I love to design our Christmas Cards each year. I pretend everyone saves them all year long too. (Don’t burst my bubble, please!)
I’m curious, what do you do with your Christmas cards each year? Recently I saw a post where she hole punched the corner and put them on an “O” ring each year. Then she set them out in a basket for people to enjoy each year. Love that idea for all those pictures we get each year.
I wish I would have thought of this 20 years ago. Right now I have a small scrapbook with those sticky-cling-annoying pages. (I bet you know which ones I’m talking about.) It’s what scrappers used before scrapbooking was a thing. I might stop updating it once the kids graduate but for now, I feel stuck with keeping it up. I start the year with our card on a single page and cram the rest in on a few pages, trimming and cropping as needed. I’m curious to know what you do. Feel free to comment below.
Let’s talk Christmas Card Ideas
I’ve been a freelance graphic designer since 1997, so I find it hard to use another person’s design from Snapfish or Shutterfly. Yes, it would probably save me hours! … [HEY! Remember when we used to do actual letters?? I hardly get any letters anymore but love to read them. Thanks to Facebook for getting me out of that task.]
My kids are in high school as I write this, so I find getting them to pose for pics is emotionally exhausting for this mom. I do love the candid-real-life shots, so I tend to use them (or I use Photoshop to help). If the idea is funny and they get to feel like they are playing, it sure helps the photo part for mom. Here are some Christmas Card Ideas we did with texting as they both got phones that year.
Or we all liked this year’s card with our cat we staged as the abominable snowcat. First I took a picture of our cat coming at us on our living room floor. Then we all we went outside, and I took pictures of the kids on skateboards running at me and doing all sorts of silly things to get them excited about the Christmas Card idea mom makes them pose for each year. They took some pics of me running at the camera to complete the idea. Now, this is where my Photoshop skills come into play. I took all of these images and cut them out with Photoshop, removing the backgrounds, and added them to a fun background. Now our abominable snowcat is running at us.
Photoshop helped this year too. I used the kid’s picture and made it look like they were in the snowglobe. This photo I took of the kids in my office and I’m pretty sure that my daughter did not even have pants on! She was always too hot as a kid. That memory cracks me up too. But the card only took me a few minutes to put together.
Although I think my most favorite is the time I tied up the kids with Christmas lights. They were so into this Christmas card idea, and the giggles proved it was so much fun. They were younger, and that was back in the day when doing what mom asked without any eye rolls was an everyday occurrence. It was also when we had an Elf on the Shelf and decided to add him to the fun. Here’s the Christmas Card from that year.
What to do with all these great Christmas Card ideas each year?
So, now that we have all these great Christmas Card Ideas every year I had to do something with them. I didn’t want to do a large scrapbook and have to maintain one for each kid. I was lucky enough to come upon these on clearance at Hobby Lobby after Christmas years ago. They are 8 1/2 by 11″ books with a Christmas theme and matching paper. Perfect! So I snagged two books — one for each kid. And grab enough matching paper to complete one to 2 layouts per kid for their 18 years at home. I’m assuming I won’t get many fun poses after high school graduation. So I thought these books would work perfectly. Each book came with 10 sleeves, Enough room so I could create 20 pages, or one for each year while they are home.
Christmas Card Scrapbook Idea
Here’s what I came up with: each year I do one picture of each kid at the tree and their presents. Then I’ll also throw in the Christmas Card picture that we sent out and use the albums matching paper I got to complete the one-page layout.
The kids were in elementary school when I started this, so I had to kind of wing the first few layouts of the book. But now they know every year after Christmas to pile of their presents and pose in front of the tree for mom. I hope someday they’ll appreciate it, but for now, MOM enjoys putting them together. I also really do love going back and looking at them when I get them out with Christmas stuff each year.
Since both books are the same design for each kid, and they were the same pattern on each side, I ended up cutting vinyl with their name, so I could tell which one was whose.
If you’re worried about finding time to keep this up – Don’t!! It was quite simple. And I think one year I was two years behind and cracked out a few pages all at once. The layouts are simple because the pages are smaller so it truly only takes a few minutes for each page. A couple of years I was feeling creative and cut out extra things to go on the page like a snow globe for the snow globe picture and one year the kids got a gumball machine, so I cut that out from the Cricut Design Space. The hardest part was keeping track of the photos as the kids grew too fast! ☺️
Christmas Card Scrapbook Gallery
I hope that the gallery of the pictures from our scrapbook pages & our Christmas card ideas will inspire you to find a creative way to keep your family memories.
We spend so much time on decorating, holiday prep and Christmas time traditions be sure to find ways to save those memories for your kids to enjoy long after you’re gone.