Scrapping Christmas part TWO {Christmas in July}

christmasinjulyThis morning I showed you my method for tackling the {digital} mountain of Christmas photos I have. As a a busy mom to four, the simple and get-it-done approach works well for me. Our awesome artist team has some suggestions and methods of their own! I love the diversity of the digital community and hope that something you have read today inspires you to dig into those holly-filled memories and get scrappin’!

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KAREN:

“I always find myself buying up tons of Christmas kits/elements because I love them so much, and then not having nearly enough photos to use what I’ve purchased. It’s good that I get so caught up in the day that I’m focusing on the time with my family, but I was also thinking that, this year, I will scrap pages for myself early (sort of like my own personal QP album) which can help remind me of photos that I’d like to take during the season. I’ll always continue to scrap the spontaneous, fun photos after the fact, but I can scrap pages around our traditions ahead of time. It should save me time AND maybe even allow me to hand the camera off to my husband once in a while so I’m in a few photos, too.”

AGGIE

Aggie decided on doing a DECEMBER DAILY album (more about what that is on Thursday!) and came out with an AMAZING album which she then had printed into a book by Shutterfly!

“I took pictures the whole month of December and scrapped it the first week of 2008! It helped a ton that I uploaded every single photo I took over at Flickr and jot down notes. Simple sentences were memory triggers already. I used a template given free by Jessica Sprague and scrapped and scrapped. I grouped all Xmas kits into one folder and went from there.”

Here is one of her favorite pages (for December 20):

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Dúnia

Dúnia says, “I love to scrap Christmas Pages, but I love the non-traditional ones.
Like my sleepy son waiting for santa, or he with the dogs wearing a santa hat.”

xtmas01-dunia-1Credits: Jolly Holiday Collection by Gina Marie Huff; Font: DJB KellyB

xtmas02-duniaCredits: Jolly Holiday Collection by Gina Marie Huff; Clean & Simple Templates Vol.2 by Dúnia

KATIE

Katie has this to say about scrapping Christmas layouts:

“I have a hard time scrapping Christmas layouts out of season. I don’t know why that is, but I just can’t get in a Christmas-y mood when it’s hot outside. Guess I would have to adjust to that if I ever moved somewhere warmer, but in Utah I get plenty of winter weather to put me in the mood.
I love the idea of working on holiday layouts in the off-season though because I definitely have more time to work on them. To get in the spirit to create Christmas layouts I look through my blog entries for the past few Christmas seasons and just spend some time browsing through past pictures and layouts centering around that time of year. It really helps me get going!
I have tried really hard the past few years to document the season as it is happening. I may not be scrapping a lot during December, but I keep a detailed calendar and I try to blog as much as possible. It is such a fun time of year to take and share pictures and I’m grateful for the memories I have recorded by writing down my feelings and experiences as they happen.”

And here are some of her favorite pages:

christmas1Credits: Joyful Tidings kit by Shabby Princess; word art “joy” from Holiday Cards volume 3 by Shabby Princess; font is CK Higgins Handprint

christmas2Credits: Ali Edwards layered template No. 13 from Designer Digitals. Digital kit “Treemendous” from After Five Designs. Fonts are Hootie and CK Good Day.

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So…what are your suggestions for getting Christmas scrapped? Any tried and true methods? Any ideas you want to share? Let us know!

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