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How to Make a Christmas Themed Scrapbook layout with Decorative Edge Scissors

Updated on February 21, 2014

Christmas Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbooking your memories

The scrapbook I am creating is for my daughter. I want to leave her with a look at her growing and adult years through pictures and words. So often pictures get stored away in a box and are forgotten and often never looked at. As the years go by the memories of dates and occasions fade unless details are written on the back of each photograph.

I have been working on this scrapbook for a few years, off and on, in between making cards to sell using my Cricut machine. For me it is a memory filled journey of watching her grow and the fun times we have had together. I wish I had started this scrapbook years ago but slowly I am catching up with her actual age now.

Memo area

The Memo Area of a scrapbook layout is important because this is where you will note the details of the layout. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photograph of my memo area but as with all my scrapbook pages I create a couple of squares to adhere to the finished scrapbook page. On one square I will note the occasion, in this case Christmas 2004 and on the other square I comment on the photos, identifying people in the photos or what they were doing.

Decorate Edge Scissors


Paper Edger Scissors

Having a collection of Paper Edger scissors allows for a great way to cut the edges of any type of paper or photographs. I've used mine to cut photographs with fun edges along with the matching scrapbook cardstock layers underneath each photo.

You simply cut the photo or cardstock a bit bigger than you want the finished size then trim around the edges. These scissors allow for odd shaped photos to be hand cut to size. Also you can cut your photos into circle shapes along with the cardstock layers.

What you Need

  • Heavy Weight Scrapbook Cardstock
  • Light Weight Patterned Scrapbook Cardstock
  • Decorative Edge Scissors
  • Two-Way Adhesive for Scrapbooking
  • Ruler

Photo Examples

Scrapbook cardstock base page
Scrapbook cardstock base page
Photos cut with Scissors
Photos cut with Scissors
Closeup of the edge
Closeup of the edge
Adhere photo to cardstock
Adhere photo to cardstock
Cut around the edges of the photo
Cut around the edges of the photo
Finished Photograph with cardstock layer
Finished Photograph with cardstock layer
Bottom cardstock layer
Bottom cardstock layer
Finished layers with photo
Finished layers with photo
A smart paper saver hint
A smart paper saver hint
A smart paper saver hint
A smart paper saver hint
Final Step for paper saving
Final Step for paper saving
Photos for layout cut and adhered to backgrounds
Photos for layout cut and adhered to backgrounds

How To

My scrapbook layouts are 12" x 12". If I use a plain colored scrapbook cardstock then I choose a heavy weight piece. Here I used a light weight piece of cardstock and had to adhere it to a heavy weight piece for the background layout piece. I dotted the glue all around then dots in a X pattern, filling in each section of the X.

Each photo was trimmed with my decorative edge scissors. I chose rectangular shapes in either horizontal or vertical view. I trimmed the photos to be just around the subject in the picture.

Here is a closeup of one of the photos. These scissors make it necessary to cut very slowly for a clean attractive look. If you have to make a second cut you try to match it up with the previous cut.

Adhere the trimmed photo to the first piece of light weight scrapbook paper.

Using the same patterned scissors I used for the photograph I trimmed around the background piece, making it just a bit bigger.

I chose a contrasting piece of light weight cardstock for the final and bottom layer underneath the photograph and adhered the photo to it.

Again using the same patterned scissors for the photo & first scrapbook cardstock piece, I trimmed around the edges leaving an edge showing.

The finished result on each photograph has two layers of cardstock showing underneath it.

To save on scrapbooking cardstock you can reuse some of the extra edges and pieces that remain after trimming from a whole piece of cardstock. Choose a cardstock pattern that you have plenty of.

Adhere each piece of the cardstock for the background to the edge of the photo.

Trim the outside edge as before. The only difference will be that you aren't adhering a complete piece of cardstock to the photo; just around the edges.

Here are the finished photographs and layers completely trimmed, adhered, and ready to arrange on the scrapbook layout base page.

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