Yay! I’ve finally put together my December Daily album and you can find out more regarding this Ali Edwards project via her blog. It’s actually my first time participating and my first time really building the foundations of a book without the photos. I usually scrapbook or make a minibook after the fact. It’s actually really fun to not have to worry about matching the photos… it’s just going at it and whatever comes of it, is perfectly fine! I had a lot of fun just choosing some patterned papers and embellishments to match and just decorating.

Yup, that tree is just folded circles…came out of the exploration I did in creating paper flowers. Pretty cool, no? It’s a bit bulky, but I think the idea can be applied even if you used half circles…

Although the binding is a bit wonky because I had printed out my template pages and didn’t pre-plan the whole booklet stitching method…ended up gluing it together, but it sort of fell apart as well. Eek! So I had to reinforce, but I ended up with more pages inbetween the templates for adding ephemera and free journaling…so I’m happy how it turned out!

Amazing to have a book ready to journal in and stick photos in…wah-lah! I’m really liking this foundation way of working… at least for books. I used to wonder how folks could create a whole minibook with just photo mats… but I guess it’s just a different approach. I’m finding it to be a nice way to complete projects because I’m printing photos in large batches now and if I had to wait… I would be sooo behind or possibly forget all the details in journaling after-the-fact. Woohoo…yay for December Daily!

I’m only going up to the 25th for my book, but added a lot of blank pages afterwards for more photos and room for journaling about Christmas. I have a sheet of overlays to add in as embellishments as well…but thinking maybe my book is fat enough already! So chunky… ┬áhehe…

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