WE'RE DOING DECEMBER! Whether you pre-plan your December Daily or create as you go along in the Christmas month; make your own covers or decorate ready-made ones, use Project Life style with plastic sleeves and pockets or create your own pages. Maybe you havent made one before and ask 'I cant think what I'd fill a page with everyday?' We'll help with that! Whatever your style we'd love to see it! Here you will find a seasonal blog open from 1st November to 31st January each year. We hope that this will become a wonderful resource of sharing, prompts and inspiration. What is a December Daily? Its a mini-album recording your daily memories capturing the spirit of December. Bring it out with your decorations each year and remember Christmases past. Scroll down on the right side bar and you will find past December Daily albums of each Designer. Check their 'journey' link too, this will give you some great tips and scroll a little further down and you will see the albums categorised into types for easier searching :) Now - 'Let's December Daily'!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Deb's December 1st and an "In-betweener"

 December has finally arrived and I'm super excited to finally make a start in my 
December Daily Art Journal.

You may remember my first introduction page was a continuation of the cover............well this is how it looks after I have done my Dec 1 page.  I had torn a strip off the right hand side of the page to allow the December 1st page to peek out.

and then turn the page over to Day 1..........

Now I have tried to do a photo transfer a few times before with VERY poor results so I was a bit scared to try this straight into my journal but in I went and the result isn't perfect but waaaayyyyyy better than previous attempts.

Firstly I reversed the photo taken of my outside Christmas tree and printed it out on plain paper on an inkjet printer.  Then smeared a coat of white glue onto my journal page and placed the photo face down into the glue and smoothed it out and left it to DRY.   I think this may have been the reason for my failures before - not letting it dry enough (I'm sooooo impatient).  I then spritzed it with water and began rubbing it back and finally my photo appeared.

So I painted in the grass and sky and my next step was to make sure the "oday" matched up with the "T" from the previous page and that the "monday 1st" was going to peak out when it was turned back to the previous page. 

With this done,  I could then start adding the little extras and my journalling which is all about how much our outside tree has grown since last year.

THEN it was on to what I am going to refer to as my "in-betweeners" - pages that I will do in between the days - either memories from the past or something Christmas related.

So I thought this would be an appropriate time to include a memory of our family Christmas tree when I was a little-y (a long time ago).

The background was done by stamping with a scratches stamp with stazon ink first and then using my inktense blocks - firstly the green and blue for the tree and pot and when that dried the mustard applied in patches.  Simply just wet a paint brush and rub it on the block and paint away.  I gives such a gorgeous watercolour effect and is soooooo easy.  

I went over the tree and and other areas with some cold tea......that's how I got the brownish bits.  Then a good splatter with a mist.  I did some strip journalling on tea stained paper added some more stamping and some rub ons and some more splatters.  The outlining of the tree was done with the edge of a stazon ink pad.  

How is everyone going with their December Dailys..........we would for you to share them with us.


  1. So arty, I'm in awe! Adore your page about the tree when you were small and all the strip journalling.

  2. I have no time for a daily....too busy looking at you-alls ones!!!! And quite happy with that, I think!!! 'sides, I'm off Chrissy shopping with Mum today.....ANYWAYS.....distracted....I LOVE ADORE & WANT your diary, Deb......the photo transfer worked BRILL.....& the Chrissy 'past' is brill....geeeze...you girls are AMAZING!!!

  3. Great job on your journal pages...especially like the pages with the picture transfer...nicely done!

  4. So many wonderful techniques here Deb! Love the transfer - so need to do this, and weeeeell, just everything you've explain - gold! Most of all, I love your in-betweener page and the priceless memory you have shared there. It's so touching to read.

  5. Wow Deb I just love this. Gorgeous.


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