Today Guest Blogger Anya is sharing how she adapted the December Daily album concept into making a mini book all about her summer. We love her style and adaptation - and what's more, this could be applied to any season of the year! Here is Anya...
I've been joining Ali Edwards and hundreds of other scrapbookers in December Daily challenge for three years and I always loved it. This year, I really wanted to highlight our summer in a separate mini album. I wanted it to be a project of its own. I wasn't going to make a page for every day of the summer, but wanted to highlight some little everyday moments that would bring memories back when we look through the book. I have about 30 pages all together in it.
For the longest time I wanted to add sewing to my mini books but didn't know a good way to do it, since sewing shows on the other side. So I came up with an idea that solves that problem - folded page. I started with a 12x12 pattern paper and trimmed four inches off the top:
and then folded the piece in the middle, which gave me an 8x6 page:
For the base of my album I used a collection of kraft colored paper from My Mind's Eye:
I added lined paper to each side of my page for easy journaling, and punched holes:
Identifying those little stories, picking out a photo and arranging it with a little pattern paper to make it more fun was my favorite part of the project:
After adding a photo, I stitched around white paper on all of my pages, and randomly added more stitching on other elements of design:
Since most of my design happened to be on the outside edge of the page, I used a piece of paper to glue inside the folded page, which served two purposes - it gave the book a little more even shape and reinforced the holes:
Here are a few more pages from the album:
I also added a kraft envelope to the album:
It includes some memorabilia like a drawing from my four year old or a note from my teen, or a business card from the place where we ate:
I wanted this project to be quick and easy, so I'm adding a hand written journaling to the book, unlike any of my other projects.
Thank you so much for giving us an inside look at your amazing album, Anya! Check out Anya's blog, My Creative Corner, as well as her Two Peas gallery for more fun ideas and inspiration!