DIY Santa 012We’re all looking for Christmas / Holiday scrapbooking ideas at this time of year. Well maybe not quite yet – got to buy the presents and get them wrapped first. But we’ll be looking for ideas even if we don’t have time to make them just now.

With that thought in mind it’s good to make time to plan the photos you might want to take. And isn’t this a cutie? I saw this photo by Gandalf81 at stock.xchng. The title came to mind as soon as I saw it.


I used the photo at a class I was teaching last month and this was the layout we used. I wanted something simple as all but one in the class were new to scrapbooking.

I’m distracted every time I see this. The photo is soooo cute.

The title is ‘DIY Santa’ and the words on the layout are:

“I didn’t think this Santa lark was
a do-it-yourself job …
I thought someone else was supposed to
deliver the presents
to ME!”

Anyway, back to scrapbooking. This is a simple layout using what I had to hand. Almost the cheapest way to make a scrapbooking page. I had bought the Hot Off The Press Christmas Cardmakers’ Creative Pack earlier, but everything else I already had or made with the aid of MS Publisher.

What did we do?

  • black cardstock from The Paper Mill
  • printed the photo and mounted on black card
  • cut a triangle of patterned paper for the tree, adhered to card then cut out, and colored a strip of paper with brown pens
  • found the holly in Publisher’s clipart, adhered it to card and then cut it out
  • made a couple of parcels with rectangles, the ribbon too, glued to card then cut out
  • printed ‘Santa’ and cut the letters leaving a little white around each – didn’t use card this time, but you could
  • added a mini tag with ‘DIY’ handwritten on it to the top left of the ‘S’
  • a strip of red paper for the ‘ribbon’
  • a Prima flower
  • HOTP brads – one dotting the ‘i’ on ‘Tis’ on the paper, one is the flower center and two holding the paper ribbon
  • a little rectangle of red paper with ‘Christmas’ and the date at the side of the photo
  • the text printed on white paper then torn and chalked

And that’s it. Really simple.

Here are some close-ups of the detail:

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The photo is mounted on the acid-free paper from Hot Off The Press, but the other papers are just computer papers – great if you need to keep costs down. That’s fine so long as you remember that acid will seep from paper over time and can damage what you’ve made. If you decide scrapbooking is for you and you want your scrapbook pages to last then use acid-free products throughout.

This is a really simple Christmas / Holiday scrapbooking layout idea made with the minimum of purchases and great for a new scrapbooker. Check out this great Photo Album Kit and Christmas Scrapbooking Collection if you want to do more Christmas scrapbooking.

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