I've been doing a December Daily / Journal Your Christmas journal since 2008. I usually blog about my pages and progress as December goes along, but this year I had to keep this baby all to myself. Which was really hard. This journal started out back in November with Eileen Hull's new Journal Scoreboard XL Die die by Sizzix. And it's on it's way home from CHA -- or Creativation as it is now called -- where it was on display in Eileen's booth just outside of Scotty.
This die lets you make your own Midori-style journals, planners, and minibooks. For my cover, I used Sizzix Mat Board covered with red felt. Before adhering the felt I ran it through a Big Shot using Eileen's Sunbust Textured Impressions embossing folder. I decided to add a bit of decorative stitching to the spine and modified a Japanese stab binding pattern. You'll see in the picture below that the stitching goes across the spine on each side. The tag and acrylic word were both from Ali Edward's December daily kits.
Since I was stitching using bookbinding thread, I decided to reinforce the backside of the mat board with book tape prior to stitching and cover the rest with pattern paper. I used two separate elastic bands with this journal, which gave me four bands to hold signatures. All my signatures are just slid between the elastics. For the signatures I used patterned paper, page protectors, envelopes, paper bags, and specialty paper. I'll post more of the individual pages tomorrow.
Want to see how this works? Here's a great Facebook live demo using the Journal die that was made at Creativation:
I've been told the Journal die will be shipping around March... which can't get here soon enough!