2013 year in review

Happy New Year!! One thing I love about the start of a new year is the opportunity to look back over the past year in review and record the highlights and favorite moments.  I always like to scrapbook those moments in comparison somehow, and this year I decided to create a 2013 Year-In-Review mini album.
The Notable collection was perfect for a year in review project, and the coordinating Albums Made Easy cards made for easy accents.  I decorated some edges with the Trellis 2 Edge Punch to add some interest.
I used some 8×8 chipboard and created a separate spread for each month. The easiest way to find photos and events for this project was to turn to my social media accounts–everything’s already organized by months!  I gathered my favorite Instagram photos from each month and made a photo collage using Picasa, Google’s free photo editing software.  Then I printed the 8×8 collages as 8×10 enlargements, trimming the excess, and used them as one side of each spread.
For my journaling I cut and pasted some of my Facebook status updates from each month, printed them, and added them to the opposite side of each spread.  The Notable papers with their fun bold colors coordinate well with all the different photos.
With so many different colors and photos I kept the design simple and repeated it throughout the album, adding a cohesive feel.  Then I bound it all together with my Cinch binding tool.  As far as mini albums go, this project was quick and easy, but I’m so happy with the result.  It’s so fun to browse through this and look back over our year as recorded in my social media.

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