The 25 Days of Christmas starts tomorrow, and to celebrate the season this year I've decided to document our December activities (at least the first 25 days) in a mini album (inspired by Ali Edward's December Daily album). The idea behind this album is to construct the actual album and the interior pages before the month actually begins. Then each day, take a picture(s), or save some sort of memorabilia from the day and print that out and add it to page you've already designed, along with some journaling for the day. By designing the pages in advance, you're taking away a lot of the work load of completing the pages each day, so hopefully it won't be too time consuming and you'll actually keep up with it. That's what I'm hoping for anyway...we'll see how it goes. I thought I would show what I've come up with for the album so far, and then during December I'll post my completed pages as I finish them.
This is my album. I decided to use the same album that Ali Edwards used, which is here , but I'm sort of regretting that decision. It's a canvas album with 5 canvas pages and 5 plastic protector pages. I've had a very hard time figuring out how to use the interior canvas pages, and also had a hard time with the cover. I like the way the cover turned out for the most part, but I do think a hard surface cover would have been easier.
I painted the cover with MM Spotlight white paint, and then used glimmer mist on the edges. I'm not really happy with the edges...they aren't quite as red as I would like, so I may go over this with some MM Fire Engine Red paint. I traced a snowflake onto this red/white polka dot felt from Creative Imaginations and cut it out, then stitched it onto the canvas (I love how that turned out). I also added a metal bracelet connector (which I found in the jewelry section of Michaels), with some white cardstock underneath that says "December 2009."
Here's a closeup of the snowflake and metal piece. It says "Celebrate Life."
This is page 1. Some Jillibean Soup "Talk Soup" paper and a Jillibean number sprout.