Six Ways to Make Birthday Pages Sing!
I love to celebrate Birthdays…as long as they aren’t mine! We have always tried to have a family gathering and cake for each of the kid’s birthdays. I’m always there with my camera. My photos however, are not always the greatest. Sometimes it’s hard to capture the right moments, have good lighting and not have a lot of distracting background “noise.” I want to make a great page to remember the day. So I’d like to share six ways I found I could use to make this page “sing!”
- I used one of Mosaic Moments FREE downloads for my title and a journaling block poem. I printed CELEBRATE in ten colors, a slightly expanded rainbow array of bold bright colors. Then using the CELEBRATE letters I used a 1” square punch and punched one letter from each color and applied it to the bottom row of the White 12” x 12” Mosaic Moments Grid Paper.
- Next I took a 1” strip from each of the colors and ran them through a variety of embossing folders. Then cut to size, in this case I chose to cover three tiles (3 ¼”) for each color; you may like to alter the size of your candles. Adhere with dotto adhesive.
- Next, you’ll need to light those candles, and our Sticky Face Stickers will do the trick. Now with the 1” Sticky Face squares I used Martha Stewart’s gold glitter, which is a very fine blend and rubs onto the sticky surface very nicely. The result is a very smooth glimmer look. Then with my X-Acto knife I cut a diagonal to get two corner tiles for two flames. Taking 10 1” White Paper Tiles to match my background paper. I adhered the glitter half squares in the same corner for all and then to the page. Using a tile to match your background grid will help to give an open feel to the page.
- Next, I returned to my FREE printout for a poem block to begin my top edge. I chose to use red to carry the color pattern all the way to the top, but there were nine other colors to choose from…which will be perfect to have handy to do another birthday page with all the remaining pieces.
- Now I wanted a date to be included and chose a white on black year Four Letter Cornerstone and removed the black and replaced it with color tiles to match the pattern underneath each number. I also chose a birthday cake to fit my theme and the top right-hand corner. Again, I chose a white cake and substituted the base color black out for a 2.125” square of color from my last column color in the scheme.
- My final tip is the bling! I’ve been watching Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh play around with sequins to bring some extra light and bling to her cards, and thought I’d finally include them on a scrapbook page. Using a variety of colors to match my design, I picked just a few to scatter on the empty tiles, a few on the poem block, and a few more in the dots of the cake cornerstone. Don’t overdo it, make it look like confetti falling down. I used Alene’s Tacky Glue to adhere using only a dot of glue.
I chose photos and then cropped them to focus on the subject, getting rid of background distractions (lounging adults!) for some of the better moments of our birthday celebrations for my granddaughter and son’s joint birthday party. Now I have one page that really reflects a celebration, instead of too many disappointing photos, I have a page that ‘sings!’
So now it's up to you! Choose your color scheme, embossing folders, bling and photos and create your own melody! We'd love to have you share your work with us on our Facebook page or over at www.journella.com on the Story Board.
see you soon!