Hello peeps! Hope you are all having a great week so far. My three day weekend was full and, thankfully, it included lots of crafting time. This year I'm trying not to just "say it," but to "do it." I always have a ton of grand plans for the holidays but, sadly, a lot of it just doesn't get done. This year I'm trying to keep things simple and attainable. I still have lots of ideas, but I have lots of plans on how to actually execute those ideas. One of those plans include my December Daily album this year.
For two years I have attempted to complete a December Daily album. But, truth is, I just don't seem to find the time to take photos, print them out and journal them on a daily basis. So this year I'm changing things up a bit. I am only going to focus on journaling my December. Sure, there will be some photos and I hope to add those in here and there, but my primary goal is to simply write about every day. This, I do believe, is attainable for me. And it takes off a lot of the pressure off knowing that is all I plan to do. Anything else will be a bonus.
So here is my December Daily for 2011. I created the foundation of the book by cutting down 8x8 heavyweight chipboard to a 6x8 size. I then covered the front and back of each piece with this lovely Snowed In foil accent patterned paper from SEI. I then added a border of flocked polka dot paper to the sides. This paper is from 7Gypsies and I've hoarded it for years; it's my absolute fav for the holidays! Now, once the chipboard pieces were covered, the fun begins...accessorizing!
One of my personal goals for the holidays is to use things I have and re-purpose as much as possible. This large chipboard snowflake has been in my stash for years. Last year I painted it white and glittered it with chunky glitter, but I didn't use it. Well it's being put to good use this year! I cut the snowflake so that it wouldn't hang off of the edge of the book, but I also just really liked how it looked this way. I used Mono Aqua liquid glue by Tombow and weighted it down with a heavy book to dry. Then it was time to get out the German glass glitter!
I had these chipboard numbers in my stash and they were already glittered silver, however, nothing compares to glass glitter and it was worth the extra step. I added more of the Mono Aqua glue and glittered them up. Once dry, I added them to my snowflake using more of the same glue. I weighted it down with the book to make sure everything was securely adhered. The little red dots were taken off of some Martha Stewart stickers I had from last year.
The final touches were to add some white velvet ric rac along the side, and a tiny tag was added with Baker's twine. I printed out "2011" onto cardstock and used a small tag die to cut it out. It's a little thing, but I love it!
Inside I added 25 journal pages, one for each day. I used Ali Edwards Reflections Journal Cards for this. They are simple and have the blank card has a spot for the date along the bottom. I chose to use binder rings for my book because I know I'll probably want to add pages or a few other things here and there throughout the month. Using binder rings makes it easy to do this. I have small rings now, but plan to get some bigger rings if I need it, depending on how much I add throughout the month.
Whew! I'm so glad this book is done and ready to go December 1! And I WILL use it this year! How about you? Are you making any plans to document your December?