Scrapbook for Holiday Family Memories Is there another season when we find ourselves taking so very many photographs?

This year, don’t let those memory-filled photos end up in a cardboard box at the back of a cupboard — that’s my resolution for this Christmas!

Barbara Kotsos, senior marketing manager for scrapbooking solutions at Epson America, offers tips, hints and resources for compiling one-of-a-kind holiday memory books this season:

  • Childhood Keepsakes: Start a tradition by having your children select their favorite holiday gifts and then pose for photographs. Each year, include these photographs in their memory books — not only will they see changes in themselves, but also in their toy preferences.For an added touch, print doubles and include a photograph of your child and his or her toy in a thank you note to the gift giver.
  • Picture This: Everyone agrees that the holidays are much more fun when seen through the eyes of a child. This year, rather than being the sole family photographer, let your child snap a few pictures. These photos are sure to offer a unique view of the holidays.
  • Instant Memories: When juggling family, work, gift wrapping, cooking and caring for out-of-school kids, scrapbooking often falls to the bottom of the “to do” list. To stay on top of scrapbooking this season, print your photos as you go…
  • All in the Family: Remember to include all of the holiday “ministones” in your scrapbook. Too often, we limit the holidays to the unwrapping of gifts or photos with Santa. This year, photograph the family at the dinner table or your children tucked in on Christmas Eve to capture the full spirit of the holidays.
  • ‘Tis the Season: In the midst of perhaps the busiest holiday season, there has never been a better excuse to “scraplift.” Take advantage of Web sites that offer downloadable backgrounds or other digital templates for creating personalized, yet efficient, updates for your scrapbooks. offers free downloadable resources and project ideas, and some of their printable backgrounds to fancy-up your scrapbook pages are really quite nice (check out the pine cone pictures, my favourites)… and, they’re free!

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