Last November my family moved from Minnesota to California. Since we didn't have any friends or family to spend Christmas with we thought it would be fun to drive to Monterey and spend the day at the ocean. It was too cold to swim, but I have lots of fun shots of them playing at the beach. My problem is I'm just not sure how to scrap them. Most beach themed pps are all about summer and fun in the sun. So I was thinking of using Christmas or winter paper. What do you think?
That would be fine if that's what you would like to do. I enjoy taking unconventional approaches to selecting paper and that seems like a neat idea. However, I've seen several beach papers that don't specifically imply summer or sunshine - patterns of sand or waves or shells.
If you're comfortable with doing some digital editing, you can get Christmasy clipart online.
I have some beach-Christmas clipart that I've used, but if you google "Santa beach" or "Christmas beach", you'll find tons of pix that you could print out, or even print out right on your background paper using copy/paste. That way you could combine the two themes.
Just be sure to have a good antivirus program running when you google...and be prepared for the fact that everything isn't G-rated, but depending on your privacy settings, you shouldn't get anything too racy...unless that's how you have your privacy settings set.
You could use beachy themed papers and embellishments to create traditional embellishments...Christmas tree from 'water' colored paper with a starfish topper..stockings hung on a beach fence and made from beachy colors...
You could easily use this piece of paper to do a 2 page spread. Tear it donw the middle between the tree and santa and put the tree on the left edge of one page and maybe trim the santa side a little closer to the santa and adhere it to the right edge of your 2nd page.
There are digital kits for christmas beach themes. If you do "paper" I'm sure there are the same kits available.
Lat summer while on Oahu we saw a guy who looked exactly like Santa with a hawaiian shirt on. We had our grandgirls with us so I snapped his picture and he was happy to pose. Told the girls even Santa has to have a vacation.
I would go to paper sites and enter beach christmas that way in the search feature.