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By Rachel Paxton

Christmas Layout

Accessorize your holiday scrapbooking layout this year with a brightly wrapped Christmas present. Here's what you need to get started:

Patterned paper for background
Solid colored paper for gift, picture frames, and title
Wide holiday ribbon for gift
Narrow holiday ribbon for bow
Double-sided tape (optional)
Paper cutter or scissors

First decide on the size of your present. This will determine how much room will be left on the page for pictures. My present was tall and skinny--it took up almost the entire length of the page from top to bottom, with plenty of room on one side for photographs. You can cut out a pattern for the present first, if you want, but I just cut one out freehand.

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Glue the present to the patterned paper. I glued mine to the righthand side of the page. Next cut two lengths of wide holiday ribbon to glue on the package, one to go lengthwise, and one to go across (see photo). I used double-sided tape to affix the ribbon to the paper. You can use glue if you like, but I didn't want any of the stickiness to come through the ribbon.

Next cut a length of narrow holiday ribbon to tie in a bow for the top of the package. Glue to page.

You're now ready to work with the photographs. I decided I only had room for three photographs on this page, going lengthwise down the lefthand side of the page. I cut out two tall rectangular ones and one square one, for variety. I then cut out pieces of solid colored cardstock just a little bigger for the frames, out of the same paper as the present. Glue the photographs to the frames, and then the frames to the page, wherever you think they look best.

For the page title, cut out a rectangle of the solid colored cardstock, and a smaller rectangle out of white paper to glue in the center. Write your caption on the white piece of paper, and glue to the page.

That's it!

© Rachel Paxton
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and Christian wife and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at


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