December Diary: Scrapbook Your Memories and Traditions

December is a BIG month in so many ways.  For most of the month much of North America celebrates the holiday season.  The memories and traditions are different for each of us. Some of us drink eggnog, while others sip hot chocolate by the fire while singing Christmas carols with the family.

How would you like to capture those memories and traditions this December for your family to look back on for many years to come?

Maybe you bake a certain cookie, in which the recipe was passed down from Aunt Betty, or you hang an ornament on the tree that was given to your grandmother by your grandfather the first year they were married. Documenting those important facts not only benefits you, but the generations to come.  Your family will appreciate those documented tid-bits year after year when you pull out your December Diary to display as part of your holiday decor.

Take an hour now to create your album, and when December rolls around all you have to do is take a photograph each day and journal your moments in the album.

From now until January 15th we will be gathering at this Creative Memories December Diary Facebook Group to share ideas, images, and make memories.  All are welcome. We would love to have you join us!

Gather the following products to create your diary:

Christmas Past Paper Pack     Christmas Past Mat Pack

Black Pen     12″ Straight Trimmer     Tape Runner     8″ x 8″ White Scrapbook Pages

***Our 8″ x 8″ Albums will be available again in January, and we will be offering the Ruby 8″ x 8″ Coverset to use with this December Diary.



Cut the piece of cream dotted paper into twelve 3″ x 4″ pieces.  Set aside.


Cut the piece of numbered squares apart, so each number is one piece.  Set aside.


Cut the remainder of the designer papers following the above cutting guide.

To complete the album, download PDF: decemberdiary

Ideas of memories/traditions to capture:

  • Putting up/decorating the Christmas Tree
  • Picking out the Christmas Tree at the tree farm
  • Your favorite holiday drink
  • St. Nick
  • Visit to Santa Claus
  • Putting up Christmas lights
  • Driving around looking at lights
  • Favorite or meaningful ornament
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Hanging stockings
  • Family by Christmas Tree
  • Sleigh ride
  • Building a snowman/snow fort
  • Sledding
  • Snowball fight
  • Skiing
  • Christmas dinner
  • Drawing names/gift exchange
  • Tracking Santa
  • Ice skating
  • Sitting by the fire
  • Flying “Home for the Holidays”
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Holiday home decor
  • Snow falling
  • Candles
  • Holiday baking
  • Favorite gift received
  • Opening gifts
  • Putting star or topper on tree
  • Evidence of Santa or reindeer
  • Leaving treats for Santa
  • Advent calendar/countdown to Christmas
  • School/church programs
  • Caroling
  • Concerts

Happy Documenting!


7 thoughts on “December Diary: Scrapbook Your Memories and Traditions

  1. Thank you, Melissa! This is really inspiring. We are empty-nesters and our kids are too far away to come home for Christmas. I wouldn’t be able to fill an entire album. But, I love the layouts and the beautiful papers. Maybe I could attempt a “December Daily”-type project. :-). Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh Barb—There are so many things on a daily basis that can speak the holidays! I, too, am a new empty nester, and still going to give it a go! Taking photos of the dear red cup filled with coffee goodness, a photo of the storefronts in which I shop for gifts, etc. Come join the Facebook Group, and I am sure many others there will have ideas that will speak to you. -Melissa

  2. Oh Barb I am So Glad I found You! I am also a retired empty nester. Kids All live far away, so joining up with you & your friends will be Fabulous for me to keep energized & encouraged to do my scrapbooking even though I am alone! I am really Excited to get started!!

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