I am about to finish my 2014 album, and I’ve got so many doubts about how to tackle 2015!
The 8×8 hobbycraft albums that I have been using are great, such amazing value and I have loved creating in a smaller scale than 12×12. However, it has become very clear to me that the prebound format is not the best long term: You are stuck with the order that you can create (if you scrapbook chronologically, like I do), there is no protection for the pages, and if you use thick embellishments your book will end up being full very quickly.
So what are the options for the next book?
Well, I have already decided that my existing 2013 and 2014 books are going to change. I am going to buy 8×8 page protectors, I will pull out the pages from the prebound book and insert them on a traditional D-Ring album.
I could continue doing this for the next books to come. To be fair, the price of the 8×8 hobbycraft books is not to be sniffed at, so much cheaper than buying individual scrapbooking sheets. However I know I don’t want to continue using prebound books.
The possibilities in my mind are:
- As stated above, use the 8×8 books and then pull out the pages to put on a D-Ring traditional album.
- Go full 12×12 traditional scrapbooking, although the prospect of so much space scares me a bit.
- Give Project Life a go, at the end of the day most of the photos that I scrapbook are day-to-day photos, not special enough for a full 12×12 page.
I’ve got two layouts to finish on my 2014 album so I have to make a decision pretty quickly!
My latest layouts are all about Christmas 2014.
Do you have a favourite paper pad that you got ages ago, but have been kind of saving it over the years? Well, my favourite Christmas paper pad is “Countdown to Christmas” by My Mind’s Eye. It’s so old that it doesn’t even come up on internet searches any more 😀
I bought it years ago, probably 2009, to make Christmas cards. And it has been a faithful companion over the years, helping me make Christmas cards and now helping me with my Christmas scrapbooking. There are still a few pages left, but I am afraid that I may not get much more out of it in the future…
So here are the five Christmas layouts that I have created (so far) for 2014 – There may be a couple more, but I wanted to publish this entry today 🙂