Scrapbook Ideas

Tips & Tricks. Ideas & Inspiration. Resources for Scrapbookers.

Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas Faithbooking Verses {Free}!

Christmas is coming very soon! I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am :). I am so happy people have enjoyed the Christmas verse word art I shared! I made three more Christmas Bible verses for your scrapbooking, faithbooking, cardmaking, and crafts, and put them together with the original one in this little freebie set. For each verse there is a .jpg version with the background, and a .png version with no background. All are 12×12 inches, but you can resize them to suit your needs. Have fun with these! If you use them, please let me know – I LOVE hearing how they’re being used :). Merry Christmas!!!

*Click here to download the free Christmas Faithbooking Verses*

Christmas Word Art for Faithbooking: Isaiah 9:6

Happy December my friends! This is a busy time of year for scrapbookers, who tend to be extra creative and crafty types during the holidays :). In all the excitement, don’t forget the reason for the season: Jesus Christ! Here’s a word art I made of a Bible verse from Isaiah, foretelling the birth of the savior. Feel free to use it on your blog if you like! If you are interested in the full-size version, please let me know in the comments, and I will get it to you via email :). P.S. Have you noticed the snow falling here at Scrapbook Ideas and my new holiday blog header?

Digital Quick Pages and Templates for Christmas Photos!

If you’re anything like me, you took many, MANY great photos during the holidays and you have yet to scrapbook most of them. Here we are at the end of January, and I still haven’t finished going through all my Christmas photos yet! Granted, this Christmas was extra special. Actually, I’m pretty sure, far as I can remember, it was my best Christmas EVER :)! So I did take tons of pics. Anyway, I meant to share these before Christmas, but I got caught up in the excitement of fun holiday happenings and getting ready for lots of family coming into town. I’m sure there are at least a FEW of you out there who might be needing some quick pages to help finish up scrapbooking your Christmas pics, and if not you can save these up for next year :). They all coordinate with the Christmas Heart kit and other freebies that came with it. Enjoy!

*Click Here to Download these Free Christmas Quick Pages and Templates*

Free Printable Gift Boxes!

Happy Friday everybody!  I hope you’re ready for a great weekend :)!

Today I wanted to share some free printable mini gift boxes created by the lovely Kelleigh Ratzlaff using my Christmas Heart digital scrapbooking kit. Won’t they be just perfect for stocking stuffers filled with candy or small gifts? Kelleigh originally designed these cool little craft projects back in 2008 to be sold in the Christmas Heart Bundle. They are now free for you! If you love these projects, I’m sure you will want to check out all of the other fabulous goodies in her store at the The Digi Chick. Enjoy!!

*Click Here to Download these Free Printable Gift Boxes!*

Faithbooking Your Christmas

Faithbooking is a term that has come to describe scrapbooking that incorporates aspects of your faith (beliefs, spirituality, life events, Bible verses, etc). Here are some Christmas themed faithbooking ideas I have gathered up for you  from this year and past years:

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: What does Christmas Mean to You?

Here’s a page I made in 2007 describing my thoughts on the season.

Journaling Prompt: How do your kids describe the true meaning of Christmas?

Some of my most magical moments so far this Christmas season have been hearing my son, Gabe describe what the true meaning of Christmas is. Since his very first Christmas, his dad and I have been trying to instill in him a deep understanding and gratitude for the greatest gift of Christmas – God’s gift of his son Jesus to the world. Now that Gabe has had a few years to let this all sink in, he has been saying some very thoughtful and meaningful things that I want to make sure I capture in my scrapbooks for future years.

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: Document Traditions and Family Heirlooms

Here’s a page from a Christmas faithbook I sent out to family members in 2008.

A Bible Passage about the Christmas Story:

Matthew 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: What Charities Do You Support at Christmas?

I wanted to document our family tradition of donating shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Here’s great quote about Christmas:

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” — George Matthew Adams

Christmas Faithbook Page Idea: Christmas Decorations and Activities

Take a look around the house to find symbols of your faith at Christmastime.


Some More Christmas Events and Activities to Document: Church services and Christmas pageants, special books and movies, hymns and other Christmas songs, nativity displays, inspiring poems or articles, quotes from friends and family, descriptions of special family traditions…

There are so many possibilities for faithbooking the season! I hope you will share some of your ideas with me too :).

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial

One way to add a personal touch to gifts is by designing your own gift wrap. Handmade gift wrap doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect, in fact, imperfections add to the charm and homemade feel! Today I’m going to show you how I made some wrapping paper using stamps. For this project, I used a roll of white wrapping paper purchased at a craft store. If you decide to use colored paper, remember that paint and ink colors look different on colored paper than on white.

Supplies for Stamped Gift Wrap:

Plain wrapping paper
Paint, ink, glitter glue or anything else to decorate with
Stamps, stamping block (for clear stamps)
Foam brush and something to put paint in if using paint
masking tape and scissors

How to Make Stamped Gift Wrap

  • Cut a large piece of plain gift wrap and spread out over a flat workspace, tape in place using a bit of masking tape in the corners.
  • Decide on a pattern for your gift wrap. I used clear stamps (by Prima) to design mine so I was able to line things up to make a continuous pattern. I left space on one side of my pattern so that I could stamp additional designs into the pattern with another color (see image 1 below).
  • Use a foam brush to paint the stamps with green acrylic paint, then stamp the design in rows, adding fresh paint each time (see image 2). Stagger the beginnings of the rows, for a more pleasing pattern.
  • After finishing all the green stamping, wash the foam brush and stamps, then begin with the red parts of the pattern. Since I used a small stamp for the red, I just used an ink pad instead of paint. I used a smaller stamp block too, for more control (see image 3).
  • After finishing the red stamping, wash the stamp and stamp block, then add some final touches to your design with glitter glue. I put stripes of gold glitter glue in between each row of my stamped pattern (image 4).
  • Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before you use your new hand stamped gift wrap!

Have you ever made homemade gift wrap? I’d love to hear about it – please share your ideas in the comments section :)!

Here’s another idea: if you have access to a wide-format printer, try printing digital scrapbook paper onto large sheets of sketch paper, as seen at the bottom of this post I wrote in 2007: Homemade Christmas. The same idea could be used for smaller gifts by printing on regular sized printer paper too!

Free Printable Photo Box and Tutorial

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated an older Christmas tutorial from 2008 with a new freebie link (originally only available in the DST Insider)!

Click here to see the Printable Christmas Photo Box tutorial.

*Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

Handmade Christmas Craft Ideas!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Amidst all of the busyness and hustle bustle I love to slow down and make pretty things with my hands. Making crafts during the holidays gives me a chance to get together with friends and family, listen to cheerful music and create gifts from the heart!

Christmas Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Freebies!

I plan to share lots of Christmas craft ideas and tutorials this month. I will keep an updated list here at the top of this page with links to the Christmas crafting articles as I add them. Some are new, some are from previous years. Check back often for more tutorials, ideas and freebies, or Click Here to be added to my email list :). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Craft Ideas List

Faithbooking Your Christmas (Dec 2010)

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial (Dec 2010)

Christmas Gift Bag Craft (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Gift Boxes (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Heart Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Templates and Quick Pages (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Photo Box Craft and Tutorial (Dec 2008)

3 Ideas for Photo Calender Gifts You Can Make Yourself (Dec 2007)

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages and Tin Album Project (Dec 2007)

How to Photograph Christmas Lights and Tree Lights Page Idea (Dec 2007)

Freebie Scrapbooking Kit for Christmas!

It’s time to spread some Christmas cheer! I thought I’d share this Christmasy digital scrapbooking kit I made a couple of years ago when I used to sell my designs. Hope you enjoy it! ~xo Jess

*Click Here to Reach the Download Page*

A Time for Giving

My mom sent me a link to this video, and I just had to share it here too – it really moved and motivated me! I hope it will do the same for you.

Interested in helping to provide clean water to developing countries? You can make a donation right here (I did!): https://www.water.cc/give/. You can even make the donation in some else’s name and send them a beautiful e-card to tell them about it :).

I enjoy giving to various charities throughout the year, but there is something about Christmas that makes me want to give even more than usual. Partly because I feel so blessed myself, and I want my blessings to overflow into the lives of others. But mostly it is because I feel compelled to give when I think about the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to us, his son Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love love LOVE Christmas and all of the many joys of the season, but I can honestly say I get the most joy from giving to others, especially those who need the most!

Here are some scrapbook pages about Christmas giving… you didn’t think I would have a post with nothing scrappy in it, did you ;)?

The first one is by Oriana, I was so impressed and inspired by her idea!

Card by Oriana

*Click here for credits and to leave her some love in the gallery :)*

These next two are by me – Gabe and two of his cousins each packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child again this year. This tradition gets more fun each year as the kids get older and have a deeper understanding of the meaning and significance of giving to other kids. If you want to see Gabe with his box from last year click here :).

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 1

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 2

What is your favorite charity to give to at Christmas time? Have you scrapped about your giving traditions? I’d love to hear about them :)! {HUGS} Jess

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 477 other followers

%d bloggers like this: