Last year I set out in January to create an 8.5×11 album for my year. I enjoy making layouts in that size and wanted to try my hand at incorporating pockets as well.

It just didn’t work for me. I am a lazy scrapbooker and I don’t like Macgyver-ing my supplies. Cutting down 3×4 cards and fusing new pockets was not fun for me.

Just give me simplicity, please.

I transferred my pages into a 12×12 binder and am still adding 2015 stories to that album. I’m also still feeling a little frustrated that it didn’t work out.

To cope with those feelings and to give myself an official do-over, for 2016 I’m trying the 9×12 size. My album is in Purple Rain from Studio Calico’s new Color Theory line.

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

From an ease perspective, 9×12 is very nice. Fewer pockets to fill mean pages come together faster. Standard pockets means no fussing over sizes.

I’ve done my cover page, my January spread, an insert for my Refresh workshop, and a layout so far.

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

I’m mostly using cards and supplies from the Ali Edwards Story Kits, which I’m finding incredibly versatile.

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

The main negative to this size is lack of 4×6 spots in the page protectors, but I can see spanning multiple pockets and including more full 9×12 photos in this album.

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

The 9×12 size is an interesting one for layouts. It doesn’t quite feel like 8.5×11 because there is more space, but the taller aspect ratio makes composition more like 12×12.

This page was created on 9×12 cardstock, but I do plan on making some pages on 8.5.×11 and then mounting on 9×12 patterned paper.

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12

Next up is creating dividers for the Library of Memories categories. I’m still loving using those themes to break up my album. My Project Life spreads go under “Things We Do”.

Where do 2016 stories fit into your overall album framework?

Scrapbooking the Year in 9x12