Scrapbooking is more than just a hobby. It is the preservation of memories, a way to pass on a precious legacy to all you hold dear. Even the smallest, most simple moments can turn into powerful memories that can bring joy to you and your family for years to come. Whether you put it together for yourself or as a special gift for a loved one, the Days of December album is a must-have!
The idea behind a photo-a-day project is to go about your regular activities and to then take a photo of what you consider is the highlight of your day. This 6″ x 8″ album is simply bursting with festive cheer! Each page provides plenty of room to tell your stories through your own photos and words.
Get ready to have some fun this Christmas season as you document your most treasured holiday moments each and every day in December! In case you need a little help getting started on this beautiful Days of December album, below you’ll find a list of 31 photo prompts and ideas, one for each day. For those of you who did this with us last year, you’ll remember that we provided a similar list of photo prompts then, too. (Click here to see last year’s list.) We intentionally made this list different from last year’s so that we can have both to reference—that’s a total of 62 photo ideas to pull from!
Use these prompts in chronological order, switch them up, or pick and choose your favorites to use in conjunction with some of your own ideas. The important thing is to enjoy the moments, capture the memories as you make them, and then preserve them to treasure for years to come. We are memory keepers, after all!
The Days of December album kit is only available through the end of November, while supplies last. Make sure to grab yours while there is still time! <3
The excitement of summer is in the air and we want you to enjoy every bit of it! To get started, if you haven’t already, check out this fun list of 50 Things to Do This Summer we’ve compiled with no one else but you in mind. (Take this list on the go by downloading the printer friendly version, here.)
Do you have any more fun ideas to add to our list? Tell us how you’re planning on spending your summer in the comments below!
Are you in one of those families that go to Disney World once year? (lucky! 🙂 ) Do you spend most Christmas mornings at home in your pajamas? What about a birthday? We all have one every year. Holidays, birthdays, vacations, parties—the good times just keep coming, and so do the stories and photos that accompany them.
Earlier this month we shared a post about New Ways to Document the Holidays. We thought it would be worthwhile to follow that up with some additional ideas and prompts for other recurring life events so that we don’t always take the same photos and document the same stories year after year.
The following ideas can be used to take photos while you’re in the moment or as a place to start your journaling while you’re documenting the memory. If you’re new to scrapbooking or you’re just in a memory keeping rut, the following prompts can help get you going.
1. Why are you going on this vacation?
2. How did you get to where you were going?
3. What did you pack for this trip?
4. Did everything go as planned?
5. Who are the people that are with you?
6. Did you meet any interesting folks along the way?
7. What was your favorite meal/restaurant on the trip?
8. What cool souvenirs are you bringing home?
9. Has your life been changed by this trip?
10. What are you celebrating?
11. Do you have an ornament you love? Where did you get it and why do you love it?
12. What’s a favorite holiday treat? (Include the recipe!)
13. How does your family serve others?
14. Do you have any traditions?15. How does “magic” happen in your home? (Ex. Is there an elf sitting on a shelf somewhere?)
16.What wrapping paper did you pick out, and why?
17. How did you decorate your home?
18. Are there special movies that you watch?
19. Do you have any favorite holiday music?
20. Did you get a cake? What flavor? If not, why?
21. What were the reactions to gifts? Was there a favorite?
22. Who did you celebrate with?23. Interview the guest of honor and record their answers
24. Screenshot and document birthday messages from social media
25. How has life changed since your last birthday?
We hope you’re as inspired as we are to use your next birthday, holiday, or vacation to try out some of these memory keeping prompts. You can document your memories in creative ways by taking photos and answering some of the questions we’ve given you here today. Focusing on sharing the details around all of these topics will highlight what makes each vacation, birthday, and holiday particularly special on its own. We’d love to hear your ideas for scrapbooking these types of events. Share them with us in the comments below!
Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.
What are some of your favorite things?
What is your favorite book?
What are your favorite quotes?
Who are your favorite writers?
Do you have favorite paintings?
What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
What are your favorite games?
What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
What are your favorite restaurants?
What desserts do you enjoy?
What are your favorite recipes?
What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
Do you have a favorite travel destination?
What is your favorite holiday or season?
Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
Who are your favorite people?
What are some of your favorite things about your family?
What accomplishments are you really proud of?
What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
What goals do you have for this year?
What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
What are some things you would like to learn?
What books do you want to read?
Where do you want to visit?
What things do you want to see?
Who would you like to meet?
How do you indulge yourselself?
What are you grateful for?
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
What are you obsessed with?
What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
What reasons do you have to be happy?
What are some things that cheer you up?
What makes you laugh?
What inspires you?
Who inspires you?
Who are your friends?
What are this month’s highlights?
What random things do you know?
What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
What are some things you can’t go without?
What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What is happing in the world today? (current events)
What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
What are you good at?
What makes you unique?
From Your Childhood
Where did you grow up?
What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
What was your favorite toy?
Who was your childhood pet?
What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
Who were your friends in elementary school?
Who were your friends in high school?
What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
When was the time you got in the most trouble?
What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
What was the best gift you ever got?
What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Who was your first crush?
Who was your first kiss?
What do you remember about your first car?
What was your first airplane ride?
What was your first job?
Who was your first concert?
What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
What is your saddest memory?
What is your happiest memory?
What is your funniest memory?
If a genie granted you three wishes…
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
If you could live anywhere…
If you could change history….
What do you remember most about your mother/father?
Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
Who are your siblings?
How do you spend family time?
What family vacations have you gone on?
What do you remember about each birth?
What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
What are some of your mom wins?
What is mom life really like?
What are your parenting goals?
You love this kid because…
Kids are funny because…
Kids are scary because…
What do you love most about being a mother?
Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.
Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.
Journaling is the key ingredient that turns our scrapbook pages from a decorative photo album to a memory-keeping keepsake. Sometimes, even though we may know it, we get so caught up in everything that life throws at us that we don’t take the necessary time for this essential step. A quick and simple solution to this journaling dilemma is to incorporate lists in your memory keeping. Lists can be a fun way to include stories and details of stories that otherwise might get left out or would take too long to write out in paragraph form.
Take a look at the following examples we came up with.
How many of us create lists of things that we want to get done, either during a season or maybe even a lifetime? These bucket lists are such a big part of who we are and why we may have some really cool and unique photos later. These kinds of things from our story tend to not be told and eventually get lost over time. Imagine how special a list like this would be for your children and grandchildren to have of you, or even for you to look back on in later years.
There are several approaches to scrapping a bucket list. You can start with your list, before you begin checking things off, like we did here in our example. If you choose to include photos, you can find stock photos online or photos you already have that somehow relate to your list.
You can also go the other way and scrapbook your bucket list as you accomplish it. This second way you will probably have more photos of you actually doing what is on your list, but it won’t include your whole list with all the things you hope to eventually do (and in reality, we don’t always accomplish everything on our lists exactly how we think we will, so there’s that to consider, too).
Our second example doesn’t include photos at all! Yep, we went there (and you should, too, on occasion 🙂 ). Including a page like this one in a road trip or family vacation album, for example, will add so much of your actual personality and will also give the reader (including future you!) a glimpse into your world at the time of the event you’re scrapbooking about.
List journaling really is so simple and effective! You can include so much detail and information that would otherwise get left out, and quite possibly eventually forgotten, by organizing it all in a list and adding it to your memory keeping albums.
For more list journaling artwork inspiration, revisit the following posts:
In honor of the Oscars last night, we want to share with you 5 movies where scrapbooking saves the day:
This one is a personal favorite of ours at Close To My Heart! In this heart-warming Best Picture nominee from a few years ago, the pages of a scrapbook remind an elderly man named Carl about how good his life has been, while also showing him that adventure is still out there!
2. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
A famous New York playwright blames her spunky southern mother for her unhappy childhood, sparking a long-distance feud, but reconciliation is ultimately found after the daughter learns more about her mother’s past from an old scrapbook.
3. Age of Adaline
While looking through photos and scrapbooks from her unusually long life, the ageless title character of this film resolves to embrace the present, recognizing that true happiness comes from the relationships she has shared with others.
4. So Dear To My Heart
In this Oscar-nominated film from 1948, figures from a scrapbook come to life and encourage an orphan boy named Jeremiah to work hard and never give up on his dreams.
5. The Parent Trap
A picture torn from a wedding scrapbook becomes the key to reuniting twin sisters who have grown up in separate households and meet by chance at summer camp.
From encouragement to reconciliation to celebrating relationships, this small selection of movies really shows what scrapbooking is all about! Did we miss any good scrapbooking movies? Tell us about your favorites in the comments! And the next time someone asks you why you scrapbook, be proud! Tell them it’s your way of saving the day. 🙂