Monday, November 29, 2010

December Daily 2010 - foundation pages and Jessica Sprague's Inspiration everywhere class

Okay, so I have been rather busy the last few days.  I have decided to take on the December Daily.  If you are unsure of exactly what that is, you should visit Ali Edwards site.  She came up with the idea about three years ago.  Although she has some products available, I decided to create my own foundation pages.  I purchased a 6x6 American Crafts D-ring album a while ago and never really used it, so I decided I was going to use it for this project.  I am trying to get the album ready, so when the 1st of December hits, all I will have to add each day are some photos and some journaling.

Here is a picture of the cover of my album:

I used a variety of supplies for the cover.  The patterned paper is from "Dashes Through the Snow", a digital paper pack from Echo park available at  I plan on using this paper pack for the majority of the patterned and solid papers I use in this album.  The tag is also digital, from "Build Your Own Fancy Labels" by Zoe Pearn.  I altered the colors in PSE and printed it out on white cardstock, then cut it out.   I added a rub-on to the label from Memory Makers that I bought years ago.  I gave it some bling with some self adhesive pearls.  The ribbon is from a collection of "Adornments" fibers, which I also bought a few years ago.  I colored the chipboard numbers with Real Red ink from SU and I also sponged the same ink on the edges of the paper.  The back of the album is the same paper and ribbon.

For the insides I printed out another piece of patterned paper from the EP paper pack.

 The rest of the album, which I am still working on.  Will be a mixture of transparent pages dispersed between my foundation pages.  As I add my daily photos once December starts, you will be able to see those pages.  I have not finished all my transparency pages yet.  I am hoping I can finish before Wednesday, because I have a long way to go, but I need to get ink for my printer!

For my foundation pages, I created my own in PSE.  The border is from a brush set I picked up at Sweet Shoppe Designs called "Doodates" by Shawna Clingerman.  The number and letters are a font I found for free at called "Chocolate Box".  I saved the files I created as a PDF and printed them out on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Here is a closer look at the numbered side:

It does look plain at the moment, but once I get my transparent pages in place and add the photos and journaling, it will look much better!!

Inspiration Everywhere
I have also been working on a project for a free class that Jessica Sprague is offering at her site, called "Inspiration Everywhere".  Our first project is an art journal.  I have my cover page done, which was easy because she provided a cover, which I just altered a bit to the colors I wanted. 


The first page of the journal is a Dedication page.  I used the images she provided with no alteration and added my "dedication" in the pocket.

As long as I can get to the store tomorrow and find the ink I need for my printer, my goal is to finish up my transparent pages for my December Daily album.  I also need to squeeze in time to work on my Christmas Cards!!  I may have to go the easy route this year and do most of the designing on the computer and just add some embellishments once they are printed.   I am still debating that one though.  I would really like to stamp my cards, oh well, we shall see!

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