In my last post, I mentioned that I filed my vacation photos away so I could work on another project because I'm tired of scrapping about my vacation. I realized something while I was filing those vacation pictures in my bins. I have a bunch of Christmas photos to scrap. I mean an obscenely HUGE pile of Christmas pictures. Don't believe me? See the proof below. A pile of Christmas photos that measures a whopping six inches high!
I can just feel everyone judging me, but I have a good reason. I swear I do! Are you ready? It's a deep, dark secret. I really, REALLY don't like scrapping Christmas photos. I am not an event scrapper to begin with because I don't like scrapping birthdays or any other major holidays. My dislike of scrapping Christmas is even deeper than that though... I just do not like to do it. I would rather scrap the smaller everyday moments in our lives. My best guess is that scrapping the Christmas pictures makes me miss the people in them? I also find the color schemes and themes pretty monotonous and boring. I mean, if you've seen one reindeer you've seen them all. Right?
Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. It's my very favorite holiday. I love the family time, catching candid and posed photos... I just don't like scrapbooking them. It's gotten to the point where I have almost ten years of Christmas pictures to scrap. Every time I see the pile, I cringe. The other day I became convinced that something just had to be done about it. Enter my newest, MASSIVE project. I'm going to fake it until I make it. I pulled ALL of my Christmas photos and every single Christmas scrapbook supply I own. Then I sat down and started scrapbooking.
My plan is to work my way through each Christmas paper pack that I own. I'm going to match the random Christmas embellishments that I have in my stash with the pre-existing paper packs the best that I can. I am not planning to purchase any new products unless I absolutely have to. I'm also not planning on scrapping every single photo. (Some will be filed if they are extra from the same event that don't add to the story.)
The first paper pack I pulled is an older one from Scenic Route that Nancy Keslin sent me. I paired it with some epoxy embellishments that Holly King mailed to me as well. Those two girls have spoiled me rotten! I managed to make three layouts with those supplies. First, I used a grid design to feature five photos of us playing outside with the new football that Ronnie's Daddy bought Brandon last Christmas.
Sticking with the same year and the same event, I scrapped these pictures of the boys opening their presents at Ronnie's parents' house. The girls were all wearing nontraditional colors, so the pictures didn't work well with the Scenic Route paper. I saved those for later. (Yay! Sigh.)
Moving to a different event this time, I scrapped another project featuring photos of my kids singing on Christmas Eve at my grandparents' house. I even managed to incorporate the pink polka dot patterned paper that was in the collection. (I scrapped Christmas photos and I used pink. At the same time ya'll. It's a miracle!!)
I didn't have enough paper to make another page, so I used the scraps to create Christmas cards. If nothing else, I'll have those ready to send out at the end of the year as well. Look at me being all on the ball!
Well, that's what I have so far. Hopefully, I won't run out of products before I get through the fifty billion photos that are sitting on my desk. Tomorrow I tackle the next paper collection and another pile of pictures. Wish me luck!
P.S. In keeping with my top secret project, I'm going to have some Christmas themed .SVG files! Stay tuned.