Though the idea of scrapbooking daily during the holidays would make my very soul sing–the last couple of years I have had to put my goal of completing a December Daily album on hold. But I find that there are plenty of other alternatives that allow me to enjoy the season while capturing it too!
Below are a few alternatives I use to help me keep track of my photos, thoughts and memories during the holiday season, so that I can scrapbook them as I have time.
#1 The Month-in-Review Page
I have committed to doing one of these each holiday season. I aim to record the truly unique moments of the year’s holiday season in a double page layout–which as you may know is a rare format for me
Maybe later on when my boys are a little older I’ll be able to fulfill my goal of completing a December Daily–but for now I’m enjoying making memories with them–just as much as I enjoy keeping them.
#2 Keep a Holiday Journal
Some people make holiday planners–I make myself a holiday journal that I keep with me throughout the season to write down thoughts and holiday happenings for future recording and reflection. Sometimes I even tuck an occasional momento inside to put on a page later. This is great for referring to for titles and journaling and works out nicely for those of us who scrap a majority of our holiday pages after the holidays have blown over. This is actually a photo album that I’ve add my journal to–making it easy for me to keep track of both my thoughts and the photos that accompany them.
#3 Photo Idea Checklist
For the past couple of holiday seasons I’ve used Katrina Kennedy’s December Photo Checklist to make sure I capture unique photos each year to fill my albums with as I am able to get around to my holiday scrapbooking. You can take a look at this year’s December Checklist here
. The best thing about using these photo checklists is you can challenge yourself to take a photo each day or you can check them off the list two or three at a time as you are inspired to use them.
Both the photo and the memory behind this layout were inspired by a single prompt from this year's December Photo Checklist!
So this holiday season–instead of beating yourself up about not completing a December Daily album find a way of recording the holidays that works best for you and enjoy capturing the special moments of your family’s holiday season your way Check back tomorrow for some great ideas for turning your photos into gifts! See you then!