Friday, December 30, 2016

DIY Easy Christmas Card Scrapbook

I love cards. I especially love Christmas cards. My mom and I were talking when we were in Fayetteville for Christmas about how different each generation is with Christmas cards. Her generation sends actual cards and my generation either doesn't send them at all or they send picture cards. However they come to me, I love them. And I've found a super easy way to keep the picture cards throughout the years - a Christmas card scrapbook!


This idea was originally my friend Crystal's.  Crystal is one of those super crafty people that can dream up and then create the most amazing things. I am not. I pay Crystal to do my DIY stuff for me. So you might be thinking "oh no." Never fear! Because while I used to scrapbook like a champ, I don't anymore (thanks Shutterfly for doing all the work for me!). But this idea was super easy and took me only a few hours to put together.

Here's what you'll need: a scrapbook (I used a 12x12), fun paper that is already embellished or designed, photo corners, glue stick or tape pen, and Christmas cards.


I set-up my book with our cards first, then families that we had received multiple cards from or I expect to receive more from in the future and then I grouped cards by year. Some people send us cards each year and I love being able to watch their lives change and kids grow. But some only send us one once in a while, which is totally fine, they just don't get their own page. Some families have multiple pages and some only have one. The best part is this book is bound to grow as we continue to get more cards!

For my scrapbook, I chose a really pretty Christmas red book. For the photo, I used some of my fancy paper and one of my punches to create a cute cover. Back in the day when I hardcore scrapbooked, I would have typed it out on the computer and printed it out. Not this time. Less is more!

You can use any kind of paper, but I chose paper that already had designs on it. This way, each page had a design and was pretty, but didn't require any additional work or embellishments, which are expensive. 

For the square cards, I used photo corners.  I really like these because some cards have photos on the back and these allow you to remove the cards and put them back.  



Some cards have funky edges. While cute, they aren't conducive to photo corners.  For those, I just used a tape pen, which I just discovered and is genius!


I labeled cards that didn't have a year on them.  Those that did I left alone.

Here are some of my spreads. You can see that I hardly added anything to them and when I did, it was card stock that I used a paper punch on.

Our pages. I left plenty of room for next year's card!

My friend Crystal's pages. Other than my cousin's family, I have the most from her!

Our cards by the year section.  I love looking back and seeing how the families have grown!
This is such a fun and easy way to save your cards and literally takes only a few hours to make. Then you just update it each year! You can put it out at Christmas and let people find their cards in your book. It's a great end of Christmas break activity, especially for people like me who don't put up their decorations until after the New Year.  

4 comments:

  1. I love this! I sometimes get overwhelmed with picture card and they all end up in a box somewhere. This is a great idea!

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  2. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a cool idea! I never know what to do with my cards after the season ends!

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