2017 is over! A new year can begin. There’s a Cuban New Years tradition where you take a bucket of dirty water and throw it into the street as a way of tossing out the bad stuff from the past year so the new year can start clean. We’re lining up the buckets over at my place.
Last year I made the very jarringly themed (for many Americans, and I’m sure for many others besides, for their own reasons) “The Best Is Yet To Come” digital scrapbooking bundle, to be used for scrapping New Years layouts (um, is it New Year’s or New Years?) and 2017 album covers. I had already created it before everything went sideways. (I think the general consensus regardless of political affiliation is that very few Americans got what they’d hoped for from 2017).
But then I ended up feeling like the theme actually brought some hope with it, and in particular connected me with my favorite quote and personal guiding mantra, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” King’s quote grounds me back into faith and patience.
In that spirit, I’ve updated The Best Is Yet To Come 2017 with a 2018 supplement. I hope the theme will do its little part to support us as we work to create a more just world, which I believe we can move towards in part by listening to each other from a place of deep compassion and open-heartedness. In 2018 I want to do less talking and more listening, as much as possible to voices that don’t often get to be heard.
I’m still kind of flummoxed by making previews and couldn’t find a way to fit all the pieces of this supplemental kit in without messing with the elegance of the metallics, on the one hand, or not really displaying the yummy blues and purples. So I copped out and made several previews. That’s ok, right?
One of my favorite things in this 2018 update is a rad triangle template, perfect for year in review layouts (there are 12 rectangles, so you could put a photo from each month in one half of the triangle pairing and a paper or journal card in the other) and 2018 album covers. I used it to make my 2018 album cover. I’m really happy about how many people are such a part of my day-to-day life that I feel like they’re integral to my story and belong on my album cover. I’ve intentionally cultivated close relationships outside of my partner and family, which I love because different parts of me are fed by connection with different people. Seeing all these smiling beloved faces brings me a lot of joy.
I’ve made a little gift for you guys, to wish you all a happy new year filled with peace, enjoyment, and movement towards a more just world. The textured version shown above of my “The arc of the universe…” journal card can be found in the BIYTC 2018 Supplement kit. But I wanted to make these words available to scrappers who may not be pocket scrappers, crafters who may not be scrappers, and people who may not do any digital crafting at all. The freebie download includes an untextured 4in x 6in version of the card on a plain white background, perfect for printing and framing, and a transparent PNG version so you can put it on whatever background you like.
Because this is a blog freebie I’m releasing it under a Personal Use only license, so please don’t use the imagery for any commercial purpose. The one possible exception is if you want to use it in some way related to funding a good cause, in which case send me an email and let’s talk that over.