December Daily 2010 | Cover Option One Step By Step

Today I want to share my process for creating my one of the cover options. Later this week I'll share more information on the other cover and how to work with the 6x8 overlays.


Before I dive into the first cover I wanted to address a couple things that came up in the comments on the first post for 2010:

BINDER RINGS: The binder rings I currently have on the album come with the Teresa Collins Bracket Shape Covers. They are 1.5 inches. They fit right now but will likely be too small to hold it all together once I add the photos + journaling (even though that will just be adhered to the current pages). I'm ordering some loose leaf binder rings that are 2 inches and 2.5 inches via Amazon.

TRANSPARENCIES: The transparencies I'm using are thicker than the ones you would buy at an office supply store. The Hambly transparencies ones are especially sturdy. The Clearly Heavy from Hambly is a blank transparency (no design printed on it) that is even thicker - I used that for the number die cut paper and for the day with just the small red frame + stamp (day 12 I think).

HOLE-PUNCHING: Crop A Dile - my favorite hole-punching tool that goes through a wide variety of surfaces.

ADHESIVES: For adhesives on the transparencies I used either stitching with my sewing machine or a regular tape runner. With the tape runner you can see it just a bit but it's not too bad...sometimes I will cover it up on the other side with another embellishment.


Option one is to use the Teresa Collins Bracket Shape Covers. These have a great text-print on the front and would work just fine without doing anything to them (a great option if you are wanting to keep things simple). In my case I chose to use it as a chance to experiment with some techniques that I love: painting, embossing, misting with ink, etc.

As this was a bit of an experiment you'll see some places where I did things that might seem out of order (watch the letter stickers). I was learning as I went and having fun in the process.

To begin, create a title with random letter stickers on top of a sheet of Claudine Hellmuth 8.5x11 Sticky Back Canvas (see image at top of post: supplies are listed below). I liked having the letters overlap/

Using Studio Calico's Mister Huey Schoolhouse ink mist, spray directly on top of the sticky back canvas. You can use as little or as much mist as you like. I first saw this technique used by Leah Fung in Scrapbooks Etc.'s October 2010 issue and I have wanted to try it ever since. I was also really inspired by seeing what Ronda was doing with these mists while we were in Greece.

Let it dry. Leave the letter stickers on the background (on my image I removed them, but ended up putting them back on again). I hung mine up on my bulletin board due to the amount it was curling. I left it there overnight.

Peel off the sticky-back canvas and adhere to the bracket cover. This image above shows the front of the cover when you first purchase it.

Use a craft knife to trim off the excess of the sticky back canvas.

With the stickers still on the canvas, use a polka dot mask (I used an older one from Heidi Swapp) to create the dots. Mist with Studio Calico's Mister Huey Calico Cream.

After misting the circles I decided I wanted them darker so I used the mask again with cream paint.

Here's what the cover looked like after doing the paint circles. Now I felt like the paint was too bright.

To tone it down a bit again I sprayed more of Studio Calico's Mister Huey Schoolhouse ink mist.

Remove the letter stickers.

I decided that because this is a mini book that will likely be touched quite a bit that embossing the whole thing would be a good idea.

Here's a look at the cover coated in Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) (before it has melted with the heat gun). To get the powder to stick you need to use some embossing ink. Either Versamark or Ranger work great.

Using a heat gun, melt the embossing powder.

I found that I needed to follow these steps a couple times. After embossing the entire cover once. I went back and re-covered with embossing ink + powder and used the gun again. My goal was to get it to a smooth rather than bubbly layer.

I did the second round just a bit at a time to make sure it was getting smooth.

End result. Nice and artsy. Fun techniques to try.

Here's a look at what I did on the other side:

For the inside of the cover I decided to adhere the sticky back canvas first, trim, add the letter stickers and then paint with cream.

After painting cream I used two different mists over the top of the letter stickers (Dark Calico and Warm Calico).

Remove the letter stickers and enjoy!


CHIPBOARD COVER • Teresa Collins Bracket Shape Covers:
CANVAS PAPER • Claudine Hellmuth Sticky-Back Canvas: Two Peas |
SPRAY INK • Studio Calico Mister Huey Schoolhouse, Warm Calico, Dark Calico
LETTER STICKERS • Basic Grey: Kioshi (Two Peas |, Eskimo Kisses (Two Peas |; American Crafts: Remarks Serendipity, Sothebys; Studio Calico: Home Front (Two Peas |
MASK • Heidi Swapp Circles
EMBOSSING POWDER Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)

One of the albums I investigated for my 2010 December Daily was the new Anthology Portfolio Binder from House of Three/Pink Paislee (Two Peas | What most interested me are the variety of page protectors that come with the album (you can also purchase refills). I love it, it's totally cool, but I decided against it because I don't think it's large enough to handle 25+ days. Prior experience has shown me that these December Daily albums tend to get really full really fast. That said, it's one of my favorite new products on the market and I'm thinking of other projects I could create to use with that album.

For a full list of December Daily posts go here.

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36 thoughts

  1. Olivia Martin

    2010-10-11 17:01:40 -0400

    I like the looks of this. Tempted to try it on my cover. I'm not ready for Christmas yet. I am planning on getting through Halloween, then tackle Christmas. I got Ronda's Cocoa Daisy Halloween mini project kit and I can't wait to get it all put together. You're quite right Ronda rocks the mists...she rocks most everything crafty she does!! :)

  2. barbi defazio

    2010-10-11 18:57:04 -0400

    I am so excited to see the dec daily blog posts starting. I have my box of my leftovers from last year, some ideas spinning and your inspiring posts, can't wait to begin!

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  4. TracieClaiborne

    2010-10-11 19:39:47 -0400

    You could have held a gun to my head and I would never have guessed that you embossed that cover! I would have never thought of doing that to a cover! I love it!!

  5. Nina

    2010-10-11 19:53:05 -0400

    Hi, Ali! Oh wow, it's that time of the year again? Thank you so much for always inspiring me to capture these daily things that I would otherwise take for granted. Will have to start mine soon! =)


  6. margie

    2010-10-11 20:04:55 -0400

    oooh I can't this time of year with you...
    kiss kiss

  7. Jennie Hart

    2010-10-11 20:54:49 -0400

    I love what you've done with the cover, I was totally going with the white one, but now I don't know. I'm probably going to do my own thing with the insides what with one thing and another but I definitely want to try your covers. TFS x

  8. Jackie Bremer

    2010-10-11 22:29:47 -0400

    Neat technique but I also like the white option so will wait to see what you come up with for that.

    Thanks for all your work.

  9. Angie Blom

    2010-10-11 23:09:50 -0400

    Awesome techniques you used on this one cover.. wow.. you are patient.. and the end result is fantastic.

  10. maryjo materazo

    2010-10-11 23:57:19 -0400

    very cool ali! love all the techniques. thnx for always being so generous with your wealth of information.

    i'm going with a teresa collins 6x12 black flocked album cover so it'll require minimal work. ; ) not necessarily why i chose it; simply i own it so i figured might as well use it. never done a december daily before altho i've somewhat kept up w/ them thru your blog. excited to jump in this year.

  11. Sylvia

    2010-10-12 03:37:41 -0400

    So cool! I love that cover option! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome work!!!

  12. Cyndi

    2010-10-12 05:49:15 -0400

    Ali, I recently took a class using canvas pages. After it was put together I was concerned that the canvas pages would get dirty from handling. Thank you for the tip to emboss the pages. That works for me!

  13. Anne Sanborn

    2010-10-12 08:20:59 -0400

    Appreciate all the time you take to share your incredible brain storms! You make it all appear simplistic!

    Not wishing the time away... none-the-less... anxious for final visuals of your entire book & cover choice! I love pouring over your 2008 and 2009 December Dailies. I read you've been doing this since 2006 -or- 2007? Hopeful you'll share?!

    Appreciate the help with the binder ring size and location of purchase.

    Do you REINFORCE your holes to keep the pages from being torn over the years of being lovingly handled by Big and Little? If so, then what are some of the products you've used?

    Thank-you again for being you.

  14. Shruti Goradia

    2010-10-12 09:16:52 -0400

    Ali, these are simply wonderful, the step by step instructions with the photos are priceless.

  15. cat123

    2010-10-12 09:34:30 -0400

    thanks for sharing Ali !!!

  16. Dawn Nikol

    2010-10-12 10:12:34 -0400

    I'm so glad you commented on the new album! I knew the December Daily was coming soon, so I actually purchased it to do mine in. We'll see if it works or not for me, but I'm totally excited about it.

    Thanks for the step by step on your process, too! Super cool.

  17. carol

    2010-10-12 12:14:16 -0400

    thanks for sharing and taking the time to take pic and post it in the blog with so much detail. I really enjoy reading the part on the embossing. good idea. will give it a try too.

  18. Melanie Hughes

    2010-10-12 14:24:53 -0400

    Funny! I embossed my cover last year with a red embossing powder on a christmas red cover, made it look even more Christmassy. My letter stickers kept coming off though so I painted over them with mod podge to keep them in place.

  19. nicole

    2010-10-15 09:26:35 -0400

    fantastic step by step instructions. I usually mod podge things but the embossing looks great- i will have to give that a try

  20. Sharon

    2010-10-19 13:07:44 -0400

    I tried this but the color ran under the stickers and so no contrast - any suggestions.

  21. Sharon

    2010-10-19 21:33:34 -0400

    Hi Ali - I used the sticky back canvas.

  22. Christine Rickert

    2010-11-23 08:43:28 -0500

    You are such an inspiration to us all. Dec. Daily has become a tradition for so many. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to get started.

  23. Tiffany

    2010-11-29 14:46:55 -0500

    Did you find the 2.5" rings on Amazon? I'm finding 2" and 3", but not 2.5. Just curious. :)

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