December Daily 2011 {Album Cover}

I’ve had so much fun lately doing short daily documenting projects like Week in the Life, 120 Days, and of course Gratitude Documented. When I heard about Ali Edward’s December Daily I knew I wanted to try it out!

I wanted my cover to be different than anything I had ever done before. As I was flipping through a holiday catalog I decided to take advice from Noell Hyman and upcycle some magazine clippings on my cover (you can see her video tutorial here)!

I started out by painting the raw chipboard cover with Gesso. Which is essentially a white paint/primer. (want some fun tips for creating texture with Gesso? Take my Gratitude Documented class and watch the video on how I created my gratitude mini album)

Because I knew I was going to cover most of the front with magazine clippings I only painted a portion of the front cover.

I also painted the inside cover with Gesso to prime the chipboard.

I cut this frame pattern with my friends Silhouette Cameo (so jealous!). Then I traced it onto chipboard and cut it out. I also primed the frame with Gesso.

I painted both the album and the frame with pearl paint. It has a light glimmer, which I love!

On the inside cover I added the year with chipboard letters. I started to place the numbers off center and tried to fix it. You can see where the cover ripped by me pulling up a number. Oops!

Then I painted the rest of the inside cover red. I simply painted over the chipboard letters.

I wanted the frame to look a bit different from the rest of the cover. So I stamped it with a texture stamp and VersaMark ink. I then added clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. The final step was to spray it with gold glimmer mist and wipe off the excess. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the texture in person is beautiful!

Here is the whole frame. You can see the bits of white showing through the gold. Lovely!

Once the paint on the cover was dry I began to add my magazine clippings. I didn’t think things through and started with one of my top pieces rather than the bottom ones. Oops! I had to peel it up and try again. You can tell that things didn’t go down as smoothly after that. But I still like how things turned out. For each piece I spread some Mod Podge on the album, stuck down the clipping, and then painted Mod Podge on top.

All down the front of the cover I included words and phrases of the season. It helped with the transition between images but I also simply LOVE words. Those words just made the album more me.

I used the number coasters from the Studio Calico kit on the front cover. Every magazine has the month and year. Perfect for my album cover!

Once everything was on the cover I painted it all with Mod Podge, inside and out, to seal everything (except the coasters).

And here it is again! Come back Friday to see the foundation pages. I can’t wait to start documenting everyday life during the holiday season!

Are you participating in December Daily or some other holiday project? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear all about it!


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  1. Ruby
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Love how you did your album cover! Can’t wait to see your foundation pages 🙂

    • Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      Thanks Ruby! I have most of them done, but ran out of a few products and I’m hoping they come today or tomorrow so I can get it all finished by Friday! 🙂 If not, I’ll definitely show you all the ones I’ve got done so far.

  2. Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! Great frame effect and cool you have the year inside. I love the effect of raised letters on a surface… cool! I’ve also prepped my december daily album…fun fun!

    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Linda! I’d love to see your album! This is my first year participating. Looking forward to it!

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