Album-in-a-Year Wrap-up

by Amanda Probst
Album-in-a-Year Wrap-up

Wow. I don’t know about you, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Album in a Year process! Somehow, taking things just a month at a time makes so much sense amid my busy schedule. Being able to quickly pull together a scrapbook layout documenting each month has given me great satisfaction—and made life easier. Sure, I’m likely to go back and do individual layouts for some of the events that happened each month. This way, though, I at least have them covered in one place so I needn’t feel as behind.

As this year draws to a close, I want to leave you with bonus title and end pages to complete your scrapbook album (and sketch variations for each). I kept mine fairly simple but think that the structure offers fabulous opportunity for embellishment and creativity. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! In the meantime, I wish you joy in finishing your album and thank you for joining me on this little journey!

P.S. If you missed one of the months this year, you can find the archives here—or always pick up your copy of that month’s Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Title Page for Album

Scrapbook album in a year

Month by Month by Amanda Probst. Supplies: Cardstock: Prism Papers; Chipboard numbers: Rusty Pickle; Paint and glossy medium: Ranger Industries; Pen: Precision Pens, American Crafts; Fonts: Century Gothic, Microsoft; VNI-HLThuphap, www.TypeNow.net.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to re-create this title-page layout:

1. Print or crop one 2" x 2" photo for each month of the year. (A nice square punch will work for this as well.) Arrange them on your background paper in two rows, with the top edge at 6" from the top of the page.

2. Print the title block and trim to 10" x 5" (I’ve added a dotted line just outside the trim area as a guide). Cut out the circle area and add cardstock or patterned paper behind the title block to fill the void. (I just used scissors to cut the circle space, but feel free to use a circle cutter. This is a 5" circle. You can also cut your own circle slightly larger than 5" and place it over the title block if you’d rather.) Adhere this group above the rows of photos and centered horizontally.

3. Cut a piece of paper that coordinates with the paper you printed the title block on (I used kraft cardstock for both) to 10" x 1" and adhere below the rows of photos, again centered horizontally.

4. Add painted chipboard numbers for the year atop the circle cutout area. Feel free to use stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, etc.

5. To finish off my layout with a bit more dimension, add Glossy Accents over your title and a pen outline around the title block “square.”

Want a slight variation? Use one of these alternate sketches.

Closing Page


. . . In a Year by Amanda Probst. Supplies Cardstock: Prism Papers; Pen: Zig Writer, EK Success; Chalk pencils: Koh-I-Noor; Glossy medium: Glossy Accents, Ranger Industries; Fonts: Century Gothic, Microsoft; VNI-HLThuphap, www.TypeNow.net; Steelfish Outline, www.Fontstock.net.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to re-create this closing-page layout for your album:

1. Print and crop one photo to 4" x 4".

2. Print the title block and trim it to 4" x 4" (I’ve added a dotted line just outside the trim area on the download as a guide for your trimming).

3. Cut a piece of coordinating paper to 4" x 3" and another to 4" x 1".

4. Adhere all the pieces down the middle of your background paper as shown, then use a pen to draw a border outline near the edges of the layout on the background paper.

5. If desired, color in the title letters with chalk pencils and add Glossy Accents over the top to fix the color. Filling in the title letters would also be fun using paint, ink, pen, etc.

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These and other step-by-step instructions to make the album in a year layouts were featured in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

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December 2008

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