December Daily! It's a scrapbooking project by Ali Edwards that's meant to scrapbook the busy month of December in a fun and simple way.
I've never participated in this project before. But I like the idea of it and have been itching to make something physical after my 10+ months so far of doing digital-only Project Life. So I decided to create my own December Daily album from scratch using only materials I had around my house.
Here was my brainstorm:
Originally I planned on making it 8x8", but I only found one piece of tagboard to use for the covers, so it ended up being about 5.5 x 8.5. That's fine with me!
First thing I did was collect some supplies:
I cut out paper from the thickest pages of catalogs/magazines that I could find. (And also cardboard from a Wheat Thins box.) Then I white-washed over them to create more of a neutral base. My white acrylic craft paint was gone so I used some wall touch-up paint instead. Make it work!
Here's what the accordion binding looked like before I glued it together. The instructions I worked from to create this whole album was the Fold It In workshop from rukristin.
You could leave the accordion binding loose, but it makes a sturdier book if you glue it together. Plus, since my zig-zag binding was folded from a piece of USPS mailing envelope, it was thick and didn't want to stay together. I didn't want my album to be flopping all over, so gluing the spine was my best bet.
I printed off some freebie 3x4" journaling cards. They're actually meant for Project Life, but I'm going to use them in this album. My color printer has been out of ink for like 5 years, so I used our black & white laser printer instead. No biggie! Having them be grayscale actually made some of them look more like holiday cards.
I added page numbers. They correspond with the date. I plan on writing/taping/drawing on 1 page per day, starting the week of Thanksgiving through December 31st. So it's not really December Daily; it's more like December + One Week of November Daily :)
I used paperclips to plan where I wanted my little journaling cards to go. I considered just leaving them all loose and taping them in as the days go along, but I wanted to make this album as easy as possible. The pages should be nearly complete, just ready for me to write/draw/paste each day. If I don't like the journal card I pasted on a page that day, I'll cross it out and write something else. Sometimes it's better to start with some sort of base, even if you end up going a different direction.
Picked out a button for the front cover closure:
This is a really simple bookbinding technique I've used before: sew a button to your front cover and a hair band to the back and use the closure to keep your book shut!
This will definitely come in handy as the book grows with ephemera.
Some of the other found-around-my-house crap I added were 4x6" notecards with photos clipped from magazines. Like this wintry tree pic:
I taped in these little extra "mini pages" using tape along the inside pages. These will give me a little extra room to write on.
The blue inside of an envelope, washi tape, art from a magazine, tagboard from a mailing envelope:
I tried to restrain from using too much of my current washi tape to tape things in so far because it's not holiday-themed. I ordered 2 red holiday-themed washi tape rolls that I plan on using to tape all my ephemera in. That way it adds some festive red color while also taping in stuff. Multitasker!
On the inside back cover I taped in a simple envelope to hold anything extra I collect. I also stuck a couple of my journal cards in there that didn't seem to fit on the pages so far.
And there you have it! My December + One Week of November Daily album. I really wanted this to be a non-intimidating album; that's why I used all recycled and reused materials. So it doesn't feel precious. So I feel OK with slapping down anything and everything I collect. I wanted to encourage myself to write more; that's why I included writing prompt journaling cards and blank spaces to write on every page. I'm not planning on printing any photos to include in this thing; any and all photos I take will just go in my digital Project Life as usual.