11.24.2008

december daily album

In a previous post, I mentioned the idea of doing a "December Daily" mini-album, a la Ali Edwards only messier and more random, like me. (You can see her idea, and the whole philosophy behind this project by clicking HERE.) I have never done this before, I have never even done a mini-album before, but something about this project just went ba-ziiing in my brain and I wanted to give it a try. I'm excited about it, and it came together easily and quickly.

I didn't like any of the pre-made blank albums I found, so altering an old book really appealed to me. I took a hardback book that I was going to give to the thrift store, and cut the guts out of it with a craft knife. I also didn't want to limit the size of my book, so I cut the spine off, then covered the exposed edges with some fabric...this was a total experiment on my part, and it worked out great! I love it, and plan to use this method often in the future for similar projects.

I then punched the holes where I wanted them, found 31 pieces of paper I liked (one for each day of December) without paying too much attention to whether they "fit" or coordinated together. (This is supposed to be a "let the rules go and get it done" project, so that is exactly how I approached it.) I also added some transparencies, some cardboard, and some shaped pieces to keep things interesting.

My friend Danielle and I got together to work on this, and helped each other with the "letting go" part, lol. Actually, I just love how "messy" and varied it is, it is lots of fun to look through, and there aren't any photos or journaling yet!

After I assembled the pages together, I started cutting some pages smaller, adding the numbers for each day, and a few embellishments/paints, and wallah!

So, here are my results. There is a page for each day, to take a photo, journal, or do whatever to document our December this year. I'm looking forward to savoring the holidays and filling it with memories and pictures. Thanks for looking, and enjoy! I will likely post some of the completed pages as December rolls through, but I can't promise to post every day...you'll get the idea.

13 comments:

Simon said...

I LOVE IT!!! You did a great job!! I am almost done with mine. I did make some minor changes. Can't wait until Jan 1 to see the finished finished product.

Danielle Johnson said...

That was MY comment not Simon's

celeste said...

Oh. My. Gosh! This is phenomenal, now I want to do one. It's beautiful, heidi!

Zoey said...

you have seriously outdone yourself with this one! i just love every single page. can't wait to see them finished.

kyralynn said...

Seriously cool. Love it. Want to see more!! :) So the book covers didn't shred when you cut the spine off? That is too cool.

Nikki said...

beautiful! I love it!

sarah coppleman said...

WOWza. This is awesome love the variety! Who would think to use cardboard, but i love it!

myramomma said...

super wonderful! i'm almost done with mine but not quite happy with it.

jennyonthespot said...

Hey there :) I am handing out various awards this week, and one is going to you tomorrow.. just a heads-up, your creative genius, you...

latte_grande said...

WHAT?? I can't believe you've never done a mini before...yours ROCKS!! You know I love this idea...adding it to my TO DO list NOW! :)

chenice g said...

I am never ceased to amazed when I click and visit you blog! I am in France and not have some of the papers but I want to make it to. I will use things I find. This is such lovely idea HEIDI.

Mya Jenkins said...

simply perfect! i like yours as much as ali's and then some, you added your own style, it is so pretty and varied!

{raisingAlexis} said...

SHUT UP! this is your FIRST mini album??!?!?! it ROCKS!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family!