WE'RE DOING DECEMBER! Whether you pre-plan your December Daily or create as you go along in the Christmas month; make your own covers or decorate ready-made ones, use Project Life style with plastic sleeves and pockets or create your own pages. Maybe you havent made one before and ask 'I cant think what I'd fill a page with everyday?' We'll help with that! Whatever your style we'd love to see it! Here you will find a seasonal blog open from 1st November to 31st January each year. We hope that this will become a wonderful resource of sharing, prompts and inspiration.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Julie's Pre-Planning - Title Page

Here is the first page in my 2014 December Daily album.

I fell in love with a bird die that a friend bought recently
and I've borrowed it to use in this year's album.

Here's how the open album looks with the title page along side the inside cover of patches .

Can't wait to show you the rest of my album as it goes along.

Don't forget to pop into all the links and share what you have done.

We would love for you to share your creations with us. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Mandy's Pre-Planning for the December 'List of 30 Day's' Book

With my December Daily set aside for now, I've been working on my little
 'Companian' book of 'Lists of 31 Days'  (I 'think' I'll do the full 31 days??)
 Complete pre-planning has taken place for this little book.

It has the same set up on each page - simple and easy to use,
a little doodle around each page,

 A coffee stained tag with ribbon, a patterned card behind and a little paper Christmas embellishment,
all sewn together.    Each page has a sewn in numbered plate and inked throughout.
This page, being the 1st,  a little calendar of December.

 The tag is where the day's list of 'things/events/ to do's' etc will go remembering that this little book is for me- and the 'running' (or should say 'run-around' lol) of December... and completely seperate to the December Daily.

 And the numbered pages are where I'll add something that directly affects that list, it could be a photo, a docket, anything...  just simple and quick.

 Here are some of the other pages (wont upload them all)

 This certainly is turning out to be a great little addition to my December Daily!
 And as much as I love this book,  I know I could definitely not go without 'creating' all different kinds of pages in my December Daily.   The 'List' book wouldnt be enough...
anyway - experimental this year!
The story about how this second little book has come about can be found  here

We would love for you to share your creations with us.
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Friday, 21 November 2014

Bec's Cover.......Make your own................

I'm making my cover this time because I wanted to try something different, to see if I COULD as well as probably going with a different shape. Well, the latter didn't end up happening, but I loved creating the album from scratch.

Firstly I purchased some chipboard (about $1.20 per 12x12 sheet - really thick cardboard that is layers and layers of paper) around 4mm thick.

I measured out the cover size 22cms x 23.5cms and cut out two. The spine needed to be wide enough to be bigger than the rings used inside, so cut one piece that was 5cms wide and 23.5cms long.
I used a metal ruler and a scalpel as it was going to take a lot of cuts to get through the thick chipboard.
I laid out my pieces and applied double sided tape to the tops where the paper was going to attach on the inside and the outside.

 My spine I wanted covered in the Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas - Santa paper which is the timber with a few little pinecones in the corner.
I placed all three pieces of chipboard on top of the 17cm wide paper. I put about 1/2cm in between the chipboard pieces to allow for the spine to bend and have some flexibility and not tear when opened.

 The next step is very important. To allow for the flexibility and to make sure the paper doesn't tear and the album falls apart, I placed packing tape along the 1/2cm spaces of the chipboard to cover the gap and attach to the chipboard pieces, making sure I pushed the tape down to attach to the paper in the valley of the chipboard.

Fold down the top edges and adhere to the double sided tape both top and bottom.

And this is what it should look like on the outside.......................

Next was the outside cover. I had a hard time choosing between the red worn timber or the green worn timber paper but chose the red - Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas - Flora
Allowing 1 - 1.5" past the edges, I adhered the paper to the outside but flush up against the edge of the brown timber paper on the spine.

Flip it over and angle cut the corners.......

Adhere down..................

Cover the inside cover with whatever paper you choose, adhering the paper right over those valley folds in the centre (not just the strip of paper I mistakenly did and realised my mistake afterwards.)       I chose to use the timber paper on the inside also.

This piece was taken out of an old binder that I had here. The rings were perfect but the binder was a bit worse for wear.
I placed this in the middle on the left of the back cover and draw pencil lines where the holes needed to be cut out.
I used a hammering hole maker to punch out the holes. Lathered the underneath with a very strong glue and tied thick twine through the holes and around through the binder rings a few times to help secure while drying.
When it was dry, I decided I liked the twine on it so left it there. You could use brads in the holes at the end of the rings for security and decoration.

 And my finished product after decorating the front of it with a metal label holder which is for the year, 2014.
Its very plain but I wanted it to be a feature of the wood papers.
My intention originally was for it to look like a book and I'm happy with the outcome.

I can't wait to start inside the book. See you soon!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Deb's Inside Cover story......

The art journal I'm using this year for my December Daily pretty much has two covers, an outside main cover and the actual front cover of the journal itself.  So I have decided to leave the outside cover for now and concentrate on the journal cover.  Two reasons for this, one is that I am a bit concerned that the outside cover is going to get a bit messy as my December Daily progresses (I usually make a huge mess on my table when using paints, mists etc and will probably end up putting the book down in a pile of paint) and secondly, as I am not planning any particular colour scheme/theme type of thing, I wanted to wait until it is all done and will have more of an idea of what I want for the overall cover.........maybe something very simple if I have gone a bit extreme on the inside lol.  The envelope on the opposite side of the journal can wait too until it's purpose has been properly decided.

This is it's 'before' look and the first thing to decide is what to do with the red binding, unsure if I wanted it there or not.

So with decision made,  I wouldn't completely cover it, just disguise it a little.  I covered the kraft cover with  some Kaisercraft "kaleidoscope" paper.  It had an interesting background pattern that I wanted to show through but lost some of it in the process along the way.  After a very light and random coat of white gesso, then adding some stamping (script, stars and a few very crooked trees)  you can still see that great background pattern at this stage.

To try and bring the red colour across the cover from the binding side, I used a red inktense block,  rubbed it on and then brushed over with water.  Then did a bit with a green inktense block, taking it onto the red binding and also rubbed on some teal mist in patches. Baby wipes came in handy to wipe it all back a bit to reveal a bit more of the white gesso.  A few splatters with orange, black and teal mists and it was starting to feel like I was heading in the right direction.

For my title........the "welcome" is some rub on alphas and the "DECEMBER" is negatives of old alpha stickers backed with a scrap of black paper.   (I ended up wiping up some of the oversprays/spills from the cover with these newly created alphas so the white background ended up coloured).

A quick and easy Christmas tree cut from the reverse side of the Kaisercraft background paper - in rough triangles, stitched, sanded, glued together AND then came the doodling with white pen. Add in kindy glitz to some of the stars, colour in the others and then some bright green drops circled around in black pen.  Oh, the stitching along the binding is a rub on and the baubles on the tree are just cut with a 2 hole punch.  The extra circling around the baubles gives them a bit of height.

With that done,  I decided to make a continuation of the cover (replacing a title page) on the inside.   I can't ever remember using the gesso resist technique before so gave it a go and loved it, but seriously need some practice, also need to anchor the pages down with a paper clip on both edges. I tore off part of the page (on the right below) first so that the 'December 1st' page (when completed) will partially peek out.  Stars are stamped in black stazon ink and used the white gesso to stamp the words "This way"  along with the masked chevrons and rectangle things.

When it was dry, I sprayed with  a few different mists and dabbed with some paper towel to reveal the gesso.  I definitely think I needed the gesso to be a lot thicker on my stamps.  Never mind, I will be trying this again and practice makes perfect so they say.

After drying again, I rubbed on some green gelato in patches and started outlining some areas. Finishing with a script stamp, a few sparkly stars and some red, black and green mist splatters

and I'm ready to go.
  (I did glue the first page to the inside cover so that it opens straight to this page.)


How is everyone going with their December Dailys?........are they underway  or are they all done and waiting anxiously for 1st December?.........I know all of us here at Let's December Daily certainly are excited to welcome December.

We would love for you to share your creations with us.


Monday, 17 November 2014

It's a Tweet Christmas

After covering my December Daily album with fabric, I felt it needed a name.  And seeing that I bought a bird print fabric along with the red gingham, and with plans of using a bird die and other birds throughout the album, I just couldn't go past having a play on words and titling my album "Tweet Christmas Memories."

So here is my fabric-cover for this year.

The inside of the cover is lined with a piece of red card to hide the folded over gingham fabric but still it looked a little bare, though not for long.  In my stash of December Daily supplies, were some Kaisercraft Christmas-themed Project Life style cards and they were just the thing. With a little paint, a few embellies, stickers and some trimming, I created some festive patches.

Here they are before going onto the inside of the album cover.

And now on the inside of the album cover.

I had fun creating my little Christmas patches and I will be making more to use in my album. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Mandy's Covers

This is probably the most exciting part of the whole December Daily process so far- the covers!
It gives us a glimpse into what style and what to expect inside our December Daily's!

If you've read my preparation post,
you'll know there are two books to decorate....(sigh.... lol - how fun!)
One being the December Daily, and the other a smaller almost matching book which is going to be the 'Companion' to my December Daily (30 days of lists) - an experiment this year!
I started with these:

Let's begin with the December Daily book first...

It's a bit bumped and bruised from its life time of obvious use...
 and when using a vintage book to alter - this may be what you might find...

 Some gold book corners to the rescue.....

Then the spine needed some drastic measures:
 (Even more evidence it has definitely been a much loved read and constantly re-read book)

So with a matching piece of ribbon and some fabric glue...
......fixed that problem...

 Then it was about getting the cover decorated!!

I love a 'door' effect!   And these Prima ones are perfect!
Love the shape of them, kinda sympathetic to the era of the book

Out came the gold and blue paint to bring the doors to suit the book cover a little more.
You can compare with the picture above what I changed -  kept the 'shading' while painting the gold,  put in some black pen definition and then painted with the blue

The one thing I kept being bothered by was that the doors looked 'cut-off' down the bottom 
and no matter how I tried to rearrange them with embellishments...
they were still plain 'cut-off-short' looking!
Rectified that.... with a chipboard add-on...

Now painted, and with some embellishing to cover the join, 
it looks much better elongated!
These embellishments are just 'sitting' there, not stuck down...
hmmn...havent finished with them yet.

With some Dimensional Magic, coated the pine tree and the holly and berries.
Finished off with a bright glitter star, a bow, some gold lace and the wording -
it takes the focus off where the bottom of the doors were joined.
Then touched up the paint too.
Some little gold numbering on the door becomes the year.

Now to the 'Companion' to the December Daily
(30 days of lists)

It came like this:
Isnt it just like the title says!

This one is the 'no fuss' everyday-running lists about what directly affects me in planning and thoughts, organising family and tying in friends for everything that the
Christmas season encompasses.
So NO fuss is the operative word!
(I might need reminding!!!!)

This little book has a simple cover:

Next is pre-planning the 'Companion' book all the way through to its end...
And waiting for December 1st for the December Daily book (not pre-preparing that one)

This 'experiment' sure will be interesting..
and if you want to know more about my preparation post and
'30 days of lists' links