Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Get It ScrappedThe “newsy” holiday letter summarizes the year and what the “characters” in your home have been up to. This letter can also be a foundation for an end-of-year or holiday scrapbook page.

See how our creative team has used the “holiday-letter” to inspire their pages here.

Devra Hunt says, “A lot can happen in a year’s time. Here, I shared what is currently happening in each member of our family’s life. For my children it’s what’s new for them in school this year. For my husband and myself, it’s career changes.”

“I don’t send a holiday letter and have no plans to send one in the future. I would however consider doing a scrapbook page like this again next year. It’s a nice easy way to sum up the year on one scrapbook page. The challenging part for me was coming up with a story to tell that involved all of us. TO comquer that, I wrote an actual holiday letter. ”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

Shalom by Devra Hunt | Supplies: cardstock-American Crafts, Patterned paper and stickers-Photoplay Paper, printer-Epson, adhesive-EK Success, Recollections


Lynn Grieveson says, “This is the story of our year, which started with a great winter in France, but which also included broken bones for two of us, a car and bike crash for The Husband and lots and lots of work.”

“I very much stuck to the highlights–and even they were edited. It’s been a bit of a tough year so I couldn’t be as witty or humorous as I might otherwise have been! But it was fun choosing the photos, and I was able to add a bit of whimsy and fun with that. The spots in my design for shorter snippets made it easy to add just small notes about some of the events of the year–and that made it easier to journal. It’s always challenging to write about yourself, so breaking it into articles like this helped.”

“We don’t normally do a holiday letter but we do send out calendars to family. I think it would be tempting to do a holiday letter with scrapbooking supplies like this because it is fun to personalize and get creative with it.”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Lynn Grieveson | Get It Scrapped

Grieveson Family News by Lynn Grieveson | Supplies: Family newsletter templates and Frostell Kit from Lynn Grieveson Designs at The Lilypad

Hannah Lemieux decided not to use a holiday letter for her inspiration and, instead, found a way to include the many cards and photos she gets from friends.

She says, “Each year friends and family send us beautiful cards and pictures of their family. They share their milestones, and I made a layout that remembers these people we hold dear.”

I put photos of the actual cards onto the  little mini cards I made for the layout. Inside those cards I added the names of the person who sent the card and the state or place they live. I really love this element because we know so many people from around the world.”

“Along with this layout, I’ll add the holiday letters we received from our closest friends and families. This way we can look at their card and then look back at what they accomplished. I am also adding our own holiday letter that I included with the others we received though it wasn’t the main focus.”

“Because I took a different approach and focused on where the cards and letters were from that gave me more freedom to play with design. That element came together really fast as I thought about how I display our holiday cards throughout the holiday season. I really wanted them to look like they were hanging across and along the doorframe where I normally display them. I made the little cards and added twine for texture and movement. I love how interactive this spread became. I am hoping this fun element will help us just remember our friends and family who we love.”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Hannah Lemieux | Get It Scrapped

Tidings by Hannah Lemieux | Supplies: AC Smooth White Cardstock, Crate Paper Falala Collection papers December, Mistletoe, Very Merry, evergreen, Fireside, Snowflakes, Falala Thickers, Falala die cuts, Falala chipboard, Falala buttons, Falala enamel stickers, Jen Hadfield Heart to Home Family Tree paper, Simple Stories 6X6 Basics woodgrain patterned paper, Shimelle Christmas Magic 6X6 paper, Holly paper, Wrap paper, Sparkle paper, tag paper, Shimelle Earhart paper, Pink Paislee Merry and Bright papered paper, Pretty Little Studio Here Comes the Sun Tile Alphas, Lawn Fawn red and white baker’s twine, AC Mini Attacher, Tomboy Mono Multi glue.


Ronnie Crowley says, “I haven’t written a holiday letter for a few years as I began to feel everyone knew the news from facebook anyways. Doing this felt like going old school to me!”

“I wrote the letter the same way as I used to write such letters–with a few highlights from all of us. Once finished I liked the way it created a nice summary page for the year. Writing a letter like this each month might work as great way to record life now I have less and less pictures of the children. Choosing a font was the hardest part of the whole page so it was easy to read but there was also enough space for the length of the journaling.”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

Dear Family by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Cindy Schneider – Xmas Single 20 Template, Wendy P Designs – Homemade Christmas


Christy Strickler says, “I have never sent a holiday letter so it felt a little disingenuous of me to include a traditional style letter in my album. Instead, I wrote a letter about my hopes for the month of December with a brief nod back to events of the past year.”

“To symbolize that movement forward–and to also represent our right now–I used a photo I took from the passenger seat of our family car which shows us approaching our home city from the highway. To make it easier for myself, I went back to a prompt from the Get It Scrapped Your December Story class. This layout will be at the beginning of my December 2017 album pages. To reflect my preparation for December, the page is mostly black and white with a few hints of holiday color.”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

Dear December by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Cocoa Daisy; Stickers,Diecuts: Cocoa Dasiy; Letters:Evalicious; Felt: Bella Blvd.; Other: Buttons, sequins


Kelly Sroka says, “I have never written a holiday letter before. I usually send photo cards that capture who we are and what we are doing that year. However, if I were to write a letter, this would be how I would do it. I would focus on the highlights of our year and document them in a short letter.”

“In order to write this letter recounting 2017, I went back through my weekly pocket page album and pulled out highlights from the year. I used both the photographs and journaling for the letter. I had fun going back through our year and seeing the highs (and lows) from 2017. As much as I enjoyed writing this letter, I am not sure that I would actually send something like this out. I prefer using pictures to portray our year. I do, however, think I would like to make a page like this again next year.”

“When writing this letter, I tried to recount the events of our year without sounding as if every day was great. We definitely had some challenging times as well, but I wanted just to focus on the positive. So I kept the narrative short and on point.”

Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach | Kelly Sroka | Get It Scrapped

The Letter by Kelly Sroka | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper and die cuts: Basic Grey; Enamel dots: Doodlebug Designs; Letter stickers: American Crafts

3 Responses to Scrapbook Page Journaling: The Holiday Letter Approach

  1. Julierose December 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    I really like this idea for a Holiday follow up in my Project Life series. thanks for sharing
    Hugs, Julierose

  2. Jill December 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    So much inspiration here!

  3. Terry A. December 9, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    I do a Christmas letter every year. Not all of our friends and family are on facebook, so they don’t all get to keep up that way. Usually, I make an extra copy of the letter and actually scrapbook that. I attach it to a 12×12 scrapbook page, and embellish around it. But the pages used in this post have inspired me with new ideas! Thank you!

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