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Ideas for Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Tips for Preserving Special Memories From Baby's First Christmas

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baby's first Christmas scrapbook layout

Meeting Santa is a key moment to include in a baby's first Christmas scrapbook layout.

Dana Hinders

Baby's first Christmas deserves a special place in his scrapbook album. From visiting Santa at the mall to helping older cousins open presents on Christmas morning, the holidays are full of precious memories you'll want to preserve on a scrapbook layout.

Photos for a Baby's First Christmas Scrapbook Page

December is filled with opportunities for taking pictures of your baby enjoying the holidays. Some possible photos to include on your Christmas scrapbook layout:

  • Meeting Santa for the first time
  • Admiring the Christmas tree
  • Meeting special relatives who live far away
  • Playing games with cousins and/or siblings
  • Attending Christmas Eve church service, if your family is religious
  • Hearing mom and dad read a special Christmas story
  • Snuggling up on the couch while watching favorite Christmas cartoons
  • Leaving milk and cookies for Santa
  • Eating cookies or other Christmas treats
  • Opening Christmas presents
  • Playing with wrapping paper and bows
  • Modeling a Santa hat

Baby's first Christmas is likely to be a whirlwind of activity, so you may end up with more photos than you can easily fit on a single scrapbook page. You can tuck extra prints into an envelope attached to your Christmas scrapbook layout or make a mini album that opens up to offer extra space for photos and journaling. Another good idea is to use some of your extra photos to create a separate book that features just Christmas memories. Use simple cardstock backgrounds and a basic layout to make a book that you can add to each year. As your child grows, he'll be thrilled to have a handy way to look back on memories of Christmases past.

Journaling Ideas for Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Since your baby isn't going to be able to remember his first Christmas when he's grown, it's up to you to record all the important details. Make sure all of your photos are labeled with the date, location, and who is in each picture. Try to record some special memories from your celebrations as well, such as funny things that were said or memorable gifts that your baby received. If you can get other family members to participate, consider including notes from baby's aunts, uncles, older siblings, and grandparents as part of your Christmas scrapbook journaling.

While page titles aren't necessary on every scrapbook layout, they can provide a starting point for your journaling while supporting the general theme of the page. Some possible ideas for first Christmas scrapbook page titles include:

  • My First Christmas
  • Special Gifts
  • 'Tis the Season
  • A Time of Wonder
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Candy Cane Kid
  • Christmas Cutie
  • Little Treasures
  • Holiday Delights
  • My Christmas Angel
  • Never Naughty…Always Nice
  • Surrounded with Love

Quotes also make good journaling supplements for Christmas scrapbook pages. About Scrapbooking has compiled an excellent list of quotes that you can use for your baby's first Christmas scrapbook page, including everything from Bible verses to song lyrics.

Designing Your Christmas Scrapbook Layout

Obviously, red and green is the traditional color scheme for a Christmas scrapbook page. However, you don't necessarily need to stick with these colors. Silver and gold or blue and white are also very popular color schemes for Christmas scrapbook layouts. Take a stroll through your favorite store during the holiday season and see what colors are being used for Christmas decorations; even wild combinations like hot pink and lime green can be festive when used appropriately. If the colors you want to use on your baby's first Christmas scrapbook layout clash with your photos, simply convert them to black and white using software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements.

You can find Christmas themed stickers, patterned paper, ribbons, rub-ons, and other embellishments at any major craft store, although you will want to keep in mind that these items should be used sparingly. In most cases, it will be obvious that your photos were taken at Christmastime. Adding too many excess elements will only detract from the story you are trying to tell.

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