The fact that the Project Life process doesn't fit with my scrapping style doesn't mean that I am not drawn to a good recap page that highlights events that are not worthy of a full spread. So, I thought I would give a "Year in Review" page a try. I was inspired by Lisa Dickinson's page that you can see here. I kept the overall design of Lisa's beautiful page. However, rather than matting Instagrams, I cut out 12 Polaroids using a Papertrey Ink die and then filled the center with square pictures that I punched from 4x6 prints. (Note:
I had to snip a little off the bottom of each Polaroid in order to fit all 12 on the page.) To simplify things, I used two Studio Calico kits (34th Street and Penn Station) that I found under the Christmas tree plus a few trinkets from my stash.
Here's my layout:
Let me tell you a little bit about my process for creating this page. Since there were so many photos, I kept my color pallet fairly neutral using various shades of beige, yellow and blue. Also, I used papers with relatively small-scaled patterns. (Many were B sides.) After cutting out all of the Polaroids and pictures, I began arranging them on my page just so that I could get a sense of how the patterns and colors would go with the picture for a particular month. (Note that the yellow dot is actually the stamp that coordinates with the PTI die.) Once I decided on the basic order of things, I adhered the pictures to the frames and then to the background paper. At this point, I embellished each Polaroid as if it was an individual "page." I did repeat some elements (buttons, wood veneer, washi tape, the Martha Stewart starburst punch and the blue alphabet stickers) to create several visual triangles and create a cohesive look.
Here's a closer look:
Since this page was jam packed, I put a list of events on the back of the page. They are:
- January -- Mark's last Jazz Band Concert at East Meadow High
- February -- Jenn at the Polar Bear Plunge
- March -- Melissa's 8th grade Sports Night at Woodland
- April -- Mark's first day of work at Pathmark
- May -- Thomas helps Sal plant string beans
- June -- Melissa's 8th grade graduation
- July -- Mark's new car
- August -- Cruise to Bermuda on the NCL Star
- September -- Kitchen renovation
- October -- EMHS Jets Marching Band at NYC Columbus Day Parade
- November -- Superstorm Sandy results in 10-day power outage
- December -- Christmas Day
Make sure to stop back early next week. I will be sharing a card I made using the centers of those Polaroids.
Studio Calico Penn Station and 34th Street kits
Tools: Die (Papertrey Ink), Punches (Martha Stewart Starburst and Snowflake, Marvy Uchida Square); Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Stampin' Up!, Jenni Bowlin
Additional Embellishments: Chipboard Alphabet (Heidi Swapp); Alphabet Stickers (Lily Bee); Buttons (Bella Blvd.) Glazed Brads (Basic Grey); Wood Veneer (Studio Calico)