Holiday Tradition Scrapbook Pages

Scrapbook the memories of baking cookies, decorating the Christmas tree, or visiting Santa. Use these ideas as inspiration for your scrapbook pages about holiday traditions.

Scrapbook Photos of Multiple Holiday Traditions

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi arranged her photos using an image-editing program and printed them out as one piece so she could neatly include shots of her family baking, stringing lights on the house, and decorating the Christmas tree on a single scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Give your scrapbook page journaling special treatment. Candi highlighted seasonal words in red and green and topped her text box with an attention-getting bow.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents, ribbon, photo corners, charm: Making Memories. Font: Goobascript off the Internet.

Use Papers and Embellishments from a Coordinating Line

Design by Erin Roe

Erin used papers and embellishments from the same holiday line to make quick work of the scrapbook page about taking photos for her family's Christmas card.

Editor's Tip: Use small amounts of each pattern when working with several patterned papers, such as Erin did here with her diagonally arranged strips. It will keep the patterns from taking over your photos.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, rub-ons, fabric accents: Anna Griffin.

Embellish a Holiday Scrapbook Page with Christmas Cards

Design by Leah Fung

Leah trimmed holiday images and a title from Christmas cards she'd received to make the perfect decorations for a page that includes her holiday family photo and her journaling about favorite seasonal traditions.

Editor's Tip: Add a little bling to your card cutouts with gems and brads. Leah added decorative rhinestone brads to the centers of the poinsettias on this scrapbook page.


SOURCES: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Times New Roman. Brads: Karen Foster Design (crystals), Chatterbox (white). Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Create a Scrapbook Page about Your Annual Holiday Photo

Design by Angelia Wigginton

Angelia enlarged a favorite photo of her daughters to make it the centerpiece of this scrapbook page about their family photo-taking tradition.

Editor's Tip: Emphasize your holiday theme with your embellishments. Angelia used rickrack to mimic the look of ribbon on a gift and added snowflakes as a frosty finishing touch.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (ivory, stripe), 7Gypsies (red script). Fonts: Patriot (caption) by Autumn Leaves, Tintinabulation (journaling) off the Internet. Rub-ons: Making Memories ("celebrate"), My Mind's Eye ("2004"). Ribbon: Making Memories. Snowflakes: EK Success. Rickrack, buttons: Michaels.

Emboss Metal Embellishments to Match a Holiday Decorating Theme

Design by Erikia Ghumm

Embossed sheet-metal circles look like artsy snowflakes and make the perfect accents to Erikia's scrapbook page about her Christmas decorating tradition.

Editor's Tip: Brush acrylic paint over embossed metal accents, as Erikia did, to bring out the design and add a splash of color.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green circles, pink floral), Autumn Leaves (starburst), Collage Press (white dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink dot), Hambly Screen Prints (pink swirl). Acrylic paint: Ranger Industries. Pens: Sakura of America (purple, red, blue), Sharpie (green). Metal accents, embossing tool: Ten Seconds Studio. Punch: EK Success. Distressing tool: Tonic Studios.

Convert a Holiday Photo to Black-And-White

Design by Kim Haynes

Kim gave this candid photo of her mother and son engrossed in holiday baking on Christmas morning a timeless feel by converting it to black-and-white.

Editor's Tip: When using a black-and-white photo in your design, balance the contrast with splashes of black in other areas, such as Kim did with her page title and date.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Mustard Moon. Font: Flea Market by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-on words, ribbons, photo turns, metal charms, brads: Making Memories. Label maker, tape: Dymo. Vintage date stamp purchased on

Scrapbook Holiday Decorations and Preparations

Design by Janna Wilson

Janna used a classic red-and-green color scheme to complement photos of her family holiday traditions on this scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Give your scrapbook layout a vintage feel by distressing the edges of pictures, papers, and embellishments with sandpaper like Janna did.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby. Patterned paper: Flair Designs. Font: Carbo Gothic off the Internet. Stickers: Chatterbox (letter stickers), Flair Designs (holiday stickers). Chipboard accent, brads: Junkitz. Acrylic paint, sandpaper: Delta.

Create a Timeline to Remember Holiday Family Traditions

Design by Angela Marvel

Angela paired photos and text on the right-hand side of her layout to show the numerous family visits she and her husband make each Christmas.

Editor's Tip: Write the story you want to tell on your scrapbook page before you decide on a layout. If you have a lot of text, as Angela did on this page, plan accordingly so you have room to fit all your journaling.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Fonts: Cezanne ("Christmas"), Garamouche (journaling) by P22, Garamond ("stops") by Microsoft. Stickers: Creative Imaginations: Metal-rim tags, metal tags, paint: Making Memories. Circle cutter: Provo Craft.

Tuck a Family Recipe Behind a Photo on a Scrapbook Layout

Design by Polly Maly

To complete her holiday baking scrapbook page, Polly slid the recipe for her grandmother's sugar cookies behind the photo in the top right-hand corner.

Editor's Tip: Continuously snap photos during family events or holiday traditions so you can include different details and angles in your layout that will tell the entire story.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, cookie cutters: Melissa Frances. Font: Century Gothic (journaling) by Monotype, Holiday India (title) off the Internet. Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Design.

Create Your own Embellishments to tell Your Story on a Scrapbook Page

Design by Jlyne Hanback

Jlyne created a gingerbread man -- just like the cookies her kids made -- to use as the main decoration on this holiday baking scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Give your cookie embellishment a frosted look. Jlyne used a mixture of acrylic paint and gesso to create the colors on her gingerbread man, then added glass beads as sprinkles!


SOURCES: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Die Cuts With a View (text), Chatterbox (stripe). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: KI Memories ("gingerbread"), American Crafts ("men"). Rub-on: Polar Bear Express. Beads: Hobby Lobby. Chipboard photo corner: Scenic Route Paper Co. Ribbon: The Ribbon Jar. Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Brad: Making Memories.

Scrapbook Handwritten Holiday Notes to Santa

Design by Tracey Odachowski

To expand on standard scrapbook page journaling, Tracey used her son's letter to Santa on her scrapbook page about their family tradition of leaving cookies and milk out on Christmas Eve.

Editor's Tip: Spice up your page by using a sheet of patterned paper as your background. Use a solid or subtly patterned sheet to back photos and journaling so the focus remains on your story.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, notching tool: BasicGrey. Ribbon: Stampin' Up!. Buckle: Karen Foster Design. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (green), Hot Off the Press (screw-top). Metal-rim tags: Creative Imaginations.

Pair Christmas Photos with Unexpected Patterned Papers and Embellishments

Design by Patricia Anderson

Patricia paired photos of her son (and husband) visiting Santa with patterned papers that contain Christmas colors but don't overwhelm a nontraditional page about a seasonal tradition.

Editor's Tip: Get creative with your scrapbook page titles. Patricia used letter stickers in a variety of colors and styles to spell "Santa" and hand-cut the word "gifts" from subtly patterned paper.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, ribbon, die-cut tags, chipboard photo corners, brads: Chatterbox. Fonts: Heber ("gifts") by Chatterbox, Arial (journaling). Ink: Ranger Industries.

Use Paper Piecings to Embellish a Christmas Scrapbook Page

Design by Erikia Ghumm

A pretty paper-pieced bell plays up Erikia's holiday theme on this scrapbook page dedicated to her cat's participation in decorating the Christmas tree.

Editor's Tip: Add some dimension to your scrapbook paper piecings by using shades of the same color, such as Erikia did here by making the bow two hues of green and the inside of the bell a lighter shade of red than the one used on the outside.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (aqua scallop), Club Scrap (teal, green, lime, red). Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Rub-ons: Anna Griffin (title), K&Company (floral). Ink: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Glitter: K&Company. Brad: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success. Distressing tool: Tonic Studios.

Create an Eye-Catching Holiday Scrapbook Page with Text

Design by Nia Reddy

Instead of using traditional embellishments, Nia adorned her page with words that relate to the photo of her son baking holiday goodies.

Editor's Tip: Use a word-processing program to create a text background, as Nia did, or get a similar look with letter stickers or rub-on type and phrases.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (polka dot), Anna Griffin (stripe). Font: Zurich off the Internet. Sticker: Scrapworks. Brad, jewel: Making Memories. Circle Cutter: Fiskars.

Add a Transparent Overlay to a Holiday Scrapbook Page

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

To finish this scrapbook page about her son visiting Santa, Renee placed a printed transparent overlay atop the entire design, securing it with eyelets in the top left-hand corner and tying ribbon through the holes.

Editor's Tip: Renee wrote her journaling on a tag that she slid underneath the main photo. To make sure the tag is accessible, slit the page protector and overlay with a craft knife and pull the tab portion of the tag through the slit to the outside.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, metallic paper: K&Company. Printed transparency: Karen Foster Design: Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: Offray. Eyelets: Prym-Dritz. Ink: Clearsnap.

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