Fun Birthday Scrapbook Layouts

This year my daughter celebrated her birthday with 26 of her closest friends. It’s a shindig I won’t soon forget, and believe me; it won’t be duplicated for at least another 10 years. In addition, to opening 26 different birthday presents, my little girl tore open nearly three-dozen birthday cards, many of which were handmade by her young friends.

Given that I don’t plan to host a bash for those many kids anytime soon, I kept each and every one of the birthday cards. I wasn’t sure what I was planning to do with them, but after seeing a scrapbook layout featuring holiday greeting cards, I decided to steal the idea and put my daughter’s birthday cards to good use.

Here are a few ideas I am considering:

Pockets: I could simply create a pocket page and slip the cards into a traditional birthday layout. It’s quick and easy, though I may not be able to fit all 26 cards into a single pocket.

Mini album: Another option is to place the cards together into a mini-album, then attach the mini-album to the birthday party layout. This would make flipping through the cards much easier. However, with 26 cards, the page could be too bulky.

Scan: I could also scan the cards and reduce them on my computer. Doing so would allow me to include several card copies on a single layout. The only problem I foresee with this option is that scanning can be rather time consuming. What’s more, I fear that scanning could compromise the integrity of some of the hand drawn masterpieces the kids made especially for my daughter.

If you are not concerned about keeping the birthday cards in their original condition, then you could turn them into scrapbook embellishments. For example, use a paper punch and make squares or circles from your favorite cards, then arrange the pieces into a colorful frame for your favorite photo of the birthday boy or girl.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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