Ring in the New Year with layouts inspired by late-night traditions and ambitious resolutions.
Design by Kelli Crowe
New Year's Eve offers plenty of photo ops, even if it's a quiet celebration at home. Just pull out the camera and snap pics of who's there, activities such as playing games or watching TV, and any food or decorations. A woven background adds subtle texture to your layout while making an interesting backdrop. Hand-cut a title from patterned-paper scraps and use small hand-cut circles as accents. A quick pen outline makes it look polished.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prima Marketing, Inc. (yellow). Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (green), Autumn Leaves (pink), Echo Park Paper Co. (green, purple), KI Memories (blue, gray, pink), October Afternoon (red), Sassafras (blue, yellow). Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Robyn Meierotto
Highlight your goals for the upcoming year with a digital layout. Keep the colors in the same neutral color palette to draw attention to your ambitions and a simple picture of yourself. Sewn edges between the patterns give texture to a flat page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Splendid 66 off the Internet. Digital elements: Felis-elements (butterflies) by Karla Dudley; Mocha kit (papers), In Stitches Layered Template 2, wordsRt 2011 by Pink Trike Design.
Design by Debbie Tehrani
Highlight photos of yesteryear with a modern spin. Debbie grabbed colors for her layout from the outrageous outfits her and her friends wore on New Year's Eve in 1986. The clock motif marks the passage of time and adds standout accents on this busy layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (turquoise), SEI (stripe). Fonts: Century Gothic (journaling), Impact (title). Decorative paper: Making Memories. Stickers: 7Gypsies. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Die cuts: Heidi Swapp (clock), Making Memories (tag), Paperbilities (vellum clock). Brads: Queen & Co. (white), Doodlebug Design (black). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Software: ColorPix by ColorSchemer, Broderbund Print Shop.
Design by Lisa Truesdell
Rotate your layout to suit horizontal photographs. On this page, vertical strips of patterned paper accent two stacked photographs. Add sticker letters and punched stars around the pictures to highlight colors.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (orange floral), My Mind's Eye (diamonds, houndstooth), The Girls' Paperie (multicolor floral). Stickers: American Crafts (small letters), K&Company (frames), Making Memories (small letters) Adhesive: Kokuyo.
Design by Darcy Christensen
A white background provides an easy surface for striking black accents and an elegant transparency. A chipboard clock highlights a picture on one page, while rhinestones on the second page add sparkle.
SOURCES: Transparency: Creative Imaginations. Fonts: The King & Queen off the Internet (subtitle), Times New Roman ("2007," journaling). Stickers: Creative Imaginations (large), Making Memories (small). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Print a calendar for the upcoming year on colorful paper. Cut slits above each month's name to stick a piece of paper containing a monthly resolution. Stitch the calendar to a piece of paper, along with a picture and some journaling for an easy and aesthetic way to remember your goals.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Photo paper: Canon. Fonts: Impact (title, "2008"), Century Gothic (journaling). Thread: Coats & Clark. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for DesignerDigitals. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.
Design by Leah Fung
Record your resolutions for the upcoming year on a scrapbook page. Add a picture and journaling for each resolution. Leah added a small note card to record her progress at the end of the year.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Photo paper: Epson. Transparency: Office Depot. Font: Century Gothic. Tacks: Chatterbox. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Punches: Fiskars. Software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.
Design by Elsie Flannigan
To celebrate the New Year, write yourself a letter as Elsie did. Talk about the big events of the past year and make resolutions for the upcoming one. Use notebook-style paper for your journaling and highlight key words with a pen. Add a picture and scrappy chipboard accents for a DIY look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard frame, chipboard buttons, epoxy accent: Love, Elsie. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Christy Tomlinson
Christy decided to document a clear-cut list of resolutions for the coming year. She used letters in the word "resolution" to inspire each of her goals. Constructed on a layered background of machine-stitched patterned paper, Christy's page features a large photo of herself. A paper flower, a silver charm, and a variety of ribbons soften the page and add a feminine touch.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (floral and swirl), Making Memories (stripe and dot). Font: Tasklist by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Making Memories (white letter), Chatterbox (brown letters). Tag, safety pin: Making Memories. Flower: Prima Marketing, Inc. Ribbon: Offray, May Arts, Making Memories. Charm: Blue Moon Beads.
Design by Lee Anne Russell
The annual New Year's celebration at Lee Anne's house always includes plastic horns. She enlarged a shot of one of the horns on a confetti-sprinkled table and used photos of the kids celebrating as detail shots. Frames in red and gold provide color accents against the black background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Tahoma (activities) off the Internet, Peanut Butter (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design (stitches), E-Z Transfers ("toot"). Stamps: FontWerks. Embossing powder: Stampa Rosa. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Susan Weinroth
Photos taken on New Year's Eve show off family members' personalities. Susan kept the focal photo in color and converted supporting photos to black-and-white. Circle-pattern paper, rounded stickers, and brads play off the curvy shape of the partygoers' glasses.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: SP Toby Type by Scrap Supply. Stickers: American Crafts ("celebrate"), KI Memories ("good times"). Brads, label holder: Queen & Co.