Welcome back! and happy Friday! Did you have fun yesterday? Did you get to thinking about ways that you can put together a 2013 summary and/or plan for a 2014 book? I hope so! I did get July done, so I figure if I finish a month each day, that my book will be done in 10 more days! That's exciting, no? Just in time for Valentine's Day. Along with my not-yet-ordered Christmas cards. Argh. You knew it was going to happen, didn't you??
For today, I have put together a twofer. And considering that is it already a twofer (2013 & 2014), it's more like a fourfer! (Trying saying that with a French accent! Mmm. That makes me lonely for Alexandra SM, and makes me long for some crepes. I digress...)
Back to our fourfer. This project is going to require 12 favorite photos. We are going to use them for a minialbum and a calendar. Fun, no?
Let's start with the calendar. Each year, Celeste is kind enough to prepare a calendar for all of us to use. It's not too late to make one for 2014. Promise. (We are only 3 days into January...)
I used Celeste's pdf file to put together an 8.5x11 calendar. That way you can print it at home! Here is the template.
All it needs is 12 of your favorite photos from last year. Add them to the boxes, and you will have a lovely keepsake! And a delightful bit of home decor for your home all year. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that they make great gifts. Belated holiday ones, even. :) You may download the layered template here. Thank you, Celeste, for getting us started on this project!
Here is my newly finished calendar.
Here is the calendar I made with the pdf calendar Celeste made a couple of years ago.
You might also see lots of similarity between the two calendars. Each of the kids owns their birthday month, and I take a photo of the kids by our front tree on the anniversary of our moving in each year. Then there is a football pic and an even smattering of the rest. And we love to add pics of our grandparents if we get to see them that year.
I loved seeing the calendar on my wall. Having 12 favorite photos in one oft seen place makes me smile!
And now that I (soon, we, once you get those photos picked!) have 12 awesome photos selected, let's use them for something with a bit more longevity.
For part two, we are going to use the same 12 favorite photos in a minialbum/photobook. Truly, the hardest part of this assignment is picking 12 photos. But this step was completed for our calendar project, so now all we have to do is the fun stuff! First, we need a theme. You can absolutely go with the obvious monthly option, or you can totally have fun. I made one using numbers as themes, once. Here it is.
I picked the twelve photos I wanted (You'll notice that the photos in this set vary slightly from those in the calendar. I wanted a bit more personality for the calendar as it was going to grandmas and all!! No one came to arrest me for making changes! hahaha.) and then tried to attach a number to each one. Three birthdays. Temperature. Ages. Hours. Points. (March was a bit of a stretch, but I found one.) I like that this book has more than just "months" and that there is information there without having to have lots of journaling. As you look at your 12 photos see if you can find a connection or a theme that would make your photos shine even more!
I decided to put my 2013 book together with verbs. Here are a few pages.
I know it's not too great a stretch from the last album. But I have a mad crush on the full page photo and don't see any reason to change it up!!
That's if for the visual show, but if I may...
As this new year begins, I hope that we can find ways to make scrapbooking a happy part of our lives. I tease a lot about rules and guilt, but all teasing aside, I hope you know that I truly, really and truly, understand how scrapbooking can be another avenue of failure. Another place where we don't live up to the pressures that we put upon ourselves. We began this site as as a place where you could come and find happiness and pleasure in knowing that your pages could be simple. That they could be digital or paper. That they could be plentiful or sporadic. We love scrapbooking and want you to love it, too. So maybe you scrapbook each and every day. Or maybe this awesome calendar is all you make this year. We love you, either way. Times and seasons. The important part is living the best life you have to offer. Scrapbooking is a tremendous way to record your memories and help you stay everpresent in the life you are living. That is why we love it. That is why we hope you will do it. When and as you can.
Thank you, ALWAYS, for taking the time to be with us. We do this all for you. Well, maybe a little for us, too. But mostly you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!