I’m so happy to be starting my December Daily! (Not familiar with December Daily? Check out Ali’s compilation page.) I’m using this album to host our days all through December, from the first to the thirty-first. It’s going to be a nice complement to our seasonal minis, which have been housing our 365 project. While the other minis for this year have been focusing on one photo a day, I really want to capture a bigger picture. I’ll talk more about my approach to the project more when I share my foundation pages (my covers aren’t done yet), but you can see with Day 1 that I’m having it both ways – I’m giving a glimpse into tons of little things that happened throughout the day, but giving the spotlight to one story.

December Daily 2011 Day 1

Click on the photo for a close-up.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | The Photos

For the right page I started with a photo collage I made in Photoshop, which I then cropped to 8×8 (the size of my book). I’m really wanting to keep things simple and linear this year. I knew I was going to add thick ribbon, so I left a bit of space.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | The Photos

I didn’t want to waste photo paper, so I added in photos for the Fall seasonal mini (which I have yet to start… it doesn’t bother me to be “behind”). The above is what the 8.5 x 11 printout looked like.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Right

I’m not all that happy with how the photos printed out, honestly, so I might re-do this page after buying some fancier photo paper tomorrow (see how dull the colors are compared to the photos before printing above?).

All I did for this side was staple on the pretty sequin ribbon, glue on the snowflake, and adhere the journaling spots (which are address labels) directly to the page. The journaling is little clips of what happened today.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Left Before

The left side is a transparent scalloped shape (you can see the next few foundation pages through it). I knew I wanted this to house my “big story” for the day.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Transparency Scan

I scanned the transparency, resized the image to 6×6 on my computer, and then printed it out on white cardstock. This gave me a really subtle white-on-white journaling spot that matched the transparency.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Stitching

After cutting out the shape, I put a tiny bit of tape runner adhesive in the middle of the journaling block to adhere it to the transparency so it wouldn’t slide. I then ran around the border with my sewing machine. It’s not perfect, but I’m practicing stitching curves. I’m embracing the imperfection.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Left

The last steps were to add the title letter stickers, add my number one for the day (which has a little bit of glitter glue added to the top so it would match the ribbon – tip: heat gun does not dry glitter glue) to a cream punched cardstock circle, and write out the big story for the day. Eliza was trying to puzzle out Santa with logic. I love her mind, seriously.

December Daily 2011 Day 1 | Left

I’m in love with these pages! I can’t wait to share the rest with you :)

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