Experiment with Different Shapes

If you have been waiting for a big sale on holiday-themed scrapbooking supplies, Michaels has just granted your Christmas wish.  The mega-craft store is offering a slew of savings, plus major money-saving coupons which can be used to purchase seasonally inspired scrapbooking items, from albums to paper and just about everything in between.

Once you get your holiday haul home, consider experimenting with new designs as you piece together your layouts.  For example, while you could easily pick-up a bunch of scrapbooking photo frames, stickers, stamps and die-cuts in fun holiday shapes, it doesn’t take that much effort to make your own whimsically-shaped designs.  By experimenting with various shapes, you can carry the theme throughout your layout.

For example, rather than adding a plain square-shaped journaling block to a holiday page design that is filled with Christmas trees, snowmen, bells and angels, consider writing your entry so it mimics the shapes on the page.  To simplify this step, surf the Internet for forms that allow you to insert your anecdotes or other descriptions of a certain event into pre-fabricated forms.  They come in a variety of shapes, including Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and reindeer.  The finished design is a festive shape made up of your own words.

If you are artistic you could design your own shapes.  For instance, you could select a holiday poem or song and write out the words so they form the shape of a candy cane.  The following poem would look adorable if the words were placed on the page to form a Christmas stocking:

A Christmas Wish

I’d like a stocking made for a giant,
And a meeting house full of toys,
Then I’d go out in a happy hunt
For the poor little girls and boys;
Up the street and down the street,
And across and over the town,
I’d search and find them everyone,
Before the sun went down.

The idea is to enhance the theme of your page design.  By restructuring poems or journal entries into different holiday shapes you can carry the theme throughout your entire scrapbook.

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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.