Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with 12 fabulous Christmas layouts. Whether you are looking for new ideas to scrapbook the holiday season or want some fresh photography ideas, you'll find some amazing ones below.
1. Make a Border
This page may be easy to make, but no viewer will call it, "simple".
To create it, place your photos at the top and bottom of your grid paper, leaving a two-square border in the middle.
Then, use the Half Circle Die Set to create the border in the center of the page, repeating the die cut all the way across.
Finally, fill the half circles in with patterned paper. Paije used paper from Simple Stories™, here.
2. Stay on Trend with Black
Following the farmhouse trend, black is the new color of the holiday season. We love it in our scrapbooks for the drama it creates.
Consider using black grid paper or use black for the outlines and photo mats, like Candy did here. Many paper packs, including this one from Photo Play™, include prints that lean heavily on black.
Be sure to add some red, white or green on your scrapbook layout to keep the page festive.
3. Capture the Details
Consider taking pictures of unique ornaments, neighborhood entryways, the centerpiece and even close-ups of the garland or the lights.
It will transport you back to that wonderful holiday everytime you look at it.
4. Make Stripes
Nothing says "Christmas" more than candy-cane stripes. You can create your own easily using the Corner Tile Die.
Simply cut a few sets, the Corner Tile Die cuts 12 at a time, in red and a few in white and line them up on your layout.
Notice how cute those corners are tucked behind the journaling at the bottom of the page.
5. Capture the Emotions
Whether family members are excited, nervous, thankful, joyous or stressed out, like little Cole, try to capture emotion on your layout. It is something you will look back on fondly every year.
Fill in around those emotional pictures with photos of holiday decor, or even clip art you can find and print online.
Here, Paije used photos of Christmas bulbs and garland, cut in Mosaic style, to accent the page. The sticker letters are from Doodlebug Design™.
6. Dress it Up
Decorative dies provide a fun and unique way to dress up a layout.
You can place colored paper behind the die cut, fill it in with pieces of cardstock, or even color in the pieces. It's a way to make sure your layout doesn't look like anyone else's.
7. Make Chevrons
The North Pole Die Set offers a fun way to make a chevron pattern across you layout.
Since you get two dies, one with a pattern going down and the other going up, you can cut two at a time making this an easy project!
We love how Paije used photos of the Christmas tree in this one, accented by patterned paper from BasicGrey.
8. Make a Tree
How incredibly fabulous is this way to capture the season on a single layout?
The large area around the tree is perfect with patterned paper that contains a little bit larger pattern, since you see so much of it.
9. Surround it in Diamonds
Use the Diamond Mine Collection to create a magnificent diamond on your layout. Bold, contrasting papers, like deep green, white and bright red, frame out each bit of this design.
Candy included photos that represent each of the holiday activities she enjoyed last year, including attending craft shows, searching for vintage ornaments, looking at lights, baking and making holiday crafts.
10. Try the 5-Square Blocking Set
"Christmas at Yankee Candle" by Jodi Benson
The 5-Square Blocking Set allows you to get more photos on the page, eliminates the space between photos, and helps you make unique triangles and diamond shapes.
It's a versatile die, especially during Christmas.
11. Make a Wreath
Probably one of our favorite Christmas layouts of all time is this magnificent wreath by Paije.
She used the 3x4 and 3x3 Bliss Dies to create this design.
The wreath itself is made from close-up photos of the tree. If you don't have any, make a copy of your tree photo and then crop it and have it printed a few times. That's what Paije did and the results are absolutely spectacular!
12. Celebrate the Paper
Christmas patterned paper is beautiful, but it doesn't always lend itself to working well with the Mosaic Moments system -- or so we thought.
When you have a large pattern that you want to use, like this one from BasicGrey, let the paper do the talking and cut it into 1-inch squares, broken up by a few feature photos.
This is a great technique to use with family photos or other special pics you want to keep large.
Tip: Use a contrasting mat to separate the picture from the pattern.