Happy New Year, Crafters!
One of the best ways to celebrate the New Year is to look back on the past, and then also look forward to the future. By reflecting on the past, you can see how far you’ve come. But it’s also important to look toward the potential that the future holds! New Year crafts often commemorate both of these ideas, whether in a card or other craft. New Year crafts are a fun family activity, as well as a meaningful individual project that will help keep you in line with your goals and accomplishments.
One of my favorite New Year crafts is a family photo project. Every year on New Year’s Day, my cousin takes headshots of everyone in the family and puts them in a thick photo album she bought back in 2000. She used to take polaroids, but the film has since become rather obselete – so we’ve gone digital. She places the photos in the album, and asks a question to go along with it. In years past, she’s asked: What are your top three movies, musicians and foods; If you could rule the world, what would you change?; What is your favorite things about New Year? We’ve even had the task of writing a New Year haiku!
As the years have gone by, we have nearly a decade of photos of the entire family – along with personal, often goofy, thoughts from each person. The great thing about this album is that we’re literally able to see how we’ve grown physically and mentally. And as the family grows, people get married, and so the photo collection grows. It’s really been a blessing to have this photo album in our family.
A similar craft to my family’s photo album project is a scrapbook page. Scrapbook’s can be time consuming to make, but it’s nice to be able to look back on a period of your life with memories, photos and captions. Make a simple scrapbook page for yourself or a family member. A fresh take on a scrapbook page is to give a scrapbook card. The same idea as a scrapbook page, folded into quarters with photos on the inside!
- Patterned Paper
- Make a standard card with patterned paper and cardstock.
- Glue doily and desired embellishments to the card – in the corner or center.
- Glue photo to the inside of the card – putting caption that describes the scene.
- If desired, use sticker letters, or stencil letters to write caption.
- Tie ribbon around the card and give as a New Year gift.