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Get a jump on 2014 memories with new scrapbook

  • McClatchy-Tribune
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 12 a.m.

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If you’re like me, you start off the new year with the best intentions and a list of new year’s resolutions that are unrealistic, at best. How about starting off 2014 with a resolution that will be easy to keep, like the creation of a simple scrapbook that features a few of your favorite things from each month?

Whether you use your camera or your phone, you’re likely to take pictures throughout the year, but taking them is the easy part. The challenge comes when it’s time to put them into a scrapbook.

This year, why not resolve to print out just a handful of your favorite photos each month and place them into a 2014 scrapbook? The trick is to create the book now, and make it easy to drop in a few photos each month.

Cut a front and back cover from heavy card stock and embellish the front simply with the new year – 2014. Cut plain white card stock (the same size) for the inside pages and include some lined paper if you would like to jot down a few thoughts as well.

Divide the book into 12 chapters, one for each month and cut each chapter page (also the same size) out of colored card stock. Punch large pairs of circles out of the same paper and fasten them together, trapping the chapter page in the middle, in order to create the tabbed pages that represent each month. The tabs can be labeled with numbers, the letter abbreviation for each month or add a little more color with stickers, die cuts and punches to identify the months.

Punch three holes along the left edge of every page in order to bind the book with metal binder rings that make it easy to add or remove pages throughout the year.

Once you have created the scrapbook you need only select a few of your favorite photos to include each month. Add a few words, if you feel like it, and by the time December 2014 rolls around, you will be able to browse through the pages of this scrapbook and enjoy a few of the highlights of your year.

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