Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Birthday Book!!

Hi! It's Dee here! I thought it might be fun to share this quick and easy idea for a birthday album with you...(it happens to be quite adorable, if I should say so myself...could be the cute photos of my sweet Brendan, maybe?? Or...it might just be all of the fun 'It's My Party' papers and embellishments!)
The album itself is an 8X8 album..that comes with page protectors already inside*, which makes it so easy just to whip up some 8X8 layouts to slide into the album as you complete each year.
For the cover of the album, I created a quick little embellishment for the title of the book attaching the cute cardstock circle sticker (Make a Wish Cardstock Stickers) to the center of the flower. Then, I simply cut the word strips from my favorite paper of this line (the reverse side of It's My Party Cut Outs!) and slid them under the edge of the cardstock sticker circle.
Cute, huh?
My goal when starting this project was to make one page for each of Brendan's 15 birthdays (so far). I went through all of my photos (scanned the prints taken with film) and made a folder for each of the 15 photos I decided to use from each birthday. Then I went back through my old scrapbook pages from each birthday party, etc to get a few details from each one:
Example:
the date of each party
what the theme of the party was
where the party was held
information about the cake/gifts/guests/etc

Once I had finally chosen my favorite photo from each birthday, I grabbed all 15 photos and my stash of It's My Birthday goodies and got to work!

One of the COOLEST THINGS? All of these BoBunny papers are TWO-SIDED!
Which means, you can cut 1 8X8 ...and use BOTH SIDES to create 2 pages of the album!!
(Isn't that clever??)


On each 8X8 background side, I attached a coordinating 7X7 background...then I started adding the photos, journaling and goodies!
If you look at the It's My Party Poems paper...you'll notice these ADORABLE circles with NUMBERS on them! (They go up to 10) Just grab your circle punches for a quick and easy way to show your child's age!
Once I reached Brendan's 11th birthday, I simply punched a circle from one of the 'un-numbered' circle images from It's My Party Poems paper and used some rubber stamps to create the 11 circle for that page (and up through the 15th birthday). There are also some 'un-numbered' circle images on the reverse side of It's My Party Day paper.
(See the 11th page below)

For the journaling, I decided to keep designing with circles...so I typed my journaling onto the reverse (solid red) side of It's My Party Confetti paper. Punched it out...sanded the edges...and voila...little circles of information from each birthday.

For each page, I cut out various word strips from the reverse side of the It's My Party Cut Outs and added various words to each page, and a brad for a wee bit of dimension. Each page also has one photo corner Cardstock Sticker, too!
I added lots of fun little circle touches by using my circle punch some more...and by using all the fun circle stickers you can find on all of the sheets of Cardstock Stickers in this line.
Brendan will be 16 in November...then I'll put together that page...and maybe one more for each of the next 2 birthdays...up to his 18th!
Now I can look through this Birthday Book, instead of digging through all of my 12X12 albums, to see how he changed over the years...and I know it will be so quick & easy to create a few more pages to finish this book up over the next few years.
(Just remember to hoard some of the papers and stickers from the It's My Party line so you can finish your pages!)
Supply list:
BoBunny It's My Party Confetti, It's My Party Day, It's My Party Cut Outs, It's My Party Stripe, It's My Party Time, It's My Party, It's My Party Presents, It's My Party Surprise, It's My Party Poems, It's My Party Supersized Alpha Stickers, It's My Party Combo Stickers, Let's Party Cardstock Stickers, Make a Wish Cardstock Stickers, All Stuck Up Brads
*Album and some cardstock stickers (corners): KI Memories
Circle punches, sandpaper, number rubber stamps & inkpad



Just a note for those of you that grabbed one of our oh so cute Blinkies and found a Photobucket image saying you've exceeded your bandwidth...yes..that's us. We've been getting some serious web hits and had to change out our site that hosts our blinkies.

So if you want to copy the new links and post onto your blogs..that should fix that right up! Sorry for the troubles!

And we've been working non-stop to make the Design Team selection so I apologize for the delay in posting the Birthday Card Sketch Winner...so here's the scoop...I'll post both the Card Sketch and Orange Challenge Winners tomorrow...how's that?!

Happy Day!!

41 comments:

  1. Love it, Dee! I should do something like that for Jonathan, I think he'd get a kick out of seeing all those old photos! :) Love the Bo Bunny - thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Great idea! I love that all the pages are similar, no need to figure out a new LO design each time. The hard work is completed for you. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. this is a great idea..thanks for sharing :)

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  4. what a great idea! I don't think I can find all my birthday pictures over the years........lol But would love to do a book like that!

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  5. Can't wait to see the creative things everyone came up with. I'll be back tomorrow. Good luck with the judging!

    Don't worry, Be Happy!

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  6. Love the album! I think i will do it for my son. Ilove how you just did one page each year and have them all together!!!!

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  7. Love it. A birthday book has been on my "to do" list for a long time.

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  8. Oh, I love this! Great idea! I just might have to try this for my daughter!

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  9. How fun and what a great idea! Your album is great!

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  10. What a sweet book!! Love ut!

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  11. what a cute book! and thanx for the blinky explain was wondering what I was doing wrong try to fix that today!

    Amy Coon
    www.amyspaperlife.blogspot.com

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  12. love the idea of the mini album! cute cute.

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  13. This is such a great idea, and a book for my kids I am sure I can complete, LOL! Thanks for the inspo, now I really need those papers...

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  14. This is a cute Birthday book, Dee! TFS!

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  15. I love using both sides of the paper to make two layouts...always stretching the products:)

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  16. THis is so clever!!! Great. grat ide

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  17. Awesome scrapbook Dee! Gotta love double sided papers! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Great album idea! Great idea for using BOTH sides of the double sided paper too!! Beautiful project....And, handsome lad!

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  19. Awesome book! always love great ideas for small albums! One of the reasons I love Bo Bunny is because of the double sided papers!! Thanks for the Blinkie update too! Mine just disappeared and I didn't know why! Now I can try it again!

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  20. Adorable book!! Love the idea!

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  21. It's such a great idea, I don't have any kids yet but do have nieces I could do that for...hmmm might make a good Christmas present...

    Thanks for the idea.

    Sabrina

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  22. I love it, Dee! :) Beautiful work and a fun idea! :)

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  23. That just looks amazing!!!!!

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  24. Thank you for the the fabulous idea that will stretch my budget - which is so appreciated! The book is fantastic... very creative!

    Off to get that blinkie onto my blog!

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  25. Fabulous idea - I never get disappointed when I come here for inspiration.

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  26. I have that exact same album and have never done anything with it! Good idea!---and I like the idea of not having tio "reinvent the scrapbooking wheel" with every page! Looks very cohesive!

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  27. Great job on the book, and good luck to everyone who entered the contest!

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  28. LOVE your album Dee - and it is great to see your son "growing through the years" - this will be a treasure at his HS graduation party!

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  29. That is the CUTEST idea!! I LOVE the idea of having all the info about the parties in one place! I think I will grabbing up some of that line and making my little guys one too! Thanks!!

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  30. That's a fabulous idea! and that it's my party line is one of my faves! super fun!

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  31. Oh that Birthday Album is wonderful Dee - I just love how you see your gorgoeus boy growing over the years. Those papers are perfect. I love the idea of scrapping in 8 x 8 and the d/s papers are awesome for this project. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

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  32. I love the idea of seeing how the kids change from year to year all in one book. I also fixed my blinkie! Thanks!

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  33. this album is so very cute. i love love love it!

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  34. Super cute book! What a great idea!

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  35. I love the idea of the birthday book. I think I'll start one for my son who is 7 now.

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  36. This is wonderful!! I will have to make a few of these for sure!!

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  37. What a wonderful idea. My little Olivia will be one in November, what a great time to start her birthday scrapbook.

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  38. What a cute idea for a birthday book that could be a treasure for you OR for your son as he gets older!

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  39. Love this birthday album! Great idea to use an 8x8 album.

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