Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas 2012 Series: #4 December Daily Binding


We're making progress! I've gotten the binding done and all my base pages mounted into "signatures."

I didn't want to put the binding through the actual spine because I wanted to preserve the title - so I created a hidden "faux" spine to bind the signatures and then I can attach it to the front and back cover.


I used seam binding to attach the signatures through the spine. Seam binding is strong - but keeps the vintage feeling of the overall altered book.

I created a tutorial to show you the steps in the binding process...you can watch it here or on YouTube:



I am working on decorating the cover - and will have that tutorial ready for you soon! Am pretty excited about how it is turning out.  Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Project Series: Projects #2 & #3

Hope your week is off to a great start and that you had some creative time over the weekend.

I was able to work on a card for Sybil (JandSib80 on YouTube).  I really love this knit stamp set from PaperTrey Ink. I know I will want to make several more of these little Sweater Cards.  I'm trying to figure out how to make one of those tacky Christmas Sweaters (I still have a couple in my closet that my Mom gave me - I think she secretly wanted me to be a kindergarten teacher! LOL)



Here is the tutorial I did for the Sweater Card. You can watch it here or on YouTube.





I also got the base pages made for my December Daily! Do you see muslin patches I sewed onto the base pages? I had some Coffee Dyed fabric left over from when I made my Thanksgiving Blessing Box during the Fall Project Series so check out that tutorial if you want to know how to make your own.  I tore it into strips and stamped some images and scriptures onto them.  I am going to use them as pockets in my finished book - so needed to add them now before I get to the binding. Here are a couple of base pages.



I did a step by step tutorial on how to create the base pages.




I have had this idea in my mind for a few years - and am really enjoying seeing it begin to take shape.

I will be doing 2-3 more tutorials on this project as we make our way through finishing it.

Here is what I have planned right now - but please feel free to leave me a comment if you have an idea of other aspects of this project I can share with you.

1. Binding - I am going to be binding these pages into the Charles Dickens "Stories of Christmas" book cover using a "Signature Binding" - it is really a versatile technique - and would work great on lots of other projects.
2. Creating the Date Tags I will be using throughout the month of journaling and adding photos and other Christmas Event Memorabilia. Even if you don't want to do the tags for your December Daily or Journal your Christmas project, the ideas I will share could work for an advent calendar or just a tags for projects
3. Decorating the Front Cover....right now I am playing with Tim Holz's new Poinsettia Die...and am pretty stoked about the possibilities.
4. And then - I will try and run through the techniques I will be using to create the content for the book. Stamping and watercoloring, Using Acetate, "Blinging it up!" And in the middle of it all - we are going to had FUN! How can I not have fun when my studio is filled to the brim with ooodles and oodles of Paper Crafting goodies! It just makes this girl smile to see it all lined up.

So - when we finish up the December Daily Journal - you will be ready to take up the task of being the documentarian for your family....and I will have hopefully given you some ideas for your own.

I have also a whole card series planned...my mind is a whirling...and a few little gift items for my sweet friends and family. (I'm Knittin....yeah - I know...just socks...but they are a bit addictive.  They can go with me wherever I go...good sanity check when I find myself with  extra time on my hands....waiting at the mall, the traffic light, book club (I'm listening - but knitting helps me be a better participant...keeps me from blurting everything out before anyone else gets a chance to speak.  So...I knit - and have better friendships, and I learn stuff too.

Ok...gotta run. I have some prep work to get done so we can move on to binding...it is gonna be FUN!

Hope your Tuesday is a "My Life is an ENTHUSED day!"

See you soon!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

December Journal Inspiration

Well - I hope if you live here in the United States, that you have enjoyed too much food and plenty of good fellowship with friends and family today.  We had a lovely time - and the guys are in a turkey and football coma (absolute happiness for them, except I seem to have heard quite a bit of yelling at the tv screen - so I am assuming that their teams aren't doing too well!) The perfect time for me to come get a blog post written and to share a little December Journal Inspiration with you.

Here is a flip through my journal from last year...and a little peek at my plans for this year's journal.  I have been planning this for a while.  Do you ever do that? Have an idea in your mind - and hope that what you create lives up to your imagination? I am excited about my idea...as I have been collecting bits and pieces for this one for several years...and I am going to be creating several tutorials that hopefully will keep your creative juices flowing if you are working on a Christmas journal or mini album this year.

Here is the video...you can watch it here, or over on YouTube.




If you would like to learn more about Shimelle and Journal Your Christmas...click here. I really enjoyed her on-line class when I participated the first time - and LOVE that as an alumni to Journal Your Christmas you continue to get the daily prompts each year.  She has loaded it up with new inspiration, tips on photography and a great forum to share your project as you go along.  I highly recommend it, if you haven't ever done this with her before.

Also, I have always been inspired by Ali Edwards and her December Daily project.  Ali is the master at keeping a daily Christmas Season project "do-able." I have done several December Daily projects over the years - and really treasure them, because Ali encourages her followers to capture daily photos and a bit of journaling and as I flip through them - they are filled with delightful memories.

My plan for this year's book is going to be a bit of a hybrid...so hopefully there will be some inspiration for you as well.

As soon as we get this project moving, I am planning to get some cards and a few other Christmas tutorials created for you - hopefully in time to inspire you before Christmas gets here!  Well, that is the plan anyway!  For now, I am going to get into my studio and get all the Fall Project Series supplies and mayhem cleaned up and put away...and then begin on our Christmas Project Series.  Sometimes you just need a clean slate...and my studio is ONE HOT MESS...and I think I will be more creative if I get it in order.

Let me know what kind of projects you are going to be working on for the Christmas season!