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Ah, the start of the new year (hey, I always take Jan 1st off – it’s still party time!), time to get organized, make lists, reflect on the past year and figure out a plan for the upcoming year. For the past few years I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite layouts from the past year. It seems like a pretty good tradition so here’s my list for 2013 – in no particular order:


Birthdays can be difficult to scrap when there’s lots of poor quality photos — especially indoor parties but I really like how this turned.


I really liked white backgrounds in 2013. And how cute are these two?


More white(ish). I definitely went the simpler route this year, cleaner, more straight lines.


Still loving blending photos, or even bits of photos.


Look! A paper page! With stitching!


I’m very punny…somtimes.



Did I mention that I was all about white backgrounds this year?


But then again, black is another go-to color. I made the layout above for Debbie Hodge’s Making it Mean seminar at Masterful Scrapbook Design.


This is probably my favorite of the whole year – it’s colorful (with a white background), has lots of photos arranged in a clean and simple way with pops of embellishments here and there. It’s me.

Link me up if you do your own top 10 layouts – I’d love to see.  Looking forward, I’m still trying to think of a word for the year. I’m thinking it might be balance, not just in balancing work/life/family but the idea that there are two sides to everything and to think of what might be on the other side of issues. What about you? Do you pick a word for the year?

Happy 2014 everyone!