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Celebrate the winter season in scrapbook layouts featuring sledding, snowballs, and time spent bundled up outside.
Design by Robyn Werlich
Pump up the contrast of snow photos by converting them to black-and-white. Bold red and blue accents help the photos to stand out against the background, which was created using vintage dictionary pages. Button, thread, and stitching embellishments give your page a homespun feel.
Editor's Tip: If you're concerned about the archival quality of your page, spray the vintage paper with Archival Mist or Make It Acid-Free!.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red, green, blue), Stampin' Up! (cream). Patterned paper, chipboard accents: The Girls' Paperie. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Brads: American Crafts (silver glitter), Making Memories (red fabric). Buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Tags: Li'l Davis Designs (green), Making Memories (metal-rim). Staples: Tim Holz. Punches: EK Success. Dies, die-cutting tool: Silhouette.
Design by Lisa Storms
Use basic punches to create a graphic snowflake border. Abstract flower punches produce simple snowflakes when paired with white cardstock. Clip the flowers' rounded tips, adhere the shapes to multicolor punched circles, and top with gems.
Editor's Tip: Give a winter layout a crisp, tiled look by mounting photos, journaling, and accents with thin adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green, pink), BoBunny Press (green dot, coral dot, light blue), Making Memories (purple), My Mind's Eye (pink dot), Fancy Pants Designs (all other). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Chipboard accents: K&Company. Stickers: American Crafts. Gems: Me and My Big Ideas. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Jennifer Perks
No snow? No problem. Patterns, textures, and accents from the sweaters in these photos inspired the creative color blocks on this cardstock-only page. Turn buttons, snaps, and other notions into layout embellishments. For a fun, interactive element, machine-stitch a zipper to cardstock. Mimic the texture of a sweater by layering tone-on-tone cardstock shapes. Outline the shapes with pen to help them stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations (red), Making Memories (gray), Prism Papers (green, yellow), Stampin' Up! (cream), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Font: Big Casion off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("we love"), Queen & Co ("sweater weather"). Acrylic accent: Heidi Swapp. Felt accent, gems, pearls: Queen & Co. Buttons: My Mind's Eye. Pen: American Crafts. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts. Zipper, thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Candi Gershon
Sum up several cold-weather memories on one layout using a digital photo template. Number and group photo-collage captions in one journaling block, and then label the corresponding photos with numbers stamped on fabric scraps. Incorporate other elements that remind you of winter into your design, such as a stitched quilt-block background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Fonts: Worn Machine by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Euphorigenic ("winter"), Lainie Day SH ("past") off the Internet. Stamps: October Afternoon. Buttons: Imaginisce. Flowers: Fancy Pants Designs. Floss: DMC Corp. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 117.
Design by Sande Krieger
Showcase a special photo by using a neutral background and red accents to make the photo pop. Complete the design with a large gem snowflake and several seasonless embellishments. Stitch along the bottom of small block letters to tie them together.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: 7Gypsies (labels), BasicGrey (small black letters, snowflake, tab), Cosmo Cricket (red), Making Memories ("?"), Pink Paislee (borders). Chipboard accent: Cosmo Cricket. Brads: Little Yellow Bicycle. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Bring together your favorite outdoor photos in a photo collage. A digital template makes designing the layout a snap -- all you need are photos and a few digital elements! Embellish with a cluster of stars instead of the traditional snowflakes and use dark colors for an interesting way to display winter photos.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Fonts: Varsity (title), Athletic (subtitle), TW Cen MT (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Multi Masking kit (dot overlay, striped paper overlay) by Jen Lessinger; Lin 'em Up (graph paper) by Kate Teague; Between the Lines Dings, Brushes & Stamps (stars) by Kate Pertiet; ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 105.
Design by Johanna Peterson
Combine handmade snowflake embellishments and vintage-theme accents on a layout about snow angels. Accordion-fold crepe paper and ribbon and run a stitch through the folds to make a textured backdrop for the title.
Editor's Tip: Search the Web for free clip art that you can print out and use as a page accent, such as the angel on this page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: Colorbok ("snow," angel"). Chipboard accent: Making Memories. Die cuts: QuicKutz. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Flower: Prima Marketing, Inc. Sequins, pipe cleaners, beads, jewels: Westrim Crafts. Glitter: Sulyn Industries (white, pink), Martha Stewart Crafts (silver). Pins: Singer. Crepe paper: Michaels. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts (blue), Offray (silver), Pebbles, Inc. (gingham). Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Amy Licht
Accent a series of favorite winter photos with bold hand-cut snowflakes. To give a page a homespun look, lightly sketch a harlequin pattern on a background, poke holes along the lines, and stitch through them. Anchor a white background and black-and-white photos by matting them with bright cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: ChiTown Script Light off the Internet. Stickers: KI Memories (felt letters, snowflakes). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Head outdoors with your kids and snap shots of them enjoying the snow. Stamp a snowflake on a circle of white cardstock and add a gem in the center to make it glisten. Punch a text pattern into circles for an unexpected accent.
Editor's Tip: To get properly exposed snow photos, use the Winter or Snow setting on a point-and-shoot camera, or set a custom white balance on a digital SLR.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (brown dot, snowflake), October Afternoon (type, red, blue). Stickers: BasicGrey. Chipboard accents: Melissa Frances (glitter hearts), Pink Paislee (title letters). Gems: Queen & Co. Stamps, stickpins: Maya Road. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pens: American Crafts. Punches: Fiskars. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Break away from traditional icy pastels and go bold with unexpected hues. Stick with one paper line to make matching a breeze. Balance the bright colors and eye-catching patterns with black-and-white photos that are sure to pop. For a smooth finish, sand chipboard edges after covering with patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket. Font: Helvetica Neue. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("2003"), Making Memories (all other). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket (snowflakes, swirls), Fancy Pants Design (scalloped border). Punches: Family Treasures.
Design by Greta Hammond
Fashion slopes from white textured paper and layer them with adhesive foam to create depth between layers. Trim snow mounds with rickrack and tuck action photos behind the hills to make them feel like part of the scene. Mat snow photos with patterned paper to give them added oomph on a page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cut, buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Decorative paper: WorldWin Papers. Font: Calibri off the Internet. Stickers: Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. (snowflakes), Queen & Co. ("snow"), Pink Paislee ("shoeing"). Punches: EK Success. Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores.
Design by Amy Howe
Amy turned to darker shades of purple, blue, and green for an elegant look (the three colors also happen to fall next to each other on the color wheel). The dark colors contrast nicely with a large black-and-white photo, showing the fun that can be had on a dreary winter day. Clear plastic flowers with button centers add a subtle, but glimmering touch.
SOURCES: Fonts: Bebas ("baby it's cold," date), You Can Make Your Own Font (journaling), and Easy Street ("outside") off the Internet. Plastic flowers: Heidi Swapp. Buttons: Buttons Galore. Pens: Sakura of America (white), EK Success (black).
Design by Maria Burke
Maria had a bunch of winter shots she wanted to use on a page, but none of them really seemed to work as a focal point. By designing her layout on a grid, she could use several shots in a creative way. Other rectangles contain snowy embellishments, winter quotes, and journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: SEI. Patterned paper: SEI (polka dot, stripe), DMC Corp. (dictionary). Font: Acoustic Light off the Internet. Stickers: All My Memories ("little girl," "so cute"). Tags, ribbon, iron-ons (snowflakes), buttons: SEI. Definition: K&Company (cherish). Metal charms, plaques: Making Memories.
Design by Jennifer Johner
Adding dimensional glaze to squares of patterned paper is a simple but effective way to fake a shiny tiled effect. When using a glaze on patterned paper, Jennifer discovered that thicker paper resisted warping a bit better than thinner varieties and made adhering the pieces easier. The slick finish is perfect for her winter scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers, KI Memories, Scenic Route Paper Co., BasicGrey, Wild Asparagus. Font: Baskerville off the Internet. Digital elements: Two Peas in a Bucket.
Design by Amy Licht
A striped band and a trio of circles put the focus on the adorable photo in Amy's design. Highlight your cutie bundled up for a day in the snow by adding rub-on stitching to the page.
Editor's Tip: To add interest to an already colorful page, choose similar color papers with different patterns.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts, Autumn Leaves. Font: Fancy Free by Two Peas in a Bucket. Snowflakes, brads: Making Memories. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Offray. Ink: Clearsnap. Photo: Kathryn Gamble.
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa created balance in her layout by adding strips of paper to both sides of her two-page design. She added three arrows to guide the eye, keeping them all in solid green tones to pop off the patterned paper.
Editor's Tip: For fun lettering, add patterned paper to closed off space in letters, such as Melissa did with the "g" and the "o."
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pressboard arrows: Technique Tuesday. Corner rounder punch: EK Success.
Design by Susan Weinroth
Bold, decorative fonts are great for enhancing the theme and energy of your layout. Susan chose a beautiful font to spice up a pink strip and emphasize her snow theme. To cover up white space on her page, Susan combined different-size paper circles with buttons.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), SEI (pink). Fonts: MA Sexy ("snow"), SP Celebrate (snowflakes) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Rub-on letters: Scrapworks. Brads: American Crafts.
Design by Shannon Taylor
Shannon had many great photos of her son playing in the snow and wanted to do a layout that had room for several images. She enlarged her favorite and used wallet-size pics for the rest. Long strips of paper draw the eye to the accent photos, and the touches of black made all the colors on her page pop.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: BasicGrey. Stickers: Chatterbox. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co.
Design by Renee Foss
Renee created a block with her four smaller photos and balanced it with a larger shot. She kept the page simple, adding just a bit of patterned paper on top of a solid background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Ribbon: May Arts. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz. Dimensional glaze: Ranger Industries.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon made her title the focal point of her design by its sheer size. Putting other elements in the layout as background brought out the title even more. To make the page look like a unique postcard, Shannon stamped the word "fragile," as well as a time and date, on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers (stripe), My Mind's Eye (red dot). Stickers: Heidi Swapp (circle), 7Gypsies (word). Stamp: Fontwerks. Ink: Inkadinkado. Pen: American Crafts. Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Metal arrow: 7Gypsies. Brad: Making Memories.
Design by Susan Weinroth
Susan created her title in the circle with stickers and letter brads. She positioned smaller circles along the top of the photo and centered red brads on the smallest circles. Her funny photo takes center stage in the middle of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stickers, brads, ribbon: American Crafts. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: SP Chicken Noodle Soup off the Internet. Ink: Tsukineko. Letter brads: Queen & Co. Punches: EK Success.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy started by slanting the photos on the page. She added a strip of patterned paper above the photos and ribbons below to emphasize the slant even more. Chipboard letters (one of them replaced by a steaming cup of hot chocolate) and bright brads add fun embellishments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Fonts: SP Purkage ("day," "treat!"), Eller Dingbat (coffee mug), Hootie (date) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Michaels (green), Fancy Pants Designs (stripe).
Design by Lisa Storms
Dry embossing can add a ton of fun texture to pages. Lisa embossed the color blocks and the title of her layout. After placing her title letter stickers on white cardstock, Lisa embossed them. To emphasize the design, she sanded it. To keep the layout balanced, Lisa added a mix of black-and-white photos and paper with bright pastels and color photos.
Editor's Tip: To avoid tearing, place waxed paper on your cardstock before you dry-emboss so your tool glides more smoothly.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: TypoSlab off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("snow"), Chatterbox ("motion," "2005"), Making Memories (gem). Texture template, embossing tool: Fiskars.
Design by Polly Maly
A scrapbook layout doesn't have to be filled with patterned papers and fancy embellishments. Polly used up scrap strips of paper to complement her photos -- the real star of her page. She added journaling strips on top of the biggest shot and a few simple sticker accents to finish.
SOURCES: Font: Century Gothic by Monotype. Stickers: American Crafts. Punch: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Who says snowflakes have to be white? Red, yellow, and blue flurries are right at home with the pink and green hues of this ice-skating page. Tie the colors together with a strip of patterned paper that includes your page's colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (pink), We R Memory Keepers (heart), Stickers: American Crafts ("skate"), Jenni Bowlin Studios (label). Pen: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success (medium snowflake), Marcy Uchida (large snowflake), Paper Source (small snowflake).
Design by Jen Lessinger
Whether you love it or hate it, scrap how you feel about winter. Include photos to support your journaling. Add glitter to letters and die-cut snowflakes to enhance the wintry look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue), Creative Memories (white). Fonts: Harabara Bold (glittered letters), WW Flakes (snowflake dingbats) off the Internet, Century Gothic (all other). Glitter: Darice. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi grouped multiple photos at the bottom of her layout and balanced them with a large title and journaling block above. She added extra emphasis to the title and journaling by curving the edges of the paper underneath.
SOURCES: Cardstock, chipboard accent: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Metallic paper: WorldWin Papers. Font: Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials. Rub-on: Carolee's Creations. Punch, corner rounder: EK Success. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0.
Design by Angie Hagist
Angie created her layout on a nontraditional 8-1/2" square page. Smaller pages make for faster scrapbooking, and images rarely need to be resized. Angie used chipboard hearts as templates to cut three hearts from patterned paper and then inked the edges. She outlined the photo with a black pen and wrote the title on a heart.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, tags: 3 Bugs in a Rug. Pen: Sakura of America. Chipboard hearts: Heidi Swapp. Label holder: Queen & Co. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Erica Hernandez
A craft knife helped Erica handle the thin spaces and smooth the curves of this penguin, which makes a cute addition to her page about winter fun. Erica brought cohesion to the layout by letting the sled and the penguin's scarf overlap her photo. Using colors from the scarf, Erica choose solid color paper to block off different sections of the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Century Gothic. Brads: SEI. Photos: Joanna Bolick.
Design by Genevieve Simmonds
Genevieve chose five accent photos and overlapped them in a column on her layout. When many photos are used, it's easy for some of them to look as if they're "floating" on the page. Overlapping elements (photos, title, embellishments) makes each one look grounded.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Melissa Frances (background), Making Memories (ledger under title). Stickers: 7Gypsies (word accents), Heidi Swapp (ledger). Rub-ons: BasicGrey, 7Gypsies. Stamps: Fontwerks. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Candi Gershon
After Candi took a photo of beautiful snow-covered trees, she knew she wanted to put it to use on a winter layout. She turned the shot into the background for her title, adding a digital snowflake on top. A cute picture of her kids helps tell the story.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Fonts: Heavyweight (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (all other). Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials.