How to Make a Christmas Morning Scrapbook Layout
There’s nothing more exciting than Christmas morning, and it’s definitely worth documenting them as each year passes to look back on! The Holly Jolly Christmas Papercraft collection is the perfect combination of traditional colours in this collection, along with a few non-traditional pops of colour to give an extra element of fun! Available online and in store at Hobbycraft – follow the below tutorial for an idea of how to compose your own Christmas morning scrapbook layout.
1. Choose the photos you want to document and papers you want to use in the background of the layout. Seeing as there’s a mixture of colours in these photos I went for a more red and green theme with the papers, this way it focuses in on the Christmas theme of the layout. Decide which paper you want as the main half of the background and cut it so it takes up almost half of the page.
Top tip! Always look at the colours in your photos to give you an idea on what papers to choose.
2. Next you want to take a strip of ribbon and using double sided tape, attach it along the edge of the patterned paper you just stuck down, so it covers where the paper meets the kraft background. To make the bow that will be popped on top of this, make two loops in the ribbon, and then tie them in a knot. This technique sometimes takes a bit of readjusting to make sure the back of the ribbon isn’t showing, and that all the glittery side is facing you. If you have another technique to make bows that you prefer using, then go with that.
3. Next you want to arrange your photos on the page, layering them with various pieces of patterned paper, ribbon, stickers and washi tape. To do this, start by figuring out where about you want you photos (I also backed mine onto some patterned paper and white card to give them a bit of a boarder). Next rip some sections of patterned paper to layer behind the photos, these break up the kraft background a bit without taking the focus away from the main patterned paper on the layout. When layering washi tape and ribbon, try to keep them in line with the straight edges of the photos.
4. Embellishing a layout is one of my favourite things to do. Using a mixture of wooden pieces, glitter stickers and the thicker stickers, create small clusters in the corners of the photos. I also used one of the paper envelopes to fill a bigger gap on the layout, it helped to balance things out a little.
Top tip! Corners are usually a good place to focus the clusters, as a majority of the time that part of the photo isn’t too interesting and will just have blank space that can be covered.
5. Once you’ve embellished around the photos you want to add some sort of title on the page. You can do this at the same time as you’re embellishing to make sure you have enough space for the title. When choosing where to place your title, don’t always go for the obvious, try layering it into the photos. On pages like this where there’s a large section of the background that’s blank, I always find this helps to make the title a part of the layout, rather than it looking a bit like it’s floating by itself in the blank space.
Top Tip! When choosing where to put your title, use a clear ruler to stick the alphabet stickers onto, that way you can move the words about and see how they look in different spaces on the layout.