This is the 8th year (I think) that I'm making a little December book along with Ali. In the hustle and bustle of December, it's nice to take a quiet moment and think about the details. And looking back, see those details turn into traditions.
The cover for this year's book was a bit of a conundrum for me. I loved how it looked on the indigo blue fabric I'm using for Dad's quilt but it didn't work with the color palette/favorite papers I'd already chosen. I kept trying different pattern papers from the Studio Calico Dec Daily kit, but nothing stuck. Finally, it occurred to me that I must have something in my stash. So I pulled out the drawer with my scraps and there it was... this beautiful creamy joss paper with silvery gold square in the center. Totally not Christmas but absolutely beautiful under the etched snowflakes in a frosty, winter white way. I painted the veneer with some neon pink nail polish to get that high gloss finish.
*PS. If you've been on the fence about buying a snowflake album, there's just 1 left.
Intro page: I had a hell of a time getting the December veneer to stick. After I misted it with the Jubilee Huey (which is the world's most perfect green) it curled right up. A little rubber cement softened it up but didn't hold it down, despite a night under a heavy stack of books. Finally used my trusty herma and two tiny staples. The gold chipboard banner is doing an excellent job keeping it from rolling back up.
Day 2: Making a List download from A Pair of Pears, scaled down and printed on kraft paper. I printed two and glued them back to back to make enough room for my whole list. It's fun to look back and see what everyone got. Looking at it now, I think I'll add one at the end of the gifts I've received too.