Here's a great idea to summarize your year and fill those first few pages of an album. This layout features 17 photos (three are hidden behind the small squares). Make sure your photos are black and white or sepia-toned - otherwise there's just too much competing color. I sized them at 2.2" square and left a white edge which serves as a mat.
On the title, I used white Thickers chipboard letters. They were just a little boring for my taste, so I added a small rub-on to them. I wasn't quite sure if it would stay on both the paper and the raised dimension of the chipboard, but it adhered perfectly.