|My dog was boarded over the holidays last year, and the kennel|
sent me a Christmas greeting from him!
- Kids making their wish lists, plus a picture of the wish list in their cute handwriting
- Going out shopping
- Choosing/cutting down a tree (or the comedy routine of piecing together the fake tree)
- Decorating the tree and the house
- Favorite decorations, inside and outside the house
- The broken ornaments (with the guilty cat/toddler who destroyed them)
- Baking and cooking, plus the ensuing messy kitchen
- Small groups of relatives (easier to manage than a huge group photo, and easier to get close-ups of those faces you love)
- The preschooler with her dress over her head during the church play
- Playing favorite games
- Visiting Santa, with tears or smiles
- Charity events and caroling
- Stockings hung up on the mantle (or where ever yours go)
- The frightful weather - snow, icicles, and people bundled up
- Pets, especially in costume
- Don’t forget the adults (I’m looking at you, Moms, who are always hiding behind the camera!)
- The post-gift-opening disaster area
Christmas cards have always held a special place in our homes, and now that many cards include family photos, they are really worth saving! Ideas:
- Cards with an inside and outside can be cut in half (as above), with both halves displayed on the page. Or, you can try this method from CM Advisor Fran Smitherman.
- Double-sided cards can be slid into full pocket pages, or you can just display your favorite side.
- Incorporate a beautiful card front or cute detail as a page embellishment with a few snips of a scissors
- You could make an ongoing holiday card album, with cards from one family in the same place. For example, if your cousin sends you a card/picture of her kids each year, display them side-by-side, and add refill pages as needed. This is a fun way to watch the family “grow up,” watch hairstyles change, and so on.
- Create a “folder” for your cards using two sheets of card stock, as I did here. Lay one card stock over the other, then adhere, or staple, (or sew, if you do that) the bottom edge. Decorate the front, put your cards inside, then slide the folder into a 12x12 pocket page. This way, you can pull out the folder and easily look through the cards.
|Make (or buy) a 12x12 folder and decorate|
|Make a note for the reader to pull out the folder from the pocket page|
|There they are, your saved holiday cards to enjoy|
|Apparently I could not bear the though of adding one more page to this album,|
so I stuck the lovely tree drawing to the back cover! I also include as much kids' artwork as possible.
Don't love your handwriting? Type your page titles, captions, quotes or journaling on your computer, and print out on cardstock or vellum (check out my first photo on this post - I printed a title onto vellum).
|CM Multi-Pocket pages make it a snap to include all those holiday photos. |
Try adding some Christmas Joy slide-in cards and stickers.