New Year’s Layouts That Pop

My 7-year-old is obsessed with those plastic New Year’s Eve party poppers. Pull a little string and you’re treated to an explosion of paper confetti and a computer-generated fortune–depending on where the favors were made. The ones my daughter has been playing with were clearly made in China… but I digress.

When it comes to making your New Year’s scrapbook layout pop, consider adding bits of wisdom and inspiration from your favorite celebrities. For example:

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” –Oprah Winfrey

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” –Bill Vaughan

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” –Hal Borland

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” –Charles Lamb

You can use the quotes as titles for your page designs or as points to expand on in journaling blocks. Otherwise, simply copy them onto the page and spice them up by replacing some letters with stickers, stamps or rub-ons.

Another way to jazz up a New Year’s layout is to go all out with a “Year in Review” theme. To pull it off, you’ll need to gather photos taken throughout the year, and then arrange them in a cohesive collage, which details the top activities, events and milestones that were accomplished by you and your family members during 2011.

The technique is a great way to use up extra pictures. What’s more, if you have photo-editing software, you could reduce the size of the prints to fit more on a single page. In addition, if you are the type, who shies away from big New Year’s celebrations, the “Year in Review” layout allows you to create a celebratory page design without having to don a silly hat and blow into a cheap, plastic horn.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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