Zakkary is 5!
What's the one thing that every single person has every single year? A birthday, of course! With an abundance of birthday photos and stories, you have all the basics for birthday scrapbooking. Try creating an album for each year to preserve the birthday photos of each family member's special day, or devote a whole album to one lucky person for a “Birthdays Through the Years” album.

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About this Page
LeNae turned to her Birthday Finished in a Flash!™ kit for this colorful double-page spread. She selected matching background papers for each side of the layout, using black and white cardstock as photo mats. And the embellishments? Coordinating birthday-themed die-cuts, red ribbon and adorable candle-shaped brads, all from the same kit!

LeNae’s Tip of the Month
Punch-out die-cuts make it super easy to add colorful, coordinating embellishments to your scrapbook layouts. Each Finished in a Flash!™ kit includes two 12"x12" sheets of die-cuts, all designed to match the colors and patterns you'll find on the papers. To remove the die-cuts from the sheets, simply pull along one side of the die-cut while you hold down the sheet on the opposite side. Use your finger or an emery board to smooth the edges of the die-cut after you remove it completely from the sheet.

So...what to do with them? The easiest way to use die-cuts is to simply glue them to your page. Try gluing a few die-cuts down the side of a page for a quick and easy border, or glue them overlapping part of a photo or journaling. I made this birthday layout pop with a little dimension by attaching some of the die-cuts with foam tape.

Another tip? If you're a card maker, die-cuts make wonderfully easy card focals!

LeNae’s Steps to Making this Layout:
For the Left Page:

  1. Use one sheet of blue circles paper as the background. Enlarge a vertical photo to 6 1/2"x10". Cut an 8" and a 6" length of red grosgrain ribbon and knot the tails together. Lay the ribbon across the bottom of the photo with the knot over the right side, then tape the tails to the backside. Mat the photo on black cardstock and trim it to 1/8". Mat again on white cardstock, trim to 1/4" and glue over the left side of the page.
  2. Glue a number die-cut in the top left corner of the photo to represent the age. Use foam tape to attach a cupcake die-cut below the number, then glue the “make a wish!” die-cut below the cupcake.
  3. Use red mini brads to attach the “Happy” and “Birthday” die-cuts centered down the right side of the page. Foam tape a red star die-cut in the top right corner of the page. Foam tape a second red star and a circular star die-cut in the bottom right corner of the page.

For the Right Page:

  1. Use the other sheet of blue circles paper as the background. Tie a knot in the center of a 6" length of red grosgrain ribbon. Wrap the ribbon diagonally around the top right corner of a horizontal photo and tape the tails to the backside. Mat the photo on green textured paper and trim to 1/4". Mat again on white cardstock, trim to 1/8" and glue in the top left corner of the page. Glue the “celebrate” tab die-cut down the bottom left edge of the photo.
  2. Double-mat two 4"x4 1/2" photos on black, then white cardstock, trimming each mat to 1/8". Glue the photos centered across the bottom of the page. Foam tape a cupcake die-cut in the bottom left corner of the left photo. Foam tape a circular star die-cut in the top right corner of the right photo.
  3. Computer journal onto white cardstock and cut into three short strips. Ink the edges of each strip and glue them to the right of the horizontal photo. Add a candle brad to the left of each journaling strip.

LeNae’s Supplies for Making this Layout:


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