Cozy sweaters, firewood crackling, homemade hot cocoa, and decorating the home with sparkling green and red - these are all some of the treasures that the winter season provides us. With another chilly season underway and all of the promises it entails, comes one covenant that we get excited about every year: another season of Holiday memories to scrap and cards to create!
In all of the cheery holiday anticipation, we've been checking the Gallery (and checking it twice) and all of the Holiday projects we found are oh so nice! Enjoy these 25 festive holiday projects and let them inspire you for all of your upcoming ones!
1. Cute Christmas Card
Cute animals, unicorns, a punny sentiment, and sparkles - this card has it all! With a shock wave of chromatic holiday colors, this Christmas card is one we'd love to see in our mailboxes this December. Because of its more flexible nature, this Lawn Fawn set can be used for any event during the winter holiday season! Now that's claw-some!
💗 Tip: Use holiday colors in non-holiday themed stamps to instantly give them a festive vibe! If the above were colored in orange and black, it would instantly scream Halloween!
2. Snapchat Selfie Layout
These days, it's so easy to take fun, creative, and oftentimes really funny photos with our cellphones! Snapchat selfies seem to be all the rage, so why not print one out and incorporate it into your layout? That's exactly what Gallery member Anita did here! Using precious Doodlebug supplies and a generous helping of creativity, Anita created this totally trendy Christmas layout that we adore!
💗 Tip: Adding just a pinch of sequins on a layout with an ample dose of negative space gives it a playful "confetti" effect. It will instantly take a layout from more formal to more frolicsome!
3. Beautiful December Planner Dashboard
Creating new monthly dashboards is one of the happiest times of the month for planners! Dedra created this beautiful planner dashboard that not only is absolutely beautiful, but also absolutely inspiring! In candy-cane colors and dashes of holiday gold, Dedra's dashboard is straight from our sugar-plum dreams!
💗 Tip: Mix and match styles like Dedra did above. Realistic + cutesy and matte + shiny, pattern + solid... play with the colors and designs that you love!
4. Layered Die-Cut Tree Layout
If you love paper - first of all, you're not alone - and second, you probably have more paper than you sometimes know what to do with. We found a small solution to your paper surplus resting in our Gallery: this layered tree layout! Just pick your favorite papers and cut them into a cone tree shape! Add an inspirational quote, photo, or your favorite embellishments and voila! Not only did you create a Christmas project that's unique, you also used up some of that paper stash! Two birds, one stone!
💗 Tip: The We R Dial Trimmer is an easy way to cut scalloped and waved lines in a flash!
5. Retro-Vintage Inspired Christmas Card
There's something about an "old-fashioned" Christmas that melts our hearts. Whether it's the nostalgia that vintage hues incite, or the subject matter that puts a smile on our faces, retro-vintage cards aren't only cheer inducing, they're also utterly trendy! Created with Carta Bella supplies, which by design usually sway vintage, this card is the glowing epitome of another yuletide epoch.
💗 Tip: This one is less about card creation and more about presentation. When you're photographing your card for social media or our online gallery, consider adding in era-appropriate items surrounding your card (like the doily and toy above) to give the entire scene the perfect, unforgettable ambiance desired!
6. Angelic Mixed Media Layout
If you just love creating Christmas layouts, but sometimes run out of moments to capture or ideas to cultivate into artistic reality, set the scene and turn your angel into a Christmas angel - with a garland halo, of course! We found this mixed media layout in our gallery and love the variety of items used to encapsulate this spirited moment. With paint, pastes, templates, lace, sequins, and more, this layout is just as decorative as a Christmas tree - the perfect backdrop for a Christmas angel!
💗 Tip: Utilize achromatic mixed media supplies (blacks and whites) if you want a color photo to stand out or look brighter. Against a background absent of color, your photograph will naturally glow!
7. Handmade Christmas Ornament
For the ever-practical gift giver, this is the card you'll want to give this holiday season. If you love to create cards that double as something utilitarian, look no further and make a card that stands in for a Christmas tree ornament! Use chipboard, wood, or matte board as the base and decorate to your heart's content for a joyous seasonal card that will be enjoyed as a decorative piece for years to come!
💗 Tip: Try using wood on wood to create a seasonally appropriate rustic effect. Kaisercraft has a cornucopia of wood flourishes available that can be painted, colored, glazed, and more!
8. Simply Sophisticated Christmas Card
Sometimes a simple card with a single sentiment can say the most. This simply beautiful card is the perfect example of that, with one word: joy. If you're lacking time during the holiday rush, a clean, streamlined card such as the one above is perfect for your stamping press and gives you the opportunity to choose the perfect sentiment and ribbon to shine.
💗 Tip: Use a holiday ribbon on your card front to instantly add a soupçon of seasonal wow!
9. D.I.Y. Christmas Decor
Get the children in on some Christmas crafting fun and truly "set the scene!" With the Bigz Village Dies from Tim Holtz Alterations, anything is possible! Easily make your own Christmas villages - just use Christmas themed papers, embellishments, and colors to distinguish the stage! Creating these little houses is a fun way to decorate and personalize your space for the Holiday season and have fun with your children during this festive time of year.
💗 Tip: After creating your small paper village, find some battery operated electric tealight candles to set them aglow with seasonal spirit! Small battery operated string lights will also have the same effect.
10. Personalized Christmas Cards
Send holiday spirit from your home city this year with a cityscape stamp! The Destination Collection has a selection of city stamps that will create an irreplaceable special touch. Or, create cards for your friends in other cities to remind them that you're thinking of them this holiday season.
💗 Tip: Add a tiny Santa and 8 flying reindeer to any sky scene to instantly add a Christmas element sure to make your card recipient smile.
11. Punny Christmas Card
Christmastime is certainly a juncture that allows us to reflect on more heartfelt messages and beliefs, but that doesn't mean it all has to be serious! Have some fun with your Christmas cards this year and give one that's sure to turn a smile into a chuckle - like this laughter inducing card. With sweet kitties playing in the snow, a sleepy sheep, and a pun that says "all I want for Christmas is ewe," this card will be remembered for years to come!
💗 Tip: Use a paint brush to add snowflakes to your Christmas card by mixing white paint or ink with water, dipping a paint brush in, then holding the paintbrush over your project and tapping it to let the droplets fall. Make sure you practice this technique beforehand, as the results are usually unpredictable... but so is snow!
12. Bright and Cheery Handmade Christmas Tags
Bright, cheerful, and full of holiday whimsy, these tags are bursting with carnival color and joy! Though Christmas cards are usually of the green, red, or jewel tone variety, it doesn't mean they can't get away with being cotton candy camouflaged! Utilize your favorite holiday sentiments, words, and motifs, then add the colors that speak to you to create a tag or card that's unexpected, unique, and full of Santa's-toy-shop wonder!
💗 Tip: Embellishments are an easy way to add tons of colors, patterns, textures, and layers. Mix and match to create totally fun kaleidoscopes on your Christmas projects this year!
13. Colorful and Artistic Mixed Media Layout
Following the whimsical train of thought, why not go all out and create an artistic Christmas layout that will be a scrapbook album show-stopper?! This mixed media and embellishment bursting layout made us stop in our tracks when we stumbled upon it in the Gallery! With sprays of electric pink, a hazy stamped golden forest, and a sprinkling of Christmas-inspired decor, this layout gets 100% for self expression and 100% for holiday documentation!
💗 Tip: Though this tip has probably been heard before, it's one that is also important to keep reminding yourself of: Just have fun. You can always reprint the picture, redo the layout if it really doesn't work out. Allowing yourself to play, have fun, and use those amazingly delicious colors that inspire you will help you create layouts, cards, and other projects that you'll adore and cherish for years to come.
14. Christmas Goodie Bag for Holiday Confections
If you're hosting a Christmas party, have volunteered to make treats for your child's classroom, or just can't stop sending holiday happy mail to all of your friends (um, can we be your friend?), creating a Holiday Treat Bag is a great way to show someone you care this season! We adore this cheery treat bag created with the Milk & Cookies Collection! Decorate your goodie bag with Holiday designs then fill it with your delicious holiday confections!
💗 Tip: Purchase a Treat Bag Die and never have to buy goodie bag packs again!
15. Handmade Christmas Card for Teens
Perfect for teens or kids in your life, this animal-filled Christmas card is like an I-Spy game that keeps on giving! The longer you look at it, the more adorably funny, cold-weather swathed fauna you'll find! Plus, half the fun is in coloring all of these critters.
💗 Tip: After stamping your images, color them before you die cut them. After you die cut them, allow yourself to rearrange them on your card front as much as you need before you crop them to fit in. That will allow you to rearrange up until you've found the perfect composition!
16. Cute Traditional Christmas Card with Children
If you're looking for a more traditionally-themed Christmas card that will fill your heart with song, look no further! This card is green, red, and cuter than gingerbread with its tiny singers, sheet music, and wintry fresh tartan!
💗 Tip: If you create a card inspired by this one, consider including the lyrics to your favorite Christmas song inside! It will add a special, unique flare to your Christmas card that only you can give!
17. Christmas Decor Layout
Immortalize your Christmas decor with a beautiful layout honoring all of your hard work! Be it the table setting at Christmas dinner or a candle display on your entry way table, creating a layout in the color and style of this year's holiday decor is a fun and expressive way to capture the jubilant colors, textures, and patterns used in your interior design!
💗 Tip: Try to use Christmas song lyrics to describe what is happening in the photograph you choose to scrap! It's not only a fun exercise, but it will give the whole finished piece an overwhelming presence of holiday cheer!
18. Christmas Planner Layout
Sometimes decorating your planner can be as easy as 1-2-3 - if it has pockets on the interior! Fill up your planner pockets with cute clips, seasonally appropriate ephemera, stickers, flowers, cards, and more to give your entire planner an explosion of Christmas merriment each time you open it! Mix, match, and change out your ephemera and decor based on your mood, the weather, your upcoming plans, or whatever your heart desires!
💗 Tip: Browse all of our Holiday-themed supplies here to choose the designs and styles that most speak to your sense of artistic style.
19. 3-D Die Cut Christmas Card
Just like a pop-up book, there's just something exhilarating about a 3-dimensional card! Sizzix makes creating 3-D cards so easy with its versatile, innovative, and easy-to-use dies. Because a 3-D element on a card or project stands out so much, it makes creating cards quick and easy, as you can focus on the one interactive element: the show stopping pop-up!
💗 Tip: Decorate your 3-D tree with Nuvo Collection drops and pastes to give it a shiny, perfectly Christmas sparkle.
20. Red and Green Christmas Layout Featuring a Child
We adore this layout we found in our Gallery, created by Simple Stories. Full of Christmas phrases and sayings we love and the holiday hues we long to see, this traditional layout is the perfect place to house your beloved winter photos!
💗 Tip: Add a pocket to your layout to hold special notes, cards, and souvenirs from the day or event you're documenting. If there are no physical souvenirs from your event, that's okay! Add ephemera pieces that fit the theme and/or remind you of the day instead!
21. Handmade Ornate Christmas Album
As a gift for a loved one or a piece of memorabilia for your own bookshelf, a Christmas album is a wonderful project to embark on. This album, created with Graphic 45 supplies, is one to be remembered for years to come. House all of your Christmas layouts, cards, recipes, photos, and souvenirs in an album all about the happiest time of the year.
💗 Tip: If you are Christmas-obsessed, consider creating a Christmas album every year to look back on! If you don't have a lot of time, a mini-album can be the perfect way to capture all of your Noel memories in one place, time and time again.
22. Baby's First Christmas Layout
Baby's first Christmas has never looked so cute! This layout is all centered around the common motif of the reindeer - from baby's clothes to the ephemera, stickers, and die cut background! We couldn't help but share this adorable keepsake.
💗 Tip: Change your color scheme to pastels to fit for a baby-theme like Tarrah did in the layout above - Christmas red and green were changed to pink and aqua: closely related, but soft and sweet.
23. Religious Christmas Card
Let's not forget the reason for the season! This touching Christmas card reminds us of the spiritual side of Christmas in its simple, yet effective silhouette of the beloved nativity. If you're one who likes to make each card you give have a unique element, all you have to do is change out the background color smear and cardstock color and voila: it's a whole new look with the same, special meaning.
24. Wintry Sizzix Christmas Card
Create a card that stands out by using beautiful winter blues in lieu of velvet reds and spruce greens. This monochromatic die cut card is full of thoughtful elements that do not go unnoticed - from its textured snowy foreground, to its die cut frames and textured, die cut evergreens. You can't go wrong with a thoughtful card such as this one.
💗 Tip: Use white or blue sequins as snowflakes in your wintry scenes!
25. Merry Christmas Shaker Card
Who doesn't love a shaker card? This shaker card has all of the elements we love to see on a Christmas card: something snowy, something bright, and something uniquely yuletide! With wintry crisp colors and a blaze of minty hues in the focal point, this card has us downright inspired for making our cards this year!
💗 Tip: Try something new and have a completely different color palette inside your shaker box. Try a black and white frame and a colored interior or vice-versa for an unusual, yet pleasant artistic effect!
We hope you enjoyed these beautiful holiday projects and that they inspired you to create something for this year's Christmas season!
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