For some reason and I am not sure why I have never been motivated to scrap my boy’s birthday party photos. I think it has been because the photos were so busy and full of colour. The pattern papers I would choose to go with my photos were so busy themselves that they would compete with the photos and I would end up abandoning my projects.
This past weekend I pulled out my old computer and went through 10 years of birthday photos. I was able to find most of the boys party photos, sadly I will have to search further for a few missing parties. A good lesson to learn, DO NOT RELY on photos being left on your camera or computer. Get them printed and into your scrapbooks!
I decided to create an annual birthday party album for my boy’s parties. The one thing that has been interesting to see is the friends and family at the parties and the birthday cakes. It has told the story of what my boys are interested in each year!
I started with the new Tell your Story Blue and White Stripe album from the Storyline collection available now at Michaels. I added some gold glitter stickers from my stash to add add a fun title !
I love that it is masculine enough for my boys and it will endure those teenage years yet to come! I will start with my older son Addison’s pages and then move on to my younger Larsen.
As well as the Tell your Story album I used the Holiday Deck Of Days card set and the Kraft Sticker Kit. Let me share a little about each page!
I printed off my photos square and then created a grid pattern with the photos and one of the journaling stickers from the Sticker kit. I added the Birthday Sticker also from the sticker kit and added some splashes of Gold Colorshine to complete the page.
I love the gold accents that bring a richness to the page.
For his is second Birthday page I added one of the heart stickers from the Deck of Days card set with pop dots to create some definition. I also used some of my vintage Heidi Swapp stamps to add a quick title and finished with some Butter Colorshine.
My journaling took less than a minute using the Journaling stickers, just write, peel off and stick down.
We skip to his fourth birthday and this is one of my favorite photos of him. My photos were printed a little larger this time and I added some of the Deck of Days cards to create kind of a border down the center of the page. The striped self adhesive photo corner really sets off that photo!
For his 5th birthday I created another grid design and trimmed one of the heart stickers from the Deck of Days pack and slipped it under my top photo.
A QUICK TIP if you have a lot of photos to add to your page, print them off small and in a variety of shapes so they can all fit together in a kind of jigsaw puzzle! I picked out the mint colors in the photo to coordinate with the Deck Of Days cards.
When he was 8 he was obsessed with the movie How To Train Your Dragon. My friend made the cake for me and I wanted to create a feature of it. I printed a close up photo off i used some washi from my stash to attach it to my page.
Again I used pop dots to add dimension to the heart Deck Of Days sticker.
This past October, Addison turned 10. A bit of an important milestone. Our pool which has been the scene for most of our parties was suddenly over flowing with large bodies. What started as cute pre schoolers all learning to swim at the parties has morphed into crazy fun living kid parties! I am so thankful for these memories I am able to hold forever in my album.
Now for my younger son Larsen, let’s start with his second birthday. I used my Silhouette cameo to add a title to his page. I simply typed up my journaling in the Silhouette software and then cut directly onto one of the pages that I took out of the plastic sleeve. I then backed it with some yellow cardstock from my stash.
For his 5th birthday I used the letters that were cut from the layout above and spritzed them in Colorshine that coordinated with his T shirt in an ombre effect. Once dry I simply adhered them to the white card.
I do miss his long golden hair! Lucky I have these photos to remind me of how cute he was at 5!
At 6 he was obsessed with Transformers. I found a transformer silhouette drawing online and inserted it into my Silhouette software. I then cut out the design on another of the white background pages and backed it with black cardstock. I love how the black and white elements from the Sticker sheet and Deck Of Days cards coordinate so well with the photos and transformer design element.
Another QUICK TIP I used a circle punch to make the 2 circle stickers from the Deck Of Days pack a touch smaller so they wouldn’t over power the photos! I then added them with pop dots for some definition!
For his seventh birthday, I added more stamping using my vintage Heidi stamps creates a title for my page.
Which brings us now to his birthday party this past December. He was and still is, totally obsessed with dinosaurs which is reflected in both his cake and swimming rashi. If I didn’t have these photos as a reference in years to come I am sure he and I would totally forget these details.
Touches of Gold Colorshine completes my page.
For now I am up to date with the parties. Although I would like to go back and search again for the missing party photos. But for now I have my album ready, sitting on the shelf waiting for the next party!