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Scrapbooking with Personal Holiday Photo Cards

By Edited Jun 24, 2016 3 8

Photo Christmas Cards

Create a Fabulous Photo Album

Use your favorite holiday photos and photo greeting cards to create a wonderful scrapbook and family history that will be enjoyed by your family for generations to come!

What is the easiest way to design a fun, easy family scrapbook that will bring pleasure to you and your children? You can create a family history, by relying primarily on your photo holiday or Christmas cards, your holiday letters, and some of the cards and letters your relatives send to you. This is a project that will bring you and your descendants pleasure for generations to come. How can you get started?

Holiday Photo Cards are great in scrapbooks

Buy a Holiday Scrapbook or Photo Album

Many gift shops, greeting card shops, and even department stores sell scrapbooks and photo albums. This next fall or winter, look for a scrapbook or photo album that has a holiday theme. If you can't find one, look for one in holiday colors, such as red, green, silver or gold. If possible, find one that will allow you to add pages as your album gets thicker.

If you cannot find a photo album locally, you may want to check out these Christmas photo albums that are available from Amazon.

Get a Few Holiday Stickers to Decorate Your Pages

You will not need to add much to decorate your scrapbook pages, because your photo greeting cards, holiday stationery, and similar items will probably be festive enough. However, if you have empty spots on some of your pages, a few cute stickers will liven up the empty space.

Buy Some Blank Holiday Note Cards

You may want to add some additional information about your family, so some cute note cards will be an attractive way to do this. For the most part, everything you will want to include will be shown in the photo or written in your holiday letter. However, if you want to mention a few more things in your family history than you might wish to put in your holiday letter, this is a good way to handle it. If you can't find holiday note cards, use blank index cards, and add one or two holiday stickers.

Buy Personalized Photo Greeting Cards

Today there are many different stores and online sites that sell photo holiday and Christmas cards. Make sure you include the year on your card. Get a group photo, if possible, of as many family members as possible. If you can't get everyone in one photo, there are many styles today that allow you to put two or three photos on one photo card. Or, have one photo on your card and add a couple of other pictures to the scrapbook so that everyone feels included.

Write a Holiday Letter to go with your Christmas Cards

Write a fun note to go with your cards. Be sure to include information about your family, such as births, marriages, divorces, graduations, moves, new jobs and major celebrations. Not only will the people you send cards to want to know that information, but it will help you remember those events when you look back through your scrapbook in years to come!

Put your Photo Holiday Card and Letter in the Scrapbook

Start your scrapbook with a photo of your family. Then, put in any old holiday photos that you have. Try to date them as well as you can. However, don't leave out a great picture just because you can't remember if it was taken in 2000 or 2001. Simply include it, along with the approximate date when it was taken. Once you have added all the old holiday photos and facts that you can, you are ready to begin adding your current information. Each winter, place that year's photo greeting card and letter on a new page in the scrapbook. Add any additional notes you want to include about events that happened that year.

Add Cards from Relatives and Close Family Friends

When you receive cards from close friends and family members that contain cute photos or notes that relate to your family history, include them in your photo album. However, don't overdo it or you'll fill your album up in just a few years.

In Later Years, Copy your Album and Give to your Adult Children

Eventually, this family history scrapbook will become too precious to keep to yourself. Therefore, when your children are adults you will want to make a color copy of each page in your album, and put those copies in an new album for each of your adult children. It will become a starter album for them, and a great family history that they will love sharing with their own children. They will begin adding their own photo holiday cards and letters, and their albums will take on a unique character of their own.

For other ways to enjoy holidays and vacations with your family, you may also want to read:

Thoughtful Photo Gifts for Mothers Day

Jigsaw Puzzles: Cheap Family Fun

Fun Games for Kids: Cheap

Last Minute Gifts: Cheap but Thoughtful

The Joy of Buying TOMS Shoes

Avoid Holiday Alcohol Abuse  


Here's a Scrapbook that Might Be Perfect for You

Pioneer 12 Inch by 12 Inch 3-Ring Leatherette Inset Frame and Ribbon Closure Memory Book, Red
Amazon Price: $28.99 $22.99 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 24, 2016)
This bright red scrapbook is an attractive holiday choice. It is also available in other colors.


Oct 18, 2010 2:02pm
This is a wonderful idea. Family members will cherish the book for years to come!
Oct 20, 2010 12:37am
Holiday scrapbooks are a great idea!!
Oct 20, 2010 11:42am
thnaks for all nice ideas
Oct 25, 2010 2:44pm
Thanks for this great idea! I loved to see a photo of one of these as an example!
Oct 26, 2010 2:00pm
What a wonderful way to begin scrapbooking. I'm not a scrapbooker, at least not yet, but your article has inspired me to start with this Christmas. Then, one day when I have children, I can continue, and as you suggested, I can eventually pass it on to them. You have wonderful creativity. Thank you for sharing your inspirations with us.
Oct 26, 2010 4:51pm
Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate them!
Nov 4, 2010 12:35pm
What a great idea! I think I'll look back a few years and take some of those pictures and start a photo album of Christmas mornings and meals. Thank you so much for sharing this unique idea.
Sep 25, 2014 6:10pm
Our family loves the Christmas photo albums I have put together. A true family history!
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