Holiday Extravaganza: Ornament Memory Album

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 This guest post from Alexandra Rae Designs shows off her unique style and is a perfect holiday project!

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

Ornaments are a big deal in my family. Every year for my entire life (and my little brother’s life as well) my parents have purchased an ornament for us.

Every year, these ornaments have a special meaning—whether it’s something that we’re interested in that particular year (for example, I have a Harry Potter ornament for the year that I waited in line for the 4th book to come out, my brother has a fishing rod for the year he became obsessed with fishing) or something the notes a big event that happened in our lives (for example, I have a crown for the year I was Prom Queen, and my brother has a swimmer for the year he qualified for Regionals).

This is, by far, one of my very favorite traditions that my parents have kept up with (and yes, even though I’m married and living outside of the family home, I still get an ornament every year!) and it’s a tradition that I want to make sure is documented.

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

While Ali Edwards’ December Daily has exploded in popularity lately, I knew I wanted to go in a different direction with a “holiday album” for this season. With my love of our ornament tradition, I knew that was the perfect thing to document! I knew I wanted to document who gave me each ornament and the special reasons I received them… because even though I remember each one right now, there will be a day when I won’t remember.

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

One of my favorite ways to make a quick, simple album is to grab one of the plastic 4×6 photo albums that are often only $1-$3. Every time I go to Target, I pick up a few– especially the sparkly ones! I love the ones that you can take the cover out and decorate it– and then just slide it back in! Having to stick with the 4×6 “canvas” size of the pockets makes for a little bit less to think about as well.

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

I wanted to make the cover fun and full of sparkle. I used the Studio Calico and Kal Barteski stamp from the Cuppa collection (I’m a little bit obsessed), lots of washi tape, office supply “star” stickers, and a gold doily to finish it off!

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

To make my 4×6 pages, I treated each one as a “mini digital scrapbook page” so I could have them printed (cheaply!) at my local drugstore. After that, I just slipped them in each of the pockets and called the album done! So easy to do, and so easy to replicate when I have more ornaments and more stories to tell.

Alexandra Rae Design Ornament Album for RUKristin

If you are doing a December Daily, it would be a neat touch to include the “story” of any new ornaments you get this year. I’ve made 3×4 “ornament story cards” for you to use in your December Daily or Project Life. Click here to download the PDF!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my ornament album! Be sure to share with me if you make one of your own!

Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop works in marketing by day, but by night is a crafty designer, a photographer, and a memory keeper. She loves list making, great design, memory keeping, pinteresttwitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media! Follow along with her lists, craft projects, and every day life on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

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  • garden612002 .

    LOVE your album! That is such a neat tradition. I had hoped to start an ornament album someday and you have just inspired me to do it! Thanks for sharing!

  • moncoff

    This is such a cute idea…love it!

  • Katie’s Nesting Spot

    These are awesome, great for adding to PL or DD this month even if you don’t make a whole mini. I’m very tempted to make the little books for both kids. We usually get them one new ornament a year and it would be fun to see them all in one place.