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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Old Man Winter doesn’t want to loosen his frigid grip on the country.  So, what do you do when the snow is piling up and the temperatures refuse to rise over freezing?  Create a winter-themed scrapbook layout.  Or, if you live on a frozen tundra like I do, consider crafting an entire memory album filled with snowy seasonal memories.

Take your kids and your camera outside for a bit and snap shots of winter play.  You don’t have to stay outdoors for an extended period of time; rather, go out with the goal of building a snowman, a snow fort or partake in a snowball fight.  Other quick and easy activities that are worth featuring in a winter-themed layout include making snow angels, sledding, or simply capture some shots of your children trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

When you are ready to assemble your layout, pepper the page with poems, famous quotes or jot down a funny anecdote that will bring some perspective to your page design.  Some examples include:

Front Yard Snowman

Author: Nan Sexton

Roll that snowball round and round
Pack it way down tight
Make one big, two smaller ones,
then stack them up just right
Put a shovel in his h and
Make a face and smile
Fit that wool hat on his head
Hey! He looks right in style!
When the weather’s brisk and cold
you know that’s the time
to build a front-yard snowman
so round, so firm, so fine!

Winter Time

Author:  Mary Ryer

Icy fingers and icy toes,
Bright red cheeks and bright red nose.
Watch the snowflakes as they fall,
Try so hard to count them all.
Build a snowman way up high,
See if it can touch the sky.
Snow forts, snowballs, angels too,
In the snow so white and new.
Slip and slide and skate so fast,
Winter time is here at last.

To further embellish your layout, adhere buttons in different colors and sizes to create a whimsical page border.  Another eye-popping option is to use colorful embroidery floss and make a large friendship bracelet that you can use as a photo frame or as an element to highlight a journaling block.


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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.