It seems this time of year I always get a little nostalgic and dig through the photos of our kids from when they were younger. I ran across a couple photos I love of my son from over 10 years ago that I haven’t scrapped yet. I don’t have a lot of patterned Christmas paper in my stash so I drew from the colors and themes of the photos to come up with something that worked for each one.
The first one was of Wyatt with his Tickle Me Elmo, the hottest toy of the season. I used the colors of the photo and the subject matter as the inspiration for my paper choices. The playful Sassafras paper and stickers were perfect to highlight the memory.
This next layout I used the star that Wyatt is holding and his blue plaid shirt for my inspiration. For my patterned paper I selected My Mind’s Eye, Teresa Collins and October Afternoon, and then embellished with October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin and American Crafts stickers. Would you have ever thought that the October Afternoon Seaside collection would work for a Christmas layout? Me neither, but you know, it does!
Neither one of the layouts have a single product on them that was made specifically for the holidays, but I love how both of them turned out. When you sit down to scrap the 100's of photos that you'll take over the holidays, think about the non-themed papers you already have on hand that may work for your layouts. I challenge you to use non-themed papers for your holiday photos. Come on, I know you can do it!