Album in a Year: December 2008

Holiday scrapbook layout

Do You Know What I Know? by Amanda Probst. Supplies: Cardstock: Prism Papers; Patterned notebook paper: Making Memories; Photo card:; Envelope: Bazzill Basics Paper; Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (dot pattern) and Hero Arts (month); Ink: Clearsnap (yellow) and Close To My Heart (brown); Fonts: Impact, Microsoft; Pegsanna,; Adobe Wood Type Ornaments, Internet.

Ah, the inevitable holiday letter and card. For most of us, December is about reconnecting with family and friends through correspondences like these. Regardless of whether you hand-make your own cards, buy boxes of cards in stores, or order photo cards online, the point of them all is to send a say “hello” and pass along whatever information you want others to know. These letters and cards deserve, then, to be included on your scrapbook layouts reviewing December.

I opted for a photo card last year and am one of those who doesn’t feel right if I don’t also include a letter summing up the past year. Right now I have a folder with these letters just sitting on a shelf. I want to include them on my scrapbook layouts, but I don’t always want the letter to take center stage. This scrapbook layout is one solution. I’ve simply tucked my holiday letter away in an envelope behind our photo card (I marked the envelope flap with a “holiday letter inside” message to alert readers to it).

Here are some other ways to include your holiday letters in your scrapbooking:

* Feature the entire letter on a page of its own.

* Create a special album just for yearly letters and cards (this would also work well with an altered tin or box).

* Select parts of your letter to quote in your journaling (I especially like the idea of asking family members for specific quotes to include in the letter in the first place).

* Tape or otherwise affix your letter to the back of your layout.

* Use portions of your letter to accompany the photos on a year-in-review layout (for example, beneath a photo of your kids at the beach, include the part of your letter describing the summer vacation you took).

Step-by-Step Layout Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to re-create this layout:

1. Cut two pieces of cardstock (or patterned paper) to 8.5" x 10.25".

2. Print the title block on cardstock and trim to 8" x 3.5". Adhere near the bottom of one of the pieces of cardstock cut in step 1.

3. Find an envelope larger than your photo card. (I liked that this one had a side opening, so that I can more easily access my holiday letter which is tucked inside. Alternately, you could adhere the photo card to the top flap of an envelope and lift the photo card to access the holiday letter.)

Adhere the envelope near the top of the other piece of cardstock cut in step 1. Adhere your photo card on top of that. (Feel free, too, to add the little “holiday letter inside” label that I’ve included with the title block download.) Tuck your holiday letter inside.

4. Trim your photos to fit the remaining areas of the two pieces of cardstock. On the left-hand page, my photos are roughly 2.5" x 2.5" and 4" x 2.75". On the right-hand page, my photos are roughly 2.5" x 2" and 4" x 4". Adhere the photos to the layout. Feel free to substitute patterned paper, pieces of holiday cards received, or other holiday memorabilia in place of photos.

5. Stamp dot background and the word “December” on a piece of patterned paper. (I used one of the pages in Making Memories’ spiral notebooks.) Adhere to the right-hand page so that the bottom edge is 2.25" from the bottom of the page and the right edge is about 1" from the right edge of the layout.

6. Adhere the two pieces of cardstock cut in step one onto the pages. Center them vertically and place them roughly 1” from the center of the layout.

7. Tuck your holiday card inside the envelope from step 3—you’re done!

For a little variation on your layout (or to create even more pages in your album!), you can try one of these alternate sketches. Click here to download and print the sketches.


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