traditions | the album

Today I'll be sharing with you a few ideas that might help you to capture your family's memories that don't involve an intense month long commitment. Now, as much as I adore my 2009 December Daily, I will admit that it involved some time...preparing my pages ahead and then embellishing them further as I added my photos each day...and I didn't feel that I could dedicate those precious minutes this year but also didn't want to miss out on capturing some of our holiday traditions. And that's when I thought of using an 8x8 album in my stash as the home to Holiday Traditions. At least that's my working title, as I've not yet embellished the front cover...remember this was literally a last minute brainstorm.
Here are two pages that came together rather quickly for me because I used a template {which you can find in the Download section of my blog sidebar} and only had to add the photo and a strip of patterned paper. You could also add some letter stickers in that space instead, but I opted to add the title to my photo before printing. 

Wondering why the years begin with 1991? That's the year I became a Mommy!

The plan is to include Holiday Traditions in this album from all my Mommy years and from each and every holiday we celebrate. I look forward to browsing our photo archives, printing photos and journaling memories. So, no December Daily for me this year, but instead I've come up with a project that I'm really excited about. I hope it's so successful that I have to move on to a second and third album. If you happen to use the page template to begin your own Holiday Traditions album, upload them to the Write.Click.Scrapbook. Flickr group so we can all take a look!

Here's the page template download

Here are a few more ideas {just click on the links} that might help you to document your traditions:


  1. Oh wow- I love the style of this! Would you mind if I pinned for future reference?

  2. I love everything about this and I think the template would be perfect for a December daily as well. Thank you for sharing the template.

  3. Awesome, Monika! I LOVE the template, and what a wonderful idea! The beauty of it is, (if you read my post on traditions) that your children can continue to add to the books as they get older, start their own families and their own traditions!! Great idea, my friend! :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the template. I recognize that lovely line of Echo Park paper :) I'm using it in my December Daily, after winning a package from Danielle Flanders - it was a sweet early gift!

  5. Wow, what a fabulous idea! I'm always intimidated by elaborate scrapbook pages, but my main concern is getting memories on paper to save for years and years to come. This is definitely a way to accomplish that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love the simple journal-type layout you used. This is amazing, Monika! I especially LOVE that this is based on traditions. This will be so much fun to look back on years ahead. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thank you for the template - simple and effective. :)


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