Hi friends! Dana here today sharing a layout and some tips for how to scrapbook events using Christmas themed patterned papers. The holidays may be over, but I’m not ready to pack away my Christmas collections just yet! The timeless prints that are present in many Christmas collections make them perfect for documenting everyday moments.
The festive My Mind’s Eye Yuletide collection is a fantastic mix of modern and traditional holiday patterns and imagery. Buffalo plaid, leaves, and birds are some of my favorite prints to use all year long. By neutralizing the color palette and being selective on which pieces of the collection I added to my design, I was able to easily use this patterned paper for a new year layout.
Simple Tips to Create with Christmas Collections All Year Long
Tip #1: Neutralize the Color Palette
A neutral black and white buffalo plaid patterned paper was perfect for the left half of the background. The ledger print that I selected for the right half of the background included red holly berries. Both red and green together felt too seasonal, so I covered up the red berries with a large black tag and green leaves that I cut from a portion of the same paper.
I didn’t quite have enough paper leftover from my Christmas crafting to measure a full 12×12 inches. I pieced together smaller pieces on a pieces of black cardstock. A grid design using 4×4 inch pieces of paper would have also looked great.
Tip #2: Incorporate Embellishments to Fit the Theme
The larger blue bird was printed on the patterned paper. The die-cut embellishments from the collection included several more birds. I added a second blue bird to my design to bring more blue into the palette, but to also add a second non-seasonal image.
Tip #3: Add Dimension
I applied the photos to the page using Crafty Foam Tape. Next, I chose a puffy set of letter stickers for my title, rather than a flat letter sticker. Adding depth and dimension to the design helps the viewer focus more on the photos.
Until next time!
Creative Time: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
Cardstock (American Crafts); Patterned Paper and Die-Cuts (My Mind’s Eye); Tag (Graphic 45); Gold Letters (Pinkfresh Studio); Foam Numbers (American Crafts); Ribbon (Clique Kits); Pen (American Crafts)