Scrapbook January Where You Are

by Dorathy Gilchrist

Does January where you live bring a special celebration, a reason for you to play outside, or an excuse to participate in something you couldn't do elsewhere or at another time? Record these memories on a scrapbook layout to remember this unique time of year.

Frosty Climates: Tampa, Florida, USA

Tampa, Florida, gets a good dose of frost each January, and on her scrapbook layout Mou Saha captured the frost's beauty one morning.

Florida Winter by Mou Saha: Supplies: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View; Patterned paper: Ann Griffin; Stamp: Studio Calico; Ink: Tsukineko; Pen: Newell Rubbermaid; Adhesive: 3M.


Take Great Photos When It's Cloudy

If January is dark and cloudy where you live, follow Mou's lead when taking pictures for January scrapbook layouts. To combat the lack of lighting on a foggy day, Mou set the camera's ISO to 1600. To shoot the amaryllis indoors, she placed the flower on a sunny windowsill and changed the ISO to 800. When taking a photo in a poorly lit area (like on a cloudy winter day), increasing the ISO allows you to take a picture as if more light were available. Experiment with ISO levels as you take your outdoor winter photos.          

To learn how Mou created the cool frosted look on her title, read "Frosted Titles for Your Scrapbook Layouts."

Cold Climates: Taylorsville, Utah, USA

Kim Jackson captured the joy of a snowy day in Taylorsville, Utah on this scrapbook layout about her childhood on a January afternoon spent sledding with her sisters.


Snow, Sisters, Sled by Kim Jackson. Photos by Jill Jackson. Supplies: Cardstock, pin, and tag: Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: Making Memories, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Stickers: Making Memories and Sassafras; Rhinestones: Glitz Design and My Mind's Eye; Markers: American Crafts and Stampin' Up!; Punches: Stampin' Up! and We R Memory Keepers; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Make a Now and Then Scrapbook Layout

Whether you're in the same climate you were in as a child, or in a completely different one, make a layout about how you spent Januarys then and how you spend them now. These layouts will be fun for you and your children to look at, seeing what has changed and what hasn't.   

To see more scrapbook layouts that spotlight January in different places around the globe, read "January Where You Are" in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine


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