Single Holiday Scrapbooks

There’s no better excuse to scrap than a festive holiday. Whereas I have seen some scrappers create holiday-theme scrapbooks featuring a number of holidays (in chronological order), from New Year’s Eve all the way to Christmas in the same book, I prefer to scrap one holiday at a time. Meaning the title of my scrapbooks read, “Thanksgiving 2009” or “Christmas 2008,” and include photos and memorabilia specific to that holiday.

If you are not an avid photographer and you don’t have enough photos to fill a single book or you simply don’t have that many activities to document, then you could consider doubling up on the holidays. Since I am a snap happy parent, I never have a shortage of photos to feature in layouts. What’s more, my mother and other relatives are extremely crafty, so I always have more than I need in terms of memorabilia and embellishments.

Here are some of the items I added to a Thanksgiving scrapbook that ended up having double the amount of pages I initially anticipated:

Recipes: Have members of your family handwrite one recipe to add to your Thanksgiving scrapbook. Ideally, you want the recipe to coincide with the dish they brought to share at the holiday meal. Don’t forget to take a photo of the person and his or her dish to add to the layout next to the recipe card.

Notecards: If you don’t like the recipe idea, then consider having each member of the family write out what they are thankful for on pretty note cards. Once they read their card out loud on Thanksgiving, collect the cards and display them in a simple layout with a photo of each person placed nearby.

Travel: Dedicate a few pages to chronicle the travel stories of family members who have driven (or flown) great distances to share in your holiday feast. Highlight the family members who traveled the farthest and have them describe the journey to your Thanksgiving celebration. Was their trip uneventful or was it filled with drama, drama, drama?

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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.