December Daily 2010 | Cover Option Two Step By Step (+ Free Title Download)

My second December Daily cover option is much simpler than the first.

I started with two pieces of recycled chipboard that were actually the back of this page of Anna Griffin pattern paper. Any chipboard will do. Cut to 6 inches x 8 inches.

Paint the chipboard with gesso or white paint on both sides. Cut two pieces of specialty paper (still working on a source for this paper - I purchased it at my local art supply store: Oregon Art Supply). I cut mine larger than 6x8 so that I could trim it after adhering. You might want to check out your local art supply store to see if they have something similar or use some other paper you have on hand.

Adhere the paper using gel medium. To apply the gel medium I paint it in an even layer onto the chipboard and then use a brayer to smooth the paper onto the chipboard.

For the title I created a circle digital element. Print on cream cardstock and punch (I used this circle punch).

Merry Christmas! I'm happy to share this fun little circle title with you for your own album. The file download includes a single PNG file and a PDF that includes 12, 1.75 inch circles on the page. They would also make nice gift tags.

DOWNLOAD HERE: AEdwards_25DecemberTitle

For a little decoration on my title I added Christmas Red Stickles inside the lines of the 25.

Adhere it to the cover using a tape runner.

I set a 7gypsies glass knob on the cover - it's not attached yet because I couldn't get the back off (really easy to do generally - it screws in after punching a hole with a crop-a-dile). I'm not sure if those 7gypsies knobs are still available but I know that Tim has some new ones here.

This is most likely the cover I'll go with this year. It feels nice and clean and simple - similar to the rest of the design throughout the album. I've been wanting to use this white paper on a project for awhile now.

For a full list of December Daily posts go here.

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67 thoughts

  1. Jane B

    2010-10-12 20:20:33 -0400

    I like both covers, but this one is great in terms of simplicity, both in the making and the clean and simple end result. Love how it uses recycled packaging too.

  2. Bonnie

    2010-10-12 21:20:30 -0400

    Thanks so much Ali for the great tutorials and the wonderful gift. I love the step-by-step instructions. I think I am going for cover #2 for my design. I am going with a wild color option this year to challenge myself (integrating purple...wish me luck!). I am certain this color choice will drive me crazy but so far I am not having problems getting my supplies in order. I just really wanted to add a fun challenge and I was inspired by the Cosmo Cricket Christmas paper collection "Mitten Weather." I am also going to challenge myself to take my camera with me everywhere and snap away daily! I did this the first year I did the December Daily and I got the most amazing photos, simply because I was more aware of my surroundings because I had my camera with me all the time. This included one shot of my father's garden covered in snow with the moon shining directly through the terrace on one remaining dried red rose. Now I could not have staged that if I tried. God Bless you Ali and thank you for all of the inspiration!

  3. Sabrina Kapp

    2010-10-12 22:37:11 -0400

    Thank you so much for the free download! I am really trying to plan now so I can do this this year!

  4. Sarah Swann

    2010-10-12 23:15:43 -0400

    Thanks so much for the download! It will go right into my December Daily - making my first one this year. Your album is just stunning!

  5. Sheri

    2010-10-12 23:50:59 -0400

    thanks for being so generous with your talents.

  6. TracieClaiborne

    2010-10-13 01:26:32 -0400

    Thanks for the free title!

  7. anne leglise

    2010-10-13 03:25:10 -0400

    Thanks for the free download,Ali.

  8. debbi g.

    2010-10-13 08:19:24 -0400

    thanks for the download.

  9. K

    2010-10-13 09:23:02 -0400

    love the cover - simple and elegant. Thank you for the download!

  10. ale

    2010-10-13 09:38:18 -0400

    love this cover!!!
    thanks for the freebie!

  11. Suzi

    2010-10-13 09:57:38 -0400

    Ali - love your design for the 2010 DD! Thanks for the download and I'm looking forward to making my 3rd book this December. You are very inspiring! Thanks!

  12. cat123

    2010-10-13 10:47:37 -0400

    so lovely !!!! love this cover !!!

  13. Vicki

    2010-10-13 12:00:49 -0400

    Thanks for the download! I love the simplicity of it.
    Could someone please let me know how they opened it...everytime I try to open it, it says there is unreadable content? something simple I'm sure, but driving me nuts :)
    Thanks to all

  14. marlene filipiuk

    2010-10-13 14:30:37 -0400

    thanks so much for the download!!! love the album cover! :)

  15. Danielle Galindo

    2010-10-13 16:00:09 -0400

    Thank you for the download and inspiration :)

  16. Sherry

    2010-10-13 18:35:07 -0400


    I was at my local office supply store and they have that white paper in stock. It is called Beehive White SB2530 by Black Ink Creative International Papers. You can email [email protected] and he'll hook you up with some paper.

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  18. Fidji

    2010-10-17 10:31:44 -0400

    thanks for the downloawd ! i love it and tuto so !
    Fidji de Champagne en France

  19. jill

    2010-10-19 08:58:23 -0400


  20. Kristin

    2010-10-19 17:09:19 -0400

    This is the best Christmas present ever!

  21. Carole

    2010-10-25 16:37:54 -0400

    Beautiful cover! Thanks for the title download.

  22. Carole

    2010-10-25 21:54:31 -0400

    This paper looks quite similar to the circle paper you used:

    Thai Pulp on Mulberry
    Beehive White

    Another one I liked:

    Whimzy - White

    I ordered both papers tonight from this company (they have a minimun order of $20 before shipping):

  23. Sharon

    2010-11-02 20:49:01 -0400

    Hi Ali - I did this cover but have a quick question = did you attach the knob and then cover the inside cover over it? I found the paper thanks to your supplier - they were wonderful and such a tremendous help in providing me with resources locally for the paper. Love Love Love this project and thank you so much.

  24. tina fellman

    2010-11-02 22:52:04 -0400

    love the Christmas cover and the free download...I am very excited, this is my first year ever to do the December daily. I just recently made the design team for our local scrap store. I am very excited and interested to learn a lot of different techniques in the scrapping world. Thanks Ali for all the inspiration that you have given me!!!!

  25. Stephani G

    2010-11-30 09:59:48 -0500

    For the knobs on the cover, how big is it? I am nearly finished putting my album together and was wondering, would a traditional knob found at Home Depot, etc. do the trick? I checked Tim Holtz' site, but didnt' see dimensions.

    Thanks Ali!

    So, having fun this first time around on the December daily! On maternity leave, I decided to be as frugal as possible and went crazy in my stash. In place of the Hambly clear pages, I used the clear pages you buy at office stores for bind-it machines - the heaviest guage - I normally use it for embossing, but it worked well here. Pretty happy with the results. Even tied in some Christmas fabric for a few pages, just to have a twist on the transparency thing. I had some organza that is a neat twist. Ran a rolled edge around the edges and made button holes for the holes. Pretty cute.

    I only had a few pages of transparencies and wanted to get the thing together to enjoy the process day by day. With 4 kids, I am so proud to have a project to enjoy! It really is doable - I think I am ready to go tomorrow! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me some inspiration to capture the coming month!

    You really are the greatest Ali!

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