A big trend in scrapbooking right now is documenting your holiday season by taking a daily photo and creating an album out of the photos. It is sometimes called a “December Daily” album.
Here is a confession. I have commitment issues.
I don’t see myself being dedicated enough to take a photo (or two) every day during an already crazy-busy holiday season. But, when I have seen samples of these albums- I did love what was documented. The holiday events are fun to look back on! But more importantly, on “slow” days, when there wasn’t an “event” to document, these scrapbookers took photos of things I wouldn’t normally think about. A cherished Christmas decor item, a silly family tradition, or even a time honored recipe handed down through generations.
These are the things that I want to remember and document. The stories behind the photos.
Remember I have commitment issues? I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money. It needed to be easy.
Well, guess what friends? I found an answer!
SN@P! Studios by Simple Stories has an entire scrapbooking line designed to work in these type of daily albums.
The line is pre-cut, and double sided, and perfect for a no-fuss mini album.
Supplies needed to make your own holiday memories mini album:
- 4×6 Sn@p! Christmas Cards
- 3×4 Sn@p! Christmas Cards
- Sn@p! Christmas Pockets
- Sn@p! Christmas Stickers
- 1″ Silver Binder Rings (2)
- Assorted Ribbon
- Standard Hole Punch
I am going to run you through assembling your own mini album. I put my whole mini album together while watching one DVD. So sit down, turn on “It’s a Wonderful Life” and let’s throw a Holiday mini album together!
There are 24 4×6″ Sn@p! cards per package. They run both vertically and horizontally.
I liked this one that already said “Christmas” on it.
One of the 4×6 pages is a December calendar. I made the calendar one of my first pages, so I could add all of this year’s holiday events at a glance.
Now, some of the 4×6 pages are vertically oriented, and others are horizontal. This is okay. There is a solid neutral pattern on the back of all of the printed designs.
Here is an example. Remember my mini album is horizontal- and here is an obviously vertical page.
Well, this product line also comes with a package of 48 3×4″ double sided cards.
Keep choosing your pages. Keep in mind how they will look in your finished book. This whole product line coordinates beautifully.
On this next page, I chose to cover up the word “joy”- I wanted to use the pretty green edge of the page to add a Sn@p! pocket.
I wanted to add a pocket to be able to stuff it full of photos of my family decorating the tree. I knew I would be taking more than one or two photos when we decorate, and needed a spot to include several. Here is the facing page, to show you how the pocket will look.
I sized my photos smaller for my book.
I chose to use that page to house my holiday recipes!
Keep in mind, the Sn@p! pages are 4×6″ sized- so you can simply take your regular sized prints and add them to this book. You do not have to get all fancy and make weird sizes. I hole punched some plain old 4×6 prints and added them to the mini album. Easy!
Select a 3×4″ card, and score it 1/4″ down from the top of the card.
Keep in mind, if you are adding “flaps” to the left hand side of the mini album, trim slightly to allow the flap to open, and not interfere with the spine of the album where we are going to punch holes and add rings.
Here is the finished page:
Flap number two opens for some journaling.
Then you can add some fun embellishments using the Sn@p! stickers. I made my flaps a little more user friendly by taking some of the Sn@p! stickers and making some flap lifters? I can’t think of a better term, so I will just show you what I did!
Here is an ornament sticker attached to lift the page. I used an additional ornament sticker placed on the other side of the top sticker- they matched up perfectly!
I chose to use a couple of binder rings.
I used a scrap 3×4″ paper to make a template so all of my hole-punched pages and photos would line up perfectly.
I measured 1″ in from both sides, and about 1/2″ from the edge.