yay! journal your christmas 2011 is here! i got my first email in my inbox this evening and i'm so excited to get started tomorrow. i loved doing this class last year. i've been debating what i was going to do this year and i've decided to go 100% with journal your christmas (last year i did both journal your christmas and december daily which was way fun too). this year i really want to focus on the journaling with an emphasis on getting my memories and traditions from my own childhood down. i'll be using mostly photos from years past, but i'm sure i'll throw in a handful of photos from this year as well.
this is the beginnings of the title page and what will be the front cover. the foundation of my book this year is an old piano lesson book. i actually remember learning from this book! so funny. and how ironic that i swore this year's book would be much smaller (last year's was 9x9 on the largest pages). this year's book measures 9x12. ack! but i am only doing one page per day instead of last year's two page spread plus i am saving lots more room for the journaling so i think that will help.
i'm VERY excited about the format of this book as it's a completely new style for me. i usually end up doing the book rings, but i wanted to get away from that and try something new. for this book i am pulling the pages out of the old lesson book and then rejoining them two at a time with book binding tape (a cloth tape for durability). in the middle there you can see the book binding tape joining the first page with the back page of the book. the gutter between these two pages is about a half inch wide. when i get to the two middle pages of the book i will have to make the gutter much smaller. maybe an eighth of an inch wide. the gutter will get progressively smaller with each pair of pages i join until i get to the middle two pages. this is so the right edge of the book will be somewhat aligned. i'll try to explain this concept again when i get closer to completion of the book.
right now i'm keeping all the pages loose until i decide which page i want to do on which day. i got about 8 pages made the first day i worked on it. i hope to get the foundation of most of them done this weekend. in the first stages i just wanted to get the patterned paper and journaling spot down and then i'll go back each day and add more stuff. the plan is to stick with mostly paper and stickers this year so the book will lay flatter than last year's (not that i don't love the fat book style! i'm just going for different).
i had also toyed with the idea of going with all neutrals on the backgrounds, but you can see i strayed from that idea already. i started digging in my scraps from last year and just couldn't resist all the pretty colors. this is a fun way to use scraps, that's for sure!
i wanted sewing on both sides of my pages. i'm accomplishing that by sewing one side directly to my background paper. the other side i am sewing smaller pieces onto a larger piece of patterned paper and then attaching that large paper to the background with terrifically tacky tape (i'm using the tape as i wanted it to be very durable). by the time i inherited the piano book it only had 13 pages left in it which equates to 26 days in december. i'm doing all 31 days of december plus a title page, so i needed 16 pages total. i dug in my paper stash and found two sheets of hambly paper and a very old piece of crate paper; all of these were of a medium weight flexible paper that was similar to the feel of the piano book. in other words, not too thin, but not so thick as to be stiff next to the piano pages.
here you can see one of the piano pages before i put anything on that side. if you look at the pages i've started so far, you can see little glimpses of the music notes peeking through. also, some pages had fun borders that i tried to work into my designs.
here is day 31 and the title page again. this is the backside of the one page that i've already joined. i covered the gutter on this side with 7 gypsies paper tape. since i already had the book binding tape on the other side for durability, this side is just cosmetic so to speak, so the paper tape is fine. when i get the whole thing done i'm going to stitch all the pages together with a needle and thread. sounds like fun, right? i'll keep you posted on how it's all working out! :)