Lola’s First Christmas Photo Book!

Does anyone still miss Christmas?? As soon as I take down that tree, I totally get the winter blues and count the days until summer hits. One thing I did this week that brought the magic back a bit was make a photo book to document our first Christmas with our little Lola! She was only 7 months old for the Christmas season, so not quite old enough to appreciate all the holiday fun, but she sure did make the season extra merry for us this year. I usually document the month leading up to Christmas in a photo book so we can look back on the whole holiday season, and here’s a few highlights from our Christmas this year!I wanted a fun cover for my album so I took a chipboard 6×8″ binder and covered the front with this awesome holograph vinyl. I just spread it over the whole front and then flipped it over onto a cutting mat and trimmed the extra with an X-Acto knife—it turned out so cool! I had some large gold chipboard letters left from a previous project (here are similar stickers), so I did a shortened last name on the front (“Gummerman” never fits on anything!) and used some other gold stickers from Hobby Lobby to complete the front.I like to decorate the inside of the album as well, so I did some snowflake stickers scattered on the inside for a seasonal look. We went up to PA for my sister’s baby shower at the end of November, but it’s such a special event that I slipped it in even though it didn’t technically happen in December. Hey, my album, my rules! Lola got to meet some new friends this month too—Nova and Phoenix! She’s gonna have some great friend options once she knows what that actually is! We do a monthly photo to see how much she grows every month (SO MUCH!!) and the one from December is one of my favorites! Had the Larsons (all three of them!!) over for Christmas Eve dinner. So funny to have two high chairs at our meals with them now. Life is changing for sure in such a great way! Cutest. Santa. Ever. Also, those are Hobbit slippers that Todd put on her. Totally completes the look, don’t you think?I love to just put gold letters onto a photo in albums—super simple but adds a fun touch. I see now why people love Christmas even more when you have kids—it’s so much more fun to open presents with (or for!) them. Our NYE was pretty low key. Just a frozen pizza and a movie while Lola was asleep, but it was just what we wanted this year, so no complaints there! I like to keep our Christmas cards from our friends in the back pocket of my December albums so we can look back on those too over the years.Overall, it was certainly a different holiday season for us, but one that was so special in a lot of ways. I’m sure that holidays get even more fun as kids realize what’s happening and start to get excited too, so I’m looking forward to that in our future! Hope your holiday was one to remember as well! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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  • Such an adorable, tiny photo book! And Lola is just beautiful, as always! So cute!

  • Gosh this is so adorable! And I can completely relate to Christmas (and every other holiday) being way more exciting with children. I just keeps getting more exciting as they get older and get into it!

    AND, thanks for the reminder to print those million photos I have on my computer and phone! It motivates me to get more physical photo albums on my shelf.

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  • What a darling idea! I especially love the idea of also putting Christmas cards into the back pocket! Are those project life pages that you used for your photos?

  • That is SO lovely! I’ve been wanting to put together photo albums of special seasons as well–I’ve got to make time to sit down and do that!

  • Your photo book is so thoughtful and I’m sure Lola will love it when she gets older. The photos are so special and cute! Lovely, just like you Laura!

  • Your daughter is gorgeous! Look at those eyes!!! But yeah, it gets even more fun as they grow up. We have a 4 and 6 year old and we had a blast shopping for stuff, wrapping it up, putting it all under the tree on Christmas eve right after putting them to bed and getting woken up at 7 in the morning with a whisper scream “Wake uuuuuup, it’s 7 o’clock” next to our faces. And then they pull on your hand as they run down the stairs screaming “he caaaaame” “look at all those presents!!!”. It’s both marvelous to watch and hard on the ears when you’ve just woken up 😉 They still both believe in Santa but I expect that in a few years, the older one will discover it first and we’ll have to empower him to keep the secret for the sake of his younger brother.

  • This is jsut gorgeous. Not too overpowering but a great gold theme. Lola will cherish this forever and see just how cool her mum was back in 2017!

  • Oh, this is so cute, such an inspiration! I love it. xoxo

  • This is an absolutely adorable idea, not only for you but also for her when she’s grown up!

  • Having physical photo albums is so important, I feel, as digital ones just… don’t get picked up as often.

  • OMG! I am in love with this album and all the cute pictures! You just shared an amazing, simple and beautiful idea and I cannot wait to DIY my own photo album. It’s going to be her treasure in the future! Simply gorgeous!

  • I am always looking for some idea on how to save all those pretty christmas cards in a way that doesn’t involve extra clutter. What a cute idea!

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  • 😀 so cute!I was just thinking recently how I hadn’t seen any scrapbook inspiration I loved in a while, and then this pops up! Perfect

  • This is adorable and such a thoughtful way to remember the holidays for years to come! My sister-in-law gave me a similar photo book for Christmas with family photos and was one of the best gifts I received this season.

  • I love this! How do you get the chipboard letters to stay on the cover? In my experience they don’t stay on super well to the “high traffic” areas like covers. Any tips? 🙂

  • Love love love this. I’m hoping to get my act together one of these days and start printing my photos instead of just clogging up my phone memory with them! Also, (Chandler Bing voice) could Lola BE any cuter? <3

  • Omg. That’s so cute! I love the holographic paper and the gold lettering. It’s so subtle but adorable! It’s going to be a lot of beautiful memories for Lola to look back at.

  • This is so, so, so adorable! Lola is going to have a lot of fun looking back on her Christmas in the future! ❤️❤️

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