What to Do with Christmas Cards After the Holidays

Phew! You can take a deep breath now—Christmas is over and you can calmly go about your business getting back to a “normal” routine. There are decorations to be put away, a tree to take down, presents to find places for, goodies and leftovers galore to eat your way through… but all in its own time.

One item that perplexes many is the stack of Christmas cards that you’ve received over the past few weeks (and which will probably keep trickling in over the next few weeks, too!). You’ve probably got a great system for displaying them when they come in, but now that Christmas is over what is to become of them?

We shudder at the thought of throwing away those cute photos and heartfelt greetings from loved ones and bygone friends, but the alternative of shoveling the stack into a box and shoving it onto an obscure and cluttered shelf under the stairs seems scarcely better. Luckily we have some great ideas to help you find a more fitting home for these keepsakes.


Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ to the rescue! This Christmas cards 2017 layout gives you a beautiful place to preserve those photos. The layout itself uses neutral colors and simple design elements in order to give visual preference to the photos, which likely do not all conform to a unified color scheme. Cards that are larger than 4″ x 6″ can be trimmed to fit into the Flip Flaps, or you can even just trim out a part of the photo and add it to the page, discarding the rest of the card.


Cards that do not include family photos can benefit from similar treatment, incorporated as design elements into a layout like this one. By using the Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors, you can add these cards to a layout so that the designed card front looks like any other design element, but the card can still be pulled out and read for the message inside.


Another project that works well for pulling together different elements is a mini-album. Once again, you can include entire cards, trim them to fit, or cut out elements you’d like to preserve.


Christmas cards come in all shapes and sizes, and so do mini albums! Here’s another album idea that takes a vertical approach by binding all the cards together with a piece of ribbon threaded through punched holes in each of the pages.


Use this idea to incorporate all kinds of cards, from photo cards, to traditional, folding cards and notes, which can be tucked into basic pockets in your album. As the creator of your album, you can make it to fit the cards that you want to keep.

When your friends and family members go to the trouble of sending you a Christmas card, that is an act of caring that deserves better treatment than to be stuck on a fridge or a board for a month and then discarded! Now that we’ve given you some ideas of what to do with them, you have an alternative that will keep their warm holiday wishes around all year—and isn’t that what we hope will happen every Christmas?


12″ x 12″ Christmas Cards 2017 Layout
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3231 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1½” <font> “2017”

12″ x 12″ Jolly Festive Holiday Layout
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

5½” x 7½” Merry Christmas 2017 Mini Album
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1743 My Acrylix® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, B1567 My Acrylix® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “2017”

4¼” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83, #M46F6E)
1¼” <Merry> (p. 75, #M58114)

5¼” x 7¼” Beary Merry Christmas Card Flip Book
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Hole Punch

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A Mini Taste of Summer

And so National Scrapbooking Month continues! We’re back again with another celebratory project made with the Taste of Summer paper packet and stamp set: a refreshing Taste of Summer mini album.

Taste of Summer mini album

Mini albums are great for compiling your memories from specific events or time periods in a beautiful standalone book, which friends and family can then look through as it sits on your coffee table to get a taste of what you experienced.

Because you control the page count and the binding, you have the flexibility to add as many pages as you wish. You decide how much time you put into a single page; you can highly embellish, or, if you prefer, keep the additions to a minimum. Every page ends up unique, and each retains a piece of the memory that you want to portray.

Use the Taste of Summer papers and stamps to create one of your own to capture your day on the lake, your trip to the mountains, or your picnic at the park.

If you’re feeling a little dry on ideas, let us splash a few your way:

• Using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge, cut pages of all sizes and with varied borders. Mini albums are one of the projects this cartridge was specifically designed to cut, so you’re sure to find everything you need.
• Get spunky with your binding. We chose Thistle extra thick twine to bring out the pretty purples in our papers.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Arrange blocks of papers, photos, and stamps in symmetrical patterns to harness the power of excellent design.
• Write short and sweet captions for your photos, but leave room for longer journaling entries as well.
• Create embellishments with the already adorable paper. Here we’ve dovetailed strips of paper and layered them to make a juicy cluster.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Layer images from the stamp set using 3-D foam tape.
• Give your handwritten memories the limelight! Layer blocks of paper and cardstock and fill them up with journaling.
• Use mini staples for your mini album—it’s like they were made for each other!

Taste of Summer mini album

• Get creative with your inking. The strawberries on this page were stamped in several colors to achieve a look that’s almost good enough to eat.
• Stamp directly onto your photos to capitalize on space—and give them fun captions!

Taste of Summer mini album

• Use journaling strips to allow the gorgeous Taste of Summer papers to peek through.
• Layer stamped sentiments on top of stamped images in complementary colors.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Add embellishments for dimensional pops of color. Here we’ve used purple glitter gems to coordinate with the colors of the papers.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Stamp images to create designs on solid-color cardstock. In this case, the stamped vines are more of an attraction than the paper!
• Place journaling strips vertically for a new look.

Your mini Taste of Summer project is sure to have a big impact. Remember to grab your paper packet and stamp set before the month’s end!

5 ½” Sweet Summer Mini Album
E1028 My Acrylix® Hopscotch Alphabet, CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Hole Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
5 ½” Photo Mat 1 (p. 40)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 40)
5 ½” Photo Mat 2 (p. 40)
5 ½” Photo Mat 1 (cut 2, p. 41)
5 ½” Photo Mat 2 (cut several, p. 41)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (cut two, p. 51)
4 ¼” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 53)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 56)

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Documenting the Journey: Mini Albums for Messy Memories

If you’ve ever moved, then we don’t need to tell you that things can get crazy. The dismantled house, the endless stuff you’d forgotten you had, the list of chores that make cleaning seem like it’s the only life you’ve ever known, and, of course, the interminable boxes that pile up like dirty laundry.Unknown
Whether you’re moving because you want to or moving because you have to, we can all agree that it’s a glorious day indeed once the moving is over, and everyone and everything has finally begun to settle into the new place.Unknown-2
But even though it’s a ton of work, moving brings many good things that are worth documenting. It’s a special time because the process not only moves the stuff outside of us, but also the stuff inside of us.Unknown-3
It moves us into places filled with new neighbors, new grocery stores, and new dreams. We gradually become familiar with these new things in our lives as they fall into our hearts, filling the spaces the old things created when we left them behind.
Moving launches us into the interim, a beautiful place we like to call the “in-between.” This is a place you want to remember! Memories are formed along the way, not just at the destination. But the in-between will come and go pretty quickly, so if you want to capture it, you’ll have to prepare for it.Unknown-5
Moving day will undoubtedly be hectic, but if you decide beforehand to take the time to snap pictures and jot down notes on the seemingly mundane details that go into your move, you’ll be glad you did. Save the piece of scrap paper with your daunting to-do list scribbled on the surface. Let the last impressions of your old neighborhood soak in.Unknown-6
And, while you’re catching your breath after cramming boxes into the moving truck, snap a few photos of the move in action, making sure to include all of the kind helpers who are making it possible. To make things easier, you can leave your camera packed and use the camera on your phone.Unknown-7
All of these things might seem too ordinary to be worth the hassle of documenting, but you may be surprised to find that the “boring” stuff is often what ends up meaning the most.

So take a break between chores to do a little memory keeping. And then, once things slow down, you can gather and embellish your memories and photos into a mini album like this one!

Now that’s a project that sounds a lot more fun than packing tape and cardboard. 🙂

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Brilliant Birthdays: A Chance for the Kids to Shine

Ah, childhood birthdays. The stuff dreams are made of! Aside from the fatigued cheek muscles you exercised to make every last photo your best, your life was pretty good when birthdays were strictly about cake, ice cream, and presents.

And of course, you want the same joys for your kids. When it comes to birthdays, we, too, take too many pictures and want to get the decorations just right. We love them so much that we’re going to devote the entire month of January to the topic, and you are cordially invited to the celebration!

We adore birthdays for the fun opportunities they bring to dream up, create, and share exciting decorations and favors. We’ll be chatting about all that good stuff later in the month.

Today, however, we want to focus on a very unique opportunity a birthday lends a parent. A birthday is an excellent time to account for the changes that have accrued in your child’s life over those past 365 days. Here are some creative ideas on using birthdays to preserve the memory of your little ones while they are still little.

Confetti Wishes Birthday Page

Can you think of a better paper fit for the birthdays you’ll celebrate this year than the festive Confetti Wishes paper packet? This paper packet is spot on for such celebrations and will coordinate with your photos perfectly.

This page uses some of our favorite Picture My Life™ cards in creative ways. The mini album in the top right corner is cleverly concealed until you take a closer look—isn’t that cool?

Birthday Page Mini Album

Have your child respond to the prompts on these Picture My Life cards in their own handwriting, then turn them into your scrapbooked artwork. What a keepsake for the both of you in years to come!

Birthday Page Mini Album

Birthday Page Mini Album

Use stamps, washi tape, and other embellishments to ornament the pages of your mini album. Use pieces that will help tell the story of your child’s year and current favorites. You could use their favorite colors, stamp sentiments that fit them just right, or even tidbits of their school projects.

Confetti Wishes Birthday Page

Did you notice that not all the other cards on the page are from the Picture My Life line? That’s right, folks: many of these are handmade 3″ x 4″ cards, done with the simple punch of a corner rounder and decorated to contribute to the theme of the page. If you love the idea of creating your own Picture My Life cards, there are also dozens of adorable design options you can cut using the Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge.

Here are some more ideas for documenting your child’s birthday with a little extra depth and personality:

• Have each guest at your child’s birthday party write a short note or memory about your child. Include these notes in a pocket on your child’s birthday page or use them to make a Picture My Life page.
• Have your child write a list of the presents they were given. Include a photo of your child with their presents as well as the thank-you cards they’ll be sending out.
• Create an extra birthday party invitation to include in your scrapbook.
• Take pictures of the cake, the food, and the decorations at your child’s birthday party. It may not seem like it now, but in a few years they will love looking back to remember the party theme!

Years from now, you and your kids will look back with delight at the memories you made and captured together. In the meantime, enjoy a slice of cake and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, B1464 My Acrylix® Puppy Party, D1630 My Acrylix® Curlicue Alphabet, B1465 My Acrylix® Glitter Glam, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, Z1944 Picture My Life™ Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Program, Z2018 Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program, Z1945 Picture My Life™ Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements, Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment, X7184C Chalk It Up Complements, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z1931 Honey Triangles Washi Tape, Z2004 Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1912 Corner Rounder

Cricut® Shapes:
7″ Title (p. 77)

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