Mini Year-in-Review Album

Create a fun, portable tag book to document how your family has changed during the past year. Make a section for each family member and journal about his or her personal growth.

Create a Tag-Filled Year-In-Review Album

Design by Allison Kimball

Use a pocket-size album to organize photos and memories from the past year. By creating a section for each family member, you can share personal memories, good wishes, and favorite photos. Allison used a sturdy chipboard book as the base for her album, filling the inside with photos on pocket pages that hold tags.


SOURCES: Album: Li'l Davis Designs. Patterned paper: Mustard Moon (red), BasicGrey (brown), ED Success (music). Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (cover letters), BasicGrey ("b"). Stickers: 7Gypsies (words), American Crafts (letters). Rub-ons: 7Gypsies (on tabs), Li'l Davis Designs ("eternal"). Tags: K&Company (brown), BasicGrey (white). Pen: Uniball. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Plastic accent: Heidi Swapp.

Machine-Stitch Around the Edges of Album Pages

Design by Allison Kimball

Allison began her album by mounting photos and patterned papers to each single-sided cardstock page in her tiny book. She ran the pages through her sewing machine to give them stitched borders that lend to the homespun look of the album.

Create Pockets from Album Pages

Design by Allison Kimball

After stitching the pages and putting them in order, Allison placed the pages in pairs back to back and secured them along the sides and bottom to create pockets that accommodate journaling tags. If stitching isn't your thing, use a thin band of strong adhesive to seal your edges.

Use Tags to Create Room for Journaling in Small Albums

Design by Allison Kimball

Allison created tags that hold her journaling while leaving room for standard-size photos. Her photos are the focus of the pages; the tags tell the story behind each photo. By tying colorful ribbons and trims to the top of the tags, readers can easily remove and replace them. To bring even more family flavor into the project, consider having each family member write his or her tag.

Add Titles or Labels Directly to Photos

Design by Allison Kimball

If you want to fill a page in your album with a photo, nest a title in the dead space within the image. Use stickers, rub-ons, or chipboard letters and place the word so it doesn't interfere with the photo subject or action

Use Scraps to Piece Together Page Backgrounds

Design by Allison Kimball

A project like this one is ideal for using up scrap stashes. Allison picked a fairly neutral color scheme for her book, then found snips of leftover patterned papers and cardstock that could be pieced together for a patchwork look.

Use Initials to Mark a New Section of Your Album

Design by Allison Kimball

To start each family member's section, Allison used an oversize initial, embellishing the chipboard letters with chunky glitter for a stand-out look. She finished each piece by adding twine and a small charm. If glitter isn't your style, consider simply painting the letters or adding a coat of ink.

Add Labels to Pages to Help With Navigation and to Separate Sections

Design by Allison Kimball

Allison included fun labels to separate sections in her year-in-review album. They could be used to mark sections for family members, holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions. They also could simply be used to include fun facts, as this one does.

Use an Album Page for Additional Journaling

Design by Allison Kimball

Allison used this page as an introduction to her year-end album. If you need more room for your journaling than the separate tags provide, consider alternating pages of journaling with photos.

Add a Spread About the Whole Family to Complete the Book

Design by Allison Kimball

Though the bulk of the book focuses on individual family members and what they did through the year, Allison ended her book with a photo of the whole family, splitting an image down the middle to fill both pages. Just watch where you trim the image; you don't want to cut a person's face in half!

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