It is OCTOBER!!!
This is automatically my favourite month of the year. Halloween season takes over, the leaves finally begin to fall and scatter theirselves across the earth, fall fashion reaches its peak and Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte brings me to a happy place.
While I do not have a playlist (yet) for this beautiful time of the year to share with you all, I'll admit I went through the trouble of making a physicial one for a very important person in my life.
Remember how fun it was to make mixtapes and CDs for our friends and family while in high school? Who even does that anymore? With the Internet and awesome sites like 8tracks and Soundcloud to gather all your favourite tunes together (or the ability to create very long playlists for your iPod through iTunes), barely anyone makes physical mixes anymore.
But it doesn't always have to be this way.
This month, I had the brightest idea of making a mix CD for a wonderful guy, and thanks to Little Chief Honeybee, I took it to the next level, and also made a gorgeous album cover for the mix.
After creating a playlist of 17 songs and burning them to disc, I opened up Adobe Photoshop and began to work on my cover.
I used the template offered by Honeybee as a guideline:
And added a photo I took this past summer:
The next step was to crop the image, create the backside of the cover, add the track names, title, and whatever else I could think of. The final image resulted in this:
With this fun part done, it was finally time to print and assemble it. I'm really bad at cutting along the lines, so I had to make an extra effort to be sure this one would come out right! In the end, I used an art knife and a ruler to remove all excess, and a small gluestick to connect the tabs to the back cover.
And voila, a beautiful gift coming straight from the heart by yours truly!
Once again, I'd like to thank Honeybee for the lovely tutorial!
Are any of YOU going to make your own mixes and album covers?