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Whenever I was a child, my parents would get Christmas cards from many, many people and we would hang those cards around our front door. At first, the cards would just cover the front door, and then the closet door, and eventually the wall between the two. At the end of the Christmas season, we would box up all of those cards and place them in the attic until the following year.
Christmas cards are a wonderful tradition, but old fashion cards just get thrown away or left in a box somewhere and that’s not fun at all. That’s why my family is starting a new Christmas Card tradition. Instead of buying Christmas cards that will spend eternity stuffed in a box, we create our own custom Christmas cards. By making our own Christmas cards we are able to capture a special moment in our marriage from that year. Last year, our Christmas card celebrated our wedding and this year, it showcases my friend’s wedding whenever we got all dressed up.
I really love our Christmas cards! But it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that this awesome idea came to me about how to preserve these precious Christmas memories. Instead of stuffing our old Christmas cards into a box to be forgotten, we’ll put them in a scrapbook.
Christmas is crazy busy, so I spent a few minutes today putting together the entire scrapbook so each year all we have to do is go back and add our new Christmas Photo Cards. I’m really excited to look back through this scrapbook over the next 20, or even 50 years to see how our little family has changed. Whenever we create a photo card for anything, whether it be a baby announcement or a graduation announcement, we’ll add it to our scrapbook!
First, design and print your Christmas card. I use Basic Invite to create all of my personalized Christmas, announcement, invitation cards. I love Basic Invite because they have so many options and everything is customizable. In fact, you even have the option to design your own card and then let them handle the printing!
First, head over to Basic Invite and scroll through their collection of Christmas card templates. They have so many fun templates!
Once you find a template that you love, click on that template and start filling in your information. You can change colors and backgrounds if you like. And of course, you’ll want to upload your own photo!
Once you have created the perfect holiday card, you can customize your envelopes. You can even upload your contact list and have the envelopes printed for you so that you don’t have to address them all. Talk about a major time saver! I’m really excited that the next time I have to print invitations or announcement cards my contacts will already be saved on the Basic Invite site. (Don’t worry! the addresses below are fake!)
Second, purchase a nice, sturdy scrapbook, scrapbook pages, and fun stickers. I picked up all of these items for just a few dollars. I plan on keeping the extra stickers in the book for future use.
Third, put together the scrapbook. It only took me about 10 minutes to put the scrapbook pages into the scrapbook. I put a sticker that says ‘Family’ on the front of the scrapbook. At first, I was going to add a little more to the scrapbook cover, but I really liked the simple look so I kept it like that.
Fourth, tape your photo cards into your scrapbook and decorate. How cute are these little snowflake stickers? I picked up some more family stickers and these cute little donut stickers too. I’ll save those and use them in the years to come.
That’s it! Now, all you have to do is remember to print your new Christmas card each year and add your new card to the scrapbook.
Saving family memories is very important to me. My mamaw kept scrapbooks like this and they have become one of my family’s most prized possessions. I know that I’m not going to remember everything that happened this year and that’s why I need to preserve memories now.
Do you have any creative Christmas card traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.