Friday, April 27, 2012

12 Days of Spring All Wrapped Up

At long last, I can share the complete 12 Days of Spring album!

For my covers, I chose a couple of pieces from a 7 Gypsies acrylic album I bought awhile back. Each piece has either a window, like my front cover, or a decorative edge. The back cover is solid acrylic. Most of the other supplies I used are from the February kit from Cocoa Daisy.

I cut that big flower out of a piece of patterned kraft cardstock. The metal numerals from Tim Holtz came plain, of course, and I painted them with white paint to add texture, and so they would stand out a bit more against that darker background.

Day 1

Envelopes from Maya Road in a variety of sizes I used throughout the album to contain extra photos and journaling, as well as the background for that day's number in some cases.

I didn't photograph every single page of the album, but this one was one of my favorites from day one.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Some days, like this one, there was only one photo. Thankfully, or there wouldn't be jump rings big enough to contain all the pages! As it was, I had to change out the rings twice, going to the LSS to purchase the largest ones available. Apparently, I go a teensy bit overboard on mini-book projects. :)

Day 5

Day 6

Another favorite of mine. I love the way the first photo sets the tone of that particular day, a relaxed Sunday. I used part of a banner border sticker on a sheet by Sassafras Lass as individual embellishments on three different pages. I like it when I can stretch supplies.

Day 7

Day 8

And another page from that day that I especially like:

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

And one final favorite page that also shows the back cover:

So I ran out of the little envelopes because I used one on a layout. I created a little pocket with a piece of patterned paper to tuck the printed out journaling into.

When I first created the base pages of this mini, I had doubts that I would like the finished project because there was a lot of darker kraft cardstock papers, and I gotta admit, teal is my absolute least favorite color. However, I wanted to use those supplies, put my Cocoa Daisy kit to work, and I really do like the finished mini book. Inspired by Jen Gallacher, who does awesome videos at Two Peas for the Memory Keeping Mondays series, I bought some photo corners and used those as a unifying item throughout the album, and I like that look a lot. I got both kraft and white, so I'll be using those on future layouts and projects.


In other news, I picked up the brand new Tim Holtz spring Distress ink collection, and I'll be playing with those on this bright and sunny Friday, so look for a post soon on what I made with brand new springy colors from the talented and always inspiring Mr. Holtz!


  1. What a great mini book. You did great. I see John Jakes book there, by far my favorite author, have read everything he has written.

  2. This is SO amazing Mel!!! I absolutely loooove the mix of papers and also the pages/envelopes you used. Love it!!