I wanted my spread to reflect the stories that will be contained in the pages beyond and so first selected some recent photos. The hubs doesn't like having his picture taken, so I printed one of us holding hands. There are pictures of our kitties, hidden journaling, and some simply embellished filler cards. The bottom of the page is made up of one photo from the top of one of our bookcases. I segmented it in Photoshop Elements and then printed each frame as a 3x3 square. I have the tutorial here if you'd like to be able to do this as well.
For the back, I knew I wanted to create a page about the word I'm focusing on in 2015. I decided to create a layout and then cut it apart to fill each of the pockets. I had a lot of fun making the page and took some process photos along the way.
First, I created my background by stamping in two corners, adding droplets of mist, and then using embossing paste with a stencil. Then I used Mod Podge to adhere a dictionary page to the patterned paper.
At this point, I cut my layout apart so that I'd know where my elements would lie in the sections. I used a mixture of die cuts, patterned paper, and a roller stamp. Once it was complete I thought it needed a little more and added some glittery gold enamel dots.
The tab sticking up with "important" stamped on it is another file folder for me to include my thoughts about why I chose to focus on the word, more, in 2015.
So there's my first page for my 2015 album and I'm looking forward to making more! What about you, have you made any changes this year? Any new techniques you're going to be trying?