I didn't notice that the dates didn't match at the top and the bottom of the photo cards but I ignored that and just used them as square photos. The notes did help me to get a bit of annotation on each photo so it all worked out in the end. I'll have to do some more practice with this and see what gives.
Are you doing 365(6) or Project Life this year? How's it going for you now? Some times simplify is what's needed to get back into the swing.