I cut up an old Scrabble board to 7"x 12".
I punched three holes in the side and bound it with office rings.
Here's the inside cover.
The circle in the center of the red flower says, "Life Documented"- fitting for a month by month album, huh?
This is the first two-page layout which is for Jan. and Feb.
I bought a piece of pattern paper that had a small Bingo card for every month. So I cut it up and put one on every page.
The brown envelope in the center is for extra bits that I collect throughout Jan. and Feb.
I placed a different envelope in between every month for the little extras.
This is the second two-page layout which is for March and April. The envelope in the center is actually a 6.5" manila envelope trimmed down. I adhered the paint strip sideways and attached it along the sides and bottom so it would be a small pocket on the large envelope.
This is the May and June layout. The shiny part of the photo on the right is actually a clear envelope I made from a transparency.
See how the month- themed Bingo cards work as titles on each page?
Here's one more layout for October. I used an old Yahtzee score sheet as an embellishment on the back of a large office envelope.
Throughout the book, I tried to carry through a "game" theme using items like playing cards and the month-themed Bingo cards.
This is my album from last year. The cover is actually the cover from an old encyclopedia- it was the #12 book of the set. Get it? For 2012. . .
This is one of the inside layouts. For this book, I alternated a piece of pattern paper with an office envelope from beginning to end. You can see more of this book here and here.
For my 2011 album, I used pieces out of a kit I had purchased. It has a 6"x12" clear cover and various pattern papers throughout. I added envelopes whenever I needed the space. The nice thing about this album was I had lots of room for photos.
Here is a photo of the June layout from this book.
2010 was the first year I started this type of album. For the cover, I cut a clipboard in half and bound the sides with two office rings.
Here is the April layout from this book. Once again, I alternated paper with envelopes throughout. Every other month had an extra insert for more photos like the short ticket page above.
I like to use envelopes as pages to allow room for extra photos and memorabilia.
This type of album is a fun and basically easy way to document your year. By designing your own album, you have room for just a few photos or many photos.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
This post is linked to Making the World Cuter, Craft-O-Maniac, and Skip to My Lou.