Finally Finished -2011 Scrapbook Album

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Hurray! I finally finished my 2011 album. I looovvee printing my pages!! and getting them tucked safely away in an album.

I’ved used these Pioneer books for a few years now.

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They aren’t my absolute favorites but I can get them cheap at Joann’s with a coupon. I like that they have expandable spines and can fit an unlimited number of pages. Ya never know how many pages a year will make.

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These albums have a 4×4 square on the front. I can take it or leave it, really, but since the square is there, I always whip up a little paper with the date on it to fill it in. I literally spend a couple minutes on it and just print it at home.

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It makes grabbing the right year easy enough although I’d prefer something on the spine. Ideally, I’d like to figure out a good way to put the year on each spine like I did with 2007 (see below.) The paper-ish spine cover on the Pioneers seem flimsy to me. I wish they were a bit more substantial. I think what I hate most is the adjustable holes on the spine cover. You can see them in the picture below. Tacky! if you ask me. Overall, they are fine books and get the job done.

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The 2007 book is a Colorbok and I like it a bit more than the Pioneer. The green leather album holds our 2008 pages and is a We R Memory Keepers album but this link is for a 12×12 postbound. It doesn’t look like they make 8x8s postbound anymore. Boo. Their 8x8s are only 3 ring binders. My 2009 book, which is black doesn’t have a brand on it anywhere but it feels very much like the Colorbok and I like it. The blue and small black are Pioneers. Can you see the expandable post holes on the spine cover… yuck. There must be a better way.

I print 8×8 pages instead of 12×12 even though I scrap on the computer in 12×12. I just figure I don’t need HUGE books or HUGE pictures. I’m really happy with 8x8s and plan to stick with it.

Here are some of my favorite pages from the year. I tend to gravitate to neutral backgrounds, simple layouts and tons of pictures.

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When I can flip quickly through an album it’s easy to spot the highlights from that year.

From our beach trip…

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From our spring break…
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I even love the pages that I threw together super fast just to get photos quickly scrapbooked and done.

The month of December…

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At the end of my books I always stick in my christmas cards from that year. They are overlapped and not even stuck down but I still love having them there. I can flip through and see all my darling loved ones at a glance.

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So with 2011 done it’s time to get busy with 2012 photos. Are you caught up or behind just like me? Maybe you don’t scrapbook in order and just have fun doing what you want. Do you print out your pages? Do you stick them in an album or do you print a bound book? Do you have a favorite type of album?

4 comments on Finally Finished -2011 Scrapbook Album

  1. lindsey
    February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    Where do you print? I Usually use VioVio(now presto Photo) because they had the best price I could find and I really liked the quality. But they don’t print 10×10 or 8×8, only 12×12 or 8.5×11 for loose pages. They print all sizes for their bound books. Anyway, I print mine in to loose pages so that i can add things to the books like souvenirs and certificates etc. I usually get 3 ring binder albums because I have had terrible luck with the post bound ones breaking over time. So far I have had enough room in them for all the pages i typically do in a year (usually around 150). I buy mine at hobby lobby usually when they are 50% off, they are american craft brand.

  2. Manda
    February 13, 2014 at 10:45 am (3 years ago)

    Oh, I forgot about VioVio. I guess they were off my radar because they don’t do 8x8s. I also don’t think about Hobby Lobby because I have to drive across town to get there… but hum, I’ll have to check them out and see if they have an album that I’ll like.

    I print at Scrapping Simply or Persnickety Prints but I always try to use a sale to make the prints cheaper. My husband used to work where they print, 45 min south of us, so he could pick them up on his way home and save me the shipping. He’s changed jobs though…

    Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll have to look into them.

  3. Karen
    February 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Manda, Your albums look great! So fun to see them finished. I saved an article from a magazine years ago and there was a great idea for labeling album spines. They took a piece of ribbon and pulled it around the spine and tied it on the outside with a metal rimmed tag. An easy way to label the spines. You probably have already seen the idea, but I thought I would share. I use 8×8 Doodlebug albums and I adore them. Thanks so much for sharing your templates and fun ideas.

  4. Jane Ann
    February 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank You for sharing your albums. I really do like your style. Focus on the pictures!