Then the third year I tried a 9 x 12 album and only went with it for about half the year as I realized I really missed the larger size pages because I take so many photos. So I switched back over to a 12 x 12 album for the second half of the year and I'm so glad I did!
I also had tried going with a monthly recap as opposed to a weekly format but found I missed the weekly creativity so after just a couple months I went back to weekly. I did skip a couple, maybe three weeks throughout the year due to various reasons but I was just fine with that. Life happens and sometimes gets in the way of play time.
So for 2017 I decided to try something quite different. I'm just going to do whatever I feel like doing! Sounds pretty broad yet daring, right? Well, this past year I've finally learned how to use Photoshop Elements 13, thanks to two awesome, very well-known ladies in the scrapbooking biz - Ali Edwards & Cathy Zielske - so I wanted to try some digital/hybrid layouts for my albums to throw in among the traditional layouts + pocket pages. And I wanted to try to use up my huge scrapbook paper stash in the process. Win-win in my opinion!
I signed up for Cathy Z's 'Scrapbook Your Year' online course this year to try using some of my newly learned Photoshop Elements skills on all the templates she offers so here is what I've done so far with my 2017 Project/Picture My Life album....
Scrapbook Your Year class. Dotted paper is from Close To My Heart.
Cathy Zielske when it comes to her expertise in digital scrapbooking.
Ali Edwards story kit. The background paper is the backside of the paper from the previous layout. Trying to utilize my papers in the best way while also using up my stash.
Close To My Heart along with embellishments from the kit.
Okay, that's it for now! I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first few pages of my 2017 album. Stay tuned for more pages coming soon.
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