For several years, I would do a December mini album that included a highlight of our December, in addition to including the holiday cards we received. That was a bigger time commitment than I felt like I could (or perhaps wanted to) continue to give during the holidays, so starting in 2013, I scaled back to just a mini album of holiday cards.
Many holiday cards these days are either photo cards or include photos, so although I end up not doing an album in the vein of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas or Ali Edwards' December Daily, the cards and photos are still a little snapshot of friends and family.
For this 2014 album, I knew I wanted something where the book rings were at the top, rather than the usual left side. For flat photo cards, it didn't really matter where the spine was, but mattered a bit more for the traditional side-fold cards. To get around this, I cut strips of white cardstock, trimmed with a scalloped border punch, and adhered those to the top of each card on the back (except for one non-standard shaped card). This made is to that I could do a top loading album and not interfere with side-fold cards.
I went clean and simple for the covers: book board cut to size, white acrylic paint on both sides, chipboard shapes also painted with white acrylic paint for white-on-white, and the year with Thickers.
Next up: 2015 holiday card mini album. Maybe I'll even get to it before 2017 rolls around. (The other day, Greg asked me why I keep starting new projects when I have a backlog of other projects that I've started. I don't have a good answer, besides telling him to "step off," half-jokingly, of course.)
December 2013 mini album
December 2012 mini album
December 2011 mini album
December 2010 mini album
December 2009 mini album