christmas scrapbooking tips

I love playing Santa on Christmas Eve. The stress of the season is all over, the kids are all in bed, and the next day is a special day off to spend together family. After my hubby and I finish wrapping everything and place it around the tree, we always turn off the living room lights and take one last look at the lit tree with everything around it. It’s so peaceful and it makes me feel so overwhelmed with gratitude for all I have. Then, of course, I take pictures. And then, of course, I scrapbook them.
View this post on the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.

This layout using the Christmas Cheer collection features three different photos of our gift-laden tree from last year—one traditional photo, and two “bokeh” style photos (i.e. images with out-of-focus points of light). I created a grid design to house my photos, and used the photo card die to create grid spaces for embellishments.

Most of my embellishments are die cut shapes—some of them created with the darling Christmas Cheer Stamp & Die Set. I love how easy it is to add stamped images using the dies to cut them out instead of fussy-cutting them. I also included some Enamel Shapes and Decorative Brads in the grid spaces.
To finish off my layout I added an anchor to the top of the page using some decorative tape and an angled border strip cut from the Christmas Cheer Border Strips patterned paper. Finally I added a die cut title and computer generated journaling strips with a few brads and enamel shapes thrown in there.
This year, amongst all the hustle and bustle and the busy-ness of the season, take some to record the quiet peaceful moments when life calms down a bit. Take some time to play around with your camera and record memories in creative ways as well. Creative Christmas cheers!

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