Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas Albums

So December is looming, Christmas cards, parties, presents maybe even some snow....and for many scrappers lots of things to document.  I love Christmas and really enjoyed documenting it last year, I've been a  bit late getting everything together for this year, but I will share what I create on the blog.

After you've chosen your papers and embellishments and albums - mine are heavily dominated by Simple Stories this year as I love their 6 by 8 size albums, I have cut up my 6 by 4 and 3 by 4 cards and all the papers designed for cutting in the Simple Stories set and am ready to go.  Then you need to think about what you are going to photo and what you are going to document.   Some days are easier than others as you might have a party, or be going present shopping, or decorating the tree - any family traditions.  Then there are other days when it is just everyday life with work and dinner, and normal routines but those are all things to document too as they do change over time.  Other ideas, especially if you have kids, are to join in Elf on a Shelf as that is an instant picture and you can get loads of ideas on sites like these.

To get you started here are some suggestions for the days when you don't have a Christmas something to photo.

1.  Try Ann's December Christmas photo challenges - which always start with a selfie on the 1st of the month.
2. Document the weather.
3. The regular routines.
4. What you are eating - any favourite foods.
5. A grocery shopping bill, any special things you get in for Christmas.
6. What you are reading, listening to, watching on tv.
7.  Christmas card writing - include one of your cards.
8.  Any nicely decorated houses or Christmas decorations.
9.  What you are making on your craft table - other than your Christmas album.
10.  What is happening in the news.
11. A quote from a conversation with a friend - just a bit of documenting on a friendship and a photo of the friend.
12.  Christmas plans, and the Christmas calendar.
13.  Your favourite tree decoration and why it is special to you.
14.  Family traditions and the background to them.
15.  A Christmas memory from your childhood and maybe a photo of an older Christmas if you have one.
16. Wrapping paper, tags and a sample in your album.
17.  Christmas lists.
18. Advent calendars or candles.
19.  How you are feeling.
20.  Sun rise on a frosty morning (love those :))
21.  Count your blessings - look at the previous year and list all those good moments.

As always I'd love to see your creations, so if you are making an album this year do post pictures in our Facebook group ATDML # Create.