Hi everyone! Time for a Sizzix step-by-step tutorial. I woke up on Monday morning with an idea in my head; a mini version of a December Daily album. I love Ali Edward's idea of a December Daily, but I don't print my photos at home so it isn't practical for me to do a page with photos every day. Instead, I created a little album where I can write a little bit of journaling every day, and add some photos and bits and pieces later, and not necessarily from each day.
You could easily adapt this little album to work for any topic, use it to record a month of the year, as a little travel, document favourite books, holiday traditions, funny things kids say, or anything you could think of. I wanted to make something quickly, but with a lot of pages and space for extra bits and pieces. As my base I used Tim Holtz's Ornamental die and I just had to use the new pretty Christmas Cardinal for the front.
Here's how I made this:
Cargo Stencil Numbers are perfect for that. Since they are movers & shapers dies you can easily place them where you want the number.
mat board. Although the canvas is self-adhesive, I used multi-medium as an adhesive, to make sure it would stick down well. On the other side (the inside of the cover), I glued a piece of kraft resist paper.
Glue watercolour paper to grungeboard using multi-medium, wait until it is dry, and then die cut the Cardinal from it. I wanted to do watercolour techniques on the Cardinal and watercolour paper works very well for that, but I also wanted it to be sturdy, which is why it was glued to grungeboard first.
pocket envelopes from kraft resist paper. Position the paper strategically so that you can pick which parts will show on the envelope.
Time for assembly. Punch holes through the covers, envelopes and all the pages, making sure all the holes are in the same place. I stamped a sentiment on a Tattered Banner, die cut from left-over manila cardstock, a December calender stamp on another piece and the year directly on the cover.
Thanks so much for visiting!
Happy Christmas crafting!
Dies: Sizzix: Ornamental Bigz, Cargo Stencil Number Set movers & shapers, Christmas Cardinal Bigz, Pocket Envelope, Tattered Banners Sizzlits
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Flourish, Mini Blueprints, Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 2, Mini Holidays 4, Christmas Time, Grunge Snowflakes, Classics #9; Hero Arts: Let it Snow CL233, Greatest Gift CL559, Sending Holiday Cheer CL464, Holiday Sayings CL343, Spirit of the Season CG375
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board white; Ranger manila cardstock, Claudine Hellmuth natural sticky back canvas; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Kraft Resist paper; Daler & Rowney watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Vermillion
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Brushed Pewter
Glitter: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy dry glitter
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Seasonal Chit Chat stickers
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Claudine Hellmuth matte multi medium