Monday, November 9, 2009

December Daily Dilemma

I have a dilemma...

You see, this year, smack dab in the middle of December, I'm having major surgery. We purposely scheduled the surgery for December so that it would impact our work/school lives as little as possible.

I didn't think about how it would impact my Christmas scrapping :) .

So here's the dilemma. How in the world am I going to do a December Daily album this year? I don't want the album to focus on my surgery/recovery, I want it to focus on our Christmas activities. So my choice was to forgo a December Daily this year.....or get creative.

So here's what I came up with. Instead of doing a "daily" album (two of which would be in the hospital), I'm going to count off Christmas activities. Step 1 - put up the tree, Step 2 - decorate the house, etc. I have no idea what number I'll stop at (wouldn't it be funny if I ended up at 25?), we'll see when I get there. Now all I need is a creative title - still working on that.

Here are a few other "December Daily" alterations I've made:

1 - Because I added rings to my fabric album, the included pages were sticking out a bit when the album was closed. Easy fix. I simply whacked about 1-1/4 inches off the right side of each page. I resewed the page protectors using red thread.
2 - I cut a transparency to size and inserted it into each of the included page protectors. The transparency adds a little more stability to the page protectors so that I can use them as acrylic pages, instead of page protectors.
3 - Trimming off the right edge of the included canvas pages led to an awesome discovery. Pockets! Not sure if I'm going to include these or not, but how cool!

I'll be posting the "innards" of my "December Daily" tomorrow. See you then!


Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery! I'm looking forward to seeing your December Daily pages :-) By the way, I'm using the same fabric album for my Dec Daily and I was wondering what's the best adhesive to use to adhere patterned paper or canvas tags to the fabric canvas album? Thanks!

Amanda Berens said...

Vanessa, I would use gel medium for patterned paper and Fabri-Tac for fabric-to-fabric applications. Gel medium won't warp your paper pages like alot of other liquid adhesives. Just use a brayer (or heavy object) to get good contact between the paper and fabric. I use Golden Soft Gel (matte) which, unfortunately, usually has to be purchased online or at art (not craft) supply stores. I know you can purchase Liquitex gel medium at Micheals, I've just never tried that particular brand. Fabri-Tac can be purchase at Jo-Anns. Good luck!

scrappinmomto2girls said...

Great idea!

Hope your surgery goes well and you are back up and running soon :)