Saturday, December 15, 2012

"December Days"

So, i've noticed that as women and particularly as scrappy women, we like to punish ourselves with concepts of taking a picture every single day of the year and scrapping it in an album, and then in November, doing a gratitude album, and then in December, doing a December Daily.... and on and on... and currently, i'm in a place, family-wise, in which i'd not be able to do that, even remotely, even if i WANTED to, which of course, i ABSOLUTELY would :)  But the process of adapting to life changes means adapting to things that are simply not possible in an unadapted state which brings me to my December Days album.

I subscribe to the Citrus Twist kit club which i'm sure i've mentioned before, and love it.  Trina has GREAT customer service, is attentive, and designs awesome, amazing, eclectic kits.  I'm on my 3rd and so far they've all come with an inker, at least one stamp, fibers, papers from several lines, exclusive stamps and embellishments, and more.  This month's kit arrived yesterday, and i'm getting started this morning working on it.  Now, my dilemma is that i really really prefer to use kit leftovers for minibooks, as it 1. uses up leftover and i'm not left cutting a 1" by 5" strip from a 12x12 paper! and also because the little leftover pieces are themselves inspiring and take much of the brainwork out of the process!  so i made the shell of the album and will be making the cover and the majority of the pages as the month goes on-  but i'm posting here in case anyone else is inspired by this idea, NOW before its too late.

What I used:

-i used the thin cardboard inserts that come with the kits each month- i used two, chopped them in half and then folded them in half to make 8 6x6 pages (front and back)

-in November, Trina sent kit subscribers a set of baggies and dealymabobs to make an album with, as a contest- i'm using those baggies and cardboard thingie for the other pages.

-2 binder rings

-3 hole punch

-Brown inker from the December kit.

-misc supplies and fibers and stamps and other stuff.

 So here's exactly what i did.

 Please excuse my desk mess- while i love my house neat and orderly, for some reason, i love my desk all scrappy and messy.  I write on my table, i doodle, i leave pictures laying around...  you might notice a red teardrop shaped BLOB where a certain husband who shall remain nameless felt compelled to take the lid off my Prima fall leaf colored inker and BLOB it on my desk, for no particular reason!   Moving on....

So, first, i took my 3 hole punch (in order that the holes would line up- versus a 1 hole punch guestimated) and punched the 4 cardboard sheets in approximately the same location.  it doesn't have to be exact, because the other pages will be all askew anyway, but i wanted to have the basic form be pretty basic and similarly aligned. 

here's what they all look like punched. 

then I proceeded to punch the envelopes and long cardboard shape, making them intentionally differently punched.  

Then I proceeded to liberally ink the entire inner and outer edges of each peice.  I was a bit afraid i was going to ream out my inker, but thankfully it was strong enough to hold up.  Be gentle though.  I was tempted to rush through it after doing a bunch of pages.  

To line up all the pages that were all differently punched, i opted to take the two rings, open them, and add each page, sticking it through the ring.  that worked a lot better than just trying to line them all up and THEN ring them.  

Ta-da! this is what the end result of the empty book looks like. 

And here's the first page, not counting the cover, which for that and future pages i'm waiting for December kit scraps to avail themselves. 

here's a close up of a tab and stamp i'm liking.  Not to mention my sweet little belly-bean.  

ENJOY!!!  I hope others who are intimidated by a December Daily might make a December Days album! if you do, please leave a link so i can go check it out!!! 

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