Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Daily - foundation pages and cover

Here are my foundation pages and cover, ready just in time for December. Yay!

Lots of firsts for me here - first DD album and also my first binding project with my Bind-It-All, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I thought about painting the chipboard cover but in the end decided I quite liked the unfinished look.

My pages are 8.5" x 5.5". I kept the base for each page really simple, just white cardstock, with a simple green frame that I printed on each one. (Actually I printed 2 to a page then cut them in half with my trimmer.) My basic layout for each page is pretty much the same, with the number in the corner. I used the general idea of frame + number from Ali Edwards' templates, but wanted to adapt them to incorporate my own ideas.

Most of the papers and chipboard accents are from My Mind's Eye, from the Snowed In collection (not available anymore, but just in case someone is curious!)

On the front cover I also used pearl accents and letter stickers from Making Memories. You'll see more of those letter stickers below, along with some blue glittery ones (also Making Memories). The numbers and the shapes were all cut using my Slice - mostly the Mistletoe and Fa La La design cards.

This post explains a bit more about how I approached my December Daily project.

So - here are my foundation pages. I stopped at 24 because I want to do something different for Christmas Day. You can click on any image to see a larger version.

~ Caroline ~

Monday, November 28, 2011

December Daily - a first attempt!

For the past couple of years I have watched various people's takes on Ali Edwards' December Daily album project (including Ali herself), and I've thought what a great project that would be to work on!

So this year, in spite of recently starting a new full-time job, I've (slightly insanely) decided that 2011 is The Year for me to step into the December Daily boat.

Due to my weakness for scrap-hoarding, I decided to shop my stash and build myself a DD kit that'll form the basis of what I'll use. This is what's in my kit so far:

I'm going to be slightly lenient with myself if I need to dip into anything else I have, but I'll try hard not to actually spend any money on anything new!

Of course, my trusty Slice is also accompanying me on this journey, in particular the Mistletoe and Fa La La design cards:

I'll post some pictures of my foundation pages in the next day or so - before the start of December! :)

~ Caroline ~

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas cards with the Mistletoe design card

I'm trying to be organized and get the bulk of my Christmas cards made by the end of the Thanksgiving weekend - we'll see how it goes! For those who know me personally, you might be getting one of these cards in the mail sometime in the next month. :) I've picked a simple, repeatable design so I can more easily make lots of cards on my "production line". I'm using a tag from the Mistletoe design card which is one of several Christmas-themed design cards for the Slice.

If I'm making cards in bulk, I find it easier to take it in stages. I cut out a lot of the tags from my Cloud 9 Design patterned paper, and printed the background onto my kraft cardstock which I then cut and folded:

Here's a picture of the finished card with the tag (attached with adhesive foam) and the red and white baker's twine which I love:

I've just about worked my way through this batch so I'll start the cycle again with more Slicing and printing. Then I have to write and send them! :)

~ Caroline ~