In Friday’s post, I shared that I was working on finishing our Holiday scrapbook album. I wanted to have it done by Easter. I was so set on trying to reach that goal that after the girls found their baskets on Sunday morning I got to work on a couple more pages before we left for the big family gathering in the afternoon.
Happy to say that while I didn’t finish it by Easter (I was WAY too tired when we got home to work on it anymore), I did finish on Monday, just one day late! It feels so great to have a complete album and a record of one year of our Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday memories.
One thing I included in the album that wasn’t in the original plan was a page for our Holiday Cards. Getting holiday cards in the mail during the month of December is one of my very favorite things. I love seeing postmarks from friends and family all over the country and internationally and showing the cards to the girls.
As much as I love getting them I never know what to do with them at the end of the season. As much as I would love to keep every card we get it’s just not realistic so after cherishing them all season I usually end up throwing them away. This year though, I hesitated, and as I was taking our holiday decorations I set the cards aside on my office desk.
To get ready for The Finishing Project class I did a big cleanup in the office and ran across the cards and thought in the back of my head that I wanted to somehow incorporate them into our Holiday album. Still not sure of how, I put them with my holiday album supplies.
I ended up incorporating quite a few pocket pages into the album. As I was looking through the different pocket page designs I realized I could fit a bunch of holiday cards in by using the Project Life Design F photo pocket page. So I cut each card down into 3×4. For photo cards I tried to include a family picture for the front plus the name of the family for the back. For traditional cards I included a pretty section of the card front plus the signature and sentiment from the sender for the back.
Using this method I was able to include all of the cards we received this year in our album. A great little snapshot to look back on each year. Even if you don’t keep a holiday scrapbook but want to be able to look back at your cards you could create a Holiday Card album instead. Just add to the album each year. It would be a great way to see how your friends and family have changed over the years.
I found a couple other interesting ideas on what to do with your much-loved holiday cards. Keep these tips in mind for the end of the year. You could create a cute little minibook with just a hole punch, a binder ring, and some scrapbook paper to create a cover with the year on it. Put those minibooks out in a basket each year as part of your holiday decor.
For non-photo holiday cards you could send them into St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. They have a recycled card program where they repurpose the front of greeting cards by attaching a new back and selling card bundles. They accept all-occasion greeting cards year-round. So keep them in mind after your next birthday party too.
Even though Christmas is a long way off I hope I was able to give you a couple of ideas for documenting your own holiday season and possibly a way to reuse or save those beautiful holiday cards.
I am grateful for the time you’ve spent here. Thank you for sharing this moment with me!