Hello everyone! So glad you could join us on another fantastic and fun Blog Hop by the Creative Memories Content Contributors! You have probably arrived from Lisa’s blog and at the end of this post I will send you on your way to Sarah’s blog.
As you have seen by now, we are featuring projects using the fabulous new A Year to Remember product line! I love the bright colors and prints, and the die-cut embellishments are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen!
The line features a paper pack with six blank calendar grids plus six more gorgeous double sided papers, an embellishment pack with monthly titles, fun captions and thought bubbles, and a sticker pack with icons and days of the week stickers to add to your calendar pages. The line currently features artwork and images that work for January through June, and then later in the year, additional products will be released that you can use to document and celebrate July through December.
I can’t even tell you how excited I was when CM released these products! Every year I create some sort of Family Album that contains all the highlights of our year. They become family yearbooks and we love to look back on all the special moments and memories they contain. Some years I made Digital Photobooks, other years I created more a traditional scrapbook, and in still other years I put together Pocket Albums and just slipped in photos and journaling cards into the divided 4 x 6 slots. As soon as I heard about the A Year to Remember line I knew I’d be creating this year’s Family Album using the “A Year to Remember” products and a slightly different approach.
Here’s the plan: This will be a somewhat interactive album, as I will be using the monthly calendar grid as our actual monthly family calendar. Yes, I’ll be writing all our appointments, events and vacations on the calendar to keep us organized, then at the end of the month, slip it into the album where it will serve as a record of everything we did. Some of you might be thinking it will look like a hot mess, but I am excited to have an actual representation of the busy-ness of our family!
Much like I did with the December Daily pages last month, I laid out everything ahead of time. I’m now all set for January through June so this project will be super easy to keep up with! Let me walk you through the album so far…
The Calendar Grids and Month Title Die-Cuts are color coordinated, but you can certainly mix and match!
I decided to place the Month Title Die-Cuts at the bottom of each calendar grid after placing the days of the week stickers along the top edge. I wrote in all the dates as well as appointments and special events I already know about. The calendars are ready to go!
I also created a title page for our album using some of the remaining papers in the pack. I am crushing on this orange and white mini-star paper! I also loved the paper with the clocks…time flies, right? The title was made with the Black ABC 123 Stickers and the circle embellishments were created by punching a circle of orange cardstock from the Shades of Bright Cardstock Pack (which coordinated beautifully!) and mounting one of the stickers from the A Year to Remember Stickers that best described each season of the year on top. Simple.
As I set up the album, I placed an empty Multi-Pocket Page next to each monthly calendar in it’s Large Pocket Page. I’ll add some more of the cute embellishments and stickers to some of the empty calendar squares as each month progresses.
The paper you see on the facing page is the pattern on the reverse side of NEXT month’s calendar grid. I may use that page as the base for the monthly traditional layout, or I might complete it on cardstock and just add it to the Large Pocket Page.
As for the actual calendar pages, I have January’s already in action! I have one of the Magnetic Display Boards from the old CM in my kitchen, so I simply attached the calendar with magnets at the four corners.
I can write on the calendar easily, adding or changing appointments and events, and I can also attach small notes, reminders, invitations, permission forms etc under the magnets. If you don’t have a magnet board, you could place the calendar on your fridge, on a bulletin board or even hang it from a small nail or hook by using a bulldog clip. You can adapt it to fit wherever your “command centre” is!
I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can use the A Year to Remember products to quickly and easily organize an Family Album for this year. I’d love to hear how YOU document your family’s year in the comments below!
And don’t miss all the other creative ideas being shared today on the Blog Hop by all the incredible Content Contributors! Whether you arrived at my blog via Lisa’s Blog or this is your first stop on the Hop, make sure to visit all the blogs featured today. If you’re hopping along in order, next up is Sarah’s Blog, then home to the Creative Memories Blog*.