One of the post-holiday, survive-January traditions I’ve established is to scrap the previous December’s photos in the following January. (So…I scrapped December 2016’s Christmas stories in January of 2017.) But at the end of December 2017, my mom got really sick. And then through most of 2018, she was ill, in and out of different facilities, and she didn’t actually make it back home until October of 2018. Then she passed away in January of 2019, and the process of cleaning out her house and settling her estate (not to mention grief) took up much of that year.
Also Kendell had knee surgery in February 2018, and then he started working from home, and I had whooping cough in the middle of my marathon training, and somehow in all of that mess, scrapbooking just kind of fell by the wayside.
But it has always felt important to me to keep the Christmas stories scrapbooked. I’m not sure why Christmas feels so important to me, except for the fact that there are always great stories to go along with the holidays, and because it’s the time I feel strongly connected to both my own family and my own history, and because I wish I had more photos and stories from my childhood Christmases.
Or it might just be the fact that Christmas supplies are pretty fun to use.
So even though it’s March and I didn’t do any scrapbooking at all in January (but I made several quilts and got acquainted with my new sewing machine), I’m going to use the next week (and, let’s be honest…maybe all the way into April) to scrapbook some stories and photos from 2018 and 2019.
If you’d like to join me, just for fun AND to relieve some of that COVID-19 stress, here’s a list of challenges:
- Write your journaling in the form of a letter.
- Scrap some photos you’ve had printed for more than 5 years.
- Use an alphabet stamp to create your title.
- Combine an old product and a new product on the same page.
- Use a non-Christmas-themed supply on a Christmas layout.
- Make a layout with FIVE or more puffy stickers, THREE or more washi taps, and TWO or more different patterned papers.
- Combine silver and gold on one layout.
- Make a double-page spread.
- Make a layout about yourself.
- Make a layout using non-traditional Christmas colors.
You can use all the challenges or some. You can make one layout or 27. You can even just print out your photos and put them in your photo album if you don’t make scrapbooks. You could finish up your December Daily or Journal Your Christmas or however else you document your holidays.
If you play along and want to share, use the hashtag #christmasinmarch2020 so it is all grouped together. I’ll be sharing here and on my Instagram, which is @amylsorensen. Hope you’ll join in!