Scrapbooking time is at a premium during the holiday season. Use our directions to make quick and easy Christmas scrapbook layouts that showcase all your favorite memories of the season.
Design by Paula Gilarde
Five photos, 12 squares, and one journaling list all add up to one great holiday season! Paula's grid structure makes it easy to show off several activities on her digital page. To capture a busy holiday season on one page, just pick a selection of your favorite photos. If you make this a yearly tradition, you'll eventually have a great record of your family's holiday history.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: AL Uncle Charles by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Christmas Memories Circles by Art Warehouse; Christmas Stamped Blocks, Between the Lines Alpha ("top 5"), White Digital Stitches by Katie Pertiet; Holiday Trees No. 06 by Anna Aspnes; Brad Bonanza -- Digital Fasteners by Pattie Knox; D&W Tuckables (file label) by Kellie Mize.
Design by Kelly Goree
Layer pieces of felt to create textured accents that match your page theme. This felt gingerbread house is decorated with glitter glue and brads. Strips of patterned paper add quick color and festive designs to this page. A block of black-and-white photos draws the eyes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (plaid), October Afternoon (all other). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (letters), October Afternoon (pink circle, "gingerbread"). Journaling block: Making Memories. Brads: Queen & Co. Felt: The Kunin Group. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pens: Pentel (black), Uni-ball by Signo (white). Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (circle). Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Crafter's Pick Glue by The Adhesive Products Inc., Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Remember to snap photos of quiet moments during the holidays. Anchor a couple of photos with colorful strips of paper and include a small journaling block to tell the simple story. Create high impact with smaller photos in the center of patterned paper. Black sticker letters stand out on the colorful page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (green, red), My Mind's Eye (stripe). Stickers, rub-ons, chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Die cuts: Jillibean Soup. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punches: EK Success. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Interview your loved ones about their holiday memories. Leslie quoted her kids and tucked their heartwarming responses to her questions in labeled envelopes. Position patterned paper so a portion of the background peeks through the large chipboard snowflakes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (stripe), KI Memories (red check). Font: Avante Garde. Stickers: Hero Arts. Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Chipboard accents, mini envelopes: Creativity Inc. Brads: American Crafts. Ribbon: KI Memories. Gems: Hero Arts. Punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Create an oversize tree by layering curved pieces of cardstock in various shades of green. Adhere the bottom edges with adhesive foam to provide extra dimension. Punch circles from cardstock and add felt Christmas shapes to mimic ornaments. Create a garland using silver thread topped with gems.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red, dark brown, green, light pink), Making Memories (light brown, white), Prism Papers (dark pink). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, gems: Queen & Co. Chipboard accents: Chatterbox. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Lisa Truesdell
Commemorate your favorite holiday decorations in a scrapbook page. Use label stickers to add info to each photo, and soften the design with scalloped ribbon.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (yellow), Studio Calico (gray). Font: Vintage Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, stamps: Studio Calico. Brads, ribbon: American Crafts. Decorative pins: Making Memories. Ink: Maya Road (spray), Ranger Industries (stamping). Punch, adhesive: Fiskars.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Smaller photos allow for a number of your favorites to make up a page about your holiday highlights. Don't stress about making your photos perfectly sized to create this look. Line them up as well as you can and give yourself permission to be imperfect.
Editor's Tip: When you have a lot of photos, a white background keeps things neutral and allows the photos and the embellishments to stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), Creative Memories (white). Stickers: Making Memories ("2010"), Little Yellow Bicycle (all other).
Design by Lynn Ghahary
Have time for only one holiday page? Take photos of one of your favorite aspects of the season -- in this case, holiday outfits -- and devote a page to it. Journal about why you love it. Get the stitched look without threading a needle by using a pen to make faux stitches.
Editor's Tip: A bold pattern can easily overwhelm your design. Tone it down by using it as an accent strip across the page and layering it over a neutral background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (plaid, yellow), Cosmo Cricket (off-white), My Mind's Eye (text, red). Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey (letters, stars), 7Gypsies (labels). Pens/pencils: Uni-ball by Signo. Punches: EK Success (large scallop border), Fiskars (postage stamp border), Stampin' Up! (stars).
Design by Erin Clarkson
Holidays generate lots of photographed memories, so add more to your page by hiding them under a panel. Use hinges to allow the bottom portion of the layout to flip up and reveal more in-depth journaling and additional photos. For a fun touch, re-create or copy your child's wish list to add to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (notebook paper), Making Memories (ledger, red). Font: KellyP off the Internet. Stickers: Fiskars (green strip, red tab), Little Yellow Bicycle ("love," stars). Ribbon, metal accents: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Chipboard accents, trimmer: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Design by Annette Pixley
Christmas often means decorations and a sparkly tree. Pull out your camera to capture the action as well as to snap a few shots of the trimming crew and the finished product. A few simple accents, such as photo corners and chipboard ornaments help the photos take center stage.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Crate Paper. Pens, pencils: EK Success.
Design by Nasilele Holland
This scrapbook page shows off the portrait Nasilele took for her family's holiday card. An oversize mat for the photo leaves room for a sticker holiday title and a bright strip of patterned paper. A printed caption and a pretty ribbon bow add color and cheer.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (green), 7Gypsies (red). Fonts: Haettenschweiller off the Internet (title), Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves ("Christmas Photo/2004"). Ribbon: A.I. Friedman.
Design by Monica Schoenemann
Monica created a contemporary Christmas tree with strips of coordinating patterned paper, embellishing the branches with colorful buttons and adhesive rhinestones. Scalloped edges draw attention to the journaling and page title, while bright red matting emphasizes the photo. A chipboard star accent fills in dead space on the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: Pressed Petals (star), Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Rhinestones: Heidi Swapp.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin arranged color and black-and-white snapshots of her daughter admiring the scene under the tree in her image-editing software and printed the photos as one piece. Holiday stickers and a strip of patterned paper add quick festive colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Font: Evening Stroll by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons, stickers: Making Memories.
Design by Nasilele Holland
On this simple scrapbook page Nasilele replicated the look of Christmas ornaments by topping script-stamped paper circles with ribbon bows and metal charms. A title printed in a fun font and Christmas day journaling finish this modern black, white, and red layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Ice Flow (title), Glacier (journaling) by Scraps Ahoy. Ribbon: Michaels. Buckle: KI Memories. Jump rings: Junkitz. Metal charms: Making Memories. Stamp: Hero Arts. Embossing powder: Ranger Industries.
Design by Michelle Rubin
This holiday page came together in a snap thanks to a simple structure that balances wallet-size photos with a same-size title-and-journaling block. Ribbon adhered in the middle of the blocks imparts the look of a wrapped present while a big, layered flower in the middle makes a beautiful bow.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: American Crafts (red), KI Memories (pink, green). Fonts: Peppermint (title), Christmas (dingbats) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Century Gothic. Die cuts, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Stickers, gem: KI Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Melanie Bauer
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Flair Designs. Font: Tubby by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Sticker Studio ("holiday"), Creative Imaginations ("thrill"). Metal letter: Making Memories.
Design by Erin Roe
On this playful page, Erin let the photo steal the scene but kept things interesting by using holiday-print paper strips to form fringelike top and bottom borders. Curve your title around a tag for shape and movement on your page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Flair Designs, Rusty Pickle, Autumn Leaves, Scenic Route Paper Co., SEI. Sticker: CPE, Inc. Rub-ons, ribbon, tag: Flair Designs. Plastic letter: KI Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Punch: Carl Manufacturing. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Photo: Vicki Boutin.
Design by Celeste Smith
Travel down memory lane and scrapbook your own first Christmas. Celeste gave her scrapbook page a vintage feel by using subdued holiday colors and traditional typefaces. Build a block look by adding strips of patterned paper to the left- and right-hand sides as shown. Add dimension with a small embellishment in the corner of the picture.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, flower: Chatterbox. Font: PetraScriptEF (title) off the Internet, Squish (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
To make this simpler-than-it-looks Christmas scrapbook page, Renee housed her title, photo, and journaling on the same block of white cardstock and wrapped the entire piece with a festive red ribbon to simulate a gift. For added interest, she machine-stitched the layers with straight and zigzag patterns.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Junkitz. Font: Bookman Old Style. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts.
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Nichol created this quick holiday layout using Christmas photos of her daughter and the treats they made together for her preschool class. Nichol substituted pink for the traditional red to give a girly touch to the page. Rub-on letters and colorful ribbon create a festive look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, ribbon, acrylic buckle: KI Memories. Font: Poor Richard off the Internet. Label holder: Making Memories. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas.
Design by Melissa Inman
Although this layout contains only one photo, it packs a punch with patterned paper. Melissa filled the background of this simple scrapbook page with various Christmas-theme paper scraps. Inked edges separate each patterned paper from the others. Punched paper circles topped with chipboard snowflakes add a wintry touch to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, rub-ons: American Crafts. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (snowflakes, glitter letters), Bazzill Basics Paper (photo corner).
Design by Ashley Gailey
For this scrapbook page about her son's holiday crafts projects, Ashley grouped her photos in a large block -- using patterned paper to fill in any gaps -- and added tab-style captions to each shot for more details and a date.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Powderfinger Type off the Internet. Rub-ons: Gin-X ("Christmas"), Making Memories ("crafts"). Corner rounder: EK Success.
Design by Melissa Inman
For this festive scrapbook page Melissa cut openings in a sheet of cardstock and attached it to another sheet with adhesive foam to create a shadow-box style layout about opening Christmas gifts. Holiday-theme stickers attached using adhesive foam give the page dimension.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Century Gothic by Microsoft. Stickers: American Crafts ("gift"), Pebbles, Inc. (trees). Rub-ons: Imagination Project.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin used a photo collage template to make this quick and easy scrapbook page about her annual holiday-card photo shoot. She left some space for embellishments and journaling. To make one photo stand out, she mounted it on patterned paper and glued a bow to the side.
SOURCES: Cardstock, die cut, ribbon, stickers, brad: Making Memories. Font: Arial.