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Christmas At Our House
Christmas is a holiday rich with unique traditions and history. Your family album is a fabulous place to document all the stories, traditions and photos that are unique to Christmas at your house. Whether you’re scrapping photos of your beautifully decorated tree, the children sitting on Santa’s lap or your traditional family dinner, your photos and journaling will help your family remember all the special memories for years to come.

About this Page
For the background of this Christmas layout, LeNae chose two coordinating tone-on-tone papers from Paper Pizazz® sarapapers™, placing a strip of the lighter green paper down the right edge of the background. She matted three photos on chic glimmer paper and overlapped them down the left side of the page. LeNae added the Christmas Overlay™ over the photos, positioning the word border down the right side of the page over the lighter of the two green papers. She cut a thin strip of red cardstock and tied ribbons around it, then attached the cardstock strip on top of the Overlay™, overlapping the seam between the tone-on-tone papers used in the background. The brads LeNae used to attach the cardstock strip do double-duty by attaching the Overlay™ to the page as well. To top off the page, LeNae accented her photos with more ribbon and journaled onto cute tag shapes that she attached on top of the Overlay™.

Patterned Paper Tip
All Paper Pizazz® 12”x12” Overlays™ are printed with a themed border. Since the borders are printed in black, it’s important to layer a paper underneath that is light enough to allow the viewer to see the Overlay™ border. LeNae says: "When selecting papers for this' “Christmas at Our House” 'layout, I thought the dark green brocade paper would be too dark under the Overlay™ border, so I layered a coordinating paper of a lighter green under the border to keep it visible."

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
Christmas is one of those days that’s guaranteed to produce tons of great photo opps. Want to fit all your treasured photos on just one or two 12”x12” pages and still have room for a border and embellishments? The key is to overlap. You’ll find that many of your photos will have “dead space” in the corners or along the edges where nothing is really going on–these areas can act as extra work surfaces. By cropping your photos to focus on the subject and overlapping the “dead space” on your photos with other photos, you’ll find that you’ll be able to fit far more photos onto your layouts and still have plenty of room to journal and embellish as you please.

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:

  1. Use the dark green brocade paper as the background. Cut a 2 3/4” wide strip of light green brocade paper and glue it flush against the right side of the background paper.
  2. Mat one vertical photo on red cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/32”. Mat again on black glimmer paper, trimming the mat to 1/8”. Mat another vertical photo and a square photo on black glimmer paper, trimming the mats to 1/16”. Arrange the photos on the dark green portion of the page as shown and secure in place with a glue stick.
  3. Lay the overlay over the page so the printed border runs down the right edge, over the light green brocade paper strip. Cut a 1/2” wide strip of red cardstock. Cut two 4” lengths of red/white striped ribbon and one 4” length of dark green/ivory gingham ribbon. Tie the three lengths around the red cardstock strip, alternating the two ribbon styles as you work downward. Lay the cardstock strip on top of the overlay, covering the seam between the dark green and light green brocade paper. Punch one 1/16” hole in each end of the cardstock strip and add a pewter brad to each, securing the overlay to the page.
  4. Cut a 2 1/2” length of red/white striped ribbon trim the tails at an angle. Fold the ribbon length in half and use a pewter brad to attach the folded end in the top left corner of the bottom photo. Computer journal the year onto ivory cardstock, then trace the smallest of the standard tag shapes from the template around the journaling and cut into shape. Ink the edges of the tag with black, then mat on red cardstock and trim the mat to 1/32”. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and run a length of ivory embroidery floss through. Loop the floss around the brad in the corner of the photo and secure the tag to the page with a glue stick.
  5. Cut an 8” length of red/white striped ribbon and trim the tails at an angle, then tie the ribbon into a shoestring bow. Computer journal onto ivory cardstock and use the template to create a scalloped tag shape out of your journaling. Ink the edges of the tag with black and mat on red cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/32”. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and run a length of ivory embroidery floss through. Use a Mini Glue Dot™ to attach the shoestring bow on top of the looped embroidery floss in the top right corner of the top photo, then secure the tag on the page with a glue stick.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:

LeNae Gerig’s realistic approach to scrapbooking has made her popular with beginners and experts alike! Want to see more of LeNae’s layouts, along with new techniques and unique tips? Check out LeNae’s Scrapbooking Basics and LeNae’s 30-Minute Scrapbook Pages.


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