I know it sounds weird to put holiday scrapbook layout and shipping deadlines in the same heading, but I want to make sure to grab your attention somehow! If you are not a scrapbooker you may not have even paid attention to this post, but you will for sure want to pay attention to USPS’ shipping deadlines so let’s start with those, as these pertain to anyone wanting items shipped to them OR shipping elsewhere.
The USPS Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates (recommended but not guaranteed):
Package Services: Dec. 14
APO/FPO Package Services: Nov 12
APO/FPO Priority: Dec 10 (Zip 093 Dec 3)
First Class Mail: Dec. 20
Priority Mail: Dec 21
Priority Mail Express: Dec 23
I don’t have any UPS information as of today, but if I get it, I will pass that along as well.
Now, on to the FUN part of my post! Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, although I don’t pull anything out until AFTER Thanksgiving, as I like to celebrate each holiday specifically, but I can scrapbook Christmas all year long (which I usually have to do to catch up)! We have lots of products to help you with your holiday scrapping HERE!
Last Christmas was a bit worrisome for our family as my little granddaughter was in the hospital (again) right up until Christmas day, so we pretended it was Christmas Eve on that day with the grandkids, then they celebrated Christmas morning the next day with their other grandparents. They are small, so they didn’t know a difference, but Claire thought it was wonderful that Santa came to visit in the hospital and brought her a present. Thank goodness all of that is now behind us!
Since Claire was sick, she wasn’t her bouncy self, but Jared made up for it, since it was the first Christmas for him that he knew what was going on. He wanted to open ALL the gifts with as much excitement as a 9 month old could muster!
Pattern Paper DCWV (Older stack I had in my stash)
659002 Sizzix Thinlits Christmas Tree
656923 Sizzix Bigz Reindeer Flight
S5-030 Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two
LF-016 Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One
HCD 716 Heartfelt Creations Layered Elegant Swirl
CL-04625 JustRite Stampers Christmas Inner Thoughts
CL-04430 JustRite Stampers Floral Flourishes Background Stamp
AF225 Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow Ink Red Royal
Quickutz Splendid Alphabet (discontinued)
Versa Mark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder clear
Heat emboss tool
I don’t think you can see this in the picture, but after cutting the tree I stamped it with the Floral Flourishes Background Stamp and Versa Mark, then sprinkled the embossing powder over it, securing it with the heat emboss tool. It has a really beautiful affect on the tree.
I cut four of the Layered Elegant Swirl and secured them on the back of the main photo with Scor-Tape.
To help the Title “Christmas Day” stand out I outlined each letter with black pen after adhering the letters to the page.
I inked around the lighter die cuts with red for added interest.
Everything else is pretty self explanatory by looking at the photos. I journaled the events as the letter to Santa which was fun.
Tip-To keep from getting really behind in your holiday scrapbooking, you can pre-make layouts now then just add your photos later!
Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!