Shades Of The Departed

March 8

A Monthly - Weekend With Shades - Column

Birthdays are events often celebrated with family. Your photo albums are probably filled with pictures of birthday celebrations! All those birthday photos would make great scrapbook pages. And there are many ways to create beautiful and memorable pages with them.

One of my favorite ways to create a scrapbook page for a child's birthday is to use their school picture along with photos from a birthday party. When creating this type of page I will usually select my photos first and then pick a digi scrapping kit that has colors which appear in the photos.

I like to start with a neutral background, lay my photos out, and then add frames and elements that will draw the eye around the page. Here is an example of a page I created this way. I used a large but subtle numeral which leaves no doubt which birthday we were celebrating. Creating a page like this for each of the first 18 years of a child's life would make a lovely and memorable scrapbook!

The first 18 years of a child's life

(Digi-scrapping kit used was "Sassy Lass" by Susan Darter of Raspberry Road Designs. I also used an overlay created by Adeyeo.

If you have a birthday photo that tells a story such as posing with a birthday cake or something that makes it obvious that it's a birthday photo, you can use that photo by itself for a lovely scrapbook page. All you need to do is write some journaling, perhaps with a memory of that special day, add some elements to suggest joy, and voila! You've got your self a great page! It doesn't have to be any more complicated than this.

(Digi-scrapping kit used was "Bold Summer" by Renae.)

Here are some ideas for other ways to create birthday scrapbook pages:

• if there are two or more members of your family who share the same birthdate create a page emphasizing the date and add photos of the people.

• create a page using the birthday person's zodiac sign for the main theme. Add their birthdate and photo and you've got a page suitable for framing!

• create a page using the birthday person's birthstone as the theme. Pick a complementary color for the background, add the birthday person's picture, and decorate with that gemstone.

• create a page using the season of the birthday person's birth date for a theme. You can't go wrong with this idea!

March is a "tween" month, straddling winter and spring. There's not enough snow for snowmen, and it's too early to be out in the garden picking flowers. That makes it a great time to dig out those birthday photos and start creating some memorable scrapbook pages.

Happy Birthday! and Happy Digi-Scrapping!


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