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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{christmas memories binder}

We finally took down our Christmas decorations yesterday.  I think I was in denial that Christmas was really over--I just wasn't ready.  I wish I could leave my tree up all year long--I love it.  Some of my other favorite things to look at during the holiday season are all the Christmas cards we receive from family and friends.

I started a Christmas memories binder about 10 years ago, and it has been so fun to look back through the years and see how people have changed and families have grown, including our own. This year we outgrew the original binder, and it was finally time to start another one.  

If you're looking for a way to keep your Christmas cards organized, and have a place to record favorite Christmas memories, you are going to love this project! It doesn't take long to do, and your efforts will last a lifetime and more.

Each year after Christmas (my goal is to have this done by New Year's), I gather all of my Christmas cards and adhere them to white cardstock--both front and back, then slide them into sheet protectors and place into my binder. Nothing fancy here--I want the emphasis to be on the pictures and cards themselves. 

I also write about our Christmas memories for the year, and what we did on Christmas Day.  I include a picture of our own Christmas card, as well as the traditional "kids on the stairs on Christmas morning" picture. Even though I've had a family blog for several years, and write a lot about Christmas there, I still include it in this book.  Actually, I cut and paste from my blog.  :) ("Christmas" font = Before the Rain)

I also type up a "Year in Review", that includes our family's top 10--trips, milestones, and goals accomplished.  I also write a paragraph about each person in our family--their individual accomplishments, what grade they're in, who their teacher is, activities they were involved in, favorite foods, and any other tidbits I want to include. ("Year" font = Peas NJH Whimsy)

The new binder also needed some tabs for the years, and I created my own by printing out the next 5 years on to cream cardstock.  I cut them to size, folded them over, and distressed the edges.  I used double stick tape to adhere them to the sheet protectors.  Easy!

The old binder was in desperate need of a new cover, so I made another one to match the new binder.

I LOVE our Christmas memories binder, and so does my family. My kids will sit and look through it, ask questions about our friends and family we haven't seen in awhile, and read and reminsice about Christmases past. 

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Blogger Rudd Family Circus said...

I love this idea ! Thanks for sharing!

January 4, 2012 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

Dang it you are making me so jealous of all the fun crafts. Except I would need one of those machines. I wish they weren't so expensive and I could justify buying one. Love the calender blocks as well as the conversation blocks. I think you should open an Etsy shop and then I could just buy them from you. Sound like a good idea-deal :)

January 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
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January 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger camilla said...

Love the binder. Especially love the simplicity that enables you to do it year after year. I never know what to do with all the Christmas photo cards after I pull them off the frig, it feels wrong to throw them away. Love this idea.

January 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

So cute!!! Great idea!! A fun "to-do" to add to my list ... our Christmas stuff is still up, I just love the homey feel it gives. But, I think I'll have to dig in this weekend! Binder will be there and ready to be filled! Thanks again for your cute creativity!!

January 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

Great idea! I've been staring at all the Christmas cards still hanging up and wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

January 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

That is a great idea. I may have to start a binder.

January 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Callie and Jaren said...

This is a GREAT idea. Such a fun way to remember Christmas! It is so great to have a place where memories are written down and can be easily shared and remembered!

January 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

This is such a fun idea!! I want to try it. I just put away our things yesterday. I love all the decorations but I do feel good when everything is put away and cleaned up.
I'm new to your blog. Hope you can stop by mine.

January 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

Great idea, like a scrapbook but much more meaningful! Thanks for sharing.

January 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Rob and Toni said...

Great idea!

January 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Serena Legg said...

Great idea! I blogged about this and linked it to you. Thank you!!

January 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

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