A Touch of Asia

I recently heard from a reader who wanted me to know that she and her family related to a post I wrote about scrapping untraditional holiday traditions. Apparently, they spend every Christmas Eve dining at their favorite Chinese restaurant before going home to open gifts.

The reader’s comment made me think about expanding on the idea of scrapping Chinese dining experiences. Asian design is very popular in scrapbooking. In fact, you can actually purchase scrapbook kits that feature an Asian theme.

DigitalScrapbookPages.com offers a Good Fortune kit that features a gorgeous Asian layout with traditional red, gold and black designs. It would work well for the reader and her family who make an annual Christmas Eve pilgrimage to their local Chinese restaurant. It also would work well for a layout with a Chinese New Year theme. The kit comes with four decorative background papers, a variety of mats, decorative squares for layering, ribbons, charms and brads.

The site also features a couple of other unique Asian-inspired scrapbooking kits, including one with a more contemporary design. The backgrounds are more muted than bold like the ones found in the Good Fortune kit. It is more suited for a Japanese Cherry Blossom festival and includes muted shades of pink, sage, lavender and purple. The colors complement nature patterns that you’d find in traditional Asian art.

You could add some fans as embellishments or pretty umbrellas. In addition, beads, mini pearls and Asian-themed clip art, such as koi, cranes, fan stars, Chinese or Japanese characters or bonsai trees, could add to your layout. The kits could also be used for a birthday layout, an overseas adoption or to scrap a honeymoon or family trip to Japan, China or Korea. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to using the items included in Asian-inspired scrapbook kits.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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