The winter season is a great time for outdoor games from sledding to skiing to hockey and skating. Check out these ideas for scrapbooking winter sports photos.
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Add texture without bulk by weaving1/4" strips of patterned paper to make a photo mat. Choose a variety of papers within the same color family to keep it interesting without overwhelming the photos. Add snowflake accents and strips of journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, label: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Fonts: Odstemplik (title), Veteran Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard: Maya Road. Spray ink: Tattered Angels, Studio Calico. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette SD.
Design by Wendy Sue Anderson
Layer decorative tape strips over a large chipboard snowflake shape to create a unique pattern. Flip the shape over, place it on a glass mat, and use a sharp craft knife to trim away excess tape. Stacked images of children sledding act like a film strip of time outside.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Core'dinations (black). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (teal), BasicGrey (pink). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Echo Park. Decorative tape: Making Memories (gold), Pink Paislee (pink, teal), Tapetastic (red dot, black dot). Chipboard accents: Making Memories (large snowflake), Little Yellow Bicycle (small snowflakes). Die cuts: Echo Park. Brads: Making Memories. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success.
Design by Nancy Doren
Document a trip to the ice rink. Snap fun candids of friends. Keep your cool when it comes to multiple patterns. Small prints work together like solid cardstocks, especially when used in small doses.
SOURCES: Cardstock: SEI. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (chevron, gray polka dot, pink, blue polka dot), SEI (blue snowflake, glittered). Font: Urania Czech off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Sequin trim: Model Crafts. Brads: My Mind's Eye. Punches: EK Success, Marvy Uchida. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Add character to a simple design with a collage of patterned papers and a large ring helping to frame your photos. Hand-stitching the title adds whimsy.
Editor's Tip: Pull colors from the photos and place against a white background to make your pics pop.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Creative Imaginations, Cosmo Cricket, Jenni Bowlin Studio. Fonts: Typenoksidi off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Felt accents: Basic Grey. Scissors, punch: Fiskars.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Give your layouts some a cool factor by spraying ink along the bottom edges of the pages. The technique works on any color background, even kraft. Here, it gives the page a "frosty" effect. Chipboard snowflakes get a festive update with patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (blue stripe), American Crafts (kraft, white), October Afternoon (text, multicolor stripe), Pink Paislee (red star, thermometer). Stickers: Studio Calico (letters, cream label, yellow arrow), October Afternoon (blue letter tabs). Chipboard accents: Pink Paislee. Paper clips: K&Company. Buttons: American Crafts. Stamp: Studio Calico. Ink: American Crafts (white), StazOn by Tsukineko (black). Spray ink: Studio Calico. Pens: American Crafts (black), Uni-ball (white).
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Chipboard snowflakes and patterned-paper strips make Leslie's hockey scrapbook page pop. She let her bold embellishments and sports photos take center stage by minimizing her title and journaling at the bottom of the layout.
Editor's Tip: Jazz up plain white snowflakes by adding extra embellishments to the centers, as Leslie did here. Anything from buttons to stickers will do, but it's also a great way to use winter-theme paper scraps.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (brown, thick stripe, red), Fancy Pants Designs (thin stripe). Font: Amo Pro off the Internet. Chipboard: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: KI Memories (circles), October Afternoon ("the good stuff"), American Crafts (letters). Brads: Around the Block. Rub-ons: FontWerks.
Design by Pam Callaghan
For this fun sledding scrapbook page, Pam grouped several photos in a large block for a big emphasis in the center of her layout. She curved the edges of the patterned paper and the photos to add movement to the page.
Editor's Tip: Create a title that mirrors the action in your photos. Pam lined up her letter stickers along the bottom edges of staggered supporting photos to play up the downhill action.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (red), Scenic Route Paper Co. (stripe, arrow). Stickers: American Crafts (large), Making Memories (glitter). Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Acrylic accents: Heidi Swapp. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Paula Murakami
The patterned paper Paula chose for this snowboarding scrapbook page immediately reminded her of snow and helped her pick a color scheme for the page. Converting photos to black-and-white allowed her to use any colors she wanted, so she chose frosty hues that play up the winter theme.
Editor's Tip: Use seasonal shapes to further drive home your theme. Paula used snowflakes in several spots on her page, including the one that subs for the letter "o" in her title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Felt trim: Queen & Co. Die cuts, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Corner rounder: Creative Memories.
Design by Lisa Dorsey
To reflect her snowy theme and ground her sledding photos, Lisa arranged six shots of her rosy-cheek kids on a large snowflake die cut. She gave the edges of the shape more emphasis by matting it with solid cardstock and trimming to leave a thin border.
Editor's Tip: Plan your layout before you print photos. Lisa wanted to make sure she had the perfect size and position for all her sledding shots before she cropped them, so she first printed her snapshots on inexpensive paper and rearranged them on the shape until she was happy with the composition.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (snowflake), Scenic Route Paper Co. (dot). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Font: Gothic. Die cut: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts. Gem: Me and My Big Ideas
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie showcased an exciting return to toboggan fun in this winter sports scrapbook page. She played off colors in her supporting photo for the background and embellishments. The black-and-white photo serves as a perfect wintry focal point among the bold splashes of pinks and blues.
Editor's Tip: Use stitching to add texture and define edges. Leslie stitched around the arrow shapes in a contrasting thread to make them stand out and added stitching details to her paper strips as well. Remember to replace your needle often when stitching on scrapbook pages. Paper dulls needles faster than fabric.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe), Wordsworth (pink with circles), Mustard Moon (pink). Font: Post Master by Autumn Leaves. Brad: Carolee's Creations. Buttons: SEI. Fabric tabs: Scrapworks. Metal slider: American Crafts. Photo turn: 7Gypsies.
Design by Vivian Smith
Vivian used image-editing software to alter the colors on her ice skating scrapbook page, creating a quirky color-block effect.
Editor's Tip: Be creative with photos. Vivian's main skating photo was shot with a polarizing filter on her camera to keep the white snow from overpowering the photo. She scanned the other three photos and added color filters to them in her image-editing software to give them a funky new look.
SOURCES: Font: PC Ratatat off the Internet. Software: "A Gathering of Friends" CD by Provo Craft Hugware.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy took her color inspiration for this hockey-theme scrapbook page from her son's uniform. She used a sheet of patterned paper printed with hockey-related words to fill the space in the lower portion of her page, adding a quick bit of journaling atop a strip of red cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Use a photo collage template to size and arrange your photos. Tracy used one of our free downloadable collage templates to group her images, rotating the photo collage 90 degrees clockwise to better fit her horizontal photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD (green), Bazzill Basics Paper (red). Chipboard letters: BoBunny Press. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Traci Turchin
Traci admires her husband's winter hiking pictures and decided a layout was due. She filled her digital background with photos from a snowshoe outing, adding one photo in the middle to overlap the others, giving a sense of dimension to the digital scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: When you have great pictures, don't overpower them with bold titles. Traci used subtle see-through strips for her page title and label. To create the translucent strips, Traci drew the shape in Adobe Photoshop and then lowered the opacity.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Fonts: Chatter ("snow"), Think Small ("shoeing") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Vincent ("basin") by P22, Century Gothic (journaling, date, "commonwealth").
Design by Annette Pixley
Annette's inner tube sledding pictures mark a trip to Mt. Hood with her son. She matted her photos with colorful cardstock to make the mostly white winter sports images pop off the page, and she mixed rub-on phrases with her journaling to help highlight certain words and emphasize the winter theme.
Editor's Tip: Recycle for low-cost embellishments. Annette placed her title on a cloud cut from a magazine advertisement. Just remember, not all found objects are safe for scrapbooks. Keep questionable items away from one-of-a-kind photos or treat with deacidification sprays to be safe.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: A to Z (stripe), Making Memories (petals). Stickers: Creative Imaginations ("lodge"), Reminisce (journaling spot). Rub-ons: Junkitz. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (teal snowflake), Colorbok (blue snowflakes), Fancy Pants Designs (swirls), Li'l Davis Designs ("winter"). Pen: American Crafts. Brads: Around the Block.
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Bold colors pulled directly from the photo give this scrapbook page about a skating adventure pop. By stamping white snowflakes on a deep blue strip of cardstock, Mellette created a one-of-a-kind border for the left-hand side of her page.
Editor's Tip: Mix and match letter stickers for a playful page title. By combining red and white letters from a set that features lots of different styles, Mellette created a title that's as bouncy and fun as her photo subject.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Stickers, stamp: Making Memories. Punches: EK Success. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy mixed several patterned papers and stamping techniques for this colorful page about her son's hockey skills. After stamping her title letters on plain white paper, Tracy scanned them into her image-editing program and enlarged the letters to make an oversize title.
Editor's Tip: Not all manufacturers allow scanning of their stamps. If you're unsure, please contact the manufacturer first.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (blue-and-cream script), 7Gypsies (black), Making Memories (folio). Stickers: 7Gypsies (small label), Paper Source (large label). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (shapes). Stamps: Autumn Leaves (title), Postmodern Design (diamonds), Hero Arts (dot circle), Savvy Stamps ("xoxo"). Ink: Tsukineko.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy scores top marks for this streamlined figure-skating scrapbook page. To complement her photos, she mimicked the dotted pattern of her daughter's skirt in her title and page accents and picked up on the metallic sheen of the skates themselves with reflective silver accents and letters.
Editor's Tip: Give a small sports sticker more presence on your scrapbook page by matting it. Tracy applied her skates sticker to scalloped circles punched from metallic paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), Creative Imaginations (black). Decorative paper: Doodlebug Design (glitter), DMD (metallic). Stickers: FontWerks (labels), Sandylion Sticker Designs (skates). Chipboard letters, pen: American Crafts. Epoxy letters: Making Memories. Punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Dana Smith
Dana included multiple photos in varying sizes on this sledding scrapbook page to capture the adrenaline rush of her son's snow-covered excursions.
Editor's Tip: Want a ribbon accent but don't have the perfect print? No problem. Dana created her faux bows with patterned paper. To get the look, cut two even strips of matching paper, brush on decoupage medium, and tie them together. (The wet adhesive makes the paper less likely to tear.)
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, sticker, rub-ons, wooden tag, tack: Chatterbox. Font: David Walker Stamped by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Li'l Davis Designs. Stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ink: Memories.
Design by Diana Hudson
Diana's nephews are seasoned skiers who face the slopes without fear. In this scrapbook page, Diana captured their love for the sport and framed the layout with printed ribbons communicating her desire for them to continue to meet every challenge.
Editor's Tip: Create ribbon strips with a message. Format the text in word-processing software, and print it on a sheet of cardstock to determine ribbon placement. Attach the ribbon to cardstock using temporary adhesive, and then run it through the printer. Silver snowflakes attached to the ends finish off the ribbon embellishments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Ink-jet transparency: 3M. Fonts: Dragonfly by Two Peas in a Bucket (title), Times New Roman (journaling). Rub-ons, metal snowflakes: Making Memories. Silver brads: Creative Impressions. Silver clips: Scrapworks. Ribbon: Offray. Stamp: Duncan Crafts.
Design by Angie Cramer
Angie snapped these photos of her daughter Jenna playing goalie in her new Edmonton Oilers hockey jersey during the family's annual Boxing Day party. She printed her journaling in the empty space in the two larger shots, giving her more space for images and embellishments.
Editor's Tip: Plan photo placement and digitally alter if necessary. Angie planned this layout to have a large photo on the left-hand page. When she chose the photo to be enlarged, she realized her daughter would have been looking off the page, so she flipped the photo.
SOURCES: Maruyama paper: Magenta. Font: Typist off the Internet. Stamp: Junque. Metal squares: Once Upon a Scribble. Metal words: Pittsburgh Steel for Harbor Freight.
Design by Amber Skolnick
Amber captured her grandmother's fun spirit in this 20-year-old sledding photo. The makeshift file folder contains additional journaling and is secured by paper clips and photo turns.
Editor's Tip: Frame sports photos with paint. Amber lightly traced around the journaling bubble and file folder with a pencil, then went over the lines with strokes of paint.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Notebook paper: Mead. Font: Love LetterTW off the Internet. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon, chipboard accent: Love, Elsie. Buttons: My Mind's Eye. Pin: Singer. Photo turns: 7Gypsies. Label: Dymo. Stamp: Bam Pop. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Paint: Delta Creative. Punches: Stampin' Up! (spiral edge), EK Success (corner rounder).
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa's two-page winter layout lets her capture multiple sledding photos in one unified scrapbook design. Though not mirror images of each other, the two pages have very similar structures, making them feel connected by more than just color.
Editor's Tip: Arrows are great design accents for pages with a lot of elements. Melissa used arrows to direct attention to key photos and to echo the movement of the sledding and the sentiment behind the title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pressboard arrows: Technique Tuesday. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Mindy Bush
To make quick work of this two-page layout about family sledding fun, Mindy ran her patterned paper through her printer to print her title directly on the background. Adding her journaling to her photo collage before printing was a time-saver, too.
Editor's Tip: Winter sports action shots are hard to catch, especially downhill snapshots. Mindy positioned herself near the bottom of the sledding run where her subjects would be slowing down. She caught great family smiles this way, too!
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Arctic Frog. Fonts: Hannibal Lector ("family"), Salaryman (all other) off the Internet.
Design by Irma Gabbard
To commemorate the only snowboarding race she has ever won against her son, Irma featured shots from the day and journaling about the rules of the race, the race itself, and the taunting that followed.
Editor's Tip: To make one page of her snowboarding layout flow into the next, Irma laid a piece of 8-1/2x11" wintry blue cardstock across both pages. She continued to guide the eye with circles punched from two colors of cardstock. As a finishing touch, she stitched on woven labels stamped with descriptive phrases about the day.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Trebuchet by Microsoft. Stamp, rub-ons: Making Memories. Woven labels, bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs. Floss: DMC Corp. Corner rounder: Creative Memories.
Design by Angie Cramer
Angie snapped these winter sports photos of her son Ryan on a snowboarding outing. Angie chose the layout colors--black, gray, and red--from her son's winter gear, pulling the entire page together.
Editor's Tip: Be creative with your title. Angie stamped "snowboarding" as well as snowflake patterns onto three round metal-rim tags, then strung the tags together with fibers to make a vertical title.
SOURCES: Font: Times New Roman. Snap eyelets: Making Memories. Stamps: PSX.
Design by Martha Crowther
Hockey is a big sport in the Crowther household, so Martha was prepared when her son put on his first hockey skates. She snapped this photo of her son in his gear and found the perfect quote to accompany it.
Editor's Tip: Streamline your designs to get photos scrapped fast. Using plain cardstock, Martha chose a black background to coordinate with the black-and-white hockey photos. Subdued shades of gray and blue cardstock and a length of twine wrapped around the photo of the skates finishes the look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Font: High Tide by Two Peas in a Bucket.
Design by Polly Maly
Polly created this winter sports page to capture the fun her daughter had skiing. Four large photos tell the story of the day, while a sloped strip of paper mimics a ski slope.
Editor's Tip: Draw attention to important words in your journaling. Polly added color and typographic accents to the handwritten journaling block on this scrapbook page by stamping several words on paper strips of different colors. This is also a great technique to keep in mind the next time you need to fix a mistake!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue), Kopp Design (green, red). Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Metal snowflakes: Making Memories. Circle punch: EK Success.
Design by Sara Tumpane
In this snowshoeing scrapbook page, Sara substituted paint for paper to add a splash of custom color. She mixed two shades of purple paint and brushed it onto her cardstock, let it dry, then brushed a thin layer of gloss varnish on top of the painted areas to give them shine.
Editor's Tip: Give paint time to dry. Though it's an easy way to add color and texture to a scrapbook page, you need to let paint dry completely before you finish your page or put it in an album to prevent smearing. Sara waited until her paint and gloss coat were totally dry before writing her journaling on top of the area.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Paper Adventures. Font: Adler off the Internet. Polymer clay: Sculpey. Snap eyelets: Making Memories. Leather strip: Rusty Pickle. Crafts paint: Delta (lavender), Plaid (dark purple). Stamps: Rubber Baby (large alphabet), PSX (small alphabet).
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie created this icy-looking page of her son's day on the toboggan by matting her photo on light purple and blue patterned papers. Snowflakes cut from patterned paper add a finishing touch.
Editor's Tip: Are the colors in your photos creating design troubles? Convert them to black-and-white. Leslie had her son bundled up in a hat that clashed with his blue-and-red snowsuit. Converting to black-and-white allowed her to use any color scheme--and avert the fashion faux pas!
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Vargas (title), My Type of Font (journaling) off the Internet.