A few weeks ago I listened to a great podcast by the Scrap Gals in which guest Amy Sorensen discussed prompts for journaling about the holidays. Some of the prompts were in the form of questions and they reminded me of the activities my Mom used to like to do at Christmas parties. I was inspired to make some cards with prompt questions to use on our Christmas Day gathering and perhaps to later use as prompts if I ever decided to make Christmas journal or scrapbook. If you celebrate a different holiday you can adjust the questions and decorations to suit.
If you want to make cards like these here is what you will need:
Cardstock (plain will do since it will be covered on both sides with decorative paper)
Lined paper or journaling spots (journaling spots are small decorative pieces of paper or cardstock that are usually lined and are designed to be incorporated into a scrapbook or journal layout and written upon)
Decorative paper in holiday colors – a good opportunity to use up scraps!
Paper cutting system of choice
Clean scrap paper
Marker or writing tool of choice
Rubber stamping ink
Small word rubber stamps
1. My first step in this project was to decide on the size of the cards. I had a quantity of journaling spots that would work so I let those determine the size. If you want to fit your cards into a pocket page let that determine the size of your cards.
2. Cut pieces of cardstock to the size you determined.
3. Using a glue stick, glue the journaling spots or lined paper to the cardstock pieces. After gluing place a clean piece of scrap paper over each card and rub with bone folder to get a nice tight seal on the glue.
4. Glue decorative paper in holiday colors to the backs of cards and burnish. Make as simple as elaborate as you want and embellish with holiday stickers if you want to.
5. Trim the cards.
6. Cut a selection of light colored scrap papers into strips with decorative scissors. Stamp them with small words that fit the theme. I chose the words celebrate, Fiesta!, party, living, culture, spirit, living, holiday, joy and truth from four different word sets from my Carolyn’s Stamp Store collection. Set these aside to make sure the ink dries thoroughly.
7. Write prompt questions on the front of each card. For ideas I searched online for “Christmas journaling prompts” and used some of the questions I found plus I made up a few of my own. Feel free to use these or your own choices.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
Is there a new holiday tradition that you would like to start?
If money was no object, what would you give to each person in your family?
What was your favorite Christmas outfit?
Are there any traditions that we’ve let go that you’d like to bring back?
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
What is your favorite holiday food?
What does the “Holiday Spirit” mean to you?
What is one of your favorite Christmas gifts?
How did you find out there was no Santa?
What are you most grateful for this season?
What are your favorite decorations?
What is your favorite holiday song?
What is your favorite Christmas book?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
What is your fantasy Christmas dinner menu?
What is your most spiritual holiday experience?
What gift did you most enjoy giving?
What do you normally do the day after Christmas?
8. Once you’ve written on all the cards, you’ll have an idea how much room is left for embellishments. Glue on your strips of stamped paper and add other embellishments of your choice such as stickers, rub-ons, and anything else you have that you’d like to use.
9. Round off the corners with the corner rounder if you want to.
10. If you like you can make a matching box for the cards out of chipboard and decorate it accordingly.
I spent Christmas Day with my Dad, my brother and my boyfriend. This was my first Christmas with my boyfriend Ray, and while he had met my Dad and brother before I thought that if we asked each other the questions on the cards it would be a good way to get to know each other better and also be a good conversation starter. I think it worked well, I learned a lot I didn’t know and we had a great conversation. Thanks to Dad, Larry and Ray for being open minded enough to tolerate the experiment! I gave Dad a set – they make a good host/hostess gift!
These cards could be a great prompt for other holiday activities such as a daily anticipatory activity for December or a family journal or album. Use your imagination and have fun!