Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I'm genuinely not the sentimental type, so it's difficult for me to document my yearly experiences with a lot of words. At Christmastime, I usually get at least a handful of cards with letters inside that tell of that family's experiences over the past year. I like the concept of putting a story such as that on a scrapbook page, for posterity's sake, but honestly, I just don't consider myself capable of such a sentimental letter. So, last year, I created a recap via photos of my experiences in 2007 using the January Times Square kit.
To make this layout, I used my 1.5" circle punch, a staple of my supplies. The only supplies I added to the Times Square kit, were a Miniature Pinscher stamp from Kodomo and some paint for the chipboard. I think I used a chalk cats-eye by Colorbox....not sure which color.

Notice, that the circles are not lined up perfectly with the edge of the paper. I wanted them to bleed over the edge. I also, used an exacto knife and ruler to cut the circles on the right column in order to get the clean line down my page.

Now, for the layout I created this month for a recap of 2008.
Supplies: Patterned Paper (7gypsies, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee); Rub-ons (Glitz); Glossy Accents; Chipboard (Basic Grey); Pens (American Crafts, Stampin' Up!)

On this year's layout, I wanted to incorporate the challenge on the Studio Blog. I used an old heart punch that I got back in the 2nd or 3rd grade to punch hearts in my photos and in some patterned paper. On each black & white photograph, I popped up a PP heart and added glossy accents. On the color photographs, I left the heart punched out to show the 7gypsies PP underneath, then added glossy accents. Can you tell what the other staple in my supplies is?
The thing I liked most about completing this project was seeing how my relationships developed over the past year, remembering the events that made the past year so wonderful, and seeing how the kids in my photos changed. Take a look at the 2007 layout with Natalee as a bald baby, now a walking/hopping frog in the 2008 layout. So fun!

I plan to keep these layouts in a separate album so each year, I can add a layout and go back and see the previous layouts.

Before I go, here's a few sneaks, most of the items are from the WISDOM add-on.


Mandy said...

April I love your layouts!They are beautiful.My favorite is the circles I love those.
Oh the sneaks have me so excited about this months kit and add ons.Love SC!!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE that 8in08 layout!! Yowsa you never cease to amaze me!!!

Lauren said...

Such incredible designs for your 07 and 08 recaps. 09 needs to hurry up and end so I can see what else you have in store! :)

Polly said...

Beautiful LO's your kits and work is such an inspiration :) And thank you so much for the link from the SC forum to my blog :) I did a happy dance at midnight yesterday when I realised you had linked me :) Thank you!

stephanie howell said...

seriously fantastic. every little bit of it.
but can i tell you that i can't stop giggling at this line?
"I just don't consider myself capable of such a sentimental letter."

Aimee Ann said...

these are freaking awesome. AWESOME. love them!