Holiday and Christmas Scrapbook Ideas

I always have such a hard time scrapping the holidays. Coming up with fresh Christmas scrapbook ideas – not to mention Thanksgiving and New Year's - is so difficult.

I feel like I've used up all the traditional Christmas scrapbook ideas – opening presents, decorations, family gathering, our Christmas card, etc – and I don't want to just re-create the same layout each year. Thanksgiving is possibly even more difficult. There isn't any gift opening; there aren't any noteworthy decorations. The pictures are the same every year – my family playing cards, my dad carving the turkey, and the glorious spread Mom lays out on the table.

Family Traditions (12x24)

Christmas Christmas

For these Thanksgiving photos, I decided to describe and explain these special Thanksgiving traditions. My family is very tradition-driven. Even one break from the usual routine of the holiday is met with whines and complaints from everyone.

As this layout notes, one year my Mom swapped out the traditional canned cranberries for a fancy whole cranberry sauce recipe. We whined like toddlers and annoyed her so much, she vowed not to ever mess with the Thanksgiving menu again.

In honor of the never-changing menu, I took a picture of our Thanksgiving table and labeled each of our menu items. The journaling blocks help tell the story of how each item came to be a part of our table.

The facing page preserves the memories of a few of the other sacred traditions of our family Thanksgiving including card games, the turkey carving tradition, and a recipe that's been passed down through our family for a number of generations.

Hopefully this layout offers you a few new ideas for scrapping the holidays!

Products Used:Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Infuse (Saturate), BasicGrey Mellow (Equinox), KI Memories Fall Harvest WordsCardstock: Bazzill Basics, Archiver'sOther: Fancy Pants Rub-ons (The Daily Grind), miscellaneous fiber

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Are you looking for more Christmas crafts? Check out Craft For All Seasons for some fun projects.

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