Scrapping Christmas Past

If my mother had her way digital scrapbooking would be something you’d only see in the movies or on TV like… Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Needless to say, my mom has not exactly embraced advances in the world of scrapbooking, especially if they involve technology. She is old school all the way. Really old school; as in early 1900’s old school.

My mom is a huge fan of vintage scrapbooking. In fact, she is currently working on a Christmas-themed heritage album. Whereas she is not filling the pages with photos of my great-great grandparents, she is using a host of vintage scrapbook techniques to give an old-fashioned look to photos that were taken during holiday get-togethers from 1985-2005.

One of my favorite page designs in her memory book features three generations of family members taking part in the same activity. She created a double layout of my grandfather, my uncle, my dad, and my brother opening gifts on Christmas morning. The individual photos were taken when each male family member was about 10 years old. The layout highlights the holiday tradition and showcases the similarities each of the “boys” share partaking in a joyous family event.

Since my mom does a lot of vintage scrapbooking, she doesn’t have to scrounge for heritage-themed supplies. However, there are a number of companies that make scrapping Christmas past a lot easier. If you are interested in creating your own vintage holiday memory album, consider investing in a kit. I really like Karen Foster Design’s Vintage Christmas collection. It comes with an array of 12×12 holiday paper and coordinating embellishments that work nicely in a heritage album.

For those working with a strict budget, you could simply use materials you already have in your scrapbooking stockpile. Old newspaper clippings, buttons, lace and black-and-white photos are great additions to vintage scrapbooks. Other affordable options include handwriting your text rather than printing it out on a computer or sanding supplies to make them look distressed or dated.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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