Saturday, 3 December 2011

new52 | 30 days of photography

This week I finished a project I have been working on for the whole month of November. I found a photo challenge on Pinterest with prompts for each day of the month and thought it would be cool to give it a go. I've done the photo a day challenges before, but never before with specific prompts and never with my phone, so it would be a new experience for me.
I got a little behind every now and then, especially on uploading to Instagram, as I was away for a week and then spent another one at home doing practically nothing. But I did my best to catch up and actually finished on the last day of the month.

I decided pretty early on that I would make a mini book out of the project, because really, what else is there to do with a project like this if you don't want to post a picture on your blog every single day? I went with a very simple design of the whole thing and was able to finish it tonight. It got me pretty excited but then I noticed that I didn't have enough 12x12 paper to print it. So instead of the finished product I will post each spread. Once I've got it all printed and assembled, I will get back to the project here on the blog.
I used papers and elements from my Get Happy kit for the whole book. I wanted a cohesive and muted look. As the photos are small and pretty straight forward - I mean, they aren't exactly masterpieces - I didn't want too much stuff on each page to take away from the photos. I might or might not add a little something once it's printed.

Front/back covers

Day 1 and 2

Day 3 and 4

Day 5 and 6

Day 7 and 8

Day 9 and 10

Day 11 and 12

Day 13 and 14

Day 15 and 16

Day 17 and 18

Day 19 and 20

Day 21 and 22

Day 23 and 24

Day 25 and 26

Day 27 and 28

Day 29 and 30

It was a fun project to do, even though some days were real challenges. But that's the whole point, right? I think I will try to do this again next year. Perhaps it would be cool to do on all the months that have 30 days? That would give me four really cool mini books to look back on once the year is over. I think it would be a nice addition to the P52 project.

Oh, and I also saw that there is a challenge for holiday photos up as well now. Could be an easy alternative to December Daily, which I always get really impressed with but never have the energy to do. I will have to think about this until tomorrow ... I know I could catch up with the two photos that have already passed for day one and two.


  1. Wow! I LOVE the mini book! I want to make one now! Thank you for inspiring me. I'm not sure how to go about making one so if you have any tips, let me know!

  2. I love this idea as well. How will you put the book together? Would love some tips on your process. Thanks

  3. Great idea, yes please let us know how you are assembling this project!

  4. and link it on fb, since I will probably forget to check back :)

  5. Thank you so much everyone! :)

    Making a mini book is a relatively easy project but it requires some basic (?) Photoshop skills.

    I opened a 12x12 document and created clipping masks for my page spreads to which I clipped the digital scrapbook papers that I have designed. I did the same for the photos and then added the little tags in a matching colour and then the text in a font that I like.

    I will print at home, since I have a large format printer, but that could easily be done at a place like Costco or Kinkos or just your local printer.

    I still haven't decided if I am doing an accordion fold style book, or a regular book. If I go with the first I will cut the page spreads to size, and fold down the middle of the spread, but leave one white strip of the paper on either the left or the right side so that I can attach at the back of the previous page. Glue or double sided tape adhesive works well.

    If I decide to do a regular book I will cut all the spreads to size, fold down the middle of the spread and then adhere the backs of the pages together. The front and back spread will then be adhered to the back of the first and last pages.

    I will most definitely take pictures and share once I have stocked up on paper! :)