Documenting the Holidays with Instax

An Instax camera has long been on my wishlist and I was delighted when it arrived in the mail this Christmas from Trevor's mom. Though this would be the sixth Christmas that Trevor and I had spent together, and the third year that I had actively scrapbooked, not a single one had been documented. Within a few hours, I realized that documenting my break from work - December 23rd through January 1st - would be the perfect reason to learn my new camera. 

Details: Heart Day 6x6 Paper Pad, Thickers

Details: Heart Day 6x6 Paper Pad, Thickers

Instax film comes in packs of ten and I quickly ordered a two pack of film for same day pickup from Walmart. Then, it was just a matter of finding an album small enough to document only ten days worth of town. While Urban Outfitters had some adorable options, I didn't want to drive the entire way there and was thrilled when I found this perfectly sized option by Heidi Swapp at Michael's - and with a coupon, it wasn't even five dollars.

Win win, right? 

I knew that I wanted a December Daily feel for this project and so I made sure that each spread included the date stamped on a photo, as well as a featured number. In the spread on the left, I was disappointed in how dark the photo of the pie wise but I later learned that using the Hi-Fi setting in the house would produce brighter photos. On the top right, Trevor managed to snap a photo including his own finger. 

This little toy definitely has it's own learning curve. 

Some spreads needed more details than I had room to include so as the project went on, I began to create some hidden journaling. In this spread, the journaling was about gifts we received this year and I loved creating this flap under the "a million tiny little things" sticker from Dear Lizzy. After all, this Christmas season seemed to be filled with a million little blessings for us.

On other spreads, like the one below, I hid the journaling by creating tabs with a punch from Stampin' Up. 

 Details: Everyday Edition Core Kit, Cheers sticker from Studio Calico

 Details: Everyday Edition Core Kit, Cheers sticker from Studio Calico

Christmas Day actually ended up having two different spreads because it was such a full day. On the second, I included two iPhone photos - one of brunch itself, taken with the portrait mode on my new iPhone 7 plus, and a snapshot of Trevor and I in our Christmas best. 

That cheers embellishment seemed like it was just made for these photos - don't you think? 

For days 26 and 27, I captured some tiny details around the house that I may not have documented if I wasn't doing a daily project. 

The second year that we lived in New Mexico, I received the most beautiful handmade nativity set with Native American fetish bears. It is my favorite Christmas tradition and yet, it hadn't been added to any of my scrapbooks. 

I also made sure to include a photo of the stereo Trevor treated himself to with the help of some Christmas cash. 

Details: Winter Wonderland 6x6 Paper Pad, Fine & Dandy Core Kit, asterisk from Studio Calico, Thickers

Details: Winter Wonderland 6x6 Paper Pad, Fine & Dandy Core Kit, asterisk from Studio Calico, Thickers

On the 28th, we finally went to see Rogue One. While my feelings for that could take up a post of their own, let me just say that we both loved it.

Before the movie, we grabbed dinner at a favorite restaurant and I knew I had to snap a photo of Trevor's Star Wars t-shirt - a Christmas gift from me - against the bright green wall outside. After all, the Instax camera likes a lot of light. Later, I tied the lime green into the entire spread and also added a stub from the movie theatre. 

Details: Saturday 6x6 Paper Pad, Everyday Edition Core Kit, number stamps from Kellie Stamps, embellishment from Ali Edwards

Details: Saturday 6x6 Paper Pad, Everyday Edition Core Kit, number stamps from Kellie Stamps, embellishment from Ali Edwards

Somehow, in the hustle of things, I missed day 29. But, what do you do?

On the 30th, we hosted a (not quite) NYE party at our home and had friends for dinner. We also had a few extra dogs in the house. I don't have enough photos with my dear from Jenn so of course I documented her and her pups. 

On New Year's Eve, I actually photographed my tenth and final wedding of the year. The bride and groom were thrilled at the idea of taking an instant photo together and we actually took a second photo so that they could have one of their own. Next year, I hope to take an Instax with each of my couples.

And finally, on New Years Day, I included a photo of Trevor in one of our favorite places, enjoying another one of our gift's - a Starbucks gift card. 

Details: Heart Day 6x6 Paper Pad, stamps from Kellie Stamps

The album came together quickly with the help of supplies from the April Lilli shop, my favorite date stamps, and some embellishments I have been hoping to use for quite some time. Being able to skip the time for editing and printing photos cut the work needed in half. 

It's so easy to get behind in documenting, especially during the busy holiday season, but using my Instax camera meant that I was able to document each day as we went and I'm so glad that I did. 

I'm already dreaming up an occasion for my next mini album, and stashing coupons to grab each design of this Heidi Swapp album. 


In 2017, I am serving as a member of the April Lilli Design Team. You can see my spreads created with products from the April Lilli shop here and see spreads from other design team member's on April's blog. Be sure to check out this month's featured collection, Winter Wonderland, which was featured in this project and which is 20% off for the month of January.