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A Nostalgic New Year with A Scrapbook of The Previous Twelve Months Gone By

New Year’s Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar and it’s a public holiday in many countries. While New Year’s Eve is the last day before the New Year, December 31, and become a day of mixed feelings for many people. On one hand, it’s a time to celebrate the end of the year gone by and welcome what is in store in the New Year. On the other hand, some people experience a sense of nostalgia as they reflect on the events that took place in their lives in the past 12 months. Many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year.

New Year’s Day celebrations vary widely across different cultures. The traditions are designed to bring luck and good fortune in the year ahead. And one of the most popular ways to celebrate is with a big fireworks display. In the US, huge crowds of people head to Times Square to count down a big flagpole, to signal the start of the new year. While some others do order large amounts of takeout foods, and play board games, sit around, chat, and enjoy the New Year. In Europe, especially UK, people throws a party in the New Year’s Day Eve and held a big firework display in the New Year’s Day. While in Belgium, children write New Year’s letters to their parents and read them out loud. And some other tradition is people receive gifts on New Year’s Day in some countries. That gift may vary, from sock, jewellery, coffee mug, cake, sweet and chocolate to personalised gifts.

Scrapbook, actually can be a very nice gift because it can be a deep memorabilia for an everlasting. It can preserve the memories of the past 12 months more personal because you can insert photos, your very own handwriting, articles, pictures and many more on it. And, yes, it’ll be more personal than any album. Because it tells stories better and intimate.

So, how to make a scrapbook? This Do It Yourself (DIY) steps might be able to help you to make one.

1. Designing Your Scrapbook

Start by picking one or more theme for your scrapbook on those pages you want. For example, you decide to start with per month’s events, what special happens in that month; or you can make a theme per season, winter, spring, summer, autumn; or per event like family activities, personal activities, vacation, etc. Also, don’t forget about how many pages you’ll make, so you can decide how many cardstocks you need for your scrapbook.

2. Creating Scrapbook Pages

a. Make a detailed story for every each page. So, you can decide what’s inside that page, whether photos, handwriting, or article. And you can make a list to make it easier.

b. Then start to pick some materials which suit the theme you had designed. For example, for your summer vacation, you can print your photos on your summer vacation, shell, stones and dry twigs, etc.

c. Then prepare some colourful crayons, stickers, stamp, clay charm embellishments with some character or shapes, ribbons, beads and patterned paper (could be flowers, shapes or character you like).

d. Also prepare the tools you need to make the scrapbook. Several pairs of scissors, wire binding or plastic coil or string, cardstocks as the amount of pages you want, pens, inks, hole punch, and adhesive glue.

e. And let start the work. First, design the scrapbook layout. Think over the stories for each page you’ll make. Decide what layout would make your story stand out. Also, what background style to suit the theme. For example, for the summer vacation, you can use blue sky paper for the shore like vibe, etc.

f. Then make the scrapbook by punch holing the cardstock, and insert the wire binding, plastic coil or string to the hole to bind the cardstocks together.

g. Next, lay out everything you need on that page. If you need to crop or exchange something, do it before gluing.

h. After you already sure about your design, then start to glue the photos or article you want on that page.

i. You can add a title, or narrative for each story, event or page.

j. Also, do labelling to your photos for a better explanation, then start decorating. Embellish the pages with some stickers, stamps, ribbon, or clay charm embellishment. You can grab some handmade clay charm embellishment from


So, it’s not that hard to make an everlasting memorabilia for you or your beloved one, isn’t? Do it, and feel the proud and satisfied feeling for the success. That can be a very deep memorabilia which you or anyone who get that piece of art would cherish the whole life.


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