ornament mini album | from the archives

This post originally appeared on I Love It All in December 2010, when I had been blogging for less than six months but obviously already a huge fan of mini books. To update our little album, I've been taking photos and adding new stories and memories. There's a link at the end of the post to download your page template.


While the ornaments are out and you're in family memory capture mode, snap some photos of your ornaments and holiday decorations. Each year, I think to myself, "Will the kids remember why this ornament is special or who gave it to us?" Probably not and one day, I won't either.

Ornaments and Their Stories | Monika Wright
photo album {Target} felt sticker {SEI} rub-ons {American Crafts} 

This project is my spin on an original idea from Stacy Julian, and you can find her version of it here. Stacy and her family recorded their advent season memories and when I read about it last year, I had planned to use the same premise to record the memories behind all the ornaments on our Christmas tree.

This year, I won't be outdone by time! I have the album I purchased last year and am using journaling cards I designed to place beside each photo with the story/memory associated with it. I could have made my journaling card more colorful, but decided against that so that the colors of the ornaments take center stage. I will probably spice it up just a bit by adding patterned paper and flat embellishments, but I'll see how all that works out as I go along. 

Ornaments and Their Stories | Monika Wright
Ornaments and Their Stories | Monika Wright

There's no right or wrong way about this project, you do what feels most like you. After all, if you capture a story and a memory, does it really matter what paper or album you chose? Not really. What matters is that you have captured pieces of your family history.

And don't be stressed. Didn't get all the ornaments photographed this year? Don't worry. Just continue with your stories next year when you pull it all out again. They'll be there waiting on you!

You can download the journaling cards here, there are three different versions and there are trim marks sized to 4x6 for you to trim them down.

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  1. I love this! I just made an entry in my December mini about the new ornaments we got this year.

  2. I haven't added this story in my PL album, but I do add Holiday related to both albums.

  3. This is a brilliant idea! Something to stash away and bring out with the ornaments year after year, and add to as well, being able to see exactly what each ornament is for. Love it!

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