Christmas Embellishments

From snowflakes to snow angels, candles to candy canes, reindeer to rhinestones, the variety of Christmas-themed scrapbook embellishments is practically limitless. What’s more, during the holiday season, finding the adorable adornments is a breeze. You can find Christmas-themed stickers, stamps, die cuts, and paper wherever scrapbooking supplies are sold.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go broke decorating your seasonal layouts. There are a number of ways you can create frugal embellishments with supplies you have in your leftovers bin. For example, you can use plain computer paper or extra construction paper to make mini snowflakes to decorate your page.

Other ideas include:

1. Use scraps of your favorite patterned paper to cut out squares, and then top with little bows for cute gift box embellishments.

2. Gather leftover cardstock in various shades of green and cut out tree shapes to add to your layout. You can further embellish the trees with sequins or flocking powder.

3. Repurpose metallic or glitter paper by cutting stars or snowflake shapes and adding them to a sheet of cardstock for a custom background or affix them directly to your main background.

4. Make a photo copy of your child’s letter to Santa and place it in your scrapbook. You can either leave it as is or use it as part of a journaling block that illustrates his/her handwriting and personal interests.

Another extremely inexpensive way to spice up a Christmas-themed scrapbook layout is to add festive quotes, such as:

“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” –John Greenleaf Whittier

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” –Mary Ellen Chase

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold; everything is softer and more beautiful.” –Norman Vincent Peale

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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.