For the past week, I’ve been creating a December/Holiday mini book using Simple Scrapper’s 2012 Holiday Kit.
Rather than create an album specific to 2012, I’ve captured memories of the holidays past with room to include memories from this holiday season. I used the kit’s number tags, from Elle’s Studio, for twenty-five different categories of memories. To some extent the memories are organized chronologically for the month of December, as in I have Christmas Day on December 25 and I have a page about advent calendars near the beginning.
I have a variety of page design foundations based on the size and number of photos I used for each of the pages. (You’ll notice mini clothespins on some of my pages. I used those to attach embellishments while I was still working on my page spreads. They are not part of the final design.)
I’ll start with the end – Christmas morning. For this spread page I kept it simple, using a full-page photo with added embellishments from the kit:
For the cover, I chose to use a single word “Magic” with one of the kit’s alpha sets. I embellished it with die-cut stars created from an extra sheet of paper from the kit.
While we haven’t made any gingerbread creations for a few years, they were a huge part of our celebration when my sons were younger.
To incorporate some memories for which I don’t have photos, I journaled with lists. This page, that I printed on my inkjet printer onto cardstock and titled with the kit’s other alpha, lists some of our family’s favorite holiday songs. Just creating the list got me into the holiday spirit! I love having this resource at my fingertips.
A relatively new tradition, although one that my husband’s family celebrated when he was young, is to go to one of our region’s fabulous nurseries to get poinsettias. We’ve already discussed which weekend we’ll go this December.
Using the kit’s tags from Pink Paislee I created a few titled dividers. At the back of the book, I’ve got a section for this December. On the flip side of the card, I affixed a December calendar with some of our activities already penciled in.
I have a few double-page spreads in the book, including this one documenting a trip to the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the Boston Public Garden. I incorporated a stamped image from October Afternoon on the journaling side.
I have just a few more pages before the book is complete, at least for the “past” memories! Looking forward to adding pages from our December 2012 activities as well!