Scrapbooking a Winter-Themed Layout

Jennifer Wilson

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December 28, 2011

This month I scrapped photos of my son playing in the snow, an unexpected treat in the usually rainy Pacific Northwest, using the collage template from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership.

I challenged myself to try several different digital and traditional supplies for the photos, as well as to explore the versatility of the template.

A brief survey of winter-themed scrapping supplies suggests that manufacturers seek to differentiate their winter collections from holiday ones, as a fair number of winter-themed collections contain frosty, pastel shades of blues and pinks. While I could have converted my photos to black and white, which would have allowed me a free rein in my supply choices, I chose to find supplies that worked with the colors in my photos.

For my first approach, I used the template as a sketch to create a paper layout with Echo Park Paper Co’s recently released “Winter Park” Collection Kit. The kit includes a variety of papers, sticker embellishments, and a sticker alphabet.

I formatted the photos in Photoshop and printed the photo collage on my inkjet printer. The kit’s colors coordinated well with my son’s winter clothing. I had never used a 12” x 12” paper kit before, as I typically purchase collection items separately. Since I mail ordered the collection, I appreciated having a choice of papers from which to make my final selection, and the layout came together quickly.

For my next approach, I didn’t significantly deviate from the digital template.

Several of my paper and elements came from the recently released Jessica Sprague and Heidi Swapp digital collaboration “Winter Wonderland” which includes a variety of digital solid and patterned papers, as well as snow-themed elements.

In order to match my son’s winter clothing, I modified solid papers from Paislee Press’s “Serendipity” kit in Photoshop. I also used an irregular, scallop border by Katie Pertiet to roughen up the look a bit and added stitching from Anna Aspnes. The title font is ChunkFive, the subtitle font is Rockwell, and the journaling font is Futura Book.

For my final layout, I changed the template’s orientation by turning it on its side. Additionally, I put greater emphasis on one of the photos of my son rather than the landscape. For this layout I used a variety of digital supplies in my stash rather than a specific kit: Kaye Winiecki’s “Cleary There” alphabet for the title work; a snowflake element from Echo Park’s “Wintertime” released last year; Katie Peritet’s “Haley” paper, recolored, and notebook paper;  Anna Aspnes’s white cardstock; and Splendid Fiins’s “Winter Wonderland” patterned paper.  The journaling font is Georgia.

While I didn’t choose to scrap the black and white conversions of my photos, I found a couple of standout layouts in online galleries using this approach:

Snow’Way by amyheller

Winter Memories by Mary Ann Jenkins

This was a post from regular contributor and team member Jean Manis. You can get the featured template and more than 40 others with your Premium Membership.

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