I'm a big lover of Ali Edwards and her Story Kits (which I hoard in case you didn't know) and I even if I don't use every single piece right away, and even if I don't use them right away, they are absolutely worth the shipping and conversion to CAD. If you're not a subscriber, I highly recommend that you at least read what they're all about (here). I do not receive any sort of endorsement from Ali for raving about her products, I just love that they're geared towards telling stories you might not have thought of.
If you are a subscriber of her kits, then you'll know that I absolutely scrap-lifted her idea for this year in review page. But instead of selfies, I used backyard photos and some bits from other Story Kits. I also went with a 2-page 12x12 spread as opposed to her 2-page 9x12 spread.
The left side includes photos from the craftroom window from January to June. I used circles from the Little Things kit, a starburst from the Spark kit, little puffy stickers from a Day in the Life kit, an acetate circle from Studio Calico, and puffy stickers and the rubber title from the Review kit.
The right side covers July to December photos and includes a card and more puffy stickers from the kits listed above. The blue heart is from the Gather kit, the embossed circle behind it is from Little Things, another starburst from Spark and the stamp on the starburst is from Black and White kit. The reflect card is from the Review Kit.
I printed out the photos onto 4x6 photo paper and set up a circle cut on my Silhouette Cameo and placed the circles roughly where I wanted it to cut on each photo (6 photos at a time spread out on the mat). Some of them aren't quite where I wanted it to cut, but it was easier (and cheaper) than buying a 3" circle punch just for this project. Why buy something you might use a couple of times, when you have something that you already use all the time?
Thanks so much for coming by to see this spread. I might try and do something similar with the books I read this year as opposed to repeating this book layout I made for 2016, or maybe I'll do something entirely different. I guess we'll see when we get there.