a birthday celebration

Finished up the final journaling on these two layouts this weekend and wanted to share.

a birthday celebration (8)

a birthday celebration with special friends

This layout is based on a great Allison Davis sketch found at Sketch Support (Two-page sketch #8).


  • photo sizes:  enlarged main to 5×7 to have it be the hero, squares at the bottom and right side are 3×3 and the three on the far left have been reduced 2×2.
  • journal block: I tired to cut the journaling into strips but it didn’t look right.  It was too much for this layout and the script font so I went back to a solid block
  • glossy photos:  I ALWAYS do all my prints in matte.  For some reason I must have missed the matte box on this order.  I do think that glossy looks beautiful though so I decided to just go with it and use these photos.  It was hard to take pictures of the layout though because of the glare I’d get from the flash.

I really love this sketch and had a great time making this layout.

    • So Fast: Using a precut circle from pattern paper is so easy. It’s already cut & ready to go. Adding the rest of the paper strips below was so easy.
    • Room for large title & journaling: you can fit a very large title and a huge journaling block.  Great use for events with lots of photos you want to share.
    • Lots of photos: I was able to fit 10 photos on this layout. Since the photos are all centered from the middle of the pages you get so much more room in a layout.

I am planning to use this one again, especially since circle & square die cut papers are everywhere.    I think next time I’ll use it for a baby Gwen layout as I have this cute elephant paper in the girl version seen in this version.

a birthday celebration (5)

a birthday celebration (10)

a birthday celebration (7)

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Crate Paper (Mia Collection), Stickers-Poemstones by Sharon Soneff Creative Imaginations, Letters-Thickers, Creative Memories & Cosmo Cricket

I got all of these through these special huge packs of paper from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking (Black Friday specials two years ago).  I would probably never have seen these papers at my local store.  I am so glad to discover them because they are subtle but very beautiful.  I love how many different papers they have in the lines.  One side is a solid (or very small pattern) and then the other side is the more colorful patterned piece.  It’s great.

cratepaper_mia collection (1)

cratepaper_mia collection (3)

Here’s another layout that’s also done with another Crate Paper line.

my half marathon (2)

My Half Marathon

Supplies:  pattern paper & stickers-Crate Paper Cottage Collection, cardstock-Bazzil, letters-Thickers &

I decided to keep the photos large for this layout and just use pattern paper behind for a background.  I trimmed this poster in half and put the top part on the left and the other two photos on the right.

my half marathon (5)

This paper is so beautiful.  Chose to use it because of the bright yellow, pink & greens.     It’s a plus that it matches our shirts too!

crate paper-cottage collection (1)

Hope to use again sometime, still have tons left.

crate paper-cottage collection (3)


2 thoughts on “a birthday celebration

    • Oh you should! We are just the oposite…I love them and I am afraid to do one page layouts!! One page seems so small & I can never get all the photos I want to share. But I know I need to get out of my comfort zone and try it more.

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