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'!

Monday 23 November 2015

Mandy's Page Preparations.....

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Its time to prepare my pages, and have to say, this came together quite easily.
I do straight stitching with these, but by all means... 
the pages still can be constructed by using strong glue.

 Here's a bit of an overview... at the very back is the cover, the one in the middle is the back cover (left plain for now) and the one in front is a page newly constructed.  The 12x12 stripe paper (from 7dots Yuletide Collection) underneath is about to be put together
as a page as an example a bit further in this post.

 The pages will sit in the album like this:
(with a bit of the scallop showing)

And when its opened up.... the reverse side is this lovely white/black grunge

Which will contrast so well with the Christmassy red and white stripe...

Now onto how to construct the pages....
Each 12x12 is cut in half... to 12x6ins. This gives two pages to each 12x12 - bonus!  No paper wastage!  The black denim I bought from 'Spotlight'  and asked the lady at the counter to cut it 30 cms wide and as straight as she could... so I've barely had to trim off the ends!  
The denim is cut here at 7cms

A quick press with the iron so it will fall evenly in half, and some spots of glue to hold it in place at the top of the paper.....

Slip the paper in between the folded denim and sew two rows

 Next is to mark out the eyelets (these are large ones bought from a hardware store)
by placing the already constructed page on top and marking through it.  
You can just slightly see the markings.

I've made up quite a few pages,  a full red one which will contrast with the red and white stripe and
 of course where would I be without my transparencies!!  These are some old Hamley Screen Graph Prints....  nicely grungy too!

 A collection of pages ready to go!!
(so excited!)

One of the transparencies might work a treat as a cover page maybe?

 The thickness of the denim and the eyelets are going to allow space between pages some layering and texture which is great.   I've still got the idea in my head I might trim the bottom edge of each page with colourful fabric if it suits... but that will wait until the page is complete
with photos etc so thats hanging in the balance.

Not long now until the 1st of December!
The Christmas decorations will come out, and my past December Daily's will soon grace the coffee table again.   I love how each one is so different and how each one becomes such a conversational piece with friends and family.   
So happy another one will be making its way among the mix!

 If you want another peek at my whole December Daily stash...
here's the POST
Or how the COVER was constructed.
Dont forget you can link your pre-planning or stash photos up

And if you have your Covers done....
upload them  HERE

And you can even share your  previous December Daily's
We'd love to see them!



  1. Wow! That's going to make a fantastic Christmas album. Blessings, my friend!

  2. This is coming along so nicely! The stitching is amazing. Can't wait to see more.

  3. So creative! I'm always in awe of how you see a vision in your head and it works when you create it. Fabulous Mandy!

  4. This is gonna be such a cute album :) really liking the denim that you are carrying through the album too :) so grungy too :) Fabulous!

  5. This is looking fabulous, Mandy. Love that denim binding.

  6. Loving the material edging....it would make it more durable too & be able to put thick stuff inside....Great idea! I hadn't thought of the Dailies as conversation pieces. Drat! Should've started years ago..... LOL!!!

  7. This is looking good, you are ready to roll into december!

  8. Loveeeeeeee how you did this! FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


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