Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Latest Obsession

Hello Everybody!

Happy New Year!  As I am writing this it is already the 4th.  How did that happen?  ;)

I haven't posted too many things because I have been consumed by one project--my December Daily.  It all started when I was looking at one of the Simon Says challenge blogs (the Monday challenge I think) and one of the DT's project was the cover of her December Daily.  Of course I had to know what that was and a few clicks later I was here at Ali Edwards.  A book documenting everyday up until Christmas.  25 Days--I can totally do that!

So I got through my albums box.  Yes I have a box of small albums that are empty.  That either people gave me or I bought with the great intentions of filling them.  Now they are in a box waiting for an occasion like this.

So I chose this Melissa Francis Christmas Tree shaped album.  The tallest part is about 11 inches or so.

Here it is with the pages fanned out.

 Here it is with the cover decorated.  :)  I gessoed the outside and insides.  I have a pearl white paint from Close to My Heart that I added concentrated Mowed Lawn Distress ink to-that created the green color.  I stamped with a handwriting stamp and a new stamp set I got at Christmas.  My sister got me the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge set and it has a bubble wrap polka dot stamp in it that I used here.  The love is from October Afternoon (a long time ago).  I used a Forest Green Staz On Ink for the darker ink that you see.

I also used some stamps from a set that I won from Rubber Stamp Tapestry called Pen and Ink.  They have different dots on them and they are so fun to use!  The stamp is on a wooden cylinder piece that you almost hold like a pen.  It's awesome and that is what I used going up the spine of the cover.

I used light modeling paste and a Tim Holtz stencil for the hexagons.  The paste picked up the green-pretty cool.  The numbers are from Tim's Die 25 Noel.  The Noel was too big so I just used the numbers.  I covered them with Martha Stewart texture Then I painted them with TH distress paint in silver.  Then  I outlined them with red paint from Americana.  I tied a Prima ornament embellishment to finish it off.

Here is the inside of the first page.  On just the gesso I wrote a little note.  I started this on November 30 because that is when we put up the tree.

Here is a spot in the middle.  We had done so much one day I made a little fold out to hold more pictures.  And on the opposite page is a pocket.  There is black and white twine attached to a picture behind the green square paper.

Here's the back page.  I covered the back cover with some Tim Holtz paper that was like a collage.  It saved me time from trying to make a collage LOL ;)

Oh and the wise men on the bottom.  That idea was from God.  I was at church this past Sunday listening to the sermon-and no lie I saw this stamp on the bottom of my 25th page.  It was my only page left.  :)  I even used black embossing powder for them.  That's the only heat embossing image in the book.

Here is the book with both outside covers.  Please forgive me for not taking pictures of everything.  It is way late now and I am just happy that my December Daily 2013 was completed way before December 2014 :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends---let's dust of last year's resolution ;)  


Dr Sonia S V said...

What a delightful creation

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wow!! This is sooooooooo gorgeous!!! I loveeeeeeee the shape of that album!!!!

Karen Conner said...

A really cute idea! Love how it will stand up and also be a decoration.

Annette Allen said...

wow that is a great obsession to have.. so unique and totally awesome.. great idea.. i love it

Mynnette said...

Totally fabulous! LOVE the texture on the cover and the fun concept! Beautiful, Katy! :)

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. Katy, this album is gorgeous! Such a fabulous creation to keep all the beautiful memory.