The challenge is to select the stories you want to tell, to find and combine photos, and to tell the stories succinctly.
See how our creative team members take this challenge and make their own year-in-review pages.
Ronnie Crowley says, “I wanted to do a year-in-review page which was formatted like an infographic. I knew I had a template I could adapt to work in this style so I started with this. I don’t regularly make pages like this, and the ones I have made are the standard grid format with twelve square pictures.
“The use of circles for pictures limited my picture selection. It’s been a long time since I’ve cropped pictures in circles so this took a while to getting used to and was the part of the page that took the longest. I added a pocket at the bottom of the page to add extra pictures which I would have used if I could have made them work and to represent that there were many more memories. As I wanted to leave the focus on the pictures and journaling, I chose to embellish very simply but also keeping in the style of an infographic.”
Jill Sprott says, “Each year, I create a year-in-review page, arranging photos from each month of the year in the same way: the tried-and-true go-to grid. This year, however, I decided to change my approach and opted for a spiral design, which moves from the title and January in the center, and outward toward December.
“The design reflects the way that time seems to move — even as we looparound, we never return to the same place. Departing from the usual grid approach was a challenge, I admit, but in sketching some alternate possibilities, I realized that there are lots of different ways to achieve unity through mindful design. The journaling on the page contributes to that unity, spiraling outward line by line, and building in the form of rhyme (yes, rhyme — I don’t often use it, but I like the way that it creates connections among the photos here). All elements on the page converge to tell the story of a year in our lives.”
Stefanie Semple says, “I wanted to create a single page as the last in my album, an overview of 2017, the highs and lows.”
“I do usually like to create a year-in-review layout, however instead of my normal double layout this one was more concise as my weekly pages went into much more of the everyday joys and trials.”
“My biggest challenge has been handling my son’s breakup. How do I include his fiancée’ or do I just exclude her? I kept the journaling to snippets and even though it got a mention I excluded her from the photo selection. I loved the limited area I had to journal on – that meant I had to be concise and only mention the most important happenings of that month. I prefer to document only the silver linings, but things like the ongoing tough drought, their break-up had to be included.”
Megan Blethen says, “Our year was very busy, as always, so I decided to pick out 6 months of the year and pick one event that was big and important in our lives to highlight on this layout. I’ve made a couple pages like this in my scrapping adventures, but it’s been a while. I knew right away that I wanted to use little glassine bags to hold tags and to showcase the photos and journaling I wanted on the layout. I have so many of them in my stash that they worked out perfect. I found it really hard to pick out just one photo to highlight. Since I was using the glassine bags to hold the journaling tags I decided to add a few extra photos to each of the tags.”
Jana Oliveira says, “This page is a recap of the year 2017 as we were in a new place and everything was new for us.”
“I don’t regularly make review pages, this was maybe my second review page. But I really think I have to start creating this type of page more especially with our travels, as many times we forget typical details of trips.”
“I didn’t want to make an obvious year in review because I don’t store my page in a chronological order , so I want to talk about the year but not with obvious end of year supplies or anything. Because my style is artsy, I don’t tend to scrap a lot of images together so a template really helps me to get that page going, and when the template has dynamic frames it’s even better.”
Devra Hunt says, “Although 2017 wasn’t my favorite year overall, there were some standout moments. I chose to focus on some of the most important events and moments, with a silly one thrown in there too. I do create a year in review page. It’s usually more fun for me than this year’s was. Creating this page gave me a reason to look for the positive, fun and meaningful moments of the year.”
“The design came to me when I saw this Polaroid Frame Banner cut file in the Silhouette store. I thought I could use some of the frames for photos, some for journaling and some to embellish. I altered the file by eliminating some of the frames, adding my own colorful chipboard frames around the photos to highlight them so I could use larger photos. Two challenges arose while using this design. The first was I couldn’t place the photo and journaling next to each other on each ‘row’. That called for black arrows to point towards the journaling for each photo. The other was there wasn’t much room to embellish. I chose 2 meaning fun ones, hearts to show the family love and month stickers to give the appearance of moving through the year.”