Create a Christmas Scrapbook Page

How to preserve special memories from baby's first Christmas

Toddler in Christmas gift box
Toddler in Christmas gift box. Getty Images/Blend Images - Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Brand X Pictures

Creating a scrapbook album is such a fun way to preserve special memories and milestones from your little one's first years, and it will eventually become something each of you enjoys and appreciates. Baby's first Christmas deserves a special place in their scrapbook album. From visiting Santa to opening presents on Christmas morning, the holidays are full of precious moments you'll want to preserve in your baby album.

Taking Pictures:

The holiday season is prime time for taking photos of your baby. December is filled with festive photo ops. Here are a few photo ideas to include on your Christmas scrapbook page:

  • Meeting Santa for the first time
  • Admiring the Christmas tree
  • Meeting special relatives who live far away
  • Playing games with siblings and cousin
  • Attending Christmas Eve church service, if your family is religious
  • Listening to mom and dad read a special Christmas story
  • Snuggling up on the couch while watching Christmas cartoons
  • Leaving milk and cookies for Santa
  • Eating cookies and other Christmas treats
  • Opening Christmas presents
  • Playing with wrapping paper and bows
  • Modeling a Santa hat

Baby's first Christmas is likely to be a whirlwind of activity, so you'll probably end up with more photos than you can fit on a single page. Tuck extra prints into an envelope attached to the Christmas page or make a mini photo album that opens up to offer extra space for photos and journaling.

Use extra photos to create a separate book that features just Christmas memories. Use simple card stock backgrounds and a basic layout to make a book that you can add to each year. As your child grows, they'll be thrilled to be able to look back on memories of Christmases past.

Designing the Page:

Red and green is the obvious color scheme for a Christmas scrapbook page, but you don't necessarily need to stick with traditional colors.

Silver and gold or blue and white are also very complementary color schemes for Christmas scrapbook pages. Take a stroll through your favorite store during the holiday season and see what colors are being used for Christmas decorations. Even wild, unexpected combinations like orangey red and lime green can be festive. If the colors you want to use for your scrapbook layout clash with your photos, just convert them to black and white.

You can find Christmas stickers, patterned paper, ribbons, rub ons and other embellishments at any major craft store, although keep in mind that these items should be used sparingly. In most cases, it will be obvious that your photos were taken at Christmastime. Adding too many excess elements will only distract from the story you are trying to tell.

Journaling Ideas:

Since your baby won't be able to remember their first Christmas, it's up to you to record all the important details. Label photos with the date, location and who is in each picture. Try to record some special memories from your celebrations as well, such as funny things that were said or memorable gifts that your baby received. If you can get other family members to participate, consider including notes from baby's aunts, uncles, older siblings and grandparents as part of your Christmas scrapbook journaling.

While page titles aren't necessary on every scrapbook layout, they can provide a starting point for your journaling while supporting the general theme of the page. Some ideas for first Christmas scrapbook page titles include:

  • My First Christmas
  • Special Gifts
  • 'Tis the Season
  • A Time of Wonder
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Candy Cane Kid
  • Christmas Cutie
  • Little Treasures
  • Holiday Delights
  • My Christmas Angel
  • Never Naughty... Always Nice
  • Surrounded With Love

Quotes also make good journaling supplements for Christmas scrapbook pages. 

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