Creative Team | Daybook love with Anna.
One of my favourite ways to memory keep is using daybooks or mini books. For me a daybook creation is like a ‘quick fix’ in the sense that they are small, I can be as creative (or not) as I want, they can be used to capture one event that might be too big a story for one layout or spread in my Project Life album, and I tend to use up bits and pieces from my stash. You can see some of my daybooks/mini books HERE.
Today Anna shares with us a daybook she created for a trip she took with her family to Tasmania.
Hello fellow creatives!
Today I am going to ‘show-and-tell’ about my new-found love of daybooks. Yep! – there is always more to discover and appreciate in the creative world…and I am so glad I dived into using these little beauties!!
I have come across daybooks/mini books before but have never really used or created one. There is such a vast array of creative goodies on the market and various ways of memory-keeping – it can get a tad overwhelming sometimes! So I just kept admiring and never buying…I resisted the urge 😉
After seeing all the different daybooks in Jodie’s store and what she did with creating one as a teacher’s gift for one of her kids (you can see that HERE)– I decided that I just HAVE to give it go!
We headed to Tassie in February for my sister’s wedding and I thought this would be the perfect way to document our trip, focusing more on the wedding, the lead up to it, and our roles in it. Having this little daybook would, in turn, lessen the page load in my Project Life family album too 😉 And I must say, it’s turned out to be quite a lovely little keepsake of our holiday. I have still documented the wedding and the week’s happenings in our Project Life album but creating the daybook has allowed me to record more details.
So without any further ado – let me show you some pages of my daybook…
I chose to use the ‘Hello’ spiral Ready Set Go daybook by Amy Tangerine, purchased from Polka Dot Creative. It’s a very simple cover but I’m fine with that – I didn’t want too much hoo-hah on the front anyway. I’ve used letters from Amy Tangerine Plus One Sticker book and Charcoal Rubber numbers from Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste range.
You will see that I use alot of Amy Tangerine products…her stuff is just so awesome. 🙂
So onto the inside…
- First page I added a little lift-up piece to include the photo so I could journal underneath.
- Second page, I created a pocket to pop the tickets in
- The next page spread, I folded a 6×4” journal card in half and attached to the vellum page. This made room for the photo and the journaling. And it just makes the page a lot more interactive which is fun. 🙂
- The embellishments used here are from the Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste die-cut pack and I have also used a circle tag from Chic Tags.
- There is a cute little house page in this booklet and I used this part to document the trip to the hairdressers for my spruce up!
- The first part (red) held my journaling and the picture of the salon entrance. The second part (wood print) holds a brad and I attached some extra 3×4 journal cards from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Project Life kit to hold my before and after shots 🙂 I will show you how I added these in at the end – you’ll see that I have done this a few times throughout the book!
- Another cute little page in this book is with the die-cut lady. Onto the front of this I’ve added the date (Amy Tangerine’s rubber Thickers).
- Again I have added another little page. I have used some products from Kellie Stamps – wooden flair and stamps. I strategically placed that wooden flair near the drink but so that it peered through the head of the lady – just cos I thought it looked cool 😉
- I created smaller pics of each of our main meals of the night (very laid back hens night this was!). I have written what we each ate on each of the photos with a white gel pen (a new fad of mine – loving it!!)
- I wanted to document every part of the wedding journey – so the hair trials got in here too. It’s fun to just have a girly little fashion fest 🙂
- Another part of the journey is dress fittings and pickups. This was so special. It was both my daughters’ first time to be flower girls and the dresses were just divine!
- To document this, I created another flip-style insert layered onto a page to keep it all together.
- To record some more details of the wedding preparations, I again inserted a small booklet made with 3×4” journal cards from the Amy T Cut & Paste project life mini kit.
Here are just a few pages from the little insert…
And then came the BIG DAY!
It really was a grand day and the highlight of our trip of course! It was lovely to re-live it as I documented it in this book.
I loved just grabbing things out of my stash to incorporate onto the pages. I loved the ‘He Said She Said’ stamp by Kellie Stamps to use on the I Do page. Her stamp designs are just so great – I can always find something that suits my pages somehow!
INSERTING ADDITIONAL PAGES INTO THE SPIRAL BOUND PAGES.
I must confess that this was not my original idea and so to give credit where it is due, I actually came across this tip via the blog of the lovely Kim Jeffress sometime last year. I have kept it filed away in my memory bank since then and am so glad I could pick it out again and use it.
I have used this technique quite a bit in this book so let me show you how – it’s rather easy. 🙂
- Line up the pages/cards where you want them to be inserted. Use a pencil to mark the location of the spirals. Use a hole punch or Crop-O-Dile tool to make the holes at these pencilled marks.
- Snip from the edge of the paper/cards into holes the whole way along.
- Place page over the spirals and press down gently with your fingers along the edge of the page so that each little section attaches to the binder.
It was a great way to get all the things in the book that I wanted to document so as to not run out of pages. I love seeing the book sitting on my desk all fat and bulging with documented goodness. Feels good to record the details of life hey!?! And now I have my first completed daybook to add to my shelf. Love it!!
I hope you have enjoyed the tour through my first daybook experience – and picked up a few ideas and tips on the way.
Until next time,
Happy creating. Enjoy the journey.
As always, if you have any comments and/or question leave them below and Anna and I will get back to you. Anna also has a beautiful blog called One Big Sunshine Spritzer. I smile every time a say the name of her blog. Just gorgeous. Anna is currently taking part in a blog post a day for the month of May.