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)
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!
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.
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!
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!