If you’re anything like me, scrapping takes a back seat in the month of December. I was fortunate enough to be given the lovely Dear Lizzy Christmas line to play with, though, and coordinated products really do make it easier to get inspired at a busy time. The papers, rub-ons and ribbons were the perfect accompaniment to the photos I had chosen.
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned papers, letter stickers, buttons (American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Christmas) + circle punch (EK Success) + twine (Martha Stewart) + pop dots (Therm O Web) + font (Georgia) + jewels (unknown)
It’s an annual tradition to pose with the Santa hat in front of the tree. When we are done posing, the hat goes to its rightful spot on the beautiful carousel horse my father-in-law carved for us in our foyer.
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock, patterned paper, rub-on, ribbon, and glitter letter stickers (American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Christmas)
I added jewels to the rub-on to mimic the jewels in the floral ribbon. I used a photo of my girls from last Christmas, I love how our Christmas tree sparkles in the background. Add a coordinating paper for the bottom, add the date and *voila* a simple holiday page.
And now another simple holiday page…I don’t know about your kids, but mine enjoy goofing around while having their pictures taken; this time my husband got in the act.
A Note from Vivian
My solution for what to do with all of the holiday card photo outtakes? Collage them together for a quick and easy layout! I love using the free downloadable PhotoSheet program, as it allows me to collage photos together very quickly. For this layout, I created two 6-photo collages on 4” X 6” photo paper (collaged and printed in under five minutes!) and lined them up across my layout. I added patterned paper and embellishments to create a quick and easy layout capturing the silliness that developed during our holiday card photo shoot.
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket) + thread (Coats and Clark)
Letters to Santa capture so much: your kids’ spelling and handwriting at the time, their interests, and, if they add a picture, their artwork. Even though letters to Santa are not photos, they are definitely worth recording on a scrapbook page! This simple design highlights the letter my son wrote to Santa in 2007. (Interestingly enough, three years later he is still completely obsessed with Star Wars and Legos, and even more so with Star Wars Legos.) I scanned the reindeer Eli had drawn on the front of the letter as well as the text he’d written inside. I cut and pasted the scanned images into a Word document so that I could cut the letter out as an 8” square. I printed the document on white cardstock and trimmed it down to 8” X 8”. I adhered the letter to the center of a 12” X 12” sheet of dark green cardstock. A row of punched stars stitched with red thread embellish the top left of the layout and a tag embellished with another punched star, a brad, and a Santa handcut from patterned paper embellish the bottom right and provide a place for journaling.
cards | materials patterned papers, three-dimensional stickers, rub-ons, and buttons (American Crafts) + (baker’s twine) The Twinery
What to do when you’re in a pinch and need a quick holiday card? Use one of these five easy (under five
minutes!) design ideas!
1. Arrange 10 buttons in a triangle shape and measure the length of each side of the triangle. Cut a cardstock triangle to size and adhere buttons to the triangle. Attach the triangle to a card base with foam adhesive. Add a star embellishment above the triangle and a rub on greeting below.
2. Tear the edge of a piece of patterned paper and adhere it over a card base in a contrasting color. Add a horizontal strip of cardstock embellished with a rub-on greeting and a three-dimensional sticker.
3. Adhere a 2” piece of patterned paper to the bottom of a card base and adhere a strip of ribbon just above. Add a three-dimensional sticker in the white space above.
4. Cover a card base with patterned paper in a small-scale print. Add a rub-on greeting to a small tag, tie it with baker’s twine or ribbon and adhere to the card base at a diagonal. Add a three- dimensional sticker overlapping the top of the tag.
5. Cover a card base with text-print patterned paper. Adhere a patterned paper image (or a piece of cardstock with a rub-on greeting) across the card. Finish the card with a three-dimensional sticker placed to connect the text paper with the image.
A Note from Katrina
Having a stash of simple holiday note cards is so helpful at this time of year! I love using coordinated collections to easily pull together cute cards.
A Note from Jody D-P
For a quick and simple handmade gift, gather smaller pieces of paper to create a collection of cards!