Christmas Memories Album

The month of December is one of my favorite times of the year to document family memories. While many people create “December Daily” albums, I have an idea to share to keep your holiday season stress free while still enabling you to document those special times with family.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share an album that I created last year of 31 favorite memories celebrating Christmas. (Complete supplies and instructions are available in the December 2012 issue of Crafts ‘n things magazine.)

The album I chose to use is by Fancy Pants Designs.  I was able to add a lot of journaling and tuck memorabilia into the pockets of the album.

I completed the title page last as I was creating the album and used my favorite family photo in front of our Christmas tree.

I kept the design very simple with minimal embellishments and allowed the photos and journaling to take center focus.

The album also included page protectors and I embellished on top of them, as well as what was tucked inside.

Every year we send out a Christmas letter and this pocket was perfect for holding it.

One of the memories I captured was baking with Grandma Mary, and I was able to give a lot of detail on the journaling card.

I love that I was able to include so many photos about new traditions.

One of the reasons I decided not to make it a “December Daily” album was because we sometimes had multiple activities on one day. And I also wanted to be sure I included everything important about the holiday season.

The girls cracked a DVD before we even got to watch it (I did get a new copy) and rather than throw it away, I decided to include the entire DVD in the album.

And at the very end, I included a photo to celebrate the New Year and wrote my thoughts summarizing the month.

If the thought of documenting December is causing you more stress during an already busy time of the year, consider how much you will appreciate looking through a mini album of favorite memories in 20 years. It will be worth it! Keep it simple and make it fun! Enjoy making new memories this month, creating new traditions and treasuring each and every moment together!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

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