Starting New

If you have been taking a break from scrapbooking your life’s adventures, now is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to dive back into memory book-making, as the fresh start can provide great inspiration for interesting page designs.  What’s more, if you wait until the very end of the month you can often score deals on New Year’s-related scrapbooking materials, such as clock and hourglass-shaped stickers and die cuts.

As you prepare to renew your commitment to scrapbooking, consider starting with a simple New Year’s layout, using photos taken from the holiday or if you haven’t scrapbooked in a while, consider designing a book with images captured throughout the previous year.  If you opt for the latter, you could use a large clock face with photos from each month of the year.  However, instead of featuring numbers on the clock, you can use the names of the months.  For example, for the month of January you could use a photo of your kids playing in the snow, while the month of June could feature a picture of your family frolicking at the beach.  Don’t forget to include pictures of major milestones, such as weddings, graduations and the birth of a new baby.  The trick to keeping this design looking as cohesive as possible is to use a simple background for your clock and clear lettering for the months. Also, leave space on either side of the design to write journal entries detailing the events depicted in the photos.

Another simple page design for crafters getting back into memory book-making is to make a list of New Year’s resolutions.  However, instead of making a single list, write out your goals on different colored pieces of paper and arrange them on the page in order of priority. Next, find pictures that illustrate your resolutions; for example, eating healthier, spending more time with your kids, exercising or growing a garden.  At the top of the page, include a catchy title, and then leave space so that you can jot down journal entries detailing your progress.


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Michele Cheplic

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.