I can’t help it….I love the beginning of a year and totally buy into the idea of starting fresh, having resolutions [breaking them] and creating new opportunities.

One idea I had for a class to start off the New Year is to design an album using Graphic 45‘s “Place in Time” collection.

Here is the first layout of the album….I’ll share the others as the months go by.


This is a photo of my mother back in 1955, in winter, headed out with her skates.  I didn’t know my mother skated! 

Everyone thinks most Canadians skate, and I suppose many of us do…except formy daughters and me!  Yes, I took skating lessons as a child, but the ice and cold are not my friends, and my girls agree.

Some close-ups…

I layered these banner strips in the background.
Distressed and inked edges.
A snowflake Sizzix die and glitter
Glittered tags and dyed ribbon.

I am really excited about creating an entire 12x12 album with Graphic 45!  If you would like to join my class and live in the area, call The Urban Scrapbook or register online.  

If you live far far away and would like to take the class by purchasing a kit or registering for online videos, please get in touch with me by sending me an email at kelly@klapstein.com .  

19 Comments on Happy New Year!

  1. Miae
    January 2, 2013 at 11:17 am (4 years ago)

    Oh I just love all the vintage elements…and they all just fit so well with that wonderful photo! I’m loving the blues too!

  2. Lee-Anne Thornton
    January 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Awesome layout Kelly! I can see by the photo that you look like your mother 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Lynn
    January 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm (4 years ago)

    This is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the whole album!!! Have a wonderful New Years!

  4. blsd2scrp
    January 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm (4 years ago)

    love this!! lovely idea! can’t wait to follow your work through this year!

  5. Michelle
    January 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm (4 years ago)

    why? why do I live so far away???? Whaaaaa… i wanna do this class!

  6. Lesley
    January 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! Are the blue paper banners from Graphic 45 as well?

  7. Jayme
    January 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    This will be one stunning album!!!!

  8. Sandi Smith
    January 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm (4 years ago)

    So very beautiful Kelly…love the layers and precious photo of your Mom!

  9. Renee
    January 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm (4 years ago)

    OMGoodness Kelly!!!! You GO GIRL!!!!!!! This is amazing, so delicate and pretty! I happen to live FAR FAR away, (tee hee) so I’ll be emailing u!!!! Hugs

  10. Charlotte Brochu
    January 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Very lovely layout Kelly! I have very strong feelings about Winter too. I just can’t seem to embrace the snow and cold. If this first page is any indication, your album is going to be outstanding! All the best to you in the New Year!

  11. Cindy Gay
    January 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

    It is lovely Kelly (is that your Mother?) Happy New Year!

  12. bohemiannie! art
    January 3, 2013 at 5:42 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love the distressed edges best…I think. You look just like your mom! You both have such radiant smiles and tilt your head the same way. How cool it is to have her featured on such an awesome page!

  13. Sandra D
    January 3, 2013 at 9:27 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful start to what should be a wonderful year filled with more gorgeous designs. This is definately the way to start a new year. Thanks for sharing.

  14. linda
    January 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful layout. Love the photo of you mom with those ice skates!

  15. Sharon Fritchey
    January 5, 2013 at 4:02 am (4 years ago)

    Oh Kelly! I can’t even tell you how much I love this page. Your mom is just beautiful and reminds me of a photo of my mom with her skis! Yes, she skied and I didn’t know it either. She saved her ski pants – they are amazing. And back to your layout – it is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to see more from you throughout 2013, my friend!!! Have a very happy NEW YEAR with that wonderful family of yours!

  16. Izzy Anderson
    January 6, 2013 at 11:03 am (4 years ago)

    This is so pretty, Kelly. Love the color scheme. That pic is awesome. Your mom sure looks dressed up for a skating outing. Ah, things were different back then. How fun that the pic told you something new about her. This is going to be one amazing album. THAT, I know for sure! Happy new year!

  17. Micupoftea~
    January 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm (4 years ago)

    What a wonderful LO, Kelly! I love all the blue. It’s funny, but when I first looked at the blue notched strips that are striped I thought they were corrugated- the stripes give that illusion. You and your mom look alike, I bet you’ve heard that before. The glitter adds pretty sparkle and the idea to use a photo TAKEN in January is clever. HAPPY 2013, friend 🙂

  18. Zoe
    January 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the blue hues and distressed look!


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