Now that Thanksgiving is over and Advent has officially begun, my family is really getting into the Christmas spirit. It also helps that we put up our tree yesterday.
Fa-la-la-la-la and ho, ho, ho! It’s off to create memorable holiday scrapbooks I go.
Every year I swear that I am going to be more organized when it comes to collecting material for my Christmas scrapbook. I’m tired of creating the same, boring timeline of events: buying the tree, decorating it, baking cookies, listing presents everyone received, blah, blah, blah. It seems all of my layouts blur into one. They all feature a few photos, some embellishments and a memento or two.
This year I want to be more creative by enhancing the look of my layouts via personalized stories and other prized pieces. For example, I am determined to scan my daughter’s letter to Santa and place a copy of it in my scrapbook. In addition, I am toying with the idea of downloading an audio recording device made especially for scrapbooks, so I can document my 7-year-old mangling the words to Silent Night and Jingle Bells. Someone suggested I record my daughter’s version of the song, and then display a copy of the correct lyrics in the layout. PictureThatSound offers a line of scrapbook cards equipped with a built-in recording device which make for incredible additions to page designs.
Another idea I want to execute this year is to design a multi-page spread documenting all of the Christmas crafts we make. I saw a sample of this at a scrapbook convention I attended nearly a year ago and have been waiting patiently to finally put my own touches on the idea. In addition to photos of my family putting together the crafts, I am planning to incorporate some of the materials we use for the projects and a few of the finished items, provided they are small enough to fit on the layout.