Hi friends and welcome to the first October Daily post for 2022! I am so excited to begin this project, and am especially enjoying shifting gears into this year’s after having so much fun with last year’s! I hope you are having a great start to your October and are getting into a groove of taking photos, making plans, and making wonderful fall memories. I’ve been working on this album all week and so today I will share with you up until Day 03. If you’d like to follow this project from the beginning, check out this link: October Daily 2022. You can see my process video for the Intro Page and for Day 01 here:
I never shared a photo of my album itself, so I thought this is a great place to do that. Ha. This gorgeous binder came from Cardinal Planners, and I added the cute little charms from Pine and Peony Studio over at Etsy. I can’t say enough about how amazing this album is!
When I shared my foundation pages, I created a quick calendar page in Canva. So that is where I am starting this album! I pulled a star vellum from Hobby Lobby to layer on top of the calendar, and decided to add a title as an album opener. The number is from Felicity Jane, and the alphabet stickers are Elle’s Studio. The puffy stickers are Studio Calico. I also added a few of those puffy stickers to the calendar itself, one for my birthday on the 19th and one for October first.
Day 01 | Autumn Hurricane Sky:
Living on the East Coast means late summer hurricanes, and Friday night into Saturday morning meant wind and rains from Ian. We are fortunate to live far enough inland that we only get storms, sometimes flooding, and usually little or no damage. I got a photo of the sky before the storm arrived, and it was so calm and deep that I’ve made it the first photo in the album. This is a great way to keep focus on journaling, and that gave me the chance to write a little about what I was hoping for this month. Some might wonder why I didn’t make Hocus Pocus my first story, but we have not seen it yet!
For this page, I brought in this confetti transparency from Shimelle’s Never Grow Up collection. I was fascinated with how the colors cascaded from purple to red and orange, just like my photo. For the left side of the layout, I literally pulled out this star patterned paper (Simple Stories) and popped it right onto the page. Sometimes it pays to not over think anything! I added the Happy Haunting and a puffy bat for a very simple filler page. The day number is an old transparency number from Pink Paislee, just adhered to the confetti. It pops beautifully against the photo!
For the photo, I used a template from Paislee Press at The Lilypad and re-purposed some of the elements to make this page. Well, basically I used the word art and dropped it onto an enlarged photo, leaving a white border all the way around. I kept everything white, except for the black and white check heart and leaf. This actually contrasts really well against the black patterned paper on the left, don’t you think?
Day 02 | Fall Love:
For Day 02 I wanted to create a very simple photo collage of some of our fall decor. We will be adding our ghosts and spiders, but I also wanted to include documentation of some of my favorite decor beforehand. A few weeks ago I created a foundation page with a Traci Reed Sketch and the Harvest Moon collection, and that seemed like the perfect home for this story.
This is how the foundation page looked for the Sunday Sketch. I think when I created it I already sort of had in mind what I wanted to do with it, because I felt like the left side would be the perfect place for a collage. I really liked how the circles create a home base for your embellishments so you know exactly where to put them, and you can also just leave the page as it is if you wanted a more simple design. I bet you can guess that I chose to add lots of embellishments. Ha!
Yes, there were so many beautiful stickers and ellies in this kit that it was hard to choose! This turned out to be such a colorful layout with so many details to take in. Of course I added butterflies and rainbows, and several of the flower embellishments too. I realized that our living room rug is actually permanent fall colors – and I’m not sad at all about that! I love using these colors and love how Harvest Moon captures those colors so beautifully. I used the number 2 from Goldenrod, because I felt like the black would contrast best, and did you notice the little bits of ribbon? I haven’t used ribbons in ages, but I found this little cluster of them at Michaels and just used the tiniest bits here and there for texture.
Day 03 | Hocus Pocus:
We made the point to sit down and watch this movie today! It’s so hard to believe we waited so many years and now it’s here, and it was amazing! I will absolutely not give away any spoilers but we both loved it and had the best time watching! I had already created the foundation page, which was this epic glitter cauldron. See the full process here.
The foundation page began with the cauldron digital stamp in the Hocus Pocus collection from Traci Reed Designs. I laid that out in Photoshop to fit on the 7×8.25″ page, filled the layer with black, and then sent it to the Silhouette to cut. I cut it 7 or 8 times, I think, and then glued those layers together to create the pocket for the sequins. The whole thing is mounted onto a transparency that I printed with a patterned paper from the kit, and in the video you could see where I left the cauldron part of the transparency empty so you could see the sequins on the back. I filled it with glitter (Martha Stewart) and sequins (some from my stash, some from Target this year).
The photo I took was taken just before we began watching, and I had set up some of our candles on the tray on our ottoman. My idea for this page came from Pinterest images of hanging witch’s hats so I used Traci’s hats in the collection to create more hats. In Photoshop, I clipped some of the patterned papers to the hats, added an interior stroke, and then printed and cut them with my Silhouette. I also added some of the other die cuts around the photo, such as the cat, the boot, the stars, and the spider webs. For my journaling, I used the circle bit and just tucked it underneath the photo at the bottom. This was so much fun to just play with these embellishments!
What a fantastic first week in this album! I am having so much fun collecting these stories and adding them to the album in fun ways. Thank YOU so much for all your love on this project, I am loving chatting with you all and sharing all this great inspiration. See you again soon!