The Holidays are now over. Do you have a stack of Holiday photos, and you do not know what to do with them? What better way to document the Holidays by creating a scrapbook layout of your child/children’s most memorable holiday?

If you have a lot of photos, and don’t know what to use, narrow it down to one or two. For the layout on the right, one photo was used with a child looking out the window with a Christmas tree in the background. Before choosing a background page, study the photo at hand. Look at the colors in the photo; what are the colors in the photo that you want to accentuate? Looking at the photo there is a lot of green. During the holidays green is a color that usually symbolizes the holiday season along with red and white.

A 12 x 12 background page of green with white was chosen. When think of the holidays, green is one of the primary colors that comes to mind. We want to use this color in the layout to give more emphasis to the color and use other colors such as white and red to give the layout more “pop” and make the layout more inviting.

Based on the colors for the background page, we now want to think about what we want to use to frame out photo and what we want to use. We used a used a pear green frame from 65lb cardstock. The frame was made by hand, but you can also buy a pre-made frame at your local craft store. Just be sure to choose a frame that compliments the photo. If your photo is busy, use a simpler frame. If your photo is very plain, without much color, you may want to use a frame with more color and pazzaz. In this case, we chose a plain green frame to bring more emphasis to the green color in the photo.

The basic elements for our layout have been chosen. We have our background page; we have chosen the placement of our photo. Now we want to think about if we want to add any borders, and if so, how we want to use them in your layout. We have chosen two borders. We have chosen to place a border around the photo. The border placed around the photo is green with red ornaments and this border is a shade lighter than the background page and also with the ornaments on the border it brings the green more to the forefront. The border is a nice contrast to the green and white in the background. The second border we added to the layout is a border with a saying. The border reads: “ It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

We have the background page, and the framing of the photo chosen; now we want to think about what we want to have the layout convey. By looking at the photo, and the colors that we have chosen thus far, we want to add items that convey Christmastime. The child in the photo is looking out the window with the Christmas tree in the background. . A Journaling card “Christmas This Way” was used to illustrate the child looking out the window and the Christmas tree in the background symbolized the holiday season. Another journaling card was used that just said “Merry Christmas” to illustrate the season. Lastly, a journaling card that says “merry” was used to express the feeling of being merry. These journaling cards are a perfect example of various sayings that can be used in a layout to express the holiday season without the layout being overwhelming.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background page, borders, frames, embellishments, and paper die cuts are used to help depict the story you are trying to tell. More importantly, have fun with your pages.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by American Crafts (Christmas Magic)
  • One 4 Inch Green Frame created by Scrapping Your Way
  • One 4 x 6 Journaling Card “Merry Christmas” by Simple Stories
  • One 4 x 4 Journaling Card “Christmas This Way” by Simple Stories
  • One 3 x 4 Journaling Card “Merry” Bits & Pieces by Glitz (Hello December)
  • One 3 x 12 Border” It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year” by Simple Stories (December Documented)

 

 

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