My Best Year Ever By Maria Celeste Gonzalo

My Best Year Ever By Maria Celeste Gonzalo

Let´s keep our favorite moments of the year in a very special way… Since seeing the Best Year Ever Collection for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I love to choose the most special moment of every month and remember it in a very special way. Today I´m going to show you the mini album that I created to keep all of those special moments in one place. My 2020 is going to be amazing! I´m Maria Celeste and I hope you find this idea really inspiring…

The Best Year Ever Collection is full of details and the colors are so beautiful. I love the fact that every month has a wonderful and individual color palette. We can combine all of the products from the collection and add our personal touch. You are going to see that I add twine and a bit of sewing.

You can make this mini album in any size you want. I cut 5 pieces of stable cardboard : #1- 4 ½” w x 7” h, #2- 2” w x 7” h, #3- 6” w x 7” h, #4- 2 ¼” w x 7” h, #5- 2” w x 7”h. I used one of the collection papers and white textured paper to cover all the pieces plus adding more details with one of the washi tape designs. I combined both types of papers and placed a piece of washi tape at the top for the spine of the album adding beautiful detail. For the inside of your mini album, combine as many papers as you like. I love playing with all the designs!

As we have twelve months in a year I decided to make an interior structure like an accordion. I found it easy to see and really lovely. Even your kids are going to enjoy decorating and adding details to it. For my mini album I cut a piece of white cardsotck paper of 42 ½” w x 6 ¾” h. I scored it in 5 ¾” (7 times) and 3/8” in between (6 times). So you are going to score 5 3/4" + 3/8" and will repeat till you complete all of your paper width. The accordion structure is super easy to make and wonderful to create … I'm a huge fan of it!

When I have all pf the structure ready… the magic begins as I like to say! My absolute favorite part of the process is… decorating. It's time to combine all details and make magic with our hands. You are going to see that for my cover I used some of the stickers. But I must say that I transformed them into chipboards using heavyweigth paper. Practical, easy to do and they look amazing! I also prepared some paper rosettes for the background and cut some numbers of glitter paper. Keep a bit of twine always near you and use two brads for closing your mini album. Cover is ready!

I have fallin in love with The Best Year Ever Collection from Simple Stories… Stikers, chipboards, die cuts, enamels dots, brads… it is all so beautiful! So now it´s time to prepared a page for every month. Feel free to combine everything as you like. Mix textures, add rossettes, pieces of papers, sewing details… The most important thing to remember is to leave as much free space as we can for your photograps and to have room to journal about every moment.

As you can see… I love mixing chipboard, bits & pieces, twine, buttons, cardstock... everything! For me creating is an adventure and I enjoy every moment of it. Decorating is the most wonderful and happy time!

Another idea for this mini album is to prepare cards to journal on as you think about your special moments of every month and also add more photograps… So many lovely moments can be keep in this wonderful mini album! I hope you like this idea and I would love to see your own creations. Let´s make 2020 the most wonderful year! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog post! I just love sharing what I do! See you next time!