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Christmas 2009 | Celeste Smith

Christmas 2009 | Celeste Smith

mini-album | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, KI Memories, October Afternoon, Sassafras Lass) + overlay (Hambly) + chipboard alphabet (American Crafts)

A Note From Celeste

I’ll admit it I’m a little bah humbug about scrapping our Christmases. Since we have so many traditions, it seems that every year we do a lot of the same things. I usually only scrapbook a couple of photos and the rest never even get printed. This year I decided to try something different. I love the idea of Ali Edwards’ December Daily Album, but I work full time and the light in December leaves a lot to be desired when I’m not at work. I took a different slant on it and ended up with almost as many pages as her albums. I decided to make a list of all of the different things we do at Christmas – all of the things I photograph. Then I devoted one page to each topic. Some of my topics include Christmas music, seeing Santa, outtakes from our Christmas photo shoot and our Hanukkah celebration with my niece and nephew.

I went through my entire stash and pulled all of my Christmas paper, all of my Christmas embellishments, pulled red, green, and other colored journal cards, and a bunch of other embellishments in Christmas colors. I put it all in a box and took it to a six hour crop. CRAZY! I had stuff strewn from one end of the table to the other, but I managed to put the entire album during the crop. Now all I have to do is take some photos and put them in the book. I’ll add a few sentences or more of journaling to each page. Then at least one Christmas will be fully documented, right? My kids are already thumbing through the book and there aren’t even any photos in it yet!

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss