collection contains printables in each set (save for the paper pack, which contains all JPEG files). No Photoshop is needed to print and use the designs.
The next issue of my newsletter, Picas + Points, is going out tomorrow. Subscribers will receive a digital package including this 8.5 x 11 print you see above, along with 4 matching 3 x 4 printable cards, JPEG files and a digital stamp of the word collage. To sign up for my newsletter, click here.
DECEMBER DAILY SUPPLIES: