A Year of Digital Scrapbooking – a review and some thankyous.

So this time last year, I stumbled across digital scrapbooking while trying to create a photo calendar as a gift for the grandparents. Little did I know what a Pandora’s box I was about to open…..
One year on, I now have a blog, some great on-line friends, lots of memories preserved in layouts, a laptop, external hard drive…….and even a small part-time business creating digital layouts for others!

I had never used photoshop Elements. I had never read a blog or downloaded a freebie. I did not know what a CT was in April, but by May I was on TWO!

So it has been a great year, thanks to my husband and family allowing me the time and space to “futter” on the computer.
Petra, on her blog has posted her top 7 layouts of the year, and I am sort of doing the same here, but I have chosen one layout per month. Be kind….remember I started at zero, so please forgive the unsubtle drop shadows and odd floating embellishment, but hopefully you can see my style emerging and growing through the year…..


Finally, a big thankyou to everyone in the Digiscrap Community who have helped me so generously in so many ways. For their advice, expertise, patience and above all friendship.

To my real world friends, thanks for the patience and tolerance as I showed them yet another layout I had created, and as I started to communicate in a whole new language!

And to the designers who have given me the opportunity to use their products and be part of their wonderful Creative Teams -thank you Lara Payton, all the girls at Weeds & Wildflowers (but especially Gina) and the lovely Chere Kaye.

Goodness, that sounded like an Oscar acceptance speech!!!

Have a great New Year, see you in 2008!

Take care and God Bless.

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  1. Aw! Beautiful layouts! What a great post! I should do that tomorrow! Have a wonderful day and a happy new year!

  2. I have the feeling that several of us will “borrow” this idea. Wonderful post, great memories and beautiful layouts. I’ve only been doing it since July. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, filled with love and laughter.

  3. Cute layouts. My son Liam (a good Irish name) was born on October 17th 2007. They are just a couple of days apart. I posted my calendar I just made on my blog, which is also a year in review.

  4. Happy New Year to you and your family JanMary!
    I think your digi layouts are amazing, I would have a hard time picking a favorite from that selection and I could not tell which you did when you were just starting out! You are so talented!
    Loved you Christmas Eve and Day pictures, too!

  5. first of all, LOL on the speech thing! Not at all girl…You’re so sweet!! Your style has really, really grown over the months…I scrapbook for over 2 years and learn new stuff everytime!! You’ll never get enough of this addicting hobby!!! LOL

    Ok girl, big hugs!!

  6. Wow, I loved seeing your layouts, the yellow one with Sam is my favorite. I wish you and your family a wonderful new year and you another year full of fabulous scrapbook layouts.

  7. Your layouts are just gorgeous JanMary. What a fabulous idea to showcase your work for the year 🙂

  8. Your LOs are fantastic. . . just beautiful!!! You’ve really grown as a scrapper! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  9. Your layouts are lovely Janine!! It is so fun to see your years progression! And I have been so blessed to have you on my CT!! How did I get so lucky? 🙂 Hope your New Year’s is filled with joy and happiness – and lots more fun scrapping!!! hugs!! 🙂

  10. Wonderful Pages JM! It has been a joy watching you ‘evolve’ over the past year. I’ve so loved your company, chatting and getting to know you. You are talented, kind and interesting. What a joy to see your growth & I look forward to seeing you develop even further in this year! Thanks for sharing your family with us!

    ~ Barb

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