When it comes to scrapbooking I am usually a traditionalist. Ah, but come January I never feel like sitting down to scrapbook the holidays. I also don’t usually feel like making a bunch of big layouts nor do I recall the tiny details. A few years back I made a December memories book – it took 3 years to fill it. Then two years ago I made a mini-book style one that I was able to keep up on. What I found was that it really uplifted my mood as it was a rough year and making myself tell the stories and look for the positives? Very therapeutic.
There are a few things you need to know:
- I am doing a “holiday season” book beginning around 11/21, as that’s when the season begins for me.
- I refuse to be tied into a daily or certain # of pages. It’s memory keeping as there are memories to keep special to the holiday season.
- You’ve got to be realistic about how much time and when you will do this.
- I believe strongly in having fun with it, and not making it an obligation or stressful “one more thing”
Finally, and most importantly, I believe strongly in documenting vacations and special times. They’re NEVER the same twice, and as time goes on and you want details about “the year that… happened” it’ll be hard to recall. I believe taking a bit of time to stop and reflect upon the blessings and good things as well as pausing to ask yourself what you can be doing that would add magic to the season can help your overall spirit and mood.
From baking to decorating. Shopping to spending an afternoon with a friend. A quiet evening with the dogs to the movie you’re dying to see – it’s all here in my little book. Even if you’re not normally a scrapbooker this can be a really great project to take on. I’ve created this introduction video and will be checking in throughout the month.
At the time that I’m typing this I have done two 90-minute in my bed while watching TV and winding down for bed sessions. I would like to believe I’m going to get faster as I go along and sort out my style and flow for this project. We’ll see! Not pre-creating the pages does slow things down but at the same time I don’t know what I want where or when I’ll do a lot of things. So that’s ok.
Got questions or requests? Ask away! Let me know and I will be happy to cover them and/or help you out. Are you taking on such a project? Big or small, fancy or simple, I love documenting what is unique about the holidays each year.
Want to find some of the supplies I used? Here are some, and note that affiliate links are used when available. If you shop and use those – it helps support this blog so I appreciate it! (but no pressure or need!) You can TOTALLY work with what you do have!
Snap/Simple Stories album (Scrapbook.com) and refills
Elle’s Studio “Joyful” collection (direct, or available at shops)
These will be the base/basics for my project, as I share specific pages and progress, I will be sure to update you with products. Honestly? ANYTHING will work – any album or size, making it a major project or a quick and simple one. Do what works for you! I’ll be back this weekend to update you on my progress.
3 thoughts on “Holiday Memory Keeping made easy”
I’d love to see updates of your holiday memory keeping. Last year I made a 4×4 album and called it December Stories. I haven’t decided yet about this year. I’m getting out of the hospital today and I’ve been in almost a month, and I still have a lot of stuff ahead of me. I’m thinking I’d like to. Maybe forward t now just not down notes. I don’t have much mobility yet. But I would love to see yours. I love that album. Thanks for sharing. Michelle t
wonderful tutorial; I’ll enjoy following you along to read/hear how your holiday book is coming; this is my first year of attempting this project, so I’m anxious & can’t seem to get enough reading about this type of book, thus getting examples of other’s works…..TFS!!
I like your “no pressure” approach – I really want to document the season but not feel obligated to do something every day … I think I might grab a 6×8 album and do something similar to you. I have already pulled some stuff out so I’m kind of ready to go!
I love that first photo in your book! ANd I think the time spent on those first 2 pages was well worth it!
OOh, and you’ve given me another reason for a Selphie!!
I like the idea of putting stuff in the book that goes together and pre-cutting papers too.
Can’t wait to see more!
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