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Stamped Year-in-Review Album


Design by Cathy Blackstone

A fun way for Cathy Blackstone's family to reminisce over the year's events is to flip through this monthly highlights album. Dedicating each spread to one month of the year, Cathy picked a handful of pictures that best represented the month's events and activities, added succinct journaling points, and bundled them into a playful design format that could easily be repeated.

Sources: Computer font is Weathered Fence by Two Peas in a Bucket. Foam stamps by Li'l Davis Designs. Rubber stamps by Hero Arts (all but snowflake) and JudiKins (snowflake). Stamp ink by Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint by Delta. Twill tape by Making Memories.


Cathy started with the most basic of elements: solid card stock. She chose a different shade for each month's background and added four or five photos, cropped but not matted to make quick work of the assembly. Her journaling was printed on strips of white card stock and stapled to the page. Punched circles appear as simple graphic elements and as the foundation for stamped icons that further illustrate the time of year.

The Details

The other finishing details are equally easy. Cathy inked the edges of her background pages and accent circles, tied strips of coordinated ribbon secured with straight pins to accent her journaling, and stamped titles with foam stamps and paint to identify each month.