How to Create a DIY December Countdown Album Cover
So excited for this time of year and all the creating and story telling and all that seasonal stuff that we sort of hem and haw about but secretly down inside we are all like little children eager for the season to do it’s magical thing.
Am I right?
OK…maybe that is a wee bit over the top. But I believe…I believe that as we go through the motions of preparing for the holidays, of crafting those cards, thinking about what gift we want to get whom, and telling ourselves to just have fun, that indeed, we can have just that. We can have fun and watch for all the stories to unfold.
I found myself doing just that as I was playing with this Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland Album. This is a little album cover that fits around that 8×8 mini album. The idea is to customize the cover and make it what you want. It comes with floss and a stencil to craft an embroidered front. OR…if you so desire to change that up, we have some other free stencils for you to use as you wish to make this album all your own. Read on for the free downloads!
I am using that chunky ’25’ that you see here. I cut it out as I had one idea in mind in which to take this album cover. But to be perfectly honest with you, I’m no embroiderer. Is that a word? Cause if it is…I’m not it. So I went in a different direction. Just as you can too.
Instead I stayed with my wheel house: paper. I used the file that you can download for free to cut several layers of the ’25’ out of pattern paper to craft my title on this album cover.
Wanting to make a bit of a stronger impact, I thought three layers of paper would give the title a bit more texture and for sure great dimension. Two things I am always adding to any of my projects. This just so happens to be sewn to a canvas cover. And it loved how it turned out.
Before placing the numbers in place, the edges were distressed. This pulled the papers up away from the other so that they were not laying flat. Using gold metallic thread, I sewed through all three layers. I love how the metallic thread plays off the red plaid. It’s sort of this cozy feel along with the sophistication of the gold.
To finish off this cover I added in Thicker numbers for the date (those belong to the Honey & Spice collection). A Layered Cardstock Sticker was the finishing touch to this title cluster. Seemed perfect with it’s own layers and stitching.
And that’s just one way to alter the Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland Album Kit. Be sure to check out the rest of the teams versions this week on the blog. They each bring to this their own style. You’ll see the possibilities are endless when crafting with Winter Wonderland.
To get this free download along with the others that will be featured this week, click on the image below!