Creating Winter Scrapbook Layouts

Dana Hinders
playing in the snow

Whether you're building a snowman or sipping hot cocoa by the fire, don't forget to snap a few pictures to capture those moments. Then you can use them to create wonderful winter scrapbook layouts.

Winter Scrapbook Layout Ideas

Winter scrapbook layouts can encompass many aspects of the season. Christmas is obviously an important winter celebration, but there are plenty of other seasonal memories that deserve a special place in your scrapbook. For example:

  • The excitement of the first snowfall of the year
  • Shopping for new sweaters, coats, and boots
  • Knitting winter hats and scarves
  • Watching TV by the fire
  • Sipping hot cocoa
  • Making special cold weather meals
  • Building a snowman
  • Shoveling snow from the driveway
  • Activities to keep the kids busy on an unexpected day off from school
  • Watching the snow melt as Spring arrives

Winter Theme Titles

Although a title really isn't necessary for every scrapbook layout, titles can help to reinforce the theme of your page. A title can also serve as a decorative element if you choose glittery alphabet stickers or replace the dot on the "i" in your title with a small snowflake brad.

Ideas for winter layout titles include:

  • Let It Snow
  • Snowball Fight
  • Bundle Up Tight
  • Chill Out
  • Cold Hands, Warm Hearts
  • January Joy
  • February Flurries
  • Snow Angels
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland
  • Ice Queen
  • Ice Magic
  • Frosty and Friends
  • Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose

Quotes can also be good scrapbook titles or starting points for your journaling if you're having trouble figuring out what to say about a particular photo. Visit the Quote Garden website for an assortment of winter-themed sayings.

Color Schemes

White and blue are natural choices for winter scrapbook layout color schemes, but you can play off this combination a bit. Try making a page with sky blue, teal, or navy accents. Combinations such as sky blue and lavender or navy blue and red on white backgrounds make for interesting winter layouts as well. If you wish, you can add a touch of silver to your background for a bit of sparkle.

Another strategy for designing winter layouts is to choose colors that coordinate well with your subject's clothing or the dominant items in the picture. For example, a page featuring a photo of your daughter on her new pink sled would be well-served by a pink and chocolate brown patterned paper. You can bring the winter theme back to the page by adding a few snowflake embellishments.

Embellishments

Winter-themed scrapbook supplies can be found at major craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or through online scrapbooking retailers. Papers and embellishments are sometimes classified under Christmas, however, as there is a significant overlap between these two scrapbook themes.

If you prefer to make your own page accents, here are a few ideas to try:

  • Use free winter-themed fonts such as the ones offered on the Font Space website to design word art for your page.
  • Punch progressively smaller circles from white cardstock in order to make your own snowman embellishment. Decorate your snowman with tiny buttons and scraps of ribbon.
  • Cut snowflakes from small squares of white, silver, or blue paper to add to your scrapbook layout. If you wish, you could try matting small circular photos in the middle of hand-cut paper snowflakes for even more visual appeal.
  • Use cotton balls to mimic the look of freshly fallen snow on your background paper.
  • Incorporate tiny doll sweaters, mittens, and scarves into your page for creative accents.
  • Stamp small snowflakes in blue ink on twill ribbon to make a simple border for your scrapbook layout. StazOn solvent ink works well for this purpose.
  • Sand blue cardstock with a white core to add interest to your photo accents.
  • Punch a snowflake from a piece of scrap cardstock. Use the negative space as a stencil to draw snowflakes on your background paper. Chalk or watercolor paint will give a soft look while colored pencils or markers will make snowflakes with more defined edges.

Capture Those Winter Memories

With so many layout ideas, you'll never be at a loss for what to do with all your winter photos. Start sorting through them and deciding exactly how you want your scrapbook pages to look, and you'll have your memories preserved in no time at all.

Creating Winter Scrapbook Layouts