Capture the Magic of Your Christmas Stories – Paperclipping 277


Does your Christmas album capture the magic you love about the holiday?

As much as I love scrapbooking about Christmas, I’ve been confused for several years as to why I haven’t loved my Christmas album. Looking through it has done nothing for me; does not capture the Christmas magic.

As November approached I put my mind on this problem and — probably as a direct result of a story Stacy Julian shared in our most recent Deep Dive course — I figured out why!

So now I have a new direction and already my plan has ignited a fire which led to a five-page layout about one of my own special Christmas stories from childhood. I am super excited about where I’m taking my album now.

So of course, I shot video of this entire process:

  1. The “before” version of my Christmas album.
  2. The new direction I’m taking with the album.
  3. The making of a five-page layout with multiple connections between my childhood Christmas story and my adult Christmas story.

This new member video kicks off the holiday season of Paperclipping!

Coming up next is a post with my Christmas Product Picks and Un-picks. And over the next few videos you will see me re-develop my Christmas album with my new plan, and you’ll see me working in the Nutcracker Ballet album, as well.

These videos are for Paperclipping Members. This newest video is available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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  • Loved this!

    First: unbrellus! <3

    Second: can't wait to see how this album evolves. I haven't scrapbooked Christmas much (which is weird, because I ADORE Christmas), but now I'm putting together an album that I picture myself pulling out every December to look through with Nora. I've been thinking about how to arrange it (childhood, pre-Nora, post-Nora), so this video was very timely. She's only had one Christmas so far, but I already have a comparison page I want to make with photos of her and I snooping under the tree on our first Christmases. I need to dig out my childhood albums and find all the other photos of me snooping through the years. :)

    Third: it's so cool that your parents saved all of this stuff from your childhood.

  • Tina Campbell

    Such a cool idea and concept :) I’ll have to look through some old photos to see if I can come up with old stories like that :) I did do one with my love of photography that came from my first camera, but that was it. So cool that you found all those old letters saved like that :) I look forward to see how you progress with the album :)

  • Cyndi

    Amazing memorabilia! I love how you used the washi tape to connect the page to the others. Great idea. Looking forward to seeing how you refocus your Christmas album.

  • Debbie Piercey

    Love this Noell! I have found scrapbooking Christmas a very daunting task. I think because it gets to feel too repetitive. This is a brilliant idea. Love your pages and that you have that memorabilia saved! Great video!

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Can’t wait to watch!

  • Melissa LaFavers

    I think this is my favorite Paperclipping video ever. I am so inspired right now! Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from childhood Christmases, nor do I have the memorabilia, but I would like to find ways to incorporate those childhood memories into my scrapbooking.

    I have done some Christmas Past stories as part of my Journal Your Christmas album, and those are some of my favorite pages. Last year, I did a page with a photo of my parents’ tree the first year they were married, and another year, I did a page about how much my mother loved Christmas, with pictures I took as a young woman of her wrapping gifts.

    These stories of the past are so precious. Thank you for inspiring me to tell more, Noell. :)

  • Cheri Stine

    I think this was my very favorite video ever! I loved how you described a problem (one which I share–my Christmas album is not nearly as special as my Christmases actually are) and then provided a step by step process video as to how you are going to solve the problem. I am so inspired to go tackle my Christmas album now, but who will finish my Christmas shopping if I do? I also think you are so very clever to solve the problem of the not-red-enough paper by simply adding washi tape. Thanks so much for this video. Can’t wait to see what you do next with this album!