Sunday, December 26, 2010
Instead, I worked on my December Daily, finishing Day 20. You may be wondering what happened to Day 19. I was composing my page on Day 20, intending to glue it to Day 19, and before I knew it, I had it all secured in place - on the wrong day! Oh well. This page uses a Tim Holtz die and that new translucent tape. The butterfly is one I made like the green ones, only it's blue.
So now I am working on Day 19, on what should be Day 26. I seem to be falling behind rather drastically. I'm not sure if this December Daily is going to make it to Day 31. I have another project (or 2, or 10) waiting to be completed. Oh dear.
Until next time.....
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
As I write this, my dear husband is baking cookies. This is his first time ever. We decided we would bake Christmas cookies together this year, and it has been very nice. We didn't even fight over the measuring spoons!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I've had a busy past few days. There was that hockey game, and then I decided that I was going to get those Christmas cards out NMW (translation: No Matter What), and then there was the tree to contend with.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Day Eleven was a very busy day for me. I worked til 5 pm, and then we went straight to a hockey game, (we lost, darn it!) with dinner at a fast food place. By the time I got home, I had no energy to work on this page. I haven't even started on today's page yet.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
After the incident on Day Seven, I bought (oops) some letter stickers. It was purely for self-preservation, I didn't think I needed another cut on my fingers.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Paper choice today was Basic Grey, and Graphic45.
Until next time....
Monday, December 6, 2010
Assisting in paper selection. I like the ones with the claw marks.
Present? What present?
Exercising the bows. Doesn't that adhesive taste great?
The tags on the page are removable, and I could journal on the backs of them. I haven't, but I could. If I wanted to. If I had time!!! The tags were cut with my Silhouette, coloured with Copics and inked with Distress Inks. The paper is Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses.
The last couple of pages I have had to remove my little reindeers and their numbers, further making me realize that I made MORE WORK FOR MYSELF by trying to save time. What I should have done is just prepared them, and then glued them on day by day.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We were very clever this year, and put up our Christmas lights on a dry day in November, avoiding the damp and chill and numb hands that come with a December house lighting session. And on December 1, the Christmas lights were turned on, and it all looked great. Until yesterday. Suddenly, one string decided to go out (and I don't mean on the town, either).
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I must tell you, it's not completely my fault. First, there was limited time to work on it, because it seemed Emily was always around when I thought of knitting. Then I got almost to the thumb gusset (more about that later) when I realized the pattern had an error in it, and so had to begin again. I restarted a second time when I thought I could mix a visit with a friend of mine and follow a complicated (for me, anyway) pattern. Not. Restart. And then, I got to the thumb gusset, confusion set in, and I haven't knitted a stitch since.
I should have known when I saw that this pattern involved using 4 needles. Imagine that, 4 needles for 2 hands! Impossible!
But I am very proud to tell you that although I needed black brads, I DIDN'T GO OUT AND BUY THEM. I used silver ones and painted them. (Did I tell you they take a very long time to dry?)
Until the next time....
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Over the last few days, I have been quite busy (read: obsessed) with what exactly I am going to put in the December Daily book. Photos, journaling, some stamped images colours with my new Copics, die cuts - the list goes on and on. I've been sorting my Christmassy stuff (my room looks like a cyclone went through it) and getting lots of ideas. More than I need, likely. Oh yes, I've cut out swirls and journaling tags, practiced tying ribbon into bows, fussy cut more flowers - I'm ready and waiting for December to greet me tomorrow!
And now, I have a little confession to make. Okay, it's a big one.
I'm almost finished Day One.
There, I said it. It all started out quite innocently. I thought to myself, "Hmm, I wonder how long it will take each day to do a page?" Then I reasoned I'd do a practice run, so I'd know how much time I need to set aside each day. Three days later, Day One was just about done, all it needs is a photo and some journaling.
I admit I feel a little guilty, but I'm glad I did it, because I had a hunch each page was going to take me more than one day (this is related to my OBSESSING OVER MINUTE DETAILS, and simple ideas EVOLVING INTO SOMETHING MORE). It is going to be a real challenge for me to keep myself in check, and on schedule to finish this book by Dec 31. Otherwise, it may not get completed until next summer!
I'm not going to tell you about my shopping trip last week and the paper and stamps I bought... one confession a day is enough!
Until December 1st....
Monday, November 22, 2010
Over the last 2 days, I have been cutting, inking and stickling these 31 little creatures. I've had a lot of time to think about things, and the prevailing thought has been that I must be crazy. It's one thing to prepare one deer, but 31?
I also stamped my white swirl on the pages, it's quite subtle (TRANSLATION: it only shows up in certain light, or if the page is tilted just so), if you look you can see it in the third picture. This turned out to be more time-consuming that I first thought. Pigment ink takes a very long time to dry. I couldn't dry the images with my heat gun, because the pages were already glued to the chipboard, and if there's one thing I've learned, its heat guns + glue = warping. (I have a set of encyclopedias from 1967. No one reads them, I just keep them for pressing things, like warped pages).
So the foundation pages are now complete, I have 8 days to bide my time until I can start my daily decorating. This should be ample time to figure out what I'm going to put on page 1. I hope.
Until I decide to embellish something else...
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I have all the page foundations constructed now, it has taken quite a bit of time, because I have trouble making decisions.
First of all, I reasoned that I needed sturdy pages, as I was going to be adding quite a lot of bits and pieces on them. I used some thin chipboard that I recycled from the sheet metal (patting myself on the back, as I was USING UP WHAT I COULD FIND). Then I had to decide how many pages to make. 12? 25? 31? I settled on 31, because I thought it would be easier to do more now, than have to make more pages if I wanted them later. And of course, this made MORE WORK for me, which is another little issue I have - why do things the easy way?
The next delema I had was covering the chipboard. What paper to use? I have a lot of choices. My original plan was to use what struck me on the day, and just wing it. But like most of my plans, they evolve into SOMETHING MORE ELABORATE, and so I decided to use all one type of paper so the book had some consistancy. Paper of Choice = Basic Grey's Jovial.
And here is where the wheels fell off the cart, so to speak. I brought out my Jovial "snowball fight" paper, and discovered I didn't have enough for all 31 pages! So my little rule about USING WHAT I HAVE went out the window, and I found myself out at several scrapbooking stores trying to find this paper, which is apparently quite popular, because most places are sold out of it. I did find one store (and you know who you are, and I thank you!) which was willing to spare 3 sheets they were saving for an up-coming class, saving me from anxiety and more money spent on gas driving all over the place looking for this paper.
Once I had the paper cut to size, I inked the edges with "shabby shutters" distress ink, and then sewed around the edges. Now these pages look quite plain (it's truly amazing how much time it takes to create "plain" pages!), and I want that, because I have pre-made trip journals in the past, and have issues with picture placement interferring with embelishment placement. The only thing I am going to add is the date, and a title page, which I will show you later.
For now, here is a page:
More to come...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have already begun my book, with the idea that I would USE WHAT I HAVE AT HOME. Besides being a regular person, I am one who enjoys collecting paper, stamps, embellishments, etc., always with the good intention of using them on an upcoming project (that more than likely remains in the "up-coming" stage indefinitely). So I thought this would be a great way to use up some the stuff I have been accumulating.
I had recently bought a Stampington magazine, Stampers Sampler, and saw a lovely idea for a mini album on the cover. I had some chipboard, some old sheet metal (that has been in my stash for about 10 years now) and an embossing folder that I could make do with. The album would have to be a 6" x 6", because I only had enough sheet metal for that size. I was actually going to USE WHAT I HAD! No trips out to the store to find just the right lace or emblishment, I sorted thru my stuff and found ribbon from an old project, lace from the sewing box, flowers and a metal frame that I had recently bought for other "up-coming" projects, and some Christmas chipboard pieces that I bought last year on a whim.
So here it is, The Cover -
To be continued...