Make Merry Layouts

Tis the season for your mailbox to overflow with holiday merriment.  In a few weeks, it will be overflowing with bills accrued from making merry, so now’s the time to make the most of those seasonal greetings.

As you are going through the cards, photos and newsletters sent by family and friends, take a moment to note which ones you would like to preserve.  Pretty holiday greetings make fabulous additions to Christmas-themed scrapbooks.  Not only do they provide gorgeous images to enhance layouts, holiday cards also allow you to save special handwritten messages from loved ones.

Christmas is a magical time and often inspires some to craft homemade holiday greeting cards.  These are especially precious and should be highlighted in your scrapbook.  Depending on how many you collect and the size of each, you could include them in more than one page design.  If you don’t feel comfortable displaying personal messages written in the cards, consider cutting the greeting and just using the image featured on the front of the card.  You can then supplement with the following famous holiday-themed quotes:

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

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”- Andy Rooney

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”- Burton Hillis

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”- Marjorie Holmes

“Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.”- Carrie Latet

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”- Alexander Smith

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”- Harlan Miller

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”- Janice Maeditere


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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.