Quick Christmas Scrapbooking Ideas

Scrapbooking time is at a premium during the holiday season. Use our step-by-step directions to make quick and easy Christmas scrapbook layouts that showcase all your favorite memories of the season.

Scrapbook a Holiday Card Photo

Design by Nasilele Holland

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: To get the perfect Christmas photo shot, drape a velvet cloth over a chair and place your subject near a window.

  1. Cut an oversize mat for your photo from white cardstock, leaving more room above the photo than below. Attach the white mat to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and mount on the patterned-paper background.
  2. Add a strip of red patterned paper on top of the double mat. Add the photo as shown.
  3. Print or handwrite a caption and attach it to the page. Add a pretty ribbon and letter-sticker title to finish the layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (green), 7Gypsies (red). Font: Haettenschweiller off the Internet (title), Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves ("Christmas Photo/2004"). Ribbon: A.I. Friedman.

Create a Christmas Tree from Paper Scraps and Embellishments

Design by Monica Schoenemann

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Create a contemporary Christmas tree with strips of coordinating patterned papers, embellishing the branches with colorful buttons and adhesive rhinestones.


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.

Create a Simple Photo Collage for a Quick Page

Design by Erin Clarkson

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Arrange color and black-and-white snapshots in image-editing software and print the photos as one piece.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Font: Evening Stroll by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons, stickers: Making Memories.

Make Custom Holiday Embellishments

Design by Nasilele Holland

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Replicate the look of Christmas ornaments by topping script-stamped paper circles with ribbon bows and metal charms.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Ice Flow (title) and Glacier (journaling) by Scraps Ahoy. Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Embossing powder: Ranger Industries. Ribbon: Michaels. Buckle: KI Memories. Jump rings: Junkitz. Metal charms: Making Memories.

Design a Scrapbook Page on a Grid

Design by Michelle Rubin

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Create a scrapbook page in a snap with a simple structure that balances wallet-size photos with a same-size title-and-journaling block.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned papers: 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.

Use a Neutral Color Palette

Design by Melanie Bauer

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Choose a neutral color palette to make matching holiday photos easy. The colors in your photos will brighten the page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Flair Designs. Font: Tubby by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Sticker Studio ("holiday"), Creative Imaginations ("thrill"). Metal letter: Making Memories.

Frame a Holiday Scrapbook Page with Patterned Paper Scraps

Design by Erin Roe

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Use patterned paper scraps to playfully frame a Christmas photo without detracting from your subject.


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.

Scrapbook a Vintage Christmas Photo

Design by Celeste Smith

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Don't forget to scrap about yourself. Travel down memory lane and scrapbook your own first Christmas. Give the page a vintage feel by using subdued holiday colors and traditional typefaces.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, flower: Chatterbox. Font: PetraScriptEF (title) off the Internet, Squish (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket.

Wrap a Holiday Scrapbook Page in Ribbon

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: To make a simple scrapbook page, house your title, photo, and journaling on the same block of white cardstock and wrap the entire piece with a festive red ribbon to simulate a gift.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Junkitz. Font: Bookman Old Style. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts.

Scrapbook Kids' Crafts

Design by Nichol Magouirk

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Let kids in on the fun. Scrapbook about their crafts!


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.

Create a Holiday Patchwork Background

Design by Melissa Inman

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Fill the background of a holiday scrapbook page with various Christmas-theme paper scraps.


SOURCES: Cardstock, rub-ons: American Crafts. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (snowflakes, glitter letters), Bazzill Basics Paper (photo corner).

Add Hidden Journaling Hehind Photos

Design by Ashley Gailey

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Group photos in a large block and add 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.

Imitate Christmas Presents on a Scrapbook Page

Design by Melissa Inman

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Cut openings in a sheet of cardstock and attach it to another sheet with adhesive foam to create a shadow-box style layout about opening Christmas gifts.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Century Gothic by Microsoft. Stickers: American Crafts ("gift"), Pebbles, Inc. (trees). Rub-ons: Imagination Project.

Make a Quick Two-Page Christmas Layout

Design by Heather Melzer

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Balance a two-page layout by placing a large photo on one side and a block of photos on the other side.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, postage stamp stickers: American Crafts. Font: Day Roman off the Internet. Letter stickers (black and white): Doodlebug Design. Rubber stamp (date), metal snowflake charm, acrylic paint, snowflake brad: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray.

Make a Quick Holiday Page with a Collage Template

Design by Erin Clarkson

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Use a photo collage template to make this quick and easy scrapbook page.


SOURCES: Cardstock, die cut, ribbon, stickers, brad: Making Memories. Font: Arial.

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