Capture the Holiday Magic

It took nearly six years for me to capture a photo of my daughter with Santa.

I can’t remember a time when my daughter wasn’t deathly afraid of the holly, jolly, chubby guy.  She’s not a fan of skinny men with facial hair either, but I digress.

My daughter’s exceptional fear of Mr. Claus made it impossible for me to snap a picture of the two of them together, so when it finally happened, I crafted a double page scrapbook layout commemorating the event.

Two pages for a single trip to see a mall Santa may seem like overkill to some scrapbookers, but this occasion was a long time coming.  For years, I peered jealously at my friend’s Christmas-themed memory albums decked out with cheerful pictures of her kids posing with St. Nick.  She was able to use all those cute Santa embellishments, including 3-D stickers, die cuts and festive paper decorated with adorable Kris Kringles.

Finally, it was my chance to create a special “Visit with Santa” layout and I doubled my pleasure by crafting two pages.  I featured seven photos, as well as some small mementos and a ton of embellishments. I also had room to include the following short Christmas poems:

When Santa Claus Comes

A good time is coming, I wish it were here,
The very best time in the whole of the year;
I’m counting each day on my fingers and thumbs —
the weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes.

Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down,
And the wind whistles sharp and the branches are brown,
I’ll not mind the cold, though my fingers it numbs,
For it brings the time nearer when Santa Claus comes.

Let Every Day Be Christmas

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Poems and famous quotes are great ways to fill space if you are planning to craft a multi-page spread.  Just remember to select font sizes and styles that are easy to read.

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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.