Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Daily // Paint Samples Album

I have been hearing a lot about December Daily ablums/books since November. At first, I dismissed the idea since I am not a scrap booker or a project lifer. However, as Thanksgiving got closer I realized that I didn’t have to do DD in that way. I could do my own take on it. And since I am a Get Messy Girl and already in the art grove, it seemed like a great idea to try my hand at the mixed media approach to DD.

That is until I received my book, a red Leuchtturm1917 journal. I was really excited to start working on it and I already had several events I wanted to include. Then as I worked and then worked some more, I realized that this book was not the book I had thought. In fact, it wasn’t for me at all. The pages just didn’t react the way I felt comfortable.
That meant that on December 2nd, I had to come up with an entire new idea for my December Daily album. I had several ways I thought I could do it. At first I was thinking that I would join the rest and buy myself a Sn@p binder. I was thinking it would be a neat test run for the New Year and if I would really enjoy project life. Nevertheless, there was another idea that had me thinking about something completely different.
I kept thinking about the stack of long Behr paint samples in Christmas colors I had been hoarding. They were sitting right in front of me just whispering to me all the goodness they could hold. So I picked them up and messed with them. Somehow in the ten minute I had been playing with them, an idea sprung. I could stick them together long ways and leave a pocket area, perfect for 3x5 index cards for journaling or extra pictures from the day. I could than bind them together with binder rings.
So far I see some great advances to using these:
  1. They are FREE, so pretty much that means a very very cheap project. My kinda deal.
  2. They are already colored. That was a draw back in my journal because I would have to color or cut paper for every single background. This would be very time consuming and I want every sec I can to enjoy this season.  
  3. The weight is perfect for mix media. I can gesso over it and go to town with whatever I choose.
  4. The size is great. Granted a little small but during the busy month, small works best because then I am not overwhelmed with having to fill a page.
  5. I can glue them together so I have a pocket. Having a pocket gives me TONS more room to play with. For days that I am out and about taking a lot of photos, I just print them out and slip them into the pocket. Or if I have a lot to write about that day I can write back and front of a cheap index card. Plus slipping my journaling into the pocket makes it kinda private.
The reason you don’t see them already hole-punched and on binder rings is because I don’t have one of those fancy small hole-punches. I only have the regular binder one so I will be going out soon to buy one. However, I am not sure how well this will work so next week I might have something completely different. Haha.

Are you doing a December Daily album? If so, how are you doing yours? Link it below. If not, why not?  

Get Messy is becoming a full-fledged art journaling extravaganza and you're invited to the party! We listened to your emails and comments and the Get Messy that you know and love is growing and evolving into an art journaling program. It is for anyone who is a curious beginner or a seasoned artist. There will be prompts, linkups, tutorials, accountability, and resources. And our glorious GM community. Hop over to Lauren or Caylee's blog for more information and make sure you sign up for the Get Messy Newsletter to be the first to know when the program launches and to receive free prompts to work on through the holidays. 

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1 comment:

V. Nino said...

Cody, I have to thank you SO MUCH! I started art journaling, and my soul feels so content since I started. I've struggled my whole life trying to find my creative niche, and I think I have found it in art journaling --where pretty much ANYTHING goes :).

I can't wait to accumulate some nice pages to share on my blog and give you a 'thank you' shout out. (((hugs)))