You can do digital, hybrid, traditional, simple, elaborate, product-heavy, and product-light. You don’t even “have” to do more than your normally do for a celebration – make a few pages or a photo book. To decide on my own strategy, I asked myself these two questions:
- What approach most inspires me to create?
- How can I tailor this approach to my lifestyle?
It was important that I focused first on what felt intuitively exciting and right-for-me, because almost any project could be altered to the time and supplies at my disposal.
My 2011 Strategy for Christmas Memory Keeping
Last year I completed 6 pages documenting the holiday season, according to prompts from my Capture the Season workbook. It was a great experience and I’m so glad I could share it here with you. However, I will be the first to admit it was a little too rigid.
Throughout the year I’ve been committed to scrapbooking as the inspiration strikes, to being prepared with camera and journal to document the stories of my life. With only myself to be responsible to (i.e. no teams), it’s been liberating.
When it came time to decide on my holiday approach, I knew a creative and unstructured approach (supplemented with easy access to inspiration) was in order.
I will be capturing my memories in a mini album roughly inspired by the December Daily framework. I will organize my album into three broad, inspiring themes: gratitude, joy and dreams. I will not be scrapbooking every day or attempting to keep a sense of chronology to the book. I will use Journal Your Christmas prompts to spark and supplement my writing.
It is about as simple as that. You can see all of my supplies on scrapbook.com – but this approach is one that lends itself very well to any items from your stash. To me, its about creating a semi-organized collage of my holiday life and not about documenting serious details. It is a celebration of the season, of goodness in our hearts and a renewal of spirit for the new year.
How have you decided to document your holidays?