I know, I know, summer is over. But I can't dive into my December Daily project without first putting my thoughts down about our wonderful summer in France. Since time is a factor for me so I chose to go simple. I thought I'd share how I put together this simple mini book in a few easy steps. (Ce tuto est dispo en français sur le blog Kesiart.)
1 CHOOSE A FORMAT
I used the Kesi'art Mini Classeur in kraft. I decided on the spot that some pages would be whole photos and others would have paper.
2 PRINT PHOTOS
This is probably the most time consuming step. My first selection turned out 80 photos! That was too many so I narrowed my selection down to eight. I could have added more photos, but looking at my final selection I knew the themes I wanted to write about were represented. Also, some summer photos have already been documented in layouts. Before printing, I added a title in Photoshop to the one above (no. 2).
3 CHOOSE & CUT PAPERS
This step is pretty straightforward. I wanted rainbow and bright (it's a thing with me lately
). So I picked a few patterned papers and trimmed them down to 17 cm x 12.5 cm.
4 STAMP & PRINT CAPTIONS ON STICKIES
5 PRINT TITLES ONTO PAPER
I created a 17 cm x 12.5 cm document on my laptop and added my page titles. Next, I ran the trimmed paper through my printer. Et voila.
6 ASSEMBLE THE INNER PAGES
Make sure to check and double-check the direction before gluing it down!
7 TAPE STRIPES ONTO COVER
Now it's time to work on the structure. I used washi tape to make a striped pattern on the cover.
8 PAINT COVER
And a foam brush to paint the cover white.
9 REMOVE TAPE & FIX EDGES
Love the nautical look of the white stripes! I used a straight brush to fix a few jagged edges.
10 COVER THE INSIDE
The packaging from the album is sublime with the perfect chevron pattern and nice turquoise color. I liked it so much, I used it to cover the inside of the album. The bonus? The width fits just right.
11 ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING
12 ADD ALBUM TITLE
13 STICK STAMPED & PRINTED LABELS ON PHOTOS
These are the finishing touches. I aimed for full center positioning.
14 ADD YOUR THOUGHTS
This is what this project was about for me. I had memories and thoughts about our summer that I didn't want to forget. Having a place to store these was important to me. It is very simple, but it is done. And that's what counts. Right?
Here is a look at the inner pages :
Have a great weekend! Now that this is done, I'm ready for my December project. How about you?