Wrapping Up 2020 with Jess Forster

Can you believe that it is New Year’s Eve, friends? If you’re reading this, we made it! A new year is almost upon us. I think we can all agree, that the year 2020 has been chaotic and stressful. Maybe for those reasons you are considering giving up documenting this year. I am here to say: Don’t give up! A simple summary page could be one way to highlight some good things in an otherwise not great year. Have a look!

Supplies | December 2020 Kit, Stitched Stars Wood VeneerAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

On this 9″ x 12″ layout, I created a synopsis pocket page of my favourites over the last year. I used the 4″ x 6″ “pause and reflect” and 3″ x 4″ “2020 favourites” journaling tags from the December 2020 Kit as jumping off points for my page. As always, Elle’s journaling tags have great prompts to get you started if you’re not sure where to begin. Here I cut the 4″ x 6″ tag in half so I could use more photos in my layout. 

I selected four photos and downloaded one image of the Mandalorian—my family’s favourite show of 2020. My initial thought was to turn all these images into black and white; however, I decided to use a variety of colour and black and white photos. Each photo was sized to 3″ x 4″ in Photoshop Elements. I selected these pictures as they represent my favourite memories from the year; this included our family Christmas photo where every member of my family was looking at the camera, a picture of me running my first trail race and my kids during our summer camping vacation.

Next, I used pops of teal on the labels from the December Kit to create a visual triangle around the page. I clustered the die cuts by pairing them with the beautiful Stitched Stars Wood Veneer to add some depth or texture to my layout. 

Overall, the twenty twenty was a stressful year, but it is worth documenting, even if it’s just simple moments. Just a few journaling tags and embellishments from the December 2020 kit and add-ons can help you record some of the details you want to remember from 2020. 

On a final note, this is my last blog post for the Elle’s Studio Design team. I want to personally thank Elle Price and Meghann Andrew for having me on this lovely team. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Elle’s products these last three years. Some of my all-time favourite pages were created because of Elle’s great designs. I know I will cherish these layouts forever. As a hospital worker, I need a little more down time in the coming year, but I can’t wait to see what the new creative team will make in 2021! Like you, I will become a subscriber and to continue to document my family life with the monthly kit in 9″ x 12″ format. Thanks for reading and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and creative 2021! 

Happy New Year from all of us at Elle’s Studio! We can’t wait to see how you wrap up your 2020 albums using our products, or set up a fresh, new album for 2021! Share what you’re finishing and beginning with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

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