This will be my fifth year doing a December memories album (based of Ali Edwards' December Daily and Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas) and I can't tell you how much I love these albums. My kids look at them almost on a weekly basis. It's so fun to look back and see how we've changed not just in years but in our traditions and how we celebrate and prepare for Christmas.
Today, I wanted to share with you how I'm putting together the album. I like the 6"x8" album size but this year I decided to go back to a traditional mini album format and stick just a few pocket pages in the mix.
I've also decided that I wanted to use up my ever growing stash of scrapbooking supplies and not go out and buy anything new. This means, I'm making my own cover and giving my Silhouette Portrait a nice workout! It also means, that I will not be able to link some of the products since they are no longer available and out of print.
First, I cut some thick chipboard into 6"x8" pieces, painted gesso over it, and then painted it Titanium White. Using Gold paint and a makeup sponge, I painted the stencil on the front and back covers. I then used matte medium to glue down the number stickers. Lastly, I used VersaMark and stamped the DEC and then embossed with gold embossing powder. (Stencil is from the Amy Butler Stencils Book)
I pulled out the page protectors from my Studio Calico Handbook that I'm using for my art planner (that I blinged up yesterday), and lined it up along the edge of the cover and used a pencil to draw in the spots where I wanted the holes. Using my heavy duty hole puncher, I punched the holes in both the cover and the back together. I actually didn't need the eraser since they disappeared with the hole punch.
I then used my handy adjustable 6-hole punch to punch out the papers and die cuts that I wanted to add into the album.
Lastly, I lined up the holes and added the rings. To go with the rest of the album, I chose to use gold rings this year. I totally love how the album is coming together and can't wait to add more in later this week from The Lilypad's Document Your December release on Friday!
Here's a quick walk-through of what I have so far...
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