Holiday Time Crunch

Do you wait until January to craft holiday-themed layouts?

I used to stock up on festive Christmas-themed embellishments, papers and memorabilia throughout the month of December, and then go into hiding during the first week of January to complete a marathon scrapbooking session.  However, my pages never turned out as well as I would have liked given my time crunch.  I felt pressure to slap together holiday memory albums just so I could cross it off my to-do list.  What’s more, I was extremely bothered by the idea of working on Christmas scrapbooks when Valentine’s Day was just around the corner.

These days I’ve learned to manage my time a bit better.  I now try to design at least one or two layouts per week as various holiday-themed events take place… not two months after the fact.  For example, rather than waiting until mid-January to craft a layout highlighting my daughter’s school Christmas concert, I try to assemble the page within a week of the performance when the details of the event are still fresh in my mind.  This helps a lot, especially if you are adding journaling blocks to layouts.  I find that even if I take notes of the event and place it on my scrapbooking table for future reference, many times I still forget to include cute anecdotes or touching moments I would like to preserve.

If you run into this issue there are ways to fill white space on your layouts.  When I forget to jot down notes or I neglect to save a piece of memorabilia from a holiday-themed activity, I supplement with poems or song lyrics that tie into the page design.  Classic Christmas poems are generic enough to use on a variety of layouts.  Some of my favorites include Another Christmas by the Reverend W. M. Bell, Merry Christmas by Louisa May Alcott and Christmas Bells by Longfellow.

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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.