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The following is a brilliant guest DIY from Kam at Campfire Chic! I am so in love with this project – I hope you love it to!

Amy and I are all about preparation.

We like to be prepared for our next project because we are both busy women.

Amy creates journals before going on vacation or starting a new season. And I’ve learned from her.

Instead of spending 30 minutes to an hour each night on our December Daily albums, we started early and created our foundation pages. Amy is going digital while I am going with paper and glue.

Back to being prepared.

I was reading an update on Amy’s Autumn Minibook when a 2012 calendar I ordered from one of my favorite sellers arrived on my doorstep. I sat the package on top of an empty album I’ve been pondering for months and lo’ and behold, the calendar was the perfect height for the album.

Cue creative idea followed immediately by ‘I better sit here and work on this now, I’ll never finish this album if I do it month-by-month.”

So today I am here to encourage you to take an hour out of your next crafternoon and create a low-pressure album to document 2012.

What I Used:

  • A two-ring hardcover album from an unknown source (thrifted) measuring 9 inches by 6 inches with 1.5″ rings
  • A 2012 graphicly heavy calendar from xozuree.etsy.com
  • A 2011 custom calendar from racetay.etsy.com
  • Wet adhesive
  • Paper trimmer
  • Crop-o-dile
  • Ruler
  • Sticky notes
  • pen

To start the project, I trimmed the dates off of the 2011 calendar so I was left with the images associated with each month. If you are not using two similarly sized calendars to create this album, be sure to measure your actual album and cut your images accordingly.

I arranged the images from the 2011 calendar in month order so I could easily pair them with the corresponding pages of the 2012 calendar.

I then adhered the 2011 image to the back of the previous 2012 month.

Example: I adhered the February 2011 image to the back of the January 2012 calendar page. My 2011 images did not match the 2012 calendar pages perfectly, so I centered them to create a white boarder around the images.

Once the pages dried, I measured the placement of the holes in the album and punched holes in each page so they could be placed in the album using the rings.

Your foundation pages are done!

My album has much more room in it. I planned it this way because I want to be able to add movie tickets, restaurant menus, photos, and other memorabilia to this album quickly and easily. The calendar pages are going to act as sandwiches of monthly memories.

What’s next?

Well, I like I mentioned, Amy and I like to be prepared…

…so I took the sticky notes and pen and started to jot down important dates for each month, if we had a trip planned, or if there was some sort of tradition associated with that month. This will help me remember what is coming up as I finish each month.

For other ideas on how you can prepare your album for the new year, check out Amy’s posts on her mini-albums. She is full of ideas and fantastic as seeing the bigger picture when working on projects.


What are your plans for documenting 2012? 

Do you like to plan ahead or do you prefer to go-with-the-flow?


Kam is the writer and creator behind Campfire Chic. She shares helpful information about organization, the geekier parts of blogging, and being an outdoor adventurer. Popular topics include Search Engine Optimization, creating SMART goals, and getting organized. For additional updates, subscribe to the Campfire Chic newsletter.

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  • Mim January 1, 2012 at 9:47 am edit

    Because Amy posted something, I followed links and ended up buying a Project Life binder and paper kit. I’m waiting for the design A pages to become available again. I have also asked for local friends to join me for a once a month scrapping get-together to keep me going through the year.


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