Tuesday, January 17, 2012

a year in review album {scrapbook album}

last year i contemplated starting project life but decided against it, because i was concerned about keeping up with a picture a day. i still wanted a way to capture our daily activities and year in review. so, i came up with this idea for my "year in review" album.

my materials for this album consisted of:
-13 sheets of kraft cardstock (title pages and one layout per month)
-13 assorted ki memories die cut calender pages (one for each month)
-12 packs of ki memories monthly frosting stickers (January-December packs)
-2 sheets of Cosmo Cricket Snorkel patterned paper (you can use any-I just love that paper)
-alpha sticker/ die cut alpha for title page
-Elle's Studio 2011 Monthly Pennant Tags

throughout the year i kept track of events and daily happenings in my Erin Condren planner. love this planner, i do all of my appointments and work scheduling in google calendar but i love my paper planner for memory keeping-recording stuff my boys say and things like when they lose a tooth, etc. it even has places in the back for sketching layouts, lists. i just really love it.

then at the end of each month i'd transfer all of the info to my ki memories calendar paper, which i had decorated with the frosting stickers.

i'd summarize all of our outings, events and big {and little} news for the month on the journaling space on the back.

and i'd print out a bunch of 2" x 3" photos that represented that month. just highlights really-this was the hardest part, picking photos that represented each month. each month i did the same layout, just with a different strip of patterned paper and monthly pennant {i mixed the placement of those up a little on each page to give the album some variety}

by the end of the year, i went from this:

to 12 layouts that summarized our year!

i fell behind on filling out my calendars in september and finished up those the last week in december. i decided to print all of my pictures and do my layouts in one sitting-if i were doing this project again, and i will be doing this again, i would definitely try to keep up on a monthly basis. but the beauty of having everything in my planner was that nothing was lost-it was all there waiting for me. :)
i am thrilled with how this project turned out. it's a big reason why i am doing project life. {which by the way-i am totally caught up on!! yay me!}
i have lots to share this week-layouts and mini albums and a storage review, oh my!


  1. I love this! I also have a planner, but I don't know what to write in it since I'm not in school and don't have homework anymore, but I love the idea of writing down the day to day things there, and using it to journal later. I think my day planner just found new life!

  2. Awesome job! :) Love all the KI Memories stuff!

  3. What an awesome idea! I'm loving using my planner to keep track of daily stuff for Project Life. I would be lost without it!

  4. Looking forward to what you have in store for us...and what a great project, love it!

  5. This looks great! I am going to be teaching this same concept at my LSS this year. Looking forward to having a completed album!

  6. what a fun idea and i love those ki memory calendars!!