I made my first October Daily in 2007 and have made one every year since (with varying degrees of "success"). The first few years I made my own albums and pages, but transitioned to using pocket pages a couple of years ago (and, wow, so much easier). But last year's - what I'm sharing with you today - is my favorite so far. Using a 4x4 album covered with black cats from SevenPaper's Baxter line as my base, I started with a simple plan: tell one story a day, use a date stamp on vellum for the date, and add a few simple embellishments from Crate Paper's After Dark line (for the Minc).
Note: The two-thirds-of-a-4x4 insert you see out of the book in the photo above is my "intro" page: pretty black glittery stickers on vellum with a big star sequin. It started life as a 4x4 page, but the more I futzed with it the more I liked the idea of it being slightly smaller and I made the cut (using a Fuse Tool to seal the new size).
As the days passed, I hit my groove. I have a ton of Halloween stuff in my stash, but I found sticking to one group of embellishments really made it easy for me just get it done. I wasn't over-thinking (something I do A LOT), I was motoring. Keepin' it simple works for me.
Note: I have a love/hate relationship with my Instax Mini camera. I love (LOVE!) the photos and the quirks of instant film, but being the happy, healthy control freak that I am, it drove me bonkers that I couldn't precisely frame my shots. Enter the Instax Mini Printer. It solved all those issues by letting me develop whatever image I wanted onto the film - control-freak-approved instant images coming right up! (No one's paying me to say this - I just really love the thing.) A new version has come out since I bought mine, but from what I've seen it seems to function the same. 2016's October Daily is in the works (in a 6x8 album this time). I didn't keep it quite as simple so it's not going as fast? Will I EVER learn? *laugh* In the meantime, if you'd like to see more of this album check out my Instagram feed (over on the right).
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