Preserving Holiday Memories

Christmas Eve is here. While it’s easy to get caught up in the celebratory madness, if you are planning to scrapbook the holiday, you want to remember to document the festivities.

Grab your camera and snap your family and friends partaking in holiday traditions, including sipping hot chocolate by an open fire or baking cookies to leave out for Santa. If you are planning to make a massive holiday meal, preserve the recipes to add to a recipe scrapbook or at the very least, place the directions in a journaling block along with photos of the finished products and shots of your guests devouring the dishes.

Since there are so many aspects of a Christmas gathering, it’s easy to get overwhelmed creating cohesive layouts. Some scrapbookers choose to keep their holiday-themed page designs fairly simple by placing the focus on photos, rather than cramming them with a bunch of embellishments. For a page that features holiday recipes, select your fonts carefully. Stick with typefaces that are easy to read, especially if you plan to use the book as a resource in the kitchen. You may also want to laminate the pages, so greasy fingerprints and accidental spills don’t ruin your pretty layouts.

Christmas scrapbooks can be created using a timeline where a story is told with the events unfolding chronologically. Another option is to create theme layouts. For example, if your family traditionally gathers around the piano on Christmas Eve to belt out holiday classics, add lyrics to your layouts using whimsical fonts. Or, add related quotes or poems to page designs that feature photos of grandpa reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” or another favorite holiday story to the youngest members of the family. If you don’t celebrate the holidays with a large family, then consider creating an ABCs of Christmas page or devote an entire layout to the 10 things you most love about the season.

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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.