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.