During the month of December, I love going to my mailbox. I look past the bills and junk mail, and on most days I get at least one Christmas card. Once Christmastime is over and the mailbox seems a little empty, it's not so much fun anymore.
About 3 years ago, I came up with a plan on what to do with all of the photos and photo cards we get for the holidays. Since I love to scrapbook, I decided to start a scrapbook just for these photos. As much as I wish I could include the Christmas letters and cards in my scrapbook...there's just not enough space. I do, however, keep them in a special box. I think it will be fun to find them later on, but for now they are tucked away.
In the picture below is where all the cards "lived" during the holidays, but next year I think I'll find something where I can display them a little better. I have something where you can hang the cards, but it's too small to hold the many cards that we receive. One of my friends puts them on the back of her front door, which I really like.
Creating a Christmas Scrapbook
Look through your greetings and find all of the cards with pictures. Trim the pictures from all the photo cards and photos. I almost hate doing this because then it doesn't preserve the actual Christmas card (which for a photo card designer, is kind of ironic). Unfortunately, I just have to think more about the space and it works better to crop out just the picture.
Find some Christmas-style background paper. I like to alternate each year and try to pick different colors/styles. That way each year can have a unique look so you can distinguish the years as you're looking through the book.
Make sure all your photos will fit by laying them out on the paper.
Put a backing on each picture with coordinating colors.
Add simple embellishments and names for each picture. I don't like a lot of stickers and extra embellishments for this particular scrapbook because there are so many pictures that I want to be the focus. I print the names of the family or person in the picture off the computer and then trim them, back them with cardstock, and glue them next to the picture. I also include the year on the first page for that year.
The Finished Product:
Starting with the title page...
One tip would be to wait a couple of weeks after Christmas before making pages for that year. You never know if you'll get a stray card in the mail. It's happened to me two years in a row. You think I should learn my lesson!
This is what works for me in preserving memories of Christmas greetings from friends and family.
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