Step-by-Step: One Party

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Article Courtesy by Andrea Steed

When it came time to scrapbook the photos from Paxton's first birthday party, I let the pictures do the talking and added some fun jungle birthday embellishments from Doodlebug Design and Fancy Pants Design:



  1. I chose nine 4” x 6” photos to work with and decided to highlight one photo on the left side of the layout and the rest in a collage on the right side.  To do that, I cropped each of the eight collage photos into 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares and adhered them to the white cardstock background with E-Z Runner tape.
  2. To bring some additional attention to the center photo (of Paxton getting ready to blow out his candle), I mounted it on 3D foam squares to give it a little extra dimension.

  3. To fill the ninth square of the collage page, I added a die-cut journaling tag (after inking the edges) and a decorated chipboard cupcake. 

     I covered the chipboard cupcake with patterned paper and then cut six patterned paper hearts to use as icing and give it a little extra texture.  I also inked the edges of the hearts and added some yellow ink to the top to show the flame on the candle.  Finally, I added teardrop-shaped gems as sprinkles.

  4. With the right side of the layout complete, I moved onto the left side.  I wanted to use a full-page transparency that came with the Little Sprout collection pack from Fancy Pants Designs, so I didn't need to add much more than that.   I did add a piece of patterned paper cardstock transparency (to match the cupcake on the other side of the layout) as well as a die-cut tree beneath the transparency.  I overlapped the tree onto both sides of the layout to pull the two pages together.

  5. To the top of the transparency, first I adhered the cropped (and rounded) photograph with 3D foam squares.  Then I added the title using assorted chipboard and sticker letters and a spray-painted chipboard word "party". 
  6. Finally, I added buttons alongside the photo as embellishments with a little splash of color.

I love how the bright colors in these papers and embellishments follow along with the celebration and birthday theme!


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