Christmas Daily by Sue Smyth


With the Christmas season upon us, it is a really nice thing to record our
 daily preparations, memories of the past and traditions that we have each and ever year.

If you are like me and time poor, make the cover of this mixed media book up
in advance and just slip the pages in as needed when you do them.

I have made this sturdy mixed media book from an old Readers Digest book.
Add lots of glimmer mists and glitter along with a few bits n pieces 
in my stash.


How to make the cover 

Simply use Couture Creations Craft Knife to remove the inside from the cover of book 

Layer over hand towel and adhere down with gel medium, allow to dry.  
Emboss cream cardstock with  Moonlight berries folder and adhere to cover.
Cut Ivy set doilies from kraft cardstock and adhere to cover as pictured.

Paint with Gesso and allow to dry  

Spray with glimmer mists, and use an alcohol pen to colour the berries on the Moonlit berries folder.

Rub gold paint over the raised areas. To add a sparkle to your cover using your finger smooch with Crystal Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue

Emboss white cardstock with A magical time embossing folder, trim out the greeting 
you desire and adhere to cover with 3 D foam tape.
Rub over red ink and gold paint.

Create a flower
Step 1
Cut 2 of 3 sizes with the Roses die from red cardstock, 
pierce a hole in the centre of each.
Snip around the edges to create petals.
Step 2
Gather together several stamens and glue together.
thread through the holes of the flower starting from the smallest 
to the largest.
Step 3
  Spray with water and scrunch up to create a flower. 
Dry off to hold in shape.
Spray with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter.
Step 4
Adhere to cover along with assorted bits and pieces. Rub 
extra elements with gold paint.

Cut Connexion die from green cardstock, spray 
with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter.
attach around the rose flower.

For the Inside 

Trim assorted cardstock to make a folded page that fits the inside of your book.
Create as many pages as you think you will need.
Dry brush gesso over the edges.

Tie bakers twine around the fold of each page. Align the knots
to the bottom of the fold. 

Punch a hole into the spine of the book with a Crop-a-dile and 
thread  organza ribbon through the hole and 
through each strand of bakers twine and back through the hole so both ends
come through the hole.

Handy Hint set and eyelet over the hole to make it sturdy

Tie the ribbon into a bow on the outside of the spine.
This way you can add more pages as needed.

Use Couture Creations Vintage Christmas Paper Pad to 
Decorate as desired with the ordinary and traditional things you do
each Christmas 

Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas 
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