A Year to Remember Blog Hop!

Make 2016 A Year to Remember! Our new collection of the same name offers the perfect opportunity to scrap your life one day, week, month or year at a time, and in a number of fun, unique ways.

Join us as we hop through the blogs of our CM Content Contributors who’ve come up with the most clever ways to use these products you could ever imagine. From monthly page spreads to fun, tiny baskets with daily journal cards and loads of ideas in between… you’ll be inspired beyond measure.

Scroll through the page layout ideas featured here in this blog post first, and when you reach the bottom, we’ll send you on your way to the first blog hop!

After you’ve hopped through all the blogs, pop on back here to this post and leave a comment on your favorite thing about the new Year to Remember collection. Doing so qualifies you for entry in a drawing where you could win the entire collection of Year to Remember products, shown here:


Awesome, right?

Before we send you off exploring through all the ideas we’ve collected up, we thought we’d offer a few suggestions and tips on how to put these products to use:

  1. Hang a calendar grid (with date numbers added) on the fridge and jot down events as they happen – everything from little Susie’s first lost tooth down to that tax appointment. When the month is over, scrap the events you’ve noted on pages that follow the calendar page in your album. It’ll be fun to look back one day and see what that month in your life entailed! Example:
  2. Begin with a collection of photos from a given month, then scrap them and add a calendar page as an “intro” page for that month. Journal important dates onto the calendar that correspond to pages and photos you’ve scrapped. (Example shown below.)
  3. Use a calendar grid page to highlight just one specific date of the month, then add photos around it. Examples:JapanLO1.jpg
  4. Use calendar grid pages as a simple backdrop for an actual page layout. Use the calendar grid squares as a journaling spot around your photos. Highlight the special date on the page (i.e. 2nd birthday on the 28th as shown in this example):
  5. Trim a section (a row, two rows, etc.) of calendar grid to use on a layout to highlight just a week or two, too!
  6. As you’ll see in the example below, use the calendar grid squares as spaces for fun 2″ photos – PERFECT for all those photos you post to Instagram but do nothing with. ;)

First, we’ll start here with a fun layout by CM Project Designer Melissa Ullmann. In this sample layout, she used the calendar sheet as a way to track things as they happened during the month including things like paying rent, pay day, doctor appointments and trips up north to the cabin! After the month has passed, she’s including it in her scrapbook album followed by pages filled with photos from some of the events that are noted on the grid.  Keeping in mind that while in the “now”, things like pay days and paying rent may not seem critical to note, think of how fun it will be years down the road to take a spin through days gone by when life is different :)


To create this 2-page layout, you’ll need:

Step 1: Wallpaper the calendar grid to the left page.

Step 2: Add the “days” sticker strip along the very top of the calendar grid.

Step 3: Cut a strip from the striped patterned paper to measure 12” x ¾”. Adhere along the bottom of left page.

Step 4: Use the black pen to write in the dates.

Step 5: Adhere the embellishments and stickers to the calendar as needed.

Create a layout to highlight your photos from the month. To duplicate the page shown above:

Step 1: Cut a piece of paper from clock patterned paper to measure 2” x 12”. Adhere along the right side of page.

Step 2: Cut a piece from the blue dots paper to measure 1” x 12”. Adhere along the edge of the clock paper.

Step 3: Cut a piece of green cardstock to measure 7” x 9”. Adhere to layout.

Step 4: Add the embellishments using foam squares.

Step 5: Add photos and journal using the black pen.

Next, Melissa shares a tad bit different take on the same type of layout, however you’ll notice she used the Shape Maker with Square Cartridge to punch out photos – they fit perfectly on the calendar grids. How fun!


To create this 2-page layout, you’ll need:

One note in preparation for creating this set of pages – Throughout the month, take photos of random projects that you do throughout the day.  Capture the little things you LOVE about your life! 

Step 1: Adhere the calendar grid page to the right page.

Step 2: Add stickers and embellishments to the layout.

Step 3: Punch out photos using the Square Shape Maker and adhere to calendar days. Add ABC/123 Stickers to remaining days that don’t have a photo.

On the left page, create a layout to highlight your month with photos. To duplicate the page shown above:

Step 1: Cut a strip of red dotted paper to measure 3” x 12”. Adhere to the far left of the page.

Step 2: Cut a strip from blue cardstock to measure ½” x 12”. Adhere along the far left edge of the page.

Step 3: Cut a strip from pink chevron patterned paper to measure 1” x 12”. Adhere along the edge of the dotted paper.

Step 4: Using the border maker with the lace flower chain cartridge, punch a 12″ border from blue cardstock. Adhere to the top of the chevron paper.

Step 5: Cut two mats from the blue cardstock to measure 6-1/2” x 4-1/2”. Adhere photo to each mat, then adhere matted photos to page, angling each as shown. Tuck corners of photos under border strip as shown.

Step 6: Adhere the embellishments to the layout and journal to finish.

And now, on to the rest of the fab ideas. Here’s the order that we’ll be hopping in today – just remember to stop back here after you’ve hopped all the way through and leave us a comment on your favorite thing about the Year to Remember collection. You’ll be entered to win the entire collection when you do! Happy hopping!

Stop 1: Candace Bouldin’s Scrappin Jpegs
Stop 2: Julie Tambrini’s Creative Memories Blog
Stop 3: Diana Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 4: Stefani Jones’ Crop with Stef Blog
Stop 5: Lisa Graham’s Click, Crop & Create Blog
Stop 6: Noreen Smith’s Organized & Creative Mom Blog
Stop 7: Sarah Fitzgerald’s Click Write Share Blog

A huge thank you to all our contributors for sharing their creativity with us!

194 thoughts on “A Year to Remember Blog Hop!

  1. It all looks fantastic! The color combinations are great! Lots to do in 2016! Looking forward to it.

    1. I am glad to see these calendar pages return to CM.I have used them in baby albums to highlight my babies milestones. I have like to use them as a cover page for a vacation album, it a quick reference for the itinerary. But, my favourite was posting it on the frigid and having the kids help me journal our summer days.

  2. I have been using calendar blocks for a while, so having another great and colorful idea for my albums is really exciting. Thank you!

  3. Love the colors! I have not done Y2R yet, but having the scrapbook all laid out as you have now helps in my (lack of) organization.
    I could also do other years that are in picture boxes, etc. and get “caught up” with the best pictures. In that way, my backlog of pictures could be enjoyed. Thanks for the great ideas

  4. I love this idea for vacations to remember day things were done with fun! Did something similar on a trip to Spain and it helped to remember to finish the scrapbook pages with dates . Last year we went to Hawaii for our 40th . This would come in very handy. I am behind in my scrapbooking .due to caring for aging mother . This is definitely helpful.

  5. From someone who creates all of her pages in calendar order this is a fabulous way to track when things happen (pictures)and note info. This way I would be able to just pull this off the fridge and when my photos are printed I have everything in Order! Thank you!

  6. love, love, love these ideas! Never thought of a perpetual calendar, let alone one that’s cumulative? Great idea! Also like using the calendar page like a journal; going to try this!

  7. I ordered the collection yesterday. I can’t wait for it to arrive. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  8. Thank you to all the Blog Hop Contributors! You shared many creative & innovative ways to use the new Year to Remember Collection. I have always loved the CM Calendars and this presents an alternative way to document our daily lives. Once again CM has demonstrated their ability to stay fresh with new ideas!

  9. I really enjoyed all of the blogs – so many different ways to use the Tear to Remember collection. My favourite thing would have to be the grid pages in the Year to Remember paper pack – with pre-done monthly pages it is oh, so easy to keep a track of what you did each day, week, month – with notes on the ‘calendar’ page. Those notes will make it so much easier to keep up with my 2016 photos and pages. Thanks CM – I can’t wait to get my hands on a set and get to work on my 2016 albums!

    ps: I thought Stefani’s planner idea was pretty cool.

  10. I use to use a calendar grid but had gotten away from it, thank you bringing them back, love the colors and all the ideas to promote this product.

  11. I have a perpetual calendar that I’ve made with a Rolodex. It’s been a great way to use favorite papers and embellishments, pop in the occasional photo, put birthdays, and insert daily scriptures. I’m looking forward to these additions for that project as well as my scrapbooks.

  12. I really like the coordinated materials to make different calendar pages for the year. I used to do a year in review album. I like the new supplies and great ideas to do it again. Thanks! Lynne

  13. I love this Year to Remember collection, the colors and coordinating products is awesome! I love the borders, and I especially like Noreen’s family scrapbook. It looks like something I could easily put together to keep up on the year’s activities. All the blogs are great! Thanks for some great ideas.

  14. This offers some great approaches that allow us to capture the important little things in life.

  15. Loved the ideas shared in this blog hop from borders to full page to pocket page ideas. In the past, I used the old calendar pages from the old CM days and it is so fun to look back at what my calendar looked like – it was so crazy with four kids’ events/appointments, etc. I look at it a wonder how I did it all. I will now have to do a calendar again. I’m sure it will look quite different.
    Thanks for all of the inspiration here.

  16. I have always scrapbooked in chronological order in both of my son’s books. I never thought to include a calendar page before. It’s a great way to provide a snapshot of what was going on in our lives at the time and to commemorate the milestones that are not otherwise captured in the journalling an photos. This looks like a really fun concept and I can’t wait to order a set to try out! I love the idea of using leftover photos and cutting them into squares to fill empty spaces on the calendar!

  17. I finally had a chance to go through this blog hop today. I love all the different ideas, and am looking forward to my order arriving next week. I am running a scrapbook challenge with a group of my dedicated scrappers to encourage them to scrapbook all year long (and keep caught up) using this collection. I will be sure to have them all look at the blog hop for helpful ideas and tips! Thanks to all the contributors, and to CM!

  18. Now that my youngest is graduating from high school and I’ll be at the end of each child’s scrapbook, the calendar approach might make a nice way to document the activities of my nearly adult children, especially for events when I don’t have pictures. Very appealing.

  19. The coolest thing about this product is that it is broken down into 2 – 6 month periods. We all know that we start the year off with high aspirations which often dwindle as time goes on. Being able to break it down into smaller timeframes. (I might not misplace the pieces as quickly. LOL)
    I am looking forward to implementing several of the ideas which were shared.

  20. I just discovered CM’s blog. I’m so excited to see practical, useful layout ideas focused on multiple photos and journaling. I loved reading every blog included in this blog hop, and I am adding them to my favorites. CM has such wonderful product, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

  21. I loved the flag layout idea and even more so, I loved the idea of mixing in the calendar pages with the pocket pages!

  22. Thanks for all the ideas! Love seeing all of our products working together. The daisy chain borders really set off the calendar pages nicely… and love how different they look with stickers added from the Y2R collection.

  23. Okay….I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the calendar pages when they first came out. But these ladies have given me a different perspective. I’m ready to order them now, and will definitely be trying several of these ideas in my own albums. Thank you for sharing, ladies!

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