A Year to Remember Blog Hop!

Make 2016 A Year to Remember! Our new collection of the same name offers the perfect opportunity to scrap your life one day, week, month or year at a time, and in a number of fun, unique ways.

Join us as we hop through the blogs of our CM Content Contributors who’ve come up with the most clever ways to use these products you could ever imagine. From monthly page spreads to fun, tiny baskets with daily journal cards and loads of ideas in between… you’ll be inspired beyond measure.

Scroll through the page layout ideas featured here in this blog post first, and when you reach the bottom, we’ll send you on your way to the first blog hop!

After you’ve hopped through all the blogs, pop on back here to this post and leave a comment on your favorite thing about the new Year to Remember collection. Doing so qualifies you for entry in a drawing where you could win the entire collection of Year to Remember products, shown here:


Awesome, right?

Before we send you off exploring through all the ideas we’ve collected up, we thought we’d offer a few suggestions and tips on how to put these products to use:

    1. Hang a calendar grid (with date numbers added) on the fridge and jot down events as they happen – everything from little Susie’s first lost tooth down to that tax appointment. When the month is over, scrap the events you’ve noted on pages that follow the calendar page in your album. It’ll be fun to look back one day and see what that month in your life entailed! Example:
    2. Begin with a collection of photos from a given month, then scrap them and add a calendar page as an “intro” page for that month. Journal important dates onto the calendar that correspond to pages and photos you’ve scrapped. (Example shown below.)
    3. Use a calendar grid page to highlight just one specific date of the month, then add photos around it. Examples:JapanLO1.jpg
    4. Use calendar grid pages as a simple backdrop for an actual page layout. Use the calendar grid squares as a journaling spot around your photos. Highlight the special date on the page (i.e. 2nd birthday on the 28th as shown in this example):
    5. Trim a section (a row, two rows, etc.) of calendar grid to use on a layout to highlight just a week or two, too!
    6. As you’ll see in the example below, use the calendar grid squares as spaces for fun 2″ photos – PERFECT for all those photos you post to Instagram but do nothing with. 😉

First, we’ll start here with a fun layout by CM Project Designer Melissa Ullmann. In this sample layout, she used the calendar sheet as a way to track things as they happened during the month including things like paying rent, pay day, doctor appointments and trips up north to the cabin! After the month has passed, she’s including it in her scrapbook album followed by pages filled with photos from some of the events that are noted on the grid.  Keeping in mind that while in the “now”, things like pay days and paying rent may not seem critical to note, think of how fun it will be years down the road to take a spin through days gone by when life is different 🙂


To create this 2-page layout, you’ll need:

Step 1: Wallpaper the calendar grid to the left page.

Step 2: Add the “days” sticker strip along the very top of the calendar grid.

Step 3: Cut a strip from the striped patterned paper to measure 12” x ¾”. Adhere along the bottom of left page.

Step 4: Use the black pen to write in the dates.

Step 5: Adhere the embellishments and stickers to the calendar as needed.

Create a layout to highlight your photos from the month. To duplicate the page shown above:

Step 1: Cut a piece of paper from clock patterned paper to measure 2” x 12”. Adhere along the right side of page.

Step 2: Cut a piece from the blue dots paper to measure 1” x 12”. Adhere along the edge of the clock paper.

Step 3: Cut a piece of green cardstock to measure 7” x 9”. Adhere to layout.

Step 4: Add the embellishments using foam squares.

Step 5: Add photos and journal using the black pen.

Next, Melissa shares a tad bit different take on the same type of layout, however you’ll notice she used the Shape Maker with Square Cartridge to punch out photos – they fit perfectly on the calendar grids. How fun!


To create this 2-page layout, you’ll need:

One note in preparation for creating this set of pages – Throughout the month, take photos of random projects that you do throughout the day.  Capture the little things you LOVE about your life! 

Step 1: Adhere the calendar grid page to the right page.

Step 2: Add stickers and embellishments to the layout.

Step 3: Punch out photos using the Square Shape Maker and adhere to calendar days. Add ABC/123 Stickers to remaining days that don’t have a photo.

On the left page, create a layout to highlight your month with photos. To duplicate the page shown above:

Step 1: Cut a strip of red dotted paper to measure 3” x 12”. Adhere to the far left of the page.

Step 2: Cut a strip from blue cardstock to measure ½” x 12”. Adhere along the far left edge of the page.

Step 3: Cut a strip from pink chevron patterned paper to measure 1” x 12”. Adhere along the edge of the dotted paper.

Step 4: Using the border maker with the lace flower chain cartridge, punch a 12″ border from blue cardstock. Adhere to the top of the chevron paper.

Step 5: Cut two mats from the blue cardstock to measure 6-1/2” x 4-1/2”. Adhere photo to each mat, then adhere matted photos to page, angling each as shown. Tuck corners of photos under border strip as shown.

Step 6: Adhere the embellishments to the layout and journal to finish.

And now, on to the rest of the fab ideas. Here’s the order that we’ll be hopping in today – just remember to stop back here after you’ve hopped all the way through and leave us a comment on your favorite thing about the Year to Remember collection. You’ll be entered to win the entire collection when you do! Happy hopping!

Stop 1: Candace Bouldin’s Scrappin Jpegs
Stop 2: Julie Tambrini’s Creative Memories Blog
Stop 3: Diana Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 4: Stefani Jones’ Crop with Stef Blog
Stop 5: Lisa Graham’s Click, Crop & Create Blog
Stop 6: Noreen Smith’s Organized & Creative Mom Blog
Stop 7: Sarah Fitzgerald’s Click Write Share Blog

A huge thank you to all our contributors for sharing their creativity with us!

10 thoughts on “A Year to Remember Blog Hop!

  1. I begin each new album for my grandchildren with the calendar page of their birthday month. Thanks for sharing your ideas…what a relaxing hobby!! Love it!!


  2. Thanks for the ideas and the BLOGS. I’m looking forward to ordering ALL of the “A Year to Remember” products. Can’t wait to share these ideas with my customers.


  3. I was so impressed with the many creative ideas of these truly artsy CM lovers!! I look forward to getting my hands on this “A Year to Remember” collection and making my own Year to Remember scrapbook. I love the layout ideas where I can go month by month and add tiny photos to the grids plus a a few pages between. I also liked Alice Dee’s idea above about using a birthday month for the person in question…Brilliant!!!


  4. So many great ideas on each blog. I enjoyed reading all the wonderful ideas that I can use on my pages. Noreen’s idea was outstanding with me, putting the calendar on the magnetic board & adding the journaling as it happens & then add the photos on the opposite page with all the borders & embellishments. Thanks to all the advisors for their ideas & putting them out there for our use. Much appreciated.


  5. I love the colours of the new Year to Remember collection! It looks very versatile and I can’t wait to get it in my hands! Thanks for the ideas.


  6. Love it! Glad to see this idea revamped in 12X12 sizing. Completed a previous album in 8X8 and found it a quick and easy way to catch the highlights of the year.


  7. I do like the fact that ABC/123 stickers are making a comeback. They look so much more finished than trying to title a page by hand. The colors are really nice and different from other items I’ve used before in my scrapbooks.


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