This is what I like to call the calm before the storm. Maybe you know what I mean… Once November hits the holidays come like a flash flood! In a whirlwind we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and December will be upon us. Now, this post is not to send you into an anxiety attack. On the contrary. I am here to show you how I try my best to enjoy, capture, and document the entire holiday season. Here are my tips I have learned in the last nine years.
Get your supplies ready now.
Decide how you are going to capture your memories when they happen. During December, I keep my phone on me for quick photos and for special occasions I bring along my Instax and DSLR. The more photos the merrier! I make sure I have enough film for my Instax and batteries. I also back up my phone photos so that I don’t run out of room when it matters most.
I also take time to pick my December countdown album now. I gather all my embellishments, stickers, and other things I want to make this album pretty. I chose the new Heidi Swapp Instax bound album that is now in Michaels stores. Mostly because it was black and white which has been known to stand the test of time. The stripes are classic.
Use what you love and what you have.
It can be overwhelming to find things to add to your album. I stick with a color scheme I love. I dig in my stash to find anything I might have that would work. For example, for this album I used black, white, gold, silver, stars, and snowflakes.
Write those long meaningful letters for the album now.
That love letter I wanted to write to my kids about why I love to document our holidays, let’s be honest, will never get written in December. So, I sat and wrote it now and even took it to my husband and had him sign it right away. I typed it up on the computer, printed it out on vellum, and punched holes in the page to slide it into the binding.
Create your own embellishments.
I can’t help but want customize my album so that everything matches. I love the Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets. The sheets come made from black toner so that you can foil them and then cut shapes from either your digital die cutting machine or with a punch.
The tip is to foil the entire page FIRST and then cut the shapes out. You get a cleaner foiled shape this way! I cut these numbers with the Silhouette Cameo 3.
If you don’t have a Minc, you can get a custom look by picking from the many Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Glitter Tapes and using it with your favorite dies!
If your die is larger than the 2″ tape, just run the tape side-by-side on a piece of card stock. After you cut the shape from the paper, you will not even notice the seam.
Lastly, prep pages now.
So, I took an evening and put on Netflix and just decorated my pages. I had all my supplies laid out and I just grabbed items and glued them down. It leaves December for enjoying time with my family.
I made a few vellum pages “pretty” but mostly, the other pages are in a “grid” style.
I used the new Heidi Swapp InstaLove Deck of Cards and just put them side by side. They are so pretty I just let them and the frames in the pack do the decorating.
I left plenty of room for photos and places to write our story.
I even added some favorite flaps to add more photos to the back of. This is a We R Memory Keepers Typecast postcard.
Hopefully this inspires you to take time to prepare now for the busy season ahead. It gives me peace of mind to know that I can just enjoy the days ahead with a place prepared for those special memories to be documented.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp InstaLove Fall 2016 collection, Marquee Love Glitter Washi Tape, We R Memory Keepers Typecast collection can be found at Michaels stores; Heidi Swapp Christmas Dies, Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator Machine, Minc Toner Sheets, Minc Reactive Foil, and Bazzill Basics Paper Foil Board