To choose the photos, I picked one from each month of the year that best represented that month to me. You could also add goals, resolutions for the coming year, or posts from your social media of choice from the previous year in place of the photos. I think this layout would make a wonderful final page in a yearly album or as a recap for friends and family in place of a standard letter.
My version of this layout is available free for download in .PSD or .TIF formats:
Have a Happy New Year filled with scrapbooking adventures!