No-Fuss Holiday Album

Scrapbook holiday photos with ease. Plan pages before December arrives. Then, scrap as you go.

Create a December Daily Album

Design by Ali Edwards

Ali creates an album full of empty pages before December and finishes a page every day when the month arrives. This allows her to scrap memories as they happen without becoming overwhelmed. Click through to get tips for creating your own album that documents every day from December 1 through December 25.

Tip from Ali: "Tell one story a day. My album usually ends up being a combination of everyday life stories and holiday-related memories."

Write an Introductory Message

Design by Ali Edwards

Start the album off with a little journaling that gives insight to your feelings on the upcoming month.

Trim Photos to Album Shape

Design by Ali Edwards

Give photos an interesting look. Print snapshots slightly larger than the shaped album page, adhere, then trim around the edges with a crafts knife.

Journal Around Page Edges

Design by Ali Edwards

No room for a journaling block? Share your thoughts around the edges of a photo instead.

Tip from Ali: "I suggest a flexible, see-how-it-goes approach (especially if this is your first time), with a little bit of 'keep it simple' thrown in for good measure. Don't get bogged down in what you think this project is supposed to be. Instead, let it evolve to fit your lifestyle."

Use Catalog Pages

Design by Ali Edwards

Put catalogs to use. Ali used a sheet from a J Crew book to add color to this page.

Create a Fabric Pocket

Design by Ali Edwards

No sewing necessary! Staple a fabric pocket to your page instead of pulling out a needle and thread.

Organize Photos in Page Protectors

Design by Ali Edwards

Employ divided page protectors when you have multiple small elements you want to share at one time.

Add Text to Holiday Photos

Design by Ali Edwards

Journal in empty photo space. Add text in image-editing software before printing.

Disguise Journaling

Design by Ali Edwards

Tuck journaling in a festive envelope to keep it a secret.

Embellish Scrapbook Pages with Overlays

Design by Ali Edwards

Embellish a page with ease using a decorative overlay.

Preserve Everyday Memories

Design by Ali Edwards

This album is not only about holiday memories, but also about everyday December memories. Record the everyday as well.

Tip from Ali: "Don't worry if you have days in which you don't do anything holiday related. You can tell a past story, snap a photo of a tree ornament and explain how it came to be, or just write about your daily routine."

Use Multiple Pages for One Day

Design by Ali Edwards

If one day's events can't fit on one page, add more! This album is meant evolve as the month evolves.

Scrapbook Holiday Crafting

Design by Ali Edwards

Give Christmas crafts a place in your album. Snap a few shots of your work table and supplies.

Record Letters to Santa

Design by Ali Edwards

Scrap letters to Santa without risking damage to the actual letter. Take a photo of your child in the process and scrap those instead.

Count Down the Days

Design by Ali Edwards

Highlight the 12 days 'til Christmas with a stamped message.

Use Transparencies to Accent Holiday Photos

Design by Ali Edwards

Accent photos without altering them. Lay an embellished transparency over a photo instead.

Create a Large Journaling Space

Design by Ali Edwards

Snowy backgrounds make the perfect holiday journaling block. Add text in image-editing software, then print.

Add Extra Photos

Design by Ali Edwards

Slip in extra photos without designing another page. Simple hole punch the photo and slide in.

Create a Photostrip

Design by Ali Edwards

Combine photos in image-editing software, then print as one strip for flawless assembly.

Include Holiday Memorabilia

Design by Ali Edwards

Incorporate holiday souvenirs into an album. Adhere tickets, programs, etc., to pages. Want to include memorabilia without damage? Slip them into a page protector.

Use Large Souvenirs as Pages

Design by Ali Edwards

Large memorabilia can hold their own. Ali hole punched a holiday program.

Accent the Front and Back of Pages

Design by Ali Edwards

Design the front and back of a page to flow together. This allows you to use fun holiday embellishments, while also leaving room for favorite photos. You can see the back of this page on the next slide.

Document Holiday Weather

Design by Ali Edwards

Take a break from scrapping Christmas events. Record the atmosphere, too. This page gives insight to holiday weather.

Create an Easy Grid Design

Design by Ali Edwards

Need a quick, fun design? Split page accents into quadrants for a geometric grid look.

Feature a Large Journaling Block

Design by Ali Edwards

When there's more to the story than photos show, give a journaling block more presence.

Document Christmas Preparations

Design by Ali Edwards

Include holiday recipes or shopping lists. Don't worry about typing them out perfectly. The handwritten notes you used in the store give the page character.

Create a Christmas Spread

Design by Ali Edwards

Give Christmas the attention it deserves. Use the back of day 24 and the front of day 25 for a detailed spread.

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