Welcome to my first December Daily post of 2015! If you're visiting me this morning from the Gossamer Blue Blog Hop, scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of all the super talented crafters who are also sharing their albums today. I, for one, am super excited to see how everyone's approaching their projects!
Full Disclosure: I've never finished a December Daily album. This year's going to be different though. I know this because I'm going to approach my DD album the same way I do my Project Life album. By this I mean, I will limit my supplies, keep it simple, and follow a formula.
Here's my Project Checklist:
- Create a game plan.
- Write a manifesto.
- Choose my supplies.
- Organize my supplies.
- Decorate my cover.
- Create a title page.
- Create foundation pages.
- Celebrate and document this magical season.
So, I kind of skipped #1& #2 (arguably the two most important steps in this whole process) because creating a game plan is super challenging and, well, picking supplies is the funnest part for me. But don't worry, I'm determined to approach this project systematically and all month I'll be sharing my progress on the blog, so be sure to check back in. Right now, this is my schedule:
- Today, I'll be sharing some of my supplies, how I organize them, and how I created my album cover.
- Tomorrow, I'll be going over my game plan, manifesto, and title page.
- Wednesday, I'll be sharing some foundation pages.
And if you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of peeks into my album as well.
Choosing my supplies was super easy! This year, I'm using the Gossamer Blue December Memories kit. It basically comes with everything you need in one box, including an album. For a closer look at everything, I made a little video of everything that comes in the kit!
I'm also going to use a small assortment of supplies I've been saving for my DD. Mostly, gold embellishments (because I'm obsessed), pieces from the Gossamer Blue Get Happy collection (pretty much the best Holiday line ever), and some basics (kraft paper, vellum, embossing powders, etc.).
I'm housing all of my supplies in a couple of different containers. Most of my embellishments fit into this handy box with removable compartments.
Everything else, including my papers and stickers, fit into this small wooden box.
I love my album cover and it was so EASY to make. I used the binder that came in the GB December Memories kit and kept the backside striped. To create the cover, I used masking tape to block off the green spine and painted the rest with white gesso. I only had to apply two layers of gesso and just waited 30 min. in between each application. Then, to create the title, I used some sequins and the super cute set of One LIttle Bird puffy stickers that came in the GB December Memories kit.
Thanks for stopping and be sure to check back in tomorrow to read about how I'm going to approach the rest of this album. December Daily is definitely the most ambitious project I'll be tackling this year and I know I'm going to be successful this time around because I'm determined to keep it simple!