Scrapbooking Precious Holiday Memories

A number of my friends gave birth this year, which means I’ll be gifting a lot of “Baby’s First Christmas” paraphernalia this holiday season.

I remember my daughter’s first Christmas like it was yesterday.

Probably because it was just yesterday that my kid pulled out the scrapbook I made to commemorate the occasion. She loves to page through the memory book and forces me to expound on the journaling blocks and photo captions I added nearly six years ago.

A child’s first Christmas is a rare gem of an event that comes around once in a lifetime. Consequently, it is a prime opportunity for you to document the moment in layouts that include twinkling lights, brightly wrapped presents, and other festive decorations.

For starters you’ll want to snap various photos of your baby participating in memorable holiday activities, such as visiting Santa, staring at a colorful Christmas tree or playing in the snow. To spice up a themed layout, consider adding some memorabilia, including a miniature version of your child’s stocking or swatches from your infant’s special Christmas outfit. Keepsake items, from castings of tiny hands to porcelain figurines are popular gifts to give for baby’s first Christmas; however, they don’t fit well in a scrapbook. Rather than store the keepsake in the book, take a photo of it and add the image to the album with some journaling about the significance of each gift.

Other holiday-themed photo ops include visiting with extended family, trying seasonal foods, and opening presents. The pictures can be paired with stickers, stamps or die cuts in the shape of wreaths, snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer, elves, Christmas trees, Santa Claus or candles. In addition, you can purchase scrapbook kits specifically designed to create Baby’s First Christmas layouts. Most include embellishments with the words “Baby’s First Christmas” and festive patterned paper that can be used as a cheery background for your cute seasonal snapshots.

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Michele Cheplic

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.