First, I want to say thanks for all your kind words on my little pity party the other day. It does really help. It's just something I struggle with every now and then and I just need to remind myself that it's ok, I'm ok and just move on. It's really not worth whining about. It is what it is.
So for the last few days I've been working on my December Daily Album. I had a lot of fun doing it last year (it's one project I actually finished!!) And so, I thought it would be fun to do it again. There was a few things I learned while going through this process last year that I hoped I could remember and incorporate or change in this album. If you're unfamiliar with the process or concept of this project, the idea is to make the album in advance and then fill it in as you document each day in December or up until Christmas.
I wanted this year's album to feel a little more 'homemade' and crafty. So I started by cutting two pieces of red felt with pinking shears and then stitched around the edges. The felt is then glued onto a piece of chipboard. (actually it's an old cereal box I cut up. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse) I stitched on the triangle tree and glued on the '09. It's very simple, but I kind of like it that way. I might go back and add in a 2nd tree. This album is about 8 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. After the last album I knew I needed it to be bigger. I struggled with too many small pages last time. I also made this one vertical instead of horizontal, which I think will be better.
The first few pages are small still, but I think that's ok. There's not too much usually going on the first few days, and it takes a day or two to get in a groove. This first page is a divided page protector that I cut and stitched to fit. I also added the 'joy' tag that I made myself in PSE. I added quite a few page protectors this time. I really liked the few pages I had last year and wanted to do that again.
Here are some more inside pages. Most of them are full size and just patterned paper. For me I think it will be easier to work with when I get going. I haven't added any of the 'numbers' or dates yet. I want it to be really flexible when I start working. I changed A LOT of stuff from my original album last time.
Here are some embellishments and tags etc... that I plan to use along the way. Nothing fancy or extravagant.
I really love how much color this album has. Last time seemed so muted and just not quite festive enough. I think gold accents would look great in here. I'm thinking of grabbing this Making Memories gold alphabet next time I'm in Michael's.
So that's it. Are you making one? Have you started? Lemme see!!