Add Dimensional Butterflies
Design by Valerie Salmon
Create butterflies that appear ready to flutter off the page using die cuts, templates, or punches. Layer shapes cut from different patterns and add gems for instant sparkle. Score each butterfly shape vertically in the center to lift the wings. Give the wings dimension by placing adhesive foam between the layers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (blue words), BasicGrey (multicolor stripe, multicolor floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow dot, pink dot, turquoise floral). Chipboard accent: American Crafts. Die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Gems: Heidi Swapp (white, pink), Prima Marketing Inc. (purple). Stamps, cutting templates, punches, adhesive: Fiskars. Ink: Ancient Page by Clearsnap.
Record Your Best Day Ever
Design by Erin Clarkson
Take time to show off birthday excitement! Mat an 8-3/4" square of patterned paper with a 9x9" piece of pink cardstock. Center an 8" square of white cardstock on the page, then add the photos and title as shown.
Print journaling on a piece of blue paper and adhere. Add strips of patterned paper to the collage. Embellish with stickers and a chipboard accent.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (solid blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink, green). Fonts: Andale Mono (title), Telegraphem (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (birthday cake, green circle), Making Memories (words). Chipboard accent: KI Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Keep It Simple
Design by Shannon Zickel
Keep your layout simple when using just two uncropped 4x6" photos. Lots of white space helps bright papers pop and keeps patterns from overwhelming the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cut, ribbon: Jillibean Soup. Stickers, chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punches: Fiskars (scalloped border), EK Success (star). Adhesive: 3L Scrapbook Adhesive.
Create a Chronological Series
Design by Leah LaMontagne
On her son Ethan's second birthday, Leah LaMontagne snapped several photos of his one-on-one time with the cake. Hoping to include many of the shots, Leah cropped and matted the photos to create a chronological series leading to her focal point. A prominent initial, trimmed from a complementary color and positioned over strips of monochromatic patterned paper, anchors her title and balances her design.
Design by Shannon Freeman
Shannon Freeman concentrated on a snapshot of her son opening a card in this layout about his fourth birthday. She created the layout digitally, using a postal pattern for the background. Snapshots cropped into circles and a color band across the bottom balance the title and journaling.
Choose a Bright Background
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori Bergmann showcases her daughter Ashley's special birthday dinner at Walt Disney World in this layout. When choosing a background paper, Lori was drawn to the bright colors of preprinted monogram paper, but she covered the initial with a simple graphic element. The color-block background takes the guesswork out of photo placement and sets off the elements in Lori's design.
Work With Primary Colors
Design by Nikki Krueger
When Nikki Krueger's father-in-law turned 60, several close friends and family members were on hand to celebrate. She framed her party photos with cardstock in primary colors and adhered them to a muted background. Paper-pieced candles and a hand-cut title grab attention with their bold colors.
Make it Festive Yet Masculine
Design by Lori Bergmann
Intent on creating a festive yet masculine layout about her husband's 40th birthday, Lori Bergmann chose striped cardstock in a robust color combination. Bold stamps and embossing powder for her title add to the tone. To avoid competition with the strong lines of the background paper, Lori let the paper itself serve as photo mats.
Include Attention-Grabbing Details
Design by Becky Novacek
For this festive layout of her son Jake's third birthday, Becky Novacek first arranged her photos on blank cardstock, and then fit additional elements around the photos like puzzle pieces. She incorporated attention-grabbing details on the layout, including a metal number "3" hand-trimmed from a vintage license plate.
Use Oversize Photos
Design by Marla Kress
Marla Kress captured the dirty business of her son Liam's first birthday cake in this special layout. An oversize photo of Liam brings the eye directly to the guest of honor. Marla incorporated her title within her journaling block, using a variety of fonts to distinguish it. A vintage label and stitched monogram embellish and balance the layout.
Combine Patterned Papers
Design by Allison Kimball
Good food, a heartfelt gift, and the company of close friends made Allison Kimball's 31st birthday memorable. To frame the photos and showcase the gift album she received, Allison machine-stitched a combination of feminine patterned papers that coordinated with the album. To embellish the layout and add balance, she incorporated a quilting-edge technique by overlapping and stitching folded fabric triangles called prairie points. Rub-on letters, stickers, and handwritten journaling complete the design.
Streamline the Design
Design by Melissa Deakin
Less is definitely more in Melissa Deakin's layout featuring her son Sean on his second birthday. To achieve the softly lit photo, Melissa positioned her son near an open door. A simple unexpected head turn and a gentle smile produced a memorable shot and inspired the title for Melissa's layout. To keep her design streamlined and the focus on her photo, Melissa used a single delicate embellishment and vertical stripes of soft patterned papers defined by ink and zigzag stitching.
Design by Lisa Storms
An innocent misunderstanding by Lisa Storms's 4-year-old son, Logan, inspired this layout featuring the decorations from Logan's birthday party. Drawing color cues from her photos, Lisa used soft patterns to mat and frame the party pictures as well as details from Logan's conversation. Vellum alphabet stickers, layered over a computer-generated title, help balance the color scheme and bring visual interest to her title and journaling.
Use Preprinted Paper
Design by Debra Sosa
When Debra Sosa finally met her online friend Linda, she discovered they not only lived near each other but also had birthdays just days apart. After the friends gathered to mark the occasion, Debra documented their celebration in this layout. By choosing a color-block paper preprinted with the word "birthday," Debra quickly completed her design with journaling, a few cardstock embellishments, and alphabet stickers.
Document the Details
Design by Erin Roe
Erin Roe captured her husband's happy emotions in this layout marking his 26th birthday. Erin recorded the family's celebration, including the menu for Tim's favorite dinner and the gifts he received. Mismatched stencil letters, a tag bearing birthday wishes, and a rub-on sentiment embellish the design.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
For Shannon Tidwell, the best photos from her son Maddox's first birthday are the candid shots that show him digging into his cake. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Shannon's tightly cropped photo tells the whole sordid tale of cake, dirt, grass, and fun. A playful mix of dot-pattern papers in the background incorporates the page's festive feel.