As promised, here is my December Daily!
The cover is made from a small binder I found at the DI for a buck. I painted the outer cover with teal paint and Calico White Mister Huey (blended together with a foam brush), glued on a Hambly overlay, and embellished with a Chap sticker, glitter snowflake from Target, BasicGrey stickers, and Crate Paper’s woodgrain paper. It took awhile to figure out how I wanted it (and I’m still not sure I’m completely done), but for the time being, it’s fine.
It’s 3″ wide, so there’s plenty of room for me to fill it up with plenty of holiday goodness!
Most of the pages took less than 15 minutes. Some I made beforehand, others I made as the day arrived. I’m trying to go with the flow so for the very first time, I can actually finish one of these babies! It’s been fun going through all my supplies and finding little bits and pieces that I want to include. For instance, today I found a super cool dot stamp by AC that I can’t wait to use! Oh my, this is fun!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
And since I STILL haven’t been able to photograph my December Daily book, how about a little Thanksgiving instead? (;
Here are some of my favorite pages. I need to add more journaling and really secure the binding, but other than that, it’s done!
Seriously, Instax photos make mini-booking (new word) SO much better. I held out for a long time because I thought I didn’t need it, but it just makes me so happy to whip that thing out at inappropriate times and snap away! Even when the photos don’t turn out, they’re still usable (see the cover of my book!).
Moral of the story: Add it to your Christmas/Hanukah list. It’s going to change your life.
This minibook kick I’ve been on has me confused about which books I’ve finished/photographed/shared/etc! Ha! So here are some of my favorite parts about 20 Before 25 album, in all it’s completed glory!
Hello there! I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did. And I know I am very excited for this weekend, to catch up on sleep, laundry, grocery shopping, and of course, December Daily-ing! Last night I got my cover and my first day squared away, so I’m feeling pretty good about myself at the moment. Ha!
More photos to come, I promise! (;
This past weekend, I bought a bunch of old books and small binders at the DI so I can make “binder” minibooks. And being the impatient person I am, I just had to put them to use as soon as possible. So… I decided to axe my original Thanksgiving book idea and go with a new one! (;
I am in LOVE with the idea of using a binder mechanism (as opposed to book rings) to hold all my papers and memorabilia together. All it took was a little finagling to free the mechanism from its original binder, and a little xacto-ing to remove the guts from the old book. No big.
Next came decorating the covers and picking papers + envelopes! Since I chose the book based on the color of the cover, I only added a small amount of green acrylic paint and a few spritzes of Calico White Mister Huey (I told you I was obsessed!), to give it a smidge of texture and interest. While I let that dry, I dug through my stash of scraps to find the perfect mix of papers in all different colors and sizes. Then I broke out my fun embellishments, including these fabulous stamps, Mister Hueys, and lots of decorative tape! And of course, this was all at 10:30 last night when I should have been doing laundry and getting ready for our trip! (;
Now I can’t wait to fill it up with Instax photos, plane tickets, fastpasses (what’s a trip home without a stop at D-Land?), receipts, etc. The very best part of all!
Monday again? How does this always happen? (;
Luckily it’s a short work week and then John and I are California-bound for a few days. Halle-freakin-lujah.
This past weekend was pretty uneventful, with the exception of assembling and disassembling my booth at Bijou Market (trying to fit a table into the backseat of a VW Bug…not for the weak of heart), decorating, shopping (and more shopping), and gearing up for the big holiday weekend. I also bought a bunch of small binders and old books with cool covers at the DI and am now rethinking my Thanksgiving book! I might want to start from scratch and go the binder route…undecided. Today at work, Lindsey and I got to experiment with Studio Calico’s Mister Huey’s and now I’m ridic inspired to use them on all my upcoming projects! FUN! I have to say that I am most impressed with the Calico White color – it is so opaque and paint-like, it couldn’t be more perfect! I highly recommend trying it out for yourself (:
Yesterday I turned the big two-five, which means one thing: I need to finish this book! I have all the photos printed and all the journaling typed out, I just need to put it all together and share with you guys! (:
In the meantime, here are days 7 through 9:
I’ve been super busy getting ready for Bijou Market this coming Friday, that my little book has definitely been put on the back burner. But I’m determined to wrap it up before I go home for Thanksgiving and start a brand new mini! I just placed an order for two twin-packs of Instax film…I can’t wait to use them with family and friends!
Happy Hump Day!
As promised, I took photos of my minibook this weekend! Here are days four through six:
(Photo credit goes to Jen’s Instagram feed)
I love how fat this book is getting! Fat = Happy in minibook world. Not so much in any other world (;
And in my never-ending quest to get rid of everything I own (or so it seems), I managed to clear out a whole drawer in my paper storage so I can use it to house all the pieces + products I plan on using in my book.
Also, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love masking tape. Seriously love (as evidenced by pretty much every page in my book – ha!). I’ve also taken a liking to storing all my tapes – Washi, Mixtape, and Masking alike – in a TOMS shoebox. I swear I’ve put that box in the recycling bin several times before and always ended up rescuing it for some reason…finally it has a purpose!
Man, this organization stuff sure does feel good! (;
Good morning! The heater is on, there are cookies in the oven and I am wearing my warmest pajamas…I love chilly Fall mornings! And while checking the weather on my phone, I noticed that there is indeed snow in the forecast for next week…cozy! Looks like the holiday weather is right on cue (;
In other news, I’ve been having such a great time working on my 20 before 25 mini! It feels great to sneak in a little creativity each night while recapping my day and playing with my new Instax! Love that thing! Here are days two and three:
On the left: Noodles + Co menu from day one. On the right: AC Chap geometric green paper; Crate Paper yellow, pink, woodgrain, and green papers; Amy Tangerine Mixtape; other Washi tapes; vintage ledger paper, Sassafras butterfly, and BG number stickers.
On the left: backside of AC Chap paper; Paper Source label; AC Mixtape from Studio Calico’s October kit. On the right: Hambly heart overlay with a Crate Paper journaling card.
On the left: backside of Hambly overlay with a note from the UPS about my Instax camera delivery. On the right: all Crate Paper patterned papers with the exception of one strip of AC Chap paper; AC Chap tab; Mixtape and Washi tapes; a doily; Sassafras butterfly; and BG number stickers.
On the left: backside of Crate Paper patterned paper; Paper Source label; AC Mixtapes; Crate Paper peppermint patterned paper punched with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. On the right: sheet of graph paper with a receipt from Starbucks and AC Mixtapes and Smash tape.
Today I need to buy some binder rings, because this book is filling up fast! I also think I might wrap up my Fall Eleven minibook and do a little video walk-through of it. Stay tuned… (;
In 19 days I will be 25 years old. Whoa.
Not quite sure how or when I got to be this old, but I plan on enjoying it the best way I know how…by making a minibook! (You know I was just looking for any reason I could come up with to make an album …wink!) It’ll be pretty much like a December Daily, in the sense that it will include photos + memorabilia from everyday of the countdown, but it might be a little less Christmas-y. Maybe. Yesterday morning I realized it was 20 days until my 25th birthday, hence the title of the album.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
The covers are from a book I found at the DI for a buck. A little ripping and xacto-ing and you’ve got two sturdy covers! Then I busted out my trusty Dymo + made a quick bow with fabric from IKEA. Easy peasy. I really love repurposing thrifted books. Not only do you get two sturdy covers, but you get tons of book paper (you can never have enough!) and you’re giving new life to an object that may otherwise have never seen the light of day again.
On the left: cover lined with Crate Paper woodgrain paper, Paper Source label, and a Sassafras butterfly. On the right: graph paper with a little bit of typewriter action and Crate Paper number stickers.
Instagram photo with Crate Paper patterned papers, an embossed sheet of cardstock, vintage ledger paper, Sassafrass butterfly, grid Washi tape and BasicGrey numbers.
On the left: book paper, Paper Source label with a typewritten synopsis of my day, Washi + Amy Tangerine tapes. On the right: AC patterned paper and graph paper with a list of things I am “dreaming” of.
Ephemera of the day includes a menu from Noodles + Co (had lunch with one of my favorite people!), a Paper Source label, and Washi tape.
I can’t wait to get started on today’s page!