How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something a little different but super helpful I hope! I thought today I’d share some scrappy Christmas inspiration. I know, I know… as this post goes up it’s only August, but I absolutely love the season AND I have a stack of photos that desperately need to be scrapped. You see, I really only tend to scrap Christmas around the Christmas season.. which in turn means I have wayy too many pics that need doing. Sooo I thought it might be fun to share some ideas to get you inspired. I’m hoping they get me inspired too and we can all scrap away our holiday snaps!
12 Ways to scrapbook Christmas using Cut Files – Document your December
Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!
#1 Bold feature Title. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your Christmas photos a festive feel is to combine them with a bold Christmas themed title. Here I’ve used the ‘Holly Jolly‘ cut file but you could replace this with any kind of Alphabets you have for a similar look.
#2 Christmas Wreath. What’s more festive than a Christmas wreath, right? AND you don’t need to use specific Christmas Wreath designs to make a statement like this on your page. I’ve used the ‘Floral Wreath‘ cut file here which is actually just a spring-themed design and then used up my Christmas embellishments layered over the top. This way, I’m getting multiple uses out of the one cut file design AND I’m also using up my stash of Christmas themed die-cut pieces.
#3 Repeat it! For this page, I’ve actually changed it up and used a Spring themed scrapbook collection. No Christmas supplies here… instead, I’ve gone with a very flexible cut file design called ‘Merry Merry Merry and Bright‘. I love the repeated title in this one, perfect to cut nice and large and add as a background, then you can use whatever supplies you like.
#4 Switch it and Stack it. For this layout, I repurposed the ‘Present Stack‘ design. This one is meant for Birthday layouts, but for this page, to create a Christmas feel, I’ve stacked it with a bunch of fun Christmas sentiments. This could well be one of the fastest scrapbook layouts you make!
#5 Frame it! There are many cut file designs that feature frames. These designs are so great to work with because you have a ‘spot’ for your photos ready and waiting to go, so no guesswork required. This balanced layout structure is a personal favourite and with the added shine of Silver elements, it’s definitely vibing Christmas. ‘Roses and Frames‘ design.
#6 Go Traditional. For me, a big part of Christmas day is sitting around my mum’s house which, with a 12-year-old in tow, can turn into a bit of a ‘Snap Chat’ session… Cute modern selfies like this one team really well with more traditional colour schemes. You really can never go wrong with a classic red and green Christmas layout. Cut file design featured here is ‘Christmas Gift Stack‘.
#7 Reinforce your story. Every element on your scrapbook page should help you tell your story. In this page, the ‘Christmas Banners‘ cut file is the perfect addition. The star elements and the gift tags perfectly layered up, give the layout a fun festive feel with not a lot of fuss.
#8 Help create a scene. It’s not always easy to capture the details of a location on your layout, especially when your photos really are focused on the people in them, not so much on the background or location. In this page, I’ve used the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ cut file design to really help the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene of the photo to theme the page. That stunning Christmas tree in our photo helps too… it was so gorgeous!
#9 Document small moments. This photo was just a quick snapshot, a silly photo of my daughter and I with our Elf on the Shelf. I love documenting the small moments at Christmas as well as the big ones, it’s so important. The cut file ‘Christmas Tree Row‘ I’ve used here helps me create a central design and the cute Christmas embellishments really pull the theme together. Adding a soft mixed media background to my page really pulled this all together.
#10 Colour blocking. A super popular feature in Scrapbooking, I personally love to do this on my pages. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Intersecting Hearts Background’ cut file and then backed it in traditional red cardstock. You might notice on this one that there are no ‘Christmas’ themed goodies, even the cut file is a generic shape… but the page still has a Christmas feel to it because of the red I’ve chosen and elements like the striped bow. Adding in some word sentiments like ‘So much fun’ and ‘I love this day’ help tell the story.
#11 Christmas really is special. I don’t know about you, but I find scrapbooking ‘special events’ so much harder than scrapbooking ‘everyday’ photos. The pressure to make the page ‘good enough’ for that special photo can seem overwhelming! This is where very specific cut file designs come in really handy. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ll possibly only ever use them once, they are so inexpensive it’s worth it to help me get that very special photo scrapbooked! Cut files used on this page are part of the ‘Christmas collection‘.
#12 Be a rule breaker. It’s official, there is no “Scrapbooking Police”, there is no right or wrong way to create your layouts… so my last tip is to do what makes you happy. If putting spring butterflies onto a layout that is about a cold snowy Christmas just like I have done here, it doesn’t matter. If it makes your heart happy, I say go for it! xo
I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting your Christmas with Cut Files, they really are so versatile! Just one more thing before you go… Now that you are all inspired and have a stack of layout ideas to try, why not download our FREE Project Planner Template?
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Until next time,