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The Christmas scrapbook page:

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Christmas at the McCaffey's is always a creative family occasion.  All the kids are out of school - Tim, Marc and Becky - just hanging around. Crafting and scrapbooking are family traditions, and each year they all make ornaments for the tree. This year, they took photos of their creations.  It was a perfect springboard for their Christmas scrapbook page.

The colorful vintage image on this page is a turn-of-the-century postcard in bright reds, greens, blues and golds, of children parading around the Christmas tree.  We matched our scrapbook colors to that joyful picture.  And who knew? Tim, Marc and Becky were wearing the same colors!  With some embellishments like silver paper, ribbon, and a home-made rubber stamp, we created a page that reflects the McCaffey's memorable, and crafty holiday.

We'll show you the simple steps to a glowing Christmas memory page.

Materials

  • Vintage image (Free PDF download).
  • Background paper: red 12" X 12" paper.
  • Trim papers: blue and green.
  • Backing paper: silver metallic paper.
  • A wood block, 1" X 1", or cardboard and masking tape to make a block (see Tips).
  • Six small rubber bands (1/8" wide, 2" long)
  • Thin green satin ribbon.
  • Rubber stamp ink pad, metallic silver. 
  • Journaling pen.
  • Masking tape or transparent tape.
  • Glue stick or other non-acid paper adhesive.
  • Hole punch.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper cutter (optional).

Instructions

  1. Print the vintage image on matte photo paper and trim it.Christmas scrapbook rubber stamping
  2. Make the rubber stamp by stretching six rubber bands, parallel and evenly spaced, around the wood block (see Tips). Wrap a piece of masking tape around the block to secure the bands.
  3. On the blue paper, use the rubber stamp and silver ink pad to stamp a basketweave pattern in tight rows of alternating vertical and horizontal lines, covering at least 5" X 12".
  4. Trim the blue paper to 4.5" X 12".  Trim the green paper to 2" X 12".  Glue the green paper at the bottom of the red background paper.  Above it, glue the blue paper to the background.
  5. Trace a 3" circle pattern on your photos (we used the rim of a drinking glass).  Cut them out and glue them to the metallic silver backing paper. Trace a circle on the silver paper about 1/4" larger (with a larger glass) around the photos and draw a square tab at the top for the ornament hanger. Cut them out. Punch a hole in the hanger tab.
  6. Glue the vintage image to the center of the blue paper.  Glue the three photo ornaments above the image.  Tie 4" of green ribbon through the hole on each ornament with a bow and glue the ribbon up to the top of the page.
  7. Journal the who, what, when, where and why on the green paper at the bottom of the page

Tips

  • Rubber stamp detailTo make your own stamp block, cut cardboard into 1" squares until you can stack them 1" high.  Wrap them with masking or transparent tape into a 1" square cube.
  • If you need to change the size of the image for your scrapbook layout, refer to the information in the FAQ on resizing a PDF image.
  • There are many different kinds of scrapbook covers and bindings, so you will need to adapt your page design for your particular book.

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